Craigslist scams on the rise

Craigslist scams on the rise

If you are someone that enjoys the ease of advertising items for sale on Craigslist you should be aware of the possible scams that are lurking involving prospective buyers of your merchandise. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has been experiencing an increase of reported fraudulent activity through Craigslist ads. The scam works as follows:   […]

Fatal Shooting at Serenity Apartments In Ocala

Fatal Shooting at Serenity Apartments In Ocala

    Ocala, Florida — Shortly after midnight, Friday, October 11, 2013, shots were fired at 4744 N.E. 32nd Lane in Ocala (Serenity Apartments). According to detectives, an altercation occurred at a bar near the Serenity Apartments involving four individuals. Two of the four people involved left the bar but were followed by the other […]

Michael Rogers Arrested For Facebook Post

Michael Rogers Arrested For Facebook Post

Ocala, Florida — On October 6, 2013 the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Bloomington, Indiana Police. Deputy Zackary Hughes was the point of contact. Bloomington, Indiana Police Officers called in reference to a threat that had been posted on Facebook by Michael Scott Rogers, 27, of Ocala. The threat post by Rogers was […]

UPDATE: Norovirus Confirmed October 9, 2013 Marion County

UPDATE: Norovirus Confirmed October 9, 2013 Marion County

  Marion County, Florida—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County determined on October 9, 2013 that Norovirus is the cause of a recent outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at East Marion Elementary School.     The Department wants residents to be aware of the symptoms of the illness, and take precautions to prevent contracting gastrointestinal […]

Ohman, you’re in trouble

Ohman, you’re in trouble

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man faces additional charges after he resisted arrest while being served a warrant for violating his probation. Ocala PD Officers, J.C. Douglas and N. Hardy were responding to the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office at 5640 SW 6th Place, to transport 64-year-old Michael Lavern Ohman to jail for […]

Timothy Dacey Of Summerfield Arrested Says It’s Child’s Fault

Timothy Dacey Of Summerfield Arrested Says It’s Child’s Fault

Summerfield, Florida — A Summerfield man molested a 5-year-old boy, but says it was the child’s fault. The Marion county Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 27, 2013, stating that Timothy Robert Dacey, 68, had sexually molested a child at his home in Summerfield. The boy had told someone that Dacey touched him with […]

Andre Pettiford And Luis Maysonet Arrested In Planned Robbery

Andre Pettiford And Luis Maysonet Arrested In Planned Robbery

  Ocala, Florida — On October 6, 2013 a detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit responded to the Love’s Truck Stop located at 7791 NW 47th Avenue in reference to a robbery call. Upon arrival, the detective made contact with Deputy Wright who told the detective that a robbery involving a […]

Update On East Marion Elementary Norovirus

Update On East Marion Elementary Norovirus

  Marion County, Florida — The Marion County Health Department and school officials say parents should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptoms of the virus that broke out at East Marion Elementary on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The virus can still be contagious even if a person does not present with symptoms. […]

Escaped Convict Todd Brecht Caught

Escaped Convict Todd Brecht Caught

Marion County, Florida — On October 5, 2013, 911 got information that Todd Allan Brecht might be on a bus that’s stopping in Marion County. Brecht, 54, was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1980’s killing of Buffalo County District Attorney Roger Hartman. Hartman was Brecht’s brother-in-law, Brecht shot him in the back after an […]

Kevin Patterson (AKA Bubba) Wanted And On The Run

Kevin Patterson (AKA Bubba) Wanted And On The Run

Marion County, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office needs your help to put a violent criminal behind bars. On October 1, 2013, Deputy Mitchell Tucker responded to call involving a battery. The deputy met with the victim at 4730 NW 156th Place, who advised him that 10 minutes prior to the deputies arrival a […]

Daniel Loople Dies After Mangled Metal Mess On I-75

Daniel Loople Dies After Mangled Metal Mess On I-75

  At around 4:11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, two tractor trailers collided on I-75 near mile marker 371. Michele Richardson-Lozano, 43, who was driving the Dollar General semi was stopped in the outside lane of northbound I-75, in her 2009 Volvo Tractor Trailer due to a previous accident that had occurred earlier near […]

Gregory Griffin Charged Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Gregory Griffin Charged Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man is jailed after nearly running over his girlfriend and their small child. On October 1, 2013, Deputy Michelle Wright responded to a residence located at 5620 NW 2nd Place in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival the deputy was informed by the victim that she and her live […]

MCSO Annual Halloween Festival

MCSO Annual Halloween Festival

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, the Marion County Sheriff’s Southwest HWY 200 District Office, which is located at 9048 SW Highway 200, will be hosting their Annual Halloween Festival. This event will include clowns, games, face painting, bounce house, live DJ, along with gift bags and candy which will be provided to the trick-or-treaters. You […]

Karen Drake DUI And Naked

Karen Drake DUI And Naked

Ocala, Florida — The sheriff’s office received two calls on Sunday, September 29, 2013 around 10:10 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle that was parked halfway in the road in the area of the 10300 block of SW 129th Terrace Road. When deputy John Lightle arrived at the location, he observed a black 2009 four door […]

Public Safety Warning About Convicted Felon Michael Masse

Public Safety Warning About Convicted Felon Michael Masse

Lecanto, Florida — The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wants residents in the Lecanto area to be aware of a convicted felon moving into the area. Michael J. Masse, 48, is being released from prison and moving into a home located at 6515 S. Esmeralda Terrace, Lecanto. Masse was convicted of a homicide involving a 10-year-old […]

Ocala Police Department Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier arrested

Ocala Police Department Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier arrested

[Last updated September 30, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier was arrested on Sunday, September 29, 2013, after crashing his car into a brick mailbox at approximately 9:30 p.m. According to Florida Highway Patrol Officer Geoffrey Pubillones, Gauthier was traveling south on SE 8th Street Road when […]

Marion Oaks Suspects Wanted

Marion Oaks Suspects Wanted

Marion Oaks — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in catching some thieving criminals. They are looking for multiple black males in their teens to early twenties. The suspects may be driving a dark blue Honda, Acura, or possibly a Toyota. Separately they are also looking for suspects that may be driving a […]

Sheriff Chris Blair Strong Armed By Commission But Says, “I Still Have To Protect My Deputies”

Sheriff Chris Blair Strong Armed By Commission But Says, “I Still Have To Protect My Deputies”

  The September 26, 2013, Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting was nothing short of political strong arming. Residents of Marion County witnessed the door to catastrophe opening. Ocala.com wrote, “Blair conceded.” However, it wasn’t a concession at all. Commissioners gave Sheriff Chris Blair an ultimatum; an ultimatum that Blair was not prepared to […]

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