Vanguard High School student arrested, concerns of more victims

Vanguard High School student arrested, concerns of more victims

Ocala, Florida — A Vanguard High School track star who was arrested on February 20, has parents concerned that there could possibly be other victims. VHS student Joseph Fitzpatrick, 18, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman. During a search of Fitzpatrick’s home, detectives found unidentified pills, a marijuana grinder, […]

Bomb threat prompts Wal-Mart evacuation

Bomb threat prompts Wal-Mart evacuation

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6 p.m. Sunday, an unknown person phoned in a bomb threat to the Wal-Mart, located at 9570 Southwest Highway 200. With a packed store, a staff member made two announcements over the intercom advising customers to exit the store “due to an emergency situation.” Shoppers stated that the announcements were […]

Dunnellon man staged girlfriend’s murder

Dunnellon man staged girlfriend’s murder

Dunnellon, Florida — A Dunnellon man was arrested Monday after Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime detectives determined the suspect had staged the murder of his girlfriend. Detectives say David W. Romig, 52, staged the January 30 homicide to look like an intruder had entered the residence, located at 10499 SW 122nd Court, Dunnellon, and […]

Woman attacked, cut with knife

Woman attacked, cut with knife

  Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman was arrested after she attacked another woman with a knife. Ocala police responded to Berkley Pointe Apartments Monday in reference to an altercation. Police met with the victim, who stated that she had been arguing with Paige Ray-Markwith, 24, when she was attacked. According to the arrest affidavit, […]

14-year-old girl was driving alone, critically injured

14-year-old girl was driving alone, critically injured

A 14-year-old girl was critically injured Tuesday after she crashed a 2004 Hyundai Sonata into a wooden fence. Troopers say the girl, identified as Nikia Ingram, was traveling eastbound on County Road 329 when she approached a curve near the intersection of Northwest 125th Street Road. Ingram failed to maintain control of the vehicle when […]

Man seriously injured in 484 crash

Man seriously injured in 484 crash

On January 29, at approximately 8:39 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 2500 block of Southwest Highway 484. Engine Company 24 with the Marion Oaks Fire Station was the first to arrive on the scene. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Timothy Petersen, 63, of Swartz Creek, Michigan, was […]

Masturbator wanted by police

Masturbator wanted by police

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a man who was caught on surveillance video masturbating outside a woman’s bedroom window on Thursday at approximately 6 a.m. The victim told a deputy that she awoke to loud moaning outside of her bedroom window. Officials believe the unidentified man might have stalked the woman […]

Store owner refuses return of damaged merchandise, suspect pulls knife

Store owner refuses return of damaged merchandise, suspect pulls knife

  The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help with locating multiple individuals who attempted to return damaged merchandise to a Paddock Mall retailer. The owner of Double T told police that when he refused to accept the return, the customer became angry and started a verbal altercation, which was captured on video […]

Three busted while purchasing weapons

Three busted while purchasing weapons

Ocala, Florida — Three men were arrested at Ocala Place Apartments after a caller reported seeing the men walking to a grey pickup truck while carrying multiple firearms. When police arrived, they saw Vincent Williams Jr., 28, Larry Williams, 25, and Kerrian Dukes, 22, standing next to a grey Toyota Tundra. According to reports, when police […]

Three people shot during altercation

Three people shot during altercation

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is investigating after at three people were shot in the 1800 block of Southwest Seventh Street at approximately 5:20 p.m. Monday. OPD stated that the shooting occurred during a fight. Three people were transported to a local hospital where they are being treated for their injuries. No names have […]

Some Florida schools closing due to cold weather

Some Florida schools closing due to cold weather

Florida — Yes, you read correctly. Alachua County Public Schools announced that due to a cold weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service, Alachua County public schools and offices will be closed January 3 and 4. Schools will re-open Friday, January 5. According to school board officials, makeup days have been rescheduled for June […]

OPD: Three home invasion suspects on the loose

OPD: Three home invasion suspects on the loose

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police are seeking public’s help with locating three suspects who are responsible for a violent home invasion Friday just after midnight. The incident occurred in the 1100 block of Southwest 32nd Avenue. The burglars were armed with baseball bats and brass knuckles. The suspects allegedly barged into a home and struck […]

Sword-wielding man threatens woman for $20.00

Sword-wielding man threatens woman for $20.00

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police say they arrested a man on Tuesday who threatened a woman with a sword because he wanted $20.00. Police responded to the Boulevard Motel, located at 1422 East Silver Springs Boulevard after someone reported a man repeatedly banging on a door and refusing to leave the property. When police arrived, […]

“Clown” arrested for shooting

“Clown” arrested for shooting

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department Detectives have identified Kourtland Dukes, 21, as the “clown” who fired several shots Wednesday morning near Long’s Grocery, located at 803 Northeast 4th Street. Two men were shot and injured, which included Dukes. Witnesses stated that Dukes, who was dressed in all black and wearing a clown mask, approached the […]

Man in clown mask opens fire

Man in clown mask opens fire

  Ocala, Florida —  The Ocala Police Department is investigating after two men were shot Wednesday morning in northwest Ocala. Police were called to a convenience store, located at 803 Northwest 4th Street, following reports that a man wearing a clown mask had fired shots in the area. According to OPD Public Information Officer, Meghan […]

Homicide investigation: One dead, two others injured

Homicide investigation: One dead, two others injured

Citra, Florida — Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after one man was found dead and two others were injured. Deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Northeast 162nd Place, Citra, Tuesday after someone called 911 and reported a disturbance. According to detectives, upon arrival, one man was found dead and […]

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