Gator Joe’s, high priority violations

Gator Joe’s, high priority violations

Ocklawaha — Gator Joe’s, located at 12431 SE 135th Ave, Ocklawaha, had several potentially hazardous violations during a recent inspection of the establishment. Many were repeat violations. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation cites violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code. High […]

Ultralight glider crashes at Jumbolair Airport, one dead

Ultralight glider crashes at Jumbolair Airport, one dead

The National Transport Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an ultralight glider aircraft crash that left one dead. The crash occurred Saturday at approximately 4:26 p.m. at the Jumbolair Airport. located at 8857 West Anthony Road, Anthony. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the pilot, a 56-year-old male, deceased. The identity of the […]

Fleeing suspect captured, school lock down lifted

Fleeing suspect captured, school lock down lifted

Ocala police have called off the search for a suspect who crashed into an OPD patrol car while attempting to flee from a traffic stop. According to OPD, at approximately 8:12 a.m., Officer William Joedicke conducted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Charger in the area of Gateway Plaza. The driver of the vehicle […]

Belleview Elementary teacher arrested, accused of molesting student

Belleview Elementary teacher arrested, accused of molesting student

A music teacher who has worked at Belleview Elementary School since 2002 has been arrested. Kevin Wayne Tindall, 47, was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child Under 12. The male student came forward on January 9 and stated that Tindall had touched him in an inappropriate manner. At that time, Tindall was placed […]

Body found in woods, homicide investigation underway

Body found in woods, homicide investigation underway

Detectives with the Ocala Police Department are investigating the death of 61-year-old Ronald Henry Lanctot after his body was found Thursday in a heavily wooded area in Ocala. Lanctot’s body was found in the 3300 block of Northwest Blitchton Road. Detectives said he had been living in a tent on the property. According to detectives, […]

Iconic Silver Bullet at Wild Waters comes down

Iconic Silver Bullet at Wild Waters comes down

  Ocala — On Monday, demolition company The Art of Destruction, located at 2080 NW 35th Street, Ocala, tore down a childhood favorite of many; the Silver Bullet water slide at Wild Waters. While many can hold on to the memory, the original slide is no longer a part of the landscape. Article Continued Below As for […]

Teens rescued from human traffickers, teen lured through gaming app

Teens rescued from human traffickers, teen lured through gaming app

A 16-year-old Marion County boy and another teen were rescued after a Louisiana law enforcement agency received information that a missing teen was spotted in St. Petersburg, Florida. The investigation began on May 9, 2018, when someone reported seeing the Louisiana teen at a mobile home located at 4000 24th Street North, St. Petersburg. When officers […]

GreenPal, Uber for Lawn Care, has launched in Ocala

GreenPal, Uber for Lawn Care, has launched in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — GreenPal, an app that connects homeowners with local, vetted lawn care professionals, has launched in Ocala. Nashville-based GreenPal allows homeowners to find local, pre-screened lawn professionals. Homeowners can list their lawns with their service date and lawn care needs. Vetted lawn care pros can then bid on their properties based on the […]

Marion County Fire Rescue has opened hiring for Firefighter Paramedics and Firefighter EMTs

Marion County Fire Rescue has opened hiring for Firefighter Paramedics and Firefighter EMTs

Marion County Fire Rescue has opened hiring for Firefighter Paramedics and Firefighter EMTs interested in joining our ranks. We are the second largest fire rescue department north of Orlando with more than 500 employees strong, with a $76.8 million budget and 25 career fire stations. Our department’s full-time state certified firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMTs, EMTs and paramedics […]

231 acre controlled burn will be conducted today

231 acre controlled burn will be conducted today

A 231 acre controlled burn will be conducted today in the area of State Road 200 and County Road 484 in Marion County. The Florida Highway Patrol said motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in this area. Visibility may deteriorate quickly, especially during the night time and early morning hours as residual smoke […]

Taco Bell with a side of rat droppings, disturbing disclaimer

Taco Bell with a side of rat droppings, disturbing disclaimer

Ocala — Taco Bell, located at 2380 SW College Road, Ocala, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on January 4 by the state. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on January 5 but will need a follow-up inspection after a time extension was given. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation […]

Driver ticketed after hitting marked police cruiser

Driver ticketed after hitting marked police cruiser

Ocala — A 21-year-old driver was ticketed after he failed to yield and collided with an Ocala Police Department marked cruiser. According to the crash report, a Hyundai Elantra, driven by Victor Luis Hernandez Bohorquez, was traveling northbound on Southwest 27th Avenue in the left turn lane approaching the intersection of Southwest 20th street and […]

Information still being sought after man shot on doorstep

Information still being sought after man shot on doorstep

Ocala – The Ocala Police Department is still seeking the public’s help with identifying the person who shot a 65-year-old man. At approximately 1:50 a.m., Saturday, police were dispatched to White Oaks mobile home park, located at 3920 Southwest 30th Street after the victim’s roommate heard the shots and called 911. Upon arrival, police found that […]

Information sought after man severely injured on Downtown Square

Information sought after man severely injured on Downtown Square

The Ocala Police Department is seeking the public’s help with identifying suspects who severely injured a man on the Downtown Square. According to a press release, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on December 23, a dark-colored vehicle drove the wrong way down Southeast 1st Avenue and stopped on the northeast corner of the Downtown Square. In […]

First Friday Art Walk of the year

First Friday Art Walk of the year

Tomorrow (Friday) is the First Friday Art Walk. The First Friday Art Walk takes place the first Friday of each month, September through May from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free event is located within Ocala’s historic downtown and includes over 30 artist displays, live entertainment, free family art activities, and more. Pick up your map […]

Woman punched for losing cell phone

Woman punched for losing cell phone

Ocala — A man was arrested after he struck a woman in the face with a closed fist. Ocala police responded to Wood Springs Suites Tuesday after a caller reported a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the suspect, identified as Robert Eubanks, 37, was attempting to flee the scene, at which time he was detained for […]

Upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations for Marion County

Upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations for Marion County

Ocala — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s Mobile Health Unit has scheduled its locations for January and February. The bus will provide immunizations and other department services on the below dates at the listed locations: Jan. 4: AMEX Food and Deli (125 NW 110th Ave., Ocala) from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. […]

RV burns to the ground, driver flees the scene

RV burns to the ground, driver flees the scene

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a recreational vehicle traffic crash that occurred at approximately 4 a.m., Wednesday. According to a Marion County Fire Rescue press release, the accident took place in the 13000 block of Southeast 47th Avenue, Belleview, near the Tropical Manner Subdivision MCFR Belleview Station 18 was the first to arrive on the scene, followed […]

4000 block of State Road 40 remains closed

4000 block of State Road 40 remains closed

A hole that opened up in the 4000 block of State Road 40, just west of I-75, Thursday, might have been caused by a sewer main break. Public Works and the Department of Transportation are currently on scene accessing the damage and the road is expected to be closed for approximately 15 hours. Drivers are […]

Fresh rat droppings with your roast beef anyone?

Fresh rat droppings with your roast beef anyone?

Arby’s, located at 12150 NE 49th Ct Road, Ocala, was immediately shut down after an emergency order was issued on December 13 by the state. The restaurant was allowed to reopen on December 14 but will need a follow-up inspection after a time extension was given. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation cites violations […]