Daniel Loople Dies After Mangled Metal Mess On I-75

Daniel Loople Dies After Mangled Metal Mess On I-75

  At around 4:11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, two tractor trailers collided on I-75 near mile marker 371. Michele Richardson-Lozano, 43, who was driving the Dollar General semi was stopped in the outside lane of northbound I-75, in her 2009 Volvo Tractor Trailer due to a previous accident that had occurred earlier near […]

Gregory Griffin Charged Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Gregory Griffin Charged Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man is jailed after nearly running over his girlfriend and their small child. On October 1, 2013, Deputy Michelle Wright responded to a residence located at 5620 NW 2nd Place in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival the deputy was informed by the victim that she and her live […]

MCSO Annual Halloween Festival

MCSO Annual Halloween Festival

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, the Marion County Sheriff’s Southwest HWY 200 District Office, which is located at 9048 SW Highway 200, will be hosting their Annual Halloween Festival. This event will include clowns, games, face painting, bounce house, live DJ, along with gift bags and candy which will be provided to the trick-or-treaters. You […]

Karen Drake DUI And Naked

Karen Drake DUI And Naked

Ocala, Florida — The sheriff’s office received two calls on Sunday, September 29, 2013 around 10:10 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle that was parked halfway in the road in the area of the 10300 block of SW 129th Terrace Road. When deputy John Lightle arrived at the location, he observed a black 2009 four door […]

Ocala Police Department Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier Arrested

Ocala Police Department Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier Arrested

[Last updated September 30, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier was arrested on Sunday, September 29, 2013, after crashing his car into a brick mailbox at approximately 9:30 p.m. According to Florida Highway Patrol Officer Geoffrey Pubillones, Gauthier was traveling south on SE 8th Street Road when […]

Marion Oaks Suspects Wanted

Marion Oaks Suspects Wanted

Marion Oaks — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in catching some thieving criminals. They are looking for multiple black males in their teens to early twenties. The suspects may be driving a dark blue Honda, Acura, or possibly a Toyota. Separately they are also looking for suspects that may be driving a […]

Sheriff Chris Blair Strong Armed By Commission But Says, “I Still Have To Protect My Deputies”

Sheriff Chris Blair Strong Armed By Commission But Says, “I Still Have To Protect My Deputies”

  The September 26, 2013, Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting was nothing short of political strong arming. Residents of Marion County witnessed the door to catastrophe opening. Ocala.com wrote, “Blair conceded.” However, it wasn’t a concession at all. Commissioners gave Sheriff Chris Blair an ultimatum; an ultimatum that Blair was not prepared to […]

Manuel Rodriguez Dressed Like A Woman To Shoplift

Manuel Rodriguez Dressed Like A Woman To Shoplift

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested after shoplifting while dressed like a woman. Deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on HWY 200, on September 25, 2013, after receiving a call regarding a theft. When deputies arrived they were informed by the A.P. Officer that a man identified as Manuel Rodriguez, was dressed as a […]

Vandalism Suspects Wanted

Vandalism Suspects Wanted

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying whoever is responsible for multiple acts of criminal mischief.   Sometime between 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, and 8 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, five vehicles and four mailboxes were damaged. The vandalism occurred along NW 42nd Place in Ocala, which totaled around $4,000 […]

Marcelo Mesa & Stefano Squartino Arrested In Dunnellon

Marcelo Mesa & Stefano Squartino Arrested In Dunnellon

  Dunnellon, Florida — Two men have been arrested in Dunnellon after a traffic stop turns up a large amount of drugs. 21-year-old Stefano Squartino and 20-year-old Marcelo Mesa, both of whom are from Marion County were arrested Tuesday, September 23, 2013, after being pulled over by a Dunnellon Police Officer for failing to use […]

Sherry Lewis To Be Sentenced In Ocklawaha Murder

Sherry Lewis To Be Sentenced In Ocklawaha Murder

Ocklawaha, Florida — The Ocklawaha woman who killed her husband back in September of 2012 has plead guilty and faces up to 30 years in prison. The Marion County Communication Center received a 911 call on September 22, 2012, around 12:08 a.m. from Sherry Wilson Lewis, 50, of 3715 SE 174th Court in Ocklawaha, who […]

Vicki Laspina Ripped Off An Elderly Villages Woman

Vicki Laspina Ripped Off An Elderly Villages Woman

A Villages woman is in jail after officials say she stole almost $15,000 from the woman she was supposed to be caring for. Vicki Lee Laspina, 59, was supposed to be taking care of the 92-year-old woman who Laspina says is like a mother to her. Instead, she used the victim’s checking account to make […]

Kevin Bailey Assaulted His Family SWAT Was Dispatched

Kevin Bailey Assaulted His Family SWAT Was Dispatched

Ocklawaha, Florida — A call came in around 1:30 a.m., September 22, 2013 about an assault and battery, however it soon escalated and SWAT had to be dispatched to 12220 S.E. 134th Court, Ocklawaha. Detectives say the victim called about Kevin Roger Bailey, 34. It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that Bailey was armed […]

Voting For The Ocala Drive-In Extended Cast Your Vote Now

Voting For The Ocala Drive-In Extended Cast Your Vote Now

The voting has been extended for Project Drive-In and four more projectors will be donated to the Drive-In with the highest votes. The Ocala Drive-In opened in 1948 and was renovated in July of 2011.       The Drive-In is truly a piece of Ocala’s history, and residents are most certain to be devastated […]

Sheriff Chris Blair Says He Will Not Apologize For Standing Up For Citizens

Sheriff Chris Blair Says He Will Not Apologize For Standing Up For Citizens

  “It is with great honor and pride that I stand ready to serve you, the citizens of Marion County. I am humbled beyond words at the opportunity to work with you and my fellow board members in making the decisions involving growth management, solid waste, economic development, and the protection of our precious natural […]

Man Points Bow And Arrow At A Deputy

Man Points Bow And Arrow At A Deputy

Marion County, Florida — On September 7, 2013, Deputy Writer responded to a call at 15545 NE 148 Ter. Rd. in Ft McCoy, after Richard Hummel , 53, dialed 911. Hummel told 911 dispatchers that he was having thoughts of suicide and would like to be taken to the Centers for help. Deputy Writer arrived […]

Marion County Commissioners Admit They Did Not Comply With State Law Rejecting Blair’s Request

Marion County Commissioners Admit They Did Not Comply With State Law Rejecting Blair’s Request

  Marion County, Florida — It appears the county tried to pull the wool over Sheriff Blair’s eyes. The commission recently snubbed Blair, turning his budget proposal down. County Commission Chairwoman Kathy Bryant and County Attorney Guy Minter confirmed that the commission’s rejection of Blair’s request did not comply with a state law that grants […]

Sheriff Chris Blair wants you to know the truth about the budget

Sheriff Chris Blair wants you to know the truth about the budget

Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 11 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting at the CNG fuel station, located at 3230 SE Maricamp Road. This will be the first CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) station in Marion County making that a total of eight in the State. “The Marion County Board of […]