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Staffing shortages caused 3 ambulances to shut down Saturday

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Marion County — Persistent staffing shortages have been the cause for Marion County Fire Rescue to shut down ambulances over the last few months. This event, called a “brown out,” has been putting a strain on the ambulance system. The “brown out” has forced MCFR to empty out response zones that are both paid for […]

Woman wanted on numerous warrants was followed

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Ocala, Florida — On Friday, Ocala Post reported that Melissa Snyder, 25, was wanted on several warrants in Marion County. On Saturday, Less than 24-hours after the article was published, Snyder was arrested by Ocala Police. A bail bondsman, who read the article and had knowledge of the warrants, told Ocala Post that he followed […]

Toddler found unresponsive, died

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Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, Ocala Police responded to 244 Northeast 44th Avenue, in reference to a child who was found floating in a pool. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the mother of the child, Brandi Dyal, 32. Dyal stated that her two sons, both under the age of three, came into her bedroom […]

Lake Weir reopens with precautions

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Lake Weir — It has been a week since more than a thousand dead fish washed-up on the shore of Lake Weir prompting beach closures. The Florida Department of Health closed the beaches after the water tested positive for high levels of cyanobacteria. On Friday, the Florida Department of Health in Marion County lifted its […]

Woman, 25, wanted on multiple warrants

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman, who has multiple active warrants for her arrest, is still on the run. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Melissa L. Snyder, 25, of Ocala. Snyder currently has active warrants for Failure to Appear (FTA) on various criminal charges. Snyder also has […]

OPD: Man wanted after he beat woman in street

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Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man they say beat his ex-girlfriend in the street. The beating occurred at the intersection of Southwest 3rd Street and Southwest 7th Avenue, Ocala. Police said the victim arrived home to find that her ex-boyfriend, William A. West, 31, […]

To the Editor: This is a life and death decision for us

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I recently read an article about many positive efforts to improve the economy of Marion County. I also read, and am experiencing, the results of one area of negative impact on the economy of Marion County. And that is the continuing exodus of our fire and EMS personnel caused by the embarrassing low salaries — […]

City of Ocala hikes up water and sewer rates

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Ocala, Florida — Do you think you already pay too much for your water and sewer in the city of Ocala? Well, get ready to dish out even more of your hard earned pennies. Water and sewer rates for Ocala residential customers will increase on June 1, by an average of 82 cents per month. […]

Local mom uses Facebook to teach her daughter a lesson

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Ocklawaha, Florida — Recently, a reader contacted Ocala Post about a common problem that many parents are forced to deal with today: Facebook. After seeing the Facebook post in question, Ocala Post decided to reach out to the woman that posted it to see if she wanted to share her story. At first, she was […]

Fire crews had no choice; delayed response time to Monday’s tornado

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Fire Rescue specialty units had a delayed response to the EF-1 tornado that touched down Monday in the Palm Cay and Oak Run subdivisions, located off SR 200. Approximately 50 homes were damaged and at least a dozen more suffered major damage. According to the National Weather Service, an EF-1 […]

Residents: City council gets one right; Walmart voted down

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Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, much to the delight of Woodland Village residents, the Ocala City Council voted 5-0 not to rezone part of a 7.9-acre site that Walmart wanted to build on. The store would have been situated in the 2500 block of Maricamp Road, adjacent to Woodland Villages. The developer, WRS Inc., told […]

Silver Springs burglary suspect arrested

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Silver Springs — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man that fled from a traffic accident after he had burglarized a home in Silver Springs on Thursday. He was booked into the Marion County Jail shortly after 5:00 p.m., Tuesday. According to reports, Robert Loucks, 32, drove to the 5000 block of 138th […]

Woman got high, passed out in Circle K bathroom

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Dunnellon, Florida — Dunnellon Police Officer Adam Robinson responded to a Circle K, located at 11946 U.S. Highway 41, in reference to a woman passed out in the bathroom. Upon arrival, a witness told Officer Robinson that a woman, later identified as Jessica K. McDowell, 29, was in the bathroom unresponsive. The witness told the […]

WARNING: All Blue Bell Ice Cream products recalled

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Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young […]

A tornado and fallen trees caused major damage to homes

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Ocala, Florida — Confirmed tornado: The National Weather Service reported dozens of homes being damaged in the Palm Cay and Oak Run subdivisions off of State Road 200, Ocala. On Tuesday, officials confirmed that the storm was an EF1 tornado, which produces 86 to 109 mph winds. The tornado caused homes to lose their roofs, […]

Thousands of dead fish in Lake Weir; beaches to close

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[Last updated on April 21, 2015, at 7:34 a.m.] Lake Weir — UPDATE — The Marion County Health Department announced that they will begin closing beaches on Tuesday. People and pets should avoid the water. Lake Weir in its entirety is under the advisory. Water samples tested positive for high levels of cyanobacteria, an algae […]

Severe weather alert for April 20, 2015

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[Last updated on April 20, 2015, at 4:45 p.m.] The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for Marion, Citrus, Clay, Hernando, Sumter, Pasco, Putnam, Alachua, Flagler, and St. Johns counties. At 3:21 p.m., doppler radar tracked a line of strong thunderstorms along a line extending from Interlachen to Beverly Hills moving east […]

Firefighters saved 5 dogs from fire

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Ocklawaha, Florida — Friday, Firefighter Paramedics responded to a structure fire, located at 12361 Southeast 135th Court, Ocklawaha, and were able to save the family’s pets. Five dogs were pulled from the flames: Bingo, Shadow, Bear, Bo, and Buddy. All of the pets are recovering and doing well. According to reports, firefighters were on scene […]

Baby died after Ocala woman was rear-ended

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Marion County — Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace said that 8-month-old Lucas Joseph Golebiowski passed away from his injuries following a car crash that occurred on Friday morning. The announcement was made Saturday morning. According to reports, A Nissan Altima driven by by Kristiana B. Golebiowski, 33, of Ocala, was headed […]

No one injured in Friday morning fire

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Ocala, Florida — At approximately 11:06 a.m., Ocala Fire Rescue responded to a fire, located at 43 Southwest 21st Avenue, Ocala. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire. Arching from electrical wires was both audible and visual as firefighters attempted to extinguish the fire. Officials said no one was injured […]

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