Woman arrested after witnesses pulled her from an overturned vehicle

Woman arrested after witnesses pulled her from an overturned vehicle

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman was arrested Saturday after she fled the scene of an accident on State Road 200. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Dawn Haas, 35, was driving a 2016 Chevy eastbound on State Road 200 when she slammed into the rear-end of a 2013 Hyundai SUV, driven by 70-year-old Bernadette Cason. […]

Witness saved girl from being attacked by her father while in traffic

Witness saved girl from being attacked by her father while in traffic

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police say a witness called 911 after she witnessed a man beating on a teenage girl while stopped in the middle of traffic. The witness told dispatchers that she saw the man punch the girl in the face with his fist. The victim, 16, told police that she had been disciplined for her behavior […]

Woman forced off road, refused to date ex-boyfriend

Woman forced off road, refused to date ex-boyfriend

Ocala, Florida — A 29-year-old man was arrested after he ran his ex-girlfriend off of the road with his vehicle. After receiving a 911 call, Ocala police responded to the Walgreens, located at 3500 Southeast Maricamp Road, where they met with the female victim. The victim told police that she had been dating Shawn Patel for […]

Troopers take $43,805 from vehicle, no arrests made

Troopers take $43,805 from vehicle, no arrests made

Florida Highway Patrol troopers seized $43,805 Thursday during a traffic stop on I-75. Troopers said they stopped a Ford F-150 at Mile Marker 371 for a traffic violation, at which time they deployed a FHP K-9. According to reports, the dog alerted on the truck and troopers found the cash in the center console. The […]

Marion County Animal Center, Neuter Commuter, routine closure

Marion County Animal Center, Neuter Commuter, routine closure

The Marion County Animal Center and the Neuter Commuter will be closing for quarterly cleaning, training, and maintenance. They will close on April 26, and reopen on April 29. The Neuter Commuter will re-open on May 4. While closed, anyone looking for a lost pet can view stray animals online at http://www.marioncountyfl.org/animalservices. Residents who wish […]

Ocala Police Department National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Ocala Police Department National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Ocala Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event will be held at the Ocala Police Department, located at 402 South Pine Avenue, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What you can bring: Unwanted or expired prescription pills […]

Hay Meat Market EBT fraud investigation, second person arrested

Hay Meat Market EBT fraud investigation, second person arrested

A second woman was arrested after a March 4, federal search warrant was served on the Hay Meat Market, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agents say Liteasha Marquee Johnson, 36, enter the Hay Meat Market on January 6, and charged $455.85 to her EBT, but left the store with only a few items. On […]

Father arrested for child abuse, 4-month-old suffered severe injuries

Father arrested for child abuse, 4-month-old suffered severe injuries

Ocala, Florida — A 32-year-old man accused of beating his 4-month-old daughter was released from Jail Friday on a $10,000 bond. Investigators with the Ocala Police Department were notified by the Department of Children and Families after UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital reported that the baby had a broken femur. Doctors with Shands told authorities […]

Man finds two bodies in Ocala apartment

Man finds two bodies in Ocala apartment

  [Last updated on April 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.] The Ocala Police Department has concluded its investigation after a man found two people dead inside of an apartment at the Paradise Apartments apartment complex. OPD detectives said that Monday, just after 5 p.m., the man called 911 after he had entered the apartment, located at 1946 Southwest […]

3rd annual ‘Pey It Forward Fun Run’

3rd annual ‘Pey It Forward Fun Run’

The Pey It Forward Fun Run is held in honor of Peyton Nicole Evans. On May 9th, 2014, Peyton had an undiagnosed brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) — described as an abnormal tangle of blood vessels — in her brain that ruptured and caused her to become unconscious. Almost instantly, upon learning of her condition, the […]

Husband bites wife then batters her for crying

Husband bites wife then batters her for crying

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police arrested a man they say battered his wife after she refused to let him drive her vehicle. While babysitting a friend’s child, James Taylor, 25, asked his wife (victim) to step outside. Once outside, Taylor asked the victim if he could to use her car, which she refused. Police said the victim […]

Severe weather favorable for tornados, North and Central Florida

Severe weather favorable for tornados, North and Central Florida

Tallahassee, Florida — State emergency management officials are recommending that Florida residents and visitors remain aware, as conditions favorable for severe weather continue throughout North Florida and into Central Florida for April 5, 2017, during the day and into the night. This weather system will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging wind gusts, and […]

Vanguard student robs store at gunpoint, needed money for cap and gown

Vanguard student robs store at gunpoint, needed money for cap and gown

A Vanguard High School senior was arrested Thursday and charged with Armed Robbery. Clarence Sylvester Cobarris, 18, was arrested by an Ocala Police Department detective, at 605 Northeast 27th Street, Ocala, at 1:41 a.m. Police say they responded to the Kangaroo Gas Station, located at 909 Northeast 28th Street, after a store clerk called 911 […]

Marion County Jail on ICE’s Declined Detainer Outcome Report

Marion County Jail on ICE’s Declined Detainer Outcome Report

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), by the president’s executive order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” releases the Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR) on a weekly basis. Detainers are placed on illegal immigrants arrested on criminal charges for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from […]

Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Ocala, Florida — On March 13, 2017, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence after a juvenile reported that she had been battered. The juvenile told the responding deputy that she had not been home in two days because her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, Robert Louis Young, 35, had been heavily using […]

Woman confronted juveniles with pipe, arrested

Woman confronted juveniles with pipe, arrested

A woman who has allegedly had trouble with several neighborhood juveniles tried to take matters into her own hands Friday. Marion County sheriff’s deputies were at the victim’s house investigating an unrelated incident when the victim told them about a confrontation she had with a another neighbor earlier in the day. According to reports, Jessica […]

Ocklawaha woman charged with public assistance fraud

Ocklawaha woman charged with public assistance fraud

Ocklawaha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was arrested after investigators with the Florida Department of Financial Services determined she had committed welfare fraud. Investigator T.N.Mitchell said that Jessica L. Fong, 28, falsified multiple Department of Children and Families applications when she applied for public assistance. According to reports, Fong applied for assistance for herself and […]

Conversation over pregnancy ended with arrest

Conversation over pregnancy ended with arrest

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Pilot Gas Station, located at 2020 Southwest 135th Street, after a woman said she had been slapped. The victim told the deputy that she drove to the 100 block of Marion Oaks Boulevard to talk to her boyfriend, Carlos J. Vasquez Jr., 21, because the two […]

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