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 […]

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 […]

Two MCSO majors suspended following sheriff’s arrest

Two MCSO majors suspended following sheriff’s arrest

On Saturday, Marion County interim Sheriff Emery Gainey suspended two MCSO Majors. According to a press release, Major Don Maines, who is over the Bureau of Professional Standards, and Major Tommy Bibb, who is over the Bureau of Special Investigations, have been placed on paid administrative leave. The suspension came just one day after the arrest of […]

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 […]

Video: 5th deputy indicted in Marion Oaks police brutality case

Video: 5th deputy indicted in Marion Oaks police brutality case

Ocala, Florida — A federal grand jury has indicted former Marion County Sheriff’s deputy, Jesse Alan Terrell, 33, who is accused of beating Derrick Price, 44, during an arrest that took place in 2014 in Marion Oaks. Terrell is the fifth deputy to face charges in this case. Former Deputies Trevor Wade Fitzgerald, 32, James […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office sergeant demoted and suspended

Marion County Sheriff’s Office sergeant demoted and suspended

Ocala, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s Office supervisor was demoted and suspended after an internal affairs investigation revealed that he made false statements to the Commander of the Marion County Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST). In a letter of suspension to Jeremie Nix, it states that he was demoted to the rank corporal […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander suspended

Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander suspended

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander, Sergeant Jeremie Nix, was suspended with pay from MCSO. Public Information Officer Lieutenant Ryan Robbins wrote, “At this time no other information can be released until the [Internal Affairs] investigation is completed.” MCSO would not explain the circumstances surrounding Nix’s suspension. Ocala Post […]

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 […]

To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

Investors blame local governemt

To the Editor: Marion County is misleading, not inviting to good investors

Marion County was recently vetted as a potential site for a sunscreen (suntan lotion) manufacturing plant. The company would have brought more than 200 high paying jobs to the area. The initial plan was to renovate and revitalize some of the already vacant buildings in the area. To vet the area, three staff members, one investigator […]

Mayor Kent Guinn retains his seat, Councilman John McLeod loses

Mayor Kent Guinn retains his seat, Councilman John McLeod loses

Ocala, Florida — Mayor Kent Guinn was re-elected Tuesday night, making this his third term as Ocala mayor. According to records, Guinn received nearly 65 percent of the votes, beating his opponent, William Gilchrist. Councilman John McLeod, who was a huge supporter of destroying Red Oak and Ocala Stud horse farms, also known as 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, […]

Alleged ethics violation allegations against city councilman John M. McLeod

Alleged ethics violation allegations against city councilman John M. McLeod

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post is currently investing city councilman John M. McLeod, after receiving information that suggests he failed to list all real property on his Statement of Financial Interests’ forms. The disclosure of all real property as an elected official is state law. The submitted complaint against McLeod reads: Please accept this complaint against John […]

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 […]

Firefighter exodus continues with stalled negotiations; county may reduce requirements for Fire Chief

Firefighter exodus continues with stalled negotiations; county may reduce requirements for Fire Chief

[Last updated on July 8, 2015, at 9:37 p.m. to include a statement from the county.] Ocala, Florida  — Marion County firefighters are still waiting to hear back from county officials on their contract as the exodus of firefighters and paramedics continues. Last week, a 10-year Firefighter Paramedic promoted to Lieutenant, a 6-year Firefighter Paramedic promoted […]

Massive Medicare fraud takedown; 240 arrested

Massive Medicare fraud takedown; 240 arrested

More than 240 individuals—including doctors, nurses, and other licensed professionals—were arrested this week for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. The arrests, which began Tuesday, were part of a coordinated operation in 17 cities by Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams, which include personnel from the FBI, the […]

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 […]

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