Murphy Express Armed Robbery Suspect Wanted

Murphy Express Armed Robbery Suspect Wanted

Ocala, Florida — Around 3:40 a.m., Monday, April 28, 2014, a suspect committed armed robbery of the Murphy Express, 17 Cedar Radial Pass, Ocala. Security photos show the suspect wearing a white T-shirt over his head, a dark long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and red sneakers. The witness described the suspect as a black male, […]

Former Belleview Sonny’s BBQ manager arrested

Former Belleview Sonny’s BBQ manager arrested

Ocala, Florida — An investigation into the former Belleview Sonny’s BBQ Manager Paul Bryan Orr, 37, which began on March 17, 2014, ended with his arrest on April 28, 2014. The investigation began when the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous cyber-tip in reference to child porn that had been uploaded using a Google […]

Motorcycle Crash Claims Two Lives In Dunnellon

Motorcycle Crash Claims Two Lives In Dunnellon

  Dunnellon, Florida — Two motorcyclists were killed on April 26, 2014 as they were cruising in a rural area of Marion County. Justin Richard, 22, of Weeki Wachi, Florida and Douglas Keller, 27, of Citrus Springs, Florida were traveling together, southbound on SW 180th Avenue at a high rate of speed when both drivers […]

Bloody scene at Ocala home after dog was stabbed

Bloody scene at Ocala home after dog was stabbed

Ocala, Florida — On April 27, 2014, Ocala Police Officers Wabbersen and Drawdy responded to the 1100 block of NE 13th Street in reference to a domestic dispute and beating of a dog. Callers reported hearing lots of screaming and a dog yelping coming from inside a residence. Upon arrival, a group of neighbors were […]

No Butts: Saggy Pants Ban; Pull’em Up Or Pay Up

No Butts: Saggy Pants Ban; Pull’em Up Or Pay Up

Saggy pants could soon be a crime in all of Florida, and the legislation for the ban is being welcomed with open arms. The city of Opa-Locka, Florida was the first city to ban saggy pants. Daytona Beach, Florida doesn’t have a ban – as of yet- on saggy pants, however, they were one of […]

Local prostitute told undercover officer, no butt

Local prostitute told undercover officer, no butt

Ocala, Florida — On April 22, 2014, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) conducted a “Prostitution” operation throughout Marion County, Florida. At approximately 4 p.m., an undercover officer posing as a “John” made contact with a female, later identified as Julie Reddick, 24, of Gainesville, in the area of South Pine Avenue. During the […]

WARNING: Case Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed

WARNING: Case Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed

Ocala, Florida —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today, advised residents that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Marion County. A horse in the Sparr area recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis infection and there is a heightened concern residents could become ill. The risk of […]

Ocklawaha man charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Ocklawaha man charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Ocklawaha, Florida — On April 17, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call in regards to a 10-year-old female juvenile that had been sexually assaulted between the dates of May 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, by Michael Helmick, 38, of Ocklawaha. The victim stated that on one occasion, both she and Helmick […]

DCF walk-through reveals drug house

DCF walk-through reveals drug house

  Ocala, Florida — Jessica Price, 37, and Eric Westman, 37, both of Ocala, were arrested around 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, at their residence along NE 37th Street. The incident unfolded when Price, Deputy Mark Swarbrick and a Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigator were conducting a walk-through at the listed address. […]

High speed chase in ocala exceeds 100 mph

High speed chase in ocala exceeds 100 mph

  Ocala, Florida — On April 16, 2014 Deputy M. Bowers, K9 Deputy J. Nix of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Interdiction Unit, and Deputy T. Lideratore of the Tactical Investigation Unit, observed a grey Lincoln Town car exit the south side parking lot of the Advanced Discount Auto Parts store located at 1601 West […]

Marion County – Ocala Rabies Alert For April 16, 2014

Marion County – Ocala Rabies Alert For April 16, 2014

  Ocala, Florida—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has issued a rabies alert for the downtown Ocala area of Marion County. This is in response to a cat that tested positive for rabies on April 16, 2014. All Marion County residents and visitors should be aware that rabies is present in the wild […]

Crack mom gives birth; chews umbilical cord in half

Crack mom gives birth; chews umbilical cord in half

  Ocala, Florida — On April 12, 2014, Deputies Thomas and Lowrey responded to the Vacation Host Inn on South Pine Avenue in reference to an unresponsive newborn. A female, later identified as Chrystal Hassell, 37, had apparently given birth the baby while alone in her motel room and the baby was breathing intermittently. According […]

Dog Tethering Law In Effect

Dog Tethering Law In Effect

  Marion County, Florida — On April 1, 2014, Marion County Commissioners approved a revision to the county animal ordinance relating to dog tethering. The ordinance, approved during a regularly-scheduled board meeting, bans unattended tethering of dogs, with an exception for performing a 30-minute temporary task, and with a further exemption that the ordinance does […]

Rooftop High Brings Three Juveniles Down

Rooftop High Brings Three Juveniles Down

  Marion Oaks, Florida — On April 15, 2014 at approximately 1 a.m. Deputies Azure and Newbanks responded to Horizon Academy in Marion Oaks in reference to a 911 hang-up. Upon arrival, deputies blacked out their patrol vehicles and approached the property on foot. As they were walking up to the school they observed three […]

Father arrested for protecting his daughter speaks out

Father arrested for protecting his daughter speaks out

  Ocala, Florida — Daniel Pedalino, 48, of Ocala is now speaking out after being arrested on April 9, 2014 for allegedly threatening students at Hammett Bowen Elementary for bullying his daughter. In nearly a two hour interview with Pedalino, he told Ocala Post that he is extremely grateful from the bottom of his heart […]

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