Charges dropped against two accused of planning attack on Eustis Police Department

Charges dropped against two accused of planning attack on Eustis Police Department

Ocala, Florida — All charges against two men who allegedly planned an attack on the Eustis Police Department have been dropped. Ocala Post obtained an eight-page memorandum from the State Attorney’s Office that outlines why the charges were dropped. In May, Christopher M. Conger, 32, and Jeremy Robertson, 29, were arrested after the Marion County […]

MCSO sergeant honored with award from American Legion

MCSO sergeant honored with award from American Legion

Official Press Release – Marion County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Supervisor Sgt. Ben Adams, has been selected as the American Legion’s Southern Region Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. This award recognizes those officers who have selflessly distinguished themselves over and beyond their normal duties, predominately through professional achievements and community service activities. Before Sgt. […]

Deputy and citizen work together and save a life

Deputy and citizen work together and save a life

Summerfield, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy, with the help of a citizen, saved a 29-year-old man’s life after the deputy responded to a residence and found a man to be unresponsive. According to reports, a witness and the victim were involved in a verbal altercation when the victim retreated to a bathroom and locked the […]

MCSO receives salary adjustment for entry-level deputies

MCSO receives salary adjustment for entry-level deputies

Ocala, Florida — For the first time in 11 years, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) increased the agency’s starting salary for entry-level deputies – from $28,520 to $32,094. The increase went into effect on January 25, 2015. Existing deputies received a 3 percent raise on October 1, 2014. The funding for the salary adjustment […]

MCSO: Monumental change within the sheriff’s office

MCSO: Monumental change within the sheriff’s office

Ocala, Florida — In light of recent terrorist attacks, increased chatter, and intelligence about “lone-wolf” terrorists — both foreign and domestic — the Marion County Sheriff’s Office plans to deter any threats against Marion County by being prepared. Ocala Post recently reported that the FBI alerted multiple local law enforcement agencies, advising them to be […]

Two arrested after assaulting teen; witnesses described them as trash

Two arrested after assaulting teen; witnesses described them as trash

[Last updated at 2:38 p.m., January 22, 2015, to include information from a second report received from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office] Ocala, Florida — Deputies responded to a mobile home park in Ocala, following reports of a male suspect assaulting a 17-year-old female victim. Upon making contact with the victim, deputies learned that Tayon […]

MCSO: Suspects shot 8-year-old in throat with Airsoft gun

MCSO: Suspects shot 8-year-old in throat with Airsoft gun

  Marion Oaks — Sunday, at approximately 2:00 p.m, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy J. Clark responded to the 3700 block of Southwest 150th Loop, Marion Oaks, in reference to a battery on a 8-year-old female victim. The juvenile had been shot in the throat with an Airsoft gun while she played outside her grandfather’s home. […]

Marion County Jail inspection completed

Marion County Jail inspection completed

Ocala, Florida — The Correctional Operations Inspection and the Medical Compliance Inspection for the Florida Model Jail Standards has been completed for the Marion County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center and reflects a 100 percent compliance for all standards. The inspection team for the FMJS looks at all the corrections operations, security, inmate support services, […]

Off-duty deputy disarmed suspect at Ocala restaurant

Off-duty deputy disarmed suspect at Ocala restaurant

Ocala, Florida — On January 14, 2015, at approximately 8:55pm, officers responded to the El Toreo restaurant, located at 3510 SW 36th Ave., in reference to an altercation that involved an armed female. Off-duty Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, John Lightle, was in the restaurant at the time, eating with his family. Deputy Lightle stated […]

Deputy disciplined after he ordered CPR to be halted on a child

Deputy disciplined after he ordered CPR to be halted on a child

Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Gregory Spicher, has been removed from patrol, and relocated to the Marion County Jail where he will work as a corrections officer. This move was made following an Internal Affairs investigation. It all started on November 14, 2014, when Deputy Spicher responded to SE 155th Place, Summerfield, Florida, […]

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

911: It is supposed to save lives, not cost you your life

Ocala, Florida — Since the transfer of 911 dispatch services from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to the county commissioners control that took place in 2012, many local residents have voiced their opinions that MCSO losing control of the service was a detriment to the community. Recently, Misty Lloyd, a tax paying citizen of Marion […]

Officials: Many fireworks are illegal in Florida

Officials: Many fireworks are illegal in Florida

Florida — There will be dozens of firework shows across Florida to ring in the New Year, and many residents will choose to light up the sky with their own fireworks display. Officials want to remind residents that many types of fireworks are illegal in the State of Florida. According to state statutes, Florida law […]

Belleview man arrested after home invasion with hammer

Belleview man arrested after home invasion with hammer

Belleview, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit arrested Jeremy Easley, 38, on Monday for a home invasion that occurred on December 23rd in the area of Southeast 45th Avenue, Belleview. The 15-year-old female victim told detectives she heard someone knock at the front door, at which time she looked out the […]

Message to police written on sidewalk in Marion Oaks

Message to police written on sidewalk in Marion Oaks

Marion Oaks — At some point in time, someone, who apparently could not spell, wrote a message to law enforcement on the sidewalk near the sheriff’s substation and the basketball courts in Marion Oaks. Residents have stated that the message was written shortly after the sidewalk was poured, but it was never removed. However, sources […]

Woman remains in critical condition after Christmas morning shooting

Woman remains in critical condition after Christmas morning shooting

Marion Oaks, Florida — Mary Lou Hutson, 55, remains in critical condition following a Christmas morning’s shooting in the 6000 block of SW 131st Lane, Marion Oaks. Detectives believe Preston Daniel Pollard, 23, drove all the way from Venus, Texas, for the sole purpose to shoot the victims. When he arrived at the residence, he […]

Armed suspect lead deputies on high-speed chase

Armed suspect lead deputies on high-speed chase

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies were led on a high-speed chase Wednesday night by 27-year-old Adam D. Hampleman, after he robbed his father and grandfather at gunpoint of two firearms, cell phones, and silver coins. When units responded to 3908 S.E. 45th Place, Ocala, Deputy Chris Ellis spotted Hampleman’s vehicle leaving the […]

Stolen merchandise being sold through Facebook

Stolen merchandise being sold through Facebook

Ocala, Florida — Thieves are using online advertising methods instead of pawn shops more than ever to get cash for stolen goods. Law enforcement agencies everywhere have seen a tremendous spike in theft this holiday season. Thieves are brazenly using Facebook yard sale pages, craigslist, and many other sites that offer free classified advertising. Even […]

Marion County Fire Rescue & Marion County Sheriff’s Office, railroaded by county leaders

Marion County Fire Rescue & Marion County Sheriff’s Office,  railroaded by county leaders

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Board of County Commissioners once again gave Marion County Sheriff, Chris Blair, an ultimatum in reducing his budget during a hearing held on September 11, 2014, while Commissioner Carl Zalak leaned back in his chair and mocked public safety issues. Commissioners Carl Zalak and Stan McClain were heard […]