Ocklawaha River bridge lane closure

Ocklawaha River bridge lane closure

Beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Florida Department of Transportation will close one lane of the Ocklawaha River bridge. “The lane closure may cause significant delays in travel time, so motorists may want to seek an alternate route during the construction. Drivers can expect a flagging operation along with off-duty law enforcement officers to help […]

2018 red snapper season

2018 red snapper season

Recreational red snapper season starts June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remains open through July 20, closing July 21. According to FWC, this year and next year are unique compared to previous years in that Florida’s Gulf recreational red snapper season applies to harvest from both state and federal waters. Anglers fishing […]

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Silver Springs — A Silver Springs man was arrested Sunday and charged with First-degree Premeditated Murder after his roommate was found stuffed in the trunk of a car. Eric Todd Gay, 36, said he woke up early Saturday morning and entered his roommate’s bedroom with the intention of stealing fentanyl patches and $200 from her. […]

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

PETA says FFA sends a dangerous message to teens.

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

TeachKind, the humane education division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) based in California, is now using the drowning of two raccoons and an opossum at Forest High School earlier this month to push their agenda. FHS teacher, Dewie Brewton, was accused of drowning two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture […]

Man’s beef was too small for woman

Man’s beef was too small for woman

Ocala, Florida — A woman was arrested Monday after she attacked a man over the size of his beef. According to reports, Amanda Lou Chartrand, 42, did not like the size of a man’s burgers he had grilled for Memorial Day. Chartrand apparently told the man that his beef was too small for her buns. The […]

Gag grouper season opens soon

Gag grouper season opens soon

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1 and will remain open through December 31. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, and Jefferson counties are excluded from this opening because they have their own season from April 1-June 30 and September 1-December 31. Monroe County […]

Gas prices creep up for Florida

Gas prices creep up for Florida

If you plan to travel on Memorial Day weekend you will have to open your wallet to higher gas prices. According to a press release from AAA, the national average continues to rise toward $3 a gallon. On May 20, the national average of $2.92 was 5 cents more than a week ago and 57 […]

Leesburg woman arrested in Ocala after false rape report

Leesburg woman arrested in Ocala after false rape report

[Last updated on May 24, 2018, at 12:12 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — A 22-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a false report of sexual battery. Nicole Hosmer, who is from Leesburg, reported to Ocala police on May 2 that she had been kidnapped by an armed man. She stated that she was driving down […]

Two shot in Summerfield

Two shot in Summerfield

Summerfield, Florida — A double shooting in Summerfield Tuesday night sent two men to the hospital — one in critical condition and the other is stable. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to 9430 Southeast 145th Place after receiving a call about a double shooting. Deputies arrived at the home to find that two males had been […]

FDLE: Crime rate up in Marion County

FDLE: Crime rate up in Marion County

Marion County — A Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday shows that crime is up by four percent in Marion County. According to FDLE, the number of violent, serious crimes in Marion, have increased. These crimes include robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts. Murder dropped by […]

Hit-and-run suspect charged with multiple felonies

Hit-and-run suspect charged with multiple felonies

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man Monday they say was involved in a hit-and-run crash. Joshua Turner, of Weirsdale, was arrested and charged with Hit and Run-Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Property Damage (x6), Hit and Run-Failure to Remain at a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury (x3), Driving while License Suspended-Second Offense, […]

Subscribers threaten to dump Netflix

Subscribers threaten to dump Netflix

Millions of subscribers have threatened to abandon Netflix after the movie streaming giant announced Monday that the company had signed a television deal with Barack and Michelle Obama. Netflix boasts more than 120 million subscribers. Barack and Michelle have opened their own production company, Higher Ground Productions. Their content will allegedly feature scripted and unscripted […]

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County stated Thursday that a raccoon in the Sparr/Anthony area tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was tested for the rabies virus after an interaction with a domestic animal on May 14, 2018. Residents who reside in the Sparr/Anthony area should maintain a heightened awareness […]

Superintendent: Forest High School teacher who drowned animals should be fired, statement released

Superintendent: Forest High School teacher who drowned animals should be fired, statement released

School Superintendent Heidi Maier says that the Forest High School agriculture teacher, Dewie Brewton, who enlisted students to help him drown two nuisance raccoons and an opossum, should be fired. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the incident. On Wednesday, Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “Our school district […]

MCSO deputy who caused crash not ticketed

MCSO deputy who caused crash not ticketed

Marion County — The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a May 15, two-vehicle crash caused by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy. FHP said Deputy Joseph Soucey, 25, was “running code” (lights and sirens on) headed south on Southwest 140th avenue. Troopers reported that the deputy failed to slow or stop at a stop sign and […]

Hero-Princess Play & Dine

Hero-Princess Play & Dine

The E.D. Croskey Recreation Center is hosting a “Hero-Princess Play & Dine” free breakfast for all ages. Costumes are allowed, so make sure your child wears their favorite hero or princess costume. The event will take place on June 9. Participants must register online by June 1, or call 352-401-3920 for details.   Please follow […]

End of School Summer Bash and Movie Night

End of School Summer Bash and Movie Night

The End of School Summer Bash and Movie Night will be held at Fort King National Historic Landmark and Visitor Center on Saturday, June 2. There will be free food prepared by Ocala Fire rescue. Photos next to a fire truck will be from 7 to 8 p.m. The movie will be Jumanji. Location Fort […]

Forest High School teacher on paid leave following animal drowning

Forest High School teacher on paid leave following animal drowning

Law enforcement officials are investigating a Forest High School teacher, Dewie Brewton, who allegedly drown two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture class. The incident was made public after a student showed his mother a video of the animals being drowned. Brewton apparently drowned the animals because they had been killing the class’ chickens. […]

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