Pit bull bandit strikes again

Pit bull bandit strikes again

Ocala, Florida — Authorities are now issuing an alert to all Marion County residents in regards to pit bull puppies. On Monday, June 10, 2014, 17 more pit bull puppies were stolen from a yard in the 7600 block of NW 49th Avenue. The victim told deputies that she left her home around 8 p.m. […]

Ocala man slams girlfriend’s head through wall

Ocala man slams girlfriend’s head through wall

Ocala, Florida — On June 6, 2014, Deputy Jesse Terrell responded to the 1200 block of NE 35th Street in reference to a disturbance. When Deputy Terrell arrived on the scene he was met by a female victim whom stated her live-in boyfriend and father of her 2-month-old daughter had assaulted her. The victim told […]

Ocala man could be facing 30 years in HIV case

Ocala man could be facing 30 years in HIV case

Ocala, Florida — Darren Chiacchia, the former U.S. Olympic equestrian rider and part-time Ocala resident that was arrested on January 20, 2010 and charged with Sexually Transmitting a Disease to his partner, now has a warrant for his arrest, according to court documents. Chiacchia, now 49, was scheduled to appear before Judge Hale Stancil for […]

Lake County deputy chases man into Marion County

Lake County deputy chases man into Marion County

Summerfield, Florida — On May 30, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 14100 block of Southeast Highway 301 in Summerfield, Florida in reference to a stolen 2012 Jeep Wrangler valued at $38,000. The victim stated that he left the vehicle unlocked, however, he lives on a large piece of property which is completely […]

Jury rules against Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Jury rules against Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Ocala, Florida — A civil jury has awarded $2.25 million to the family of Joshua Salvato in the wrongful death case against the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Salvato was 21-years-old when he was shot and killed by Deputies Lauren Miley and Norman Brown on July 6, 2012. Deputies had responded to the area of Sunset […]

Ocala man says he just wanted a “b-Job”

Ocala man says he just wanted a “b-Job”

Ocala, Florida — The United Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) recently conducted a “Prostitution/John Reverse” Operation for the sole purpose identifying any person attempting to solicit prostitution. During the operation, an undercover agent was approached by a male, later identified as Jacob Fritz, 22, in the 2300 block of South Pine Avenue, Ocala, Florida. When […]

Man arrested for soliciting undercover agent

Man arrested for soliciting undercover agent

Ocala, Florida — The United Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) recently conducted a “Prostitution/John Reverse” Operation for the sole purpose identifying any person attempting to solicit prostitution. During the operation, an undercover officer/deputy was approached by a male, later identified as Thomas Roberts, 21, in the 2300 block of South Pine Avenue, Ocala, Florida. Roberts […]

Daycare Operator Arrested 13 Months After Boys Death

Daycare Operator Arrested 13 Months After Boys Death

Ocala, Florida — Former Ocala daycare operator, Kim Blanchette, 46, was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Marion County Jail on May 27, 2014. It all started on March 22, 2013, when Marion County Sheriff’s Detective Erik Dice responded to 21 NE 50th Avenue, Ocala, in reference to a child that had been […]

Aubrey Price wanted by FBI, marijuana grow house in Marion County

Aubrey Price wanted by FBI, marijuana grow house in Marion County

  Marion County, Florida — On January 01, 2014, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles McIntosh responded to 16535 N.E. Jacksonville Road, in reference to a possible marijuana grow house. When Deputy McIntosh arrived he was briefed by Deputy Jones, who was already on the scene. According to reports, Deputy Jones responded to the residence at […]