Marion County sales tax initiative

Marion County sales tax initiative

Ocala, Florida — Official Press Release – On March 10, Marion County residents will have another opportunity to learn about the county’s sales tax initiative before casting their vote during the upcoming presidential primary. County Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant will host two informational sessions, as follows: Sales Tax Informational Meetings March 10 Morning session: 10 a.m. […]

Human remains identified

Human remains identified

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the human remains found in a shallow grave on Friday, March 4, were identified as a man who was reported missing in January. The body was found in the Ocala National Forest off of Forrest Road 50. According to a press release, Thomas Lombardo, […]

Former game show host, Bob Barker, helps local animal sanctuary

Former game show host, Bob Barker, helps local animal sanctuary

    Ocala, Florida — Forest Animal Rescue will immediately start construction on the Bob Barker Animal Care Building, thanks to a generous $100,000 grant from the former game show host himself. The grant comes from Barker through the DJ&T foundation. The DJ&T Foundation was named after Barker’s late wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Tilly. The building […]

Human remains identified as a male

Human remains identified as a male

Ocala, Florida — The Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the human remains found in the Ocala National Forest on Thursday, March 3, are that of a male. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, they received a tip on Thursday that a body was buried in the Ocala National Forest in an area off […]

Suspects kidnapped, beat, and raped a female juvenile

Suspects kidnapped, beat, and raped a female juvenile

[Last updated on March 3, 2016, at 9:28 p.m.] Ocklawaha, Florida — Three suspects have now been arrested after a female juvenile victim reported that she was raped and “stuffed” into the trunk of a car. On January 18, 2016, Marion County sheriff’s investigators responded to UF Health Shands Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to meet […]

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

[Last updated on February 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office has completed an extensive investigation into cases involving former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Eduardo Bustamante. The investigation involved multiple use-of-force complaints and falsified arrest reports. In one of the alleged use-of-force cases, Bustamante was accompanied by Sergeant Ben Adams. […]

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Ocala, Florida — Two Marion County sheriff’s deputies resigned following an internal affairs investigation. On Tuesday, January 19, members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Administration initiated an Internal Affairs Investigation in regards to allegations that former MCSO deputy, Kimberly Bray, was using cocaine. According to a press release, it was reported by another deputy […]

Man found shot in front of residence, later died

Man found shot in front of residence, later died

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department detectives are investigating a shooting death that occurred Wednesday night. According to reports, at approximately 8:09 p.m., on February 17, officers responded to 1307 Northwest 12th Avenue in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, they located a black male, later identified as Mallory D. Moton, lying on the […]

Teen arrested for home invasion shooting

Teen arrested for home invasion shooting

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department detectives arrested a teenager after he admitted to shooting a 38-year-old man in the abdomen. According to a press release, on February 14, officers responded to Laurel Park Apartments, located at 100 Northwest 23rd Place, in reference to a home invasion in which five unknown, armed, black males entered a […]

One person killed in 60th Avenue crash

One person killed in 60th Avenue crash

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is investigating a traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Southwest 60th Avenue and Southwest 20th Street. One person was killed in the crash. According to a press release, a man slammed into the rear-end of a Chevy van, which then slammed into the back of a […]

Rescue crews free man after car was crushed

Rescue crews free man after car was crushed

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Fire Rescue  units were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash in the vicinity of the U-Haul Self Storage, located at 5555 South Pine Avenue, Ocala. When Rescue 531 arrived on scene, crews found that a Honda had been involved in a collision with a farm tractor and its trailer. The driver […]

Hostage situation ends after two hours of negotiations

Hostage situation ends after two hours of negotiations

Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jose Rene Marrero, 42, for Aggravated Domestic Battery with the Use of a Deadly Weapon, Kidnapping/False Imprisonment and Resisting an Officer without Violence. According to reports, MCSO deputies were dispatched to 5478 Northwest 62nd Place, in Ocala Park Estates in reference to a verbal […]

Woman faces multiple charges after kicking officers

Woman faces multiple charges after kicking officers

Ocala, Florida — A 33-year-old woman was arrested after she pushed someone down a flight of stairs and kicked police officers. The Ocala Police Department was dispatched to the 900 block of 6th Terrace, in reference to someone that had possibly fallen and needed help. Upon arrival, police learned that the victim had actually been […]

Shooting leaves deputy injured, suspect dead

Shooting leaves deputy injured, suspect dead

[Last updated on February 4, 2016, at 10:28 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — A Marion County sheriff’s deputy and an unidentified suspect were injured Wednesday night during a shooting at the Marathon gas station, located at 1940 SE 58th Ave, also known as Baseline Road. At approximately 7:00 p.m., MCSO deputies were dispatched to the Marathon […]

One person confirmed dead in Belleview crash

One person confirmed dead in Belleview crash

Belleview, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on U.S 301. The crash involved a semi and GMC pick-up truck. FHP said that , the driver of the GMC, Joseph Grzeca, 56, of Beverly Hills, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Marion County Fire Rescue HAZMAT team responded to the scene to contain fuel […]

Man dies in hang gliding accident

Man dies in hang gliding accident

Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Marion County Airport in regards to a hang gliding accident. According to reports, Tomas Banevicius, 40, was pronounced dead on the scene. Banevicius was participating in a training session with U.S. Hang-Gliding Inc., a New York based company which was training […]

Video: 5th deputy indicted in Marion Oaks police brutality case

Video: 5th deputy indicted in Marion Oaks police brutality case

Ocala, Florida — A federal grand jury has indicted former Marion County Sheriff’s deputy, Jesse Alan Terrell, 33, who is accused of beating Derrick Price, 44, during an arrest that took place in 2014 in Marion Oaks. Terrell is the fifth deputy to face charges in this case. Former Deputies Trevor Wade Fitzgerald, 32, James […]

Husband and family being questioned in woman’s death

Husband and family being questioned in woman’s death

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be executing a search warrant at 4125 Northwest U.S. Highway 225A, Ocala, on January 26, in reference to the homicide of Tamara Bedenbaugh, 57. Her body was discovered by her husband, Kirk Bedenbaugh, on January 25. According to detectives, the two have been married for 30 years, […]

Homicide in Silver Springs

Homicide in Silver Springs

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently on scene of a homicide in Silver Springs that occurred Tuesday morning. It happened at 322 Northeast 167th Court, Silver Springs. According to MCSO, the call came is at approximately 9 a.m. When deputies arrived on scene, they found Richard Allen Hutchinson, Jr., 33, dead inside the […]