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Laws being blamed for the incarceration of today’s youth

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  Ocala, Florida –The Florida State Conference and the Marion County Branch and Youth Council released the following statement regarding Ocala’s Saggy Pants Ordinance. On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 4 p.m., at the City Council meeting, the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches and its Marion County Branch will ask Mayor Kent Guinn and the […]

Burger King employees arrested

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  Ocala, Florida — Yes, I would like a TV with that; and make it a large. Three Burger King employees, two of whom are managers, were arrested on multiple felony charges Friday night, August 15, 2014. Arrested were employee Albert Moran, 33; assistant manager Blake Hunter, 27; and store manager Christopher Downing, 40, all […]

Elections Info

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  LOCATIONS: View a list of polling locations Polling location change notice WHO IS ON THE BALLOT? Republican: County School Board District 3, 4, and 5   County Commissioner, Seat 4: Candidate : CARL ZALAK, III Office : COUNTY COMMISSIONER – 4 Candidate : GLEN FIORELLO Office : COUNTY COMMISSIONER – 4 Candidate : CHRISTOPHER […]

Man swallows cocaine; grabbed officer’s weapon

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Ocala, Florida — A man was arrested today, following a traffic stop for speeding. On August 15, 2014, Anthony Sean Howard, 46, originally from Georgia,  was pulled over by Ocala Police for driving 53 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 200 block of U.S. 441. Ocala Police Officers W. Joedicke and R. Mangum […]

Suwannee St. Johns Sierra hosts BEE Rally

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Ocala, Florida — The Suwannee St. Johns Sierra Chapter, which includes Marion County, will stage a BEE rally on the Ocala Downtown Square on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Included will be a mock cemetery, which will show 40 of the most popular fruits and vegetables that will be lost if […]

Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

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Family Dollar is set to merge with the Dollar Tree in a cash-and-stock deal worth $8.5 billion. Under the terms of the deal, which was approved by both companies’ boards of directors, Dollar Tree  DLTR  has agreed to pay $74.50 per share in the cash-and-stock deal to buy Family Dollar. The valuation of that offer […]

Man charged with incest

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  Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested Wednesday, after the Ocala Police Department was notified he had sex with a 16-year-old female, who is of blood relation. According to reports, Danny Moreno, 37, picked the girl up from her hotel, then returned to his residence where the two had consensual sex. Moreno’s 14-year-old son […]

Decomposing body found in Ocala

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  Ocala, Florida — A suspicious death investigation is underway after the discovery of a decomposing body. The body of 47-year-old Wendy Ann Kane was found Tuesday after neighbors smelled a foul odor while performing a well-being check and immediately dialed 9-1-1. The body was found at 5701 SE 33rd Court. She had been dead […]

ORMC’s vice president of human resources arrested

ORMC vice president, Wayne Nielsen, Marion county

[Updated August 13, 2014, at 9:25 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Wayne Armond Nielsen, vice president of human resources at Ocala Regional Medical Center (ORMC), was arrested yesterday, August 11, 2014, on charges of child pornography. He was taken into custody while he was at work. The Sheriff’s Office received information that led investigators to believe […]

Five deputies suspended: Standard agency procedure

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  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office suspended five deputies yesterday for potential excessive use of force on one of the drug dealers arrested in a drug raid that took place on August 7, 2014, shortly after 5 a.m. Derrick Price, 43; Eddie Perez, 36; K.C. Starks, 42; Marcus Starks, 35; Nicole Radank, […]

Church volunteer beaten during Kidnapping in Ocala

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  Ocala, Florida — On August 11, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a 69-year-old white female resident of Ocala was kidnapped at knife-point while volunteering with her church group. The group was providing meals to those in need in the area of NW 3rd St. and N. Magnolia Avenue.  After all were fed, the victim […]

Ocala: Three shootings over weekend

Shootings in Marion County, Ocala

Ocala, Florida — On August 8, 2014, a shooting occurred in the 900 block of Southwest Fort King Street and another at Sutton Place Apartments, located at 520 NE 23rd Circle, Ocala. Several shots were fired in the Fort King area. Bullets hit a house and a parked vehicle. In the Sutton Place Apartments incident, […]

Drive-by shooting in Ocala

Drive-by shooting Ocala

Ocala, Florida — In recent weeks, Ocala has experienced a surge in shootings that have been linked to drugs. According to the Ocala Police Department, there were two drive-by shootings earlier this morning. One incident occurred in the 900 block of Southwest Fort King Street and the other at Sutton Place Apartments, located at 520 […]

Drug ringleader busted in Marion Oaks

Property seized during the drug bust. MCSO

Ocala, Florida — A drug ringleader arrested in Marion Oaks yielded weapons, drugs, and a large sum of cash. Six drug dealers, four men and two women, were arrested following an United Drug Enforcement Strike Team investigation. The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team initiated an investigation that spanned three (3) months. The long-term investigation culminated on Thursday, […]

Daycare owner will not get jail time

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Ocala, Florida – Kim Blanchette, the daycare operator who was arrested after 20-month-old Ellis Padgett fell and hit his head, causing his death, will not face jail time. According to court records, on Wednesday, Blanchette pleaded no contest to running an unlicensed daycare facility (M). Judge Thomas P. Thompson III  ordered Blanchette to serve one year of probation and complete 100 hours […]

DUI checkpoint alert

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Ocala, Florida — There will be a multi-agency Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Friday, August 8, 2014, from 10:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Southeast Fort King Street. The Ocala Police Department says the checkpoint is intended to look for drivers who could be committing various traffic violations. Possible violations include, but […]

Body found at Serenity Apartments

Serenity Apartments, Silver Springs, body found

  Silver Springs, Florida — A decomposing body was found at the Serenity Apartments located at 4800 NE 33rd Place, Ocala. On August 6, 2014, Maintenance man and manager, Gregory Mercado, said he went to the apartment to service the air conditioner and change out the fire extinguisher. Mercado said after he knocked on the […]

Free school supplies, activities, and more

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Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, August 9, 2014, The Simon Kidgits Club Back-to-School event will be held at the Paddock Mall, 3100 SW College Road, Ocala, in the Belk court from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be Interactive activities for children and special offers for adults. The annual membership fee is $5 and […]

Shores man attempted to strangle his wife over Facebook friends

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Ocala, Florida — A Silver Springs Shores man was arrested following a domestic dispute that turned violent. According to reports, the victim told Deputy David McClure that her husband, Timothy Gray, 26, had beaten and strangled her. The deputy noted that the residence was in complete disarray and that the victim had visible injuries and was bleeding […]

Back to school and sports physicals

School and sports physicals, Symphony Healthcare

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014. Ocala, Florida — Symphony Healthcare, Inc., located at 202 SW 17th Street, Suite A, Ocala, is now offering back to school and sports physicals for $25.00. Patients must be at least 12-years-old. Mention this article to receive $5.00 off or print. Call to schedule your appointment today, 352-629-5939. To learn […]

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