Former Sheriff’s kiosk program under investigation, removed from businesses

Former Sheriff’s kiosk program under investigation, removed from businesses

  UPDATE: Ofab Inc. CEO speaks out about the removal of the crime prevention kiosks Marion County – The kiosk program, which was created by former Sheriff Chris Blair in 2014, is under investigation by the State Attorney’s Office. On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris […]

Deputy on leave after K-9 left in patrol car, died

Deputy on leave after K-9 left in patrol car, died

  Gainesville, Florida — An Alachua County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy was placed on paid administrative leave after his K-9 was found dead in his patrol car. K-9 Robbie, a Belgian Malinois, was discovered in the back seat of Deputy Tommy Willcox’s car on Friday. According to AccuWeather, it was approximately 94 degrees in Gainesville on […]

Grand jury on MCSO: Falsified statistics, excessive force, dishonesty, and more

Marion County citizens were put at great risk

Grand jury on MCSO: Falsified statistics, excessive force, dishonesty, and more

  , Ocala, Florida — On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris Blair for two counts of Perjury in an official proceeding and one count of Official Misconduct. On June 2, 2016, the grand jury produced a 13-page presentment on the leadership of the Marion County […]

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair indicted by grand jury

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair indicted by grand jury

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris Blair for two counts of Perjury in an official proceeding and one count of Official Misconduct. At 2:51 p.m. Friday, Blair was booked into the Marion County Jail. He was released on bond at 3:31 […]

Ocala police officer arrested; getting “high” and playing video games while on duty

Ocala police officer arrested; getting “high” and playing video games while on duty

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala Police Department police officer was arrested after officials received a tip that the officer had been smoking marijuana while on duty. On March 17, 2016, OPD received information which suggested that, now former police officer, Jeffrey P. Hall, 26, had been smoking marijuana while on duty. The tipster stated that Officer […]

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

[Last updated on February 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office has completed an extensive investigation into cases involving former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Eduardo Bustamante. The investigation involved multiple use-of-force complaints and falsified arrest reports. In one of the alleged use-of-force cases, Bustamante was accompanied by Sergeant Ben Adams. […]

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Ocala, Florida — Two Marion County sheriff’s deputies resigned following an internal affairs investigation. On Tuesday, January 19, members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Administration initiated an Internal Affairs Investigation in regards to allegations that former MCSO deputy, Kimberly Bray, was using cocaine. According to a press release, it was reported by another deputy […]

Concerns about a culture of fear and intimidation at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Concerns about a culture of fear and intimidation at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Ocala, Florida — Someone, who wishes to remain unnamed out of fear of retaliation from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, reached out to Ocala Post and expressed concerns he has about the administration within MCSO. This person would only agree to speak with Ocala Post if he could remain a confidential source, therefore Ocala Post, […]

Ocala police officer arrested for DUI

Clark was also charged with Careless Driving and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage.

Ocala police officer arrested for DUI

[Last updated on November 16, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.] Ocala, Post — Following up on an anonymous tip, Ocala Post learned that Ocala Police Department Detective Daniel Clark was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday following a traffic stop. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that Clark left the scene of an accident after he crashed into […]

Fourth deputy pleads guilty in beating case, confesses to second beating

Fourth deputy pleads guilty in beating case, confesses to second beating

Ocala, Florida — Former Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy and SWAT Team member Cody Hoppel, 31, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for the beating of a Marion Oaks man. Then, Hoppel dropped a bombshell and also pleaded guilty to the beating of a Williston man in an unrelated case. Hoppel is the fourth of five […]

MCSO corrections officer who resigned after investigation, arrested

MCSO corrections officer who resigned after investigation, arrested

[Last updated on October 26, 2015 at 1:33 p.m. A previous version of this article stated that CO Foiles witnessed Remmele give Gray money for drugs. However, it was actually another former inmate who stated [that] to CO Foiles. Foiles then relayed that information to investigators.] Ocala, Florida—A Marion County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer, who resigned […]

Two MCSO deputies suspended after allegations of misconduct

Two MCSO deputies suspended after allegations of misconduct

[Last updated on October 22, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.] Marion County, Florida —  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has suspended two deputies following allegations of misconduct. According to a MSCO press release, on Wednesday, October 21st, Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair suspended MCSO deputies Joseph Tussey and Edward Tillis with pay after learning that the […]

Millis shooting: Officer who lied about being shot at now claims insanity

Millis shooting: Officer who lied about being shot at now claims insanity

Millis, Massachusetts — A Millis, MA, police officer who sparked a massive manhunt for a suspect who fired shots at him has been terminated, after it was discovered that the officer lied about the entire incident. Officers from other law enforcement agencies, police dogs, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter and firefighters were involved with the search, […]

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Palm Bay, Florida — A police dispatcher was arrested on Monday and charged with eight (8) counts of Capital Sexual Battery and five (5) counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. According to reports, Amanda Chandler, 40, was having a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old boy. Palm Bay police said Chandler is married and has two […]

2 of 5 deputies plead guilty after the beating of a compliant suspect

2 of 5 deputies plead guilty after the beating of a compliant suspect

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies Trevor Wade Fitzgerald, 32, and James Louis Amidei, 32, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to the August 7, 2014, beating of Marion Oaks drug ringleader, Derrick Price, 44. There were a total of five deputies involved in Price’s arrest. The remaining three deputies have been identified as Cody […]

Citizens furious over clearing of the former Waldo police chief

Citizens furious over clearing of the former Waldo police chief

[Last updated on June 17, 2015, at 5:44 p.m.] Waldo — Despite five officers coming forward, hundreds of complaints from citizens, warnings from the American Automobile Association (AAA), and a book that ousted the Waldo Police Department; former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo has been cleared of any wrongdoing. In addition to the officers coming […]

OPD officer who fired 23 rounds into an occupied vehicle, fired

OPD officer who fired 23 rounds into an occupied vehicle, fired

Orlando, Florida — The Orlando Police department has fired one of its officers after an internal investigation revealed he violated department policy as well as Florida statutes. On February 24, 2014, an investigation was initiated against Officer David Johnston, 25, for violation of Obedience to Laws and Department Procedures, Obedience to Policies and Procedures and […]

Investigation: Driver gives deputies middle finger; gets pulled over by military-type armored vehicle

Investigation: Driver gives deputies middle finger; gets pulled over by military-type armored vehicle

Gainesville, Florida — The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal investigation after deputies in a Lenco BearCat Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), or Light Armored Vehicle (LAV), conducted a traffic stop. The deputies that occupied the APC were dressed in tactical clothing. The man they pulled over, Lucas A. Jewel, 23, was stopped after […]

Major controversy after police pulled over a firefighter

Major controversy after police pulled over a firefighter

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — A major fire is raging after police in Pennsylvania conducted a traffic stop on a man who claimed to be a Philadelphia firefighter. Philadelphia Police Department Officer Holloway conducted a traffic stop on Tony Soto’s vehicle for having tinted windows (sun screening). The entire incident was captured on Soto’s cell phone, which […]

OPD officer arrested and charged with Felony Battery by FDLE

OPD officer arrested and charged with Felony Battery by FDLE

Orlando, Florida — An Orlando police officer was arrested and charged with felony battery Tuesday following allegations that he had used excessive force on a handcuffed man. It all started in August 2014, when Robert Liese was at Underground Public House, located at 19 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, having some drinks with friends. According to […]