Dumb criminals: I was about to have another beer when you stopped me

Dumb criminals: I was about to have another beer when you stopped me

Ocala, Florida — On October 7, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, William Blair II, conducted a traffic stop in the 4000 block of South Pine Avenue after noticing a vehicle with non-working taillights. According to reports, when Deputy Blair approached the vehicle, a female driver, later identified as Nichole Sommers, 33, was placing a beer […]

Deputy arrested for DUI

Deputy arrested for DUI

  This morning, September 5, 2014, at approximately 1:31 a.m., Deputy Esau Bright located a black, 2014 Toyota pickup stopped on the sidewalk/bike path at the 9100 block of West Newberry Road. Deputy Bright observed the driver leaning out of the driver’s side vomiting. When he approached the vehicle, he noticed a strong odor of […]

Man swallows cocaine; grabbed officer’s weapon

Man swallows cocaine; grabbed officer’s weapon

Ocala, Florida — A man was arrested today, following a traffic stop for speeding. On August 15, 2014, Anthony Sean Howard, 46, originally from Georgia, was pulled over by Ocala Police for driving 53 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 200 block of U.S. 441. Ocala Police Officers W. Joedicke and R. Mangum […]

Take a shot at drinking and driving…FHP will provide the chaser

Take a shot at drinking and driving…FHP will provide the chaser

  ~ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign starts this weekend ~ Tallahassee, Florida – (Official Press Release) The Florida Highway Patrol will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through Labor […]

Man threatened to shoot employee and burn down the business

Man threatened to shoot employee and burn down the business

Marion Oaks — On July 4, 2014, Deputy Bartlett responded to Crazy Dave’s Firework stand, located at 184 Marion Oaks Boulevard, in reference to a disturbance. The victims told Deputy Bartlett that Jason Munda, 36, had purchased fireworks from the stand earlier in the day, and later returned for a refund. According to reports, after […]

DUI checkpoint in Ocala; June 26, 2014

DUI checkpoint in Ocala; June 26, 2014

Ocala, Florida — There will be a Roadside Safety Checkpoint on June 26, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight in the 4700 block of Southwest 20th Street. The Ocala Police Department says the checkpoint is intended to look for drivers who could be committing various traffic violations. Possible violations include, but are not limited to: […]

DUI Checkpoint Alert 2014

DUI Checkpoint Alert 2014

  Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department will have a DUI checkpoint set up on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the 700 block of South Magnolia Avenue. Along with looking for impaired drivers, OPD officers will also be checking for valid driver’s license, proper insurance documents and valid […]

Driver Blows 4 Times The Legal Limit

Driver Blows 4 Times The Legal Limit

  Ocala, Florida — Witnesses travelling along U.S. 27, called law enforcement around 6 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014. The witnesses were concerned about a reckless driver in a red car. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived and briefly followed the suspected car. “I noticed that the vehicle straddled and crossed the center line […]

Young Woman’s Misdemeanor DUI Lands Her A Felony Charge

Young Woman’s Misdemeanor DUI Lands Her A Felony Charge

  Ocala, Florida — On February 3, 2014 shortly before 5 a.m., Corporal Moore was traveling west on SE 17th Street when he saw a silver Dodge Avenger traveling east, swerving and crossing over the lane marker. As Deputy Moore attempted to approach the vehicle, a second vehicle pulled up and tried to block the […]

Husband tells wife to refuse sobriety test after hit and run

Husband tells wife to refuse sobriety test after hit and run

  Ocala, FLorida — On January 12, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Ocala Police Officer, Jason Rodriguez, was working a hit and run crash involving an impaired driver. Officer Rodriguez responded to the call and met with a witness that said a dark colored Lexus fled the scene after hitting several mail boxes and a […]

Red riding lawn mower man arrested

Red riding lawn mower man arrested

  Ocala, Florida — On January 5, 2014 at approximately 7 p.m. Deputies Franco Porcelli and Jason Hunt responded to a traffic accident that happened on East Highway 40 and SE 162 Terrace. Deputy Porcelli was in the parking lot of Maries Famliy Diner when a man later identified as Michael Lakosky approached Deputy Hunt […]

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 […]