To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

"I was completely vulnerable and helpless."

To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

Note: Before readers jump to conclusions and attack the writer, readers should realize that this information was addressed with the Sheriff’s Office first and posted to their Facebook page. The post was later deleted. The Sheriff’s Office stated that they do not have a need for an interpreter. Ocala, Florida — I usually keep to […]

9/11 – 14 years later

9/11 – 14 years later

[Last updated on September 11, 2015, at 9:35 p.m.] On Friday, September 11, 2015, 14 years after the Twin Towers fell in 2001, Marion County firefighters showed that they have not forgotten. MCFR firefighters and students started the day at the Florida State Fire College in Lowell, Florida. They showed their support by running up and […]

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

[Last updated on May 5, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — This coming Tuesday, May 5, Marion County commissioners will vote to approve a complete re-organization of county management, which includes appointing a fire chief without an application process or a review of qualifications. County Administrator Bill Kauffman proposed the re-organization. This re-organization is […]

9-year-old died in Hog Valley fire

9-year-old died in Hog Valley fire

Hog Valley, Florida – Marion County Fire Rescue said when they arrived at a home located at 14675 NE 206th Lane, Hog Valley, it was fully engulfed in flames. Hog Valley is a small community located in the Ocala National Forest. According to reports, the boy’s father, James Atkinson Sr., was able to get his […]

Woman arrested after she intervened with boyfriend’s arrest

Woman arrested after she intervened with boyfriend’s arrest

Summerfield, Florida — On Friday, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Daniel Luiken, responded to the Kangaroo gas station, located at 10143 Southeast Sunset Harbor Road in reference to a battery. When Deputy Luiken arrived, he saw the suspect, later identified as Joseph E. Manning, 25, walking out of the store and across the parking lot. According […]

Teen troublemakers rioted because they wanted to see R-rated movie

Teen troublemakers rioted because they wanted to see R-rated movie

Ocoee, Florida — Four law enforcement agencies were dispatched to an AMC Theatre at the West Oaks Mall in Ocoee in response to a riot on Valentine’s Day. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said approximately 800-900 black middle and high school aged teenagers stormed the theater and food court with absolutely no regard for the […]

Two people almost crushed inside of garbage truck

Two people almost crushed inside of garbage truck

Tampa, Florida — It was a smelly situation when two drunk people, Donald L. Jordan, 37, and Lisa Sirbella, 49, were nearly crushed after being dumped into the back of a garbage truck. The driver, who works for Progressive Waste Solutions, said he was just about to compact the garbage when he heard the two […]

Two deputies injured after a meth lab exploded

Two deputies injured after a meth lab exploded

  Daytona Beach, Florida — Two Volusia County sheriff’s deputies, two adults, and an eight-month-old baby were taken to a hospital after a meth lab explosion today. Hazmat was dispatched to the area and residents were asked to stay indoors. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, […]

FBI: Changes might be coming to a local law enforcement agency near you

FBI: Changes might be coming to a local law enforcement agency near you

This week, in a speech at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference in Washington, D.C., FBI Director James B. Comey discussed the Bureau’s current priorities as well as collective issues facing the law enforcement community as a whole. He specifically highlighted the FBI’s number one priority—counter-terrorism—and talked about how the proliferation of al Qaeda offshoot […]

MCFR: Driver failed to yield; struck rescue vehicle

MCFR: Driver failed to yield; struck rescue vehicle

Ocala, Florida — Emergency vehicles, including police, fire, and ambulances, respond to calls throughout the county every day. While some calls are ordinary, others include life-threatening situations. Despite the many safety campaigns advertised by emergency personnel, citizens cannot seem to grasp the concept of yielding to emergency vehicles. On Friday, January 23, at approximately 8:30 […]

Sunday night shooting at Spring Manor Apartments

Sunday night shooting at Spring Manor Apartments

Ocala, Florida — Once again, residents of Spring Manor Apartments, Ocala, listened to helicopters as they flew over the apartment complex Sunday night. According to the Ocala Police Department, police were searching for a suspect that reportedly fired shots in the area. Luckily, no one was injured during the shooting. Police said the shooter was […]

Deputy disciplined after he ordered CPR to be halted on a child

Deputy disciplined after he ordered CPR to be halted on a child

Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Gregory Spicher, has been removed from patrol, and relocated to the Marion County Jail where he will work as a corrections officer. This move was made following an Internal Affairs investigation. It all started on November 14, 2014, when Deputy Spicher responded to SE 155th Place, Summerfield, Florida, […]

Girl releases video after French shooting, sparks controversy

Girl releases video after French shooting, sparks controversy

Since the hate fueled shootings in Paris, many have turned to social media to express their anger, frustration, and sadness. Words like #muslims, #CharlieHebdo, #cartoonist, and #freedomofspeech have been trendy on social media since the shooting. And media outlets, such as the Associated Press and CNN, have come under fire for “bowing down” to the […]

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

Ocala, Florida — Since the transfer of 911 dispatch services from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to the county commissioners control that took place in 2012, many local residents have voiced their opinions that MCSO losing control of the service was a detriment to the community. Recently, Misty Lloyd, a tax paying citizen of Marion […]