Residents may soon qualify for homeowners insurance premium reduction

Residents may soon qualify for homeowners insurance premium reduction

The Insurance Services Office says a yearlong evaluation of Marion County Fire Rescue’s service, delivery and professionalism rank MCFR among the nation’s top 10 percent of fire departments. According to a press release, the Insurance Services Office conducts evaluations of fire departments and their operations nationwide at no cost. “The results of these official surveys […]

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a Chevy Blazer they believe was involved in an April 21 street race which claimed the life of a 44-year-old man. According to an FHP crash report, Rufus Jim Donely was traveling eastbound on County Road 316 in his 1968 Chevy Camaro at a high […]

FDOH concerned, heightened risk of disease transmission by mosquitoes

FDOH concerned, heightened risk of disease transmission by mosquitoes

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health said Thursday that Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, as additional animals have become sick with the virus. Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in Marion County, according to a press release. The FDOH recommends that […]

Lawsuit filed to stop Suncoast Parkway construction

Lawsuit filed to stop Suncoast Parkway construction

According to court documents, Friends of Etna Turpentine Camp filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Ocala Monday against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent the Suncoast Parkway expansion from being built. On Wednesday, a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop construction of the […]

Woman bound, beaten after she denied man sex

Woman bound, beaten after she denied man sex

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man remained behind bars Wednesday after he battered a woman who denied him sex. According to reports, 29-year-old Shannon Gene Farris came home from work Sunday and wanted to have sex with his partner. The woman, 36, stated that when she told Farris no, he became enraged and an argument ensued. […]

Attempted murder suspect smiles for his booking photo

Attempted murder suspect smiles for his booking photo

Ocala, Florida — A career criminal, Keith Joseph Crabtree Jr., 26, smiled for his booking photo Friday as he was booked on charges of Attempted Felony Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a New Legend Drug. On June 8, Ocala police responded to 710 Southwest 19th Avenue after a […]

Alleged rapist could have other young victims

Alleged rapist could have other young victims

Ocala, Florida — Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Cor’yon She’monte Gillum, A.K.A, “Trapboi”. Gillum is accused of raping two runaway girls — ages 14 and 15. One girl who ran away from home to “hang with Gillum” said she was raped in the backseat of a car. The other girl said […]

Ocklawaha River bridge lane closure

Ocklawaha River bridge lane closure

Beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Florida Department of Transportation will close one lane of the Ocklawaha River bridge. “The lane closure may cause significant delays in travel time, so motorists may want to seek an alternate route during the construction. Drivers can expect a flagging operation along with off-duty law enforcement officers to help […]

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Silver Springs — A Silver Springs man was arrested Sunday and charged with First-degree Premeditated Murder after his roommate was found stuffed in the trunk of a car. Eric Todd Gay, 36, said he woke up early Saturday morning and entered his roommate’s bedroom with the intention of stealing fentanyl patches and $200 from her. […]

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

PETA says FFA sends a dangerous message to teens.

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

TeachKind, the humane education division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) based in California, is now using the drowning of two raccoons and an opossum at Forest High School earlier this month to push their agenda. FHS teacher, Dewie Brewton, was accused of drowning two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture […]

Man’s beef was too small for woman

Man’s beef was too small for woman

Ocala, Florida — A woman was arrested Monday after she attacked a man over the size of his beef. According to reports, Amanda Lou Chartrand, 42, did not like the size of a man’s burgers he had grilled for Memorial Day. Chartrand apparently told the man that his beef was too small for her buns. The […]

Gas prices creep up for Florida

Gas prices creep up for Florida

If you plan to travel on Memorial Day weekend you will have to open your wallet to higher gas prices. According to a press release from AAA, the national average continues to rise toward $3 a gallon. On May 20, the national average of $2.92 was 5 cents more than a week ago and 57 […]

Leesburg woman arrested in Ocala after false rape report

Leesburg woman arrested in Ocala after false rape report

[Last updated on May 24, 2018, at 12:12 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — A 22-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a false report of sexual battery. Nicole Hosmer, who is from Leesburg, reported to Ocala police on May 2 that she had been kidnapped by an armed man. She stated that she was driving down […]

Two shot in Summerfield

Two shot in Summerfield

Summerfield, Florida — A double shooting in Summerfield Tuesday night sent two men to the hospital — one in critical condition and the other is stable. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to 9430 Southeast 145th Place after receiving a call about a double shooting. Deputies arrived at the home to find that two males had been […]

FDLE: Crime rate up in Marion County

FDLE: Crime rate up in Marion County

Marion County — A Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday shows that crime is up by four percent in Marion County. According to FDLE, the number of violent, serious crimes in Marion, have increased. These crimes include robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts. Murder dropped by […]

Hit-and-run suspect charged with multiple felonies

Hit-and-run suspect charged with multiple felonies

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man Monday they say was involved in a hit-and-run crash. Joshua Turner, of Weirsdale, was arrested and charged with Hit and Run-Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Property Damage (x6), Hit and Run-Failure to Remain at a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury (x3), Driving while License Suspended-Second Offense, […]

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Rabies alert: Raccoon tests positive for rabies

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County stated Thursday that a raccoon in the Sparr/Anthony area tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was tested for the rabies virus after an interaction with a domestic animal on May 14, 2018. Residents who reside in the Sparr/Anthony area should maintain a heightened awareness […]

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