Habitat for Humanity to host 4th Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival

Habitat for Humanity to host 4th Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival

Ocala, Florida — Habitat for Humanity will host its 4th Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival event, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017. This is Habitat for Humanity’s signature event. All proceeds will benefit the construction of a new home for a deserving, qualified family. Last year, 30,000 people attended the event. Development Director Joanne […]

Video: Firefighters contain blaze in 11 minutes

Video: Firefighters contain blaze in 11 minutes

Belleview, Florida — Firefighters from Marion County Fire Rescue Belleview Station 18, Summerfield Station 30, and the Villages Station 10, worked diligently to extinguish a house fire early Wednesday morning. At approximately 2:29 a.m, MCFR units received a call about a fire at Woodside Apartments, located at 3745 Southeast 107th Street, Belleview. According to a […]

Deputy witnesses woman attack another female, children present

Deputy witnesses woman attack another female, children present

Ocala, Florida — A Marion County sheriff’s deputy witnessed a domestic battery after he spotted a Chevy Tahoe stopped on the shoulder of the 11000 block of West Highway 40. The deputy was patrolling the area when he saw the SUV parked on the side of the road. According to reports, the deputy pulled behind the SUV […]

Fetus of pregnant woman being monitored following beating

Fetus of pregnant woman being monitored following beating

Ocala, Florida — An unidentified source from Munroe Regional Medical Center reported that a woman had been battered over the weekend. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says that when the deputy arrived at the hospital, he learned that the female is eight months pregnant. The victim stated that she and Ronald Antasek Jr, 47, had […]

Teen brothers arrested in Citra shooting

Teen brothers arrested in Citra shooting

Citra, Florida — Two juveniles were arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple felonies. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said that, Jeffrey Williams, 15, and his brother, Mario Williams, 17, kicked in the back door their uncle’s home, located in the 17400 block of U.S. 301 North, and burglarized it. According to reports, the brothers stole a […]

Mother, boyfriend use 12-year-old for dirty work

Mother, boyfriend use 12-year-old for dirty work

A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Wednesday when they were caught stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart. Police said the mother, Irone Evette Dobson, 49, and her boyfriend, Patrick O. Collins, 46, used a juvenile to help them conceal the stolen items. When police arrived, a loss prevention officer pointed out a girl, 12, exiting the […]

Man robbed, shot after responding to dating site listing

Man robbed, shot after responding to dating site listing

Ocala, Florida — Two suspects are in jail following a shooting at a local apartment complex. On Sunday, Ocala police arrived at Lynn San Apartments, located at 1949 Southwest 30th Court, Ocala, to find Derrick Leroy Owens Jr. covered in blood. Owens told police that he had contacted a white female, later identified as Emily Kate […]

Woman kidnapped from West Marion Hospital

Woman kidnapped from West Marion Hospital

Ocala, Florida — A man was arrested before day-break Monday after police learned he had kidnapped woman. Ocala police said they responded to a local hospital in reference to a sexual battery. During the investigation, investigators learned that Robert Lee-Terrell Hicks, 33, had kidnapped the woman from West Marion Hospital, located at 4600 Southwest 46th Court. After […]

Man beat woman, you won’t believe why

Man beat woman, you won’t believe why

Ocala, Florida — A man was arrested after he beat a woman for allegedly shooting heroin without him. Several deputies responded to the 2200 block of Northeast 63rd Street in reference to a disturbance. When deputies arrived, they said they could hear screaming coming from inside the home. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies heard […]

Man pulled from airplane while in flight, dies

Man pulled from airplane while in flight, dies

Dunnellon, Florida — A man died Friday after he was pulled from an airplane by his parachute. Witnesses from inside the plane said the man was kneeling by the jump door, when all of a sudden, his reserve parachute malfunctioned and deployed. The parachute then pulled the man from the plane. The man struck the side […]

Thousands attend Donald Trump rally, strong energy filled the pavillion

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Thousands attend Donald Trump rally, strong energy filled the pavillion

[Use arrows on the above photo to navigate photo gallery.] Ocala, Florida — People “poured” into the Southeastern Live Stock Pavilion Wednesday as they waited for Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump to take the stage. Attendance was estimated to be between 12 and 15 thousand, with thousands more who could not get into the pavilion. Several […]

Unrelated incident landed police in the right place at the right time

Unrelated incident landed police in the right place at the right time

Ocala, Florida — An unrelated incident landed police in the right place at the right time. Ocala police responded to Ocala Place Apartments for an unrelated incident when they heard a woman scream for help from inside her apartment. The victim told police that James Jackson, 22, was inside the apartment “horse playing” near her […]

Blessed Trinity Carnival has arrived

Blessed Trinity Carnival has arrived

Blessed Trinity School is hosting its 67th annual Carnival, located at 5 Southeast 17th Street, Ocala. This is a family-friendly fundraiser for Blessed Trinity School. The carnival will feature carnival food favorites, an Outdoor Marketplace, raffles, and Dreamland Amusements midway rides games and games for all ages. Unlimited ride wristbands are $30 on Thursday or Sunday, […]

Hurricane Matthew scraping Florida’s coast, 600,000 without power so far

The NOAA said, "Due to expected flooding, heavy rain, and high winds with the possibility of tornadoes, the current threat to life and property is elevated."

Hurricane Matthew scraping Florida’s coast, 600,000 without power so far

  [Last updated on October 7, 2016, at 4:33 p.m. Brought to you by Ocala Post and our partners at AccuWeather. ] Stay tuned to this article for future updates and videos. Shelters are now closed. Hurricane Matthew is now a category 3, sustained winds of 120 m.p.h. The National Weather service said, “Because the hurricane is over […]

Teen shot in drive-by removed from life support

Teen shot in drive-by removed from life support

Ocala, Florida — A 17-year-old who was shot in a drive-by shooting, has died. According to a press release, Rizaki Germaine Johnson was removed from life support on Wednesday. The case has been upgraded to a Homicide. On September 28, Ocala police responded to the 400 block of Northwest Ninth Street just after 10 p.m., following a […]

Man was shooting heroin, overdosed on playground while child present

Man was shooting heroin, overdosed on playground while child present

Ocala, Florida — A small child was roaming the Day’s Inn, located at 3811 Northwest Blitchton Road, while the father was passed out on the playground. At approximately 8:45 p.m., Tuesday, a Good Samaritan called Ocala police and stated that a child was “roaming the area” and that, the father was asleep on the playground. […]

Donald Trump to visit Ocala, tickets available

Donald Trump to visit Ocala, tickets available

[Last updated on October 6, 2016, at 8:02 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump plans to visit Ocala. According to Southeastern Livestock Pavilion manager, Denise Alexander, Trump is scheduled to be in Ocala on October 12. He will address the citizens of Ocala from the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, located at 2232 NE […]

New ordinance: Marion County animal abuser registry list

New ordinance: Marion County animal abuser registry list

Marion County — The Board of County Commissioners passed an animal abuser registry ordinance, which will take effect on January 1. The ordinance, known as “Molly’s Law,” will comprise of a list of individuals residing in Marion County who have been convicted of animal abuse. Convictions can be misdemeanor or felony. The ordinance states that anyone […]