Food stamp recipients should receive benefits early due to Hurricane Irma

Food stamp recipients should receive benefits early due to Hurricane Irma

Those who are scheduled to receive their food stamp benefits later in the month should have received them early, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. “To help families prepare for Hurricane Irma, SNAP benefits for the month of September have been released to customers who would normally receive benefits later in the […]

Video: Hurricane Irma update, sandbag locations, school closures

Video: Hurricane Irma update, sandbag locations, school closures

[Video brought to you by our partners at Accuweather.com] Officials with Marion County Public Schools announced Wednesday that they will be closed Friday, September 8, and Monday, September  11, due to Hurricane Irma. On Monday afternoon, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida in anticipation of Irma. A state of emergency […]

Video: Hurricane Irma update, preparedness, school information

Video: Hurricane Irma update, preparedness, school information

[Video brought to you by our partners at Accuweather.com] Florida residents are once again preparing for a powerful hurricane. The Florida Keys is currently under an evacuation. “This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast. It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring […]

Deputies smelled something was wrong, found cash in man’s anus

Deputies smelled something was wrong, found cash in man’s anus

During an early Saturday morning traffic stop, a deputy allegedly smelled marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. The driver, Pattreon Stokes, 26, was then asked to step out of the vehicle. Stokes also had a 7-month old child in the front seat of the car. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies found 197 grams of methamphetamine, rock […]

Duke Energy customers could soon see rate hike

Duke Energy customers could soon see rate hike

Duke Energy Florida customers could soon see a significant increase in their power bills if a rate hike request is approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. Duke Energy has already applied for a request with the Florida Public Service Commission to raise its rates 8.5 percent. This means Duke Energy customers would pay more […]

Two dead bodies found at a Dollar General, ruled double homicide

Two dead bodies found at a Dollar General, ruled double homicide

  [Last updated on August 27, at 1:25 p.m.] Weirsdale, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating after two dead bodies — one male one female — were found in a vehicle. The 911 call was received Saturday at approximately 9:38 a.m. When investigators arrived, they discovered a maroon Dodge Durango parked in the parking lot […]

Federal corrections officer turned drug dealer, arrested

Federal corrections officer turned drug dealer, arrested

Ocala, Florida — A federal corrections officer was arrested in Ocala Tuesday and charged with Federal Bribery by a Public Official. Federal agents say, Albert Larry Harris, 27, worked at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County. An undercover investigation revealed that Harris received thousands of dollars in bribes and supplied drugs and other […]

Man arrested at elementary school, claimed he was student

Man arrested at elementary school, claimed he was student

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested after he was caught trespassing on school grounds. Ocala Police Department officers responded to the 2500 block of Northeast 11th Court after a caller reported seeing a man, later identified as Nathan Manypenny, 32, looking in sheds and vehicles throughout the neighborhood. While in route, the caller […]

FWC: Gulf County bay scallop season postponed

FWC: Gulf County bay scallop season postponed

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the bay scallop season off Gulf County remains postponed due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay. The season postponement will continue until scallop samples test safe for human consumption. According to a press release, the season postponement will continue until scallop samples test […]

Entire K-9 Unit suspended

Entire K-9 Unit suspended

Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens suspended the department’s K-9 unit in its entirety after an internal investigation revealed they were excessively speeding while on a trip. Chief Giddens said that witnesses called and reported that they saw multiple officers speeding on the highway. Dash cam video revealed that the officers sped to and from a […]

Verizon announces price hikes, customers say they are getting lower quality

Verizon announces price hikes, customers say they are getting lower quality

Hundreds of Verizon customers turned to social media Tuesday to express their frustration with Verizon’s rate increases. Many vowing to “dump” Verizon as their mobile carrier. Verizon says customers should not be upset. Verizon said the company is raising the price of its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version. Beginning August […]

Man had pornographic magazines on a school campus

Man had pornographic magazines on a school campus

Officials said several students were still on the grounds of Osceola Middle School Friday when they were notified about a suspicious man. Ocala police said when they arrived, they found Scott Harding Lynn, 38, sitting underneath an overhang with his personal belongings spread out. Police said they could smell alcohol emitting from Lynn’s breath, who […]

Boy beaten by father while handcuffed

Boy beaten by father while handcuffed

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police say they arrested an Ocala man after a grandmother reported that her grandson had been physically abused by his father. The grandmother reported the abuse to the Starke Police Department, who in turn reported it to the Department of Children and Families. DCF then contacted the Ocala Police Department. OPD […]

2017 Eclipse live link, use smartphone at your own risk

2017 Eclipse live link, use smartphone at your own risk

Many want to know if they can use their front facing camera (selfie’ mode) to video or take photos of the solar eclipse. This means the sun would be behind you. According to NASA, the short answer is yes. NASA says that there is no valid reason why a person would want to point a […]

Victims warn about mechanic who scammed thousands from them

Victims warn about mechanic who scammed thousands from them

Several victims have been scammed out of money by a Marion Oaks man who claims to be a mobile master mechanic. Joseph Rosario, 34, who goes by the name Joey, has scammed thousands of dollars from his victims. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has told victims that it is a civil matter and that there […]

Home invasion suspect shot, killed

Home invasion suspect shot, killed

Summerfield — A man was shot and killed Monday after he forced entry into an occupied residence in Summerfield. The suspect, armed with a gun, entered a home, located at 10420 Southeast 158th Place, Summerfield, and injured the victim’s dog. The victim stated that he locked himself inside a room in the house, and when […]

Man pulled out penis during argument, faces felony charges

Man pulled out penis during argument, faces felony charges

Silver Springs Shores — A man was arrested after deputies say he committed a sex offense in front of two children. The victim told deputies that she and Timothy Leon Williams, 37, were in a heated argument when all of a sudden he pulled out his penis. The victim stated that Williams shook “it” at […]