154 arrested during six-day undercover operation involving prostitutes, human traffickers

154 arrested during six-day undercover operation involving prostitutes, human traffickers

Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit completed a six-day undercover operation on Sunday, May 20, 2019, in which they posted and responded to ads soliciting prostitution. Law enforcement agencies from Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Haines City assisted in the investigation. During the investigation, detectives attempted to identify victims of human trafficking in […]

Woman who smiled for her booking photo, sentenced

Woman who smiled for her booking photo, sentenced

Ocala, Florida — A woman who smiled for her booking photo following her May 10, 2018, DUI arrest was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison. Upon her arrest, Angenette Marie Welk, 44, A.K.A. Angenette Marie Missett, was charged with DUI with Serious Bodily Injury. On May 14, the victim, 60-year-old Sandra Clarkston, was removed […]

Body discovered at horse farm

Body discovered at horse farm

Marion County — Law enforcement officials responded to the Classic Mile Park Training Center, located at 13750 West Highway 40, Ocala after an employee discovered a dead body while checking on the horses. When investigators arrived, they found that a Hispanic male had been shot to death. Officials did not say how many times the […]

Shooting ruled as murder-suicide

Shooting ruled as murder-suicide

Dunnellon — The identities of a male and female who were involved in a murder-suicide have been identified as Shawn Aldridge, 30, and Rebecca Ann Wetherell Aldridge, also 30. The incident occurred in the 13200th block of SW 15th Street Road, Dunnellon. According to reports, Rebecca had returned to her home with her uncle, Chuck Chiarelly, to change the […]

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Last week, Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith, co-sponsored legislation (HB1117) in the Florida House to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.  Rep. Michael Grieco, D-Miami Beach joined in on the bill. If the bill passes, the state would also tax marijuana. According to the language in the bill, adults over 21 years of age could possess, use, and transport up […]

Man charged with capital sexual battery on 5-year-old

Man charged with capital sexual battery on 5-year-old

A 49-year-old Ocala man is being held without bail after being charged with Capital Sexual Battery-Domestic on a 5-year-old girl. On February 18, authorities received information that Matthew Alvin Hockenberry had been forcing a child to perform sex acts. The 5-year-old told a family member that Hockenberry had forced her to perform oral sex on […]

Marion County Fire Rescue opens hiring for Single-Certified Paramedics & EMTs

Marion County Fire Rescue opens hiring for Single-Certified Paramedics & EMTs

Marion County Fire Rescue has opened hiring for Single-Certified Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians interested in joining their ranks. The positions work a 24 hours on-duty / 48 hour off –duty (24/48) schedule, after successful completion of orientation. MCFR offers a 3-week Kelly Day. Paramedic starting salary is $48,089 – $51,130 depending on Kelly Day […]

Anglers furious over new shark fishing regulations

Anglers furious over new shark fishing regulations

At its February meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said it approved changes to shark fishing regulations, including management changes for the shore-based shark fishery. FWC says these rules are intended to increase survival of released sharks, improve information gathering for the fishery, and address some of the public safety […]

OPD needs your help identifying these criminals

OPD needs your help identifying these criminals

The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying several theft suspects. Do you recognize anyone in these photos? If you have information about these cases, you are urged to call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or text 274637 using keyword 368-STOP. Tipsters can also visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. […]

Food court restaurant had hundreds of rodent droppings

Food court restaurant had hundreds of rodent droppings

A Chinese restaurant, Mandarin Express, located at 3100 College Road, Ocala (inside the Paddock Mall), was closed down due to hundreds of rodent droppings and other violations. Majority of the issues noted by the inspector were serious, repeat violations. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation cites violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which […]

Dogs, venomous snakes removed from Ocala home

Dogs, venomous snakes removed from Ocala home

Summerfield — Marion County Animal Services served a search warrant at 14255 Southeast 100th Avenue following an anonymous tip. When investigators arrived, they found 38 dogs and several diamondback rattlesnakes, at which time the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified. Officials said that Tyrone A. Terry, 41, does not have the proper permits […]

Man threatens woman, puts gun to her head

Man threatens woman, puts gun to her head

An Ocala man was arrested Tuesday following an altercation with his girlfriend. Authorities say that 21-year-old Ceasar Davila repeatedly choked his girlfriend and put a gun to her head after he found out that she had texted another person for a ride. Davila reportedly put a gun to the woman’s head and stated, “We gonna […]

Sheriff suspends law enforcement services until further notice

FOLKS, LOCK YOUR DOORS, LOAD YOUR GUNS AND GET YOU A BARKING, BITING DOG.

Sheriff suspends law enforcement services until further notice

John Kirk, the sheriff of Martin County, Kentucky, has suspended law enforcement services until further notice. The temporary shutdown is due to the lack of funds required to pay employees. On Facebook, the sheriff wrote, “We have no one to blame but some of our former fiscal court for the poor management of our tax […]

Trinity Catholic High School Carnival, coupons available

Trinity Catholic High School Carnival, coupons available

  Ocala — Trinity Catholic High School will host its annual Winter Carnival from February 21 to February 24 on the school grounds, located at 2600 SW 42nd Street, Ocala. This is a family-friendly fundraiser and will feature Dreamland Amusements midway rides for all ages. From whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides, carnival games […]

Live roaches found, emergency shutdown order issued

Live roaches found, emergency shutdown order issued

Umatilla — River’s Edge Bar & Grill, located at 19400 SE CR 42, Umatilla, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on January 31 by the state. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on February 1st after a reinspection. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation cites violations of Florida’s sanitation and […]

Gator Joe’s, high priority violations

Gator Joe’s, high priority violations

Ocklawaha — Gator Joe’s, located at 12431 SE 135th Ave, Ocklawaha, had several potentially hazardous violations during a recent inspection of the establishment. Many were repeat violations. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation cites violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code. High […]

Ultralight glider crashes at Jumbolair Airport, one dead

Ultralight glider crashes at Jumbolair Airport, one dead

The National Transport Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an ultralight glider aircraft crash that left one dead. The crash occurred Saturday at approximately 4:26 p.m. at the Jumbolair Airport. located at 8857 West Anthony Road, Anthony. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the pilot, a 56-year-old male, deceased. The identity of the […]

Fleeing suspect captured, school lock down lifted

Fleeing suspect captured, school lock down lifted

Ocala police have called off the search for a suspect who crashed into an OPD patrol car while attempting to flee from a traffic stop. According to OPD, at approximately 8:12 a.m., Officer William Joedicke conducted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Charger in the area of Gateway Plaza. The driver of the vehicle […]

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