Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Ocala, Florida — On March 13, 2017, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence after a juvenile reported that she had been battered. The juvenile told the responding deputy that she had not been home in two days because her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, Robert Louis Young, 35, had been heavily using […]

Woman confronted juveniles with pipe, arrested

Woman confronted juveniles with pipe, arrested

A woman who has allegedly had trouble with several neighborhood juveniles tried to take matters into her own hands Friday. Marion County sheriff’s deputies were at the victim’s house investigating an unrelated incident when the victim told them about a confrontation she had with a another neighbor earlier in the day. According to reports, Jessica […]

Ocklawaha woman charged with public assistance fraud

Ocklawaha woman charged with public assistance fraud

Ocklawaha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was arrested after investigators with the Florida Department of Financial Services determined she had committed welfare fraud. Investigator T.N.Mitchell said that Jessica L. Fong, 28, falsified multiple Department of Children and Families applications when she applied for public assistance. According to reports, Fong applied for assistance for herself and […]

Conversation over pregnancy ended with arrest

Conversation over pregnancy ended with arrest

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Pilot Gas Station, located at 2020 Southwest 135th Street, after a woman said she had been slapped. The victim told the deputy that she drove to the 100 block of Marion Oaks Boulevard to talk to her boyfriend, Carlos J. Vasquez Jr., 21, because the two […]

Federal warrant served on Hay Meat Market

Federal warrant served on Hay Meat Market

Ocala, Florida — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that they had completed a nearly 4-year-long investigation into the Hay Meat Market, located at 3334 Northwest Blitchton Road, Ocala. The Hay Meat Market opened for business in 2008. A short time later, the business became authorized to accept food stamps, better known as EBT. […]

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested after Ocala Dental Lab reported that approximately $5,000 in gold had been stolen from the business. The business owner, Robert Markham, stated that the lab uses the gold for various types of dental work. Markham told Ocala police that he suspected Johnathan Jesse Peterson, 31, was the […]

Woman, pregnant, recovering from beating

Woman, pregnant, recovering from beating

A pregnant woman is recovering from her injuries after her boyfriend physically attacked her during an argument. An Ocala Police Department police officer responded to Burger 21 after receiving a call about a domestic battery. The victim told police that she had just ran away her boyfriend, Joshua Fidalgo, 25, after living with him for […]

Bills would decriminalize marijuana in Florida

Bills would decriminalize marijuana in Florida

Florida — Under the new bills, marijuana could soon be decriminalized in Florida. Two Florida lawmakers said they want a total overhaul of Florida’s marijuana laws. Congressman Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) and Senator Jeff Clements (D-Lake Worth) filed two bills — HB 1403 and SB 1662 — the first week of March that would decriminalize possession of marijuana […]

Residents happy, neighborhood bully arrested

Residents happy, neighborhood bully arrested

Some residents who live in the Berkley Pointe Apartment complex say they are glad that a neighborhood bully and suspected drug dealer is behind bars. Ocala police responded to the apartments after a mother reported that her 15-year-old son had been robbed at gunpoint. The suspect, later identified as Hayden Hoilett, 18, robbed the boy […]

Man wanted since January, arrested

Man wanted since January, arrested

An Ocala man who was wanted for violating his felony probation was arrested and is being held without bond. Stephen Ennis, 22, violated his probation after he was arrested in August of 2015 and charged with Fraud-Use Fictitious Personal ID, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, and Petit Theft. During […]

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed that search efforts are underway for a missing suphan cobra in the vicinity of the 900 block of Northeast 9th Street, Ocala. According to a FWC press release, residents in the area, especially if walking a pet, should use caution until the snake is captured. FWC […]

Children locked in car, mom in bar drinking

Children locked in car, mom in bar drinking

A Umatilla women was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Neglect after she locked two small children in a car parked outside a bar while she was inside drinking. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to Kat’s Krazy 8 Bar, located at 20290 Southeast 142 Place, after a caller reported two small children locked […]

Bus driver cited after minor crash

Bus driver cited after minor crash

A Marion County school bus driver was cited for careless driving Tuesday following a minor crash. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Ford F-150, driven by Hallard Martin, was stopped at a red light on Southeast 31st Street facing west in the outside lane. The bus, driven by Felecia Lewis, was stopped behind the […]

Corrections officer resigned amid internal affairs investigation, violated agency directives

Corrections officer resigned amid internal affairs investigation, violated agency directives

Ocala, Florida — An internal affairs investigation found that A Marion County Jail corrections officer violated two Marion County Sheriff’s Office directives. The corrections officer, Deputy Wancarlos Sanchez, resigned before the investigation could be complete. The investigation was initiated after two inmates, James McGraw and Brandon Jimenez, filed excessive force complains against Sanchez. The complaint […]

Man put cigarette out on girl’s head

Man put cigarette out on girl’s head

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say battered a 16-year-old girl. Deputies responded to the 5700 block of Southeast 164th Avenue, Ocklawaha, following reports of child abuse. The juvenile told deputies that Jimmie Driskell, 43, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground. She said Driskell then punched her in […]

Deputy fired, sent photo of his penis while in uniform

Deputy fired, sent photo of his penis while in uniform

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after he “spent time” with a woman while on duty. An internal affairs investigation showed that Cpl. David Patterson was at the woman’s house for approximately five hours on December 5, 2016, and was on duty at the time. The encounter came to light when Patterson’s […]

MCFR: Protesters removed from inside Sabal Trail pipeline, arrested

MCFR: Protesters removed from inside Sabal Trail pipeline, arrested

Protesters who climbed into a pipeline at Sabal Trail Wednesday said that Marion County Sheriff’s deputies threatened to release dogs and tear gas if they did not exit the pipe. MCSO officials said they were only negotiating with the protesters. Marion officials say the pipeline will carry natural gas through Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.  Upon completion, […]

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