Lightning Take Game 2 of Stanley Cup Finals

Lightning Take Game 2 of Stanley Cup Finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 4-3 and even up the seven game series at 1-1. Tampa Bay’s triplets line totaled 2 goals and an assist Saturday night. Nikita Kucherov tallied a goal and an assist while Tyler Johnson scored his […]

American Pharoah Claims the Triple Crown

American Pharoah Claims the Triple Crown

The 37 year drought for the Triple Crown is over after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. American Pharoah claimed one of the sporting world’s rarest feats. American Pharoah became the 12th horse and first horse since Affirmed did it in 1978 to win all three legs of the Triple Crown. American Pharoah […]

Bail bonds business owner and his girlfriend arrested

Bail bonds business owner and his girlfriend arrested

A bail bondsman that usually bonds criminals out of jail, found himself behind bars Thursday. At approximately 1 p.m., Thursday, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Robert Alexson, 55, of Bushnell. Alexson is the owner of Bob’s 24 Hour Bail Bonds, located off of Hwy 44 in Lecanto. Detectives also arrested his girlfriend, Brandi Jugov, 23, […]

Heroin dealer arrested in Ocala

Heroin dealer arrested in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — An undercover investigation by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team lead to the arrest of a heroin dealer in Ocala. On one occasion, agents reported that Melissa S. Young, 31, A.K.A Melissa Parrish, sold five aluminum bindles of heroin to an informant.  During a second encounter, Young sold four bindles of heroin […]

Deputy and citizen work together and save a life

Deputy and citizen work together and save a life

Summerfield, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy, with the help of a citizen, saved a 29-year-old man’s life after the deputy responded to a residence and found a man to be unresponsive. According to reports, a witness and the victim were involved in a verbal altercation when the victim retreated to a bathroom and locked the […]

Man revealed “crack” to deputy

Man revealed “crack” to deputy

Ocklawaha, Florida — On Sunday afternoon, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the Boat Basin located at 9570 Northeast 28th Lane, in reference to a man, later identified as Craig Bierema, standing on the riverbank fully nude. According to a witness, he was traveling down the Ocklawaha River with his family when he saw […]

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 […]

North Marion student arrested for having weapons on campus

North Marion student arrested for having weapons on campus

Ocala, Florida — A North Marion High School student was arrested after school officials searched the student’s vehicle and found a loaded gun. On Tuesday, May 26, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy at North Marion Middle School received information that North Marion High School student, Douglas Hurteau, II. 17, was allegedly storing a […]

Felon arrested for impersonating a police officer; case could be much larger

Felon arrested for impersonating a police officer; case could be much larger

[Last updated on May 27, 2015, at 1:03 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police have arrested a man who witnesses say conducted a traffic stop and pretended to be a Marion County sheriff’s deputy. On Friday, police were contacted by a man who stated that he had been driving through the Walmart parking lot, located […]

$1 million in grant funding for cannabidiol research

$1 million in grant funding for cannabidiol research

Gainesville, Florida — The Florida Department of Health today announced $1 million in grant funding to the University of Florida for research involving cannabidiol and its effects on refractory childhood epilepsy. The award is designed to provide treatment with a new medication, derived from cannabis, to children with resistant epilepsy through a Food and Drug […]

Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Florida — The Florida Department of Health, with support from local law enforcement agencies, carried out Statewide Operation Trigger Point May 13 through 15. The operation to stop the dangerous practice of providing health care without proper licensure culminated in 64 cease-and-desist notices served to individuals and establishments practicing massage or operating a massage establishment […]

Marcel “Butch” Verrando removed from advisory board for racial remarks

Marcel “Butch” Verrando removed from advisory board for racial remarks

[Last updated on May 19, 2015, at 5:50 p.m.] Marion County — In a unanimous vote during a regularly-scheduled meeting on May 19, 2015, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners removed an appointee to the Marion County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) following objectionable remarks made by the appointee on a social media forum. Marcel […]

Upcoming March Against Monsanto event in protest of GMOs

Upcoming March Against Monsanto event in protest of GMOs

Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Marion County will unite with citizens from all over the world in protest of genetically modified foods (GMOs). This year will mark the third annual “March Against Monsanto,” in which over 400 cities throughout the world hold demonstrations to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to […]

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