Maintenance man uses keys to enter home, severely beats man

Maintenance man uses keys to enter home, severely beats man

Ocala, Florida — Two felons remain behind bars after they used a master key to enter a man’s apartment and severely beat him. Ocala police were alerted to Village Green Apartments, located at 500 Southwest 33rd Avenue when the person the victim was FaceTiming witnessed the incident. The suspects, Anthony Caban, 53, and Michael Swint, 38, […]

Adultery blackmail scam has some on edge

Adultery blackmail scam has some on edge

The FBI Jacksonville Division is warning residents of central Florida of a scam that threatens to blackmail individuals who have allegedly committed adultery. “The scammer threatens to reveal the information to the recipient’s spouse, family and friends, and demands payment in exchange for secrecy. In an effort to avoid detection, the scammer often insists on […]

Ocala shooting leaves one dead

Ocala shooting leaves one dead

[Last updated on July 18, 2018, at 6:45 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala police are seeking details in a shooting that left one man dead. A 54-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday night at Parkside Gardens Apartments, located at 621 Northwest Second Street, Ocala. According to the Ocala Police Department, the man was identified as […]

2018 Back to school walk-in immunization clinics, information you must know

2018 Back to school walk-in immunization clinics, information you must know

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will host the back to school immunization clinics beginning Saturday, July 21, in Ocala, located at 1801 Southeast 32nd Avenue. Students entering kindergarten, attending, or transferring to a Florida public school need the following vaccines: four or five doses of DTaP (diptheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis); four […]

MCFR 2018 “Stuff the Bus” campaign

MCFR 2018 “Stuff the Bus” campaign

Marion County Fire Rescue is teaming up with the Marion County Schools for the 2018 “Stuff the Bus” campaign. According to an MCFR Facebook post, the Stuff the Bus campaign is an annual outreach program co-sponsored by Marion County Public Schools Homeless Children and Youth Program and local Veteran’s organizations. MCFR said this is an […]

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County

Marion County remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to eastern equine encephalitis activity. Since Ocala Post last reported on EEE, three more animal deaths have been reported in Marion County; bringing the total to 10 since February — eight horses and two emus. In a press release, Florida Department of Health Public Information Officer […]

Target masturbator said he was only adjusting himself

Target masturbator said he was only adjusting himself

The Target masturbator who was arrested on July 4, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to six months in jail. According to Ocala police, Bryan L. Swaim, 51, entered the Target, located at 2000 Southwest College Road, last Wednesday and was followed by loss prevention personnel because he was acting suspiciously. A loss prevention officer told […]

Armed Robbery and police chase ends with three teens in handcuffs

Armed Robbery and police chase ends with three teens in handcuffs

Ocala, Florida — Three teenage boys — two 16-year-olds and a 17-year old — were arrested early Wednesday morning following an armed robbery. According to the arrest affidavit, two armed black males entered the Steak n’ Shake, located at 3800 Southwest College Road, and demanded money from the registers. Police said the third teen stayed in the […]

Ocala firefighter stole personal images, says he’s addicted to porn

Ocala firefighter stole personal images, says he’s addicted to porn

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Fire Rescue firefighter Eric William Hersh was arrested charged with Offense Against Users of Electronic Devices after it was discovered he had invaded the privacy of other firefighters by secretly going through their cell phones. City officials had previously investigated Hersh for similar accusations but said the complaint against him was not […]

Big Lee’s Barbecue giving away FREE BBQ until the food runs out

Big Lee’s Barbecue giving away FREE BBQ until the food runs out

  Rashad Jones, the owner of Big Lee’s Serious about Barbecue and winner of Food Network’s “Guy’s Big Project,” announced he will be celebrating the companies 4th anniversary and his 40th birthday by giving away FREE BBQ. In a recent post on Facebook, Jones wrote, “This is our way of letting all of our customers, fans and […]

FedEx driver killed in freak accident after semi malfunction

FedEx driver killed in freak accident after semi malfunction

An Ocala FedEx driver was killed Wednesday in what can be described as a “Final Destination” type incident. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say 33-year-old Just Brewer was driving a flatbed semi loaded with sod northbound on the Florida Turnpike when the semi had a mechanical malfunction. According to reports, the brake drum and a tire […]

Residents may soon qualify for homeowners insurance premium reduction

Residents may soon qualify for homeowners insurance premium reduction

The Insurance Services Office says a yearlong evaluation of Marion County Fire Rescue’s service, delivery and professionalism rank MCFR among the nation’s top 10 percent of fire departments. According to a press release, the Insurance Services Office conducts evaluations of fire departments and their operations nationwide at no cost. “The results of these official surveys […]

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a Chevy Blazer they believe was involved in an April 21 street race which claimed the life of a 44-year-old man. According to an FHP crash report, Rufus Jim Donely was traveling eastbound on County Road 316 in his 1968 Chevy Camaro at a high […]

FDOH concerned, heightened risk of disease transmission by mosquitoes

FDOH concerned, heightened risk of disease transmission by mosquitoes

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health said Thursday that Marion County continues to experience new cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, as additional animals have become sick with the virus. Five horses and two emus have died of the virus in Marion County, according to a press release. The FDOH recommends that […]

Lawsuit filed to stop Suncoast Parkway construction

Lawsuit filed to stop Suncoast Parkway construction

According to court documents, Friends of Etna Turpentine Camp filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Ocala Monday against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent the Suncoast Parkway expansion from being built. On Wednesday, a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop construction of the […]

Woman bound, beaten after she denied man sex

Woman bound, beaten after she denied man sex

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man remained behind bars Wednesday after he battered a woman who denied him sex. According to reports, 29-year-old Shannon Gene Farris came home from work Sunday and wanted to have sex with his partner. The woman, 36, stated that when she told Farris no, he became enraged and an argument ensued. […]

Attempted murder suspect smiles for his booking photo

Attempted murder suspect smiles for his booking photo

Ocala, Florida — A career criminal, Keith Joseph Crabtree Jr., 26, smiled for his booking photo Friday as he was booked on charges of Attempted Felony Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a New Legend Drug. On June 8, Ocala police responded to 710 Southwest 19th Avenue after a […]

Alleged rapist could have other young victims

Alleged rapist could have other young victims

Ocala, Florida — Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Cor’yon She’monte Gillum, A.K.A, “Trapboi”. Gillum is accused of raping two runaway girls — ages 14 and 15. One girl who ran away from home to “hang with Gillum” said she was raped in the backseat of a car. The other girl said […]

Ocklawaha River bridge lane closure

Ocklawaha River bridge lane closure

Beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Florida Department of Transportation will close one lane of the Ocklawaha River bridge. “The lane closure may cause significant delays in travel time, so motorists may want to seek an alternate route during the construction. Drivers can expect a flagging operation along with off-duty law enforcement officers to help […]