From the editor: Complaints, threats, & assumptions

From the editor: Complaints, threats, & assumptions

[Last updated on December 15, at 6 a.m.] Ocala Post recently received several threatening e-mail and Facebook messages from individuals complaining about the photo of an 18-year-old Vanguard High School student killed in a shooting. Some of the threats (which were all in writing) have included lawsuits, “beatn’ dat azz [sic],” and other threats of […]

Two deputies resign during investigation

Two deputies resign during investigation

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Schanding and Detention Deputy Dustin Lay resigned during an investigation into their conduct at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. According to records, the two men, who were good friends, violated department policies. The investigation started in May 2017, when the MCSO learned that Schanding and Lay were involved in the […]

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

A 63-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Thursday while he was riding his bicycle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the cyclist was crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 — just south of Northeast Jacksonville Road —  in a westerly direction. Troopers say a semi, driven by Patrick Lee, was […]

Vanguard High School teen killed, another injured

Vanguard High School teen killed, another injured

A Vanguard High School senior was killed Tuesday night and another man seriously injured following a shooting in Ocala. Ocala police said that at approximately 9:11 p.m. they received several calls about shots being fired near the 2200 block of Northwest First Avenue. Upon arrival, police found that Jeffery Scott, 18, and Marcus Cooper, 18, […]

Bank of America denies cash deposits

Bank of America denies cash deposits

An Ocala woman says she is disgusted with the way Bank of America (BOA) treats its elderly customers. The woman told Ocala Post that she has been making deposits into her father’s checking account for years. The father is legally blind and cannot drive. She said she was shocked last week when she attempted to […]

Man sexually assaulted two children, faces multiple felony charges

Man sexually assaulted two children, faces multiple felony charges

Dunnellon — A 52-year-old man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and an 11 year-old-boy. Authorities say the lascivious behavior took place at a home in Dunnellon. Robert Belton Cooper is accused of having numerous graphic sexual encounters with the children. Cooper was charged with four counts of Sexual Assault on a […]

Trinity Catholic High School student arrested

Trinity Catholic High School student arrested

A Trinity Catholic High School student was arrested Friday and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery. According to reports, Widmer Alejandro Reyes, 18, was supposed to drive a 14-year-old girl home Friday, but instead pulled behind the Publix grocery store across from the high school. The girl told authorities that while she and Reyes were […]

Man batters girlfriend for working late

Man batters girlfriend for working late

On December 6, Ocala police responded to Berkeley Pointe Apartments in reference to an assault. When police arrived, they saw a woman, later identified as the victim, standing outside with blood on her shirt. The victim had blood coming from her face, mouth, and neck. The victim told police that during an argument, her boyfriend, […]

2017 Ocala Christmas Parade

2017 Ocala Christmas Parade

The annual Ocala Christmas Parade will take place on December 9, 2017. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on 1800 East Silver Spring Boulevard. This year the theme is a ‘Home for the Holidays’. VIP bleacher seating may still be available. Tickets are available for $10 and must be presented at the […]

SR 40 road work should not cause lane closures

SR 40 road work should not cause lane closures

The Florida Department of Transportation is currently working on a project to mill and resurface State Road (S.R.) 40 (Fort Brooks Road) from east of NE 10th Street Road to the east of NE 145th Avenue Road. The cost for this project will be an estimated $414,000. The project is expected to be completed in […]

Man attempted to strangle girlfriend after being released on bond

Man attempted to strangle girlfriend after being released on bond

Ocala, Florida — A pregnant, domestic violence victim found herself acting nicely toward her abuser in order to give herself a chance to escape. The victim stated that on November 16, she woke her boyfriend, Christopher John Smith, 24, up for work and he became angry. According to reports, Smith began to shout at the […]

Gamers Edge up for sale or trade

Gamers Edge up for sale or trade

The Gamers Edge released the following statement: After much discussion, deliberation, contemplation, etc we have realized that our children have other interests than taking over the family business and we would like more time to spend with them pursuing their other interests. We have enjoyed this business since 1995 and with this last run of […]

Violent felon rapes little girl, receives low bond

Violent felon rapes little girl, receives low bond

Ocala, Florida — A violent, career criminal was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday and charged with Sexual Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Victim 12 or Under. The victim told police that Michael Dangelo Mike, 33, came into her bedroom around 1 a.m. and asked her to help him look for a television […]

The Gamers Edge and Rent-A-Center burglarized

The Gamers Edge and Rent-A-Center burglarized

Ocala police are searching for multiple suspects who burglarized a video game store and a Rent-A-Center. According to reports, on November 26, Officer Jason Rodriguez responded to an alarm at The Gamers Edge, located at 3131 Southwest College Road, at approximately 2:37 a.m. Upon arrival, Officer Rodriguez reviewed video surveillance which showed five or six […]

“Man” arrested after cutting tails off kittens

“Man” arrested after cutting tails off kittens

Anthony, Florida — A 68-year-old Anthony man was arrested for cutting the tails off of five kittens. James Steele Reid committed the heinous crime in September but was not arrested until Monday, November 27. Reid, who volunteers at a family farm, was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation with the farm owners. During the altercation, […]

Free HIV testing in Ocala

Free HIV testing in Ocala

December 1, is World AIDS Day and the Florida Department of Health in Marion County will recognize the day by providing residents with the opportunity to receive free rapid HIV testing. Where and when Frank Deluca YMCA (3200 SE 17th Street, Ocala) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Department Registered Nurse Anne Gerard is helping […]

Man arrested after burning two American flags

Man arrested after burning two American flags

A man was charged with Criminal Mischief, which is a misdemeanor, Sunday after a pastor discovered that he had burned two American flags outside the Congregational Church, located at 15421 South Highway 301. The flags had been put on display for Veteran’s Day and were later burned. Joseph Michael Allegretto, 50, was identified as the […]

Public notice: CDL driving school agreement terminated with DHSMV for allowing drivers to pass without basic skills

Many individuals from all over the state attended the facility simply because they knew they could pass.

Public notice: CDL driving school agreement terminated with DHSMV for allowing drivers to pass without basic skills

  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has issued a final order terminating its agreement with Key Power Driving School, Inc., a third-party commercial driver license (CDL) testing company with locations in Miami and Labelle. During an investigation into third-party CDL testing sites in Florida, the department found that Key Power […]