Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrol volunteer arrested

Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrol volunteer arrested

Ocala, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrol volunteer was arrested after he repeatedly struck a female child in the face. On September 13, deputies responded to the Marion Oaks Subdivision in reference to a battery on a child. The incident began on September 12, after the young girl had walked the family’s dog. According to reports, the […]

Former Sheriff Chris Blair makes a deal with prosecutors

Blair will never be able to run for sheriff in the Fifth Judicial District

Former Sheriff Chris Blair makes a deal with prosecutors

Marion County — Former Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair withdrew his candidacy for re-election. In a letter to Supervisor of Elections, Welsley Wilcox, Blair wrote, “Having duly qualified for election for the office of Sheriff of Marion County, in the Republican Primary and General Elections of 2016, I hereby immediately and irrevocably withdraw my candidacy […]

Former Sheriff’s kiosk program under investigation, removed from businesses

Former Sheriff’s kiosk program under investigation, removed from businesses

  UPDATE: Ofab Inc. CEO speaks out about the removal of the crime prevention kiosks Marion County – The kiosk program, which was created by former Sheriff Chris Blair in 2014, is under investigation by the State Attorney’s Office. On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris […]

Teen dies from gunshot wound, investigation underway

Teen dies from gunshot wound, investigation underway

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred at Greenfield’s Apartments on Monday. At approximately 6:30 p.m., 911 operators received a call in reference to shooting at 2950 Southeast 53rd Court, Ocala. Deputies were the first to arrive on the scene. Upon arrival, they found that Altwan E. Crim, […]

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

Deputy resigns, another under investigation, FBI now involved

[Last updated on February 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office has completed an extensive investigation into cases involving former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Eduardo Bustamante. The investigation involved multiple use-of-force complaints and falsified arrest reports. In one of the alleged use-of-force cases, Bustamante was accompanied by Sergeant Ben Adams. […]

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Two deputies resign following cocaine investigation

Ocala, Florida — Two Marion County sheriff’s deputies resigned following an internal affairs investigation. On Tuesday, January 19, members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Administration initiated an Internal Affairs Investigation in regards to allegations that former MCSO deputy, Kimberly Bray, was using cocaine. According to a press release, it was reported by another deputy […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office sergeant demoted and suspended

Marion County Sheriff’s Office sergeant demoted and suspended

Ocala, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s Office supervisor was demoted and suspended after an internal affairs investigation revealed that he made false statements to the Commander of the Marion County Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST). In a letter of suspension to Jeremie Nix, it states that he was demoted to the rank corporal […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander suspended

Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander suspended

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that K-9 Unit Interdiction Commander, Sergeant Jeremie Nix, was suspended with pay from MCSO. Public Information Officer Lieutenant Ryan Robbins wrote, “At this time no other information can be released until the [Internal Affairs] investigation is completed.” MCSO would not explain the circumstances surrounding Nix’s suspension. Ocala Post […]

Concerns about a culture of fear and intimidation at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Concerns about a culture of fear and intimidation at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Ocala, Florida — Someone, who wishes to remain unnamed out of fear of retaliation from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, reached out to Ocala Post and expressed concerns he has about the administration within MCSO. This person would only agree to speak with Ocala Post if he could remain a confidential source, therefore Ocala Post, […]

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 […]

Skeletal remains found in Ocklawaha

Skeletal remains found in Ocklawaha

Ocklawaha, Florida — The skeletal remains of an unidentified person were found by three fisherman on Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the remains were found by three fishermen at a remote location between the 6300 and 6500 block of Southeast 149th Court Road, Ocklawaha. According to a press […]

MCSO: Shots fired at SWAT and UDEST agents

MCSO: Shots fired at SWAT and UDEST agents

Pedro, Florida  — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement officials were met with gunfire as they attempted to serve a warrant on Wednesday morning. According to MCSO Lt. Ryan Robbins, SWAT members and agents with the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) were shot at while serving a high-risk drug search warrant at 332 […]

Former MCSO deputy killed in crash, 2 others injured

Former MCSO deputy killed in crash, 2 others injured

Levy County — A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was killed and two others were injured in a crash at approximately 3 a.m.Sunday. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle, driven by Deputy Tevyn D. Gadson, 22, was traveling north on CR-331A at an “unsafe speed” when he slammed into the rear-end of […]

Fourth deputy pleads guilty in beating case, confesses to second beating

Fourth deputy pleads guilty in beating case, confesses to second beating

Ocala, Florida — Former Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy and SWAT Team member Cody Hoppel, 31, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for the beating of a Marion Oaks man. Then, Hoppel dropped a bombshell and also pleaded guilty to the beating of a Williston man in an unrelated case. Hoppel is the fourth of five […]

Two MCSO deputies suspended after allegations of misconduct

Two MCSO deputies suspended after allegations of misconduct

[Last updated on October 22, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.] Marion County, Florida —  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has suspended two deputies following allegations of misconduct. According to a MSCO press release, on Wednesday, October 21st, Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair suspended MCSO deputies Joseph Tussey and Edward Tillis with pay after learning that the […]

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair appointed to Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair appointed to Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force

Marion County — On Wednesday, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced that Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair was appointed as a Co-Chair of the Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF). According to MCSO, Sheriff Blair will be on the Florida’s Domestic Security Oversight Council and would oversee the RDSTF Region 3 Jacksonville Division. […]

Woman sent drug-laced love letters to jail

Woman sent drug-laced love letters to jail

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman was arrested yesterday for sending her incarcerated boyfriend drug-laced love letters. According to officials, a part-time mail clerk made the discovery when she lifted the stamp off a letter from Sarah Laurito, 18, to Jeremy Weber, 25, because it was not sticking to the envelope properly. Marion County Sheriff’s […]

MCSO: Inmate found dead

MCSO: Inmate found dead

  Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating the death of inmate Mark Dewayne Beekman, 48. He was found deceased at 5:13p.m. in the Marion County Jail’s medical pod. Beekman was arrested on Saturday, August 30, 2014, by the Ocala Police Department after they responded to a call at the Motor Inn, […]