Leesburg woman arrested in Ocala after false rape report

Leesburg woman arrested in Ocala after false rape report

[Last updated on May 24, 2018, at 12:12 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — A 22-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a false report of sexual battery. Nicole Hosmer, who is from Leesburg, reported to Ocala police on May 2 that she had been kidnapped by an armed man. She stated that she was driving down […]

Two shot in Summerfield

Two shot in Summerfield

Summerfield, Florida — A double shooting in Summerfield Tuesday night sent two men to the hospital — one in critical condition and the other is stable. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to 9430 Southeast 145th Place after receiving a call about a double shooting. Deputies arrived at the home to find that two males had been […]

FDLE: Crime rate up in Marion County

FDLE: Crime rate up in Marion County

Marion County — A Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday shows that crime is up by four percent in Marion County. According to FDLE, the number of violent, serious crimes in Marion, have increased. These crimes include robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts. Murder dropped by […]

Hit-and-run suspect charged with multiple felonies

Hit-and-run suspect charged with multiple felonies

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man Monday they say was involved in a hit-and-run crash. Joshua Turner, of Weirsdale, was arrested and charged with Hit and Run-Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Property Damage (x6), Hit and Run-Failure to Remain at a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury (x3), Driving while License Suspended-Second Offense, […]

Subscribers threaten to dump Netflix

Subscribers threaten to dump Netflix

Millions of subscribers have threatened to abandon Netflix after the movie streaming giant announced Monday that the company had signed a television deal with Barack and Michelle Obama. Netflix boasts more than 120 million subscribers. Barack and Michelle have opened their own production company, Higher Ground Productions. Their content will allegedly feature scripted and unscripted […]

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County stated Thursday that a raccoon in the Sparr/Anthony area tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was tested for the rabies virus after an interaction with a domestic animal on May 14, 2018. Residents who reside in the Sparr/Anthony area should maintain a heightened awareness […]

Superintendent: Forest High School teacher who drowned animals should be fired, statement released

Superintendent: Forest High School teacher who drowned animals should be fired, statement released

School Superintendent Heidi Maier says that the Forest High School agriculture teacher, Dewie Brewton, who enlisted students to help him drown two nuisance raccoons and an opossum, should be fired. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the incident. On Wednesday, Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “Our school district […]

MCSO deputy who caused crash not ticketed

MCSO deputy who caused crash not ticketed

Marion County — The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a May 15, two-vehicle crash caused by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy. FHP said Deputy Joseph Soucey, 25, was “running code” (lights and sirens on) headed south on Southwest 140th avenue. Troopers reported that the deputy failed to slow or stop at a stop sign and […]

Hero-Princess Play & Dine

Hero-Princess Play & Dine

The E.D. Croskey Recreation Center is hosting a “Hero-Princess Play & Dine” free breakfast for all ages. Costumes are allowed, so make sure your child wears their favorite hero or princess costume. The event will take place on June 9. Participants must register online by June 1, or call 352-401-3920 for details.   Please follow […]

End of School Summer Bash and Movie Night

End of School Summer Bash and Movie Night

The End of School Summer Bash and Movie Night will be held at Fort King National Historic Landmark and Visitor Center on Saturday, June 2. There will be free food prepared by Ocala Fire rescue. Photos next to a fire truck will be from 7 to 8 p.m. The movie will be Jumanji. Location Fort […]

Forest High School teacher on paid leave following animal drowning

Forest High School teacher on paid leave following animal drowning

Law enforcement officials are investigating a Forest High School teacher, Dewie Brewton, who allegedly drown two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture class. The incident was made public after a student showed his mother a video of the animals being drowned. Brewton apparently drowned the animals because they had been killing the class’ chickens. […]

Stone crab season closed

Stone crab season closed

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on October 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource. Commercially harvested […]

Suspect beat girlfriend because she didn’t want drugs around her child, wanted on multiple felony charges

Suspect beat girlfriend because she didn’t want drugs around her child, wanted on multiple felony charges

Investigators with the Ocala Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted felon. Howard Lee Hill Jr., 24, who is a convicted felon, is wanted on charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery, Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, False Imprisonment, and Child Abuse. Police say that on May […]

VIDEO: Police officer arrested, charged with felony child abuse

VIDEO: Police officer arrested, charged with felony child abuse

  A Miami-Dade police officer, Raymond Rosario, 44, was suspended with pay after he was arrested for hitting his daughter on a school campus. The incident was caught on school surveillance video. Rosario arrived at Pinecrest Cove Preparatory Academy after a teacher called him and stated that his daughter, 14, had been disrespectful to a […]

Firefighters save two cats from fire

Firefighters save two cats from fire

Summerfield, Florida — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a mobile home fire Monday that left four adults without a home. The American Red Cross has since stepped in to help. Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) was dispatched to the 17000 block of Southeast 96th Court, Summerfield, after a neighbor reported smoke and flames emitting […]

Click It or Ticket campaign begins

Click It or Ticket campaign begins

Tallahassee, Florida – Beginning May 14, Drivers will see increased enforcement on buckling up. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will join multiple law enforcement and highway safety partners in participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  The campaign ends June 3. “FHP is committed to raising awareness and educating the public. Not wearing […]

Vanguard High School student arrested, concerns of more victims

Vanguard High School student arrested, concerns of more victims

Ocala, Florida — A Vanguard High School track star who was arrested on February 20, has parents concerned that there could possibly be other victims. VHS student Joseph Fitzpatrick, 18, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman. During a search of Fitzpatrick’s home, detectives found unidentified pills, a marijuana grinder, […]

Bomb threat prompts Wal-Mart evacuation

Bomb threat prompts Wal-Mart evacuation

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6 p.m. Sunday, an unknown person phoned in a bomb threat to the Wal-Mart, located at 9570 Southwest Highway 200. With a packed store, a staff member made two announcements over the intercom advising customers to exit the store “due to an emergency situation.” Shoppers stated that the announcements were […]