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Animal services reduces cat adoption fees

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Ocala, Florida — Adopt a Shelter Cat Month does not start until June, but kitten season has already begun and Marion County Animal Services has countless cats (well, almost) looking for homes. This summer, residents can adopt all of the fun, love, and entertainment that a pet cat can provide for a reduced adoption fee. The adoption […]

Churchill Dentistry in Ocala has been sold

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County residents no longer have to worry about Michael or Rebecca Tarver performing dental work on children. On Wednesday, Ocala Post received multiple e-mails that stated Churchill Dentistry — formerly Polliwog Dental — had been sold to Heart of Florida Health Center. Ocala Post was able to confirm the sale on Thursday. HFHC will […]

Body of young female identified

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[Last updated on May 21, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.] Marion County — The body of a young woman that was found under the Ocklawaha River bridge has been identified as Ann E. Sagul, 16. According to authorities, she was a runaway out of Gainesville, Florida, and had been missing since May 13, 2015. Her body was […]

Local teen amazes many with her sweet 16 request

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  Ocala, Florida — Remember that MTV show “My Super Sweet 16?” You know, the show about the unappreciative spoiled brats who treated their parents with the utmost respect (sense the sarcasm) and felt they were entitled to everything? Well, this story is not about that. While most teens turning 16 wish for cars and lavish […]

K-9 sniffs out heroin syringe; woman arrested

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Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information that a warrant suspect they had been searching for was traveling to the Pilot on Highway 484 and I-75, Ocala, last week. While conducting surveillance of the area, a deputy saw a green Chevy pickup truck being driven by the suspect’s brother and two other occupants pull […]

Marcel “Butch” Verrando removed from advisory board for racial remarks

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[Last updated on May 19, 2015, at 5:50 p.m.] Marion County — In a unanimous vote during a regularly-scheduled meeting on May 19, 2015, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners removed an appointee to the Marion County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) following objectionable remarks made by the appointee on a social media forum. Marcel […]

Upcoming March Against Monsanto event in protest of GMOs

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Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Marion County will unite with citizens from all over the world in protest of genetically modified foods (GMOs). This year will mark the third annual “March Against Monsanto,” in which over 400 cities throughout the world hold demonstrations to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to […]

Planned attack on Eustis Police Department foiled

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Marion  County — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said they received a tip that help them thwart a planned attack on the Eustis Police Department on Monday. According to reports, an inmate at the Lake County Jail told the Lake County Sheriff’s Office about the alleged planned attack. The LCSO then passed the information onto […]

3 killed in crash, 2 in critical condition

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Umatilla, Florida — Florida Highway Patrol troopers say three people were killed — and two others were critically injured — after being ejected from a SUV, Sunday. The crash occurred at approximately 3 a.m., at Southeast 127th Street Road — two miles east of Southeast 182nd Avenue in the Ocala National Forest. According to reports, […]

Juvenile carjacked woman then used her cell phone to access Facebook

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Marion Oaks — A 17-year-old Marion Oaks boy was arrested after deputies say he carjacked a woman then forced her to drive to an ATM. Deputies say that on My 14 the victim was driving home from work and had stopped at the intersection of Marion Oaks Boulevard and Marion Oaks Lane. While stopped, the […]

Body of young female found: Can you identify this necklace?

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[Last updated on May 16, at 1:41 p.m.] Marion County — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a young white female whose body was found last night at approximately 5 p.m. in the vicinity of Ray Wayside Park (Boat Basin) on East State Road 40. The body was found under […]

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

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Ocala, Florida — First on Ocala Post — Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief M. Stuart McElhaney announced today that he is retiring after 21-years of service. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our crews, citizens staff, and county leadership in both of my roles as fire chief and assistant county administrator,” McElhaney said. “I […]

DUI habitual offender sentenced

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Ocala, Florida — A Dunnellon man, who has made DUI a habit, was sentenced to the Florida Department of Corrections on Tuesday. David W. Luciano, 44, is a habitual offender for driving on a suspended license and DUI. He was released from jail on July 30, 2014, after serving five months for an arrest where […]

Car flipped and struck power pole, no hospital for man and infant

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Marion County — On May 12, at approximately 6:45 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue crews from Station 17 responded to a rollover-crash on Southeast Maricamp Road and Locust Road. Upon arrival, rescue crews found that a 2010 Kia, driven by David A. Furye, 27, had flipped and struck a power pole. This caused power lines to come down […]

Woman in critical condition after being struck by car at Publix

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department Public Information Officer Angy Scroble said a woman remained in critical condition Thursday after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of a Publix, located at 3450 East State Road 40, Wednesday. According to police, Frances G. Malever, 73, had parked her Cadillac SRX in the second space in […]

Truck driver dies following SR 40 Crash

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Marion County — East State Road 40 traffic was blocked for hours Tuesday night following a two-vehicle accident. The crash occurred at Southeast 165th Avenue and East State Road 40 at approximately 8 p.m. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by David Boswell, 61, was traveling westbound on State Road […]

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

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Marion County — Staffing levels at Marion County Fire Rescue station 21 are to return to normal on May 16 after citizens from On Top of the World and the surrounding areas made phone calls, sent emails, and went to county commission meetings to raise concerns over the reduction of services. In March, due to staffing […]

OPD: Three female thieves wanted for committing retail grand theft

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Ocala, Post — The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying three black females that committed retail grand theft at a Belk, located at 3100 SW College Road, Ocala. On May 7, OPD Officer Andrew Ritz responded to the aforementioned location and met with the store’s loss prevention personnel. A loss […]

Man arrested on his fourth DUI

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Marion Oaks — While driving north on Marion Oaks Course, Deputy Tanya Rodriguez spotted a vehicle with a Texas license plate swerve into the median then back onto the roadway. She then activated her emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. According to reports, as Deputy Rodriguez approached the vehicle she could […]

OPD is on the hunt for credit card skimmers

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Ocala, Florida — On Friday, May 8, 2015, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., detectives from the Ocala Police Department participated in an operation to inspect local fuel station pumps for skimmer devices. This operation was initiated due to recent cases of skimming devices being located inside of the pumps and the […]



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