Human remains found at park

Human remains found at park

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation after human remains were found Ray Wayside Park — or Ocala Boat Basin — located at 9564 Northeast 28th Lane, Silver Springs. Several park goers discovered the remains on Sunday, at which time they flagged down an off-duty detective. The park will be closed until […]

Student stalks ex-girlfriend, steals condoms and lube

Student stalks ex-girlfriend, steals condoms and lube

A Forest High School student who had been stalking his ex-girlfriend was arrested after he broke into her car. A school resource deputy reported that Dakota. W. Lynch, 18, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s car while it was parked on campus. Lynch knew the access code to be able to get into the victim’s car. According to […]

Vanguard High School student arrested

Vanguard High School student arrested

A Vanguard High School student was arrested Friday after another student reported that one of his classmates had a loaded weapon. The 9th grader was removed from campus and was immediately expelled. In an e-mail to Ocala Post, Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian, wrote, “We believe this incident is NOT connected […]

Two arrested after dispute over yard work

Two arrested after dispute over yard work

Silver Springs — Two people remain behind bars after the duo robbed a woman who they say owed money for yard work. The victim told the responding deputy that she had agreed to pay Laura Raffield, 46, and James Gibson, 44, $25.00 to do some yard work. The victim stated that when it came time […]

Suspects on the loose near Oak Run Subdivision

Suspects on the loose near Oak Run Subdivision

[Last updated on December 15, at 3:23 p.m.] The Florida Highway Patrol is asking residents of Oak Run and surrounding neighborhoods to stay indoors. There is also a heavy police presence off of State Road 200 near Walmart and other businesses. According to troopers, five black male juveniles — all under 17 years of age —  fled […]

From the editor: Complaints, threats, & assumptions

From the editor: Complaints, threats, & assumptions

[Last updated on December 15, at 6 a.m.] Ocala Post recently received several threatening e-mail and Facebook messages from individuals complaining about the photo of an 18-year-old Vanguard High School student killed in a shooting. Some of the threats (which were all in writing) have included lawsuits, “beatn’ dat azz [sic],” and other threats of […]

Two deputies resign during investigation

Two deputies resign during investigation

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Schanding and Detention Deputy Dustin Lay resigned during an investigation into their conduct at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. According to records, the two men, who were good friends, violated department policies. The investigation started in May 2017, when the MCSO learned that Schanding and Lay were involved in the […]

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

A 63-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Thursday while he was riding his bicycle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the cyclist was crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 — just south of Northeast Jacksonville Road —  in a westerly direction. Troopers say a semi, driven by Patrick Lee, was […]

Vanguard High School teen killed, another injured

Vanguard High School teen killed, another injured

A Vanguard High School senior was killed Tuesday night and another man seriously injured following a shooting in Ocala. Ocala police said that at approximately 9:11 p.m. they received several calls about shots being fired near the 2200 block of Northwest First Avenue. Upon arrival, police found that Jeffery Scott, 18, and Marcus Cooper, 18, […]

Bank of America denies cash deposits

Bank of America denies cash deposits

An Ocala woman says she is disgusted with the way Bank of America (BOA) treats its elderly customers. The woman told Ocala Post that she has been making deposits into her father’s checking account for years. The father is legally blind and cannot drive. She said she was shocked last week when she attempted to […]

Man sexually assaulted two children, faces multiple felony charges

Man sexually assaulted two children, faces multiple felony charges

Dunnellon — A 52-year-old man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and an 11 year-old-boy. Authorities say the lascivious behavior took place at a home in Dunnellon. Robert Belton Cooper is accused of having numerous graphic sexual encounters with the children. Cooper was charged with four counts of Sexual Assault on a […]

Trinity Catholic High School student arrested

Trinity Catholic High School student arrested

A Trinity Catholic High School student was arrested Friday and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery. According to reports, Widmer Alejandro Reyes, 18, was supposed to drive a 14-year-old girl home Friday, but instead pulled behind the Publix grocery store across from the high school. The girl told authorities that while she and Reyes were […]

Man batters girlfriend for working late

Man batters girlfriend for working late

On December 6, Ocala police responded to Berkeley Pointe Apartments in reference to an assault. When police arrived, they saw a woman, later identified as the victim, standing outside with blood on her shirt. The victim had blood coming from her face, mouth, and neck. The victim told police that during an argument, her boyfriend, […]

2017 Ocala Christmas Parade

2017 Ocala Christmas Parade

The annual Ocala Christmas Parade will take place on December 9, 2017. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on 1800 East Silver Spring Boulevard. This year the theme is a ‘Home for the Holidays’. VIP bleacher seating may still be available. Tickets are available for $10 and must be presented at the […]

SR 40 road work should not cause lane closures

SR 40 road work should not cause lane closures

The Florida Department of Transportation is currently working on a project to mill and resurface State Road (S.R.) 40 (Fort Brooks Road) from east of NE 10th Street Road to the east of NE 145th Avenue Road. The cost for this project will be an estimated $414,000. The project is expected to be completed in […]

Man attempted to strangle girlfriend after being released on bond

Man attempted to strangle girlfriend after being released on bond

Ocala, Florida — A pregnant, domestic violence victim found herself acting nicely toward her abuser in order to give herself a chance to escape. The victim stated that on November 16, she woke her boyfriend, Christopher John Smith, 24, up for work and he became angry. According to reports, Smith began to shout at the […]

Gamers Edge up for sale or trade

Gamers Edge up for sale or trade

The Gamers Edge released the following statement: After much discussion, deliberation, contemplation, etc we have realized that our children have other interests than taking over the family business and we would like more time to spend with them pursuing their other interests. We have enjoyed this business since 1995 and with this last run of […]

Violent felon rapes little girl, receives low bond

Violent felon rapes little girl, receives low bond

Ocala, Florida — A violent, career criminal was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday and charged with Sexual Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Victim 12 or Under. The victim told police that Michael Dangelo Mike, 33, came into her bedroom around 1 a.m. and asked her to help him look for a television […]