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Atheists complain about today’s prayer vigil

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    Ocala, Florida — Today’s Community Prayer Vigil, that the Ocala Police Department is urging citizens to support, has atheists upset. This is a community vigil, not an Ocala Police Department, or City of Ocala vigil. Ocala Post has received more than a dozen “anonymous” hate e-mails from local individuals claiming to be atheist […]

The Ocala Police Department says Ocala is in a crisis

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  Ocala, Florida—Ocala Police Chief, Greg Graham, said the City of Ocala is in a crisis over senseless crimes, and he wants to see the community come together. According to researchers with Home Security Shield, the City of Ocala is now in the top 20 for most dangerous cities in Florida, and Marion County is […]

Canoeing accident in Silver Springs claims two lives

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  Silver Springs, Florida — All of the details following a tragic canoeing accident have now been released to Ocala Post. On September 21, 2014, a family borrowed a 14-foot canoe from a friend and launched it at the Halfmoon Lake boat ramp located in the Ocala National Forest. The occupants of the boat were […]

Part 2: Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Fire Rescue at wits’ end

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  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Board of County Commissioners once again gave Marion County Sheriff, Chris Blair, an ultimatum in reducing his budget during a hearing held on September 11, 2014, while Commissioner Carl Zalak leaned back in his chair and mocked public safety issues. Commissioners Carl Zalak and Stan McClain were heard […]

Ocala man attempted to strangle girlfriend; children present

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  Ocala, Florida — On September 16, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Roderic Marques, was dispatched to Affordable Rentals Mobile Home Park in response to a physical altercation. During the investigation it was learned that Ernest Morris, 24, and the victim, had been arguing about money the day before. During the argument, the victim stated it […]

MCSO: Ocala woman picked up on VOP warrant

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  Ocala, Florida — A 21-year-old Ocala woman remains behind bars tonight after she was arrested for violating the terms of her felony drug probation. Kaylin Guthrie was placed on felony probation after Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Eduardo Bustamante-Munt, witnessed Guthrie pull her vehicle behind the Silver River Inn and purchase a baggie of cocaine. […]

Ocala teen linked to other crimes

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  Ocala, Florida — Marvin Brown, 15, is behind bars after he was arrested by the Ocala Police Department for stealing a GMC Envoy, then linked to other crimes in the Ocala area. On August 20, 2014, several days prior to Brown stealing the SUV, he broke into a vehicle in the 3100 block of […]

Criminals on the loose in Marion Oaks

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  Marion Oaks, Florida — The following crimes occurred in Marion Oaks. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in catching the criminals that committed these crimes. A 2013 Jonway Scooter valued at $700.00 was stolen from the driveway of a home in the 3900 block of S.W. 147th Lane Road in Marion […]

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Marion County horse tested positive for West Nile virus

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  Ocala, Florida —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Marion County. A horse tested positive for the West Nile virus and there is a heightened concern that residents will become ill. The horse was located on a farm in […]

Marion County official resigns following community outrage

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  Ocala, Florida — Recently, Ocala Post did an article titled ‘Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD.’ The article was about Marcel “Butch” Verrando, who was serving the citizens of Marion County as a member of the Fire Advisory Board (appointed by Commissioner Stan McClain) and a former candidate for Marion County Commissioner, […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Fire Rescue at wits’ end, and bad land deals

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    Ocala, Florida —  Orlando in the making! The Ocala City Council recently voted 4-0 to approve a $1.067 million incentive package that allows McBride Land & Development, LLC to advance its proposed project to retrofit the former Sprint Building off Southeast Broadway Street. One would think the area would be developed as commercial; […]

Home invasion and drive-by shooting in Summerfield

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  Summerfield, Florida — An investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office into a home invasion at Mobile Home Meadows in Summerfield, resulted in multiple arrests. It all started when Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Schmid responded to the 9800 block of SE 170th Place in response to a shooting. The victim told deputy Schmid […]

Three high school kids remain behind bars following home invasion

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  Ocala, Florida — Three Ocala teens remain behind bars following a home invasion. It all started when multiple Ocala Police Officers responded to Tuscany Place Apartments, in reference to a home invasion in progress. The victims had locked themselves in the master bedroom after someone started banging on their front door and manipulating the door knob. […]

RaceTrac robbery followed by multiple shootings: Two children shot

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  Ocala, Florida — An armed robbery was the beginning of a busy night for law enforcement and it happened just moments before multiple shootings occurred in Ocala. On today’s date, September 12, 2014, at approximately 1:14 a.m., Ocala Police Officer Jason Rodriguez, was the first to respond to the RaceTrac located at 4820 SW […]

Dont Tread On Me flag making waves in Ocala

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  Ocala, Florida — Keith Greenberg, the owner of Gear Barrel, recently relocated to Ocala, Florida from Chicago. He opened his business within the city limits in May of 2014. He said he recently received a notice of violation from the City of Ocala regarding the iconic Gadsden flag he displayed outside his business. The Gadsden […]

Thieves stole more than $15,000 in smartphones

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  Ocala, Florida — According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman, Valerie Strong, four (4) black females walked into the Radio Shack on SW 93rd Court and stole 26 smartphones valued at more than $15,000. Three of the women distracted the employees while the fourth woman snatched the keys of the counter and entered a […]

Teens lead officers on high speed chase after stealing cars

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Ocala, Florida — (Official Press Release) On today’s date, September 10, 2014, at approximately 3:55 a.m., an employee of Auto Dealers Exchange, 1205 NW 27th Avenue, reported someone had just stolen two cars; a silver, 2012 Nissan Altima and a gray 2012 Audi A6, both without vehicle tags. Both cars were last seen fleeing southbound on […]

Five busted for marijuana grow houses in Ocala

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  Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6:15 a.m., on September 9, 2014, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, SWAT teams from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department, the MCSO Tactical Investigations and Fugitive Apprehension Units, and the MCSO Air Unit simultaneously executed three (3) search warrants on suspected marijuana grow houses. The […]

Happy Hearts Preschool 5K and Kids 1/2 mile Fun Run

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  Ocala, Florida — Happy Hearts Preschool is excited to host the 2nd annual Happy Hearts 5K and Kids 1/2 mile Fun Run on September 20, 2014.  The Fun Run is free to children 17 and under. 5K registration is $30 and all proceeds will be used to purchase supplies and materials for Happy Hearts […]

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