It’s nice to share or is it?

December 6, 2019

Sharing resulted in several new criminal charges for Carole Ann Heagney (3/13/88) of Trenton to include smuggling contraband into a detention facility. Heagney was not aware she would arrested when she went to her scheduled probation visit. So, on her way there she stopped to see her drug dealer and purchased methamphetamines and heroin. Because she was afraid the friends who gave her a ride to see her probation officer would steal her drugs, she decided to take them inside with her. Her probation officer would not let her leave because she had already violated the terms of her probation and was detained.

Deputies responded to the probation office and took Heagney into custody. Unbeknownst to our deputies, Heagney had her drugs well-hidden. Deputies delivered her to the Levy County Detention Facility and she was able to keep the drugs hidden and avoided its detection by detention staff. That is until other inmates discovered she had drugs with her. In Heagney’s efforts to keep detention staff from discovering her smuggled goods, she offered to share with her cellmates.

Three other inmates were bribed for their silence by Heagney, but this was all for naught. Detention staff was told about the drugs in the facility and after a brief search of Heagney’s cell the drugs were found. In all, 11 grams of methamphetamine of the 14 grams she had originally purchased was seized. The investigation by DTF Detective Rob Bowers discovered she was able to use the entire amount of heroin before staff was alerted.

Heagney added four more charges and a hefty $120,000.00 bond to her already existing violation of probation arrest. She will be held in the Levy County Detention Facility until her case proceeds to trial.

Two Violent Felons Arrested

December 2, 2019

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned citizen reporting what was believed to be an impaired driver. The caller told dispatchers the vehicle pulled into a local gas station. Deputy Williamson responded to find a subject behind the wheel and when he checked the status of this person’s drivers license, things went downhill quickly for the driver and his passenger.

Deputy Williamson made a check on the license of “Rudolfo Diaz,” the name the driver gave him, and discovered Mr. Diaz may not be telling the whole truth. He never had a license in the United States and only had an ID from Mexico. Deputy Williamson had difficulties communicating with Diaz who did not speak English. With the assistance of the passenger, Melvin Granados, who helped translate, Diaz was arrested.

Deputy Williamson spoke to Melvin Granados after taking Mr. Diaz into custody and found some inconsistencies in his story too. The name Melvin Granados given to Deputy Williamson was also incorrect. Deputy Williamson continued to investigate to discover this man’s real name was Victor Granados and Victor had good reason to lie about his name.

Victor Granados is a wanted felon. Not only does Alachua County want him for a failing to appear in court in Gainesville, Florida, the State of Texas also has an active warrant for his arrest charging him with murder. Deputy Williamson worked diligently to verify this was in-fact an all-in-one person and was able to affect the arrest for both active warrants, taking this violent felon off of the streets in Levy County.

And, in honor of cyber Monday, a cyber tip was sent to the LCSO early this morning through Crime Stoppers. The tipster told LCSO that a violent felon was hiding in our community. Just prior to daylight today the LCSO Patrol Division and Detectives responded to an empty lot that only had travel trailer set up on the Bronson area. There they located and arrested Joshua R. Vestal (5/7/83), a wanted violent felon on the run from Indiana. Apparently Mr. Vestal fled Indiana after a gun fight with another person there. Vestal is prohibited from possessing a firearm and fled to avoid prosecution.

Both Granados and Vestal will be held in the Levy County Detention Facility until transfers can be arranged to the states to which they belong.

Dive Accident at Manatee Springs State Park

November 25, 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 5 PM Manatee Springs State Park officials were notified to contact 911 because a diver was trapped in the main spring outflow area inside of the cave system. Levy County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue team members responded to discover the diver, Zhou Min (5-8-91), a certified cave diver from Foshan City, China became lodged in a narrow space while exiting the main spring. Zhou was accompanied on this dive by her husband and two other friends, also from China, who came to the United States on a vacation visa specifically to dive sites like Manatee Springs.

Manatee Springs officials say the outflow from the main boil area has increased over the past few days due to recent rains in this region. This increased outflow hampered the diver’s ability to remove Zhou from the small space where her body had become lodged.  Two attempts to remove Zhou were made Sunday evening that were unsuccessful. Today at approximately 3 PM the International Underwater Cave Rescue Recovery Team (IUCRR) non-profit team locally based in Lake City, comprised of expert cave divers were able to successfully recover her.

This is an extremely sad situation, Sheriff McCallum said. Our hearts and prays are with this family at this time.

A Simple Tip Cascades into Three Arrests

Noah Bevins

November 25, 2019

On Friday, November 22, 2019 while on duty in Inglis Deputy Nelson Macias was informed about the possible location of a stolen motorcycle. Deputy Macias contacted Detectives and all went to a home located on Debra Avenue in Inglis to investigate the tip.

Deputy Macias and Detectives located and spoke to Noah Bevins (2/4/81) of Inglis and asked about the stolen motorcycle. Bevins cooperated and led deputies to a 1999 Harley Davidson Super Glide hidden behind the home. Bevins confessed to purchasing the motorcycle he knew was “hot” from another person and altering the ignition so he could crank it and ride it. Bevins had the keys in his pocket and was arrested for grand theft auto. His bond was set at $5,000.00.

Detectives identified the owner of this motorcycle by running the VIN number through a local database. The owner, who was currently out of town, told Detectives he had not authorized anyone to use his motorcycle and was returning home the following day.

Detectives met with the owner of the motorcycle on Saturday. Not only had his motorcycle been stolen, someone had also broken into his storage container and stolen many other items. This just so happened to be the same day Mark Boatwright (12/4/75) and Briana Crowder (6/27/94) decided to set up a road side yard sale where they were proudly displaying the victim’s property for sale. The victim immediately reported his observations to Detectives.

Detectives met with Boatwright and Crowder and not only were able to recover the victim’s property, but also gained Boatwright and Crowder’s confessions. Both were arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility where they have been charged with burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.  Boatwright’s bond has been set at $25,000.00 and Crowder’s bond is set at $25,000.00.

This investigation is still on-going as Detectives learned other people were also involved and there are other reported thefts from the Inglis area. Detectives are asking anyone who has information to please contact our office at 352-486-5111 and request Detective Mike McNeil. Or if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

19 Year Old Inglis Woman Arrested after Pursuit

LCSO Chase


November 19, 2019

On November 17th the Ocala Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. The car, described as a red Mitsubishi Lancer, was entered into the state wide computer system used by law enforcement and BOLO (be on the lookout) notice was issued. It did not take long for the car to be spotted.

Deputy Mike Sinclair was patrolling in Inglis when he spotted the vehicle at the stop light at CR 40 and US 19. He confirmed quickly that this was in-fact the stolen vehicle reported to Ocala PD. He activated his emergency equipment signaling the driver to stop, but instead the car sped away. A short pursuit ensued as the driver made multiple attempts to elude Deputy Sinclair, spinning out of control twice before crashing into an embankment and becoming stuck.

Two juvenile females immediately exited the vehicle screaming at Deputy Sinclair for help. The driver, ultimately identified as 19 year old Chloe Allen of Inglis, crawled out from behind the driver’s wheel and began yelling profanities at Deputy Sinclair as he took her into custody.

Deputy Sinclair transported Allen to the Levy County Detention Facility intent on charging her with a multitude of crimes. However, when they entered the facility, Allen told Deputy Sinclair she swallowed methamphetamines and heroin as he was arresting her. She at that time was not showing any symptoms of an overdose, but was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Allen did not end her bid for freedom just because she was hospitalized. While being treated she feigned an urgent need to go into the restroom. Once inside she removed her IV and decided to attempt her second escape by crawling into the ceiling. Her efforts to escape did not go unnoticed and she was quickly removed from crawl space. She was released from the hospital soon after and returned to the Levy County Detention Facility.

Deputy Sinclair has filed the charges of grand theft motor vehicle, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, no valid driver’s license, child neglect (endangerment) and obstructing/resisting arrest without violence. Her bond has been set at $86,000 on these charges. The additional charge of escape is being filed in Alachua County and no bond has been assigned on this charge.