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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

MCSO: An officer and a gentleman

MCSO: An officer and a gentleman

  Ocala, Florida — On Friday, August 1, 2014, Deputy Bloom responded to a call for service where children were involved. During the call, Deputy Bloom played basketball (minus a hoop) with the kids until the call for service was over. Deputy Bloom knew he had to somehow get these kids a basketball net so […]

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, […]

Ocala woman kicked deputy in face

Ocala woman kicked deputy in face

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman was arrested after she kicked a deputy in the face and then slipped out of her handcuffs. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Simpson, responded to the 2100 block of NE 56th Street in Ocala, after a property owner called about a female trespasser. The reportee told the deputy that […]

High speed chase in four counties leaves one dead

High speed chase in four counties leaves one dead

Ocala, Florida — On today’s date, July 23, 2014, at approximately 7:00 a.m, the Ocala Police Department received a report of a stolen 2008 Black Dodge Ram 2500 diesel pickup truck from Too Your Health Spa, 2841 S.W. 20th St., Ocala, Florida. A BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was issued for the vehicle and […]

Suspicious death: Three suspects wanted for questioning

Suspicious death: Three suspects wanted for questioning

Citra, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three people of interest following the suspicious death of a Citra man. They may be driving a silver in color 1999 four-door Oldsmobile bearing Florida tag number 535XQS and VIN number 1G3NB52M3X6305433. According to MCSO, the vehicle’s rear reflector is missing. The Marion County […]

Belleview man sentenced in sexual battery case

Belleview man sentenced in sexual battery case

Ocala, Florida — On July 10, 2014, Cole S. Decker, 20, of Belleview, was released from the Marion County Jail and transported to the Florida Department of Corrections where he will begin serving his sentence. Decker was arrested on October 30, 2013, and charged with Capital Sexual Battery on a Child Under 12-Years-Old(x2) and Lewd […]