Home improvement scams on the rise

Home improvement scams on the rise

  Marion County — Residents should beware of traveling “home improvement” contractors looking to scam you out of your money. The con artists are targeting Central Florida residents, and often prey on the elderly. The frequency of these types of scams will increase as the weather begins to warm up. Here’s how the scams work: […]

Deputy feeds an ass

Deputy feeds an ass

  Ocklawaha, Florida — Corporal Porcelli and Deputy Hunt of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were greeted by a citizen who found a donkey in the 5400 block of SE 180 Avenue Road, Ocklawaha, during a torrential down pour. The citizen gave Corporal Porcelli the halter to the donkey and didn’t stick around. While attempting […]

Man Claims He Stole To Support His Failing Business

Man Claims He Stole To Support His Failing Business

  Deland, Florida — On Sunday February 9, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Volusia County dispatch received a 911 call from a business owner stating he was holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint. At 9:14 a.m. Deputy Wagers arrived on the scene to find the owner of West Crane Services holding suspect Dale Stewart, 43, […]

Ocala Woman Solicited Detective For Sex

Ocala Woman Solicited Detective For Sex

  Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman was arrested after undercover detectives said she solicited sex for money. Two detectives with the Ocala Police Department were patrolling the area of South Pine Avenue in separate unmarked vehicles when they spotted a female identified as Mary Wise, 30, walking southbound on Pine, waving at passing cars. […]

Ocala couple arrested for Navy Seal Foundation scam

Ocala couple arrested for Navy Seal Foundation scam

  Ocala, Florida — Two people were arrested after they claimed they were part of an organization called the Navy Seal Foundation. Ocala Police Officer Diesso, was dispatched to Big Lots located on East SR 40 in reference to solicitors suspected of illegally accepting nonprofit military contributions. When Officer Diesso arrived on the scene he […]

Ocklawaha Man Charged With Battery On Law Enforcement Officer

Ocklawaha Man Charged With Battery On Law Enforcement Officer

  Ocklawaha, Florida — On February 3, 2013 Deputy Robert Rath responded to the 17000 block of SE 87th Street in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival Deputy Rath said he could hear someone screaming, “Let me the f**k up!” Deputy Rath entered the residence then saw the step-father holding the suspect later identified as […]

Man Escaped Because He Wanted A Booty Call

Man Escaped Because He Wanted A Booty Call

  Ocala, Florida — On February 4, 2014 Officer Sirolli was dispatched to the Re-Entry Center of Ocala in reference to an escape. Upon arrival Officer Sirolli spoke with the discipline coordinator, Napoleon Dubois, who said inmate Ricardo Cummings, was being transferred back to Marion Correctional Institute for violating conditions of his stay. Dubois said […]

Doctors Busted For $550 Million In Oxycodone; Buyers Even Drove From Florida

Doctors Busted For $550 Million In Oxycodone; Buyers Even Drove From Florida

  New York – James J. Hunt, the Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Bridget G. Brennan, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York (“SNP”) and William Bratton, the […]

Two teens broke into Lake Weir Middle School and tortured a sheep

Two teens broke into Lake Weir Middle School and tortured a sheep

  Ocala, Florida — Jacob McClain, 17, and Jacob Morris, 16, were arrested after they broke into Lake Weir Middle school, vandalized it, then tortured a sheep. School officials said once the crimes were noticed, the entire school day was interrupted. On February 3, 2014, the pair broke into Lake Weir Middle School because they […]

Americans are obese because they choose to be

Americans are obese because they choose to be

  During the State of the Union address, Obama credited the first lady with reducing obesity in America. After spending nearly $500 million on the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Obama said, “It’s working.” Except it’s not. A study published on February 1, 2014, by Health Affairs suggests it is not working, in fact, the […]

Florida mom arrested after traveling to sell her daughter to Super Bowl fans

Florida mom arrested after traveling to sell her daughter to Super Bowl fans

  New York — Bronx detectives arrested a Palm Bay, Florida woman after she traveled to New York for Super Bowl Sunday in an attempt to “pimp out” her 15-year-old daughter to football fans. Yolanda Ostoloza, 39, originally from New Jersey, reportedly owed nearly $500 in back rent and figured she could make the money […]

Young Woman’s Misdemeanor DUI Lands Her A Felony Charge

Young Woman’s Misdemeanor DUI Lands Her A Felony Charge

  Ocala, Florida — On February 3, 2014 shortly before 5 a.m., Corporal Moore was traveling west on SE 17th Street when he saw a silver Dodge Avenger traveling east, swerving and crossing over the lane marker. As Deputy Moore attempted to approach the vehicle, a second vehicle pulled up and tried to block the […]

Criminal That Targets Elementary Schools Is On The Run

Criminal That Targets Elementary Schools Is On The Run

  Polk County, Florida — A serious warning for parents and teachers in Polk County and surrounding areas. 38-year-old Don Cornelius Stephens, 39, described as being approximately 5’06” with an average build, and having a clean shaven head and face, has been identified as the suspect who entered three Polk County Schools removing personal property […]

The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative

The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative

  Lutz, Florida – Florida Senate Education Chairman John Legg (R-Lutz) filed Senate Bill 790 (Education Technology). Senate Bill 790 creates a framework for Florida’s digital classrooms through establishing a statewide policy centered on local control. The Florida Digital Classroom Initiative (SB 790 Educational Technology) includes the following highlights: •Provides key funding focused on improving […]