Chiefland Police Department

  • Agency: Chiefland Police Department
  • Address: 14 E Park Ave, Chiefland, 32626 FL
  • Chief: Robert Douglas (Chief of Police)
Phone: 352-493-6777
Fax: (352) 493-6776

Chiefland Police Department is located at 14 E Park Ave, Chiefland, 32626 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert Douglas. The Chiefland Police Department phone number is 352-493-6777.

Chiefland Police Department News

**TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG TRAFFICKING ARREST** On 10.19.2018 Cpl. Murphy and Sgt. Yanok were in the area of CVS on North Young Blvd. and viewed a black in color motorcycle exiting the parking lot that had no visible tag on it. Cpl. Murphy and Sgt. Yanok performed a traffic stop on the motorcycle in the Sunstate Credit Union parking lot and contact was made with the driver identified as Bobby Joe Bullock III of Dixie County, FL. After speaking with Bullock regarding the no tag violation, he explained that he had just purchased the motorcycle in Bronson, FL. that day. It was also found that Bullock did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his Driver's License. After explaining to Bullock the requirements for him to operate the motorcycle on the roadway he gave consent for officers to search his motorcycle. Tied to the handle bar/console area a blue bandanna was seen with a bulge in the middle of it. Inside Officers located 2 plastic baggies with approximately 33.5 grams of Methamphetamine. Bullock was placed under arrest and then upon further questioning changed his initial story and explained that the motorcycle was not his and that it belonged to someone else who wanted him to ride it and that he had no knowledge of the narcotics that were located by Officers. Bullock was transported to the Levy County Jail for the charges of: Trafficking in Methamphetamine : $50,000 bond Possession of Methamphetamine: $10,000 bond Operating Motorcycle without proper DL: $500 bond

Don’t forget. Haunted house starts tonight. 8-11. $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. All proceeds support our Christmas charity. If you are interested in volunteering, call the Police Dept at 352-493-6777. Hope to see you all there.

Greetings All. We are looking for volunteers to help with our Haunted House. If you are a student needing community hours, this will be a fun way to get them. Otherwise, if you are a citizen that is interested in helping out, please contact Chiefland P.D. at 352-493-6777 for details and scheduling. We need as many people as we can get to make this work.

This sweet little guy showed up at the back door of the Chiefland Police Department just now trying to get out of the rain. Please contact CPD at 352-493-6777 or message us on this page if you are missing him or have any information as to where he is from. Thank you. **UPDATE** Thanks to our awesome facebook followers we were able to locate the owner and they were happily reunited !! Thanks everyone for the help!

*UPDATE* Highway 19 is now clear both northbound and southbound lanes. We are still investigating this crash as there were multiple injuries involved and the driver of the at fault vehicle fled the scene on foot from EMS personnel prior to CPD and LCSO arriving.

Please avoid Highway 19 in the area of Chiefland Billiards as northbound traffic is shut down due to a multiple vehicle crash

**STOLEN GUNS RECOVERED** On 10.02.2018 CPD Officers responded to Cash Munny Pawn at 1821 N.Young Blvd. after the management had called regarding stolen firearms that were attempting to be pawned. 5 firearms were recovered that had all been previously reported stolen to the Levy County Sheriff's Office. After further investigation by CPD and LCSO, Steven Paulk of Fanning Springs, FL. was placed under arrest and charged with 5 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Paulk was booked into the Levy County Jail, his bond was set at $200,000.

**DRUG ARRESTS MADE** During the evening of 10.01.2018, K-9 Officer Pete Barnes stopped a blue SUV in the 1100 block of North Young Blvd. for an inoperable headlight. After speaking with the driver, identified as Robert Vantassell III of Ocala, FL., it was found that he did not possess a valid license. Vantassell was also found to have an active warrant out of Alachua county. Vantassell was placed under arrest by K-9 Ofc. Barnes and upon a search of the vehicle, approximately 16 grams of marijuana was located, numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia as well as approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine which was found in a purse that belonged to the passenger of the vehicle identified as Rebecca Morris of Chiefland, FL. Both Vantassell III and Morris were arrested and transported to the Levy county jail for the listed charges: Vantassell III: Possession of Controlled Substance w/out Prescription Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Driving on Expired License More Than 6 Months Morris: Possession of Methamphetamine

P.S.A. Please read!!!!! SCAM ALERT!!!!!! We are getting numerous complaints from citizens stating they are being contacted by the I.R.S. They are being given case numbers and names and are being told they owe the I.R.S. Money, and if they do not contact someone at a number they provide immediately, the Police will come and arrest them. Please be aware, these calls are fake. The callers are using an app that allows them to plug in different phone numbers so it appears the calls are legitimate. As an example, the last complaint we received, the caller used the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office number. Do not fall for these scams. If the I.R.S. has an open investigation on you, a simple phone call would not be how you are notified. Nor will you be asked to make an electronic tax payment on that phone call. Please contact the I.R.S. if you do believe there is an open case against you before you send anyone money. These people will have personal information of yours that will lead you to believe they could be who they claim, however, I assure you, they are not. The I.R.S. help line for personal taxes is 1-800-829-1040. Please call them before you send anyone money. https://www.irs.com/articles/contact-the-irs is the website where you can also contact them. Please be aware this is a scam!

**SUSPICIOUS PERSON CALL LEADS TO DRUG ARREST** On September 15th, 2018 K9 Officer K. Schultz and LCSO Deputy J. Finkle were dispatched to Burger King in the city of Chiefland in reference to a suspicious person report by management. Upon arrival, management stated that there was a female in the bathroom, and she had been there in a handicapped stall for several hours. After a brief description of the female, it was determined that it matched to Jennifer Riccelli, who had been reported as missing earlier that day. Initially Riccelli would not exit the bathroom stall to speak with officers. When officers made contact with Riccelli after she would not exit, she was viewed with two plastic bags in her hands with liquid and solid substances in them. It was discovered that she was in possession of multiple syringes filled with methamphetamine which was in the plastic bags she had in her hands. The total amount of narcotics seized was approximately 275 cc’s of liquid Methamphetamine and 1 gram of solid Methamphetamine. Riccelli was subsequently arrested and transported the Levy County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Riccelli's Bond was set at $26,000.

09.14.2018 CPD responded to 1034 NE 4 St., Strawberry Fields RV Park regarding a male subject on the property. CPD had previously responded to Strawberry fields on 09.12.18 and 09.13.18 in reference to the same male subject, Chesley Beck, DOB 06.13.1979 of Trenton, Florida. CPD had initially responded on 09.12.18 regarding construction workers advising they had recently fired Beck from the job site, however he was refusing to leave the property. CPD Officers made contact with construction workers and Beck who was still on the property and Beck eventually left the property on his own and was instructed to not return. On 09.13.18 CPD was notified that Beck had contacted one of the construction workers at Strawberry Fields via phone and advised he was on his way back to the property to recover property he had left there, however Beck never showed up. On 09.14.18 CPD responded again to Strawberry Fields RV park after Beck had showed back up on the property. Corporal Tyler Brown made contact with workers at the RV park and was advised that Beck had showed back up on the property in a Green Ford pickup truck and had come onto the job site and punched a company vehicle. Beck was instructed to leave by one of the construction workers. Cpl. Brown was advised that during this incident, workers noticed Beck had what appeared to be a black handgun in the small of his back and that he made statements saying he would kill the foreman of the site before he leaves. Beck was gone from the scene prior to CPD’s arrival. After gathering information from workers, CPD Lt. Jay Bolton located the green in color Ford Pickup matching the description of the one Beck had been in at Walmart in the city of Chiefland. Cpl. Brown responded to Walmart and Beck was located exiting the store and was then taken into custody. After a search of the pickup truck Beck had been in was conducted, a .40 caliber handgun magazine was located. Officers received information that Beck had tossed the handgun he had out of the pickup truck on SR 129. After a search of the area, Officers located a black Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun in a ditch near the roadway that was loaded with 10 rounds. Beck was arrested by Cpl. Brown, charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. He was transported to the Levy County Jail and is being held on $75,000 bond.

We honor and remember all the lives that were lost and all those affected by the events of 9/11.They will never be forgotten. #neverforgotten #unitedwestand

Praying for JSO and everyone involved in this incident

**PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST** Friday night at approximately 11:15 pm Sgt. J. Yanok viewed a Chevy pickup on Highway 19 traveling north bound at high rates of speed and unable to maintain its lane of travel. Sgt. Yanok attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle, however it kept traveling at high rates of speed heading north on Highway 19 continuing to swerve and run off the roadway. After approximately a 2 mile pursuit, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and was stopped in the area of 14365 NW Highway 19. Additional CPD and LCSO units arrived and the driver of the suspect vehicle identified as Michael A. Miller was taken into custody. He was arrested and charged with Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana Less Than 20 Grams. Miller was booked into the Levy County Jail for the listed charges. *BOND UPDATE* FAIL TO OBEY LEO/FLEE : $22,500 POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA L/T 20 GRAMS: $2,500

Voting day for the city of Chiefland. Get to city hall and let your voice be heard.

Don't forget, for all residents of the City of Chiefland. Tomorrow is the day to vote in the City Elections. If you will be out of town, stop in and vote early at City Hall.