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 […]

Anthony Woman Arrested For Aggravated Animal Cruelty

Anthony Woman Arrested For Aggravated Animal Cruelty

  Anthony, Florida — On April 7, 2014 the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a man in reference to his neighbor, Sherry Spears Wilemon, 66, shooting and killing his cat with a pellet rifle. The man told Deputy Calvin Batts that he had not seen [his] cat “Smokey” since early Sunday Morning. […]

Teco Gas Employee Threatened With Knife

Teco Gas Employee Threatened With Knife

  Ocala, Florida — A Teco gas employee was checking a gas line at an unoccupied building in Berkshire Oaks where he parked his Teco truck at the rear of the building when he was threaten with a knife. According the Ocala Police Department, he walked to the front of the building to get the […]

Homeless guy murdered mom

Homeless guy murdered mom

  Crystal River, Florida — On April 5, 2014, shortly after 3 p.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an area behind Farmer’s Furniture in Crystal River, which is a known homeless camp, in regards to a domestic incident. Deputies were searching for Benjamin Dick, 23, in reference to an aggravated battery where his brother […]

Man Punches Two Kids In Face At Church

Man Punches Two Kids In Face At Church

  Ocala, Florida — On April 6, 2014 multiple deputies responded to chaotic scene at St. Johns Catholic Church in reference to a battery, and were met by a group of people that spoke limited English. According to a witness, he (the witness) had exited the church and saw Hector Francia, 42, punching two juvenile […]

Ocala Man Wanted; Public’s Help Needed

Ocala Man Wanted; Public’s Help Needed

  Ocala, Florida — An arrest warrant has now been issued for an Ocala man on a charge of sexual assault on a child. 18-year-old Jon H. Wadkins is now wanted and on the run after the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office notified the Marion County Sheriff’s Office that Wadkins sexually assaulted a child while she […]

Increased Punishment For Sex Offenders In Florida Signed Into Law

Increased Punishment For Sex Offenders In Florida Signed Into Law

  Tallahassee, Florida — On April 1, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bills 522, 524, 526 and 528, which substantially strengthen protections against sex offenders. Protecting Florida’s most vulnerable from sexual offenders is a joint priority during the 2014 Legislative Session for Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley […]

Phone Scam Alert For Ocala

Phone Scam Alert For Ocala

  Ocala, Florida — A new scam warning for Ocala residents that begins with a phone call. The pitch: “You have just won a new Mercedes and $3.5 million in cash.” The caller will be very convincing and say something like, “In order to collect your money and your car you must first pay the […]

Loud Music Gets Two Brothers Arrested

Loud Music Gets Two Brothers Arrested

  Ocala, Florida — On April 2, 2014 at approximately 9:15 p.m., Lieutenant Turner and Deputy Terrell were parked in the 5700 block of NW 219 Street Road and could hear extremely loud music. After approximately 30 minutes Lieutenant Turner and Deputy Terrell responded to the location in which the loud music was coming from. […]

13-Year-Old in adult jail for attempting to murder parents

13-Year-Old in adult jail for attempting to murder parents

  Ocala, Florida — Yaquelin Don, the 13-year-old accused of plotting to murder her parents, is now in an adult jail being kept away from other inmates. On Friday, March 28, 2014, a grand jury indicted Don on charges of Attempted First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Don is being charged as an […]

Ocala Home Invasion With A Twist

Ocala Home Invasion With A Twist

  Ocala, Florida — On Sunday, March 30, 2014 at approximately 1:22 a.m., officers responded to Carrington Lane Apartments located at 3001 SE Lake Weir Avenue in reference to a disturbance called in by a neighbor. When Officer Doug Russell arrived on the scene three subjects exited the residence with blood on them. Officer Russell […]

Silver Springs Pervert Behind Bars

Silver Springs Pervert Behind Bars

  Ocala, Florida — Joseph James Doolittle, 27, of Silver Springs, has been charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation-Victim Under 12. The 9-year-old victim told detectives that Doolittle put his hand in her panties and touched her vagina. The victim stated that she told Doolittle to stop, at which time he tried to force his […]

$240,000 In Vehicles Stolen From Ford Of Ocala

$240,000 In Vehicles Stolen From Ford Of Ocala

  Ocala, Florida — Just before 4 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Ford of Ocala dealership, 2816 N. Pine Avenue, Ocala, Florida suspects stole three (3) Ford F-250 4×4 Crew Cab Lariat diesel trucks and two (2) Ford Mustang sports cars. It is believed at least five or more suspects may be involved […]

26 Men Arrested In Sex Sting Involving Minors

26 Men Arrested In Sex Sting Involving Minors

    Seminole County — On March 24, 2014 the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of Operation SafeNet, a multi-agency, undercover operation targeting individuals who use the internet to sexually exploit children. Law enforcement from 16 Central Florida agencies joined forces to arrest 26 individuals who traveled to and within Seminole County intending […]

Ocala Thieves Selling Items At Yard Sales

Ocala Thieves Selling Items At Yard Sales

  Ocala, Florida — Investigators say several vehicle burglaries occurred during February, 2014. The crimes happened within the Forest/Ocklawaha districts. During the investigations, Christopher Pyatte and Gerald Dowe were identified as burglary suspects. According to invesitgators, Dowe and Pyatte would drive into specific neighborhoods and Pyatte would check for unlocked vehicles; once a vehicle was […]