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CF baseball ready for new season

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Ocala, Florida — With baseball’s fall season quickly approaching, the Central Florida baseball team is ready to get back on the diamond. Marty Smith will be entering his 22nd season as head coach for the Patriots, where he went 28-21 last year, and he has a career record of 612-441-4. Smith led the Patriots to […]

Man blamed his crimes on a male escort

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Silver Springs – A credit card thief got caught after he left a receipt from items he had purchased in a stolen car. Deputies say and elderly woman notified authorities when she awoke and discovered her car parked in front of her neighbors house along side of the road. The victim said, “At first I […]

More details after a missing Ocala girl was found in Washington

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Ocala, Florida — The man who took Victoria F. Edwards, 14, from her home on August 5, could be facing more charges. Following a three week search, Victoria was located in Tacoma, Washington, on August 25. She was in the company of Michael Sonneman, 33, who was arrested by Tacoma police. Michael was charged with […]

Missing Ocala teen found in Washington, suspect arrested

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[Last updated on August 26, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — Missing teen, Victoria Edwards, 14, who was last seen at her home on August 4, 2015, has been found. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Victoria was found safe in Tacoma, Washington on the evening of August 25. The suspect in the […]

Firefighter who drove around stopped school bus will be ticketed

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[Video courtesy of Shannon Guinther] Ocala, Florida — On the morning of August 20, while waiting at the bus stop with his son, Shannon Guinther recorded a video of an impatient man driving around a school bus that had just boarded children in the 4000 block of 314A at Northeast 38th Lane Road. The bus’s stop arm […]

Man solicited undercover officer for sex

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Ocala, Florida — On August 21, members of the United Drug Enforcement Strike Team arrested Joseph A. Moseley, 22, for Solicitation of Prostitution. An undercover officer, who was posing as an escort on backpage.com, was contacted by Moseley via telephone. Moseley arranged to meet the undercover officer at a motel in the 3800 block of Southwest […]

Sex offenders allowed to live next to schools

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  Marion County — In the state of Florida, all sex offenders are forbidden to live within 1,000 feet of any school, daycare or park, or so the state would like to have residents believe. The state law governing where sex offenders can live was passed in October of 2004. According to FDLE, however, any […]

Walmart cashier played dumb after stealing from customer

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Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Walmart located at 9570 Southwest Highway 200, in reference to a theft. The victim told the deputy that as she was attempting to make a purchase, she had handed her Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to the cashier to redeem points to apply toward her […]

Girl involved in 2 hit-and-run crashes allegedly thought it was funny

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Ocala, Florida — A girl, who a witness says was dancing and laughing after she stuck his vehicle and fled, is now behind bars. Police say Ciara L. Alonso, 18, was behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus when she struck the rear of a Chevy Silverado on East Fort King Street and kept going. […]

Ocala resident, University of Central Florida student missing & endangered

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Ocala, Florida — Mikanzis Shawn Spinella, 19, left his home at approximately 2:30 p.m. on August 22, 2015. Before leaving, Spinella told his family members that he would be back home shortly to pack his belongings to return to school at the University of Central Florida. Spinella drove off in a 1998 white 4-door Oldsmobile Eighty […]

Aggravated assault outside Cowboys Saloon

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Ocala, Florida — A Leesburg man was released from jail on a $5,000 bond after he assaulted a man at a local bar. On Saturday, Ocala police responded to Cowboys Saloon, located at 718 South Pine Avenue, in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, police made contact with Jeff Langley, 28. Langley told police that […]

Traffic crash at 326 and 441

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A Hawthorne woman was cited for careless driving following a crash at the intersection of U.S. 441 and State Road 326 on Friday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2002 Chevy TrailBlazer, driven by Amber Castor, 41, was traveling north on U.S. 441 in the outside lane as it approached the intersection of State […]

Ocala teen has been missing for 16 days

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Ocala, Florida — Victoria Edwards, 14, who was last seen at her home on August 4, 2015, at approximately 11 p.m is still missing. She said goodnight to her twin sister, packed a back-pack full of clothes, and left a letter for her family informing them that she was running away. Victoria has blue eyes […]

Video: Man drives around school bus, tells parents to “get a f***ing job”


[WARNING: Contains adult language. Video courtesy of Shannon Guinther] [Last updated on August 21, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.] Silver Springs, Florida — At approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night, following outrage from multiple parents, MCSO responded to Guinther’s home and took a written statement from him. MCSO also plans to interview other parents present during the incident. According […]

Firefighter’s house burnt down; neighbor saved his two dogs

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Umatilla, Florida — Who do firefighters turn to when they need a hero? Other firefighters, of course. On August 15, Marion County firefighter Stacy Bilz, 43, and his family were away on vacation when his house was struck by lightning. Stacy said that he had just returned to his hotel room when he realized he […]

Marion Oaks: Sex offenders within five miles of each school

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Ocala, Florida — Recently, parents asked Ocala Post to compile an easy-to-view list of sex offenders who live near schools in Marion Oaks. So, with the safety of your children in mind, Ocala Post did just that. Parents should be vigilant and study these lists. Parents should also make their children aware of the list, and […]

Man hit, threatened to shoot, and fired weapon at teenage girl

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Silver Springs Shores — A Summerfield man faces multiple felony charges after he hit, threatened to shoot, and fired a weapon at a teenage girl Monday. The incident occurred near Teak Run, Ocala. The victim told deputies that the altercation began via Facebook, when Absalom Torres’ girlfriend, Crystal Ramos, 22, began making threats against her. The victim […]

Mother involved in 225A crash died

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Ocala, Florida — A mother who was critically injured following a two-vehicle crash on August 3, has died. Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace said that Conley was pronounced deceased on August 16, 2015, at 10:54 a.m. Conley’s passenger, 6-year-old Zachary Bode, remains in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in […]

FHP: Hit-and-run involving school bus; information needed

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  Ocala, Florida — Florida Highway Patrol troopers need the public’s help locating a suspect who was involved in a hit-and-run with a school bus on Monday, the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. According to reports, a Marion County school bus was traveling southbound on U.S. 441 in the left travel lane. Troopers said a […]

Young Summerfield woman killed in crash

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Marion County — A Summerfield woman lost her life Saturday evening after her vehicle struck a power pole. A 2001 silver Toyota Celica, driven by Sydney M. Root, 22, was traveling southbound on Southeast 47th Avenue when the vehicle began to exit the roadway. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that the vehicle entered the west grassy […]



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