Child Sexual Molester Arrest

April 2, 2019
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation
Division Detective Justin VanDuren responded to a report of a sexual battery.
The mother of the victim told Detective VanDuren her child disclosed that
Richard Uliano (12-6-78) from Bronson had sexually molested her. Beginning at
the end of the school year in 2018 and into the summer the victim reported
Uliano, who had custodial responsibilities for the child, on three separate occasions
forced her to watch and/or perform sexual acts on him.
Detective VanDuren located and arrested Uliano on March 29,
2019 after obtaining information from him that validated the victim’s
statements. Uliano was booked in to the Levy County Detention Facility and
charged with three offenses; sexual battery by a custodian, lewd and lascivious
molestation and lewd and lascivious exhibition. Uliano is being held in lieu of
a $300,000.00 bond.

Trial Wins for Levy County

Paul Urquhart

Brian Stokes

Nathan Nixon

April 2, 2019
The week of March 25, 2019 was a busy week for the courts in
Levy County. The 8th Judicial State Attorney’s Office in Bronson
presented several cases for trial during this week. Monday March 25th
found our courthouse filled with potential jurors. The juries were selected and
the end result was three wins for the victims of Levy County.
On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Assistant State Attorney Frank
Slavichak presented his case during the two day trail. Paul Urquhart (12-6-69)
from Williston was charged with burglary after a lengthy investigation
conducted by the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division. The jury returned a
guilty verdict. Sentencing on this conviction is pending. Urquhart is currently
serving a sentence of 16 years in the Florida Department of Corrections for a
previous burglary conviction. 
On Thursday, March 28, 2019 Assistant State Attorney Darla
Whistler presented her case during a one day trial. Brian Stokes (8-7-78) from
Chiefland was accused of selling cocaine to an undercover informant in a case
made by DTF Detective Matt Poppel. Mrs. Whistler prevailed and a guilty verdict
was delivered. Stokes, who has been sentenced to the Florida Department of
Corrections on four different occasions, could be sentenced to up to 30 years.
His sentencing was postponed because he still has another open and pending drug
sales case.
On Friday, March 29, 2019 Assistant State Attorney Glenn
Bryan presented his case during a one day trial. Nathan Nixon (10-27-61) from
Williston was accused of capital sexual battery on a juvenile victim in 2003 which
was originally investigated by Captain Chuck Bastak (Ret.). Nixon fled to
Mexico after learning of this investigation, but was captured and returned to
the United States. Follow up investigations were conducted by Sergeant Mike
Narayan when Nixon was returned to Levy County. The jury returned a guilty
verdict on three counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child. Nixon could
be facing up to 90 years in the Florida Department of Corrections and will be
designated a sexual offender. His sentencing is scheduled for May.

The Charges Keep Stacking Up

March 22, 2019
Courtney Harvey (11-19-88), a career violent felon from
Williston, was arrested by Drug Task Force Detective Rob Bowers on November 30,
2018 after a lengthy investigation. Harvey was charged with a variety of crimes
ranging from battery to drug trafficking. He has been held in the Levy County
Detention Facility since this arrest.
Yesterday more charges were filed on Harvey after an
examination of drugs seized during the investigation prior to his November
arrest were received by the LCSO. Detective Rob Bowers added twelve (12) more
drug related charges including possession with the intent to distribute
fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, sale of cocaine,
sale of fentanyl and use of a two way communication device during the
commission of a felony. 
Street level drug sales investigations are difficult to
conduct. In the case involving Harvey, Detectives suspected he was selling
heroin. Detectives discovered on two instances he actually sold drugs that were
a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl. On a third occasion he sold pure fentanyl.
Fentanyl is the drug that has been linked to multiple
overdose deaths across the nation and has harmed many first responders who
inadvertently came into contact with this substance. Deputies in Levy County
now carry Narcan, which is used to counteract the deadly effects of this drug,
both for victims and ourselves. 
An additional $530,000.00 in bonds has been levied against
Harvey bringing his total bond to 1.29 million dollars.

Traffic Crash Involving a School Bus

March 21, 2019
LCSO Deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol are on the
scene of a traffic crash involving a Levy County school bus at the intersection
of SR 24 and NE 99th Place in Bronson. No students aboard bus 0984 report
being injured but are being checked by Emergency Medical Services as a
precaution. Deputies reported a pickup truck rear ended the bus at this
intersection. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.
Parents do not respond to the crash scene. Parents will be
contacted by the Levy County School Board at the number listed in your child’s emergency
contact information filed with their school. The students aboard the damaged
bus will be transferred to another bus which will take them to their drop off
locations. All students aboard bus 0984 will be arriving to their drop off
locations late.

Serial Burglar Arrested After He is ID’ed from Facebook Video

March 21, 2019
Local business owner Ryan Bell purchased the building
formally known as Deke’s Restaurant and installed a state of the art video
surveillance system. His simple decision to safeguard his own property led to
the arrest of Harold William Santry, Jr (8-19-64) of Chiefland. 
Mr. Bell and his wife used social media to flood our local
area with the video his surveillance system captured of the then unknown suspect.
One of their followers who was shopping at Wal-Mart identified Santry Tuesday
afternoon. Santry, who must have been totally unaware of the video, was inside
Wal-Mart shopping too. LCSO Deputies and Chiefland Police Department Officers
responded to Wal-Mart and apprehended Santry. 
Santry has a lengthy arrest history with arrests beginning in
1984. He has amassed 15 felony arrests with 9 felony convictions and two tours
through the Florida Department of Corrections. His crimes include battery on a law
enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, fleeing and attempting to elude
law enforcement, aggravated battery of LEO, theft, drugs and burglary just to
name a few.
Detectives executed a search warrant on his home and discovered
a wood chipper reported stolen in a Levy County case our deputies responded to
in 2015. Detectives also discovered Santry moved into Levy County in June of
2015. Multiple firearms were recovered and Santry has been charged with possession
of a firearm by a convicted felon as well as other crimes. 
LCSO Detectives will be working on this case for months. Many
seized items have been identified, but most have not. Santry appeared to target
the areas between Chiefland and Fanning Springs. Residents who lived in these areas
between June of 2015 and March of 2019 and have had something stolen from their
home are asked to contact our Criminal Investigations Division at 352-486-5111 to
schedule a meeting. We will allow you to view all the property which has not
been identified. The process of cataloging the items will take time and we are
asking for your patience.
We are also asking our public if you had any interaction with
Santry or even purchased something from him to contact us. He is a very
accomplished criminal and we want to ensure you that you are not in trouble. We
just need to identify any stolen property he may have sold to the unsuspecting.
Additional cases identified this way would allow us to file more charges on him
and ensure he does not ever get out of jail again to victimize another Levy
County resident. 

Santry is being held
in the Levy County Detention Facility in lieu of a $695,000.00 bond.