**MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS**
On Saturday night 03.11.17 K-9 Officer Kyle Schultz conducted a traffic stop on a white BMW SUV in the area of Alternate Highway 27 in front of the Department of Transportation. Upon making contact with the vehicle occupants and deploying his Canine partner “Blitz” on the vehicle, a positive alert was received on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. Upon removing the occupants of the vehicle and conducting a search of the vehicle, Officer Schultz located approximately 1.5 grams of Heroin, 3 grams of Crack Cocaine and 3.5 grams of Methamphetamine as well as numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia and $249.00 of U.S Currency. The driver of the SUV Joshua Allen was arrested for the following charges:
Possession of Cocaine – Felony,
Possession of Methamphetamine- Felony
Possession of Heroin- Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Total Bond: $80,000
The female passenger of the SUV, Deborah Lee was arrested for the following charges:
Possession of Cocaine- Felony
Possession of Methamphetamine- Felony
Possession of Heroin- Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- Misdemeanor
Resisting w/out Violence- Misdemeanor
Total Bond: $ 105,000
** RECOVERED BODY/HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION**
On March 18, 2017 Chiefland Police Department began working with Levy County Sheriff’s Office in attempts to locate a possible homicide victim that had been buried in the area of Chiefland. Information received from the City of Palmetto Florida Police Department indicated that the victim was possibly buried in the area on 03.14.2017. With cooperation from local sources CPD and LCSO investigators discovered the area where a white middle aged female victim had been buried in approximately a 3 foot shallow grave in area of Buie Park Rd. approximately 200 yards off the roadway in the woods. 8th Circuit Medical Examiner and LCSO crime scene unit were requested to extract the body and assist with processing the scene. It is believed that the body of the female found is the victim from the homicide that occurred in Palmetto, FL. on March 13, 2017. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Gainesville, FL has not yet determined the identity of female recovered.
Tricia Freeman was reported as missing on March 15, 2017. Her daughter Kayla Coyer’s boyfriend Roy Nichols Jr. confessed to killing Freeman. Both were arrested in West Virginia on March 18, 2017. Nichols Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and Colyer was charged with accessory to murder.
On 03.07.2017 at approximately 8:00AM while conducting school zone traffic enforcement, Officer Blake Murphy conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Nissan Versa passenger car for unlawful speed of 29 MPH in a 15 MPH school zone. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as John Capell Jr. Officer Murphy could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
Upon further investigation and a search of Capell’s vehicle, a large amount of U.S. Currency totaling $3,999 was located along with approximately 345 grams of Psilocybin Mushrooms, some in plastic zip lock baggies. Also located was approximately 766 grams of Psilocybin Mushrooms mixed with chocolate which were packaged in bars wrapped in gold foil. Approximately 6 grams of LSD “acid” was found in the vehicle packaged in a zip lock bag on the driver side floor of the vehicle.
Also located in the vehicle was approximately 11 grams of methamphetamine and 2.5 grams of marijuana.
Capell was placed under arrest by Officer Murphy and transported to the Levy County Jail where he was booked in and charged for the listed charges:
Possession of Psilocybin with Intent to Distribute – Felony $100,000
Trafficking in LSD – Felony $100,000
Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute- Felony $100,000
Possession of Marijuana Less Than 20 Grams – Misdemeanor $1,000
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- Misdemeanor $1,000
NEWS FEED UPDATED 05/01/2017
Monday April 24th at the Chiefland city commission meeting Chief Scott Anderson promoted Officer Blake Murphy to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Murphy currently is assigned to the patrol division on Bravo Squad. Corporal Murphy has distinguished himself as a leader within our agency and has gone above and beyond his normal patrol duties on numerous occasions.
Also K-9 Officer Kyle Schultz was awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions on February 26th, 2017 involving a vehicle pursuit and incident where he struggled and eventually subdued an armed suspect after a foot pursuit and being shot at by the suspect while fighting with him to take him into custody.
Congratulations to Corporal Murphy and K-9 Schultz on their outstanding achievements!!
Chiefland Police Department
PRESS RELEASE - SHOOTING/FLEE AND ELUDE
On 02.26.2017 at approximately 0105 hours, K-9 Officer K. Schultz attempted to perform a traffic stop on a silver in color SUV for a traffic infraction in the area of North Young Blvd. and SE 4th Ave. The vehicle continued to travel south bound on S. Main St. and then on to SW 2nd Dr. failing to stop and continued to increase speed traveling south bound as officers pursued the vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued until stopping in the area of the 1000 Blk. of SW 2nd Dr. where the back seat passenger, later identified as Bobby Bean exited carrying a 12 gauge shotgun and began to run west off the roadway into the tree line. K-9 Officer Schultz gave chase after Bean and was able to catch up with him in a heavily wooded area and restrain him to which Bean began to fight with K-9 Officer Schultz on the ground striking him in the face and attempting to strangle him. During this time the Bean made statements to K-9 Officer Schultz advising he was going to kill him. Due to the circumstances K-9 Officer Schultz pulled his agency firearm from his holster and warned Bean to get off of him. Bean attempted to take K-9 Schultz’s firearm from him with both hands. Bean then tried to force the gun to K-9 Schultz’s chest and said he was going to kill him. As Bean pulled the trigger, K-9 Schultz was able to deflect the muzzle of the gun from himself to avoid being struck. Once the gun discharged, Bean stopped fighting as backup units were responding to the scene. Bean then attempted to flee on foot again to which he tripped and fell down. K-9 Schultz was then able to subdue Bean as backup units were able to place him in hand restraints and take him into custody. Levy County Sheriff’s Deputies, Levy County EMS and Chiefland Fire Department also responded to the scene.
A black 12 gauge shotgun was located nearby that Bean had dropped, which was loaded with 6 shotgun shells. During the altercation, Bean suffered a laceration to his chest area and was treated and transported to by Levy County EMS. No responding Officers suffered any major injuries during this incident.
The suspect driver of the vehicle, identified as Daniesha Watkins was arrested by Officer T. Brown and charged with Felony Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement. She was transported and booked into the Levy County Jail.
In reference to suspect Bobby Bean, after being transported by EMS and treated for injuries, he was arrested and booked into the Levy County Jail on the following charges:
Attempted Murder of Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Firearm By Convicted Felon, Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Battery By Strangulation, Kidnapping, Resisting with Violence, Discharge of Firearm in Residential Area, Depriving Officer By Means of Protection, and Threat of Violence On Law Enforcement Officer.
City of Chiefland, Levy County, Florida
Donald "Scott" Anderson, Chief of Police
"To Serve and Protect"
Department statistics for April 2017
Drug Arrests- 8
Building Checks- 1449
Calls Answered- 283
Assist Other Agencies- 17
Trespass Warnings- 6
Sworn Complaints- 10
Officer Self Initiated Activity- 319