Marion officials planning temporary ban on medical marijuana

Marion officials planning temporary ban on medical marijuana

Marion County — On November 8, 2016, millions of Floridians exercised their right to vote to ensure that the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Amendment 2, passed. Amendment 2 ballot summary “Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ […]

Concealed carry of a weapon during a state of emergency/evacuation

Concealed carry of a weapon during a state of emergency/evacuation

Ocala Post has received multiple e-mails in regards to concealed carry during a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency. In 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a state of emergency. SB-290 created an exception to the conceal carry statute and enables a person who […]

2 arrested after 16 decomposing bodies found

2 arrested after 16 decomposing bodies found

Two funeral home employees were arrested after authorities found 16 corpses being mishandled, according to Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports. Bay County officials said that Gregory Dunphy, 64, and Felicia Boesch, 39, were charged Sunday with 16 counts each of Unlawful Storage of Human Remains. A tipster called the sheriff’s office and reported the incident […]

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season closes soon

2016 Gulf recreational red snapper state season closes soon

  The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters closes July 11, with the last day of harvest being July 10. The season will reopen Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This season will help maintain fishing opportunities for recreational anglers in state waters and […]

Most fireworks are illegal in Florida

Most fireworks are illegal in Florida

  Florida — There will be dozens of firework shows across Florida next month, 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 prohibits any fireworks […]

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

  Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties on July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla, and Taylor counties, opened June 1 and […]

National Action Network takes aim at your right to keep and bear arms

National Action Network takes aim at your right to keep and bear arms

  Florida — Is Florida under attack?  Many Floridians say yes, as many organizations refer to Florida as the wild west. This includes many LGBTQ organizations. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ rights organization in the country, on Friday, stated that the organization is supporting stricter gun laws and want all “assault” rifles ban. Namely, […]

Orlando man charged with operating a chop shop

Orlando man charged with operating a chop shop

An Orlando man is facing a plethora of charges after he was linked to the theft of two construction trailers in Osteen and additional crimes in Orange County. The Sheriff’s Offices in Volusia and Orange counties teamed up and apprehended 31-year-old Russell Folmer, who is being held at the Orange County Jail. Both trailers, a stolen […]

TrophyCatch season 4

TrophyCatch season 4

TrophyCatch Season 3 ended on a very positive note, and Season 4 is off to an even better start, with peak fishing time right around the corner. TrophyCatch is the citizen-science program that allows the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to collect data on largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds. In return, corporate […]

Triple homicide investigation in Lakeland

Triple homicide investigation in Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida — Polk County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating a triple homicide that occurred at 2314 East Magnolia Drive, Lot 2, Lakeland.  A fourth victim was transported to an area hospital. At approximately 6:45 a.m., on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a call advising there […]

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has concluded Season 3 (Oct. 1, 2014 to Sep. 30, 2015) of the TrophyCatch citizen-science, conservation rewards program for anglers who catch, document, and release large-mouth bass greater than 8 pounds. On Dec. 5, at approximately 1 p.m. at the Bartow Ford Winter Wonderland event in north […]

Man who was falsely accused of rape, back in jail

Man who was falsely accused of rape, back in jail

Ocala, Florida — Probation officers say a man who was on felony probation was arrested after he left Marion County without permission. Records show that the man left Marion County for a job interview with Rita Staffing in Lakeland. In August of 2011, when he was just 18 years old and a senior at West […]

Smoking ban in standardized public housing

Smoking ban in standardized public housing

Florida — Floridians living in standardized public housing may be soon be ban from smoking, as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro has introduced a smoke-free policy in HUD-affiliated public housing authorities nationwide. The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida (BTFF), the state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program, has been working to educate […]

Authorities need your help locating missing Ocala girl

Authorities need your help locating missing Ocala girl

Ocala, Florida — The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has issued an alert for a missing Ocala teen. Destiny was last seen on October 28, 2015. She may be in the company of an adult male. Authorities believe that Destiny may still be in the Ocala area. Destiny is a black female, approximately 5 foot 7 inches […]

Man who allegedly placed hoax bombs arrested

Man who allegedly placed hoax bombs arrested

Silver Springs Shores – A Silver Spring Shores man was arrested after he was accused of manufacturing multiple hoax bombs. Detectives allege that Joseph Papson, 37, is the person responsible for placing several fake bombs at 61 Pecan Run Circle, Ocala. According to reports, detectives found several items in the garage at the location that were […]

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church usher arrested

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church usher arrested

      Ocala, Florida —  A Blessed Trinity Catholic Church usher was arrested after he was caught on surveillance video stealing money from the collection plate. On November 3, the church directly contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in regards to an usher they believed was stealing money. Investigators met with the reportee, whose […]

Skeletal remains found in Ocklawaha

Skeletal remains found in Ocklawaha

Ocklawaha, Florida — The skeletal remains of an unidentified person were found by three fisherman on Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the remains were found by three fishermen at a remote location between the 6300 and 6500 block of Southeast 149th Court Road, Ocklawaha. According to a press […]

Illegal immigrant beats woman and attacks two deputies

Illegal immigrant beats woman and attacks two deputies

Ocala, Florida — Officials say an illegal immigrant from Mexico was arrested after he broke into a house, assaulted a young woman, then later attacked two deputies. Victor Daniel Garcia, 19, entered a house located in the 1000 block of Northwest 112th Court, Ocala, through a window and immediately made his way to a back bedroom where […]

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