Ruptured natural gas line on U.S. 27

Ruptured natural gas line on U.S. 27

[Last updated on June 24, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The gas line has been repaired and there are no further dangers to the community. On Wednesday, officials reported a ruptured natural gas line, located in the 3800 block of U.S. 27. According to the Ocala Police Department, traffic was re-routed eastbound on U.S. […]

Investigation open after family pet slain

Investigation open after family pet slain

Sparr, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation following the June 13 shooting of a family pet. On June 15, Ocala Post reported that Madelyn Parker, of Sparr, found the family dog, Ziek, shot dead through the head. Parker said that Ziek never left the yard, but because he was extremely […]

Military occupy Ocala by the hundreds

Military occupy Ocala by the hundreds

[Last updated on June 23, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — On Monday, Community Technical & Adult Education (CTAE) spokeswoman Janie Gunnell said that Marion County citizens should not worry about the 600 to 700 military personal that have recently occupied Ocala. The military has taken over the Westport High School parking lot and […]

Marion Oaks kidnapper arrested

Marion Oaks kidnapper arrested

[Last updated on June 22, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.] Marion  Oaks — A suspect has been arrested in Dublin, Georgia, following a Sunday night kidnapping, which occurred in Marion Oaks. The suspect was found hiding out at an American Inn motel room Monday morning. The East Dublin Police Department, along with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to […]

Domestic battery suspect leads deputies on high speed chase

Domestic battery suspect leads deputies on high speed chase

Ocala, Florida — On Friday, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded  to the Silver River Inn, located at 5565 East Silver Springs Boulevard, in reference to a domestic disturbance in progress. Deputies reported that when they arrived, suspect Richard Sanders, 26, was already attempting to flee the scene. Sanders led deputies on a high speed chase […]

Owners of A to Z Discount Beverages arrested

Owners of A to Z Discount Beverages arrested

Ocala, Florida — Marion county Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two business owners following and undercover investigation that span from June 6 to June 18, 2015. Detectives said that they had received information that indicated the owners of A to Z Discount Beverages, located at 2626 North Magnolia Avenue, Ocala, were dealing in stolen property and […]

Two drug dealers arrested, drugs were in children’s reach

Two drug dealers arrested, drugs were in children’s reach

Ocala, Florida — Two drug dealers are off the street after detectives discovered a couples drug operation while serving a warrant this week. On Wednesday, Marion County Sheriff’s Detective Tortora and Deputy McQuaig responded to 3841 Northeast 16th Avenue, Ocala, in reference to a warrant check on Andrew W. Eden, 28. Eden had an active warrant […]

Dayco evacuated after woman pulls gun

Dayco evacuated after woman pulls gun

Ocala, Florida — Police said Dayco, located at 3100 Southeast Maricamp Road, was evacuated late Wednesday morning after the daughter of an employee pulled a handgun and threatened to shoot. At approximately 10:45 a.m., the Ocala Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to Lynnette Pierluissi, 22, pulling a […]

Wet ‘n Wild closing for good

Wet ‘n Wild closing for good

Orlando, Florida — Wet ‘n Wild, America’s first water park, which opened in 1977 will permanently close on December 31, 2016. Universal Studios purchased the water park in 2013. Universal Orlando Resort Public Relations Vice President Tom Schroder wrote, “We’re grateful to our countless fans and team members for making Wet ‘n Wild such a […]

5 days of free medical, dental, and optical coming to Ocala

5 days of free medical, dental, and optical coming to Ocala

[Last updated on June 18, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — United Hands, Inc. has created FreeD.O.M. Clinic USA to address the growing need for dental, optical, and medical care to the indigent, homeless, and uninsured in America. Their unpaid volunteers are motivated by their love of people and their passion to share their […]

Citizens furious over clearing of the former Waldo police chief

Citizens furious over clearing of the former Waldo police chief

[Last updated on June 17, 2015, at 5:44 p.m.] Waldo — Despite five officers coming forward, hundreds of complaints from citizens, warnings from the American Automobile Association (AAA), and a book that ousted the Waldo Police Department; former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo has been cleared of any wrongdoing. In addition to the officers coming […]

Family heartbroken after family pet found slain

Family heartbroken after family pet found slain

Sparr, Florida — A family is grieving after the tragic loss of one of their two dogs. Madelyn Parker, of Sparr, said the last few days have been very traumatic for her family after they found that their pet dog, Ziek, had been shot dead. It has been especially devastating for her 5-year-old son, Easton. Parker […]

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Ocala, Florida — A report recently issued by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), claimed that Marion County is among the top Florida counties when it comes to funding fire rescue and emergency medical services. The findings were released on June 3 as an alleged compilation of fire control and EMS expenditures and rankings for […]

Two wanted for cell phone snatch and run at Verizon store

Two wanted for cell phone snatch and run at Verizon store

Marion County — On June 2, Ocala Police Officer Erica Reese responded to the Verizon Wireless, located at 3451 Southwest College Road, Ocala, in reference to a grand theft. Upon arrival, Officer Reese made contact with the store manager. The manager stated that two black males came into the store and had been talking with […]

Dog thief caught

Dog thief caught

Ocala, Florida — A pit bull that was stolen from the Humane Society while they were attending an adoption event at PetSmart on May 30, has been recovered. According to a press release, today, Ocala Police Officer Sergeant Erica Hay responded to the Marion County Humane Society to check on three dogs she had recently […]

Heroin dealer arrested in Ocala

Heroin dealer arrested in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — An undercover investigation by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team lead to the arrest of a heroin dealer in Ocala. On one occasion, agents reported that Melissa S. Young, 31, A.K.A Melissa Parrish, sold five aluminum bindles of heroin to an informant.  During a second encounter, Young sold four bindles of heroin […]

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