Marion County horse tested positive for West Nile virus

Marion County horse tested positive for West Nile virus

  Ocala, Florida —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Marion County. A horse tested positive for the West Nile virus and there is a heightened concern that residents will become ill. The horse was located on a farm […]

Marion County official resigns following community outrage

Marion County official resigns following community outrage

  Ocala, Florida — Recently, Ocala Post did an article titled ‘Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD.’ The article was about Marcel “Butch” Verrando, who was serving the citizens of Marion County as a member of the Fire Advisory Board (appointed by Commissioner Stan McClain) and a former candidate for Marion County Commissioner, […]

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

  Ocala, Florida — Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that can be very debilitating and even result in the death of the individual afflicted. This condition not only disproportionally affects soldiers, but also firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and law enforcement officers. Marcel “Butch” Verrando, who currently serves the citizens of Marion County as a […]

Citra shooting suspects now in custody

Citra shooting suspects now in custody

  Citra, Florida — Yarnell Bagley, 20, of Citra was captured by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit working with both the Ocala Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. Bagley was placed in handcuffs around 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, […]

Ocklawaha man still missing

Ocklawaha man still missing

    Ocklawaha, Florida — John Radabaugh Jr., 48, has been missing since February 25, 2014. An intense and extensive search was performed for nearly a week before being called off. John Radabaugh Jr. went missing while he and his father were raking leaves at their residence. According to detectives, the father allegedly went inside […]

MCSO: The rest of the story

MCSO: The rest of the story

  Ocala, Florida — Recently, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Ocala Star-Banner reporter, Bill Thompson, with a series of questions, to which they responded with alacrity. The Sheriff’s Office said they bent over backwards and provided very detailed answers, all of which are available through public record. Professional Compliance Bureau Chief, Major […]

Human remains still a mystery

Human remains still a mystery

  Ocala, Florida — There is still no information on the identity of the human remains found on August 18, 2014. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information that human bones were discovered in a wooded area just north of Ft. McCoy on County Road 315 in Marion County. The Special Investigations Unit responded along […]

Suwannee St. Johns Sierra hosts BEE Rally

Suwannee St. Johns Sierra hosts BEE Rally

Ocala, Florida — The Suwannee St. Johns Sierra Chapter, which includes Marion County, will stage a BEE rally on the Ocala Downtown Square on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Included will be a mock cemetery, which will show 40 of the most popular fruits and vegetables that will be lost […]

Man charged with incest

Man charged with incest

  Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested Wednesday, after the Ocala Police Department was notified he had sex with a 16-year-old female, who is of blood relation. According to reports, Danny Moreno, 37, picked the girl up from her hotel, then returned to his residence where the two had consensual sex. Moreno’s 14-year-old […]

Decomposing body found in Ocala

Decomposing body found in Ocala

  Ocala, Florida — A suspicious death investigation is underway after the discovery of a decomposing body. The body of 47-year-old Wendy Ann Kane was found Tuesday after neighbors smelled a foul odor while performing a well-being check and immediately dialed 9-1-1. The body was found at 5701 SE 33rd Court. She had been dead […]

Five deputies suspended: Standard agency procedure

Five deputies suspended: Standard agency procedure

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office suspended five deputies yesterday for potential excessive use of force on one of the drug dealers arrested in a drug raid that took place on August 7, 2014, shortly after 5 a.m. Derrick Price, 43; Eddie Perez, 36; K.C. Starks, 42; Marcus Starks, 35; Nicole Radank, […]

Church volunteer beaten during Kidnapping in Ocala

Church volunteer beaten during Kidnapping in Ocala

  Ocala, Florida — On August 11, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a 69-year-old white female resident of Ocala was kidnapped at knife-point while volunteering with her church group. The group was providing meals to those in need in the area of NW 3rd St. and N. Magnolia Avenue. After all were fed, the victim […]

Ocala: Three shootings over weekend

Ocala: Three shootings over weekend

Ocala, Florida — On August 8, 2014, a shooting occurred in the 900 block of Southwest Fort King Street and another at Sutton Place Apartments, located at 520 NE 23rd Circle, Ocala. Several shots were fired in the Fort King area. Bullets hit a house and a parked vehicle. In the Sutton Place Apartments incident, […]

DUI checkpoint alert

DUI checkpoint alert

Ocala, Florida — There will be a multi-agency Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Friday, August 8, 2014, from 10:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Southeast Fort King Street. The Ocala Police Department says the checkpoint is intended to look for drivers who could be committing various traffic violations. Possible violations include, but […]

Body found at Serenity Apartments

Body found at Serenity Apartments

  Silver Springs, Florida — A decomposing body was found at the Serenity Apartments located at 4800 NE 33rd Place, Ocala. On August 6, 2014, Maintenance man and manager, Gregory Mercado, said he went to the apartment to service the air conditioner and change out the fire extinguisher. Mercado said after he knocked on the […]

Shores man attempted to strangle his wife over Facebook friends

Shores man attempted to strangle his wife over Facebook friends

Ocala, Florida — A Silver Springs Shores man was arrested following a domestic dispute that turned violent. According to reports, the victim told Deputy David McClure that her husband, Timothy Gray, 26, had beaten and strangled her. The deputy noted that the residence was in complete disarray and that the victim had visible injuries and […]

“Ba da ba ba ba” “You’ll love it”

“Ba da ba ba ba” “You’ll love it”

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post has received dozens of e-mails asking about the McDonald’s on County Road 484. Well, it’s out with the old and in with a whole new modernized look. The biggest concerns from residents seemed to be focused on parking issues and how long morning commuters would have to go without their […]

Armed robbery: Victim pistol whipped

Armed robbery: Victim pistol whipped

Ocala, Florida — Two men were arrested after being identified as suspects in an armed robbery. On July 28, 2014, Deputy Wallace responded to the 2000 block of NW 43rd Street (apartments), Ocala. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the victim, whose face was covered in blood and he had several lacerations on his […]

Health hazard: Pool home in Marion Oaks causing quite a buzz

Health hazard: Pool home in Marion Oaks causing quite a buzz

Ocala, Florida — In Citrus County, officials are being proactive in preventing chikungunya fever. The chikungunya virus is spread by mosquitoes, and has already been reported in Palm Beach, Dade, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pasco counties, as well as other parts of Florida. Health officials said the virus made its way into the U.S. […]

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 […]