Some Florida schools closing due to cold weather

Some Florida schools closing due to cold weather

Florida — Yes, you read correctly. Alachua County Public Schools announced that due to a cold weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service, Alachua County public schools and offices will be closed January 3 and 4. Schools will re-open Friday, January 5. According to school board officials, makeup days have been rescheduled for June […]

OPD: Three home invasion suspects on the loose

OPD: Three home invasion suspects on the loose

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police are seeking public’s help with locating three suspects who are responsible for a violent home invasion Friday just after midnight. The incident occurred in the 1100 block of Southwest 32nd Avenue. The burglars were armed with baseball bats and brass knuckles. The suspects allegedly barged into a home and struck […]

Sword-wielding man threatens woman for $20.00

Sword-wielding man threatens woman for $20.00

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police say they arrested a man on Tuesday who threatened a woman with a sword because he wanted $20.00. Police responded to the Boulevard Motel, located at 1422 East Silver Springs Boulevard after someone reported a man repeatedly banging on a door and refusing to leave the property. When police arrived, […]

“Clown” arrested for shooting

“Clown” arrested for shooting

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department Detectives have identified Kourtland Dukes, 21, as the “clown” who fired several shots Wednesday morning near Long’s Grocery, located at 803 Northeast 4th Street. Two men were shot and injured, which included Dukes. Witnesses stated that Dukes, who was dressed in all black and wearing a clown mask, approached the […]

Man in clown mask opens fire

Man in clown mask opens fire

  Ocala, Florida —  The Ocala Police Department is investigating after two men were shot Wednesday morning in northwest Ocala. Police were called to a convenience store, located at 803 Northwest 4th Street, following reports that a man wearing a clown mask had fired shots in the area. According to OPD Public Information Officer, Meghan […]

Homicide investigation: One dead, two others injured

Homicide investigation: One dead, two others injured

Citra, Florida — Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after one man was found dead and two others were injured. Deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Northeast 162nd Place, Citra, Tuesday after someone called 911 and reported a disturbance. According to detectives, upon arrival, one man was found dead and […]

OPD: Man justified in shooting of Vanguard High School student

OPD: Man justified in shooting of Vanguard High School student

Ocala Police Department Detectives have concluded that the shooting of Vanguard High School student Jeffery Scott and former Student Marcus Cooper, was justified. The man who shot him, 54-year-old Edrige Rivers, will not be charged. According to surveillance video, as well as multiple student witnesses, Scott was the first to pull a gun during the […]

House where Vanguard student was shot, burned

House where Vanguard student was shot, burned

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating an arson suspect. On December 19, at approximately 2 a.m., a residential fire was reported in the 2200 block of Northwest 1st Avenue. According to OPD, On December 12, an altercation and shooting took place at the same location. The shooting […]

13-year-old faces multiple felony charges

13-year-old faces multiple felony charges

  [Last updated on December 19, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.]   Ocala, Florida — A 13-year-old boy faces multiple felony charges following his arrest Monday morning. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that Zyaire Keashion Evans, who was driving a stolen 2003 Chevy S-10, was traveling southbound on U.S. 441 when he struck another vehicle. Evans […]

Human remains found at park

Human remains found at park

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation after human remains were found Ray Wayside Park — or Ocala Boat Basin — located at 9564 Northeast 28th Lane, Silver Springs. Several park goers discovered the remains on Sunday, at which time they flagged down an off-duty detective. The park will be closed until […]

Student stalks ex-girlfriend, steals condoms and lube

Student stalks ex-girlfriend, steals condoms and lube

A Forest High School student who had been stalking his ex-girlfriend was arrested after he broke into her car. A school resource deputy reported that Dakota. W. Lynch, 18, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s car while it was parked on campus. Lynch knew the access code to be able to get into the victim’s car. According to […]

Vanguard High School student arrested

Vanguard High School student arrested

A Vanguard High School student was arrested Friday after another student reported that one of his classmates had a loaded weapon. The 9th grader was removed from campus and was immediately expelled. In an e-mail to Ocala Post, Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian, wrote, “We believe this incident is NOT connected […]

Two arrested after dispute over yard work

Two arrested after dispute over yard work

Silver Springs — Two people remain behind bars after the duo robbed a woman who they say owed money for yard work. The victim told the responding deputy that she had agreed to pay Laura Raffield, 46, and James Gibson, 44, $25.00 to do some yard work. The victim stated that when it came time […]

Suspects on the loose near Oak Run Subdivision

Suspects on the loose near Oak Run Subdivision

[Last updated on December 15, at 3:23 p.m.] The Florida Highway Patrol is asking residents of Oak Run and surrounding neighborhoods to stay indoors. There is also a heavy police presence off of State Road 200 near Walmart and other businesses. According to troopers, five black male juveniles — all under 17 years of age —  fled […]

From the editor: Complaints, threats, & assumptions

From the editor: Complaints, threats, & assumptions

[Last updated on December 15, at 6 a.m.] Ocala Post recently received several threatening e-mail and Facebook messages from individuals complaining about the photo of an 18-year-old Vanguard High School student killed in a shooting. Some of the threats (which were all in writing) have included lawsuits, “beatn’ dat azz [sic],” and other threats of […]

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 […]

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