Police still searching for suspect who set Macy’s fire

Police still searching for suspect who set Macy’s fire

Macy’s prices were on fire Tuesday after an unknown suspect entered the store and set ablaze to part of the clothing section. Ocala Police Department investigators are still looking for the suspect who set fire to items in the undergarment section inside Macy’s in the Paddock Mall, located at 3100 SW College Road, Ocala. According […]

Escort kidnapped, bound, beaten

Escort kidnapped, bound, beaten

Silver Springs Shores — A 30-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he viciously beat a woman, also 30. Authorities were alerted when witnesses reported seeing a woman trying to stop traffic in the area of Southeast Maricamp Road and Midway Road in Silver Springs Shores. The woman, who is an escort, told authorities that she […]

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger was shut down following complaint, allowed to reopen after 24-hrs

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger was shut down following complaint, allowed to reopen after 24-hrs

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger, located at 3558 SW College Road, was immediately shut down after it was inspected following a consumer complaint. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited the establishment on October 11. The fast-food restaurant was ordered to close for one day, and allowed to reopen on October 12 after violations […]

Ocean Buffet inspected following consumer complaint

Ocean Buffet inspected following consumer complaint

Ocean Buffet, located at 3425 SW College Road, was inspected following a consumer complaint. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited the establishment on October 9. The violations are as follows: Accumulation of debris inside the ware washing machine. Bowl or other containers with no handle used to dispense food. At the dry storage […]

69th annual Blessed Trinity Carnival coupon

69th annual Blessed Trinity Carnival coupon

Ocala — Blessed Trinity School is hosting its 69th annual Carnival, located at 5 Southeast 17th Street, Ocala, on October 18, 19, 20, and 21. This is a family-friendly fundraiser for Blessed Trinity School. The carnival will feature carnival food favorites, an Outdoor Marketplace, raffles, and Dreamland Amusements midway rides games and games for all […]

Deputy hospitalized after he crashed patrol vehicle.

Deputy hospitalized after he crashed patrol vehicle.

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized after he crashed his patrol vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, MCSO Deputy Timothy Fretts, 29, was driving his marked K-9 unit, a 2015 Ford Explorer, north on Southeast 38th Street early Sunday while responding to a domestic violence call. Troopers say that the SUV’s right side […]

School board member under fire following whore comments

School board member under fire following whore comments

Marion County School Board member Nancy Stacy said she stands by her comments that she posted on Facebook earlier this week. Her comments appear to be politically fueled after Christine Ford accused now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Stacy posted several comments which have upset many Marion County residents. One woman, Yoseline Diaz […]

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting public input as staff improves rules for non-native species. The potential changes will affect rules related to the importation of high-risk species and include possible additions to the Prohibited Species list. Staff will also work on clarifying language in existing rules. People can provide input […]

High priority violations at local winghouse

High priority violations at local winghouse

Silver Springs — MJ’s Pizza And Winghouse, located at 5195 E Silver Springs Boulevard, was inspected following a consumer complaint. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited the establishment on September 25. According to the inspector’s report, food and a cardboard container were stored inside the ice that the restaurant used for drinks. A  […]

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received several high priority violations after they were visited by health inspectors. Many of the violations were repeat violations and considered potentially hazardous to consumers. The violations are as follows: Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried – wet nesting. Multiple containers at the dry storage shelf in front of dish machine. […]

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

Detectives with the Eustis Police Department say they have arrested a man who was selling a 14-year-old runaway from Ocala. According to reports, 31-year-old Steven Hodge befriended the girl then passed her around to other men to have sex in exchange for money. Detectives said they have been investigating the case since February when Hodge […]

Two arrested in unprovoked attacks

Two arrested in unprovoked attacks

Silver Springs – Two suspects who have been accused of attacking multiple people — including an 11-year-old girl — were arrested Thursday. According to reports, Julia Napiontek and Brandon Clanton, both 18, attacked four people — ages 11, 55, 47, and 48 in the parking lot of Forest Corners Circle K. Surveillance video showed that […]

Armed, career criminal fled on foot, returned to car

Armed, career criminal fled on foot, returned to car

Ocala police arrested a dangerous criminal know for selling drugs at low-income apartment complexes after he ran a stop sign and attempted to flee. Police say they were in an unmarked car patrolling the 100 block of Northwest 23 Avenue when a black car exited out of Laurel Park apartments at a high rate of […]

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant nearly finished

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant nearly finished

[Last updated on September 27, 2018, at 7:31 p.m.] The much anticipated $1.2 million Cheddar’s restaurant at 4065 SW State Road 200, west of Interstate 75, is nearly finished. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has made-from-scratch food since the 70s. The founders, Aubrey Good, and Doug Rogers, believe that when a meal is prepared and cooked fresh […]

OPD: Round 2, police officers will be out in full force

OPD: Round 2, police officers will be out in full force

Ocala — Ocala Police Department police officers will be out in full force beginning September 25, to October 8. Police will be focusing their attention on State Road 200 (College Road) from Southwest 20th Street to I-75. According to OPD, officers will be looking for speeders, red-light runners, and those who violate the right of […]

Important lane closure information for Marion County residents

Important lane closure information for Marion County residents

Motorists traveling in Marion County will experience the following lane closures: Oct. 1, 2018, to Feb. 13, 2019—County Road 320 between the intersections of Interstate 75 and North US Highway 441. Your penny at work! This project is funded by Marion County’s Penny sales tax initiative. Oct. 1, 2018, to Feb. 13, 2019—Avenue G in […]

Two teens killed in SR 40 crash

Two teens killed in SR 40 crash

Two teens, both 19, were killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday after the driver’s car slammed into a tree. At approximately 9:42 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle crash on State Road 40, just east of Northeast 64th Avenue. Troopers say the driver, Lindsey Hart, and her passenger, Leondre Thomas, was […]

Former corrections officer arrested for sex with minor

Former corrections officer arrested for sex with minor

A former Marion County Jail corrections officer who resigned in 2011 after he smuggled marijuana into the jail has been arrested. According to inside sources, Joseph Charles Jones, 38, was arrested and charged with Having Sex with a Minor. The 16-year-old girl, who said she had gotten close with Jones, told investigators that the two […]

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Legal Support Association is now accepting applications for the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.00 for students interested in obtaining a degree in the legal field. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 1, 2018. No application fee. For scholarship information and/or an application packet, […]

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