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Marion County mobile jail cell

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Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has developed an extensive crime prevention program that includes many tools such as their award-winning kiosks, DUI prevention vehicle, their PSA “Hummer” vehicle, and other PSAs involving billboard ads, TV, and radio spots. Because they do not have a Scared Straight program at the Marion County Sheriff’s […]

Man hit by bus in front of strip club

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Ocala, Florida — A pedestrian that was arguing with staff at Body Shots strip club on U.S.-411, Ocala, was struck and killed by a bus early Saturday morning. According to witnesses, Body Shots staff were walking toward Charles Davis Jr., 52, of Ocala, attempting to make him vacate the premises. Witnesses said Davis was walking […]

UPDATED: Missing / Endangered teen in Ocala / Marion County

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Ocala, Florida —  SHE HAS BEEN LOCATED! 17-year-old Hayle Wallace was last seen at 24 Pecan Run Way, Ocala, at around 6 p.m. on November 5, 2014. She was wearing a red shirt, black cargo pants, and a black backpack. She did not show up for school at Forest High Thursday and Friday. Hayle moved […]

Scam alert issued for Ocala/Marion County

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Ocala, Florida — Residents are warned about a nationwide phone scam now in Marion County, after a 74-year-old man was harassed multiple times yesterday. The caller was threatening to arrest the man’s son-in-law for “illegally possessing rental property” if money was not paid. The man said he immediately knew it was a scam and called […]

Man arrested for wearing Guy Fawkes mask

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man, who refused to remove his Guy Fawkes mask while on Starbucks property, was arrested on Wednesday. Officer Tuck was patrolling the Downtown Square area when he saw what appeared to be a man, later identified as Christian Mimms, 24, sitting on a park bench wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, […]

More patient abuse allegations for Churchill Dentistry, LLC., formerly Polliwog Dental, LLC.,

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Ocala, Florida — Michael Tarver, the former owner of Polliwog Dental LLC, now Churchill Dentistry LLC, is back in the spotlight following new allegations of patient abuse. On April 28, 2014, Kembra Henderson took her 3-year-old daughter to Churchill Dentistry to see Dr. Michael Tarver, known to children as Dr. Mike. After her daughter’s procedure, Henderson […]

3 accidents within minutes on 17th Street

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Ocala, Florida — On November 5, 2014, Ocala Fire Rescue, Marion County Fire Rescue, and the Ocala Police Department responded to a three vehicle accident reported at 11:33 a.m., at the 1700 block of SE 17th Street. Two pickup trucks and a sedan collided, leaving the driver of the sedan trapped inside the vehicle. The driver […]

Man indicted for murder of 1-year-old baby

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Ocala, Florida — A grand jury has indicted 27-year-old Kendall Blyden for the first degree murder of one-year old, Jayden Green. Blyden claimed he was innocent of all charges and that the blunt force trauma that Jayden sustained to his head was caused by a simple fall. According to reports, the injuries were consistent with […]

Child molester claims corrections officer set him up for a beating

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Ocala, Florida — A convicted child molester, being transported to prison, was attacked by other inmates on the transport van on November 3, 2014. Ocala Police Officers responded to the scene. Edward Rogalski, 58, is a Florida Corrections inmate, and was being transported by U.S. Corrections employees to the Charlotte Correction Institute in a white […]

Ocala Principal named National Principal of the Year

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Ocala, Florida — Pearls gracefully lay upon a charcoal suit with a pop of color sneaking out above a perfectly buttoned jacket. The papers sprinkled across the desk reveal an agenda overflowing with tasks. The room is illuminated by light that bounces off a large crystal award, which stands next to two smaller ones. As […]

Light Up Ocala 2014

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Ocala, Florida — Live entertainment, crafts, food, children’s activities, Jr. Sunshine Christmas parade, and a visit by Santa will all be a part of the 31st annual Light Up Ocala on Saturday, November 22, 2014,  from 4-9 p.m. in historic downtown Ocala. This year’s theme is “It’s On!.” Stages for the event will be located […]

Ocala Police Officer arrested for sex with minor

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Ocala, Florida — On today’s date, October 31, 2014, at 7:45 p.m., Sergeant Brian Young arrested Ocala Police Department, Officer Bennie L. Wilson, III, 41, for two counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors, FSS 794.05. On October 28, 2014, Sgt. Young was requested to investigate a criminal complaint against Officer Wilson. Sgt. Young […]

MCSO: Corrections officer arrested after helping inmate, his career flushed

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Ocala, Florida — Today, October 31, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s detectives arrested one of their own after an in-depth investigation revealed that Corrections Officer William Brooks brought a cellphone into the Marion County Jail for an inmate. On Monday, October 27, a corrections officer observed inmate Adam Ingles talking on a cellphone while using the […]

Teen charged with manslaughter

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 7696 S.E. 121st Place, Belleview after receiving a call that a 14-year old had been shot. When Major Crimes Detectives arrived at the home, they spoke with Dalton Edwards, 17, who stated that he and Daniel M. Harshman, were just “playing around.” Edwards told detectives […]

MCSO: A violent fugitive in Marion County has been captured

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County residents can rest a little easier knowing a violent drug-dealing criminal is off the streets and behind bars. On October 29, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit received an anonymous tip on the location of a subject who was featured on one of their crime prevention kiosks […]

Dumb criminals: I didn’t know I had to stay after I was stopped

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman that was dating a criminal she knew was a wanted felon, is now a felon herself after she attempted to elude Ocala police. Ocala Police Officer, Jeffrey Hall, was traveling northbound on NW 1st Avenue when he saw a dark blue Lincoln traveling eastbound on NW 28th street run […]

Dumb criminals: Ocala woman smugly waved at officer before she was arrested

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Ocala, Florida —An Ocala woman was arrested after she failed to comply with the terms of her felony probation following her arrest in May 2014. It all started on May 13, 2014, when Ocala Police responded to Shuckers Oyster Bar on SW 16th Street, after receiving a call about an impaired driver. The caller stated that […]

Ocala man killed by car on SW 60th Avenue

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Ocala, Florida — Family and friends are mourning the loss of 41-year-old David A. Santavicca after he was struck and killed early Monday morning as he walked along SW 60th Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, shortly after 5 a.m., Santavicca was walking within the right lane of SW 60th Avenue in the path of a […]

Many unanswered questions after Ocala teacher committed suicide

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Ocala, Florida — First Assembly Christian School (FACS), a local private school, was left looking for answers on Wednesday after one of their third-grade teachers committed suicide following allegations of sexual abuse on his stepdaughter. The girl alleges that her stepfather had been abusing her on and off for several years. She said that at […]

Mall-O-Ween at the Paddock Mall: Halloween 2014

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  Ocala, Florida — On Friday, October 31, 2014, the Paddock Mall is hosting Mall-O-Ween and mall-wide Trick-or-Treating for Halloween. Paddock Mall is inviting all little ghouls, goblins, and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular’ time at the Kidgits Halloween event. Starting at 5:00 Kidgit members* (and those wanting to become a Kidgit member) […]



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