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Multiple sightings of missing Oregon teen in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — According to Jeff Garner, father of missing Oregon teen, Hannah Thomas-Garner, tips began to “pour” in after Ocala Post published a story about Hannah on February 12, 2015. The tips confirmed the father’s suspicion that his daughter was in fact in Ocala, Florida, with “rainbow people.” Those tips were eventually passed on […]

Former Trinity Catholic football player, Chris “Juice” Johnson dead, at 22

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  [Last updated on March 1, 2015, at 2:32 p.m.] The Duquesne Dukes football team is mourning the loss of Chris “Juice” Johnson, 22, after he passed away Saturday. Facebook feeds were “blowing up” Saturday with speculation of his untimely death hours before any official news release. Ocala Post received more than two dozen e-mails […]

FHP: I-75 crash killed one, seriously injured others

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[Last updated on March 1, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.] Traffic on I-75 was backed up for nearly four hours Saturday afternoon after one person was killed and at least two others were seriously injured. The two-vehicle crash occurred northbound on I-75 at the 363-mile marker. Traffic was diverted onto State Road 326 and State Road […]

Man charged after he struck and killed pedestrian on U.S. 441

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at approximately 9:00 a.m, Thursday, a pedestrian, who was walking north on U.S. 441, was struck and killed. Troopers said Deandra Latron Stone, 32, was traveling northbound on U.S. 441 in his silver 2007 Hyundai Sonata in the right lane when he stopped at the red light at County Road […]

Plans to destroy 401-acres of farmland vetoed

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Ocala, Florida — Today, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, vetoed Triniy Lane development plans that would destroy 401-acres of farmland at the corner of Southwest 27th Avenue and Southwest 42nd Street, Ocala. This is the second time Mayor Guinn has “stepped up” and vetoed the development plans presented by developer John J. Brunetti. In March of […]

Ocala man crashed car after he was shot

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Ocala, Florida — At approximately 12:55 a.m., while patrolling his zone, Ocala Police Officer Amado Burgos spotted a vehicle that had flipped in an empty parking lot at the corner of South Pine Avenue and Southwest Broadway Street. Officer Burgos then made contact with two citizens who were assisting the driver of the overturned vehicle, […]

Investigators discover disturbing case of child abuse inside home

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Silver Springs Shores – Department of Children and Families Child Protection Investigator Dawn White was conducting an investigation in regards to allegations of inadequate supervision of multiple juveniles when she uncovered a disturbing tale of child abuse. The investigation revealed that Ashley and Christopher Pollard, both 29, would lock two boys — an eight- and nine-year-old […]

Police involved shooting with Marion County man

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Hernando, Florida — Steven Edward Degennaro, 44, was wanted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant for Burglary of a Dwelling, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and three (3) counts of Grand Theft. Degennaro had been driving back and forth between Marion and Citrus Counties. Today, deputies with the Citrus County […]

FHP: Special enforcement operation in Alachua and Marion Counties

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Florida Highway Patrol Troopers from across the state will join local members of law enforcement for a special enforcement detail entitled “Staying Alive on I-75 and Florida’s Roadways” beginning Thursday, February 26, 2015, and concluding Monday, March 2, 2015. FHP units will heavily patrol I-75 in Alachua and Marion Counties. The emphasis for this initiative […]

Underage drinker had minors in the vehicle

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Marion Oaks – Kamani A. Johnson, 20, was driving his 2013 Honda Civic 60 mph through Marion Oaks when Sergeant Moore with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, saw him run a stop sign at 134th Avenue and Marion Oaks Trail. According to reports, Johnson’s vehicle left the roadway as he attempted to negotiate the turn […]

Fail to re-register as a sex predator, go back to jail

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Ocala, Florida — In November 2014, there were 159 sexual offenders and predators required to register in Marion County, Florida. During that time, only 149 complied with state requirements; leaving 10 unaccounted for. Eight of the non-compliant registrants finally reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on December 1, 2014; leaving two that had not […]

One teen dead, one in critical condition following car crash

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Summerfield, Florida — One of the two brothers that was critically injured in an accident over the weekend has died. According to FHP spokeswoman, Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace, Codey Benoit, 18, a Belleview High School student, died at Ocala Regional Medical Center at 4:33 a.m. Monday. Codey’s brother, Travis Benoit, 14, remains in the pediatric intensive care […]

Dental clinic to care for children

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Ocala, Florida —Community collaboration continues as the Florida Department of Health in Marion County has partnered with the Head Start and Early Head Start programs to open a dental clinic to care for children. Children through age 5 who are enrolled in Head Start are eligible. Children can receive exams, preventive care, fillings, extractions, and […]

Woman arrested after she intervened with boyfriend’s arrest

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Summerfield, Florida — On Friday, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Daniel Luiken, responded to the Kangaroo gas station, located at 10143 Southeast Sunset Harbor Road in reference to a battery. When Deputy Luiken arrived, he saw the suspect, later identified as Joseph E. Manning, 25, walking out of the store and across the parking lot. According […]

Fort McCoy School student brought handgun to school

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  Fort McCoy, Florida — On Thursday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous phone call stating a child had brought a loaded weapon to Fort McCoy School and showed it to several students. The caller stated that a child told him about it a day after it happened. Deputy Jason Williams responded to […]

Residents express their concerns at Marion Oaks meeting

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Ocala, Florida — Despite the cold weather, Marion Oaks residents came out by the dozens to attended the Town Hall meeting Thursday night at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair said, “These events allow my command staff and I to hear directly from you regarding any complaints, suggestions, concerns, or other comments […]

City moves forward; allowing farm land to be over-developed

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Ocala, Florida — Objections by Glen Hill Farm owner, Craig Bernick fell on deaf ears as the city gave the okay to move forward with the Trinity Lane project. A project that will destroy 401-acres of farmland at Southwest 27th Avenue and 42nd Street. The project would be a mixture of single-family, multi-family, and commercial […]

Days Inn clerk robbed and beaten

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Ocala, Florida — On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Days Inn located at 3811 Northwest Blitchton Road was robbed. The female clerk working the front desk advised that a black male came into the lobby, jumped over the desk and stated, “Shut up b**ch.” At that point, the suspect tackled her and […]

Drunk fell asleep at traffic light; pulled gun on deputy

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man that fell asleep behind the wheel of his car at a traffic light in the 5800 block of Northwest 7th Street, was arrested after pulling a Glock .40 on a deputy. According to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Joseph Jenkins, Chandler Wayne Neal, 23, was asleep behind the wheel of […]

Missing woman found deceased in motel

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[Last updated at 12:42 p.m., on February 17, 2015] Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman that was reported missing by her husband was found deceased in a motel room over the weekend. George Shinn, 60, said his wife, Colleen M. Shinn, 52, was supposed to be going to a friend’s house and then to the […]



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