Father struck, killed while walking daughter to bus stop

Father struck, killed while walking daughter to bus stop

A man who struck and killed a father as he walked his daughter to a bus stop Friday has been released from jail. Jeffrey Kimberlin, 38, was walking southbound on Southeast 180th Avenue Road with his 7-year-old daughter when he was struck from behind by a 2001 Ford Cargo van, driven by Dylan Roberts, 27. […]

Truck driver airlifted following crash

Truck driver airlifted following crash

A truck driver was transported by ShandsCair helicopter to Ocala Regional Medical Center Wednesday after he rolled his semi and became trapped inside. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said the driver of the semi, Gary Lentz, 64, was traveling southbound on County road 315 approaching a right curve near the intersection of Northeast 247th Lane when […]

West Port High School student referenced guns, not a threat to others

West Port High School student referenced guns, not a threat to others

Ocala — Parents were on edge Tuesday following a Skylert message about a potential threat at West Port High School. Initially, school officials thought it was another threat via social media. Following an investigation, Ocala Police Department investigators determined that a student had stated he had access to guns. Police said that the student did […]

OPD: Police officers will be out in full force

OPD: Police officers will be out in full force

  Ocala — Ocala Police Department police officers will be out in full force beginning September 11, to September 23. Police will be focusing their attention on State Road 464 (17th Street) from Pine Street to Southeast 25th Avenue. According to OPD, officers will be looking for speeders, red-light runners, and those who violate the […]

Social media threat involving another high school prompts investigation

Social media threat involving another high school prompts investigation

  School administrators and local law enforcement are investigating a social media threat involving West Port High School. “At this time, the school is operating normally,” said Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian.  “If investigators believe there is credibility to the threat, we will let [parents] know with another Skylert message.” No […]

Belleview woman’s body was dismembered

Belleview woman’s body was dismembered

On June 11, a hiker reported finding the torso of a female in the Ocala National Forest near Northeast 115th Avenue and State Road 40. The Marion County Sheriff’s office then released a photo to the media of a tattoo hoping that the public could help identify the human remains. Within 24 hours, the remains […]

Third female inmate dies while in custody at the Marion County Jail

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told Ocala Post Monday that all three deaths are currently under investigation. 

Third female inmate dies while in custody at the Marion County Jail

22-year-old Lorraine Gardner died Friday while in the custody of the Marion County Jail. According to MCSO, Gardner was found unresponsive and could not be revived. This is the third death of an inmate at the jail this year. Diana Lynn Eldredge, 50, who lived in Fruitland Park, died on May 3, 2018. Mary Elizabeth […]

School bus driver ticketed

School bus driver ticketed

Marion County — On Thursday, A Marion County school bus driver was involved in a minor traffic crash with a garbage truck. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the bus driver, Robyn Kauffman, 54, of Longwood, was on Southwest 84th Avenue Road near the intersection of Southwest 101 Place when she attempted to go around the […]

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Parents in Marion County are not likely to forget the pain inflicted on children at the hands of pediatric dentists Michael and Rebecca Tarver. Ocala Post recently received several e-mails from parents who are concerned that the former owner of Polliwog, Michael Tarver, might still be operating in Florida. Following an investigation, Ocala Post discovered […]

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County, no plans to spray after deaths reported

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County, no plans to spray after deaths reported

Marion County — Marion County remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to eastern equine encephalitis activity. In an August press release, Florida Department of Health Operations director Craig Ackerman, said, “The risk of disease being spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.” […]

Ocala firefighter arrested

The woman alleges that Brown put a pillow over her face and told her to "keep quiet."

Ocala firefighter arrested

Ocala, Florida — A 19-year-old Ocala firefighter was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual assault. The woman, also 19, who was heavily intoxicated, said she was at a club with D’Andre J. Brown and a friend when they decided to go back to a residence located in Ocala. They left the club at approximately 3:30 […]

No sauce, hold the roaches, pizza restaurant closed

No sauce, hold the roaches, pizza restaurant closed

Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in Belleview was shut down after health inspectors found several high priority violations that were never corrected by management. The restaurant is located at 10135 Southeast U.S. 441, Belleview. The inspector issued a stop-sale order after pizza sauce was found sitting in a cooler, which had been made two days prior […]

Drug house with drive-thru window raided, two arrested

Drug house with drive-thru window raided, two arrested

Two drug dealers remain behind bars after their house was raided by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST). Agents executed a search warrant on the house on August 23. According to Ocala Police Department SWAT, they located three adults and two juvenile children inside a mobile home, located at 3117 Northwest 23rd Place. A […]

Baby miniature donkey stolen from yard

Baby miniature donkey stolen from yard

Mrs. Amyotte, a resident of Ocala, said that on August 25, under the darkness of night, someone stole her family’s baby miniature donkey from her yard. “The baby is only two days old and needs its mother,” said Mrs. Amyotte. The donkey was stolen from the area of Southwest 80th and 16th Street, Ocala. The […]

Marion County’s upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations

Marion County’s upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s Mobile Health Unit will be going to several new locations soon. The bus will provide immunizations and other department services. Below are the scheduled dates and locations. Sept. 1: Forest Community Center (777 S. Highway 314A, Ocklawaha) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7: AMEX Food […]

Op-ed: Judge fires back at State Attorney Brad King

Make no mistake, Mr. King is upset because I don’t always rule the way he wants.

Op-ed: Judge fires back at State Attorney Brad King

This letter was provided to Ocala Post by Marion County Court judge Robert Landt. I run a courtroom where the law rules supreme and everyone is treated with the fairness they are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Over the last few weeks, my record has come under attack by the state […]

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a pickup truck who was involved in a hit-and-run crash Sunday. According to an FHP press release, a pickup was traveling southbound on Northwest 110th Avenue, approaching the Northwest 5th Street intersection when it struck a pedestrian who was walking eastbound […]