Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office

Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office The official page of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office. Robert (Bobby) Schultz, Sheriff We reserve the right to block users and delete comments that are considered inappropriate or off topic.

***Please note that this page is not monitored 24 hours per day and in case of an emergency, please call 911.*** Welcome to the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Official page. We hope to share with you news and information regarding law enforcement services here in Gilchrist County. The purpose of GCSO's social media platform is to provide information of public interest to the county's residents, business community, visitors and other members of the general public. We encourage commentators to submit comments and questions regarding the posted topics. GCSO reserves the right to remove comments that are offensive, off topic or profane in nature. We further reserve the right to temporarily ban access to our page for repeated postings that contain offensive, off topic or profane remarks and to permanently ban access if such comments continue when access is reinstated. Communication may be subject to F.S.S. 119 and considered public record.

Mission: "Striving to make Gilchrist County a safer place to live, work and visit; while providing Courteous, Professional, Effective, and Efficient law enforcement services." "One Team One Mission"

Operating as usual

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
11/12/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Eta, located inland over north Florida -www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Eta - and on Tropical Storm Theta, located over the eastern Atlantic - www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Theta

Elsewhere on this Thursday morning, a tropical wave is located over the central Caribbean Sea continues to produce a large area of showers and thunderstorms. Satellite imagery indicates that the disturbance is gradually becoming better organized, and a tropical depression will likely form within the
next couple of days as it moves slowly westward over the central and western Caribbean Sea. It has a high (80 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a high (90 percent) chance during the next five days. Regardless of development, this system is expected to bring heavy rainfall along with possible flash flooding to portions of Hispaniola over the next day or so. www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
11/12/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Here are the Key Messages from NHC regarding Tropical Storm Eta, issued at 4 a.m. EST Thursday - www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
11/12/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

...ETA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG WINDS ACROSS PORTIONS OF WEST-CENTRAL FLORIDA...

... A Storm Surge Warning continues from Bonita Beach to Suwanee River Florida, including Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.
...A Storm Surge Watch continues from the Steinhatchee River to Suwannee River, Fla.
The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in these areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
- Anclote River to Boca Grande, FL incl. Tampa Bay...3-5 ft
- Boca Grande, FL to Bonita Beach, FL including Charlotte
Harbor...2-4 ft
- Steinhatchee River to Anclote River...2-4 ft
- Bonita Beach to Flamingo...1-2 ft

... A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Bonita Beach to Suwannee River, Fla. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the watch area along the Florida west coast this evening through early Thursday.

... A Tropical Storm Watch continues from north of the Suwannee River to the Aucilla River, Fla. Tropical Storm conditions are possible in the watch area by Thursday.

A few tornadoes are possible through tonight over parts of western and central Florida.

Interests elsewhere along the Gulf Coast of Florida should monitor the progress of Eta. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office - www.weather.gov

At 7 p.m. EST, the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located off the west coast of Florida about 45 miles (70 km) west of St. Petersburg. Eta is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue
overnight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast and northeast Thursday morning. On the forecast track, the center of Eta will move closer to but just offshore of the west-central coast of Florida tonight, and move inland over the northern portion of the Florida peninsula on Thursday. Eta is expected to move northeastward into the western Atlantic late Thursday and early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. During the past couple of hours, a C-MAN observing station at Venice Beach measured a sustained wind of 47 mph (76 km/h). A Weatherflow site at the Skyway fishing pier recently reported a sustained wind of 43 mph (69 km/h) and a gust to 55 mph (89 km/h). Another Weatherflow site at Clam Bayou Nature Preserve, near St. Petersburg, just reported a gust of 51 mph (82 km/h). Slow weakening is expected as Eta approaches the west coast of Florida tonight, followed by rapid weakening after landfall occurs on Thursday.

Eta is expected to produce the following rainfall totals:
- West and central Florida, through Thursday: 2 to 4 inches, with maximum storm total accumulations of 6 inches.
- North and South Florida, through Thursday: An additional 1 to 2 inches, with isolated maximum storm total accumulations of 4 inches, in North Florida and 20 inches in South Florida.

Flash and river flooding will be possible in western Cuba through Wednesday, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain. Additional flash and urban flooding will be possible in South Florida through Thursday, especially across previously inundated areas. Flash,urban, and isolated minor river flooding is expected across portions of West and North Florida through Thursday.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 10 p.m. EST - www.hurricanes.gov

11/11/2020
Gilchrist County Fire Rescue & Emergency Management

Gilchrist County Fire Rescue & Emergency Management

Gilchrist County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Tropical storm ETA, With the assistance of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s office Gilchrist County Fire Rescue and the Board of Commissioners. The storm is projected to be in this area around 1AM and should be out of the area by 10AM. Please continue to monitor your local news for updates. If you drive up and see standing water please turn around, do not drive through standing water. If you receive damage, please contact the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s office at 352-463-3410. If you have an emergency dial 911.

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
11/11/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Here are the Key Messages from NHC regarding Tropical Storm Eta, issued at 4 p.m. EST Wednesday - www.hurricanes.gov

To all veterans of all branches: 🇺🇸 Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. Than...
11/11/2020

To all veterans of all branches: 🇺🇸 Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all.
Thank you for your service!

Sheriff Bobby Schultz and GCSO would like to congratulate Deputy Sheriff Robert Whitaker and K9 Dutch for completing the...
11/11/2020

Sheriff Bobby Schultz and GCSO would like to congratulate Deputy Sheriff Robert Whitaker and K9 Dutch for completing the narcotics detection dog training and becoming certified today. Both have, and will continue, to work hard for the Citizens of Gilchrist County.

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
11/10/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Eta, located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico just offshore the coast of western Cuba - www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Eta - and on Subtropical Storm Theta, located over the eastern Atlantic - www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Theta

Elsewhere on this Tuesday afternoon, a tropical wave is located over the eastern Caribbean Sea, producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. The wave is expected to move westward into more conducive environmental conditions over the next several days, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or this weekend when the wave reaches the central or western Caribbean Sea. It has a low (10 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and a high (70 percent) chance during the next five days. - www.hurricanes.gov

Congratulations Sgt. Jenkins! Enjoy your Retirement!!
11/06/2020

Congratulations Sgt. Jenkins! Enjoy your Retirement!!

It’s that time of year again for fall festivities. Sheriff Schultz had a terrific morning delivering candy bags to the c...
10/30/2020

It’s that time of year again for fall festivities. Sheriff Schultz had a terrific morning delivering candy bags to the children at our area schools!

🎃Trick or Treat🎃
Smell my Feet
Sheriff Schultz Bought Candy
🍭🍬For the Kids to Eat !🍭🍬

Sheriff Schultz is filling in as School Resource Deputy at Bell Elementary School today while several of our deputies ar...
10/26/2020

Sheriff Schultz is filling in as School Resource Deputy at Bell Elementary School today while several of our deputies are taking the Sergeants exam. We would like to wish all our deputies good luck!

We are having issues calling out to Verizon cell phones.  Verizon has been notified of the issue and will be working wit...
10/24/2020

We are having issues calling out to Verizon cell phones. Verizon has been notified of the issue and will be working with AT&T to correct the problem. If you call 911, please remain on the line until the call taker advises you to disconnect, as we will not be able to call you back. If you get disconnected, please call us back immediately.

Sheriff Bobby Schultz would like to thank this citizen for recognizing Deputy Helton and sending us this picture. Great ...
10/23/2020

Sheriff Bobby Schultz would like to thank this citizen for recognizing Deputy Helton and sending us this picture. Great job, Deputy Helton!

Sheriff Bobby Schultz wants to thank Deputy Lea for going out of his way to assist Mr. Wallace Cannon of Bell with chang...
10/22/2020

Sheriff Bobby Schultz wants to thank Deputy Lea for going out of his way to assist Mr. Wallace Cannon of Bell with changing a blown tire! We also want to wish Deputy Lea Happy Birthday today!

10/22/2020
****UPDATE at 3:45pm: Verizon has contacted us to advise that per AT&T the issue has been fixed and all lines are workin...
10/21/2020

****UPDATE at 3:45pm: Verizon has contacted us to advise that per AT&T the issue has been fixed and all lines are working appropriately at this time. We have tested it on our end and been able to make calls to Verizon cells again.****

Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office is having issues dialing out to Verizon cell phones. Verizon customers: If you have an emergency and call 911, please stay on the line until you are advised to disconnect. If you get disconnected, please call us back immediately, as we will be unable to call you. Verizon is aware of the issue and is working with AT&T to get it corrected as quickly as possible.

***UPDATE AT 10:55: Roadway is clear.***Traffic Delays***Be advised the Road Dept is working on the caution light at 340...
10/12/2020

***UPDATE AT 10:55: Roadway is clear.

***Traffic Delays***
Be advised the Road Dept is working on the caution light at 340/129 intersection. Please use caution and expect delays.

On 10/2/2020 Deputy Dyle was conducting traffic enforcement in the Fanning Springs area. Deputy Dyle observed Roger Hand...
10/07/2020

On 10/2/2020 Deputy Dyle was conducting traffic enforcement in the Fanning Springs area. Deputy Dyle observed Roger Hand operating a Motor Vehicle. Deputy Dyle had prior knowledge Hand does not possess a valid driver’s license. Deputy Dyle conducted a Traffic Stop on the vehicle Hand was operating. Fredrick Keebler II was a front seat passenger in the vehicle. K9 Sgt. Ericson arrived on scene and deployed K9 Ace around the exterior of the vehicle. K9 Ace indicated there were illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. A search was conducted, and both subjects were arrested for the following:

Roger Hand was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamines and Driving While License Suspended Knowingly. Bond was set at $7,000.00

Fredrick Keebler II was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamines and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $7,000.00

09/28/2020
Timeline Photos
09/26/2020

Timeline Photos

On September 2, 2020,  a trailer with tools was reported stolen in the southwest part of Gilchrist County.  A subsequent...
09/23/2020

On September 2, 2020, a trailer with tools was reported stolen in the southwest part of Gilchrist County. A subsequent investigation led by Det. Ponce led to the arrest of four subjects and the recovery of several of the stolen tools.
On September 4, 2020, Ronald William Koltz Jr. of Fanning Springs was arrested in connection with this incident on charges of Burglary, Grand Theft, Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle, and Dealing in Stolen Property with a total bond of $90,000.00.
On September 10, 2020, an arrest warrant was issued for Brian Eldon Wright by Judge Pena on charges of Burglary, Grand Theft, and Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle with a total bond of $65,000.00. On September 16, 2020, Brian Eldon Wright was arrested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated charges.
On September 4, 2020, Kathleen Dawn Luce of Fanning Springs was arrested in connection with this incident on a charge of Dealing in Stolen Property with a bond of $35,000.00.
On September 9, 2020, an arrest warrant was issued for Jason Ray Martin by Judge Pena for a charge of Dealing in Stolen Property with bond set at $50,000.00. Jason Ray Martin was arrested on September 10, 2020, by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/21/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Beta, located over the western Gulf of Mexico; on Hurricane Teddy, located a few hundred miles south-southeast of Bermuda; and on recently downgraded Tropical Depression Wilfred, located over the central tropical Atlantic.
www.hurricanes.gov

Elsewhere on this Sunday afternoon, Post-Tropical Cyclone Paulette is located a few hundred miles south of the Azores and continues to produce disorganized shower activity to the northwest and north of its center of circulation. This system
is drifting southward over marginally warm waters and is expected to begin moving eastward in a couple of days. The cyclone could develop tropical or subtropical characteristics during the next day or two. It has a medium (60 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and five days. For more information about marine hazards associated with this system, see High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo France at www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-marine/bulletin/grandlarge/metarea2

There is also a small low pressure system that has moved inland over the south-central Florida peninsula and is located just to the northwest of Lake Okeechobee. Although shower activity is currently disorganized, some development could occur when the low moves westward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico later tonight and on Monday. However, by late Tuesday or Wednesday, upper-level winds are expected to become unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at about 10 mph. It has a low (10 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and five days. For more information on this disturbance, please see local products at www.weather.gov and High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service at ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.php

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/17/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

NHC is continuing to issue advisories on Hurricane Teddy, located over the central tropical Atlantic - www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Teddy - and on Tropical Storm Vicky, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic. - www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Vicky. NHC issued its last advisory on Tropical Depression Sally, located inland over eastern Alabama - www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Sally

Elsewhere over the Atlantic basin on this Thursday morning, a well-defined low pressure system is located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The thunderstorm activity has continued to increase and become better organized, and upper-level winds are gradually becoming more conducive for
development. If this trend continues, a tropical depression or a tropical storm could form later today. It has a high (90 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and five days. The low is expected to meander over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico for the next day or so before moving slowly northward to northeastward on Friday and Saturday. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.

There is an elongated area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development during the next few days, and a tropical depression could form before upper-level winds become less favorable over the weekend. The low is forecast to move west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph during the next several days. It has a medium chance of formatation during the next five days.

Also, a non-tropical area of low pressure is located over the far northeastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles east of the Azores. The showers and thunderstorms have become more concentrated this morning. Some additional subtropical development is possible during the next day or so as it moves east-southeastward and then northeastward at about 10 mph. The system is expected to reach the coast of Portugal late Friday. It has a low (30 percent) chance of formation during the next five days. For more information on this system, see High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo France at www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-marine/bulletin/grandlarge/metarea2

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/16/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

...SALLY'S NORTHERN EYEWALL WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS MOVING ACROSS THE GULF COAST FROM PENSACOLA BEACH FLORIDA WESTWARD TO DAUPHIN
ISLAND ALABAMA...
...CATASTROPHIC AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING LIKELY ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...

*** A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Fort Morgan Alabama to the Walton/Bay County Line Florida
*** A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida
*** A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* East of the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida to Indian Pass Florida
* Mississippi/Alabama State Line to the Mouth of the Pearl River

Hurricane conditions are spreading onshore within the hurricane warning area in Florida and Alabama. Tropical storm conditions will continue in portions of the warning areas through tonight. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office - www.weather.gov

A few tornadoes may occur today and tonight across portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama, and southwestern Georgia.

At 4 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Sally was located about 50 miles (75 km) south-southeast of Mobile, AL., and about 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Pensacola, FL. Sally is moving toward the north-northeast near 3 mph (6 km/h). A north-northeastward to northeastward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected later today and tonight, followed by a faster northeastward motion on Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Sally will approach the northern Gulf Coast this morning, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area later today. Sally is then expected to move inland across southeastern Alabama tonight.

Recent data from An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft and the Mobile Alabama Doppler weather radar indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). A sustained wind of 98 mph (157 km/h) and a gust to 116 mph (187 km/h) were recently measured by an elevated NOS CO-OP observing station in Fort Morgan, Alabama. A University of Florida weather tower located at Gulf Shores, Alabama, reported a sustained wind speed of 75 mph (121 km/h) and a gust to 93 mph (150 km/h). NOAA buoy 42012, located about 50 miles southeast of Mobile, Alabama, recently reported a sustained wind of 71 mph (115 km/h) and a pressure of 970.9 mb inside the eastern portion of Sally's eye. Some slight increase in strength is possible before the center of Sally's eye makes landfall later this morning. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall occurs.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
- Dauphin Island AL to Okaloosa/Walton County FL Line...4-7 ft
- Pensacola Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay FL...4-7 ft
Mobile Bay...2-4 ft
- Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Walton/Bay County line FL...2-4 ft
- MS/AL Border to Dauphin Island AL...2-4 ft
- Walton/Bay County line to Chassahowitzka FL including Saint Andrew Bay...1-3 ft

Through this afternoon, Sally will produce additional rainfall totals of 8 to 12 inches with localized higher amounts possible along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from west of Tallahassee, Florida to Mobile Bay, Alabama. Storm totals of 10 to 20 inches to isolated amounts of 35 inches is expected. Historic and catastrophic flooding is unfolding. In addition, this rainfall will lead to widespread moderate to major river flooding.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 10 a.m. CDT with an intermediate advisory at 7 a.m. CDT - www.hurricanes.gov

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***Please note that this page is not monitored 24 hours per day and in case of an emergency, please call 911.*** Welcome to the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Official page. We hope to share with you news and information regarding law enforcement services here in Gilchrist County. The purpose of GCSO's social media platform is to provide information of public interest to the county's residents, business community, visitors and other members of the general public. We encourage commentators to submit comments and questions regarding the posted topics. GCSO reserves the right to remove comments that are offensive, off topic or profane in nature. We further reserve the right to temporarily ban access to our page for repeated postings that contain offensive, off topic or profane remarks and to permanently ban access if such comments continue when access is reinstated. Communication may be subject to F.S.S. 119 and considered public record.

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