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Boil water notice has ended

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Marion County, Florida – On Thursday morning, Marion County Utilities rescinded the precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd, and Pidgeon Park. The water was determined safe to drink, following the standard bacteriological survey. Residents in these areas are being notified by door hanger […]

From the Editor: Ocala Post will not back down due to threats

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post recently received several e-mails and Facebook messages from individuals complaining about the names and photos of juvenile criminals, drug dealers, and a recently arrested business owner, being used in some of Ocala Post’s recent articles. One Facebook message called an article slander, defamation of character, and made mention that it was causing “pain […]

Teen who intended to kill a juvenile at Vanguard High School, arrested

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Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, the Ocala Police Department made an arrest in connection with the January 16 shooting at Vanguard High School. The shooting left two people injured after someone opened fire at a basketball game. A 14-year-old was shot in the arm, and a 19-year-old was cut by flying glass during the incident. […]

Two wanted for cell phone snatch and run at Verizon store

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Marion County — On June 2, Ocala Police Officer Erica Reese responded to the Verizon Wireless, located at 3451 Southwest College Road, Ocala, in reference to a grand theft. Upon arrival, Officer Reese made contact with the store manager. The manager stated that two black males came into the store and had been talking with […]

Boil water notice for multiple communities

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Marion County — Marion County Utilities has issued a precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd, and Pidgeon Park. Utilities advises that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be brought to a rolling boil for at least […]

Dog thief caught

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Ocala, Florida — A pit bull that was stolen from the Humane Society while they were attending an adoption event at PetSmart on May 30, has been recovered. According to a press release, today, Ocala Police Officer Sergeant Erica Hay responded to the Marion County Humane Society to check on three dogs she had recently […]

Two killed in crash, one in critical condition

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[Last updated on June 8, 2015, at 9:13 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — A Sunday morning crash left two people dead and one in critical condition. The accident involved a white Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by Cedric Pinkney, 18, and a brown Mercury Monterey, driven by Thelma Sharbaugh, 86. Pinkney also had a rear passenger, Johnny “J-Tee” Taylor, 17. The crash […]

Firefighters wait to hear from county over contract

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Ocala, Florida — On March 5, the Marion County firefighters presented to representatives of the Board of County Commissioners a proposed contract designed to help stop the exodus of experienced first responders. To date, the county has yet to return with an offer of its own. In fact, the county has cancelled three meetings, the […]

Free swimming classes for kids and CPR classes for adults

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Ocala, Florida — The Safe Kids Coalition of Marion County is providing free summer swimming lessons to 100 Marion County children, and free CPR and water safety classes to their parents. The program, funded by a grant from Kids Central, Inc., is a partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, Kids Central, the […]

Woman tried to drive off with car attached to tow truck

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Ocala, Florida — A tow truck driver was assaulted with a vehicle as he attempted to remove a car from Spring Manor Apartments. Ray Linderman, a driver for Dave’s Towing, responded to Spring Manor Apartments in reference to a vehicle that had an expired license plate. According to Spring Manor Apartments management, it is against […]

Heroin dealer arrested in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — An undercover investigation by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team lead to the arrest of a heroin dealer in Ocala. On one occasion, agents reported that Melissa S. Young, 31, A.K.A Melissa Parrish, sold five aluminum bindles of heroin to an informant.  During a second encounter, Young sold four bindles of heroin […]

Teen: You can’t charge me with having a firearm

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Fort McCoy, Florida — A Fort McCoy teen, who was labeled as a career criminal as a juvenile, is under arrest after his sister reported him for bringing a weapon into their home. On Monday, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Hunt responded to the 12000 block of Northeast 227th Place, Fort McCoy, in reference to an […]

Deputy and citizen work together and save a life

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Summerfield, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy, with the help of a citizen, saved a 29-year-old man’s life after the deputy responded to a residence and found a man to be unresponsive. According to reports, a witness and the victim were involved in a verbal altercation when the victim retreated to a bathroom and locked the […]

Man revealed “crack” to deputy

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Ocklawaha, Florida — On Sunday afternoon, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the Boat Basin located at 9570 Northeast 28th Lane, in reference to a man, later identified as Craig Bierema, standing on the riverbank fully nude. According to a witness, he was traveling down the Ocklawaha River with his family when he saw […]

Missing/endangered man and his girlfriend arrested

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Ocala, Florida — An allegedly missing and endangered man was arrested Saturday, after it was discovered that he had beaten a 3-year-old child. On Saturday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information that Tayon Alexander, 23, had made statements during a phone call that made the reportee concerned for Alexander’s well-being. According to reports, deputies began […]

To the Editor: Wild Waters taking advantage of pass holders

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Ocala, Florida — Over Memorial Day weekend, it was brought to my attention that Wild Waters might be taking advantage of park-goers. In the past, when guests have purchased a season pass to either Wild Waters or Silver Springs — when it was still an attraction — it included parking. Wild Waters’ policy now is […]

School is out; curfew warning to parents and minors

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Ocala, Florida — While school is out, a drive through Marion Oaks or Silver Springs Shores after 11 p.m. would reveal children by the dozens roaming the streets, many carrying backpacks, and wearing all black clothing in the darkness of the night. The state of Florida does have a curfew law, but unlike the City […]

Man arrested a second time for impersonating a police officer

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man who was arrested for impersonating a sheriff’s deputy is back behind bars. On January 5, 2015, a report was made that a subject had approached a man and identified himself as a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy. The man detained the victim and took possession of the victim’s identification for the […]

Woman killed in crash after she slammed into utility pole

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Ocala, Florida — A woman died Wednesday after she ran a stop sign, crossed a busy road, and slammed into a concrete utility pole. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Jill Ruiz, 42, was traveling eastbound on southwest 30th Street at a high rate of speed when she failed to stop at a stop sign. Troopers […]

North Marion student arrested for having weapons on campus

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Ocala, Florida — A North Marion High School student was arrested after school officials searched the student’s vehicle and found a loaded gun. On Tuesday, May 26, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy at North Marion Middle School received information that North Marion High School student, Douglas Hurteau, II. 17, was allegedly storing a […]

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