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 […]

MCSO: Shots fired at SWAT and UDEST agents

MCSO: Shots fired at SWAT and UDEST agents

Pedro, Florida  — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement officials were met with gunfire as they attempted to serve a warrant on Wednesday morning. According to MCSO Lt. Ryan Robbins, SWAT members and agents with the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) were shot at while serving a high-risk drug search warrant at 332 […]

Halloween Horror Nights actors attacked, some want alcohol ban

Halloween Horror Nights actors attacked, some want alcohol ban

Orlando, Florida — Two Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights scare actors have quit and more are expected to follow, after they were attacked by guests. According to a police report filed with the Orlando Police Department, William Nunnally, 28 was arrested on October 21, after he punched an actor, and Karla Rondan-Diaz, 32, was arrested […]

Lake Weir Kiwanis presents: Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner

Lake Weir Kiwanis presents: Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner

Marion County – The Lake Weir Kiwanis Club will be hosting a Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, November 6, 2015. Kiwanis park is located at 15380 Southeast 140th Avenue Road, Weirsdale. Starting at 6:00 p.m. – Spaghetti dinner (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, drink; homemade desserts available for donation). Then, at 7:00 p.m. – Trivia (1st, […]

Evergreen Elementary dean of students exposes penis

Evergreen Elementary dean of students exposes penis

Ocala, Florida — Evergreen Elementary dean of students Patrick Sasnett was arrested following allegations that he exposed himself to a grandmother. Sasnett is also a Pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 718 Northwest 7th Street, Ocala. The victim stated that she was called to the school on October 26, because her grandchild had received some […]

Rain: Drive with your headlights on, it’s the law

Rain: Drive with your headlights on, it’s the law

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Highway Patrol would like to remind all drivers that Florida Statute 316.217(1)(b) states that all vehicles being operated on the roadways of Florida must have its low-beam headlights on while it is raining. However, using your emergency flashers is against the law while a vehicle is in motion. According to Florida Statute […]

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Man accuses FWC of giving back illegal bear killed during bear hunt

Florida — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they will have to make some adjustments before the next bear hunt. This past weekend, Florida had its first bear hunt in 21 years, and it had to be shut down early because FWC underestimated the success of the hunt. According to officials, 3,778 bear-hunt […]

2 more arrested in Cloud 9 nightclub shooting

2 more arrested in Cloud 9 nightclub shooting

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two more criminals involved in the shooting that took place at the Cloud 9 nightclub on September 13, 2015. These arrests make a total of three in this case, after Laquan Ria’Mel Barrow, 24, was arrested on September 21, 2013. Six people were shot on […]

Woman threw a sausage, then a punch

Woman threw a sausage, then a punch

Belleview, Florida — A Belleview teen was arrested after she assaulted a pregnant woman on Sunday. Marion County sheriff’s Deputy Vernon Reese responded to the Kangaroo store located at 7590 East Highway 25, after a call came in about a physical altercation. The victim, 18, told Deputy Reese that she was standing at the rear of […]

Woman arrested, says bee sting caused her to flash ‘tatas

Keeping with the theme of Pine Street

Woman arrested, says bee sting caused her to flash ‘tatas

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police arrested a woman who exposed herself to people while she was standing in front of Champions BBQ on Pine Street. Witnesses from Champions BBQ told police that a woman, later identified as Denise R. Belflower, 34, was flashing and slapping her breasts at passerby in front of the business. At one point, Belflower got on the […]

Thousands gather at Thrill the World Ocala 2015

Thousands gather at Thrill the World Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — The smell of food and excitement filled the air at Downtown Square Ocala on Saturday. Ocala’s Biggest Fall Festival, sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment, Inc., attracted approximately 8,000 people. That is 3,000 more people than last year’s estimate. The festival included trick-or-treating, dancing, face painting, games, a haunted house, music, […]