Deputy hospitalized after he crashed patrol vehicle.

Deputy hospitalized after he crashed patrol vehicle.

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized after he crashed his patrol vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, MCSO Deputy Timothy Fretts, 29, was driving his marked K-9 unit, a 2015 Ford Explorer, north on Southeast 38th Street early Sunday while responding to a domestic violence call. Troopers say that the SUV’s right side […]

School board member under fire following whore comments

School board member under fire following whore comments

Marion County School Board member Nancy Stacy said she stands by her comments that she posted on Facebook earlier this week. Her comments appear to be politically fueled after Christine Ford accused now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Stacy posted several comments which have upset many Marion County residents. One woman, Yoseline Diaz […]

Food Stamp benefit early disbursement due to Hurricane Michael

Food Stamp benefit early disbursement due to Hurricane Michael

The Florida Department of Children and Families announced that current SNAP customers who normally receive benefits October 11-28 will receive their benefits by October 10 due to Hurricane Michael. Early disbursement will be for recipients in following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, […]

Hurricane Michael warnings, watches, and evacuations

Hurricane Michael warnings, watches, and evacuations

Video brought to you by our partners at Accuweather.com Hurricane Michael strengthens as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and by Wednesday could become a category three hurricane. As of 1:45 a.m., Tuesday, a tropical storm watch is in effect for Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Clinch, Coffee, Columbia, Echols, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jeff Davis, Suwannee, and Ware. […]

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting public input as staff improves rules for non-native species. The potential changes will affect rules related to the importation of high-risk species and include possible additions to the Prohibited Species list. Staff will also work on clarifying language in existing rules. People can provide input […]

Actor vomits while filming Howl-O-Scream commercial

Actor vomits while filming Howl-O-Scream commercial

Tampa – A paid actor apparently had a weak stomach while riding the SheiKra roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa. The actor, whose name was not released, projectile vomited during the filming of a commercial for Howl-O-Scream 2018. In the behind the scenes video, you can see the female actress pat him on the arm after […]

House Bill 29, Veteran and Military Family Opportunity Act, is complete

Active military members, veterans, and their spouses can now apply for reimbursement.

House Bill 29, Veteran and Military Family Opportunity Act, is complete

Tallahassee – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation announced Wednesday that rulemaking to implement Florida House Bill 29, the Don Hahnfeldt Veteran and Military Family Opportunity Act, is complete. Active military members, veterans, and their spouses can now apply for reimbursement of fees associated with licensure of mortgage loan originators and securities associated persons. Interim […]

High priority violations at local winghouse

High priority violations at local winghouse

Silver Springs — MJ’s Pizza And Winghouse, located at 5195 E Silver Springs Boulevard, was inspected following a consumer complaint. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited the establishment on September 25. According to the inspector’s report, food and a cardboard container were stored inside the ice that the restaurant used for drinks. A  […]

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received several high priority violations after they were visited by health inspectors. Many of the violations were repeat violations and considered potentially hazardous to consumers. The violations are as follows: Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried – wet nesting. Multiple containers at the dry storage shelf in front of dish machine. […]

Woman enraged after she was denied sex

Woman enraged after she was denied sex

Vero Beach — A man was transported to Indian River Medical Center Thursday after a woman cut his face with a kitchen knife. According to the arrest affidavit,  Katherine Nieves-Tavarez, 27, cut the man’s face because he turned down several requests to have sex with her. When police arrived at the scene, the man stated, […]

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

Detectives with the Eustis Police Department say they have arrested a man who was selling a 14-year-old runaway from Ocala. According to reports, 31-year-old Steven Hodge befriended the girl then passed her around to other men to have sex in exchange for money. Detectives said they have been investigating the case since February when Hodge […]

Two arrested in unprovoked attacks

Two arrested in unprovoked attacks

Silver Springs – Two suspects who have been accused of attacking multiple people — including an 11-year-old girl — were arrested Thursday. According to reports, Julia Napiontek and Brandon Clanton, both 18, attacked four people — ages 11, 55, 47, and 48 in the parking lot of Forest Corners Circle K. Surveillance video showed that […]

Armed, career criminal fled on foot, returned to car

Armed, career criminal fled on foot, returned to car

Ocala police arrested a dangerous criminal know for selling drugs at low-income apartment complexes after he ran a stop sign and attempted to flee. Police say they were in an unmarked car patrolling the 100 block of Northwest 23 Avenue when a black car exited out of Laurel Park apartments at a high rate of […]

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 […]

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