The owner of a popular waterside restaurant and two others, abused 15-year-old girl

The owner of a popular waterside restaurant and two others, abused 15-year-old girl

DeLand, Florida — The comments of a 60-year-old DeLand man sparked an intensive investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It all started when witnesses said the man offered to pay money if someone could introduce him to some young girls. The investigation that culminated Wednesday morning led to three arrests, including a DeBary couple […]

Man pulls out his tenderloin

Man pulls out his tenderloin

Lecanto, Florida — Last week, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office held their annual “Shop with a Cop” event geared toward providing gifts for needy children. The event was held at the Walmart in Lecanto. While the Walmart was filled with deputies, a man wearing a red Santa hat entered the store and awkwardly attempted to […]

Man cut ears off dog

Man cut ears off dog

Williston, Florida — Today, Shawn Daniel Bailey, 34, turned himself in to the Williston Police Department at 12:41 p.m., and told officers he had cut the ears off his 3-month-old pit bull puppy with a razor blade. Officers then drove to Bailey’s home to investigate his claims. When they arrived, they were horrified. The dog’s […]

School bus attendant assaulted autistic child during ride home

School bus attendant assaulted autistic child during ride home

Polk City, Florida — Yesterday, December 10, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 52-year-old Clara McGriff, of Lake Wales, on a warrant charging her with one count Negligent Child Abuse (F-3). McGriff is employed by the Polk County School Board as a school bus attendant, and has been charged with child […]

Protesters take to the streets of Orlando

Protesters take to the streets of Orlando

Orlando, Florida — Today, the Orlando Police Department responded to the area of Hughey Avenue and Washington Street in reference to protesters exercising their First Amendment Rights. Due to the recent events worldwide, and an incident involving an Orlando Police Officer battering a military veteran, approximately 100 protesters gathered in downtown Orlando in front of […]

ALERT: Dangerous criminal on the run

ALERT: Dangerous criminal on the run

Jacksonville, Florida — At 11:26 p.m., the Florida Department of Corrections issued an alert to law enforcement in Clay County regarding an offender on court ordered conditional release who removed his GPS monitor this evening. The offender, Donald H. Davidson Jr., 34, is considered armed and dangerous. The Florida Department of Corrections said Public safety […]

OPD officer to military veteran; “I am a cop, you understand you stupid mother f***er.”

OPD officer to military veteran; “I am a cop, you understand you stupid mother f***er.”

Orlando, Florida — The integrity of the Orlando Police Department is being questioned after the agency purposely withheld evidence from the State Attorney’s Office against one of their officers. The agency withheld body cam video that showed Orlando Police Officer, William Escobar, punching and kicking a military police officer while he was already handcuffed and […]

Stolen GPS lead to victim

Stolen GPS lead to victim

Volusia County — A stolen GPS unit led Volusia County sheriff’s deputies straight to the victim of a weekend car burglary and helped put the suspect behind bars. The suspect, Dewey Smith, 31, of Deltona, was the passenger in a pickup a deputy pulled over for just before 4 a.m. on Saturday. When the deputy, […]

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Tallahassee — The Florida Department of Health has received notification of two influenza associated pediatric deaths in Orange and Pasco Counties. While most cases of FLU are mild, there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of […]

Deputy throws away career for $10.00 DVD

Deputy throws away career for $10.00 DVD

Davenport, Florida — A Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy resigned from his job after it was determined he stole from a business. Deputy Ernesto McCloud, 28, of Lakeland, was arrested and charged with Petit Theft and Armed Burglary. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies responded to assist the Davenport Police Department on an alarm call at […]

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 […]

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