Baby killer sentenced to life

Baby killer sentenced to life

Ocala, Florida — A killer was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after being convicted of First-Degree Murder. The sentencing stemmed from the 2014 death of 1-year-old Jayden Green. Kendall Corey Dustin Blyden, 29, was originally charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, but once Jayden was removed from life support, his charges will be upgraded. Kendall […]

Baby’s death under investigation

Baby’s death under investigation

Marion County — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a baby. In an e-mail, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Public Information Officer, Lauren Lettelier, wrote, “Due to the sensitive nature of the case, we cannot release [all of the details.] John William Smith, not even one, arrived at Munroe Regional Medical […]

Man fires several shotgun rounds into occupied home

Man fires several shotgun rounds into occupied home

Ocala, Florida — A man was arrested after Marion County sheriff’s deputies say he fired several shotgun rounds into an occupied home. The incident happened on Northeast 172nd Place, Ocala. The victim told deputies that he and the suspect, Kevin Cornelius Mitchell, 30, had been working on a fence earlier in the day. According to […]

Man jumped from truck, was upset with his friends

Man jumped from truck, was upset with his friends

[Last updated on September 6, 2016, at 3:16 p.m. A previous version of this article stated that the men searched for two hours. Investigators have since corrected that time to 30 minutes.]   The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the death of an Ocala man who jumped from a moving truck Saturday. Deputies […]

To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

"I was completely vulnerable and helpless."

To the Editor: Domestic violence victim was deaf and at my doorstep

Note: Before readers jump to conclusions and attack the writer, readers should realize that this information was addressed with the Sheriff’s Office first and posted to their Facebook page. The post was later deleted. The Sheriff’s Office stated that they do not have a need for an interpreter. Ocala, Florida — I usually keep to […]

Shooting at local nightclub leaves 5 injured and one dead

Shooting at local nightclub leaves 5 injured and one dead

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department, assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, are investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 130 a.m. outside an Ocala nightclub. Ocala Police were the first to arrive at Cloud 9, located at 1910 South Pine Avenue, Ocala, following the shooting. When Ocala police arrived, they found that […]

Solid waste events for furniture and electronics

Solid waste events for furniture and electronics

Marion County Solid Waste’s monthly furniture collection events are held at varying recycling centers throughout the county to provide convenient locations for citizens to bring their old furniture. Solid Waste then transports the furniture to the landfill. Upcoming furniture collection events are as follows: July 18 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.  Baseline Recycling Center (5601 SE […]

MCSO found compliant with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act

MCSO found compliant with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Jail underwent an extensive, three-day audit and was found to be 100 percent compliant with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). According to the sheriff’s office, during the ‘Exit Interview’, PREA auditor Buddy Kent stated in his analysis that MCSO’s Detention Bureau […]

Boil water notice for multiple communities

Boil water notice for multiple communities

Marion County — Marion County Utilities has issued a precautionary boil water notice for customers in the communities of Majestic Oaks, Bent Tree, Jasmine Park, Harvest Meadows, Boyd, and Pidgeon Park. Utilities advises that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be brought to a rolling boil for at least […]

Animal services reduces cat adoption fees

Animal services reduces cat adoption fees

Ocala, Florida — Adopt a Shelter Cat Month does not start until June, but kitten season has already begun and Marion County Animal Services has countless cats (well, almost) looking for homes. This summer, residents can adopt all of the fun, love, and entertainment that a pet cat can provide for a reduced adoption fee. The adoption […]

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

[Last updated on May 6, 2015, at 11:35 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners would not support a motion to move forward with the re-organization of the county’s administration. Many believe the Board’s decision was because the community came together and demanded change after Ocala Post published an […]

Public school will start a week earlier

Public school will start a week earlier

Marion County — The Marion County School Board announced that Marion County public schools will now start on August 17 — a week earlier than normal. Previously, the start date was scheduled for August 24. The school board actually wanted to change the start date to August 10, but they revised the plan and settled […]

MCSO: Monumental change within the sheriff’s office

MCSO: Monumental change within the sheriff’s office

Ocala, Florida — In light of recent terrorist attacks, increased chatter, and intelligence about “lone-wolf” terrorists — both foreign and domestic — the Marion County Sheriff’s Office plans to deter any threats against Marion County by being prepared. Ocala Post recently reported that the FBI alerted multiple local law enforcement agencies, advising them to be […]

Curfew warning; keep children off the streets after dark

Curfew warning; keep children off the streets after dark

Ocala, Florida — In May, Ocala Post told you about the curfew being enforced by the Ocala Police Department. However, some parents seem to have ignored the issue. According to OPD, many parents are allowing their children to roam the streets at night. While the problem is mostly with teens; children as young as 9-years-old […]

Atheists complain about today’s prayer vigil

Atheists complain about today’s prayer vigil

    Ocala, Florida — Today’s Community Prayer Vigil, that the Ocala Police Department is urging citizens to support, has atheists upset. This is a community vigil, not an Ocala Police Department, or City of Ocala vigil. Ocala Post has received more than a dozen “anonymous” hate e-mails from local individuals claiming to be atheist […]

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