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 […]

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Silver Springs — A Silver Springs man was arrested Sunday and charged with First-degree Premeditated Murder after his roommate was found stuffed in the trunk of a car. Eric Todd Gay, 36, said he woke up early Saturday morning and entered his roommate’s bedroom with the intention of stealing fentanyl patches and $200 from her. […]

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

PETA says FFA sends a dangerous message to teens.

PETA demands all FFA programs be removed from schools after raccoon drowning

TeachKind, the humane education division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) based in California, is now using the drowning of two raccoons and an opossum at Forest High School earlier this month to push their agenda. FHS teacher, Dewie Brewton, was accused of drowning two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture […]

Man’s beef was too small for woman

Man’s beef was too small for woman

Ocala, Florida — A woman was arrested Monday after she attacked a man over the size of his beef. According to reports, Amanda Lou Chartrand, 42, did not like the size of a man’s burgers he had grilled for Memorial Day. Chartrand apparently told the man that his beef was too small for her buns. The […]

Gas prices creep up for Florida

Gas prices creep up for Florida

If you plan to travel on Memorial Day weekend you will have to open your wallet to higher gas prices. According to a press release from AAA, the national average continues to rise toward $3 a gallon. On May 20, the national average of $2.92 was 5 cents more than a week ago and 57 […]

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