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Many unanswered questions after Ocala teacher committed suicide

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Ocala, Florida — First Assembly Christian School (FACS), a local private school, was left looking for answers on Wednesday after one of their third-grade teachers committed suicide following allegations of sexual abuse on his stepdaughter. The girl alleges that her stepfather had been abusing her on and off for several years. She said that at […]

Mall-O-Ween at the Paddock Mall: Halloween 2014

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  Ocala, Florida — On Friday, October 31, 2014, the Paddock Mall is hosting Mall-O-Ween and mall-wide Trick-or-Treating for Halloween. Paddock Mall is inviting all little ghouls, goblins, and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular’ time at the Kidgits Halloween event. Starting at 5:00 Kidgit members* (and those wanting to become a Kidgit member) […]

Mother and daughter murdered, killer now dead

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Ocala, Florida — Murder suspect, Ricardo De Jesus Barrera, passed away last night, October 21, 2014, at 8:05 p.m. at UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida. On October 20, 2014, at approximately 2:56 p.m., officers from the Ocala Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance at Springwood Village Apartments, 1525 SE 25th Street, Ocala. As […]

Teens identified in 90 burglaries, photos released

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Ocala, Florida — At around 8 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3400 block of  S.W. 165th Avenue Road, Ocala, in reference to a residential and vehicle burglary. After further investigation, detectives arrested and charged 18-year-old Zach St. Pierre and two juveniles — 15-year-old Michael Dawson and 16-year-old Alan […]

Bomb threat and suspicious package in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is currently on scene at the Marion County Health Department., 1801 SE 32 Avenue, investigating a bomb threat and suspicious package. The area has been evacuated and they are awaiting the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad Unit to arrive. “No further information is available at this time, “Ocala […]

Ebola in Ocala?

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post has received dozens of e-mails asking about a case of Ebola in Ocala. The news report floating around social media, which claims Ebola has been confirmed in Ocala, is a hoax. One of the posts revealed it was a prank when the link within the post was clicked on, while another […]

Mother and daughter murdered after court denied restraining order

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Ocala, Florida — On October 20, 2014, at approximately 2:56 p.m., officers from the Ocala Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance at Springwood Village Apartments, 1525 SE 25th Street, Ocala. As officers arrived on scene, information was received of multiple shots being fired and that the suspect had fled on a motorcycle. Officers observed the suspect’s motorcycle fleeing the […]

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

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Ocala, Florida — Children ages 4 through 9 can enjoy interactive games, sing-a-longs, reading, and crafts while learning about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity at the free Food Day event at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. This free event is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014, at […]

Plane and human remains found in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — A man walking through the woods at the Pruitt Trailhead found the site of a plane crash along with skeletal remains. The plane was last known to be piloted by Theodore Weiss, 74, who went missing with his plane on April 5, 2014. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has not yet confirmed […]

Attempted armed burglary suspect identified, photo released

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Ocala, Florida — At around 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Marion County Sheriff deputies responded to 5840 N.W. 2nd Street, Ocala, in reference to an attempted armed burglary in progress. The homeowner called 911 and stated that two (2) people were attempting to break into their home and one of the intruders was armed with a handgun. […]

Silver Springs Shores:Three people arrested in home invasion

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man attempted to defend himself during a home invasion at Redwood Track Radial on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 3:48 a.m. The 34-year-old-victim, Daniel Tooker, heard a loud banging on his door by suspect, Holly Brooke Pomeroy, 22, who kept asking for her computer. Tooker informed her to leave the […]

Man says he was unaware his roommate would be arrested for domestic battery

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man recorded footage of Brittany Gitterman, 22, his roommate and the mother of his daughter, setting all of his belongings outside in the hallway of their Ocala apartment on October 12, 2014, at approximately 12:22 p.m. The victim stated that Gitterman became aggressive after noticing she was being recorded. The […]

Suspicious death investigation upgraded to homicide

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Ocala, Florida — Right now, Major Crimes is working the suspicious death of 34-year-old Edward Moffitt, who was found in his yard this morning. He was found at 11401 N.W.  17th Place, Ocala, lying face up. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Moffitt, who was in the middle of a divorce, leaves behind two […]

CVS and Dollar General armed robber arrested

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Ocala, Florida — Thanks to social media, information was received through Crimestoppers that Louis Sepulveda, 48, was responsible for the Dollar General armed robbery that occurred on October 12, 2014, and the CVS armed robbery that occurred on October 13, 2014. Sepulveda, originally from New York, was identified by the store clerks through a photo lineup. […]

Update:The grass just may be greener…with a different company


Ocala, Florida — Would you send back a delivery of sod if it arrived in pieces and not as promised? That was exactly what 73-year-old Jerry DeMeola, of Ocala, did when Sod Central, 7860 SW State Road 200, attempted to deliver 300 square feet of sod today, July 24, 2014. Prior to ordering the grass, […]

Ocala CVS robbed at gunpoint


Ocala, Florida — On October 13, 2014, a man entered the CVS on 6042 SW State Road 200, Ocala, and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. He left the CVS in a newer model red vehicle, which appeared to be a Nissan Rouge. Detectives said it could possibly be the same man that robbed the Dollar […]

Man shot to death in his car

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Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division is currently working a homicide investigation at the Quail Run Apartment Complex off of County Road 475A in southwest Marion County. 38-year-old Gregory Keith Ellis, was found shot to death in a 2006 blue Ford Taurus at 1765 S.W. 107th Lane. A resident told […]

Dollar General robbery in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — The Dollar General store located at 2371 NW 45th Terrace, Ocala, was robbed at gunpoint at approximately 9:10 a.m. on October 12, 2014. According to the Dollar General assistant manager, Melody Hall, she was alone at the time of the robbery. Hall stated that a customer came to the counter, pointed a gun […]

Strong-arm robbery at Advanced Discount Auto Parts

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was able to successfully hide his cell phone from two individuals as they robbed him and was able to call 911 as a result. Benjamin Schneider, a 46-year-old male from Ocala, was approached by two black males at approximately 11:19 p.m. on October 12, 2014. Schneider was attempting to […]

Halloween: National Kill a Pit Bull Day

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post has received several e-mails asking if the Halloween National Kill-a-Pit-Bull Day is real. The answer is no. It was a poorly executed prank aimed at Slater, Missouri, councilman, Terry Jordan. In 2012, Jordan was responsible for creating a pet ordinance for that city. The ordinance namely targeted pit bulls. The […]



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