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 […]

Severe weather favorable for tornados, North and Central Florida

Severe weather favorable for tornados, North and Central Florida

Tallahassee, Florida — State emergency management officials are recommending that Florida residents and visitors remain aware, as conditions favorable for severe weather continue throughout North Florida and into Central Florida for April 5, 2017, during the day and into the night. This weather system will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging wind gusts, and […]

Vanguard student robs store at gunpoint, needed money for cap and gown

Vanguard student robs store at gunpoint, needed money for cap and gown

A Vanguard High School senior was arrested Thursday and charged with Armed Robbery. Clarence Sylvester Cobarris, 18, was arrested by an Ocala Police Department detective, at 605 Northeast 27th Street, Ocala, at 1:41 a.m. Police say they responded to the Kangaroo Gas Station, located at 909 Northeast 28th Street, after a store clerk called 911 […]

Marion County Jail on ICE’s Declined Detainer Outcome Report

Marion County Jail on ICE’s Declined Detainer Outcome Report

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), by the president’s executive order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” releases the Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR) on a weekly basis. Detainers are placed on illegal immigrants arrested on criminal charges for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from […]

Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Ocala, Florida — On March 13, 2017, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence after a juvenile reported that she had been battered. The juvenile told the responding deputy that she had not been home in two days because her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, Robert Louis Young, 35, had been heavily using […]

Woman confronted juveniles with pipe, arrested

Woman confronted juveniles with pipe, arrested

A woman who has allegedly had trouble with several neighborhood juveniles tried to take matters into her own hands Friday. Marion County sheriff’s deputies were at the victim’s house investigating an unrelated incident when the victim told them about a confrontation she had with a another neighbor earlier in the day. According to reports, Jessica […]

Ocklawaha woman charged with public assistance fraud

Ocklawaha woman charged with public assistance fraud

Ocklawaha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was arrested after investigators with the Florida Department of Financial Services determined she had committed welfare fraud. Investigator T.N.Mitchell said that Jessica L. Fong, 28, falsified multiple Department of Children and Families applications when she applied for public assistance. According to reports, Fong applied for assistance for herself and […]

Conversation over pregnancy ended with arrest

Conversation over pregnancy ended with arrest

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Pilot Gas Station, located at 2020 Southwest 135th Street, after a woman said she had been slapped. The victim told the deputy that she drove to the 100 block of Marion Oaks Boulevard to talk to her boyfriend, Carlos J. Vasquez Jr., 21, because the two […]

Federal warrant served on Hay Meat Market

Federal warrant served on Hay Meat Market

Ocala, Florida — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that they had completed a nearly 4-year-long investigation into the Hay Meat Market, located at 3334 Northwest Blitchton Road, Ocala. The Hay Meat Market opened for business in 2008. A short time later, the business became authorized to accept food stamps, better known as EBT. […]

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested after Ocala Dental Lab reported that approximately $5,000 in gold had been stolen from the business. The business owner, Robert Markham, stated that the lab uses the gold for various types of dental work. Markham told Ocala police that he suspected Johnathan Jesse Peterson, 31, was the […]

Woman, pregnant, recovering from beating

Woman, pregnant, recovering from beating

A pregnant woman is recovering from her injuries after her boyfriend physically attacked her during an argument. An Ocala Police Department police officer responded to Burger 21 after receiving a call about a domestic battery. The victim told police that she had just ran away her boyfriend, Joshua Fidalgo, 25, after living with him for […]

Residents happy, neighborhood bully arrested

Residents happy, neighborhood bully arrested

Some residents who live in the Berkley Pointe Apartment complex say they are glad that a neighborhood bully and suspected drug dealer is behind bars. Ocala police responded to the apartments after a mother reported that her 15-year-old son had been robbed at gunpoint. The suspect, later identified as Hayden Hoilett, 18, robbed the boy […]

Man wanted since January, arrested

Man wanted since January, arrested

An Ocala man who was wanted for violating his felony probation was arrested and is being held without bond. Stephen Ennis, 22, violated his probation after he was arrested in August of 2015 and charged with Fraud-Use Fictitious Personal ID, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, and Petit Theft. During […]

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

Confirmed: Suphan cobra on the loose in Ocala

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed that search efforts are underway for a missing suphan cobra in the vicinity of the 900 block of Northeast 9th Street, Ocala. According to a FWC press release, residents in the area, especially if walking a pet, should use caution until the snake is captured. FWC […]

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