LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
ROBERT B. McCALLUM, JR., SHERIFF
January 6, 2020
On Saturday, January 4, 2020, Levy County Deputies responded to Bubba’s Place Bar in Fanning Springs to a reported parking lot fight where a person had been cut and stabbed. Deputies arrived to find a 25 year old patron bleeding from a large laceration to the back of his neck and a stab wound to his upper arm. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Detectives responded and interviewed multiple witnesses. This led Detectives to the identification of Gregory Heath Hingson (2/25/80) of Chiefland as the person responsible for cutting and stabbing the victim. Detectives learned a third party approached Hingson and his friend who were in the parking lot and started an altercation. The victim jumped into the fight that was occurring between Hingson’s friend and the other man. Hingson was already armed with a pocket knife and during the brawl, cut and stabbed the victim. All parties, except the victim, fled the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival.
Detectives located and arrested Hingson within hours of the altercation. He was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and posted a $10,000 bond the following morning.
December 31, 2019
At 11 PM on December 28, 2019 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call about a person who had been stabbed. The victim was taken from the wooded area near CR 326 and Fishcamp Road by a third party to the post office in Gulf Hammock where the victim was met by EMS and deputies. The victim was suffering from a life threatening stab wound to the left bicep and a second stab wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment.
Detectives responded to the scene and the investigation revealed David J. Tindall (11/18/77) and Stephanie M. Tindall (11/26/76) of Otter Creek were involved in an argument with the victim and his girlfriend. The Tindall’s chased the victim and his girlfriend on Fishcamp Road near CR 326, ultimately blocking them in near a hunting camp. Stephanie Tindall pulled the victim’s girlfriend from her truck and engaged in a fight. David Tindall joined the fray, punching the woman his wife was fighting with several times in the face. The victim, a 28 year old man, went to the aid of his girlfriend. Entering the fight, he grabbed David Tindall and began struggling with him. A knife carried by the victim was grabbed by David Tindall who used it to stab the victim twice, once in the abdomen and once through his bicep, lacerating the artery in his arm.
On Monday, December 30, 2019, Detectives located the Tindall’s at their home in Otter Creek and took both into custody. David Tindall has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery (2nd subsequent offense) and criminal mischief. His bond is set at $375,000.00. Stephanie Tindall has been charged with burglary with a battery and is awaiting first appearance.
At 5:00 PM on December 30, 2019 Deputies and Detectives responded to 6350 SE 186 Terrace to a second reported stabbing. Arriving law enforcement discovered a domestic dispute involving Stephanie A Paradise (6/11/74) of Morriston which escalated from a verbal argument and ended with Paradise stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the chest. The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Paradise was arrested on scene and has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She is awaiting first appearance.
December 27, 2019
Beginning in mid-October multiple investigations were opened into the thefts of trailers from residents in the Bronson area. LCSO Detectives had no leads until recently. Detectives were investigating an unrelated case and during an interview the name Josh Elam was mentioned. This person told Detectives Elam was responsible for stealing a trailer with a zero turn mower on it. An investigation into the theft of a trailer and zero turn mower had already been opened and no leads had been developed.
Detectives followed up on the information they gained during the interview. This led to the location of a 2012 trailer and Torro zero turn mower worth over $4,500 and were the exact ones that were reported stolen. Detectives recovered the mower and trailer and were able to return them to the owner.
Joshua Elam (4/6/80) of Bronson was located and interviewed by Detectives on December 21, 2019. During this conversation Elam admitted to taking the trailer and mower and offered an elaborate story of why he took it. He seemed cooperative and even allowed Detectives to search his truck. A .380 pistol was recovered and discovered to be stolen. Elam is a convicted felon and had an explanation for the gun too. Detectives took Elam into custody and transported him to jail. He was charged with one count of grand theft (trailer and mower), grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $200,000.00.
Detectives continued their investigation and learned Elam was using “Letgo” and Facebook market place to advertise other stolen trailers. Detectives discovered during Elam’s crime spree he sold a second trailer and also got into a fight with his girlfriend. Additional charges of grand theft and domestic battery were filed late Thursday afternoon. And, more charges are expected in the near future.
Elam listed his stolen trailers on the internet and social media primarily in the Gainesville and Ocala area. He told potential buyers that he was either given the trailers or they had been abandoned at homes he was contracted to clean. The LCSO and victims of his crimes are asking anyone in the Gainesville or Ocala area to contact Detective VanDuren or Detective Narayan at 352-486-5111 if you purchased anything from Elam. Detectives want to work with any unsuspecting buyer and also help our citizens recover their stolen property.
December 26, 2019
Beginning on December 21, 2019, LCSO deputies began receiving complaints from citizens who live west of the Town of Bronson who were reporting criminal mischief (vandalism). In each case our deputies responded, evidence was discovered that person(s) unknown shot vehicle windows, homes and outbuildings with what appeared to be a BB gun. Multiple windows on both vehicles and homes were broken and exterior siding of several homes were dented.
On December 24, 2019, just minutes before Santa’s arrival in Bronson, Deputy M. Sinclair and Deputy K. Smith responded to a home located near NE 88 Lane and NE 113 Avenue. The caller told deputies he heard what he thought was a gunshot outside his home and when he went to investigate he saw the back window of his truck had been shot out. He also saw a white car speeding away from the scene. While speaking to the deputies a white car sped back by the home and was immediately identified by the victim as the same car he saw moments earlier.
Deputy Sinclair and Deputy Smith pursued the vehicle and were able to stop it. The driver, a 17 year old and his passenger, also 17 years old, told the deputies they had BB guns under their front seats. The following roadside investigation discovered the two juveniles were responsible for the Christmas mischief. The BMW getaway vehicle they were driving and their custom BB guns were seized and both were given a ride to the Levy County Detention Facility to spend the remainder of Christmas Eve.
Both juveniles were charged with multiple felonies including firing a weapon into a dwelling/conveyance and criminal mischief. Additional charges are expected to be filed by the LCSO in the following days. Additionally, it appears Alachua County Sheriff’s Office was also looking for BB gun bandits in the Archer area. Our information has been shared with ASO and more charges could be filed in Gainesville.
December 11, 2019
The Grand Jury is comprised of citizens from Levy County and is assembled to hear the State’s evidence on capital cases such as murder. The Grand Jury is responsible to decide if the State has enough evidence to move forward with a criminal prosecution. The Grand Jury has two options, True Bill or No True Bill. The Grand Jury of Levy County was convened by State Attorney William P. Cervone on November 22, 2019 to hear the State’s evidence on a pending murder investigation. The Grand Jury returned a True Bill and an indictment, or warrant, was issued for the arrest of Solomon John Hall (12/19/70) of Chiefland.
Solomon “John” Hall has amassed thirteen arrests in Levy County beginning in 2000. He has been charged with a range of crimes including domestic violence, aggravated battery, theft, drug possession, DUI, violation of probation and methamphetamine production. Hall is currently incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections after being sentenced on 5/15/2018 for manufacture of methamphetamines. He is scheduled to be released on 6/23/2024. This latest conviction is the fourth time Hall has been sentenced to state prison.
In 2018, Levy County Sheriff’s Office Detectives obtained information regarding Solomon John Hall and his involvement in the disappearance of Michael Randolph in 2004. The information obtained surrounding Randolph’s disappearance launched the investigation. No report of Randolph’s disappearance was ever filed with law enforcement.
Detectives with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to investigate. The investigation discovered evidence of Randolph’s disappearance and murder, which culminated in the issuance of the Grand Jury’s “True Bill.”
The evidence presented to the Grand Jury indicated that in 2004 Hall was heavily involved in the use of illegal drugs. In May of 2004 he met with Michael Randolph, a known drug dealer from Chiefland, to purchase drugs. Hall took Randolph to a secluded area south of Chiefland to make his purchase, but instead shot and killed him. Michael Randolph was not seen or heard from ever again.
Solomon “John” Hall, who was housed at the Marion Correctional Institute, has been transferred to the Levy County Detention Facility where he will be held with NO BOND pending his trial.
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is asking our public for assistance, as an investigation of this complexity and age is not over until the suspect is convicted. If anyone has information that would aid this investigation we ask you contact Detective Tim Rogers or Detective Rob Bowers at 352-486-5111. This investigation is being prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office in Levy County.