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Christmas gifts stolen from Marion Oaks home

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Marion Oaks — A Marion Oaks thief robbed a family of their Christmas gifts. Earlier today, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 13000 block of S.W. 84th Terrace Road, Marion Oaks, in reference to a burglary. A resident called 911 after arriving home to find that the front door of their residence had been kicked […]

La Quinta employee robbed at gunpoint

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Ocala, Florida — Last night, at approximately 8:45 p.m., an employee of the La Quinta Inn, located at SW 36th Avenue, Ocala was robbed at gunpoint. The employee stated that a man walked in, handed her a black pouch, pulled out a handgun, and said, “Take out the cash quickly and I won’t shoot you.” K-9 […]

Francis Marion Military Academy instructor sentenced to 80 years

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Ocala, Florida — Circuit Judge Jonathan Ohlman, sentenced former Francis Marion Military Academy instructor, Duane Adams, to 80-years in prison today for having a sexual relationship with one of his former students earlier this year. According to the State Attorney’s Office, he will serve a 20-year sentence for each his four counts of Sexual Battery that […]

John Brantley III stepping down as Celtics’ head coach

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Ocala, Florida — Trinity Catholic Celtics’ head football coach, John Brantley III, is stepping down and calling it a career as head coach of the Celtics. Brantley spent 11 years in the Celtics program with seven of them as the head coach. Brantley broke the news during the Celtics annual end of the year football banquet. […]

2 armed juveniles arrested after carjacking

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Ocala, Florida — On Sunday, December 14, 2014, at approximately 10:30 p.m, Ocala Police responded to a report of a carjacking incident that had just occurred at Olive Garden, 3363 SW College Road. The victim stated that he had been sitting in his 2009 Volkswagon Jetta in the parking lot of the restaurant when he […]

Fog: Drive with your headlights on; it’s the law

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Ocala, Florida — The National Weather Service has issued a heavy fog advisory until 9 a.m. today. Visibility will be greatly reduced. All motorists are reminded to keep their low-beam headlights on as required by Florida statute. Driving with headlights on in the fog greatly reduces the risk of traffic accidents.

Body found floating in Ocklawaha River

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Ocklawaha, Florida — On Sunday, at approximately 4 p.m., a boater contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and reported finding a body in the Ocklawaha River north of County Road 316. Deputies, who were already searching the area for missing person, Franklin Wayne Silcox, Jr., responded and pulled the body from the river. The body […]

Armed suspect lead deputies on high-speed chase

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies were led on a high-speed chase Wednesday night by 27-year-old Adam D. Hampleman, after he robbed his father and grandfather at gunpoint of two firearms, cell phones, and silver coins. When units responded to 3908 S.E. 45th Place, Ocala, Deputy Chris Ellis spotted Hampleman’s vehicle leaving the […]

MCSO: Missing Forest High School student found

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Ocala, Florida — Michael McDonald, 15, was last seen at Forest High School on Tuesday, December 9;  he did not return home from school. Deputies received information from one of McDonald’s friends on Thursday, December 11, pointing to the fact Michael made threats to possibly harm himself. McDonald might be in Ocala or Pensacola at […]

FHP: Smoke and fog advisory — Marion & Alachua

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The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring the areas of I-75 from Marion County to Alachua County for smoke and possible fog. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these areas. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions, especially during the nighttime and early morning hours. Motorists are reminded to reduce their […]

Juveniles now being held at the main jail

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Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has relocated juvenile offenders into the main jail in order to consolidate manpower and reduce overtime. The move will also provide more corrections officers to assist with the manpower shortage in the jail. The juveniles will remain completely out of sight and sound of adult inmates at […]

Ocala sign guy receives much deserved attention

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Ocala, Florida — A sign spinner, known as David, is receiving a lot of attention today thanks to Phil Dirlam II. David Turner, “the sign guy” holds advertising signs for The Getaway Deli in Ocala. David dresses up in different costumes and does it with a smile, well, if you could see his smile. His […]

MCFR: Firefighters respond to second arson in Marion Oaks

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Ocala, Florida — For the second time in a week, an arsonist has set a fire in Marion Oaks, and on the same street. Marion County Fire Rescue Engine 24, along with EMS, responded to a vacant house located at 14600 SW 35th Terrace Road, Marion Oaks, in reference to smoke coming from inside a home. […]

Family Dollar Armed Robbery suspect Captured

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala police have arrested Ladarian Labrenta Allison, 19, the teen responsible for an Ocala Family Dollar robbery last month. He was picked up by an Ocala Police Department task force specifically geared toward catching violent criminals that are a hazard to the public, such as Allison. Allison was a regular customer of the […]

Witness said man slammed child like in UFC fights

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man is out of jail on $8,000 bond after he choked and body-slammed a child. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Mathew Smith, 25, was outside a residence in the 3400 block of SE 92 Street, when he picked up a child by his throat and body-slammed him. A […]

Checkers sandwich resulted in felony arrest

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman that caused a scene at the Checkers fast food restaurant, located at 1239 E. SR 40, was arrested after employees called police. According to reports, Johanna Stone, 28, became angry when Checkers employees refused give her the food she had ordered. Employees told police that Stone attempted to use […]

A teacher & military veteran has chosen Ocala to live homeless

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Ocala, Florida — In July 2014, Tom Rebman, an English teacher in a Title 1 middle school in Orlando, Florida, went homeless for 30 days so his students could understand how difficult it is to live without shelter and food. He also wanted to keep them reading and writing during the summer. His journey began […]

Marion County Fire Rescue toy drive

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Fire Rescue wants to make sure that all children in Marion County have a toy to unwrap Christmas Morning. You can drop off an unwrapped toy at any local fire station for this toy drive. If you have any questions you can call Ryan Sheffield at 954-547-5149.

Stolen merchandise being sold through Facebook

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Ocala, Florida — Thieves are using online advertising methods instead of pawn shops more than ever to get cash for stolen goods. Law enforcement agencies everywhere have seen a tremendous spike in theft this holiday season. Thieves are brazenly using Facebook yard sale pages, craigslist, and many other sites that offer free classified advertising. Even […]

Husband and wife used children to commit grand theft

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Ocala, Florida — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a husband and wife after an investigation revealed the pair were ripping off storage units. Deputies responded to the Neighborhood Self Storage at 4701 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, after a victim reported her storage unit had been emptied. After checking surveillance video, deputies learned that the maintenance man, Clayton […]

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