Drug Take Back Event, No Questions Asked

Drug Take Back Event, No Questions Asked

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ocala Police Department, and in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will participate in the National Pill Take Back Day planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013.     A uniformed officer will be stationed at the following “no […]

Snap No Longer, Decrease In Food Stamps & ‘Obamacare’

Snap No Longer, Decrease In Food Stamps & ‘Obamacare’

Food Stamp [EBT] recipient benefits will decrease on November 1,2013. Food Assistant benefits will decrease due to the ending of SNAP increases from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the Stimulus Plan). Although federal funds have been cut, there will still be programs funded for illegal immigrants or as DCF […]

Man arrested after beating woman over Facebook post

Man arrested after beating woman over Facebook post

Ocala, Florida — When Deputy David Grantham was dispatched to a domestic disturbance call in the 5500 block of SW 129 Place Road, he was met by a female with tears rolling down her cheeks. She told Deputy Grantham after she returned home from working the night shift, Tavis Jamain Johnson, 30, woke her because […]

“Dear John” A Prostitution Warning From Sanford Police

“Dear John” A Prostitution Warning From Sanford Police

Starting this week, the registered owners of vehicles spotted lingering in areas with known prostitutes, will receive a Community Safety Letter from the Sanford Police Department. The letter will serve as a warning that someone is watching them and that prostitution is unacceptable in the community. Men, if you are married your wife may not […]

Corrections Officers Richard Smith and Dustin Lay arrested

Corrections Officers Richard Smith and Dustin Lay arrested

On October 1, 2013, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Special Investigations began looking into a case involving an incident concerning Marion County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officers Richard C. Smith, 51, and Dustin Allen Lay,32, who were employed at the Marion County Jail. Smith was hired August of 2007 and Lay was hired December […]

Fatal Shooting at Serenity Apartments In Ocala

Fatal Shooting at Serenity Apartments In Ocala

    Ocala, Florida — Shortly after midnight, Friday, October 11, 2013, shots were fired at 4744 N.E. 32nd Lane in Ocala (Serenity Apartments). According to detectives, an altercation occurred at a bar near the Serenity Apartments involving four individuals. Two of the four people involved left the bar but were followed by the other […]

Michael Rogers Arrested For Facebook Post

Michael Rogers Arrested For Facebook Post

Ocala, Florida — On October 6, 2013 the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Bloomington, Indiana Police. Deputy Zackary Hughes was the point of contact. Bloomington, Indiana Police Officers called in reference to a threat that had been posted on Facebook by Michael Scott Rogers, 27, of Ocala. The threat post by Rogers was […]

UPDATE: Norovirus Confirmed October 9, 2013 Marion County

UPDATE: Norovirus Confirmed October 9, 2013 Marion County

  Marion County, Florida—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County determined on October 9, 2013 that Norovirus is the cause of a recent outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at East Marion Elementary School.     The Department wants residents to be aware of the symptoms of the illness, and take precautions to prevent contracting gastrointestinal […]

Ohman, you’re in trouble

Ohman, you’re in trouble

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man faces additional charges after he resisted arrest while being served a warrant for violating his probation. Ocala PD Officers, J.C. Douglas and N. Hardy were responding to the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office at 5640 SW 6th Place, to transport 64-year-old Michael Lavern Ohman to jail for […]

Timothy Dacey Of Summerfield Arrested Says It’s Child’s Fault

Timothy Dacey Of Summerfield Arrested Says It’s Child’s Fault

Summerfield, Florida — A Summerfield man molested a 5-year-old boy, but says it was the child’s fault. The Marion county Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 27, 2013, stating that Timothy Robert Dacey, 68, had sexually molested a child at his home in Summerfield. The boy had told someone that Dacey touched him with […]

Andre Pettiford And Luis Maysonet Arrested In Planned Robbery

Andre Pettiford And Luis Maysonet Arrested In Planned Robbery

  Ocala, Florida — On October 6, 2013 a detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit responded to the Love’s Truck Stop located at 7791 NW 47th Avenue in reference to a robbery call. Upon arrival, the detective made contact with Deputy Wright who told the detective that a robbery involving a […]

Escaped Convict Todd Brecht Caught

Escaped Convict Todd Brecht Caught

Marion County, Florida — On October 5, 2013, 911 got information that Todd Allan Brecht might be on a bus that’s stopping in Marion County. Brecht, 54, was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1980’s killing of Buffalo County District Attorney Roger Hartman. Hartman was Brecht’s brother-in-law, Brecht shot him in the back after an […]

Pot Smoking Mom Philomena Melton Arrested

Pot Smoking Mom Philomena Melton Arrested

Ocala Police responded to the Kangaroo Express located at 3873 SW College Road, regarding a woman sleeping inside her van with an infant child inside. An employee of the convenience store, Rebecca Kiefer, 24, called police stating that there was an unknown white female, sitting inside a purple van in the parking lot and appeared […]

Daniel Loople Dies After Mangled Metal Mess On I-75

Daniel Loople Dies After Mangled Metal Mess On I-75

  At around 4:11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, two tractor trailers collided on I-75 near mile marker 371. Michele Richardson-Lozano, 43, who was driving the Dollar General semi was stopped in the outside lane of northbound I-75, in her 2009 Volvo Tractor Trailer due to a previous accident that had occurred earlier near […]

Gregory Griffin Charged Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Gregory Griffin Charged Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man is jailed after nearly running over his girlfriend and their small child. On October 1, 2013, Deputy Michelle Wright responded to a residence located at 5620 NW 2nd Place in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival the deputy was informed by the victim that she and her live […]

MCSO Annual Halloween Festival

MCSO Annual Halloween Festival

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, the Marion County Sheriff’s Southwest HWY 200 District Office, which is located at 9048 SW Highway 200, will be hosting their Annual Halloween Festival. This event will include clowns, games, face painting, bounce house, live DJ, along with gift bags and candy which will be provided to the trick-or-treaters. You […]

Karen Drake DUI And Naked

Karen Drake DUI And Naked

Ocala, Florida — The sheriff’s office received two calls on Sunday, September 29, 2013 around 10:10 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle that was parked halfway in the road in the area of the 10300 block of SW 129th Terrace Road. When deputy John Lightle arrived at the location, he observed a black 2009 four door […]

Public Safety Warning About Convicted Felon Michael Masse

Public Safety Warning About Convicted Felon Michael Masse

Lecanto, Florida — The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wants residents in the Lecanto area to be aware of a convicted felon moving into the area. Michael J. Masse, 48, is being released from prison and moving into a home located at 6515 S. Esmeralda Terrace, Lecanto. Masse was convicted of a homicide involving a 10-year-old […]

Ocala Police Department Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier Arrested

Ocala Police Department Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier Arrested

[Last updated September 30, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detective Miguel Gauthier was arrested on Sunday, September 29, 2013, after crashing his car into a brick mailbox at approximately 9:30 p.m. According to Florida Highway Patrol Officer Geoffrey Pubillones, Gauthier was traveling south on SE 8th Street Road when […]