Owner of roofing company under criminal investigation

Owner of roofing company under criminal investigation

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate Elite Roofing and Gutters in Crystal River after customers from multiple counties reported that they had been scammed out of thousands of dollars. The company is accused of scamming customers in multiple counties, therefore, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has also started a statewide investigation. Despite […]

Warrants served, largest drug bust in Citrus County

Warrants served, largest drug bust in Citrus County

Beverly Hills/Crystal River — On June 14th, 2019, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU), in partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) Probation Office, completed the largest drug seizure in the history of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. FDOC Probation Officers visited the home of…READ MORE Please follow and like us:

Free rapid HIV testing in Marion County

Free rapid HIV testing in Marion County

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will be offering free rapid HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, Thursday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, located at 807 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Individuals who take the test at this location will receive their results in […]

FHP ALERT — Fatal crash, I-75 northbound lanes closed

FHP ALERT — Fatal crash, I-75 northbound lanes closed

      [Last updated on June 18, 2019, at 4:05 p.m.] Marion County — A box truck vs tractor- trailer crash (with 1 confirmed fatality) on I-75 at the 340-mile marker in Marion County has all northbound lanes closed. Northbound traffic is being routed off at CR 484. Motorist should seek alternate roads to […]

Two arrested following bar shooting

Two arrested following bar shooting

Belleview, Florida — Two women suspected of having a gun during a bar fight Saturday have been arrested. in which another woman was shot in the leg. Shailya Maruca, 19, and Alexcia Tooley, 20, were taken into custody by the Belleview Police Department over the weekend. Police was called to Bumbers, located at 10837 South […]

Woman confronted for cheating, arrested

Woman confronted for cheating, arrested

A Citrus County woman was arrested in Marion County after she failed to show up for a court date. Deputies responded to the home of Alexis Dawn Poppen, 23, after receiving a domestic disturbance call. According to reports, Poppen’s fiancé had confronted her after he was made aware that…READ MORE Please follow and like us:

Previously announced recall of animal feed products, expanded

Previously announced recall of animal feed products, expanded

Due to receiving a number of adverse event reports, Cargill is expanding the scope of recall of select Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed FDA’s action levels. These reports are currently being investigated to determine if they are related to the recalled feed. This is an expansion of the recall initiated May […]

Woman involved in 2018 attack arrested again

Woman involved in 2018 attack arrested again

Ocala — Julia Napiontek, who was accused of attacking multiple people in September 2018, — including an 11-year-old girl — was arrested Monday after she failed to appear in court. In 2018, Napiontek and Brandon Clanton, both 18 at the time, attacked four people — ages 11, 55, 47, and 48 in the parking lot […]

Recreational red snapper season is here

Recreational red snapper season is here

The recreational red snapper season started June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and will remain open through July 12, closing July 13. Anglers fishing from private recreational boats will need to sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler to target red snapper and several other reef fish in Gulf state and federal […]

15 eastern indigo snakes released in Florida

15 eastern indigo snakes released in Florida

Florida — Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, has just been released in northern Florida as part of a continuing collaborative plan to return the important, native, non-venomous apex predator to the region. This effort marks the third year in a row that snakes raised specifically for the recovery […]

Upcoming traffic delays

Upcoming traffic delays

Be advised that Marion County residents traveling West Highway 316 will experience temporary lane closures between the intersections of North Highway 329 and Northwest 141st Court. The closure will be from June 10 to July 24, 2019, on weekdays and during daylight hours only, due to roadway repairs. County officials said that there will be […]

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Zaxby’s worker tested positive

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Zaxby’s worker tested positive

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has identified a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in Ocala. Per the department’s epidemiological investigation, the affected individual worked at Zaxby’s, located at 6033 SW Highway 200, while infectious from May 13 – June 2, 2019. The hepatitis A vaccine may […]

Burgers, flies, and more…McDonald’s forced to close

Burgers, flies, and more…McDonald’s forced to close

McDonald’s, located at 3595 West Silver Springs Boulevard Ocala, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on May 23, following a routine inspection. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on May 24 but will need a follow-up inspection after a time extension was given. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation cites […]

Charges dropped for man dubbed as tattoo face

Charges dropped for man dubbed as tattoo face

Ocala, Florida — The charges were dropped for a real piece of…art, who was charged in May with Aggravated Battery by a Person in a Detention Facility. Robert Hardister, 27, dubbed tattoo face, had been incarcerated at the Marion County Jail from July 2018 to March 2019 on unrelated felony charges. During that time, he […]

Two teens injured in shooting

Two teens injured in shooting

Two boys — ages 16 and 17 — were shot Tuesday night after someone fired several shots through the front of the mobile home where they were staying. The shooting occurred in the 8500 block of Northwest 13th Court. Investigators said there were several children home playing video games when the shooting occurred. The two […]

Side of roach with your donut?

Side of roach with your donut?

Dunkin’ Donuts, located at 3622 West Silver Springs Boulevard Ocala, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on May 23, following a routine inspection. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on May 24 but will need a follow-up inspection after a time extension was given. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation […]

Law enforcement agency failed to detain two illegal immigrant murder suspects

Law enforcement agency failed to detain two illegal immigrant murder suspects

Baltimore – Following the recent arrest of two illegal immigrant teens suspected in the violent murder of a young girl in Maryland, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Baltimore are again seeking to take custody of the illegal immigrants through the ICE detainer process following the Prince George’s […]

Man in illegal immigrant smuggling case sentenced

Man in illegal immigrant smuggling case sentenced

MCALLEN, Texas — A South Texas man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a human smuggling scheme resulting in the deaths of two smuggled illegal immigrants. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Southern District of Texas. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and […]