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Fatal accident in Marion County leaves one dead and another critically injured

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Marion County –  Corey Drakeford, 21, of Summerfield, was killed in a head-on collision around 4:20 p.m. on June 28, 2014, along CR-200-A and the intersection of CR 316. Vicki Rockwell, 48, of Citra, was critically injured, according to Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace of the Florida Highway Patrol. Marion County Fire Rescue extracted both Drakeford and Rockwell […]

Alleged home invasion in Forest leads to stabbing

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Ocala, Florida — On June 27, 2014, shortly after 10 p.m., a 911 call came in from an individual whom stated that he had stabbed two intruders. The caller stated that two men had forced their way into his home and attacked him, so he stabbed both of them. He said after he stabbed the two […]

Residents; lock your doors – Parents; watch your kids

Parents Watch your Kids

Ocala, Florida – It’s called “Buckin.” That’s a technique thieves use when trolling for unlocked vehicles. “The thief moves about a neighborhood, checking vehicle doors to see if any are unlocked,” said Judge Cochran, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. “That’s the buckin’ element.” During a recent vehicle burglary investigation, Marion County Sheriff’s Detectives […]

Missing Ocala man found dead

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Ocala, Florida — Emmitte Beard, 60, was found deceased, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Beard sent his son a text on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 5:46 p.m., and the son had not seen or heard from him since. On the day Beard went missing, the son went to check his residence at 2850 […]

Ocala payroll clerk arrested

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Ocala, Florida — On June 20, 2014, America’s Choice RV Park owner, Cody Loughlin, called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in reference to suspected grand theft. Upon arrival, Deputy Christine Rodriguez met with Loughlin, whom stated he found evidence his payroll clerk, Tammy Hein, 34, had been stealing from his company. Loughlin stated that Hein […]

Shooting in Belleview

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Belleview, Florida – Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Special Investigations Detectives are currently working a homicide investigation at a home at 12436 S.E. 85th Court in Belleview. The emergency call came around 2:53 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in reference to a possible shooting at that home. At the scene, investigators found Candice Ambrose, 28, of Belleview, dead in the […]

Shooting in Citra

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Citra, Florida — (ORIGINAL ARTICLE) The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that happened overnight in Citra. The sheriff’s office received a call about shots being fired in the 17300 block of NW 16th Terrace sometime after 11 p.m. on June 24, 2014. Michael Sumpter, 55, was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where […]

DUI checkpoint in Ocala; June 26, 2014

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Ocala, Florida — There will be a Roadside Safety Checkpoint on June 26, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight in the 4700 block of Southwest 20th Street. The Ocala Police Department says the checkpoint is intended to look for drivers who could be committing various traffic violations. Possible violations include, but are not limited to: Drivers who […]

Local law enforcement agencies waiting on The Rook Vehicle

The Rook, Marion County

Ocala, Florida — It’s called The Rook, a unique machine used to protect law enforcement officers, while they protect you. Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair, asked Marion County Commissioners for approval to buy the $255,000, 13,000 lb. beast and, with little resistance, Marion County Commissioners agreed. The decision comes following recent – but separate – […]

Missing child alert for June 23, 2014

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, is asking the public’s help in locating a teen that has been missing since Thursday, June 19, 2014. Dhenay Allen, 13,  was last seen at her grandmother’s residence located at 18988 NW 60th Avenue, Orange Lake, Florida. At the time, Dhenay was wearing […]

Man with dirt bike tries to run family down

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Ocala, Florida — A 19-year-old Ocala man was arrested on June 20, 2014, after he intentionally tried to run down a family with his dirt bike. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, along with her four children, were attempting to move their golf cart when Daniel Lincoln came within inches of hitting them as […]

SWAT standoff in the Dove Hill Subdivision ended without injuries

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Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6:50 a.m. Marion County Fire Rescue units arrived at the Dove Hill Subdivision in the 2800 block of NE 64th Lane to assist Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies with any potential medical/hazardous materials situations that could have arose from the standoff. Upon arrival, a paramedic unit handled the elderly victim, whom lives alone with two […]

SWAT surrounds home in Dove Hill Subdivision

Marion County SWAT, Dove Hill subdivision

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Crisis Negotiations team and Bomb Squad are in Dove Hill Subdivision in the 2800 block of NE 64th Lane in Ocala. Early indications are a man committed a violent crime then barricaded himself inside a home and is refusing to come out. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says […]

Pit bull theft suspect arrested

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Ocala, Florida — On June 16, 2014, Adrian Anderson, 22, of Ocala was charged with Burglary and Grand theft. This case started on On Monday, June 10, 2014, when 17 pit bulls – two adult females – and 15 puppies – were stolen from a yard in the 7600 block of NW 49th Avenue. The victim told deputies that […]

Curfew warning; keep children off the streets after dark

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Ocala, Florida — In May, Ocala Post told you about the curfew being enforced by the Ocala Police Department. However, some parents seem to have ignored the issue. Summer is here and many parents are allowing their children to roam the streets at night. While the problem is mostly with teens; children as young as 9-years-old have […]

Belleview mom arrested for attempting to suffocate two-year-old; released next day

Jessica Lehman, attempted to suffocate child

Belleview, Florida — A Belleview woman that was arrested on June 11, 2014, for attempting to suffocate her daughter was released on $2,000 bond just a day later. Jessica Lehman, 25, is accused of trying to suffocate her daughter nearly two years ago. Belleview Police Department Detective Ray Dwyer, discovered Lehman’s crime after she filed false […]

Attention Walmart shoppers; beware of self checkout kiosks

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Consumers who shop at Walmart should pay extra close attention when using a self checkout kiosk. Too often people rely on the capability and accuracy of technology; essentially making the human brain lazy when it comes to numbers & more specifically, numbers involving cash transactions. Customers often times use self checkout due to the extremely […]

Shots fired on Baseline Road in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — Shots were fired today, Friday the 13th, during a domestic dispute said Marion County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Valerie Strong. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, reportedly told authorities that her ex-boyfriend, Steven Johnson, 19, came to her house, kicked in a door and dragged her outside. As the two fought, she bit him and that’s when […]

Shots fired into Ocala home;pit bull puppies stolen

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Ocala, Florida — At approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014, someone drove by the home where 17 pit bulls puppies were stolen on Monday, and fired several shots into the home. Bullets zipped through the home, hitting Taegren Jones, 31, in the hand and Taegren Jones Jr., 3, in the forearm as they […]

Second horse tests positive for Eastern equine encephalitis infection

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Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today advised residents that a horse located about four miles east of Citra tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis infection. This is the second horse to test positive for the Eastern equine encephalitis virus in Marion County. A horse in the Sparr area tested […]



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