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Ocala photographer believes monkey was harmed by UF researchers

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Ocala, Florida — Graham McGeorge has spent the last five years photographing a feral colony of Rhesus Macaques, a type of monkey, along the Silver River in Ocala, Florida. But for the past several weeks he has been looking for answers. On February 20, Ocala Post was contacted by Karen Kline from Negotiations Are Over, […]

SWAT raids Super 8 Motel room

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Ocala, Florida — On Wednesday, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) obtained a search warrant and raided room number 149 of the Super 8 Motel located at 3924 West Silver Springs Boulevard. As a result, two drug dealers were arrested on a variety of drug and gun charges. In January, drug agents opened an investigation into […]

Herbalife: Is it just a business pyramid scheme?

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[Last updated on March 5, 2014, at 9:45 p.m.] Mark Hughes founded Herbalife in 1980 and began selling the company’s products from the trunk of his car. In 1985, the company, who claims it operates as a multi-level marketing company (MLM), was sued by the California Attorney General for being deceitful to its customers about the […]

Granddaughter turned grandmother’s house into meth lab

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Ocala, Florida — The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) was assisting a probation officer with serving an arrest warrant after officials learned that the probationer might be manufacturing methamphetamine. When the agent arrived on scene, he saw the suspect, Tiffany A. Chancey, 21, standing outside. According to reports, Chancey pretended like she did not see […]

Woman was so high she could barely talk

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Ocala, Florida — Career criminal and convicted felon, Amber N. Dail, 30, was arrested again Tuesday, and charged with Petit Theft Third Subsequent Offense, which is a felony. She was caught attempting to steal merchandise from a Dollar General, located at 4901 East State Road 40. She has also been arrested for stealing from the Walgreens […]

West Port Students injured in early morning crash

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Ocala, Florida — Five West Port High School students — three girls and two boys –were transported to a local hospital on Tuesday, March 3, following a morning accident involving two vehicles. At approximately 11:05 a.m., the Marion County Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 call about a two-vehicle accident on Southwest 38th Street. Marion […]

Corrections officer arrested for sexual battery; held without bond

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[Last updated om March 3, 2015, at 9:04 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — A corrections officer who worked for Marion Correctional Institution was arrested Friday, and is being held without bond. According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives, on February 26, a victim had arrived at the sheriff’s office and stated she had been sexually assaulted […]

Purple Heart medal of World War II veteran finds its way home

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Ocala, Florida — Purple Hearts Reunited, a small nonprofit organization, returned a misplaced Purple Heart medal to the daughter of World War II veteran PVT Jack Elmo Martin late last month. Martin’s medal ended up with distant family members in Arizona after his death, but a genealogical search revealed much closer family, and the foundation […]

Multiple sightings of missing Oregon teen in Ocala

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Ocala, Florida — According to Jeff Garner, father of missing Oregon teen, Hannah Thomas-Garner, tips began to “pour” in after Ocala Post published a story about Hannah on February 12, 2015. The tips confirmed the father’s suspicion that his daughter was in fact in Ocala, Florida, with “rainbow people.” Those tips were eventually passed on […]

Former Trinity Catholic football player, Chris “Juice” Johnson dead, at 22

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  [Last updated on March 1, 2015, at 2:32 p.m.] The Duquesne Dukes football team is mourning the loss of Chris “Juice” Johnson, 22, after he passed away Saturday. Facebook feeds were “blowing up” Saturday with speculation of his untimely death hours before any official news release. Ocala Post received more than two dozen e-mails […]

FHP: I-75 crash killed one, seriously injured others

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[Last updated on March 1, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.] Traffic on I-75 was backed up for nearly four hours Saturday afternoon after one person was killed and at least two others were seriously injured. The two-vehicle crash occurred northbound on I-75 at the 363-mile marker. Traffic was diverted onto State Road 326 and State Road […]

Man charged after he struck and killed pedestrian on U.S. 441

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at approximately 9:00 a.m, Thursday, a pedestrian, who was walking north on U.S. 441, was struck and killed. Troopers said Deandra Latron Stone, 32, was traveling northbound on U.S. 441 in his silver 2007 Hyundai Sonata in the right lane when he stopped at the red light at County Road […]

Plans to destroy 401-acres of farmland vetoed

Ocala Mayor Ken Guinn (shown in photo) vetoed Trinity Lane Project for second time.

Ocala, Florida — Today, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, vetoed Triniy Lane development plans that would destroy 401-acres of farmland at the corner of Southwest 27th Avenue and Southwest 42nd Street, Ocala. This is the second time Mayor Guinn has “stepped up” and vetoed the development plans presented by developer John J. Brunetti. In March of […]

Ocala man crashed car after he was shot

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Ocala, Florida — At approximately 12:55 a.m., while patrolling his zone, Ocala Police Officer Amado Burgos spotted a vehicle that had flipped in an empty parking lot at the corner of South Pine Avenue and Southwest Broadway Street. Officer Burgos then made contact with two citizens who were assisting the driver of the overturned vehicle, […]

Investigators discover disturbing case of child abuse inside home

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Silver Springs Shores – Department of Children and Families Child Protection Investigator Dawn White was conducting an investigation in regards to allegations of inadequate supervision of multiple juveniles when she uncovered a disturbing tale of child abuse. The investigation revealed that Ashley and Christopher Pollard, both 29, would lock two boys — an eight- and nine-year-old […]

Police involved shooting with Marion County man

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Hernando, Florida — Steven Edward Degennaro, 44, was wanted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant for Burglary of a Dwelling, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and three (3) counts of Grand Theft. Degennaro had been driving back and forth between Marion and Citrus Counties. Today, deputies with the Citrus County […]

FHP: Special enforcement operation in Alachua and Marion Counties

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Florida Highway Patrol Troopers from across the state will join local members of law enforcement for a special enforcement detail entitled “Staying Alive on I-75 and Florida’s Roadways” beginning Thursday, February 26, 2015, and concluding Monday, March 2, 2015. FHP units will heavily patrol I-75 in Alachua and Marion Counties. The emphasis for this initiative […]

Underage drinker had minors in the vehicle

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Marion Oaks – Kamani A. Johnson, 20, was driving his 2013 Honda Civic 60 mph through Marion Oaks when Sergeant Moore with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, saw him run a stop sign at 134th Avenue and Marion Oaks Trail. According to reports, Johnson’s vehicle left the roadway as he attempted to negotiate the turn […]

Fail to re-register as a sex predator, go back to jail

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Ocala, Florida — In November 2014, there were 159 sexual offenders and predators required to register in Marion County, Florida. During that time, only 149 complied with state requirements; leaving 10 unaccounted for. Eight of the non-compliant registrants finally reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on December 1, 2014; leaving two that had not […]

One teen dead, one in critical condition following car crash

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Summerfield, Florida — One of the two brothers that was critically injured in an accident over the weekend has died. According to FHP spokeswoman, Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace, Codey Benoit, 18, a Belleview High School student, died at Ocala Regional Medical Center at 4:33 a.m. Monday. Codey’s brother, Travis Benoit, 14, remains in the pediatric intensive care […]

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