Case in legal review after man files false DCF report

Case in legal review after man files false DCF report

The Florida Department of Children and Families is currently reviewing a formal complaint to bring felony charges against Walter Ravon Dawson, 48, also known as Ray Dawson, of Orlando after he filed false reports against a Marion County man. Dawson told DCF that the father of three had injected drugs into his wife, forced wine […]

Man faces three counts of child neglect

Man faces three counts of child neglect

Marion County — A 25-year-old was released on a $6,000 bond after being charged with three counts of Child Neglect. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence after a caller reported that three small children had been left alone. According to the arrest affidavit, the children — 16 months, three, and five years of […]

Children locked in car, mom in bar drinking

Children locked in car, mom in bar drinking

A Umatilla women was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Neglect after she locked two small children in a car parked outside a bar while she was inside drinking. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to Kat’s Krazy 8 Bar, located at 20290 Southeast 142 Place, after a caller reported two small children locked […]

Food stamp disbursements will come early in November

Food stamp disbursements will come early in November

Food stamp recipients who received their benefits on an earlier date in October due to Hurricane Matthew will also receive benefits early for the month of November. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, the early disbursement applies to recipients who live in Alachua, Baker, Brevard, Bradford, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, […]

Florida Youth Ranch now has custody of 10-year-old homicide suspect

Florida Youth Ranch now has custody of 10-year-old homicide suspect

Ocala, Florida — A 10-year-old boy who was arrested and charged with manslaughter was released by a judge on Friday. Berhaun was released into the custody Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. The judge said that Berhaun cannot be left unsupervised, namely with children who are younger than him. Marion County sheriff’s detectives say they arrested […]

Man arrested for DUI, DCF investigators now involved

Man arrested for DUI, DCF investigators now involved

Ocala, Florida — A man arrested for DUI is now facing a Department of Children and Families investigation. Denver D. Patterson, 29, was stopped by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy after he crossed over the double yellow line while heading eastbound on Northeast 35th Street. Patterson veered into oncoming traffic and nearly struck another vehicle […]

WIC offices will close in July

WIC offices will close in July

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today announced the WIC offices located in Dunnellon and Lynn will close in July. Currently these sites are open two days per month on alternating Wednesdays. All clients served at these two sites are already reassigned to receive services at the other locations. The […]

Christy Bostic-Petrain Charged With Child Neglect

Christy Bostic-Petrain Charged With Child Neglect

  New Smyrna, Florida — On December 16, 2013 at approximately 1:38 p.m., a witness contacted the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and advised she observed an intoxicated person operating a motor vehicle with a juvenile inside. The witness stated she pulled into the Walmart parking lot at 3155 SR 44, New Smyrna Beach and parked […]