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Ocala Police Officer arrested for sex with minor

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Ocala, Florida — On today’s date, October 31, 2014, at 7:45 p.m., Sergeant Brian Young arrested Ocala Police Department, Officer Bennie L. Wilson, III, 41, for two counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors, FSS 794.05. On October 28, 2014, Sgt. Young was requested to investigate a criminal complaint against Officer Wilson. Sgt. Young […]

MCSO: Corrections officer arrested after helping inmate, his career flushed

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Ocala, Florida — Today, October 31, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s detectives arrested one of their own after an in-depth investigation revealed that Corrections Officer William Brooks brought a cellphone into the Marion County Jail for an inmate. On Monday, October 27, a corrections officer observed inmate Adam Ingles talking on a cellphone while using the […]

Teen charged with manslaughter

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 7696 S.E. 121st Place, Belleview after receiving a call that a 14-year old had been shot. When Major Crimes Detectives arrived at the home, they spoke with Dalton Edwards, 17, who stated that he and Daniel M. Harshman, were just “playing around.” Edwards told detectives […]

MCSO: A violent fugitive in Marion County has been captured

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County residents can rest a little easier knowing a violent drug-dealing criminal is off the streets and behind bars. On October 29, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit received an anonymous tip on the location of a subject who was featured on one of their crime prevention kiosks […]

Dumb criminals: I didn’t know I had to stay after I was stopped

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman that was dating a criminal she knew was a wanted felon, is now a felon herself after she attempted to elude Ocala police. Ocala Police Officer, Jeffrey Hall, was traveling northbound on NW 1st Avenue when he saw a dark blue Lincoln traveling eastbound on NW 28th street run […]

Dumb criminals: Ocala woman smugly waved at officer before she was arrested

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Ocala, Florida —An Ocala woman was arrested after she failed to comply with the terms of her felony probation following her arrest in May 2014. It all started on May 13, 2014, when Ocala Police responded to Shuckers Oyster Bar on SW 16th Street, after receiving a call about an impaired driver. The caller stated that […]

Ocala man killed by car on SW 60th Avenue

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Ocala, Florida — Family and friends are mourning the loss of 41-year-old David A. Santavicca after he was struck and killed early Monday morning as he walked along SW 60th Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, shortly after 5 a.m., Santavicca was walking within the right lane of SW 60th Avenue in the path of a […]

Many unanswered questions after Ocala teacher committed suicide

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Ocala, Florida — First Assembly Christian School (FACS), a local private school, was left looking for answers on Wednesday after one of their third-grade teachers committed suicide following allegations of sexual abuse on his stepdaughter. The girl alleges that her stepfather had been abusing her on and off for several years. She said that at […]

Mall-O-Ween at the Paddock Mall: Halloween 2014

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  Ocala, Florida — On Friday, October 31, 2014, the Paddock Mall is hosting Mall-O-Ween and mall-wide Trick-or-Treating for Halloween. Paddock Mall is inviting all little ghouls, goblins, and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular’ time at the Kidgits Halloween event. Starting at 5:00 Kidgit members* (and those wanting to become a Kidgit member) […]

Mother and daughter murdered, killer now dead

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Ocala, Florida — Murder suspect, Ricardo De Jesus Barrera, passed away last night, October 21, 2014, at 8:05 p.m. at UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida. On October 20, 2014, at approximately 2:56 p.m., officers from the Ocala Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance at Springwood Village Apartments, 1525 SE 25th Street, Ocala. As […]

Teens identified in 90 burglaries, photos released

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Ocala, Florida — At around 8 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3400 block of  S.W. 165th Avenue Road, Ocala, in reference to a residential and vehicle burglary. After further investigation, detectives arrested and charged 18-year-old Zach St. Pierre and two juveniles — 15-year-old Michael Dawson and 16-year-old Alan […]

Bomb threat and suspicious package in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is currently on scene at the Marion County Health Department., 1801 SE 32 Avenue, investigating a bomb threat and suspicious package. The area has been evacuated and they are awaiting the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad Unit to arrive. “No further information is available at this time, “Ocala […]

Ebola in Ocala?

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post has received dozens of e-mails asking about a case of Ebola in Ocala. The news report floating around social media, which claims Ebola has been confirmed in Ocala, is a hoax. One of the posts revealed it was a prank when the link within the post was clicked on, while another […]

Mother and daughter murdered after court denied restraining order

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Ocala, Florida — On October 20, 2014, at approximately 2:56 p.m., officers from the Ocala Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance at Springwood Village Apartments, 1525 SE 25th Street, Ocala. As officers arrived on scene, information was received of multiple shots being fired and that the suspect had fled on a motorcycle. Officers observed the suspect’s motorcycle fleeing the […]

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

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Ocala, Florida — Children ages 4 through 9 can enjoy interactive games, sing-a-longs, reading, and crafts while learning about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity at the free Food Day event at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. This free event is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014, at […]

Plane and human remains found in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — A man walking through the woods at the Pruitt Trailhead found the site of a plane crash along with skeletal remains. The plane was last known to be piloted by Theodore Weiss, 74, who went missing with his plane on April 5, 2014. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has not yet confirmed […]

Attempted armed burglary suspect identified, photo released

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Ocala, Florida — At around 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Marion County Sheriff deputies responded to 5840 N.W. 2nd Street, Ocala, in reference to an attempted armed burglary in progress. The homeowner called 911 and stated that two (2) people were attempting to break into their home and one of the intruders was armed with a handgun. […]

Silver Springs Shores:Three people arrested in home invasion

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man attempted to defend himself during a home invasion at Redwood Track Radial on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 3:48 a.m. The 34-year-old-victim, Daniel Tooker, heard a loud banging on his door by suspect, Holly Brooke Pomeroy, 22, who kept asking for her computer. Tooker informed her to leave the […]

Man says he was unaware his roommate would be arrested for domestic battery

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man recorded footage of Brittany Gitterman, 22, his roommate and the mother of his daughter, setting all of his belongings outside in the hallway of their Ocala apartment on October 12, 2014, at approximately 12:22 p.m. The victim stated that Gitterman became aggressive after noticing she was being recorded. The […]

Suspicious death investigation upgraded to homicide

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Ocala, Florida — Right now, Major Crimes is working the suspicious death of 34-year-old Edward Moffitt, who was found in his yard this morning. He was found at 11401 N.W.  17th Place, Ocala, lying face up. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Moffitt, who was in the middle of a divorce, leaves behind two […]

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