MCSO sergeant resigns following child erotica allegations

MCSO sergeant resigns following child erotica allegations

Ocala, Florida — A veteran Marion County sheriff’s deputy has resigned following the announcement of an internal affairs investigation. On October 10, 2016, The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children electronically delivered 18 photographs to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The non-profit organization told MCSO investigators that the child erotica photographs of pre-teen females […]

Police: Children playing prank could have been seriously injured

Police: Children playing prank could have been seriously injured

Ocala, Florida — Three juveniles, a black male and two black females — all under the age of 13 — found themselves in a dangerous situation early Sunday morning. For about a week, residents in the Raven Glen Subdivision, Ocala, had been experiencing random doorbell rings and knocks on the door at all hours of the night. […]

School officials speak out about school bus incident, parents furious

School officials speak out about school bus incident, parents furious

[Last updated on November 7, 2016, at 12:23 p.m., to include a second statement from school officials.] Marion Oaks — At the request of several parents, Ocala Post reached out to school officials about an incident involving a school bus Friday morning. Marion County school officials spoke out Saturday about that incident. The accident occurred when […]

A Marion County school bus accident left parents fuming

A Marion County school bus accident left parents fuming

[Published on November 4, 2016. Last updated on November 5, 2016, at 6:50 p.m., to include a parent’s statement.] Marion Oaks — A Marion County school bus accident Friday left parents fuming when they were not immediately notified. In an e-mail to Ocala Post, a resident wrote, “Parents should rightfully be pissed.” According to the unnamed […]

To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

To the Editor: It takes a big guy to be a GAL

  Fathers’ Day is upon us and like Mothers’ Day, it brings to mind the importance of parents and especially fathers and fathering. I’m fortunate to be a Father, Grandfather and no less important, a Guardian ad Litem who advocates for and befriends children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse, neglect […]

From the Editor: Ocala Post will not back down due to threats

From the Editor: Ocala Post will not back down due to threats

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post recently received several e-mails and Facebook messages from individuals complaining about the names and photos of juvenile criminals, drug dealers, and a recently arrested business owner, being used in some of Ocala Post’s recent articles. One Facebook message called an article slander, defamation of character, and made mention that it was causing “pain […]

3 killed in crash, 2 in critical condition

3 killed in crash, 2 in critical condition

Umatilla, Florida — Florida Highway Patrol troopers say three people were killed — and two others were critically injured — after being ejected from a SUV, Sunday. The crash occurred at approximately 3 a.m., at Southeast 127th Street Road — two miles east of Southeast 182nd Avenue in the Ocala National Forest. According to reports, […]

Baby found unresponsive at Parkside Gardens Apartments

Baby found unresponsive at Parkside Gardens Apartments

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 2:39 a.m., Ocala Police responded to Parkside Garden Apartments, located at 621 Northwest 2nd Street, in reference to an unresponsive baby. According to reports, when police arrived they found 3-month-old Taliya Richardson unresponsive. Police performed CPR on the child until EMS could arrive and transport Richardson to Munroe Regional Medical […]

A mother and three children threatened at gunpoint

A mother and three children threatened at gunpoint

Ocala, Florida — After arriving at Sam’s Big Apple, 1943 West Silver Springs Boulevard, a woman and her three children were threatened at gunpoint before they had a chance to exit their vehicle. When Ocala police arrived on scene, they found the suspect, Reginald Howard, 36, hiding in the bathroom of the business. Upon searching […]

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Tallahassee — The Florida Department of Health has received notification of two influenza associated pediatric deaths in Orange and Pasco Counties. While most cases of FLU are mild, there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of […]

Misaddressed envelope nearly had a mother in tears

Misaddressed envelope nearly had a mother in tears

West Palm Beach, Florida — A West Palm Beach mother of a child with Down Syndrome said her friend received an invitation in the mail to a nonprofit event for handicap children, but was upset at the way the address label appeared. The envelope was addressed to “Friends of the Retarded.” The invitation actually came […]

Man indicted for murder of 1-year-old baby

Man indicted for murder of 1-year-old baby

Ocala, Florida — A grand jury has indicted 27-year-old Kendall Blyden for the first degree murder of one-year old, Jayden Green. Blyden claimed he was innocent of all charges and that the blunt force trauma that Jayden sustained to his head was caused by a simple fall. According to reports, the injuries were consistent with […]

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

Ocala, Florida — Children ages 4 through 9 can enjoy interactive games, sing-a-longs, reading, and crafts while learning about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity at the free Food Day event at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. This free event is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014, at […]

Children were living in meth home surrounded by filth

Children were living in meth home surrounded by filth

Crystal River, Florida — On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit, Levy/Citrus Meth Task Force, and Citrus Fire Rescue and Hazardous Materials Team executed a search warrant for the manufacturing of methamphetamine at 4220 North Ashton Terrace, Crystal River 34428. During a search of the property, approximately […]

Daycare owner will not get jail time

Daycare owner will not get jail time

Ocala, Florida — Kim Blanchette, the daycare operator who was arrested after 20-month-old Ellis Padgett fell and hit his head, causing his death, will not face jail time. According to court records, on Wednesday, Blanchette pleaded no contest to running an unlicensed daycare facility (M). Judge Thomas P. Thompson III ordered Blanchette to serve one […]

Childcare center under investigation after 2-year-old wanders off

Childcare center under investigation after 2-year-old wanders off

Ocala, Florida — Crossroads Church and Childcare Center is now under investigation after a 2-year-old was found wandering alone by a retention pond. On July 9, 2014, Jessie Estock called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after arriving at Crossroads Church and Childcare Center to pick up his son Braydon, and found him wandering on the […]

Mommy blogger poisons her son to gain blog traffic

Mommy blogger poisons her son to gain blog traffic

In June of 2011, Lacey Spears was investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families after complaints of Spears medically neglecting her 2-year-old son, Garnett Spears. Complaints also indicated Spears would slap her son for no reason with great force and, after the child would begin to cry she would then love on him. […]

Man throws baby across room

Man throws baby across room

Winter Haven, Florida — “This suspect admitted to smoking a blunt and a half of marijuana, staying up all night then becoming enraged enough to throw a baby across a room just because it was crying,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “This is just another example of marijuana abuse linked to child abuse.” In the pre-dawn […]

Daycare Operator Arrested 13 Months After Boys Death

Daycare Operator Arrested 13 Months After Boys Death

Ocala, Florida — Former Ocala daycare operator, Kim Blanchette, 46, was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Marion County Jail on May 27, 2014. It all started on March 22, 2013, when Marion County Sheriff’s Detective Erik Dice responded to 21 NE 50th Avenue, Ocala, in reference to a child that had been […]