Hiker missing in Ocala National Forest

Hiker missing in Ocala National Forest

  Ocala, Florida — On August 10, 2015, Christopher Anderson went for a hike near Salt Springs, Florida. When Anderson did not show up to meet his friends they reported him missing. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with Marion County Fire Rescue Technical Rescue Team have been searching the Ocala National Forest searching for […]

Toddler dies after falling in hole

Toddler dies after falling in hole

Ocala, Florida — A 1-year old-boy died Sunday after he fell into a hole in a backyard behind Greenfields Apartments, located at 5390 SE 29th Place, Ocala. According to a press release, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies received a call at approximately 11:00 a.m. in reference to 1-year-old Wyatt Steed who had wandered away from his […]

Missing runaway teen

Missing runaway teen

Ocala, Florida — Victoria Edwards, 14, was last seen at her home on August 4, 2015, at approximately 11 p.m. She said goodnight to her twin sister, packed a back-pack full of clothes, and left a letter for her family informing them that she was running away. If anyone knows of Victoria’s whereabouts, please call 911. […]

Ocala Post investigates: Serious food safety issues at local Winn-Dixie

Ocala Post investigates: Serious food safety issues at local Winn-Dixie

[Last updated on August 6, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post recently investigated the Marion Oaks Winn-Dixie following multiple complaints from consumers about food safety concerns. During one incident, a reader contacted Ocala Post and stated that she noticed chicken in a Winn-Dixie coffin-freezer had apparently been thawed and then refrozen. The customer […]

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Palm Bay, Florida — A police dispatcher was arrested on Monday and charged with eight (8) counts of Capital Sexual Battery and five (5) counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. According to reports, Amanda Chandler, 40, was having a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old boy. Palm Bay police said Chandler is married and has two […]

Ocala man sexually abused girl for 10 years

Ocala man sexually abused girl for 10 years

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ocala man and charged him with six (6) counts of Sexual Assault by a Custodian on a 15-year-old Female. According to investigators, the victim had been sexually abused since the age of four (4). On Monday, Deputy Marques responded to Northwest 3rd Place, Ocala, after […]

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

Ocala, Florida — It was a little disheartening to see all the Marion County citizens rally for the Confederate flag recently.  Not that they shouldn’t be allowed to show their enthusiastic support for whatever cause they deem worthy, but the fact that they then show such little support for the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department […]

Sheriff: Mother murdered father, 6-year-old daughter

Sheriff: Mother murdered father, 6-year-old daughter

Lakeland, Florida — A 25-year-old Central Florida woman is behind bars following the murder of her 6-year-old daughter and 50-year-old father. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released a detailed report of the incident on Monday morning. On August 1, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 5221 Drane Field Road, Lakeland, in reference to a […]

Unbelievable act of kindness from firefighters after man sustained serious injuries

Unbelievable act of kindness from firefighters after man sustained serious injuries

Belleview, Florida —  While an elderly man was mowing his yard Friday morning he fell and suffered serious injuries. Marion County Fire Rescue E18 and R18 were dispatched and promptly responded to the location of the incident. Upon arrival, both units began treatment. While R18 transported the patient to the hospital, E18 cleared the call […]

2 of 5 deputies plead guilty after the beating of a compliant suspect

2 of 5 deputies plead guilty after the beating of a compliant suspect

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies Trevor Wade Fitzgerald, 32, and James Louis Amidei, 32, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to the August 7, 2014, beating of Marion Oaks drug ringleader, Derrick Price, 44. There were a total of five deputies involved in Price’s arrest. The remaining three deputies have been identified as Cody […]

IRS phone scam hits Marion County

IRS phone scam hits Marion County

Ocala, Florida — An IRS phone scam taking place across the country has surfaced in Marion County. On July 25, a Marion County resident, who had been fortunate enough not to fall victim to the scam, contacted Ocala Post. According to the IRS, the calls have become more sophisticated, which often times leads a person […]

Felony warrant for woman yields two arrests

Felony warrant for woman yields two arrests

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police made a double arrest as they attempted to serve a warrant on a felon over the weekend. Ocala Police Officers Hall and Diesso responded to the 200 block Northeast 19th Avenue after they received a tip that a woman with outstanding warrants would be at the location. While police were […]

Vehicle burglaries at gyms and parks, windows shattered

Vehicle burglaries at gyms and parks, windows shattered

Ocala, Florida — Thieves are targeting vehicles in Ocala, and it doesn’t look like keeping your vehicle locked will stop them. Over this past weekend, there were multiple vehicle burglaries at Jervey Gantt, Planet Fitness, the Aquatic Center & Dog Park, and YMCA. Additionally, there were multiple vehicle burglaries in the Fore Ranch area. Detectives […]

FHP: Shots fired at Florida Highway Patrol Trooper on I-75; suspect dead

FHP: Shots fired at Florida Highway Patrol Trooper on I-75; suspect dead

  Video clip courtesy of Damon A. Easley [Last updated on July 26, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.] Micanopy, Florida — UPDATE  — The man who fired at a FHP trooper Saturday morning, was located and shot dead after an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect. The suspect apparently ran after the gunfire was exchanged. His […]

Armed robbery at Taco Del Mar

Armed robbery at Taco Del Mar

Ocala, Florida — Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man they say robbed the Taco Del Mar, located at Southwest Highway 200, Unit 4, at gunpoint. A restaurant employee told MCSO Deputy Paul Youmans that the suspect entered the restaurant, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him, and demanded money. According […]

AMBER ALERT for missing toddler who was possibly kidnapped

AMBER ALERT for missing toddler who was possibly kidnapped

Jacksonville, Florida — An Amber Alert was issued for a 21-month-old boy Friday morning after he was allegedly kidnapped during a car theft. Officials said that 21-month-old Lonzie Barton was last seen outside the Ravenwood apartment complex on South Old Kings Road, Jacksonville, at approximately 2 a.m. Investigators said that Lonzie’s mother, Lonna Lauramore, 25, was waiting to […]

Family was using taxpayer money and committing credit card fraud while smoking dope

Family was using taxpayer money and committing credit card fraud while smoking dope

Davenport, Florida — An ongoing credit card counterfeiting investigation led to three arrests after Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a search warrant at 626 Sunset View Drive, Davenport. According to police reports, in January 2015, a victim in Texas contacted PCSO in reference to his debit card being used in Davenport to withdraw funds. […]

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