What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is a county wide program designed to help law enforcement solve crimes. This is done by providing the public with a means to phone in tips anonymously and receive rewards for information that leads to arrests.
How does Crime Stoppers work?
It's simple. A caller dials 1-877-349-tips (8477) and without giving his or her name or any personal data, relays information regarding a crime: the whereabouts of a wanted person; or the facts of a crime that has not yet been committed. The caller is given a code number and remains anonymous.
Who is eligible for Crime Stoppers awards?
Any person who directly gives information which leads to the arrest of an adult
or juvenile, or the arrest of a fugitive is eligible for reward.
Law enforcement officers, their immediate families, the perpetrator or co-conspirator of a crime, a fugitive from justice or the immediate family of a Crime Stoppers board member are not eligible for rewards.
What Law enforcement agencies are involved with the Crime Stoppers program?
The Sheriff's Office and all Levy County police departments. The Law Enforcement Program Coordinator works with all Levy County Law Enforcement Agencies, exchanging information regarding Crime Stoppers Cases and tips received.
What can I do?
Take the time to fight crime. Call the toll free tips line and tell us what you know. Crime Stoppers does not use caller ID or record any telephone conversations. If we do not know who you are, you can't be called to court.
Does Crime Stoppers Work?
Absolutely. In Florida alone, based upon Crime Stoppers tips from twelve operating programs from the mid 1980's to 1993: 14,051 arrest have been made; 31,682 cases have been closed; $64 million dollars in stolen property has been recovered; and $380 million dollars worth of narcotics have been seized. All of this has been accomplished with an average reward payment per case solved of $54.89.
Who runs Crime Stoppers?
The Crime Stoppers organization is run by independent civilian Board of Directors representing all areas of Levy County. These people are everyday citizens dedicated to helping law enforcement solve crime in Levy County.
Jail Media Report from 06/22/2015 to 06/28/2015
BROAT JR, MARK EDWARD, 25, OF WILLISTON, FL: PROB VIOLATION.
COOPRIDER, KRISTI D, 27, OF INGLIS, FL: PROB VIOLATION; FAILURE TO APPEAR.
COVEY, AIMEE MARIE, 26, OF TRENTON, FL: OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT.
ELWOOD, GEORGE KENNETH, 30, OF BRONSON, FL: PROB VIOLATION.
GARRETT, HOLLY, 27, OF SPRING HILL, FL: DUI ALCOHOL OR DRUGS; POSSESS COCAINE; MARIJUANA-POSSES NOT MORE THAN 20 GRAMS.
ISAACS, WILLIAM FREDERICK, 58, OF BRONSON, FL: OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT; SEX ASSLT VICTIM 12 YOA OLDER SPECIAL CONDITIONS; BATTERY TOUCH OR STRIKE.
LAYFIELD, CANDANCE LA-VERN, 43, OF TRENTON, FL: FAILURE TO APPEAR; VOP AGG ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON WITHOUT INTENT TO KILL.
MEEKS, CHASTITY, 34, OF OTTER CREEK, FL: FAILURE TO APPEAR X 2.
MESSERICH, JUSTIN ROBERT, 33, OF BRONSON, FL: LARC-GRAND THEFT 300 LESS THAN 5K DOLS.
MORGAN, DUSTIN ROSS, 27, OF TRENTON, FL: BATTERY TOUCH OR STRIKE.
PATRICK, CHRISS, 38, OF WILLISTON, FL: DUI ALCOHOL OR DRUGS; OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT.
SMETANA, BRIAN ANTHONY, 22, OF OTTER CREEK, FL: PROB VIOLATION.
SHULL, JULIE ANN, 30, OF DUNNELLON, FL: OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT.
SMITH, MARIA TERUKO, 35, OF GAINESVILLE, FL: POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE; DRIVE WHILE LIC SUSP HABITUAL OFFENDER; KNOWINGLY DRIVE WHILE LIC SUSPENDED OR REVOKED.
STRIDE, CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL, 46, OF MORRISTON, FL: CONTEMPT OF COURT VIOL INJUNCTION REPEAT SEX DATE VIOL.
WEICHMAN, MATTHEW AURTHER, 29, OF MACCLENNY, FL: OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT X 2.
VESSELS, ANTHONY WALTER, 23, OF GAINESVILLE, FL: VOP-BURGLARY.
VOP FELONY DRIVING WHILE LIC CANCELLED/SUSPENDED/REVOKED
BOND $ 250
VOP DWLSR/EXPIRED TAG
VOP POSSESSION FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON
VOP AGGRAVATED ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON
Independence Day Safety
Independence Day recognizes the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and birth of the United States of America. For most families, Independence Day is a time for family festivities, picnics and cookouts, parades and boating followed by an evening filled with firework displays taking place across the Country.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by professionals. In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries. The risk of injury from fireworks is greatest for young children ages 0-14.
Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) reminds local residents and visitors of a few simple safety tips to prevent fireworks-related injuries;
• Have a fire extinguisher readily available to put out any accidental fires quickly.
• Have water buckets and a hose available in the case that a fire becomes larger than a small extinguisher can take care of.
• Keep fireworks away from small children and pets.
• When disposing of 4th of July decorations and fireworks, make sure they are completely free of heat and fire.
• Keep the area where fireworks will be set off clear of debris including bushes, dry grass, trees, streamers, balloons, flammable helium, and other fire hazardous materials.
• Avoid illegal fireworks. They are illegal due to the increased danger involved with certain types of fireworks.
Levy County Department of Public Safety
LCSO Offers Teen Driver Improvement Program this Summer
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Community Relations Division, is offering a Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License, Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.
The goal of this program is to educate the teenage drivers of Levy County of the dangers of aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and to reinforce the benefits of seatbelt use. These four issues have been found to be major causes of teen involved crashes, injuries and fatalities.
This program is free of cost and is 4 hours in duration consisting of classroom instruction, videos, power point presentations and hands-on time during which the students will drive golf carts through a course to learn first-hand the dangers of the choices they make while driving.
The program is a graphic presentation that will show students the human consequences of their driving choices. Parental waivers are required due to the graphic nature of the presentation. Waivers are available and online at www.levyso.com and then click on the Teen Driver Improvement icon on left side of screen, and at school. All students will be required to pre-register for the class by calling Lt. Shawn Hunt or Sgt. Max Long at (352) 486-5111 or via our e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This class has a minimum requirement of 4 students for each class to take place, so these dates are tentative.
ALL CLASSES BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M.
Williston H.S. July: 6, 9, 16, 21, 27, 30 August: 6, 11
Chiefland H.S. July: 8, 15, 20, 23, 29 August: 4, 10, 13
Bronson H.S. July: 13, 22, 28 August: 3
Cedar Key School July: 7 August: 5
Yankeetown School July: 14 August: 12