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2 of 5 deputies plead guilty after the beating of a compliant suspect

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies Trevor Wade Fitzgerald, 32, and James Louis Amidei, also 32, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday, for the August 7, 2014, beating of Marion Oaks drug ringleader, Derrick Price, 44. There were a total of five deputies involved in Prices’ arrest. The remaining three deputies have been identified […]

IRS phone scam hits Marion County

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Ocala, Florida — An IRS phone scam taking place across the country has surfaced in Marion County. On July 25, Ocala Post was contacted by a Marion County resident who was fortunate enough not to fall victim to the scam. According to the IRS, the calls have become more sophisticated, which often times leads a […]

Deputies tracked mother’s crime spree over three states

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Ocala, Florida — A 3-week investigation into an auto theft resulted in two arrests this past weekend. It all started on July 3, when deputies responded to the 11000 block of Northwest 8th Lane in reference to a grand theft auto. The victim stated that he had left his 2005 Chevy pickup truck parked in his […]

Inaugural CF Volleyball alumni match set for Saturday

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Ocala, Florida — Since it began playing volleyball in 2011, the College of Central Florida volleyball team has made an impact on the national scene. With three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament and a state championship in 2012, the Patriots have been a force to be reckoned with under coach Flavia Siqueira. Several players who […]

Man shot and killed at Village Green Apartments

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Ocala, Florida — A homicide investigation is underway after police were notified that a man had been shot and killed Monday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Kerman Dent Jackson, 23, of Ocala. On Monday, Ocala Police said they received a 911 call in which the caller stated that a man had been shot […]

Commissioners look toward sales tax increase for public safety

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[Last updated on July 28, 2015, at 10:53 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Marion County Commissioners unanimously agreed last Tuesday to schedule a workshop to discuss placing a one cent sales tax increase on the ballot in March 2016, amid long standing budget woes. The issue, brought forth by Marion County Commissioner David Moore, would divide […]

Felony warrant for woman yields two arrests

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police made a double arrest as they attempted to serve a warrant on a felon over the weekend. Ocala Police Officers Hall and Diesso responded to the 200 block Northeast 19th Avenue after they received a tip that a woman with outstanding warrants would be at the location. While police were […]

Vehicle burglaries at gyms and parks, windows shattered

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Ocala, Florida — Thieves are targeting vehicles in Ocala, and it doesn’t look like keeping your vehicle locked will stop them. Over this past weekend, there were multiple vehicle burglaries at Jervey Gantt, Planet Fitness, the Aquatic Center & Dog Park, and YMCA. Additionally, there were multiple vehicle burglaries in the Fore Ranch area. Detectives […]

FHP: Shots fired at Florida Highway Patrol Trooper on I-75; suspect dead

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  Video clip courtesy of Damon A. Easley [Last updated on July 26, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.] Micanopy, Florida — UPDATE  — The man who fired at a FHP trooper Saturday morning, was located and shot dead after an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect. The suspect apparently ran after the gunfire was exchanged. His […]

Armed robbery at Taco Del Mar

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Ocala, Florida — Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man they say robbed the Taco Del Mar, located at Southwest Highway 200, Unit 4, at gunpoint. A restaurant employee told MCSO Deputy Paul Youmans that the suspect entered the restaurant, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him, and demanded money. According […]

Aspen Foods recall includes 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken

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Ocala, Florida —Aspen Foods, A Division of Koch Poultry Company, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. The product was distributed Nationwide, however, there are no reported […]

Belleview man with temper arrested after being released from jail

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Belleview, Florida — On Monday, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Levi Rackard responded to the 1200 block of Southeast 104th Terrace, Belleview, in reference to a domestic battery. Upon arrival, Deputy Rackard met with the victim, who stated that his brother, Aaron Lance, 20, had punched him and his father in the face. The brother stated […]

“I only held her while trying to reason with her”

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Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man they say assaulted a woman in front of her child as she attempted to do laundry. MCSO Deputy Eduardo Bustamante-Munt reported that the victim had only been dating the man for three months. The victim stated that she and her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia, […]

Local Sea Cadet graduates recruit training with honors

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Ocala, Florida — Seaman Apprentice Christopher Kimball, 14, a Marion County resident and member of the Manatee Division of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, recently graduated from recruit training. The two week exercise was held at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. Cadets participated in physical training, drills, inspections, and course work. “The recruits got […]

CF softball players are moving on

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Ocala, Florida — Former College of Central Florida softball players continuing softball careers at The University of South Carolina, USC Spartans. Amy Szymanowski is from Florida State, and Holly McKinnon and Lindsay O’Steen are from the College of Central Florida. Szymanowksi will have one year of eligibility remaining after transferring to USC, while McKinnon and […]

Woman: I was drinking because I have sunburn

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Fort McCoy, Florida — On Saturday, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Eduardo Bustamante-Munt was running radar at the intersection of Highway 316 and Highway 315 when he noticed a woman, later identified as Bobbi S. France, 29, driving a SUV without her seat belt on. The deputy then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. France […]

Man assaulted pregnant girlfriend over XBOX

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[Last updated on July 21, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.] Summerfield, Florida — A Summerfield man remained behind bars Monday after he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend over a video game console. On Saturday, July 18, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Vernon Reese responded to The Villages Regional Hospital and met with the assault victim. The victim told the […]

2015-2016 school year: Back to school and sports physicals

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Ocala, Florida — Symphony Healthcare, Inc., located at 202 SW 17th Street, Suite A, Ocala, is now offering back to school and sports physicals for $30.00. They are also offering an optional screening/preventative electrocardiogram (EKG) for $25.00. Mention this article and receive $5.00 off these services. Click here to print. School will be starting in August, […]

Labor leaders dislike county contract for firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs

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  Ocala, Florida — On July 10, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners offered a contract to firefighters and paramedics that provided wage increases of $2 per hour for paramedics and $1 per hour for EMTs. According to the county’s Facebook page, the offer comes with a price tag of approximately $3.1 million. However, labor […]

Interim Marion County Administrator Bill Kauffman resigns

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Ocala, Florida — On Friday, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners said that Interim Marion County Administrator Bill Kauffman is heading in a new direction. Kauffman turned in his letter of resignation on Friday. His last day will be August 15, 2015. According to the press release, he has taken the role of assistant […]

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