Man arrested for DUI, DCF investigators now involved

Man arrested for DUI, DCF investigators now involved

Ocala, Florida — A man arrested for DUI is now facing a Department of Children and Families investigation. Denver D. Patterson, 29, was stopped by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy after he crossed over the double yellow line while heading eastbound on Northeast 35th Street. Patterson veered into oncoming traffic and nearly struck another vehicle […]

Teen dies from gunshot wound, investigation underway

Teen dies from gunshot wound, investigation underway

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred at Greenfield’s Apartments on Monday. At approximately 6:30 p.m., 911 operators received a call in reference to shooting at 2950 Southeast 53rd Court, Ocala. Deputies were the first to arrive on the scene. Upon arrival, they found that Altwan E. Crim, […]

Ocala police officer arrested; getting “high” and playing video games while on duty

Ocala police officer arrested; getting “high” and playing video games while on duty

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala Police Department police officer was arrested after officials received a tip that the officer had been smoking marijuana while on duty. On March 17, 2016, OPD received information which suggested that, now former police officer, Jeffrey P. Hall, 26, had been smoking marijuana while on duty. The tipster stated that Officer […]

Wanted fugitive captured in Ocala

Wanted fugitive captured in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — A wanted fugitive from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was arrested after Ocala police found him sleeping behind a business located on South Magnolia Avenue. According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, William H. Wyland, 34, was wanted on charges of Aggravated Assault, Retail Theft, and Violation of Parole. On May 4, […]

Temporary lane closure, expect delays

Temporary lane closure, expect delays

Ocala, Florida  – on March 23, motorists traveling along Southeast 36th Avenue — between the intersections of Southeast Highway 484 and Southeast 95th Street — will experience a temporary lane closure from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The closure is due to utility work. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes when possible. Adverse […]

Man found dead; police say death was a homicide

Man found dead; police say death was a homicide

[Last updated on March 22, 2016, at 7:24 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is still asking for the public’s help with a suspicious death investigation. Detectives say that on March 20, at approximately 10:17 a.m., officers responded to 1982 Northwest 22nd Street in reference to a dead body. According to reports, when […]

Human remains identified as Silver Springs Shores man

Human remains identified as Silver Springs Shores man

Ocala, Florida — Human remains found on March 7, 2016, near Silver Springs Shores have been identified. The Medical Examiners officer confirmed that the remains are that of Jeffery Keith, 46. Authorities say Keith went missing on April 4, 2015. Before Keith went missing, he made statements to his family that had them concerned for […]

Quick-thinking family keeps boy from bringing rifle to school

Quick-thinking family keeps boy from bringing rifle to school

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is still investigating an incident in which a 13-year-old boy attempted to bring an AR-15 assault rifle to school. Officials say that the boy was confronted by his father when he noticed that his son was “acting strange” while getting ready for school. According […]

Woman arrested for sudden snatching

Woman arrested for sudden snatching

Ocala, Florida — A woman was arrested after she snatched a necklace from a victim while she was shopping in a CD store, located at 1943 West Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite A. Police said that Tyeshia Swain, 30, approached the victim, struck her in the chest, and snatched a gold ruby necklace from the victim’s neck. The […]

Woman arrested for hitting juveniles with a cooking pot

Woman arrested for hitting juveniles with a cooking pot

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Ocala woman after an anonymous caller reported that two children had been hit with a cooking pot. Authorities responded to Northwest Gainesville Road and made contact with the two juvenile victims. According to reports, the juveniles stated that, Monica Emanuel, 37, was on the couch and […]

Woman, 69, injured in house fire

Woman, 69, injured in house fire

  Ocklawha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was transported to a hospital Thursday after she was injured in a mobile home fire. At approximately 7:13 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue units responded to a residential fire, located at 7550 Southeast 183rd Avenue Road, Ocklawaha. Engine 4, Rescue 4, and District Captain 2 arrived on scene […]

Marion County sales tax initiative

Marion County sales tax initiative

Ocala, Florida — Official Press Release – On March 10, Marion County residents will have another opportunity to learn about the county’s sales tax initiative before casting their vote during the upcoming presidential primary. County Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant will host two informational sessions, as follows: Sales Tax Informational Meetings March 10 Morning session: 10 a.m. […]

Human remains identified

Human remains identified

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the human remains found in a shallow grave on Friday, March 4, were identified as a man who was reported missing in January. The body was found in the Ocala National Forest off of Forrest Road 50. According to a press release, Thomas Lombardo, […]

Former game show host, Bob Barker, helps local animal sanctuary

Former game show host, Bob Barker, helps local animal sanctuary

    Ocala, Florida — Forest Animal Rescue will immediately start construction on the Bob Barker Animal Care Building, thanks to a generous $100,000 grant from the former game show host himself. The grant comes from Barker through the DJ&T foundation. The DJ&T Foundation was named after Barker’s late wife, Dorothy Jo, and his mother, Tilly. The building […]

Human remains identified as a male

Human remains identified as a male

Ocala, Florida — The Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the human remains found in the Ocala National Forest on Thursday, March 3, are that of a male. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, they received a tip on Thursday that a body was buried in the Ocala National Forest in an area off […]

Suspects kidnapped, beat, and raped a female juvenile

Suspects kidnapped, beat, and raped a female juvenile

[Last updated on March 3, 2016, at 9:28 p.m.] Ocklawaha, Florida — Three suspects have now been arrested after a female juvenile victim reported that she was raped and “stuffed” into the trunk of a car. On January 18, 2016, Marion County sheriff’s investigators responded to UF Health Shands Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to meet […]

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

[Last updated on February 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office has completed an extensive investigation into cases involving former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Eduardo Bustamante. The investigation involved multiple use-of-force complaints and falsified arrest reports. In one of the alleged use-of-force cases, Bustamante was accompanied by Sergeant Ben Adams. […]

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Ocala, Florida — Two Marion County sheriff’s deputies resigned following an internal affairs investigation. On Tuesday, January 19, members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Administration initiated an Internal Affairs Investigation in regards to allegations that former MCSO deputy, Kimberly Bray, was using cocaine. According to a press release, it was reported by another deputy […]

Man found shot in front of residence, later died

Man found shot in front of residence, later died

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department detectives are investigating a shooting death that occurred Wednesday night. According to reports, at approximately 8:09 p.m., on February 17, officers responded to 1307 Northwest 12th Avenue in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, they located a black male, later identified as Mallory D. Moton, lying on the […]