3 killed in crash, 2 in critical condition

3 killed in crash, 2 in critical condition

Umatilla, Florida — Florida Highway Patrol troopers say three people were killed — and two others were critically injured — after being ejected from a SUV, Sunday. The crash occurred at approximately 3 a.m., at Southeast 127th Street Road — two miles east of Southeast 182nd Avenue in the Ocala National Forest. According to reports, […]

Body of young female found: Can you identify this necklace?

Body of young female found: Can you identify this necklace?

[Last updated on May 16, at 1:41 p.m.] Marion County — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a young white female whose body was found last night at approximately 5 p.m. in the vicinity of Ray Wayside Park (Boat Basin) on East State Road 40. The body was found under […]

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Ocala, Florida — First on Ocala Post — Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief M. Stuart McElhaney announced today that he is retiring after 21-years of service. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our crews, citizens staff, and county leadership in both of my roles as fire chief and assistant county administrator,” McElhaney said. “I […]

DUI habitual offender sentenced

DUI habitual offender sentenced

Ocala, Florida — A Dunnellon man, who has made DUI a habit, was sentenced to the Florida Department of Corrections on Tuesday. David W. Luciano, 44, is a habitual offender for driving on a suspended license and DUI. He was released from jail on July 30, 2014, after serving five months for an arrest where […]

Car flipped and struck power pole, no hospital for man and infant

Car flipped and struck power pole, no hospital for man and infant

Marion County — On May 12, at approximately 6:45 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue crews from Station 17 responded to a rollover-crash on Southeast Maricamp Road and Locust Road. Upon arrival, rescue crews found that a 2010 Kia, driven by David A. Furye, 27, had flipped and struck a power pole. This caused power lines to come down […]

Marion County Firefighter Benevolent Fund charity event

Marion County Firefighter Benevolent Fund charity event

Marion County — Marion County Firefighter Benevolent Fund is holding its 5th annual golf tournament on Saturday, May 16, 2015. MCFBF assists the citizens of Marion County and their Firefighters through medical hardships with financial aid and coordinated volunteer services. Some of life’s greatest trials happen suddenly and unexpectedly. MCFBF aims to protect those facing […]

Truck driver dies following SR 40 Crash

Truck driver dies following SR 40 Crash

Marion County — East State Road 40 traffic was blocked for hours Tuesday night following a two-vehicle accident. The crash occurred at Southeast 165th Avenue and East State Road 40 at approximately 8 p.m. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by David Boswell, 61, was traveling westbound on State Road […]

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Marion County — Staffing levels at Marion County Fire Rescue station 21 are to return to normal on May 16 after citizens from On Top of the World and the surrounding areas made phone calls, sent emails, and went to county commission meetings to raise concerns over the reduction of services. In March, due to staffing […]

Man arrested on his fourth DUI

Man arrested on his fourth DUI

Marion Oaks — While driving north on Marion Oaks Course, Deputy Tanya Rodriguez spotted a vehicle with a Texas license plate swerve into the median then back onto the roadway. She then activated her emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. According to reports, as Deputy Rodriguez approached the vehicle she could […]

OPD is on the hunt for credit card skimmers

OPD is on the hunt for credit card skimmers

Ocala, Florida — On Friday, May 8, 2015, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., detectives from the Ocala Police Department participated in an operation to inspect local fuel station pumps for skimmer devices. This operation was initiated due to recent cases of skimming devices being located inside of the pumps and the […]

Woman fired from job and blocked from Facebook after she stomped on American Flag

Woman fired from job and blocked from Facebook after she stomped on American Flag

WARNING: Videos contain adult language Some might have heard of the Eric Sheppard Jr. challenge, which is an anti-American knock-off of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. You also might have heard of Erica Walker. She is one of Eric Sheppard’s followers. Walker is a black female, who also supports the New Black Panthers Party. She […]

Career criminal arrested on weapons and drug charges, back on the street

Career criminal arrested on weapons and drug charges, back on the street

Ocala, Florida — A drug dealer and convicted felon was arrested Thursday morning after the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) served a search warrant at 2814 Southwest 16th Street. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, UDEST seized 8 ounces of cocaine, 27 ounces of high grade marijuana, $6,941 in cash, AK-47 ammunition, an […]

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 […]

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