Vacant house was being used as meth lab

Vacant house was being used as meth lab

  Ocala, Florida — Members of the United Drug Enforcement Strike Team were notified after Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to a residential burglary and discovered a meth lab. When deputies arrived at 5049 Southeast 42nd Street, in response to a burglary in progress, they immediately smelled an odor consistent with cooking methamphetamine. Amanda Bacon, […]

Craigslist ad lead to capture of two multi-county burglars and murder suspects

Craigslist ad lead to capture of two multi-county burglars and murder suspects

Ocala, Florida — Two burglary suspects, dubbed the “Pillowcase Burglars,” have now been named as persons of interest in a Marion County murder. The nickname was given to the suspects because they would use a pillowcase from the crime scene to carry stolen property. Jessica Baker, 44, and Darren Decker, 41, who are husband and […]

FHP: Meth lab found inside truck

FHP: Meth lab found inside truck

Volusia County – At  approximately 11:44 a.m., on April 12, 2016, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper  saw a 1996 Mazda Protégé with illegal window tint traveling southbound on U.S. 17. The trooper then conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 17, near State Road 40. The driver was later identified as Jesse Wayne Spencer, 32 , […]

Marion Oaks woman burnt a child with cigarette

Marion Oaks woman burnt a child with cigarette

Ocala, Florida — A woman arrested for battery says she did not do anything wrong. Ocala police responded to a residence after the mother of a juvenile victim reported that the child had been intentionally burned with a cigarette. According to reports, Regina Patricia Mays, 53, went to the mother’s residence and demanded money. Mays […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mother beat child, stabbed partner

Mother beat child, stabbed partner

Silver Springs, Florida — A Silver Springs woman faces several charges after authorities were notified about possible abuse on a child. Authorities say that Ann Montross, 25, became angry when her child “pooped” in her pants. A second victim in the house, Montross’ partner, stated that Montross became so agitated that she threw the child […]

Man sexually abused 11-year-old and forced her to do drugs

Man sexually abused 11-year-old and forced her to do drugs

Ocala, Florida — A Citra man is behind bars in Marion County after the Department of Children and Families received notification that an 11-year-old female had been sexually abused and forced to use drugs. In October 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ocala Springs Elementary, located at 5757 Northeast 40th Avenue Road, and made […]

MCSO: Shots fired at SWAT and UDEST agents

MCSO: Shots fired at SWAT and UDEST agents

Pedro, Florida  — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement officials were met with gunfire as they attempted to serve a warrant on Wednesday morning. According to MCSO Lt. Ryan Robbins, SWAT members and agents with the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) were shot at while serving a high-risk drug search warrant at 332 […]

School board employee arrested at school, faces 66 charges

"I am going to lose my job. I smoke weed and I have it in my purse right now."

School board employee arrested at school, faces 66 charges

Lakeland, Florida — Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Sleepy Hill Middle School cafeteria manager for drug possession on Tuesday. PCSO deputies responded to Sleepy Hill Middle School in Lakeland to investigate an anonymous tip in reference to Polk County School Board employee, Carolyn Jackson, 41, of Lakeland, who is employed as the cafeteria manager, […]

Mom and two sons arrested after their vehicle caught fire

Mom and two sons arrested after their vehicle caught fire

Ocala, Florida — A family was arrested after they accidentally set their Chevy truck on fire. On Wednesday, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Walmart, located at 9570 Southwest Highway 200, after a store employee, Tim Cricketts, reported a vehicle fire. Cricketts stated that citizens had alerted Walmart staff about the fire. According to […]

$30 million in heroin seized

$30 million in heroin seized

Manhattan, New York — James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division (DEA), Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, and Joseph A. D’Amico, Superintendent of the New York State Police, announced the seizure of 46 […]

Cloud 9 nightclub faces closure; nuisance to Ocala

Clean up the prostitutes, violence, and drugs or close

Cloud 9 nightclub faces closure; nuisance to Ocala

Ocala, Florida — On Wednesday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office put the nightclub, Cloud 9, on notice — either clean it up or be shut down. MCSO sent a certified letter of Notice of a Potential Drug-Related Public Nuisance Abatement Action to nightclub owner, Anthony T. Pastorino. A nuisance abatement, as a legal term, is a […]

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 […]

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