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Fog: Drive with your headlights on; it’s the law

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Ocala, Florida — The National Weather Service has issued a heavy fog advisory until 9 a.m. today. Visibility will be greatly reduced. All motorists are reminded to keep their low-beam headlights on as required by Florida statute. Driving with headlights on in the fog greatly reduces the risk of traffic accidents.

Body found floating in Ocklawaha River

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Ocklawaha, Florida — On Sunday, at approximately 4 p.m., a boater contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and reported finding a body in the Ocklawaha River north of County Road 316. Deputies, who were already searching the area for missing person, Franklin Wayne Silcox, Jr., responded and pulled the body from the river. The body […]

Armed suspect lead deputies on high-speed chase

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies were led on a high-speed chase Wednesday night by 27-year-old Adam D. Hampleman, after he robbed his father and grandfather at gunpoint of two firearms, cell phones, and silver coins. When units responded to 3908 S.E. 45th Place, Ocala, Deputy Chris Ellis spotted Hampleman’s vehicle leaving the […]

MCSO: Missing Forest High School student found

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Ocala, Florida — Michael McDonald, 15, was last seen at Forest High School on Tuesday, December 9;  he did not return home from school. Deputies received information from one of McDonald’s friends on Thursday, December 11, pointing to the fact Michael made threats to possibly harm himself. McDonald might be in Ocala or Pensacola at […]

FHP: Smoke and fog advisory — Marion & Alachua

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The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring the areas of I-75 from Marion County to Alachua County for smoke and possible fog. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these areas. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions, especially during the nighttime and early morning hours. Motorists are reminded to reduce their […]

Juveniles now being held at the main jail

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Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has relocated juvenile offenders into the main jail in order to consolidate manpower and reduce overtime. The move will also provide more corrections officers to assist with the manpower shortage in the jail. The juveniles will remain completely out of sight and sound of adult inmates at […]

Ocala sign guy receives much deserved attention

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Ocala, Florida — A sign spinner, known as David, is receiving a lot of attention today thanks to Phil Dirlam II. David Turner, “the sign guy” holds advertising signs for The Getaway Deli in Ocala. David dresses up in different costumes and does it with a smile, well, if you could see his smile. His […]

MCFR: Firefighters respond to second arson in Marion Oaks

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Ocala, Florida — For the second time in a week, an arsonist has set a fire in Marion Oaks, and on the same street. Marion County Fire Rescue Engine 24, along with EMS, responded to a vacant house located at 14600 SW 35th Terrace Road, Marion Oaks, in reference to smoke coming from inside a home. […]

Family Dollar Armed Robbery suspect Captured

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Ocala, Florida — Ocala police have arrested Ladarian Labrenta Allison, 19, the teen responsible for an Ocala Family Dollar robbery last month. He was picked up by an Ocala Police Department task force specifically geared toward catching violent criminals that are a hazard to the public, such as Allison. Allison was a regular customer of the […]

Witness said man slammed child like in UFC fights

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man is out of jail on $8,000 bond after he choked and body-slammed a child. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Mathew Smith, 25, was outside a residence in the 3400 block of SE 92 Street, when he picked up a child by his throat and body-slammed him. A […]

Checkers sandwich resulted in felony arrest

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Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman that caused a scene at the Checkers fast food restaurant, located at 1239 E. SR 40, was arrested after employees called police. According to reports, Johanna Stone, 28, became angry when Checkers employees refused give her the food she had ordered. Employees told police that Stone attempted to use […]

A teacher & military veteran has chosen Ocala to live homeless

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Ocala, Florida — In July 2014, Tom Rebman, an English teacher in a Title 1 middle school in Orlando, Florida, went homeless for 30 days so his students could understand how difficult it is to live without shelter and food. He also wanted to keep them reading and writing during the summer. His journey began […]

Marion County Fire Rescue toy drive

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County Fire Rescue wants to make sure that all children in Marion County have a toy to unwrap Christmas Morning. You can drop off an unwrapped toy at any local fire station for this toy drive. If you have any questions you can call Ryan Sheffield at 954-547-5149.

Stolen merchandise being sold through Facebook

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Ocala, Florida — Thieves are using online advertising methods instead of pawn shops more than ever to get cash for stolen goods. Law enforcement agencies everywhere have seen a tremendous spike in theft this holiday season. Thieves are brazenly using Facebook yard sale pages, craigslist, and many other sites that offer free classified advertising. Even […]

Husband and wife used children to commit grand theft

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Ocala, Florida — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a husband and wife after an investigation revealed the pair were ripping off storage units. Deputies responded to the Neighborhood Self Storage at 4701 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, after a victim reported her storage unit had been emptied. After checking surveillance video, deputies learned that the maintenance man, Clayton […]

Summerfield man arrested in string of burglaries

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Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Property Crimes Detectives are actively investigating 44-year-old Duane Helvie, of Summerfield, in a string of burglaries that might extend beyond Marion County. Helvie was apprehended this morning while he was attempting to burglarize a storage shed in the 9000 block of Baseline Road in Ocala. After interviewing Helvie and witnesses, detectives determined stolen […]

Marion Oaks: Late night explosion rattled windows

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Ocala, Florida — What residents thought to be a sonic boom, turned out to be the sound of an explosion from inside a Honda Civic. On Tuesday, shortly after 11 p.m., Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies and Marion County Fire Rescue Engine 32 responded to an explosion at 14721 SW 35th Terrace Road in Marion Oaks. […]

Home burglarized, girl’s pets killed

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  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) who burglarized a home and killed a child’s pet turtles. On Monday, a home in the 4800 block of Southwest 166th Loop was burglarized, at which time the thief stole some loose change from the son’s bedroom. What […]

A mother and three children threatened at gunpoint

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Ocala, Florida — After arriving at Sam’s Big Apple, 1943 West Silver Springs Boulevard, a woman and her three children were threatened at gunpoint before they had a chance to exit their vehicle. When Ocala police arrived on scene, they found the suspect, Reginald Howard, 36, hiding in the bathroom of the business. Upon searching Howard, […]

Firefighters say they are fed up and will protest

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Ocala, Florida — The Professional Firefighters of Marion County say they are absolutely fed up with the politics and treatment they receive from the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. Tomorrow, December 2, 2014, firefighters will be protesting at the county commission chambers from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., expressing concerns in many areas. Firefighters […]



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