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 […]

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 […]