Two deputies resign during investigation

Two deputies resign during investigation

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Schanding and Detention Deputy Dustin Lay resigned during an investigation into their conduct at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. According to records, the two men, who were good friends, violated department policies. The investigation started in May 2017, when the MCSO learned that Schanding and Lay were involved in the […]

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

A 63-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Thursday while he was riding his bicycle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the cyclist was crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 — just south of Northeast Jacksonville Road —  in a westerly direction. Troopers say a semi, driven by Patrick Lee, was […]

Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

Red tide detected in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed along Lee and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Manatee County, background to low concentrations in fourteen samples collected from Sarasota County, background to medium […]

Vanguard High School teen killed, another injured

Vanguard High School teen killed, another injured

A Vanguard High School senior was killed Tuesday night and another man seriously injured following a shooting in Ocala. Ocala police said that at approximately 9:11 p.m. they received several calls about shots being fired near the 2200 block of Northwest First Avenue. Upon arrival, police found that Jeffery Scott, 18, and Marcus Cooper, 18, […]

Bank of America denies cash deposits

Bank of America denies cash deposits

An Ocala woman says she is disgusted with the way Bank of America (BOA) treats its elderly customers. The woman told Ocala Post that she has been making deposits into her father’s checking account for years. The father is legally blind and cannot drive. She said she was shocked last week when she attempted to […]

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

  Following a four-month-long investigation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three fishermen in connection with a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at a high rate of speed. During the investigation, officials said they also learned of other […]

Man sexually assaulted two children, faces multiple felony charges

Man sexually assaulted two children, faces multiple felony charges

Dunnellon — A 52-year-old man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and an 11 year-old-boy. Authorities say the lascivious behavior took place at a home in Dunnellon. Robert Belton Cooper is accused of having numerous graphic sexual encounters with the children. Cooper was charged with four counts of Sexual Assault on a […]

Uber driver charged with kidnapping and sexual battery

Uber driver charged with kidnapping and sexual battery

An Uber driver faces charges of Kidnapping and Sexual Battery after a passenger said the driver took advantage of her. The incident happened on May 21, the driver was arrested on December 6. The victim called for an Uber to get a ride to her hotel and 38-year-old Jorge Alberto Antunez Quintero arrived to pick […]

Trinity Catholic High School student arrested

Trinity Catholic High School student arrested

A Trinity Catholic High School student was arrested Friday and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery. According to reports, Widmer Alejandro Reyes, 18, was supposed to drive a 14-year-old girl home Friday, but instead pulled behind the Publix grocery store across from the high school. The girl told authorities that while she and Reyes were […]

Man batters girlfriend for working late

Man batters girlfriend for working late

On December 6, Ocala police responded to Berkeley Pointe Apartments in reference to an assault. When police arrived, they saw a woman, later identified as the victim, standing outside with blood on her shirt. The victim had blood coming from her face, mouth, and neck. The victim told police that during an argument, her boyfriend, […]

2017 Ocala Christmas Parade

2017 Ocala Christmas Parade

The annual Ocala Christmas Parade will take place on December 9, 2017. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on 1800 East Silver Spring Boulevard. This year the theme is a ‘Home for the Holidays’. VIP bleacher seating may still be available. Tickets are available for $10 and must be presented at the […]

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

New Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved a new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County. The small island, known as Port Orange Colony and now approved as a CWA, shelters hundreds of brown pelicans during nesting season. It is less than 2 acres but is one of the largest breeding sites for […]

DEA targets 26 pharmacies in three states

DEA targets 26 pharmacies in three states

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles Field Division today announced Operation Faux Pharmacy, a multi-pronged initiative aimed at attacking the opioid epidemic by targeting rogue pharmacies throughout Southern California, Hawaii, and Nevada. DEA investigations over the last year identified as many as 26 pharmacies in these areas that may have operated outside the bounds of […]

SR 40 road work should not cause lane closures

SR 40 road work should not cause lane closures

The Florida Department of Transportation is currently working on a project to mill and resurface State Road (S.R.) 40 (Fort Brooks Road) from east of NE 10th Street Road to the east of NE 145th Avenue Road. The cost for this project will be an estimated $414,000. The project is expected to be completed in […]

Man attempted to strangle girlfriend after being released on bond

Man attempted to strangle girlfriend after being released on bond

Ocala, Florida — A pregnant, domestic violence victim found herself acting nicely toward her abuser in order to give herself a chance to escape. The victim stated that on November 16, she woke her boyfriend, Christopher John Smith, 24, up for work and he became angry. According to reports, Smith began to shout at the […]

Gamers Edge up for sale or trade

Gamers Edge up for sale or trade

The Gamers Edge released the following statement: After much discussion, deliberation, contemplation, etc we have realized that our children have other interests than taking over the family business and we would like more time to spend with them pursuing their other interests. We have enjoyed this business since 1995 and with this last run of […]

Violent felon rapes little girl, receives low bond

Violent felon rapes little girl, receives low bond

Ocala, Florida — A violent, career criminal was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday and charged with Sexual Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Victim 12 or Under. The victim told police that Michael Dangelo Mike, 33, came into her bedroom around 1 a.m. and asked her to help him look for a television […]

Missing man found stuffed in trash can

Missing man found stuffed in trash can

On November 25, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a trash can on a wooded lot near American Avocet PT., Homosassa. Upon inspecting the trash can, the deputy determined that it contained human remains. Neighbors told the deputy that the trash can had been discarded on the vacant lot during Hurricane Irma. The human remains […]