Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair indicted by grand jury

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair indicted by grand jury

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris Blair for two counts of Perjury in an official proceeding and one count of Official Misconduct. At 2:51 p.m. Friday, Blair was booked into the Marion County Jail. He was released on bond at 3:31 […]

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

[Last updated on February 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office has completed an extensive investigation into cases involving former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Eduardo Bustamante. The investigation involved multiple use-of-force complaints and falsified arrest reports. In one of the alleged use-of-force cases, Bustamante was accompanied by Sergeant Ben Adams. […]

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 […]

Millis shooting: Officer who lied about being shot at now claims insanity

Millis shooting: Officer who lied about being shot at now claims insanity

Millis, Massachusetts — A Millis, MA, police officer who sparked a massive manhunt for a suspect who fired shots at him has been terminated, after it was discovered that the officer lied about the entire incident. Officers from other law enforcement agencies, police dogs, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter and firefighters were involved with the search, […]

Commissioners look toward sales tax increase for public safety

Commissioners look toward sales tax increase for public safety

[Last updated on July 28, 2015, at 10:53 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Marion County Commissioners unanimously agreed last Tuesday to schedule a workshop to discuss placing a one cent sales tax increase on the ballot in March 2016, amid long standing budget woes. The issue, brought forth by Marion County Commissioner David Moore, would divide […]

MCSO receives salary adjustment for entry-level deputies

MCSO receives salary adjustment for entry-level deputies

Ocala, Florida — For the first time in 11 years, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) increased the agency’s starting salary for entry-level deputies – from $28,520 to $32,094. The increase went into effect on January 25, 2015. Existing deputies received a 3 percent raise on October 1, 2014. The funding for the salary adjustment […]

Bald eagles allegedly poisoned by euthanized animals dumped at Marion County Baseline Landfill

Bald eagles allegedly poisoned by euthanized animals dumped at Marion County Baseline Landfill

  [Last updated February 6, 2015, at 10:46 p.m.] Ocala, Florida —The bald eagle—the symbol of our nation—which is protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, faces a new threat in Marion County today. Michelle Whitfield, head of the wildlife department at the Animis Foundation, said bald eagles and other wildlife are being […]

FWC: “Fishy” situation resulted in two felony arrests

FWC: “Fishy” situation resulted in two felony arrests

Miami, Florida — Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Mitchell Robb and Jeremy Foell arrested two men after they sensed something “fishy” during a traffic stop. Officers stopped David Hernandez Sordo, 48, and Pedro Suarez, 59, after Sordo ran a red light while pulling a 24-foot-boat without tie-down straps. While speaking with the individuals, Officer […]

FBI: Changes might be coming to a local law enforcement agency near you

FBI: Changes might be coming to a local law enforcement agency near you

This week, in a speech at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference in Washington, D.C., FBI Director James B. Comey discussed the Bureau’s current priorities as well as collective issues facing the law enforcement community as a whole. He specifically highlighted the FBI’s number one priority—counter-terrorism—and talked about how the proliferation of al Qaeda offshoot […]