Vandalized again: Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

Vandalized again: Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

Ocala, Florida — For the second time in less than a week, the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park was vandalized. The Ocala Police Department said that this time five flagpoles that represent the branches of the military were bent. Two of them were bent all the way to the ground. OPD said that the damage […]

School board employee arrested at school, faces 66 charges

"I am going to lose my job. I smoke weed and I have it in my purse right now."

School board employee arrested at school, faces 66 charges

Lakeland, Florida — Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Sleepy Hill Middle School cafeteria manager for drug possession on Tuesday. PCSO deputies responded to Sleepy Hill Middle School in Lakeland to investigate an anonymous tip in reference to Polk County School Board employee, Carolyn Jackson, 41, of Lakeland, who is employed as the cafeteria manager, […]

Woman beaten and strangled

Woman beaten and strangled

Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, Ocala Police Officer Janette Cabrera responded to a 911 call in reference to a domestic disturbance. When the officer arrived, she immediately saw a female, later identified as the victim, crying. The victim yelled out, “He just beat the s**t out of me.” Officer Cabrera reported that the victim could barely walk […]

Mom and two sons arrested after their vehicle caught fire

Mom and two sons arrested after their vehicle caught fire

Ocala, Florida — A family was arrested after they accidentally set their Chevy truck on fire. On Wednesday, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Walmart, located at 9570 Southwest Highway 200, after a store employee, Tim Cricketts, reported a vehicle fire. Cricketts stated that citizens had alerted Walmart staff about the fire. According to […]

Marijuana and Marion County

Marijuana and Marion County

Marion County — In July, Ocala Post reported that commissioners in Miami-Dade County, Florida, were the first in the state to pass an ordinance allowing marijuana (http://bit.ly/1QlQDDj) possession to be treated as a civil offense. Commissioners in Broward County, Miami Beach, and Gainesville are currently discussing a similar ordinance. At that time, Ocala Post asked readers […]

FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

FHP: The speed limit, myth and fact

  The Florida Highway Patrol said that education is the key when ensuring that the general public understands Florida traffic laws, and that they are doing everything possible to spread the word about traffic safety. On a daily basis, troopers say that there is one statement that they always hear: “I thought I was allowed to go […]

Open carry HB 163 passes first round in Florida

Open carry HB 163 passes first round in Florida

Florida — On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, in an 8-4 vote, approved HB 163 in its first round and paved the way for open carry in the State of Florida. The Bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, says this will make Florida safer, and many agree. Gaetz says that the states that […]

Fall Festival: Dancers wanted for Thrill the World Ocala 2015

The young and the young at heart are encouraged to attend and have a great time dancing.

Fall Festival: Dancers wanted for Thrill the World Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — Thrill The World Ocala is back for its fifth year this October. This is Ocala’s Biggest Fall Festival and you won’t want to miss it and is being sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment, Inc. Thrill the World Ocala is an annual attempt at the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller. […]

Ocala orthopedic surgeon killed in accident at his home

Ocala orthopedic surgeon killed in accident at his home

Ocala, Florida — Ocala orthopedic surgeon, Michael K. Riley, 49, was killed in a tragic accident over the weekend at his home located at 13025 South Highway 475, Ocala. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Riley was killed while attempting to attach a boat and trailer to his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at […]

Another price hike for Walt Disney World, changes for pass holders

Another price hike for Walt Disney World, changes for pass holders

Florida — Once again, Walt Disney World has raised its prices, making it more difficult for the average family to visit the theme park. For many, the “Happiest Place on Earth,” has become the most expensive place. According to Disney, a new color-coded annual pass system will replace the old annual passes at all Florida-based theme […]

Red tide alert for 10-2-2015

Red tide alert for 10-2-2015

Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present along and offshore of Bay and Gulf counties and adjacent to Franklin County in northwest Florida, and along and offshore of Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida. In the past week, K. brevis was detected in background to high concentrations in 11 […]

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

FWC: Register for the 2016 Python Challenge

  Official Press Release – Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida. Starting Thursday, Oct. […]

Belleview woman dies in single-vehicle car crash

Belleview woman dies in single-vehicle car crash

A Belleview woman died in a car crash Wednesday morning when she lost control of her vehicle and ran off the road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at approximately 1:48 a.m., a 2005 Nissan Murano, driven by Susan Michelle Ross, 49, was traveling south on Southeast 180th Avenue Road when, for unknown reasons, Ross […]

Dog dies after it was left in Humane Society van

Dog dies after it was left in Humane Society van

Ocala, Florida — The Humane Society of Marion County said that they are devastated over the death of one of their dogs that was left in a hot van. HSMC officials said, “As an organization that works so hard to preserve life, this is devastating to us.” On Friday, September 11, a person who was […]

Man attacked bank worker with metal baton

Suspect to husband, "Your wife deserved to get hit."

Man attacked bank worker with metal baton

[Submitted video] Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man who struck a woman in the head with a metal baton is being held without bail pending his next court date. On Friday, Ocala police responded to the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 1399 Northeast 25th Avenue, in reference to an assault. Medics were already on the […]

Six Gun Territory weekend

Six Gun Territory weekend

Williston, Florida — Thousands showed up Saturday and Sunday at Kirby Family Farm to experience what it was like in the Western days when Ocala had the very popular Six Gun Territory theme park. The park opened on February 2,1963, and remained open until 1984. This weekend, everyone was entertained by simulated gunfights and female cancan […]