Family, friends want answers after 23-year-old shot to death

Family, friends want answers after 23-year-old shot to death

Family and friends say that they are still mourning the death of Christopher James Jr. and want answers as to why he was shot and killed on August 7. A friend of the family, who respectfully requested not to be named, told Ocala Post that James was well-liked in the community. She also said that the […]

Trial for murder suspect should begin soon

Trial for murder suspect should begin soon

Ocala, Florida — Assistant State Attorney Rich Buxman says that the trial for the man suspected of killing jiffy store clerk Ujjval “Rocky” Patel, 33, should begin in September. The shooting occurred during an attempted robbery on  April 22, 2016, at the Jiffy Food Store, located at 2425 Northwest 10th Street, Ocala. At that time, […]

Man shoots mother, sets house on fire

Man shoots mother, sets house on fire

Ocklawaha — A man was arrested after it was determined that he shot his mother and set the house on fire. At approximately 3:20 a.m., Marion County Fire Rescue responded to a residential fire at 16663 SE 53rd Street, Ocklawaha. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home fully engulfed in flames. Once the fire was out, […]

Shooting ruled as murder-suicide

Shooting ruled as murder-suicide

Dunnellon — The identities of a male and female who were involved in a murder-suicide have been identified as Shawn Aldridge, 30, and Rebecca Ann Wetherell Aldridge, also 30. The incident occurred in the 13200th block of SW 15th Street Road, Dunnellon. According to reports, Rebecca had returned to her home with her uncle, Chuck Chiarelly, to change the […]

Body found in woods, homicide investigation underway

Body found in woods, homicide investigation underway

Detectives with the Ocala Police Department are investigating the death of 61-year-old Ronald Henry Lanctot after his body was found Thursday in a heavily wooded area in Ocala. Lanctot’s body was found in the 3300 block of Northwest Blitchton Road. Detectives said he had been living in a tent on the property. According to detectives, […]

Jealous rage lead man to kill ex-wife’s partner, 911 calls released

Jealous rage lead man to kill ex-wife’s partner, 911 calls released

On December 13, 2018, at approximately 9:14 am, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a shooting in the parking lot of the Quality Inn, located at 350 E Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, FL. Upon arrival, deputies located a white, older male laying on the ground.  Emergency Medical Services were dispatched; […]

Thanksgiving Day murder suspect located in Daytona

Thanksgiving Day murder suspect located in Daytona

Daytona — A Texas fugitive wanted on murder and other charges in a deadly Thanksgiving Day home invasion in El Paso was located in Daytona Beach thanks to License Plate Reader technology that alerted law enforcement to his stolen vehicle. Jason Gibson, 38, was arrested Tuesday afternoon shortly after he fled from a converging group […]

Belleview woman’s body was dismembered

Belleview woman’s body was dismembered

On June 11, a hiker reported finding the torso of a female in the Ocala National Forest near Northeast 115th Avenue and State Road 40. The Marion County Sheriff’s office then released a photo to the media of a tattoo hoping that the public could help identify the human remains. Within 24 hours, the remains […]

Ocala shooting leaves one dead

Ocala shooting leaves one dead

[Last updated on July 18, 2018, at 6:45 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala police are seeking details in a shooting that left one man dead. A 54-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday night at Parkside Gardens Apartments, located at 621 Northwest Second Street, Ocala. According to the Ocala Police Department, the man was identified as […]

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Man arrested after woman’s body found in trunk

Silver Springs — A Silver Springs man was arrested Sunday and charged with First-degree Premeditated Murder after his roommate was found stuffed in the trunk of a car. Eric Todd Gay, 36, said he woke up early Saturday morning and entered his roommate’s bedroom with the intention of stealing fentanyl patches and $200 from her. […]

Dunnellon man staged girlfriend’s murder

Dunnellon man staged girlfriend’s murder

Dunnellon, Florida — A Dunnellon man was arrested Monday after Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime detectives determined the suspect had staged the murder of his girlfriend. Detectives say David W. Romig, 52, staged the January 30 homicide to look like an intruder had entered the residence, located at 10499 SW 122nd Court, Dunnellon, and […]

Belleview woman shot to death, suspect hospitalized

Belleview woman shot to death, suspect hospitalized

A suspect who was wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a Belleview woman on Monday has been captured. A caller had reported a woman screaming, followed by gunshots. Belleview police responded to the 5900 block of Front Road and found the body of a woman who had been shot to death between two […]

Ocala WingHouse shooting leaves one dead

Ocala WingHouse shooting leaves one dead

Robert Bavle, 23, was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder Sunday after he shot and killed another man. The shooting occurred at the Ocala WingHouse, located 2145 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, at approximately 9:52 p.m. A witness, Matthew Boyd, told Ocala police that Bavle left the restaurant, and as he was walking through the […]

CAPTURED: Suspects who killed corrections officers

CAPTURED: Suspects who killed corrections officers

According to Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 6 p.m., deputies spotted a vehicle wanted in a carjacking in Shelbyville, Tenn. After deputies spotted the vehicle occupied by two suspects, they called for backup. A chase then ensued on Interstate 24, and reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. […]

Two convicts escape, kill two guards

Two convicts escape, kill two guards

Georgia — The search is on for two Georgia Department of Correction convicts who killed two corrections officers and escaped custody. According to a press release, Donnie Russell Rowe, and Ricky Dubose, who has elaborate tattoos on his face and neck, were last seen getting into a green four-door 2004 Honda Civic, which they stole […]

Baby killer sentenced to life

Baby killer sentenced to life

Ocala, Florida — A killer was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after being convicted of First-Degree Murder. The sentencing stemmed from the 2014 death of 1-year-old Jayden Green. Kendall Corey Dustin Blyden, 29, was originally charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, but once Jayden was removed from life support, his charges will be upgraded. Kendall […]

Homicide investigation of 2-year-old, father in jail for killing another child

Homicide investigation of 2-year-old, father in jail for killing another child

Ocala, Florida — The Medical Examiner has ruled the death of 2-year-old Journee Blyden, a homicide. On June 21, 2016, deputies responded to Hemlock Course Run, Ocala. Upon arrival, they found that Journee was unconscious and unresponsive. Reports stated that she had apparent head trauma. She was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, but due to the […]

Murder suspect says he was compassionate, did not kill kid

Murder suspect says he was compassionate, did not kill kid

Dunnellon, Florida — Since January 2016, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, and the Williston Police department have all been investigating a string of burglaries that are now linked to suspects Jessica Baker, 44, and […]

Person of interest named in double homicide

Person of interest named in double homicide

Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department has named a person of interest in a double homicide investigation, which began after two bodies were discovered in an Ocala home on Sunday. That person is Terrance Hurst, 32. He is the grandson of Robert and Ruth Schwamberger, who were found dead in their Ridge View Acres subdivision […]

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