Woman crushed under SUV

Woman crushed under SUV

Bartow, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an overturned vehicle found near the 1000 block of 80 Foot Road, Bartow. When first responders arrived on-scene, they discovered that a woman had been crushed beneath an overturned 2000 silver Chevrolet Tahoe. According to investigators, it appeared the crash occurred […]

Special weather statement: Hard Freeze warning

Special weather statement: Hard Freeze warning

  Tonight a hard freeze warning is in effect for Marion, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Volusia counties. The freeze warning is in effect for Marion County until Thursday at 10 a.m. The National Weather Service has indicated temperatures will range from 25 to 37 degrees for at least 6-hours. Appropriate action should be taken to […]

Misaddressed envelope nearly had a mother in tears

Misaddressed envelope nearly had a mother in tears

West Palm Beach, Florida — A West Palm Beach mother of a child with Down Syndrome said her friend received an invitation in the mail to a nonprofit event for handicap children, but was upset at the way the address label appeared. The envelope was addressed to “Friends of the Retarded.” The invitation actually came […]

Driving in the rain Q & A

Driving in the rain Q & A

Florida — Ocala Post has received e-mails from out-of-town visitors asking if it is legal to drive with a vehicle’s hazard lights enabled. In light of this question, here are just a few tips on driving in the rain in Florida. Some residents that have lived in Florida their entire lives could also benefit from […]

Weather Alert: Tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning

Weather Alert: Tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm and tornado watch for the following counties: Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia. The tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. The thunderstorm warning is in effect until […]

Florida doctors are not required to carry malpractice insurance

Florida doctors are not required to carry malpractice insurance

    Recent e-mails about the legality of doctors operating without malpractice insurance in Ocala, sparked an investigation by Ocala Post. What Ocala Post found might surprise you. There is a law in Florida (458.320, F.S.) that states doctors must carry $100,000 in malpractice insurance in order to practice medicine at all, and in order […]

FHP: “Stuff the Charger” food drive

FHP: “Stuff the Charger” food drive

Tallahassee, Florida — What do Thanksgiving turkeys and Florida Highway Patrol cars (Chargers) have in common? They are both “stuffed” to feed Florida families for the holidays. The Chargers were stuffed last week as part of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ inaugural “Stuff the Charger” food drive. Each DHSMV location across […]

Federal prisoners allowed to attend formal Daddy-Daughter Dance

Federal prisoners allowed to attend formal Daddy-Daughter Dance

Miami, Florida — On November 4, 2014, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) held a Daddy-Daughter Dance for offenders in the Federal Detention Center (FDC) in Miami, Florida. Federal prisoners came dressed in their Sunday best, as did their daughters. You would have never known the formal dance was being held at a prison. It […]

Arrests continue over feeding the homeless

Arrests continue over feeding the homeless

Florida residents are outraged over Fort Lauderdale citizens being arrested for feeding the homeless. The controversy is also the reason dozens of e-mails were recently sent to Ocala Post about the homeless that have arrested in Ocala, and charged with Open Lodging. Many have turned to social media, blasting Fort Lauderdale officials, accusing them of […]

Unsportsmanlike penalty for praying?

Unsportsmanlike penalty for praying?

Fort Myers, Florida — Sam Turner, a 16-year-old tight end for the Fort Myers High School Green Wave, was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after scoring a touchdown. Turner earned the penalty after raising his hands in the air to honor a teammate who was murdered, and then took a knee to thank God. The celebration […]

Election day is here, 2014

Election day is here, 2014

Now, at last, America gets to decide. Millions of people are casting votes nationwide in an election that could hand Republicans the Senate after a nasty, negative campaign that cost nearly $4 billion. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is in a slug fest with Democrat Charlie Crist, who wants his old job back. Crist is the […]

Windward Knoll: 55 plus community

Windward Knoll: 55 plus community

RECEIVE TWO MONTHS FREE LOT RENT WHEN YOU MENTION THIS ARTICLE! Florida — Located just off the beaten path (close to I-4 and I-75), in a quiet country setting is Windward Knoll, an ideal retirement community with many amenities and conveniences. Clean, neat, and crisp, the community has a sparkling heated pool and spacious clubhouse […]

Veternans: Free entrance to state parks

Veternans: Free entrance to state parks

Tallahassee, Florida – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that in honor of Veterans Day, there will be free entry for everyone at state parks* on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The Florida Park Service encourages residents and visitors to celebrate veterans and active military personnel by bringing them to one of the 171 state parks and trails […]

Mother forced kids to drink toilet bowl cleaner after she heard voices

Mother forced kids to drink toilet bowl cleaner after she heard voices

Port Orange, Florida — A Port Orange mother is facing attempted murder charges after she allegedly made her two children drink toilet bowl cleaner. Amelia R. West, 29, was arrested Saturday morning, November 1, 2014, at her Timber Trail home. “Upon arrival at the residence, officers located West, who had reportedly attempted to harm herself,” […]

To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

Polk County — As Election Day draws near, “medical marijuana” has become a hot topic, and many have asked me about my position concerning constitutional Amendment 2. That’s simple: I am personally against the amendment because I know it is a ruse that will create defacto-legalization of marijuana in Florida. The amendment supporters are counting […]

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)

Tallahassee, Florida — Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), the statewide youth-led movement, announced the names of its new Youth Advocacy Board members. The Youth Advisory Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the direction and goals of the SWAT organization and of the youth […]

More than 60 pit bulls rescued from two Florida homes

More than 60 pit bulls rescued from two Florida homes

Polk County — Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said it was a bloody scene when they served search warrants on two home’s — one located at 122 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Fort Meade, Florida and the other at 880 L B Brown Avenue, Bartow, Florida — on October 22, 2014. Investigators […]

Owner of Ridin’ Dirty Motor Sports arrested

Owner of Ridin’ Dirty Motor Sports arrested

Inverness, Florida — Convicted felon, Michael Paul Watkins, 41, of Inverness, was taken into custody by federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) today. Watkins is the owner of Ridin’ Dirty Motor Sports and Cool Aid Heating and Air in Citrus County. This morning, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office assisted the […]

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