Kiwanis Beach closed until further notice

Kiwanis Beach closed until further notice

Marion County – Kiwanis Beach, located at 15380 Southeast 140th Avenue Road, Lake Weir, will be closed as of April 27, 2016. The Marion County Department of Health announced Wednesday that the beach should be closed to the public due to high levels of bacteria. The high concentration of bacteria was detected during recent monthly […]

Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Ocala, Florida — The resolution to ban transgender bathrooms in Marion County schools has been officially adopted. During a Tuesday emergency resolution meeting, the Marion County School Board passed the resolution with a  4-1 vote. Marion County Public School Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “The resolution limits school bathrooms to students based on birth […]

Reward offered for arrest in death of Ocala store clerk

Reward offered for arrest in death of Ocala store clerk

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the person who shot and killed a store clerk. The shooting occurred during an attempted robbery on  April 22, 2016, at  the Jiffy Food Store, located at 2425 Northwest 10th Street, Ocala. Detectives said that at approximately 9:50 a.m., a […]

Craigslist ad lead to capture of two multi-county burglars and murder suspects

Craigslist ad lead to capture of two multi-county burglars and murder suspects

Ocala, Florida — Two burglary suspects, dubbed the “Pillowcase Burglars,” have now been named as persons of interest in a Marion County murder. The nickname was given to the suspects because they would use a pillowcase from the crime scene to carry stolen property. Jessica Baker, 44, and Darren Decker, 41, who are husband and […]

Woman rescued from Belleview housefire

Woman rescued from Belleview housefire

Belleview, Florida — A woman was hospitalized after Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters pulled the homeowner from her burning home Sunday. Dispatch received the call from a neighbor of 5145 SE 107th Place, Belleview, at approximately 2:38 p.m. The caller stated that her neighbor’s home was on fire and someone was trapped in the house. […]

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

Ocala, Florida — During the 1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race teams can experience Ocala like never before. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, and when the tasks are completed at each location,  that team will receive a clue to the next destination. The first team to arrive at each […]

Marion County School Board supports transgender bathroom ban

Marion County School Board supports transgender bathroom ban

Ocala, Florida — In an e-mail, the Marion County School Board confirmed that they will aim to make sure that school bathrooms used by students who claim to be transgender will be based on the biology of a student’s sex instead of their identity. Marion County Public School Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “In […]

Man burglarized same bar multiple times

Man burglarized same bar multiple times

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man who burglarized the same bar on three separate occasions. According to reports, Darryl Kissell, 51, burglarized Duffy’s Bar, located at 16620 West Highway 40, Ocala. The burglaries took place on April 15, 18, and 19. On one occasion, deputies say Kissell pried open […]

City of Ocala: Special Waste Amnesty Day

City of Ocala: Special Waste Amnesty Day

Ocala, Florida — The City of Ocala will conduct a special waste amnesty day Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection site is located at NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue. Special waste consists of household hazardous waste and electronics. Neither of these types of waste is permitted to be […]

MCSO: Shooting investigation in TimberWalk neighborhood

MCSO: Shooting investigation in TimberWalk neighborhood

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the TimberWalk neighborhood near Marion Oaks. The incident location is the vicinity of Southwest 133rd Lane Road and Southwest 86th Avenue, Ocala. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Public Information Officer, Lauren Lettelier, said, “One person was shot and transported […]

Man, drunk, cut throat of family pet

Man, drunk, cut throat of family pet

Ocala, Florida — A family’s pet pig is dead after a man sliced its throat with a pocket knife. Marion County Animals Services released a more than 20-page document, which included graphic photos, which detailed the slaying of the pig. According to reports, when the family found the pig several months ago, it was in poor health, […]

Mother tried to evade arrest, left child behind

Mother tried to evade arrest, left child behind

Ocala, Florida—The Ocala Police Department arrested a woman who left her child behind when confronted over stolen merchandise at the Wal-Mart, located at 4980 East Silver Springs Boulevard. According to reports, a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer witnessed a woman, later identified as Kelly L. Wevodau, 35, putting merchandise into a large flat purse. Surveillance showed […]

Street racing could be cause of fatal crash in Marion Oaks

Troopers said that speed was definitely a factor

Street racing could be cause of fatal crash in Marion Oaks

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed that at least one person is dead following a tragic street racing accident that occurred in Marion Oaks. The driver, Ethan J. Ruiz, 19, was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center, and is listed in critical condition. The female passenger, Charisma Francisco, 17, was pronounced deceased […]

Reminder about closed boat ramps

Reminder about closed boat ramps

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners wants to remind the public about boat ramp closures for the month of April. Marion County Parks and Recreation announced that boat ramps will be closed at the Moss Bluff South park for repairs from April 11 to April 22, 2016. The following boat ramps will be available during […]

Marion Oaks woman burnt a child with cigarette

Marion Oaks woman burnt a child with cigarette

Ocala, Florida — A woman arrested for battery says she did not do anything wrong. Ocala police responded to a residence after the mother of a juvenile victim reported that the child had been intentionally burned with a cigarette. According to reports, Regina Patricia Mays, 53, went to the mother’s residence and demanded money. Mays […]

Drunk driver had two small children in car with him

Drunk driver had two small children in car with him

Ocala, Florida — Authorities say a man who blew a .206 during a breathalyzer test had two juvenile children in the car with him. Jose Velez Maldonado, 29, was driving northbound on South Pine Avenue when a Marion County sheriff’s deputy and an Ocala police officer saw him driving at a high rate of speed. According to reports, […]

Video: Two arrested for armed home burglary

Video: Two arrested for armed home burglary

Ocala, Florida — Two people are in custody following an armed residential burglary Sunday. According to reports, Lane Ravey, 30, and Natalie Kaiser, 31, entered a residence and allegedly stole $100,000 in cash, jewelry, two gold coins, one silver coin, two hats, and a motorized bicycle. MCSO detectives are working to verify the total loss […]

Update: Victims of HWY 484 shooting were sitting in car

Update: Victims of HWY 484 shooting were sitting in car

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a shooting that occurred near the RaceTrac, located at 1525 Southwest Highway 484, on March 31. According to newly released information, the victims’ car had broken down on Southwest 134th Street, just west of 16th Avenue Road, where they were waiting for assistance. According to […]

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