All Nail & Spa employee arrested

All Nail & Spa employee arrested

Ocala, Florida — A nail salon employee was arrested after he threatened another employee with a machete. Ocala police responded to All Nail & Spa, located in the Gateway Plaza, after a witness reported seeing “several Asian people fighting in the parking lot.” The victim, Johnny Chau, told police that he and the suspect, Dieu […]

Panhandler arrested, nothing more than a con artist

Panhandler arrested, nothing more than a con artist

Ocala, Florida — A panhandler was arrested after police say he was scamming money from passing motorists. Ocala police say that Jesse McAuliffe, 26, was standing at Southwest 32 Avenue and State Road 200, with a sign that read “struggling.” According to reports, police witnessed McAuliffe taking money from people as they were driving by. […]

Person of interest named in double homicide

Person of interest named in double homicide

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department has named a person of interest in a double homicide investigation, which began after two bodies were discovered in an Ocala home on Sunday. That person is Terrance Hurst, 32. He is the grandson of Robert and Ruth Schwamberger, who were found dead in their Ridge View Acres subdivision […]

Two bodies found in Ocala home, ruled double homicide

Two bodies found in Ocala home, ruled double homicide

[Last updated on May 2, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is investigating a double homicide after two bodies were discovered in an Ocala home. According to a press release, the bodies were discovered, Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 8:09 a.m., after Ocala police officers responded to 544 Northeast […]

Kiwanis Beach closed until further notice

Kiwanis Beach closed until further notice

Marion County – Kiwanis Beach, located at 15380 Southeast 140th Avenue Road, Lake Weir, will be closed as of April 27, 2016. The Marion County Department of Health announced Wednesday that the beach should be closed to the public due to high levels of bacteria. The high concentration of bacteria was detected during recent monthly […]

Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Ocala, Florida — The resolution to ban transgender bathrooms in Marion County schools has been officially adopted. During a Tuesday emergency resolution meeting, the Marion County School Board passed the resolution with a  4-1 vote. Marion County Public School Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “The resolution limits school bathrooms to students based on birth […]

Reward offered for arrest in death of Ocala store clerk

Reward offered for arrest in death of Ocala store clerk

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the person who shot and killed a store clerk. The shooting occurred during an attempted robbery on  April 22, 2016, at  the Jiffy Food Store, located at 2425 Northwest 10th Street, Ocala. Detectives said that at approximately 9:50 a.m., a […]

Craigslist ad lead to capture of two multi-county burglars and murder suspects

Craigslist ad lead to capture of two multi-county burglars and murder suspects

Ocala, Florida — Two burglary suspects, dubbed the “Pillowcase Burglars,” have now been named as persons of interest in a Marion County murder. The nickname was given to the suspects because they would use a pillowcase from the crime scene to carry stolen property. Jessica Baker, 44, and Darren Decker, 41, who are husband and […]

Woman rescued from Belleview housefire

Woman rescued from Belleview housefire

Belleview, Florida — A woman was hospitalized after Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters pulled the homeowner from her burning home Sunday. Dispatch received the call from a neighbor of 5145 SE 107th Place, Belleview, at approximately 2:38 p.m. The caller stated that her neighbor’s home was on fire and someone was trapped in the house. […]

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

Ocala, Florida — During the 1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race teams can experience Ocala like never before. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, and when the tasks are completed at each location,  that team will receive a clue to the next destination. The first team to arrive at each […]

Marion County School Board supports transgender bathroom ban

Marion County School Board supports transgender bathroom ban

Ocala, Florida — In an e-mail, the Marion County School Board confirmed that they will aim to make sure that school bathrooms used by students who claim to be transgender will be based on the biology of a student’s sex instead of their identity. Marion County Public School Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “In […]

Man burglarized same bar multiple times

Man burglarized same bar multiple times

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man who burglarized the same bar on three separate occasions. According to reports, Darryl Kissell, 51, burglarized Duffy’s Bar, located at 16620 West Highway 40, Ocala. The burglaries took place on April 15, 18, and 19. On one occasion, deputies say Kissell pried open […]

City of Ocala: Special Waste Amnesty Day

City of Ocala: Special Waste Amnesty Day

Ocala, Florida — The City of Ocala will conduct a special waste amnesty day Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection site is located at NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue. Special waste consists of household hazardous waste and electronics. Neither of these types of waste is permitted to be […]

MCSO: Shooting investigation in TimberWalk neighborhood

MCSO: Shooting investigation in TimberWalk neighborhood

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the TimberWalk neighborhood near Marion Oaks. The incident location is the vicinity of Southwest 133rd Lane Road and Southwest 86th Avenue, Ocala. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Public Information Officer, Lauren Lettelier, said, “One person was shot and transported […]

Man, drunk, cut throat of family pet

Man, drunk, cut throat of family pet

Ocala, Florida — A family’s pet pig is dead after a man sliced its throat with a pocket knife. Marion County Animals Services released a more than 20-page document, which included graphic photos, which detailed the slaying of the pig. According to reports, when the family found the pig several months ago, it was in poor health, […]

Mother tried to evade arrest, left child behind

Mother tried to evade arrest, left child behind

Ocala, Florida—The Ocala Police Department arrested a woman who left her child behind when confronted over stolen merchandise at the Wal-Mart, located at 4980 East Silver Springs Boulevard. According to reports, a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer witnessed a woman, later identified as Kelly L. Wevodau, 35, putting merchandise into a large flat purse. Surveillance showed […]

Street racing could be cause of fatal crash in Marion Oaks

Troopers said that speed was definitely a factor

Street racing could be cause of fatal crash in Marion Oaks

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed that at least one person is dead following a tragic street racing accident that occurred in Marion Oaks. The driver, Ethan J. Ruiz, 19, was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center, and is listed in critical condition. The female passenger, Charisma Francisco, 17, was pronounced deceased […]