Man pretended to be injured, sexually assaulted little girl

Man pretended to be injured, sexually assaulted little girl

A Marion County man accused of luring an 8-year-old girl into his home with a bucket of chicken and then sexually assaulting her. The incident occurred in July of 2016, at 18 Bahia Loop, Ocala. The victim told authorities that she knew the man, identified as Sydney Allan Markland, 68, from the neighborhood. Markland is also […]

Man faces 22 charges for chop shop operation

Man faces 22 charges for chop shop operation

Ocala, Florida — Smallwood Auto Salvage, located at 601 Southwest 27th Avenue, was determined to be a chop shop following a Florida Department of Motor Vehicle and multiple law enforcement agency inspection. On Wednesday, following a thorough investigation, the Ocala Police Department arrested Larry Smallwood, 60, and charged him with: Dealer Failing to Notify the […]

Mother shops, leaves toddler in running vehicle

Mother shops, leaves toddler in running vehicle

Ocala, Florida — A 31-year-old mother was arrested early Thursday morning after she left a 2-year-old locked in a vehicle while she shopped in Wal-Mart, located at 2600 Southwest 19th Avenue. The Ocala Police Department received a call at approximately 12 a.m. from a Wal-Mart employee, who reported the incident. According to reports, the employee […]

Multiple shootings Sunday morning, three arrested, investigation ongoing

Multiple shootings Sunday morning, three arrested, investigation ongoing

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department  Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred on Sunday at approximately 3 a.m. OPD Lt. Angy Scroble said that two men were shot. The victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting occurred in the area of Northwest 12th Street and Northwest […]

Two arrested in Citgo gas station robbery

Two arrested in Citgo gas station robbery

  Two people were arrested following an armed robbery at the Citgo gas station, located at 1517 Southwest 10th Street, Ocala. The Ocala Police Department received a call at approximately  5 a.m., Saturday, about the robbery, which had just taken place. According to reports, the clerk told police that the robber entered the store, pointed a handgun […]

Woman hit, killed pedestrian, released from jail

Woman hit, killed pedestrian, released from jail

[Last updated on May 10, 2017, at 1:22 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — On May 6, a 26-year-old Crystal River woman was arrested Saturday night after she struck a pedestrian with her car and fled the scene. The Pedestrian, Chad E. Judd, 45, was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he later died. The Ocala […]

Amber Alert for 5-year-old Marion County girl

Amber Alert for 5-year-old Marion County girl

  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Florida Amber Alert for a 5-year-old girl from Marion County. According to FDLE, Alexandria Green was last seen in the 10000 block of Southwest 186th Avenue in Dunnellon. Authorities said she could be in the company of Alan Green, 55, and Mechealine Mazakis, 47. Green has […]

Woman arrested after witnesses pulled her from an overturned vehicle

Woman arrested after witnesses pulled her from an overturned vehicle

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman was arrested Saturday after she fled the scene of an accident on State Road 200. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Dawn Haas, 35, was driving a 2016 Chevy eastbound on State Road 200 when she slammed into the rear-end of a 2013 Hyundai SUV, driven by 70-year-old Bernadette Cason. […]

Witness saved girl from being attacked by her father while in traffic

Witness saved girl from being attacked by her father while in traffic

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police say a witness called 911 after she witnessed a man beating on a teenage girl while stopped in the middle of traffic. The witness told dispatchers that she saw the man punch the girl in the face with his fist. The victim, 16, told police that she had been disciplined for her behavior […]

Woman forced off road, refused to date ex-boyfriend

Woman forced off road, refused to date ex-boyfriend

Ocala, Florida — A 29-year-old man was arrested after he ran his ex-girlfriend off of the road with his vehicle. After receiving a 911 call, Ocala police responded to the Walgreens, located at 3500 Southeast Maricamp Road, where they met with the female victim. The victim told police that she had been dating Shawn Patel for […]

Troopers take $43,805 from vehicle, no arrests made

Troopers take $43,805 from vehicle, no arrests made

Florida Highway Patrol troopers seized $43,805 Thursday during a traffic stop on I-75. Troopers said they stopped a Ford F-150 at Mile Marker 371 for a traffic violation, at which time they deployed a FHP K-9. According to reports, the dog alerted on the truck and troopers found the cash in the center console. The […]

Marion County Animal Center, Neuter Commuter, routine closure

Marion County Animal Center, Neuter Commuter, routine closure

The Marion County Animal Center and the Neuter Commuter will be closing for quarterly cleaning, training, and maintenance. They will close on April 26, and reopen on April 29. The Neuter Commuter will re-open on May 4. While closed, anyone looking for a lost pet can view stray animals online at http://www.marioncountyfl.org/animalservices. Residents who wish […]

Ocala Police Department National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Ocala Police Department National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Ocala Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event will be held at the Ocala Police Department, located at 402 South Pine Avenue, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What you can bring: Unwanted or expired prescription pills […]

Hay Meat Market EBT fraud investigation, second person arrested

Hay Meat Market EBT fraud investigation, second person arrested

A second woman was arrested after a March 4, federal search warrant was served on the Hay Meat Market, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agents say Liteasha Marquee Johnson, 36, enter the Hay Meat Market on January 6, and charged $455.85 to her EBT, but left the store with only a few items. On […]

Father arrested for child abuse, 4-month-old suffered severe injuries

Father arrested for child abuse, 4-month-old suffered severe injuries

Ocala, Florida — A 32-year-old man accused of beating his 4-month-old daughter was released from Jail Friday on a $10,000 bond. Investigators with the Ocala Police Department were notified by the Department of Children and Families after UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital reported that the baby had a broken femur. Doctors with Shands told authorities […]

Man finds two bodies in Ocala apartment

Man finds two bodies in Ocala apartment

  [Last updated on April 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.] The Ocala Police Department has concluded its investigation after a man found two people dead inside of an apartment at the Paradise Apartments apartment complex. OPD detectives said that Monday, just after 5 p.m., the man called 911 after he had entered the apartment, located at 1946 Southwest […]

3rd annual ‘Pey It Forward Fun Run’

3rd annual ‘Pey It Forward Fun Run’

The Pey It Forward Fun Run is held in honor of Peyton Nicole Evans. On May 9th, 2014, Peyton had an undiagnosed brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) — described as an abnormal tangle of blood vessels — in her brain that ruptured and caused her to become unconscious. Almost instantly, upon learning of her condition, the […]

Husband bites wife then batters her for crying

Husband bites wife then batters her for crying

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police arrested a man they say battered his wife after she refused to let him drive her vehicle. While babysitting a friend’s child, James Taylor, 25, asked his wife (victim) to step outside. Once outside, Taylor asked the victim if he could to use her car, which she refused. Police said the victim […]

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