Man caught with several items following burglary

Man caught with several items following burglary

Lecanto, Florida — A 35-year-old Lecanto man was arrested and charged with Grand Theft and Burglary of an unoccupied Structure (X2) after the homeowner reported several power tools had gone missing. The burglary took place in the 4800 block of West Pleasant Acres Place, Lecanto. During the investigation, a witness…READ MORE.   Please follow and […]

Ocala shooting leaves one dead

Ocala shooting leaves one dead

[Last updated on July 18, 2018, at 6:45 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala police are seeking details in a shooting that left one man dead. A 54-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday night at Parkside Gardens Apartments, located at 621 Northwest Second Street, Ocala. According to the Ocala Police Department, the man was identified as […]

2018 Back to school walk-in immunization clinics, information you must know

2018 Back to school walk-in immunization clinics, information you must know

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will host the back to school immunization clinics beginning Saturday, July 21, in Ocala, located at 1801 Southeast 32nd Avenue. Students entering kindergarten, attending, or transferring to a Florida public school need the following vaccines: four or five doses of DTaP (diptheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis); four […]

MCFR 2018 “Stuff the Bus” campaign

MCFR 2018 “Stuff the Bus” campaign

Marion County Fire Rescue is teaming up with the Marion County Schools for the 2018 “Stuff the Bus” campaign. According to an MCFR Facebook post, the Stuff the Bus campaign is an annual outreach program co-sponsored by Marion County Public Schools Homeless Children and Youth Program and local Veteran’s organizations. MCFR said this is an […]

Red snapper season closes soon

Red snapper season closes soon

Recreational red snapper season closes soon in Gulf state and federal waters. Red snapper season for recreational anglers fishing from private vessels and for charter captains who do not have a federal reef fish permit is open through July 20 and closes July 21. For-hire operations with federal reef fish permits are open through July […]

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County

Marion County remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to eastern equine encephalitis activity. Since Ocala Post last reported on EEE, three more animal deaths have been reported in Marion County; bringing the total to 10 since February — eight horses and two emus. In a press release, Florida Department of Health Public Information Officer […]

“Unarmed” man stabbed tourist

“Unarmed” man stabbed tourist

A Miami man with no arms has been charged with stabbing a Chicago tourist with scissors. Jonathan Crenshaw, 46, told Miami Beach police that he used his feet to hold the scissors to stab Cesar Coronado, 22, who was visiting from Chicago. Crenshaw stated that he was lying down just after midnight Tuesday when Coronado came […]

Target masturbator said he was only adjusting himself

Target masturbator said he was only adjusting himself

The Target masturbator who was arrested on July 4, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to six months in jail. According to Ocala police, Bryan L. Swaim, 51, entered the Target, located at 2000 Southwest College Road, last Wednesday and was followed by loss prevention personnel because he was acting suspiciously. A loss prevention officer told […]

Semi nearly hits 76-year-old driver

Semi nearly hits 76-year-old driver

This is what happens when the DMV fails to restrict some elderly drivers. Semi nearly hits a vehicle driven by a 76-year-old driver when she creeps onto a Florida highway and directly into the path of the semi. The skilled truck driver was able to avoid the accident. What do you think? Please follow and […]

Armed Robbery and police chase ends with three teens in handcuffs

Armed Robbery and police chase ends with three teens in handcuffs

Ocala, Florida — Three teenage boys — two 16-year-olds and a 17-year old — were arrested early Wednesday morning following an armed robbery. According to the arrest affidavit, two armed black males entered the Steak n’ Shake, located at 3800 Southwest College Road, and demanded money from the registers. Police said the third teen stayed in the […]

Ocala firefighter stole personal images, says he’s addicted to porn

Ocala firefighter stole personal images, says he’s addicted to porn

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Fire Rescue firefighter Eric William Hersh was arrested charged with Offense Against Users of Electronic Devices after it was discovered he had invaded the privacy of other firefighters by secretly going through their cell phones. City officials had previously investigated Hersh for similar accusations but said the complaint against him was not […]

Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve, closed

Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve, closed

Tabitha Biehl, Environmental Lands Stewardship Coordinator announced that Polk County’s Environmental Lands program has now closed all of Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve. A portion of the trail was closed last month for safety reasons due to an alligator nesting season. But due to a newly discovered nest along the trail, […]

Big Lee’s Barbecue giving away FREE BBQ until the food runs out

Big Lee’s Barbecue giving away FREE BBQ until the food runs out

  Rashad Jones, the owner of Big Lee’s Serious about Barbecue and winner of Food Network’s “Guy’s Big Project,” announced he will be celebrating the companies 4th anniversary and his 40th birthday by giving away FREE BBQ. In a recent post on Facebook, Jones wrote, “This is our way of letting all of our customers, fans and […]

Many law enforcement agencies upset over cellphone tracking ruling

“We decline to grant the [government] unrestricted access to a wireless carrier’s database of physical location information.”

Many law enforcement agencies upset over cellphone tracking ruling

In a huge win for Americans, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track a person’s movements by collecting information about where that person has used their cell phone. A 119-page document released Friday outlines the details of the Court’s ruling. Chief Justice John G. Roberts […]

FedEx driver killed in freak accident after semi malfunction

FedEx driver killed in freak accident after semi malfunction

An Ocala FedEx driver was killed Wednesday in what can be described as a “Final Destination” type incident. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say 33-year-old Just Brewer was driving a flatbed semi loaded with sod northbound on the Florida Turnpike when the semi had a mechanical malfunction. According to reports, the brake drum and a tire […]

Residents may soon qualify for homeowners insurance premium reduction

Residents may soon qualify for homeowners insurance premium reduction

The Insurance Services Office says a yearlong evaluation of Marion County Fire Rescue’s service, delivery and professionalism rank MCFR among the nation’s top 10 percent of fire departments. According to a press release, the Insurance Services Office conducts evaluations of fire departments and their operations nationwide at no cost. “The results of these official surveys […]

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a Chevy Blazer they believe was involved in an April 21 street race which claimed the life of a 44-year-old man. According to an FHP crash report, Rufus Jim Donely was traveling eastbound on County Road 316 in his 1968 Chevy Camaro at a high […]

FDOH concerned, heightened risk of disease transmission by mosquitoes

FDOH concerned, heightened risk of disease transmission by mosquitoes

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health said Thursday that Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, as additional animals have become sick with the virus. Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in Marion County, according to a press release. The FDOH recommends that […]

Lawsuit filed to stop Suncoast Parkway construction

Lawsuit filed to stop Suncoast Parkway construction

According to court documents, Friends of Etna Turpentine Camp filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Ocala Monday against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent the Suncoast Parkway expansion from being built. On Wednesday, a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop construction of the […]