Man accused of conducting a Craigslist reverse sex sting operation for profit

Man accused of conducting a Craigslist reverse sex sting operation for profit

Dunnellon, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Dunnellon man for operating his own reverse sex sting operation, a tactic often used by law enforcement. MCSO said that David W. Scalf, 45, posed as a teenage female, then attempted to extort money from pedophiles that contacted him for sex, believing him to be a juvenile female. […]

2-car crash on SR 200 leaves one injured & one dead

2-car crash on SR 200 leaves one injured & one dead

Ocala, Florida — A 39-year-old Ocala woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on State Road 200 after she crossed into oncoming traffic. The accident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 7:56 a.m., near Ocala BMW in the 5000 block of Southwest State Road 200. According to the Ocala Police Department, Madhavi Balineni was driving a 1992 […]

Ocala girl chosen to represent Florida; All-American National American Miss

NAM is not a beauty pageant; they are building tomorrow's leaders.

Ocala girl chosen to represent Florida; All-American National American Miss

Ocala, Florida — A young girl from Ocala has been chosen to represent Florida in the prestigious All-American National American Miss (NAM), which teaches young girls life skills and confidence. NAM is not a beauty pageant; they are building tomorrow’s leaders. From a very young age, Celia Rose Jeffreys, 10, wanted to be a dancer […]

Homeless man beaten with his own crutch

Homeless man beaten with his own crutch

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police recently arrested a man they say beat another homeless man with his own crutches and then robbed him. The incident occurred on Monday near the intersection of Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest 2nd Street, Ocala. Police stated that the victim was walking with a man, later identified as John Wooten, 34, […]

Alleged ethics violation allegations against city councilman John M. McLeod

Alleged ethics violation allegations against city councilman John M. McLeod

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post is currently investing city councilman John M. McLeod, after receiving information that suggests he failed to list all real property on his Statement of Financial Interests’ forms. The disclosure of all real property as an elected official is state law. The submitted complaint against McLeod reads: Please accept this complaint against John […]

8-foot King cobra on the loose

8-foot King cobra on the loose

Orlando, Florida — Currently, 10 people are searching a property East of Lake Apopka/North of 50/South of 441, where a king cobra went missing. The cobra is approximately 8 feet long. It was reported missing by its owner, Mike Kennedy, who has a permit to be in possession of exotic the snake. According to officials, a series […]

Family dog bit on face by rattlesnake

Family dog bit on face by rattlesnake

Silver Springs, Florida — Imagine letting your pet outside to go to the bathroom, hearing a yelp, then finding your beloved family member motionless on the ground. That is exactly what happened to Mike Melody of Silver Springs. Melody, who has four inside dogs, let them outside around 4 p.m. on August 26, to do […]

Man who shined laser at sheriff’s helicopter said he meant no harm; offered to cut grass

Man who shined laser at sheriff’s helicopter said he meant no harm; offered to cut grass

Silver Springs Shores —  On Wednesday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Helicopter Pilot, Sergeant Darren Bruner, and Tactical Flight Officer, Sergeant John Rawls, were assisting deputies on the ground with a suspicious vehicle investigation in the area of Almond Road and Banyan Road when Sgt. Bruner advised his helicopter had been struck with a laser. […]

Woman charged with 8 counts of Animal Cruelty-Cause Cruel Death Pain and Suffering

Woman charged with 8 counts of Animal Cruelty-Cause Cruel Death Pain and Suffering

Ocklawaha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was charged with 8 counts of felony Animal Cruelty-Cause Cruel Death Pain and Suffering following an inspection of her property by Marion County Animal Services. Animal Control Officer Richard Pratt responded to 16750 Southeast 95th Street Road, Ocklawaha, after receiving a tip that Melanie A. Owen, 52, had been […]

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Florida — Insurance rates for children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids full pay insurance plan are going to almost double on October 1, 2015. In response, the Health Insurance Marketplace, or “Obamacare,” is extending its Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to allow families impacted by the rate increase to enroll in health insurance on Healthcare.gov. […]

MCFR fire chief candidate accused of harassment against women and lack of higher education

MCFR fire chief candidate accused of harassment against women and lack of higher education

Ocala, Florida — On August 26, acting County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes selected Deputy Fire Chief Paul Nevels as the candidate to become the next Marion County Fire Chief. Bouyounes will present his selection to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 1. According to Marion County Public Information […]

Man busted little girl’s nose

Man busted little girl’s nose

Anthony, Florida — A man, who deputies say struck a little girl in the face over the weekend, was released from jail on a $3,500 bond Monday. An adult victim stated that she and David J. Dees, 39, were involved in a verbal altercation when the 8-year-old female victim told Dees to stop yelling at […]

CF baseball ready for new season

CF baseball ready for new season

Ocala, Florida — With baseball’s fall season quickly approaching, the Central Florida baseball team is ready to get back on the diamond. Marty Smith will be entering his 22nd season as head coach for the Patriots, where he went 28-21 last year, and he has a career record of 612-441-4. Smith led the Patriots to […]

Man blamed his crimes on a male escort

Man blamed his crimes on a male escort

Silver Springs – A credit card thief got caught after he left a receipt from items he had purchased in a stolen car. Deputies say and elderly woman notified authorities when she awoke and discovered her car parked in front of her neighbor’s house along side of the road. The victim said, “At first I […]

Man solicited undercover officer for sex

Man solicited undercover officer for sex

Ocala, Florida — On August 21, members of the United Drug Enforcement Strike Team arrested Joseph A. Moseley, 22, for Solicitation of Prostitution. An undercover officer, who was posing as an escort on backpage.com, was contacted by Moseley via telephone. Moseley arranged to meet the undercover officer at a motel in the 3800 block of Southwest […]