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 […]

Two MCSO majors suspended following sheriff’s arrest

Two MCSO majors suspended following sheriff’s arrest

On Saturday, Marion County interim Sheriff Emery Gainey suspended two MCSO Majors. According to a press release, Major Don Maines, who is over the Bureau of Professional Standards, and Major Tommy Bibb, who is over the Bureau of Special Investigations, have been placed on paid administrative leave. The suspension came just one day after the arrest of […]

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair indicted by grand jury

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair indicted by grand jury

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris Blair for two counts of Perjury in an official proceeding and one count of Official Misconduct. At 2:51 p.m. Friday, Blair was booked into the Marion County Jail. He was released on bond at 3:31 […]

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. […]

Shooting leaves deputy injured, suspect dead

Shooting leaves deputy injured, suspect dead

[Last updated on February 4, 2016, at 10:28 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — A Marion County sheriff’s deputy and an unidentified suspect were injured Wednesday night during a shooting at the Marathon gas station, located at 1940 SE 58th Ave, also known as Baseline Road. At approximately 7:00 p.m., MCSO deputies were dispatched to the Marathon […]

Video: 5th deputy indicted in Marion Oaks police brutality case

Video: 5th deputy indicted in Marion Oaks police brutality case

Ocala, Florida — A federal grand jury has indicted former Marion County Sheriff’s deputy, Jesse Alan Terrell, 33, who is accused of beating Derrick Price, 44, during an arrest that took place in 2014 in Marion Oaks. Terrell is the fifth deputy to face charges in this case. Former Deputies Trevor Wade Fitzgerald, 32, James […]

Wal-Mart parking lot shooting: No Charges

Wal-Mart parking lot shooting: No Charges

Ocala, Florida — No charges for Colt Thriemer, 20, for the shooting death of Thomas James Brown, 21. The State Attorney’s Office said Thriemer is protected by the “Stand Your Ground” law. The shooting took place on July 9, 2014. According to a very detailed e-mail sent to Ocala Post, friend Stephanie Torres stopped by […]

Childcare center under investigation after 2-year-old wanders off

Childcare center under investigation after 2-year-old wanders off

Ocala, Florida — Crossroads Church and Childcare Center is now under investigation after a 2-year-old was found wandering alone by a retention pond. On July 9, 2014, Jessie Estock called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after arriving at Crossroads Church and Childcare Center to pick up his son Braydon, and found him wandering on the […]

Belleview shooting suspects behind bars

Belleview shooting suspects behind bars

Belleview, Florida — Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 28-year-old Candice Ambrose. Malik Jones, 28, of Belleview, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. on July 1, 2014. He faces a charge of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. Rickey Brown, 26, of Summerfield, was arrested at 8:55 p.m. […]

Alleged home invasion in Forest leads to stabbing

Alleged home invasion in Forest leads to stabbing

Ocala, Florida — On June 27, 2014, shortly after 10 p.m., a 911 call came in from an individual whom stated that he had stabbed two intruders. The caller stated that two men had forced their way into his home and attacked him, so he stabbed both of them. He said after he stabbed the […]

Ocala payroll clerk arrested

Ocala payroll clerk arrested

Ocala, Florida — On June 20, 2014, America’s Choice RV Park owner, Cody Loughlin, called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in reference to suspected grand theft. Upon arrival, Deputy Christine Rodriguez met with Loughlin, whom stated he found evidence his payroll clerk, Tammy Hein, 34, had been stealing from his company. Loughlin stated that Hein […]

Shooting in Citra

Shooting in Citra

Citra, Florida — (ORIGINAL ARTICLE) The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that happened overnight in Citra. The sheriff’s office received a call about shots being fired in the 17300 block of NW 16th Terrace sometime after 11 p.m. on June 24, 2014. Michael Sumpter, 55, was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, […]

Local law enforcement agencies waiting on The Rook Vehicle

Local law enforcement agencies waiting on The Rook Vehicle

Ocala, Florida — It’s called The Rook, a unique machine used to protect law enforcement officers, while they protect you. Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair, asked Marion County Commissioners for approval to buy the $255,000, 13,000 lb. beast and, with little resistance, Marion County Commissioners agreed. The decision comes following recent – but separate – […]

Missing child alert for June 23, 2014

Missing child alert for June 23, 2014

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, is asking the public’s help in locating a teen that has been missing since Thursday, June 19, 2014. Dhenay Allen, 13, was last seen at her grandmother’s residence located at 18988 NW 60th Avenue, Orange Lake, Florida. At the time, Dhenay was […]

Man with dirt bike tries to run family down

Man with dirt bike tries to run family down

Ocala, Florida — A 19-year-old Ocala man was arrested on June 20, 2014, after he intentionally tried to run down a family with his dirt bike. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, along with her four children, were attempting to move their golf cart when Daniel Lincoln came within inches of hitting […]

SWAT standoff in the Dove Hill Subdivision ended without injuries

SWAT standoff in the Dove Hill Subdivision ended without injuries

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6:50 a.m. Marion County Fire Rescue units arrived at the Dove Hill Subdivision in the 2800 block of NE 64th Lane to assist Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies with any potential medical/hazardous materials situations that could have arose from the standoff. Upon arrival, a paramedic unit handled the elderly victim, whom […]

SWAT surrounds home in Dove Hill Subdivision

SWAT surrounds home in Dove Hill Subdivision

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Crisis Negotiations team and Bomb Squad are in Dove Hill Subdivision in the 2800 block of NE 64th Lane in Ocala. Early indications are a man committed a violent crime then barricaded himself inside a home and is refusing to come out. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office […]

Pit bull theft suspect arrested

Pit bull theft suspect arrested

Ocala, Florida — On June 16, 2014, Adrian Anderson, 22, of Ocala was charged with Burglary and Grand theft. This case started on On Monday, June 10, 2014, when 17 pit bulls – two adult females – and 15 puppies – were stolen from a yard in the 7600 block of NW 49th Avenue. The […]

Shots fired on Baseline Road in Ocala

Shots fired on Baseline Road in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — Shots were fired today, Friday the 13th, during a domestic dispute said Marion County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Valerie Strong. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, reportedly told authorities that her ex-boyfriend, Steven Johnson, 19, came to her house, kicked in a door and dragged her outside. As the two fought, she bit […]

Shots fired into Ocala home;pit bull puppies stolen

Shots fired into Ocala home;pit bull puppies stolen

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014, someone drove by the home where 17 pit bulls puppies were stolen on Monday, and fired several shots into the home. Bullets zipped through the home, hitting Taegren Jones, 31, in the hand and Taegren Jones Jr., 3, in the forearm as they […]