Belleview mom arrested for attempting to suffocate two-year-old; released next day

Belleview mom arrested for attempting to suffocate two-year-old; released next day

Belleview, Florida — A Belleview woman that was arrested on June 11, 2014, for attempting to suffocate her daughter was released on $2,000 bond just a day later. Jessica Lehman, 25, is accused of trying to suffocate her daughter nearly two years ago. Belleview Police Department Detective Ray Dwyer, discovered Lehman’s crime after she filed […]

Attention Walmart shoppers; beware of self checkout kiosks

Attention Walmart shoppers; beware of self checkout kiosks

Consumers who shop at Walmart should pay extra close attention when using a self checkout kiosk. Too often people rely on the capability and accuracy of technology; essentially making the human brain lazy when it comes to numbers & more specifically, numbers involving cash transactions. Customers often times use self checkout due to the extremely […]

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 […]

Father and son arrested for littering

Father and son arrested for littering

Ocala, Florida — A father and son have been arrested for dumping nearly 1,000 lbs of trash on the back-end of someone else’s property. Anthony Leonardo Sr., 55, and Anthony Leonardo Jr., 32, were arrested on June 9, 2014, after the victim reported that a large amount of trash had been dumped on his property. […]

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. […]

Suspicious packages / envelopes have been received

Suspicious packages / envelopes have been received

Ocala, Florida — Suspicious packages/envelopes have been received at several locations throughout Marion County. Lake Weir High School (County) Forest High Schoool (County) Belleview High School (County) Hillcrest School ( City) Marion County Court House (City) Ocala Star Banner (City) Elk’s Lodge (City) Westport High School (City) Blessed Trinity School (City) Marion County School Board […]

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 […]

Boat motor thief on the loose

Boat motor thief on the loose

Ocklawaha, Florida — On Sunday, June 8, 2014, two boat motors were stolen off of a boat that was parked at a home in the 15700 block of SE 115th Place Road, Ocklawaha. The motors are described as a Minn Kota trolling motor and a Yamaha outboard. The home owner said prior to the motors […]

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 […]

Marion County inmate attacks corrections officer

Marion County inmate attacks corrections officer

Ocala, Florida — Xavier Washington, 43, was brought to the Marion County Jail for Violation of Probation and Career Offender Registration on May 30, 2014. Washington was in the booking office being disruptive and creating a disturbance when Corrections Officer Damon instructed Washington to follow him to the holding cell where he intended to place […]

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 […]

North Marion High School graduate killed in tragic accident

North Marion High School graduate killed in tragic accident

This morning, the body of Domarius Simpson, 19, was discovered in an open field after he crashed his Ford pick-up truck. Simpson was in the vehicle alone at the time of the crash. Simpson, a North Marion High School student, was set to graduate tonight. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Simpson was driving east […]

Large scale retail theft ring discovered in Marion County

Large scale retail theft ring discovered in Marion County

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detectives – working with other counties – have identified a retail theft ring responsible for large scale thefts of household products, personal hygiene products, and clothing items such as socks, underwear, and T-shirts. This is a well-organized multi-level operation including low-level professional thieves -with lookouts – entering a […]

Ocala man pulls police dogs tail

Ocala man pulls police dogs tail

Ocala, Florida — On June 1, 2014, Ocala Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from an anonymous caller in regards to a man having approached her asking for help. The caller told dispatch that the man had exited the woods in the area of the 300 block of NW 10th street, at the railroad […]

Volunteers begin clean-up of historical cemetery

Volunteers begin clean-up of historical cemetery

Ocala, Florida — On May 14, 2014, Ocala Post wrote about the deplorable conditions of the historical Evergreen Cemetery in Ocala, Florida. The cemetery is Ocala’s first cemetery and a large part of history for Ocala. According to the Historic Ocala Preservation Society, 10 years ago they arranged for volunteers to clean up and restore […]

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