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MCSO: Inmate found dead

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  Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating the death of inmate Mark Dewayne Beekman, 48. He was found deceased at 5:13p.m. in the Marion County Jail’s medical pod. Beekman was arrested on Saturday, August 30, 2014, by the Ocala Police Department after they responded to a call at the Motor Inn, […]

FWC: Kids Fishing Derby in Ocala coming soon

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Ocala, Florida — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting a Kids Fishing Derby on October 4, 2014, at the FWC’s Ocala Conservation Center. This year’s event will be limited to the first 100 participants.  Each participant will have the opportunity to fish, as well as compete in a casting contest, […]

FSBA filing lawsuit to remove Step Up For Students

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  The Florida School Board Association, an organization that calls themselves the voice of education, is filing a lawsuit today, that if won, would shut down the Step Up For Students program. School districts say they are losing students to “school choice” and individual school districts are not paid for students they don’t serve. If […]

Man angry over girlfriend’s side of bed, arrested

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  Marion Oaks — According to court records, an Ocala man that attempted to strangle his girlfriend to death was released from jail  on $2,000 yesterday. On August 25, 2014, Deputy Lisa Azure responded to the 13300 block of SW 37th Avenue, Marion Oaks in reference to a physical altercation. Deputy Azure made contact with […]

Special weather statement

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  Ocala, Florida — The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement effective until Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:15 a.m. High pressure will build in from the north tonight. Clear skies, light winds, and dry air will result in optimal radiational cooling. Temperatures will fall to their coolest levels since Spring […]

Citra shooting suspects now in custody

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  Citra, Florida — Yarnell Bagley, 20, of Citra was captured by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit working with both the Ocala Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. Bagley was placed in handcuffs around 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, […]

Attention snow birds: Serial burglar targeting your homes

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  Fort McCoy, Florida — Marion County residents are warned of a serial burglar targeting the homes of snow birds. Today, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported nearly a dozen homes (that they know of) have been burglarized. Flat-screen TVs, appliances, guns, and other miscellaneous items have been stolen. One of the homes was located […]

Ocklawaha man still missing

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    Ocklawaha, Florida — John Radabaugh Jr., 48, has been missing since February 25, 2014. An intense and extensive search was performed for nearly a week before being called off. John Radabaugh Jr. went missing while he and his father were raking leaves at their residence. According to detectives, the father allegedly went inside […]

4-H farm equipment stolen

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  Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating $47,999 in farm equipment that was stolen from a 4-H farm located at 4020 SE 3rd Avenue, Ocala. The 4-H farm is owned by Richard E. Sherman. Sherman told Ocala Police officer Douglas Russell that the farm is a […]

Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure

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  Ocala, Florida — Join the fight on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for the “In Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure 5K”, hosted by Marion County Public Safety Supports a Cure. All proceeds from this event benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Smiling credit card thief identified, but on the run

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  Ocala, Florida — One of Ocala’s dumbest criminals, who had smiled for a photo after the store clerk became suspicious of her transaction, has now been identified. The Ocala Police Department obtained an arrest warrant today for Mashana Michelle Harris, 26. The woman in the photo was seen posing with a stolen Amex Express […]

MCSO: The rest of the story

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  Ocala, Florida — Recently, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Ocala Star-Banner reporter, Bill Thompson, with a series of questions, to which they responded with alacrity. The Sheriff’s Office said they bent over backwards and provided very detailed answers, all of which are available through public record. Professional Compliance Bureau Chief, Major […]

Father leaves kids in car while inside a bar

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  Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department said convicted felon, Joshua Keith DeLong, 28, left his three children — ages five, seven, and eight — in his Cadillac for four hours while he was inside Dr. B’s drinking. According to the arrest affidavit, when Officer A. Colon arrived on the scene, DeLong was lying […]

Human remains still a mystery

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  Ocala, Florida — There is still no information on the identity of the human remains found on August 18, 2014. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information that human bones were discovered in a wooded area just north of Ft. McCoy on County Road 315 in Marion County. The Special Investigations Unit responded along with their […]

MCSO: An officer and a gentleman

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  Ocala, Florida — On Friday, August 1, 2014, Deputy Bloom responded to a call for service where children were involved. During the call, Deputy Bloom played basketball (minus a hoop) with the kids until the call for service was over. Deputy Bloom knew he had to somehow get these kids a basketball net so […]

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 […]

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