Concealed carry of a weapon during a state of emergency/evacuation

Concealed carry of a weapon during a state of emergency/evacuation

Ocala Post has received multiple e-mails in regards to concealed carry during a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency. In 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a state of emergency. SB-290 created an exception to the conceal carry statute and enables a person who […]

New Jersey man finds gun on rooftop of a business

New Jersey man finds gun on rooftop of a business

  Passaic, New Jersey — A New Jersey man called police on Tuesday after he found a gun on the roof of a business. The incident occurred at approximately 11:16 a.m. Mark DeMeola, a field supervisor for Delco Air, Sayerville, NJ, was servicing the HVAC systems at Passaic Plaza, located at 122-148 8th Street, Passaic, […]

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, […]

Quick-thinking family keeps boy from bringing rifle to school

Quick-thinking family keeps boy from bringing rifle to school

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is still investigating an incident in which a 13-year-old boy attempted to bring an AR-15 assault rifle to school. Officials say that the boy was confronted by his father when he noticed that his son was “acting strange” while getting ready for school. According […]

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 […]

North Marion student arrested for having weapons on campus

North Marion student arrested for having weapons on campus

Ocala, Florida — A North Marion High School student was arrested after school officials searched the student’s vehicle and found a loaded gun. On Tuesday, May 26, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy at North Marion Middle School received information that North Marion High School student, Douglas Hurteau, II. 17, was allegedly storing a […]

Career criminal arrested on weapons and drug charges, back on the street

Career criminal arrested on weapons and drug charges, back on the street

Ocala, Florida — A drug dealer and convicted felon was arrested Thursday morning after the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) served a search warrant at 2814 Southwest 16th Street. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, UDEST seized 8 ounces of cocaine, 27 ounces of high grade marijuana, $6,941 in cash, AK-47 ammunition, an […]

MCSO: A violent fugitive in Marion County has been captured

MCSO: A violent fugitive in Marion County has been captured

Ocala, Florida — Marion County residents can rest a little easier knowing a violent drug-dealing criminal is off the streets and behind bars. On October 29, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit received an anonymous tip on the location of a subject who was featured on one of their crime prevention kiosks […]

Mother and daughter murdered, killer now dead

Mother and daughter murdered, killer now dead

Ocala, Florida — Murder suspect, Ricardo De Jesus Barrera, passed away last night, October 21, 2014, at 8:05 p.m. at UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida. On October 20, 2014, at approximately 2:56 p.m., officers from the Ocala Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance at Springwood Village Apartments, 1525 SE 25th Street, Ocala. As […]

Attempted armed burglary suspect identified, photo released

Attempted armed burglary suspect identified, photo released

Ocala, Florida — At around 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Marion County Sheriff deputies responded to 5840 N.W. 2nd Street, Ocala, in reference to an attempted armed burglary in progress. The homeowner called 911 and stated that two (2) people were attempting to break into their home and one of the intruders was armed with a […]

RaceTrac robbery followed by multiple shootings: Two children shot

RaceTrac robbery followed by multiple shootings: Two children shot

  Ocala, Florida — An armed robbery was the beginning of a busy night for law enforcement and it happened just moments before multiple shootings occurred in Ocala. On today’s date, September 12, 2014, at approximately 1:14 a.m., Ocala Police Officer Jason Rodriguez, was the first to respond to the RaceTrac located at 4820 SW […]

Drive-by shooting in Ocala

Drive-by shooting in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — In recent weeks, Ocala has experienced a surge in shootings that have been linked to drugs. According to the Ocala Police Department, there were two drive-by shootings earlier this morning. One incident occurred in the 900 block of Southwest Fort King Street and the other at Sutton Place Apartments, located at 520 […]

Doctor saved lives, with a gun

Doctor saved lives, with a gun

Darby, Pennsylvania — A suspect who was in critical condition after being shot by his doctor, has now been charged with murder after he awoke from sedation on Saturday. On July 24, 2014, Richard Plotts, 49, shot and killed case worker Theresa Hunt, of Philadelphia, at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center on the Mercy […]

Spring Manor Apartments shooting over females and drugs

Spring Manor Apartments shooting over females and drugs

Ocala, Florida — On July 25, 2014, at approximately 1:37 a.m., the Ocala Police Department received a call in reference to a subject having been shot at Spring Manor Apartments, 2851 NE 7th St., Ocala, Florida. As a result of this incident, Jaire Burgess, 19, died. The investigation has been ongoing. On today’s date, July […]

Police pull extra detail at Spring Manor Apartments following shooting; could be more to story

Police pull extra detail at Spring Manor Apartments following shooting; could be more to story

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department now has the dangerous task of protection detail at Spring Manor Apartments following today’s shooting death of 19-year-old Jaire Burgess. Pulling detail tonight was K-9 Sergeant Erica Hay and K-9 Officer Casey Walsh. Dressed in full tactical uniforms, including bulletproof vests, they were ready to begin their shifts. […]