To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

  Fathers’ Day is upon us and like Mothers’ Day, it brings to mind the importance of parents and especially fathers and fathering. I’m fortunate to be a Father, Grandfather and no less important, a Guardian ad Litem who advocates for and befriends children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse, neglect […]

Missing/endangered man and his girlfriend arrested

Missing/endangered man and his girlfriend arrested

Ocala, Florida — An allegedly missing and endangered man was arrested Saturday, after it was discovered that he had beaten a 3-year-old child. On Saturday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information that Tayon Alexander, 23, had made statements during a phone call that made the reportee concerned for Alexander’s well-being. According to reports, deputies began […]

Churchill Dentistry in Ocala has been sold

Churchill Dentistry in Ocala has been sold

Ocala, Florida — Marion County residents no longer have to worry about Michael or Rebecca Tarver performing dental work on children. On Wednesday, Ocala Post received multiple e-mails that stated Churchill Dentistry — formerly Polliwog Dental — had been sold to Heart of Florida Health Center. Ocala Post was able to confirm the sale on Thursday. HFHC will […]

Man arrested for strangling girlfriend and battering 2-year-old

Man arrested for strangling girlfriend and battering 2-year-old

Fort McCoy, Florida — A Fort McCoy man remained behind bars Thursday, accused of strangling his girlfriend and battering her 2-year-old daughter. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 14400 block of Northeast 203 Place, Fort McCoy, in reference to a domestic disturbance. Deputy Timothy Marton reported, “I made contact with the victim, who […]

Baby died after she was scalded

Baby died after she was scalded

Rosedale — Nurse Practitioner Oluyemisi Adebayo, 54, was arrested while attempting to flee the county Thursday afternoon. Police in New York said an arrest warrant was issued for Adebayo after she was charge for killing 23-month-old Naomi Mondesire. Authorities said the child was under Adebayo’s care when she placed her in a bathtub with scalding […]

MCSO: Bizarre sex case

MCSO: Bizarre sex case

Ocala, Florida — On July 29, 2014, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to a home in Silver Springs Shores in reference to an alleged sex crime on a now 16-year-old female. Upon arrival, the mother of the juvenile told the deputy that her daughter had been having sex with, Michael Hoppel, 28, between August […]

Woman, 25, wanted on multiple warrants

Woman, 25,  wanted on multiple warrants

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman, who has multiple active warrants for her arrest, is still on the run. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Melissa L. Snyder, 25, of Ocala. Snyder currently has active warrants for Failure to Appear (FTA) on various criminal charges. Snyder also has […]

Florida police officer arrested for sexual abuse on a 2-year-old girl

Florida police officer arrested for sexual abuse on a 2-year-old girl

Lakeland, Florida — Around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the FBI received a message on a social networking site from 32-year-old Joshua Smith of Lakeland, in reference to sex acts Smith was committing on a 2-year-old female child. The message to the undercover agent read, “No limit perv dad here. Looking for someone […]

Woman attacked; baby cut from stomach

Woman attacked; baby cut from stomach

Longmont, Colorado — A pregnant Colorado woman that responded to a strangers Craigslist ad for baby clothes was brutally attacked. Police were called to the 1600 block of Green Place, Longmont, Wednesday, in response to a stabbing. Longmont Police spokesman Jeff Satur said when police arrived, they discovered that a 26-year-old pregnant female had been […]

Man punched woman and small child in face

Man punched woman and small child in face

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man remained behind bars Wednesday, after he punched a woman and small child in the face. According to reports, a deputy was conducting a security check at 5201 South Pine Avenue when a female victim ran into a store and asked the clerk to call 911. When the deputy made […]

Woman and teen attacked juvenile female on Baseline Road

Woman and teen attacked juvenile female on Baseline Road

Ocala, Florida — A grown woman and juvenile female have been arrested after allegedly beating a 17-year-old female as she was walking along Baseline Road. According to Marion County sheriff’s Deputy Elijha Serrano-Prusinski, the 17-year-old was walking home from the tanning salon located at 3290 Southeast 58th Avenue, Ocala, when a black 4-door car stopped […]

OPD: Drunk and pregnant; twin toddlers also in the car during crash

OPD: Drunk and pregnant; twin toddlers also in the car during crash

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police said on Wednesday, at approximately 11:10 p.m, Officer Casey Walsh discovered a crash that had just occurred at the intersection of Southwest 16th Avenue and State Road 200. A black Chevrolet SUV had rear-ended a blue Buick sedan. The driver of the SUV, later identified as convicted felon, Angel Nicole […]

Two arrested for brutal beating of toddler

Two arrested for brutal beating of toddler

Lakeland, Florida — On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims detectives arrested 27-year-old Shellie Lee Campbell and her live-in boyfriend, 29-year-old Brandon Lauderbaugh, of 2642 Timbercreek Loop West, Lakeland, and charged both with one count each Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm (F-2). The two have been dating for five months. […]

Corrections officer arrested for sexual battery; held without bond

Corrections officer arrested for sexual battery; held without bond

[Last updated om March 3, 2015, at 9:04 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — A corrections officer who worked for Marion Correctional Institution was arrested Friday, and is being held without bond. According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives, on February 26, a victim had arrived at the sheriff’s office and stated she had been sexually assaulted […]

Investigators discover disturbing case of child abuse inside home

Investigators discover disturbing case of child abuse inside home

Silver Springs Shores — Department of Children and Families Child Protection Investigator Dawn White was conducting an investigation in regards to allegations of inadequate supervision of multiple juveniles when she uncovered a disturbing tale of child abuse. The investigation revealed that Ashley and Christopher Pollard, both 29, would lock two boys — an eight- and […]

Marion Youth Academy counselor charged with aggravated child abuse

Marion Youth Academy counselor charged with aggravated child abuse

Ocala, Florida — A Youth Services International (YSI) counselor was arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse after he repeatedly struck a 16-year-old boy in the head with a portable radio. The entire incident was captured on video. YSI is also referred to as the Marion Youth Academy. YSI superintendent, Keenan Bullard, told deputies that […]