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Shooting and fire at Spring Manor Apartments; residents say they are tired of it

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Ocala, Florida — Residence of Spring Manor Apartments say a shooting that happened overnight does not surprise them. On today’s date, July 25, 2014, at approximately 1:37 a.m., the Ocala Police Department received a call in reference to a subject that had been shot at Spring Manor Apartments, 2851 NE 7th St., Ocala, Florida. According to Ocala […]

A hole opens at the Ocala WingHouse

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Ocala, Florida — A ground cover collapse continues to expand in the Ocala WingHouse parking lot that measures approximately 10 feet by 15 feet at the surface, but larger below ground. A local geotechnical engineering firm (Geo-Tech, Inc.) has confirmed that the drop-out was caused by sinkhole activity. About two weeks ago, eight cubic yards […]

The grass just may be greener…… with a different company

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Ocala, Florida — Would you send back a delivery of sod if it arrived in pieces and not as promised? That was exactly what 73-year-old Jerry DeMeola, of Ocala, did when Sod Central, 7860 SW State Road 200, attempted to deliver 300 square feet of sod today, July 24, 2014. Prior to ordering the grass, […]

High speed chase in four counties leaves one dead

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Ocala, Florida — On today’s date, July 23, 2014, at approximately 7:00 a.m, the Ocala Police Department received a report of a stolen 2008 Black Dodge Ram 2500 diesel pickup truck from Too Your Health Spa, 2841 S.W. 20th St., Ocala, Florida. A BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was issued for the vehicle and […]

FWC: Kids Fishing Derby in Ocala coming soon

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Ocala, Florida — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be conducting a Kids Fishing Derby on October 4, 2014, at the FWC’s Ocala Conservation Center. This year’s event will be limited to the first 100 participants.  Each participant will have the opportunity to fish, as well as compete in a casting contest, […]

Ocala man arrested says he knows what hell is like

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man told a police officer that [he] knows what hell is like just before he was arrested. On July 11, 2014, Ocala Police Officer Ramjit, while conducting a security check made contact with a man, later identified as Jason New, 29, in the area of North Magnolia Avenue and State […]

Dunnellon mom: I was only “disciplining” my child

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Dunnellon, Florida — A Dunnellon woman was released from jail on $2,500 bond after she was charged with Child Abuse – Cruelty Toward a Child (F), earlier this week. It all started when Deputy Richard Peters responded to the 13900 block of SW 95th Street, Dunnellon, in reference to a domestic battery. Upon arrival on […]

Suspects involved in suspicious death of Citra man captured

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Ocala, Florida — Three suspects wanted for questioning in the suspicious death of Robert Hiles, 64, of Citra, have been captured. The trio was arrested in Alabama late Thursday evening. Angel Crystal Faith Long, 22, Dillon Gresham, 23, and Timothy Charles Mayhew, 20, are now off the streets and behind bars. According to the Marion […]

Suspicious death: Three suspects wanted for questioning

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Citra, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three people of interest following the suspicious death of a Citra man. They may be driving a silver in color 1999 four-door Oldsmobile bearing Florida tag number 535XQS and VIN number 1G3NB52M3X6305433. According to MCSO, the vehicle’s rear reflector is missing. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, […]

Pull’em up, pay up, or go to jail: No more saggy pants, it’s the law

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Ocala, Florida — In May of 2014, Ocala Post  told you about City of Ocala Councilwoman Mary Rich announcing that she wanted an ordinance put in place that would ban saggy pants in Ocala. Rich said she – as well as other citizens in Marion County – do not like seeing young men and women walking around with […]

Cops, Kids and Firefighters Day

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Ocala, Florida — An opportunity for kids to interact with public service officials. It will be fun for the whole family. The event is being presented by the City of Ocala. [Click to Enlarge]

Wells Fargo Bank employee arrested; second suspect on the run

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Ocala, Florida — Wells Fargo Bank teller, Alicia Mario Thompson, 21, was arrested Monday, July 14, 2014, after investigators with the Ocala Police Department said they found evidence that she helped steal $15,000 from a customer’s account. According to reports, Thompson worked for the Wells Fargo located at 3541 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala. At the […]

Belleview man sentenced in sexual battery case

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Ocala, Florida — On July 10, 2014, Cole S. Decker, 20, of Belleview, was released from the Marion County Jail and transported to the Florida Department of Corrections where he will begin serving his sentence. Decker was arrested on October 30, 2013, and charged with Capital Sexual Battery on a Child Under 12-Years-Old(x2) and Lewd […]

Free swim lessons available for children

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Ocala, Florida — Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–4. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents. In an effort to protect Marion County’s children […]

Summerfield man arrested following tip from FT. Lauderdale Police

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Summerfield, Florida — A tip from the FT. Lauderdale Police Department leads to an arrest in Marion County. It all started on May 12, 2014, when the Marion County sheriff’s Office received a referral report from Detective Mauro from the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department in reference to a cyber stalking incident involving a suspect in […]

Childcare center under investigation after 2-year-old wanders off

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Ocala, Florida — Crossroads Church and Childcare Center is now under investigation after a 2-year-old was found wandering alone by a retention pond. On July 9, 2014, Jessie Estock called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after arriving at Crossroads Church and Childcare Center to pick up his son Braydon,  and found him wandering on the edge […]

Overnight shooting leaves one dead

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Special Investigations Detectives are gathering evidence and talking to numerous witnesses after a fatal shooting incident in a parking lot. It all started just after 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 34 Bahia Ave., Silver Springs Shores when a 911 call indicated someone had been […]

Citra shooting suspect now in custody

Yarnell Bagley captured [Mugshot] Citra shooting

Yarnell Bagley, 20, of Citra was captured by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit working with both the Ocala Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. Bagley was placed in handcuffs around 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014. He […]

Marion Oaks mom that had sex with boy, sentenced

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Marion Oaks — Joy McCall, 36, has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 12-year-old boy. The incident came to light after the boy told a church member about his sexual encounters, along with several text messages that were discovered. The text messages helped provide investigators with a timeline of the events. The boy’s mother […]

Corruption in your backyard: Lawsuit filed against the BCC

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  Ocala, Florida – The Marion County Citizens Coalition — Joined by Save Our Rural Area —  has now filed a lawsuit against the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. In January, Ocala Post wrote an article that specifically addressed  the reasons the lawsuit has been filed. Citizens also filed a complaint with the Florida Department […]

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