Man allegedly tried to burn down neighbor’s house while she was home

Man allegedly tried to burn down neighbor’s house while she was home

Ocala, Florida — The victim has been neighbors with the suspect for several years and she never thought he would do anything like this. At approximately 6:36 a.m. Wednesday, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in reference to a possible arson. The incident happened in the 8900 block of Southeast 88th Lane, […]

Florida Highway Patrol will work doubletime to catch drunk, impaired drivers

Florida Highway Patrol will work doubletime to catch drunk, impaired drivers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Official Press Release) As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through New Year’s Day, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will concentrate its enforcement efforts on impaired driving throughout Florida. FHP joins law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove […]

Thieves drove to Ocala to steal from Dollar General stores

Thieves drove to Ocala to steal from Dollar General stores

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Orlando residents after they were caught stealing merchandise from a Dollar General store in Ocala. Deputies were called to the Dollar General, located at 13415 Southeast 47th Avenue after a caller reported two individuals who were stealing from the store. Witnesses said that the suspects […]

VA clinic, active shooter secured

VA clinic, active shooter secured

[Last updated on December 13, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.] Summerfield — The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic has been cleared and the active shooter has been secured. The shooter has been identified as Stephen Cometa, 60. He is currently being held at the Marion County Jail as a courtesy hold for the U.S. Marshals Service. According […]

Get out your tissues: 5-year-old died in Santa’s arms

Get out your tissues: 5-year-old died in Santa’s arms

*Note – Shortly after this article was published, Ocala Post contacted several hospitals in the area; however, Ocala Post could not locate anyone to confirm his story. Schmitt-Matzen has refused to provide the name of the nurse and hospital. Even though Schmitt-Matzen stands by his story, there is no actual proof that the incident occurred.* […]

One teen dead and another critically injured in crash

One teen dead and another critically injured in crash

Marion County — One teen is dead and another was critically injured following a Sunday evening traffic crash. The accident happened at approximately 6:11 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said Romario Fuenes-Salazar, 19, and his passenger, 18-year-old Guaruin Funes-Herrera, were traveling southbound on Northwest 115th Avenue in a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire while approaching the intersection […]

Police: Children playing prank could have been seriously injured

Police: Children playing prank could have been seriously injured

Ocala, Florida — Three juveniles, a black male and two black females — all under the age of 13 — found themselves in a dangerous situation early Sunday morning. For about a week, residents in the Raven Glen Subdivision, Ocala, had been experiencing random doorbell rings and knocks on the door at all hours of the night. […]

No norovirus outbreak in Marion County

No norovirus outbreak in Marion County

Marion County – A rumor making its rounds Wednesday had many parents concerned for the health of their children. The panic was due to an article that was shared on Facebook from the website of a local doctor. The article stated that there was a norovirus outbreak in Marion County. However, parents did not realize that […]

Ocala woman will appear on Judge Judy

Ocala woman will appear on Judge Judy

Ocala resident Kimberly Parker will appear on Judge Judy today to duke it out with another resident, Sarah Albers. Parker says anyone who has purchased a puppy from Albers might be interested in watching the show. It is scheduled to air today at 4:30 p.m., on Fox 35. More information will be available after the show […]

Anglers, be aware of snook harvest seasonal closures

Anglers, be aware of snook harvest seasonal closures

Florida – The recreational harvest season for snook closes December 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain closed through January 31, 2017, and reopen for harvest on February 1, 2017. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season. Gulf state and […]

Victim beaten, nearly strangled to death in backyard for refusing sex, suspect in U.S. illegally

Victim beaten, nearly strangled to death in backyard for refusing sex, suspect in U.S. illegally

Ocala, Florida — A Good Samaritan saved a woman from being strangled to death after she refused to have sex with her ex-boyfriend. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was notified after a victim was brought into a local emergency room with injuries consistent with domestic abuse. The victim told the responding deputy that her ex-boyfriend, Antonio Morales-Perez, 24, had […]

A woman who refuses to accept a break-up faces felony charges

A woman who refuses to accept a break-up faces felony charges

Ocala, Florida — A man got more than he bargained for when he decided it was time to end his relationship with his girlfriend of three and a half years. Ocala police say the man broke off his relationship with the woman near the end of November. On December 3, the man returned home from […]

2016 Ocala Christmas Parade, a ‘Star-Spangled Christmas’

2016 Ocala Christmas Parade, a ‘Star-Spangled Christmas’

Ocala, Florida — The annual Ocala Christmas Parade will take place on December 10, 2016. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. This year the theme is a ‘Star-Spangled Christmas’. VIP bleacher seating may still be available. Tickets are available for $10, and must be presented at the parade. The tickets can be […]

Pregnant woman says boyfriend battered her because she wouldn’t have sex

Pregnant woman says boyfriend battered her because she wouldn’t have sex

Marion Oaks — A pregnant woman had to seek medical treatment after she was battered by her boyfriend. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was resting when her boyfriend, Isaac Velazquez-Aponte, 27, returned home. The victim stated that Velazquez-Aponte entered the bedroom and wanted to have sex. According to the victim’s statement, […]

Man threw dog in front of several moving vehicles

Man threw dog in front of several moving vehicles

[Last updated on November 30, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.] UPDATE – Nov. 30, 1:36 a.m. The dog was located and is currently being treated at UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services in Ocala. Ocala Post spoke with UF, however, citing confidentiality laws they refused to provide any information about the dog’s condition. UPDATE – Nov. 30, 2:45 p.m. On Wednesday, the […]

Man says he found woman in bed with another man

Man says he found woman in bed with another man

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1300 block of Northwest 35th Street Sunday in reference to an alleged battery that had occurred two days prior. Upon arrival, a woman told the deputy that she and a man, later identified as Christopher Shuhart, 32, had been involved in an altercation. She […]

Osceola Middle School student says she escaped from 2 men

Osceola Middle School student says she escaped from 2 men

[Last updated on November 29, 2016, at 6 p.m., to include a statement from the Marion County Public Schools system.] Ocala, Florida — An Osceola Middle School student said she was targeted Monday by two men as she waited for her mother to pick her up after school. Ocala police said the girl was sitting […]

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