Man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at SWAT

Man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at SWAT

Williston, Florida — Readers are urged to read the update on this story at http://bit.ly/1Rfg5em. Dustin Heathman, 35, will face ten (10) counts of attempted murder on law enforcement officers. This incident started around noon, Sunday, June 01, 2014, when Heathman’s father notified law enforcement that Heathman was living at a residence, located at 17161 N.W. 162 Terrace, […]

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 […]

Five newborn puppies stolen from Ocala home

Five newborn puppies stolen from Ocala home

Ocala, Florida — Five pit bull puppies that were stolen from an Ocala home and away from their mom last week, are still missing. On May 21, 2014, Matthew Layfield and Ashley Ann left their home at approximately 1:30 p.m. When they returned at approximately 4:30 p.m., they found their home had been burglarized. The […]

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 […]

Victims Have A Chance To Get Stolen Property Back

Victims Have A Chance To Get Stolen Property Back

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, through the Evidence Division, is planning to reunite owners with their property. The event is planned for 1-4 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2014 on the main campus of the sheriff’s office at the multi-purpose building, 3300 N.W. 10th Street, Ocala. There will be more than 200 items […]

Summerfield Man Arrested; Charged With Five Felonies

Summerfield Man Arrested; Charged With Five Felonies

Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and chargeg him with five felonies after they say he resisted after being handcuffed. On May 19, 2014, Deputy Douglas Watts responded to the 1400 block of SE 55 Avenue in reference to a domestic altercation. When Deputy Watts arrived on the scene he could […]

Human Remains Found In An Ocala Backyard

Human Remains Found In An Ocala Backyard

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a possible unreported homicide that occurred at 3070 SW 89 Place in the year 2000. Information was given to the sheriff’s department two months ago concerning Jerry Chirstilaw, who has not been seen since 2000. The preliminary investigation has revealed that Chirstilaw died during […]

Marion County School Board employee arrested

Marion County School Board employee arrested

Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Detectives Daniel Clark and Jessica Wong arrested Michael Stephen Ziebart, III, 23, on charges of Dealing in Stolen Property and Violation of the Florida Pawn Broker’s Act – a total of 41 charges — so far. Ziebart was, at the time, an employee […]

High speed chase on 484 ends with arrest

High speed chase on 484 ends with arrest

Ocala, Florida — An attempted traffic stop turned into a high speed chase earlier this week, leading to the arrest of a career criminal. On May 17, 2014, Deputy Tortora was traveling west in the 2000 block of SE 59th Street, when he saw a black Ford pickup truck traveling westbound at a high rate […]

Three children are in critical condition following I-75 crash Sunday night

Three children are in critical condition following I-75 crash Sunday night

Ocala, Florida — On May 18, 2014, at approximately 9:25 p.m., there was a multiple vehicle crash southbound on I-75, mile marker 345. Florida Highway Patrol trooper Raul J. Umana, 20, was traveling northbound on I-75 in the inside lane. Trooper Umana was driving a 2007 marked FHP patrol car. A 2014 Nissan Altima, driven […]

Car Burglary Suspects Arrested Following Short Chase

Car Burglary Suspects Arrested Following Short Chase

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department says they have arrested four individuals that were involved in the string of smash-and-grab car burglaries that took place on May 14, 2014. The suspects were arrested following a short police chase in the evening hours of May 16, 2014. Marcus Emmanuel Thomas, 28, Tavaras McBride, 33, Holly […]

Strong “Move Over” Campaign Underway

Strong “Move Over” Campaign Underway

Ocala, Florida — The tragic May 3, 2014 death of Chelsea Richard, Mr. John Duggan (tow truck driver) and Mr. Robert Phillips has gained national attention, thrusting the “Move Over” law to center stage. Troopers said it is simple, when you see flashing lights, move over, and if you can’t move over you are required […]

Multiple car burglaries in Ocala; doors were locked

Multiple car burglaries in Ocala; doors were locked

Ocala, Florida — According to the Ocala Police Department, 16 vehicles were burglarized on May 14, 2014, all within two (2) hours — between 5:45 p.m. and 7:34 p.m. Over the past several months, Marion County has experienced an increase in car burglaries. Oftentimes, officials place the blame on victims for leaving a window open […]

Mom allegedly threatens to blow up Belleview Middle School; Mom says school is neglecting her son

Mom allegedly threatens to blow up Belleview Middle School; Mom says school is neglecting her son

Belleview, Florida — On May 14, 2014, Christina Cochran, 30, of Summerfield, was arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail for making a bomb threat. This incident started when Belleview Middle School officials called Cochran to talk about her child. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer could hear the call, according to […]

Double suicide in Summerfield shocks family and friends

Double suicide in Summerfield shocks family and friends

Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3781 SE 141 Lane in reference to a suicide. When Deputy Mitchell Tucker arrived on the scene he was greeted by Jackie Slonaker whom shouted out, “They are dead, they are all dead.” According to reports, Slonaker seemed distraught and was motioning Deputy Mitchell to the […]

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