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Churchill Dentistry raided for the second time

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  Ocala, Florida — Churchill Dentistry, formerly Polliwog Dental, is back in the spotlight once again. In addition to child abuse allegations, there have been allegations that former owner Michael Tarver overbilled Medicaid for multiple procedures performed by his office. In November 2013, Ocala Post reached out to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration […]

MCSO: Monumental change within the sheriff’s office

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Ocala, Florida — In light of recent terrorist attacks, increased chatter, and intelligence about “lone-wolf” terrorists — both foreign and domestic — the Marion County Sheriff’s Office plans to deter any threats against Marion County by being prepared. Ocala Post recently reported that the FBI alerted multiple local law enforcement agencies, advising them to be […]

OPD: Cruelty toward child and drug charges for Ocala father

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Ocala, Florida — A career criminal remains behind bars after Ocala police attempted to serve a trespass warning, but instead arrested the 26-year-old father. According to reports, a maintenance worker with the Motel 6 on Blitchton Road went to a room where Charles Reynaldo Murillo, 26, had been staying in reference to complaints Murillo had made […]

MCFR: Driver failed to yield; struck rescue vehicle

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Ocala, Florida — Emergency vehicles, including police, fire, and ambulances, respond to calls throughout the county every day.  While some calls are ordinary, others include life-threatening situations. Despite the many safety campaigns advertised by emergency personnel, citizens cannot seem to grasp the concept of yielding to emergency vehicles. On Friday, January 23, at approximately 8:30 […]

Spring Manor Apartments officially considered a nuisance property

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Ocala, Florida — Citizens of Ocala that wanted Spring Manor Apartments shut down, might soon get their wish. Back in June, Ocala Post was the first to tell you about the possibility of the City of Ocala filing a Nuisance Abatement Order. Well, the city did just that; however, Spring Manor property owners failed to […]

OPD: Drunk driver crashed into house

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Ocala, Florida — On January 21, 2015, at approximately 7:04 p.m., Ocala police responded to the 4400 block of Northeast 11th Street in reference to a crash. Upon arrival, Officer Jared Forsyth saw a broken chain link fence on Northeast 44th Avenue, where it dead ends at Northeast 10th Place. According to reports, the officer […]

Two arrested after assaulting teen; witnesses described them as trash

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[Updated at 2:38 p.m., January 22, 2015, to include information from a second report received from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office] Ocala, Florida — Deputies responded to a mobile home park in Ocala, following reports of a male suspect assaulting a 17-year-old female victim. Upon making contact with the victim, deputies learned that Tayon Alexander, 23, […]

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. According to OPD, 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 been seen […]

City Council will discuss destroying farmland and Outside Sales Ordinance

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Ocala, Florida — Tonight, January 20, 2015, the Ocala City Council will be holding several public meetings. The meetings will cover the Trinity Lane mixed-use development that would destroy the farmland at Red Oak and Ocala Stud farms, for the purpose of development. The farms are located off of Southwest 27th Avenue. Jennifer L. Hoefsmit, […]

Sunday night shooting at Spring Manor Apartments

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Ocala, Florida — Once again, residents of Spring Manor Apartments, Ocala, listened to helicopters as they flew over the apartment complex Sunday night. According to the Ocala Police Department, police were searching for a suspect that reportedly fired shots in the area. Luckily, no one was injured during the shooting. Police said the shooter was […]

Shooting at Vanguard High School; 2 injured

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[Last updated on January 17, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala police said two people were injured at Vanguard High School Friday night after someone opened fire at a basketball game. A 14-year-old was shot in the arm, and a 19-year-old was cut by flying glass during the incident. The juvenile is a student […]

Ocala police officer fired following sex case

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Ocala, Florida — Last year, Ocala Post reported on Bennie L. Wilson, III, 41, the now former Ocala police officer arrested on two counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor. According to documents received from the Ocala Police Department, Wilson attended a pre-disciplinary conference on Thursday, following the end of an Internal Affairs investigation. “After carefully […]

Marion County Jail inspection completed

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Ocala, Florida — The Correctional Operations Inspection and the Medical Compliance Inspection for the Florida Model Jail Standards has been completed for the Marion County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center and reflects a 100 percent compliance for all standards. The inspection team for the FMJS looks at all the corrections operations, security, inmate support services, […]

Off-duty deputy disarmed suspect at Ocala restaurant

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Ocala, Florida — On January 14, 2015, at approximately 8:55pm, officers responded to the El Toreo restaurant, located at 3510 SW 36th Ave., in reference to an altercation that involved an armed female. Off-duty Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, John Lightle, was in the restaurant at the time, eating with his family. Deputy Lightle stated […]

Deputy disciplined after he ordered CPR to be halted on a child

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Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Gregory Spicher, has been removed from patrol, and relocated to the Marion County Jail where he will work as a corrections officer. This move was made following an Internal Affairs investigation. It all started on November 14, 2014, when Deputy Spicher responded to SE 155th Place, Summerfield, Florida, in reference […]

Man that killed trooper and two others, gets fines and suspended license

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Ocala, Florida — Troy Thomas Owens, 23, will not face any jail time for hitting and killing three people, including Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard in a May 3, 2014, accident. According to court records obtained by Ocala Post today, Owens was adjudicated guilty and will receive a six month suspension on his license […]

Book signing for local author and cancer survivor

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Ocala, Florida — Jean Sumner has pursued an interest in wellness her entire life. An avid runner, she is passionate about exercise, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Jean was diagnosed with cancer in May 2009, and the diagnosis has only served to fuel the flames of her passions and has encouraged her to […]

Seven vehicle crash in Ocala; no injuries

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Ocala, Florida — This morning, Ocala Police responded to a seven vehicle crash at North Pine and Northwest 10th Street, on the west side of the intersection. Police said Glenn G. Barkley, 66, was traveling east on Northwest 10th street when he rear-ended the back of a silver pickup truck in a left turn lane, which […]

Woman that kicked deputy in face back in the news, she brought a friend

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Ocala, Florida — A woman that was arrested in July 2014 for kicking a deputy in the face is back in the news. This time, she brought a friend. Deputies responded to the Walmart located at 2600 Southwest 19th Avenue Road, Ocala, in response to a grand theft. According to reports, Stephanie L. Ramos, 22, […]

Sex predator threatened to kill teen victim; mother was dating the suspect

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Ocala, Florida — Edwin R. Bermudez, 37, will remain behind bars following his January 7, arrest. According to reports, on January 7, Ocala police met with a 15-year-old victim who stated Bermudez, a convicted sex predator, had moved into her home in October 2014 and began a sexual relationship with her mother. The victim believes that […]

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