ACTIVE AMBER ALERT – Two children missing

ACTIVE AMBER ALERT – Two children missing

Authorities are searching for two children out of Suwannee County — 7-year-old Brian Mejias, who was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jean shorts and 6-year-old Gabriela Mejias, who was last seen wearing a pink dress. According to the press release, Brian has short hair with a hard part to the left. He […]

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to expand a recent mandatory catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish due to red tide. The mandatory catch-and-release ruling will begin on September 28, 2018, through May 10, 2019. The areas include Gordon Pass in Collier County and […]

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant nearly finished

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant nearly finished

[Last updated on September 27, 2018, at 7:31 p.m.] The much anticipated $1.2 million Cheddar’s restaurant at 4065 SW State Road 200, west of Interstate 75, is nearly finished. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has made-from-scratch food since the 70s. The founders, Aubrey Good, and Doug Rogers, believe that when a meal is prepared and cooked fresh […]

OPD: Round 2, police officers will be out in full force

OPD: Round 2, police officers will be out in full force

Ocala — Ocala Police Department police officers will be out in full force beginning September 25, to October 8. Police will be focusing their attention on State Road 200 (College Road) from Southwest 20th Street to I-75. According to OPD, officers will be looking for speeders, red-light runners, and those who violate the right of […]

Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Winter Haven — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an animal cruelty investigation at 4073 Mahogany Run, Winter Haven. According to a press release, two people heard what sounded like a dog “yelping” coming from a dumpster behind an apartment complex. One of the Good Samaritans jumped inside the […]

Important lane closure information for Marion County residents

Important lane closure information for Marion County residents

Motorists traveling in Marion County will experience the following lane closures: Oct. 1, 2018, to Feb. 13, 2019—County Road 320 between the intersections of Interstate 75 and North US Highway 441. Your penny at work! This project is funded by Marion County’s Penny sales tax initiative. Oct. 1, 2018, to Feb. 13, 2019—Avenue G in […]

Teacher fired for not giving good grade to students

“I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids who are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it’s not real."

Teacher fired for not giving good grade to students

[Last updated on September 25, 2018, at 11:01 a.m.] A Florida teacher says she was fired after she refused to give students a grade of 50 percent on an assignment that they never turned in. On social media, parents say that “participation trophy syndrome” is now being extended to students in the form of grades. […]

Two teens killed in SR 40 crash

Two teens killed in SR 40 crash

Two teens, both 19, were killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday after the driver’s car slammed into a tree. At approximately 9:42 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle crash on State Road 40, just east of Northeast 64th Avenue. Troopers say the driver, Lindsey Hart, and her passenger, Leondre Thomas, was […]

New law for those who abuse animals

New law for those who abuse animals

On October 1, 2018, (SB 1576) will take effect. The new law stems from the beating death last year of a 9-month-old Labrador retriever puppy in Volusia County. The new law was named “Ponce’s Law” after the puppy. The law will basically allow judges to keep those who have been convicted of animal cruelty from […]

Former corrections officer arrested for sex with minor

Former corrections officer arrested for sex with minor

A former Marion County Jail corrections officer who resigned in 2011 after he smuggled marijuana into the jail has been arrested. According to inside sources, Joseph Charles Jones, 38, was arrested and charged with Having Sex with a Minor. The 16-year-old girl, who said she had gotten close with Jones, told investigators that the two […]

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Legal Support Association is now accepting applications for the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.00 for students interested in obtaining a degree in the legal field. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 1, 2018. No application fee. For scholarship information and/or an application packet, […]

Father struck, killed while walking daughter to bus stop

Father struck, killed while walking daughter to bus stop

A man who struck and killed a father as he walked his daughter to a bus stop Friday has been released from jail. Jeffrey Kimberlin, 38, was walking southbound on Southeast 180th Avenue Road with his 7-year-old daughter when he was struck from behind by a 2001 Ford Cargo van, driven by Dylan Roberts, 27. […]

Mother arrested for taking 15-year-old daughter’s cell phone

Mother arrested for taking 15-year-old daughter’s cell phone

  A mother who was disciplining her 15-year-old daughter by taking her cell phone away was arrested and charged with Larceny Theft Under $200. Later, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office added an additional charge of Larceny by Conversion. The charges are punishable by up to 93 days in jail each. In a court statement, the […]

Truck driver airlifted following crash

Truck driver airlifted following crash

A truck driver was transported by ShandsCair helicopter to Ocala Regional Medical Center Wednesday after he rolled his semi and became trapped inside. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said the driver of the semi, Gary Lentz, 64, was traveling southbound on County road 315 approaching a right curve near the intersection of Northeast 247th Lane when […]

RUMOR CONTROL: No reports of women being followed, abducted

RUMOR CONTROL: No reports of women being followed, abducted

Recently, Facebook posts from women claiming they were followed while shopping have been circulating the internet. The Gainesville Police Department said, “We’ve seen recent posts from various folks in the community that are describing what appears to be incidents of human trafficking,  kidnapping, or abductions.  People are posting on social media that their kids are […]

West Port High School student referenced guns, not a threat to others

West Port High School student referenced guns, not a threat to others

Ocala — Parents were on edge Tuesday following a Skylert message about a potential threat at West Port High School. Initially, school officials thought it was another threat via social media. Following an investigation, Ocala Police Department investigators determined that a student had stated he had access to guns. Police said that the student did […]

OPD: Police officers will be out in full force

OPD: Police officers will be out in full force

  Ocala — Ocala Police Department police officers will be out in full force beginning September 11, to September 23. Police will be focusing their attention on State Road 464 (17th Street) from Pine Street to Southeast 25th Avenue. According to OPD, officers will be looking for speeders, red-light runners, and those who violate the […]