Third female inmate dies while in custody at the Marion County Jail

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told Ocala Post Monday that all three deaths are currently under investigation. 

Third female inmate dies while in custody at the Marion County Jail

22-year-old Lorraine Gardner died Friday while in the custody of the Marion County Jail. According to MCSO, Gardner was found unresponsive and could not be revived. This is the third death of an inmate at the jail this year. Diana Lynn Eldredge, 50, who lived in Fruitland Park, died on May 3, 2018. Mary Elizabeth […]

School bus driver ticketed

School bus driver ticketed

Marion County — On Thursday, A Marion County school bus driver was involved in a minor traffic crash with a garbage truck. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the bus driver, Robyn Kauffman, 54, of Longwood, was on Southwest 84th Avenue Road near the intersection of Southwest 101 Place when she attempted to go around the […]

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Parents in Marion County are not likely to forget the pain inflicted on children at the hands of pediatric dentists Michael and Rebecca Tarver. Ocala Post recently received several e-mails from parents who are concerned that the former owner of Polliwog, Michael Tarver, might still be operating in Florida. Following an investigation, Ocala Post discovered […]

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County, no plans to spray after deaths reported

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County, no plans to spray after deaths reported

Marion County — Marion County remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to eastern equine encephalitis activity. In an August press release, Florida Department of Health Operations director Craig Ackerman, said, “The risk of disease being spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.” […]

Ocala firefighter arrested

The woman alleges that Brown put a pillow over her face and told her to "keep quiet."

Ocala firefighter arrested

Ocala, Florida — A 19-year-old Ocala firefighter was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual assault. The woman, also 19, who was heavily intoxicated, said she was at a club with D’Andre J. Brown and a friend when they decided to go back to a residence located in Ocala. They left the club at approximately 3:30 […]

No sauce, hold the roaches, pizza restaurant closed

No sauce, hold the roaches, pizza restaurant closed

Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in Belleview was shut down after health inspectors found several high priority violations that were never corrected by management. The restaurant is located at 10135 Southeast U.S. 441, Belleview. The inspector issued a stop-sale order after pizza sauce was found sitting in a cooler, which had been made two days prior […]

Drug house with drive-thru window raided, two arrested

Drug house with drive-thru window raided, two arrested

Two drug dealers remain behind bars after their house was raided by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST). Agents executed a search warrant on the house on August 23. According to Ocala Police Department SWAT, they located three adults and two juvenile children inside a mobile home, located at 3117 Northwest 23rd Place. A […]

Baby miniature donkey stolen from yard

Baby miniature donkey stolen from yard

Mrs. Amyotte, a resident of Ocala, said that on August 25, under the darkness of night, someone stole her family’s baby miniature donkey from her yard. “The baby is only two days old and needs its mother,” said Mrs. Amyotte. The donkey was stolen from the area of Southwest 80th and 16th Street, Ocala. The […]

Marion County’s upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations

Marion County’s upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s Mobile Health Unit will be going to several new locations soon. The bus will provide immunizations and other department services. Below are the scheduled dates and locations. Sept. 1: Forest Community Center (777 S. Highway 314A, Ocklawaha) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7: AMEX Food […]

Op-ed: Judge fires back at State Attorney Brad King

Make no mistake, Mr. King is upset because I don’t always rule the way he wants.

Op-ed: Judge fires back at State Attorney Brad King

This letter was provided to Ocala Post by Marion County Court judge Robert Landt. I run a courtroom where the law rules supreme and everyone is treated with the fairness they are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Over the last few weeks, my record has come under attack by the state […]

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a pickup truck who was involved in a hit-and-run crash Sunday. According to an FHP press release, a pickup was traveling southbound on Northwest 110th Avenue, approaching the Northwest 5th Street intersection when it struck a pedestrian who was walking eastbound […]

ALERT: Several upcoming lane closures for Marion County

ALERT: Several upcoming lane closures for Marion County

Marion County — Motorists traveling in Marion County will experience the following intermittent lane closures: Aug 7: Southeast 165th Mulberry Lane at the intersection of Buena Vista Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., due to routine maintenance of the median. Aug. 7 to 14: Southwest 102nd Street at the intersection of Southwest 182nd Circle […]

Six children rescued from filth

Six children rescued from filth

Silver Springs Shores — Five girls and a boy —  ages 2 to 13 — were removed from a Silver Springs Shores home by the Department of Children and Families Tuesday after the children were found living in filth. Law enforcement officials were dispatched to the area of Banyan Course after someone reported seeing two […]

Semi driver killed in I-75 crash

Semi driver killed in I-75 crash

A semi driver was killed early Wednesday morning when overturned his truck and trailer. The Florida Highway Patrol said the semi was traveling south on the Interstate 75 exit ramp at County Road 326 (mile marker 358) when the driver failed to negotiate the ramp curve. The semi traveled onto the left grassy shoulder, at […]

Bicyclist struck, killed on County Road 484

Bicyclist struck, killed on County Road 484

  A bicyclist was killed Saturday when he was struck by a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck. The bicyclist, identified as 59-year-old Dominick Gonzales, was traveling east on the paved shoulder of County Road 484. The F-350, driven by Jarvis Watkins, 40, was traveling east on County Road 484 in the outside lane approaching the […]

Community pulls together to save the life of a 9-year-old boy

Community pulls together to save the life of a 9-year-old boy

Meet 9-year-old Jaden. Jaden was diagnosed with Leukemia recently and is currently undergoing his second round of chemotherapy. The Tomlin Brings Hope Foundation has teamed up with Jaden’s family to host #jadensarmy Rib Smokeout to help raise money for Jaden’s treatment. The University of Florida also donated two tickets to the LSU vs Florida Home […]

Hollywood 16 concession stand closed until further notice

Hollywood 16 concession stand closed until further notice

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Thursday closed down the Regal Hollywood Stadium 16 & IMAX theater concession stand. The theater is located at 2801 SW 27th Ave, Ocala. According to the report, the inspector found approximately a dozen live roaches while he was present. The report states that one of the live roaches had […]

FREE concerts at the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

FREE concerts at the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

Looking for FREE fun this summer? Enjoy food, crafts, beer, and wine at the 2018 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series. The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series will take place at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex located at 1510 NW Fourth St. Check dates for upcoming Concerts. The Summer Break Spot […]