Florida deputy befriended victim, then tried to kill her

Florida deputy befriended victim, then tried to kill her

A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Monday on numerous felony charges. Deputy Frankie Eugene Bybee, 46, is accused of befriending an elderly woman and then trying to kill her. Bybee befriended the 79-year-old after he responded to a call for service at her house on October 21, 2016. Bybee frequently visited the woman […]

Sunday crash leaves three dead, one seriously injured

Sunday crash leaves three dead, one seriously injured

The Florida Highway Patrol said they are conducting an investigation after a Sunday crash left three people dead and one seriously injured. The crash occurred on State Road 326 and Northeast 25th Avenue. Troopers say Travis Lee Johnson, 31, was driving his 2015 Ford tow truck westbound on State Road 326 when he veered off the […]

Two men robbed, one viciously attacked at campground

Two men robbed, one viciously attacked at campground

Marion County — A Georgia man faces multiple charges after he attacked and robbed two individuals who were staying at the Lake Bryant Campground off of 314-A, Marion County. When deputies responded, they found that one victim, Johnathan Brazil, had been beaten on his face. Deputies said his face and hands “were covered in blood”. According […]

MCSO sergeant resigns following child erotica allegations

MCSO sergeant resigns following child erotica allegations

Ocala, Florida — A veteran Marion County sheriff’s deputy has resigned following the announcement of an internal affairs investigation. On October 10, 2016, The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children electronically delivered 18 photographs to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The non-profit organization told MCSO investigators that the child erotica photographs of pre-teen females […]

Woman who killed Belleview High School student, sentenced

Woman who killed Belleview High School student, sentenced

Belleview, Florida — A woman who was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash last year has been sentenced. On May 17, 2016, Belleview High School student Zachery T. Holt, 17, was walking southbound on U.S. Highway 301, at the intersection of Southeast 125th Place, Belleview, adjacent to the roadway. As Holt was walking, Vanisha V. […]

Man drugged, raped young girl

Man drugged, raped young girl

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted man. MCSO Major Crimes Detectives have completed an investigation into Robert Morris Jones, 40, which began in 2016. According to detectives, Jones gave drugs to a 15-year-old girl and then raped her. Witnesses told investigators that this […]

Man dead following officer involved shooting at hotel

"Man was suicidal"

Man dead following officer involved shooting at hotel

[Last updated on January 13, 2017, at 8:17 p.m.] The man who died in the shooting has been identified as Kevin Tree, 54. FDLE is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The officers who were involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Original article […]

Suspect wanted for violation of felony probation

Suspect wanted for violation of felony probation

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for a suspect who violated his felony probation. Stephen C. Ennis, 22, was arrested in August of 2015, after an elderly woman notified authorities she had discovered her car parked along side of the road in front of her neighbor’s house. According to reports, Ennis, then 21, […]

Game of cards ends in attempted murder charges

Game of cards ends in attempted murder charges

A teen was arrested Tuesday and charged with Attempted Murder over a badly dealt hand of cards. The Ocala Police Department said they responded to 410 Northwest 20th Avenue after a caller reported that someone had been shot. When police arrived on the scene, they found that Zackary Johnson had been shot multiple times. Johnson […]

MCSO deputy under investigation for alleged beating at wedding

MCSO deputy under investigation for alleged beating at wedding

An Ocklawaha man says he was beaten by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy while attending a wedding. On December 16, an unnamed source contacted Ocala Post and stated that the circumstances of the incident needed to be investigated. According to a report from MCSO, which does not mention the alleged beating at the hands of […]

Man allegedly tried to burn down neighbor’s house while she was home

Man allegedly tried to burn down neighbor’s house while she was home

Ocala, Florida — The victim has been neighbors with the suspect for several years and she never thought he would do anything like this. At approximately 6:36 a.m. Wednesday, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in reference to a possible arson. The incident happened in the 8900 block of Southeast 88th Lane, […]

Florida Highway Patrol will work doubletime to catch drunk, impaired drivers

Florida Highway Patrol will work doubletime to catch drunk, impaired drivers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – (Official Press Release) As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through New Year’s Day, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will concentrate its enforcement efforts on impaired driving throughout Florida. FHP joins law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove […]

Thieves drove to Ocala to steal from Dollar General stores

Thieves drove to Ocala to steal from Dollar General stores

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Orlando residents after they were caught stealing merchandise from a Dollar General store in Ocala. Deputies were called to the Dollar General, located at 13415 Southeast 47th Avenue after a caller reported two individuals who were stealing from the store. Witnesses said that the suspects […]

VA clinic, active shooter secured

VA clinic, active shooter secured

[Last updated on December 13, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.] Summerfield — The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic has been cleared and the active shooter has been secured. The shooter has been identified as Stephen Cometa, 60. He is currently being held at the Marion County Jail as a courtesy hold for the U.S. Marshals Service. According […]

Get out your tissues: 5-year-old died in Santa’s arms

Get out your tissues: 5-year-old died in Santa’s arms

*Note – Shortly after this article was published, Ocala Post contacted several hospitals in the area; however, Ocala Post could not locate anyone to confirm his story. Schmitt-Matzen has refused to provide the name of the nurse and hospital. Even though Schmitt-Matzen stands by his story, there is no actual proof that the incident occurred.* […]

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