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Firefighters prevent Days Inn from burning to the ground

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[Video courtesy of Days Inn Management] Ocala, Florida — No injuries were reported in a blaze that completely destroyed a room at a Days Inn Motel on Friday. At approximately 6 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the Days Inn, located at 5751 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. Article continued below According to reports,  crews […]

Deputy crashes into car while running code

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Ocala, Florida — On Friday, at approximately 12:10 p.m., Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Ogletree, 44, was traveling southeast on U.S. 27 in the left lane with his lights and sirens activated. According to reports, the deputy was responding to an emergency call. The deputy told troopers that as he approached the red light at […]

Good Samaritans save a mother and her baby ducklings

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Ocala, Florida — A local fireworks stand, which gives back to the community, gave back in a different way Friday afternoon. As a mother duck and her ducklings were attempting to waddle across Highway 200, in what appeared to be an attempt to get to the small pond behind Wells Fargo Bank, they were nearly […]

Another Dollar General robbed at gunpoint

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On Thursday, at approximately 8:30 a.m. the Dollar General, located at 2040 Northeast 35th Street was robbed at gunpoint. Both black males were covering their faces during the robbery. Ocala Post is currently waiting on the details and surveillance video in this case. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit detectives believe this case is […]

Armed robbery at Five Guys Burgers

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Ocala, Florida — Five Guys Burgers, located in the Gaitway Plaza 2701 Southwest College Road, was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. The robbery occurred at closing time. There were three employees on duty during the incident. One of the employees told police that he usually locks both doors to the business, but on this night […]

Armed robbery home invasion; suspects on the loose

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Ocala, Florida — Three black males, who were armed with a large caliber handgun and machetes, kicked in the back door of a home and demanded drugs and money Tuesday night. It was a frightening experience for the individuals that were home when the three men barged into the residence. Police said when they arrived on […]

Attempted robbery at Manhattan Gyros and Subs; business owners stay alert

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Ocala, Florida — Two black males are on the run after police say they attempted to rob Manhattan Gyros and Subs, located at 1420 Northwest 10th Street, Ocala. On June 30, Ocala police received a 911 call about a robbery in progress. Upon arrival, Officer Malone made contact with an employee who stated that she had […]

Lane closure alert

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Motorists traveling along Northwest 42nd Place between the intersections of Northwest Gainesville Road and North U.S. Highway 441 will experience temporary, intermittent lane closures July 6 to July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., due to utility work, a Marion County press release states. Crews will place barricades and signage to direct traffic through […]

Fireworks: 46th annual God and Country Day festival

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Ocala, Florida — This year will be the 46th annual God and Country Day festival, Marion County’s largest firework show. Activities begin at noon and will continue until the fireworks are over. Take your family and enjoy old fashioned sack races, balloon toss, ceremony of the flags, train rides, inflatable water slide, bounce houses, kid […]

Charges dropped against two accused of planning attack on Eustis Police Department

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Ocala, Florida — All charges against two men who allegedly planned an attack on the Eustis Police Department have been dropped. Ocala Post obtained an eight-page memorandum from the State Attorney’s Office that outlines why the charges were dropped. In May, Christopher M. Conger, 32, and Jeremy Robertson, 29, were arrested after the Marion County […]

Ocklawaha killer sentenced to 48 years

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Ocala, Florida — Accused killer, Isaac Duwayne Sheffield, 35, was sentenced to 48 years in prison by Circuit Judge Robert Hodges Monday. Sheffield was convicted of Second-degree Murder for the August 2013 killing of Stanley Yassen, 74, of Ocklawaha. At the time Yassen’s body was discovered inside his home, deputies said it was obvious that […]

Free diabetes prevention program

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up again this year to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to adults who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. This 16-week program will be held on Thursdays beginning July 16, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. at Marion County […]

Three arrested after disturbance at Carrington Lane Apartments

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Ocala, Florida — Three people — a man and twin sisters — were arrested, following a domestic disturbance at Carrington Lane Apartments, located at 3001 Southeast Lake Weir Avenue. The Ocala Police Department responded to the apartment complex after a witness reported loud yelling and screaming coming from the parking lot. When Ocala Police Officer […]

MCSO sergeant honored with award from American Legion

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Official Press Release – Marion County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Supervisor Sgt. Ben Adams, has been selected as the American Legion’s Southern Region Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. This award recognizes those officers who have selflessly distinguished themselves over and beyond their normal duties, predominately through professional achievements and community service activities. Before Sgt. […]

Mother and daughter use elderly woman’s language barrier and health issues to exploit her

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Ocala, Florida — A mother and daughter were arrested after investigators learned they had used an 81-year-old elderly woman’s credit to purchase two vehicles. The criminals used the fact that the victim spoke limited English and her health issues to their advantage. On April 21, 2015, Geneva Palmer, 53, and the victim drove to Jenkins Mazda, located […]

Marion County removed confederate flag; southern pride rises over weekend

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  [Last updated on June 30, 2015, at 11:06 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — The third national confederate flag, which was on display at the Fallen Officers Memorial in front of the McPherson Governmental Complex, has been removed. The flag was there as part of a historical display of the flags of Florida. It was quietly […]

Fireworks stolen from inside tent

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Summerfield, Florida — Authorities said approximately $1,000 in fireworks were stolen from a Summerfield fireworks stand on Sunday. The owner of the fireworks stand, who stays on the property, stated that he had taken a short nap — from 5 a.m. to approximately 7:45 a.m. He said that when he awoke, he entered the tent and discovered that […]

Two children robbed at gunpoint

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Ocala, Florida — Two children were approached and robbed of their bicycles at gunpoint on Sunday. The incident occurred in the neighborhood of Silver Springs Shores. The two boys, ages 12 and 13, told authorities that they were riding their bikes around the neighborhood when they were approached by two suspects who were also on […]

Warning to parents: local playground infested with ants

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Belleview, Florida — Parents who are considering taking their children to play at “Fred King Playground” located at 5641 SE 113 Street, Belleview might want to think twice. On Monday,  Ocala Post received an e-mail from a parent who stated that she had recently taken her child to play at the playground after stopping for ice cream […]

Violent career criminal physically assaulted a pregnant woman

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Silver Springs, Florida — A Silver Springs man remained behind bars Friday, after he physically assaulted a pregnant woman. Ocala police responded to Ocala Place Apartments, located at 2135 Northwest 1st Avenue, in reference to yelling coming from one of the apartments. According to reports, when the officer arrived he made contact with a pregnant female, who […]

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