Mayor Guinn says he will have to be arrested to stay away from victims, OPD Chief to be suspended

Mayor Guinn said, "So I am going to be [at the police department] at 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m. If you want to stop me, send someone over there to arrest me."

Mayor Guinn says he will have to be arrested to stay away from victims, OPD Chief to be suspended

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala City Council on Tuesday initiated the process to suspend Ocala Police Chief Kenneth Gregory Graham, who has been accused of Sexual Harassment, Hostile Treatment, Retaliation, and Discrimination. The vote, initiated by council president Jim Hilty, passed 4 to 1 — Councilman Jay Musleh voted against the suspension. Hilty said that […]

The race for sheriff: You asked, we got answers

The race for sheriff: You asked, we got answers

Marion County — Ocala Post reached out to the four candidates competing in the Marion County Sheriff’s race. Only two responded—former sheriff Ed Dean (D) and 26 year Ocala police veteran Lieutenant Billy Woods (R). Candidates Dennis McFatten (D) and Kerry Crawford (R) did not respond. This article will not address crime rate statistics for […]

Former Sheriff Chris Blair makes a deal with prosecutors

Blair will never be able to run for sheriff in the Fifth Judicial District

Former Sheriff Chris Blair makes a deal with prosecutors

Marion County — Former Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair withdrew his candidacy for re-election. In a letter to Supervisor of Elections, Welsley Wilcox, Blair wrote, “Having duly qualified for election for the office of Sheriff of Marion County, in the Republican Primary and General Elections of 2016, I hereby immediately and irrevocably withdraw my candidacy […]

Former Sheriff’s kiosk program under investigation, removed from businesses

Former Sheriff’s kiosk program under investigation, removed from businesses

  UPDATE: Ofab Inc. CEO speaks out about the removal of the crime prevention kiosks Marion County – The kiosk program, which was created by former Sheriff Chris Blair in 2014, is under investigation by the State Attorney’s Office. On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris […]

Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Transgender bathroom ban passes 4-1

Ocala, Florida — The resolution to ban transgender bathrooms in Marion County schools has been officially adopted. During a Tuesday emergency resolution meeting, the Marion County School Board passed the resolution with a  4-1 vote. Marion County Public School Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, said, “The resolution limits school bathrooms to students based on birth […]

Marion County sales tax initiative

Marion County sales tax initiative

Ocala, Florida — Official Press Release – On March 10, Marion County residents will have another opportunity to learn about the county’s sales tax initiative before casting their vote during the upcoming presidential primary. County Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant will host two informational sessions, as follows: Sales Tax Informational Meetings March 10 Morning session: 10 a.m. […]

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

[Last updated on February 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office has completed an extensive investigation into cases involving former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Eduardo Bustamante. The investigation involved multiple use-of-force complaints and falsified arrest reports. In one of the alleged use-of-force cases, Bustamante was accompanied by Sergeant Ben Adams. […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office sergeant demoted and suspended

Marion County Sheriff’s Office sergeant demoted and suspended

Ocala, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s Office supervisor was demoted and suspended after an internal affairs investigation revealed that he made false statements to the Commander of the Marion County Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST). In a letter of suspension to Jeremie Nix, it states that he was demoted to the rank corporal […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander suspended

Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander suspended

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander, Sergeant Jeremie Nix, was suspended with pay from MCSO. Public Information Officer Lieutenant Ryan Robbins wrote, “At this time no other information can be released until the [Internal Affairs] investigation is completed.” MCSO would not explain the circumstances surrounding Nix’s suspension. Ocala Post […]

Concerns about a culture of fear and intimidation at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Concerns about a culture of fear and intimidation at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Ocala, Florida — Someone, who wishes to remain unnamed out of fear of retaliation from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, reached out to Ocala Post and expressed concerns he has about the administration within MCSO. This person would only agree to speak with Ocala Post if he could remain a confidential source, therefore Ocala Post, […]