School board member under fire following whore comments

School board member under fire following whore comments

Marion County School Board member Nancy Stacy said she stands by her comments that she posted on Facebook earlier this week. Her comments appear to be politically fueled after Christine Ford accused now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Stacy posted several comments which have upset many Marion County residents. One woman, Yoseline Diaz […]

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

FWC seeks input on invasive species rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting public input as staff improves rules for non-native species. The potential changes will affect rules related to the importation of high-risk species and include possible additions to the Prohibited Species list. Staff will also work on clarifying language in existing rules. People can provide input […]

High priority violations at local winghouse

High priority violations at local winghouse

Silver Springs — MJ’s Pizza And Winghouse, located at 5195 E Silver Springs Boulevard, was inspected following a consumer complaint. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited the establishment on September 25. According to the inspector’s report, food and a cardboard container were stored inside the ice that the restaurant used for drinks. A  […]

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received several high priority violations after they were visited by health inspectors. Many of the violations were repeat violations and considered potentially hazardous to consumers. The violations are as follows: Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried – wet nesting. Multiple containers at the dry storage shelf in front of dish machine. […]

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

14-year-old girl was passed between men for money

Detectives with the Eustis Police Department say they have arrested a man who was selling a 14-year-old runaway from Ocala. According to reports, 31-year-old Steven Hodge befriended the girl then passed her around to other men to have sex in exchange for money. Detectives said they have been investigating the case since February when Hodge […]

Two arrested in unprovoked attacks

Two arrested in unprovoked attacks

Silver Springs – Two suspects who have been accused of attacking multiple people — including an 11-year-old girl — were arrested Thursday. According to reports, Julia Napiontek and Brandon Clanton, both 18, attacked four people — ages 11, 55, 47, and 48 in the parking lot of Forest Corners Circle K. Surveillance video showed that […]

Armed, career criminal fled on foot, returned to car

Armed, career criminal fled on foot, returned to car

Ocala police arrested a dangerous criminal know for selling drugs at low-income apartment complexes after he ran a stop sign and attempted to flee. Police say they were in an unmarked car patrolling the 100 block of Northwest 23 Avenue when a black car exited out of Laurel Park apartments at a high rate of […]

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant nearly finished

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant nearly finished

[Last updated on September 27, 2018, at 7:31 p.m.] The much anticipated $1.2 million Cheddar’s restaurant at 4065 SW State Road 200, west of Interstate 75, is nearly finished. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has made-from-scratch food since the 70s. The founders, Aubrey Good, and Doug Rogers, believe that when a meal is prepared and cooked fresh […]

OPD: Round 2, police officers will be out in full force

OPD: Round 2, police officers will be out in full force

Ocala — Ocala Police Department police officers will be out in full force beginning September 25, to October 8. Police will be focusing their attention on State Road 200 (College Road) from Southwest 20th Street to I-75. According to OPD, officers will be looking for speeders, red-light runners, and those who violate the right of […]

Important lane closure information for Marion County residents

Important lane closure information for Marion County residents

Motorists traveling in Marion County will experience the following lane closures: Oct. 1, 2018, to Feb. 13, 2019—County Road 320 between the intersections of Interstate 75 and North US Highway 441. Your penny at work! This project is funded by Marion County’s Penny sales tax initiative. Oct. 1, 2018, to Feb. 13, 2019—Avenue G in […]

Two teens killed in SR 40 crash

Two teens killed in SR 40 crash

Two teens, both 19, were killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday after the driver’s car slammed into a tree. At approximately 9:42 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle crash on State Road 40, just east of Northeast 64th Avenue. Troopers say the driver, Lindsey Hart, and her passenger, Leondre Thomas, was […]

Former corrections officer arrested for sex with minor

Former corrections officer arrested for sex with minor

A former Marion County Jail corrections officer who resigned in 2011 after he smuggled marijuana into the jail has been arrested. According to inside sources, Joseph Charles Jones, 38, was arrested and charged with Having Sex with a Minor. The 16-year-old girl, who said she had gotten close with Jones, told investigators that the two […]

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

$500 scholarship opportunity for students

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Legal Support Association is now accepting applications for the Mary Sullivan Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.00 for students interested in obtaining a degree in the legal field. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 1, 2018. No application fee. For scholarship information and/or an application packet, […]

Father struck, killed while walking daughter to bus stop

Father struck, killed while walking daughter to bus stop

A man who struck and killed a father as he walked his daughter to a bus stop Friday has been released from jail. Jeffrey Kimberlin, 38, was walking southbound on Southeast 180th Avenue Road with his 7-year-old daughter when he was struck from behind by a 2001 Ford Cargo van, driven by Dylan Roberts, 27. […]

Truck driver airlifted following crash

Truck driver airlifted following crash

A truck driver was transported by ShandsCair helicopter to Ocala Regional Medical Center Wednesday after he rolled his semi and became trapped inside. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said the driver of the semi, Gary Lentz, 64, was traveling southbound on County road 315 approaching a right curve near the intersection of Northeast 247th Lane when […]

West Port High School student referenced guns, not a threat to others

West Port High School student referenced guns, not a threat to others

Ocala — Parents were on edge Tuesday following a Skylert message about a potential threat at West Port High School. Initially, school officials thought it was another threat via social media. Following an investigation, Ocala Police Department investigators determined that a student had stated he had access to guns. Police said that the student did […]

OPD: Police officers will be out in full force

OPD: Police officers will be out in full force

  Ocala — Ocala Police Department police officers will be out in full force beginning September 11, to September 23. Police will be focusing their attention on State Road 464 (17th Street) from Pine Street to Southeast 25th Avenue. According to OPD, officers will be looking for speeders, red-light runners, and those who violate the […]

Social media threat involving another high school prompts investigation

Social media threat involving another high school prompts investigation

  School administrators and local law enforcement are investigating a social media threat involving West Port High School. “At this time, the school is operating normally,” said Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian.  “If investigators believe there is credibility to the threat, we will let [parents] know with another Skylert message.” No […]