City Council overturns Mayor Guinn’s veto; 401-acres will be destroyed

City Council overturns Mayor Guinn’s veto; 401-acres will be destroyed

[Audio Clip from meeting]   Ocala, Florida — Despite his best efforts, Mayor Kent Guinn’s veto on the Trinity Lane project was overturned by the City Council Tuesday. Councilman Jim Hilty, who has been against the project from the beginning, also held his position on the development. However, greed within the city council prevailed, and […]

Military deserter was wanted since 1998: Bizarre twist in suicide case

Military deserter was wanted since 1998: Bizarre twist in suicide case

Ocala, Florida — On March 24, 2015, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Ocala Police Department officers responded to 2104 Southeast 3rd Avenue in reference to a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers found that a subject, identified as Edgar Curtis Phillips, Jr., 41, had shot himself in the head in front of his […]

Shooting at Laurel Park Apartments

Shooting at Laurel Park Apartments

[Last updated on March 29, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — There has been another shooting in Ocala, this time at Laurel Park Apartments, 100 Northwest 23rd Avenue. According to police, a man identified as Delvontaye R. Boyd, 23, was shot and killed between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The call came in […]

Silver Springs Shores man shot to death

Silver Springs Shores man shot to death

Ocala, Florida — On Wednesday, at approximately 1 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a shooting at 8810 Southeast 88th Place in Silver Springs Shores. Upon arrival, deputies found Robert J. Wilson, 30, deceased. He had been shot multiple times. Detectives on scene said it appeared to be […]

Murder-suicide shocks Ocala neighborhood

Murder-suicide shocks Ocala neighborhood

Ocala, Florida — On Monday, at approximately 4:51 a.m, Ocala Police received a call about a homicide at 1032 NE 32nd Terrace, Ocala. According to reports, when officers responded to the scene they found a broken window and could see at least one person lying on the floor. Officers then made entry to the residence, […]

2 women lured men from Cowboys Saloon bar

2 women lured men from Cowboys Saloon bar

Ocala, Florida — Two men were badly beaten after being lured from an Ocala bar by two women over the weekend. According to deputies, Irvin Savier Chavez Sanchez, 30, and his friend, only identified as Burillio, were at the Cowboys Saloon on South Pine Avenue, Ocala, when they met two females. The two females were […]

Burglary at Bubba Raceway Park; thousands stolen

Burglary at Bubba Raceway Park; thousands stolen

Ocala, Florida — Investigators are currently looking for unknown suspect(s) that entered an office building and stole a large floor safe. According to reports, someone broke into an office building at Bubba Raceway Park, located at 9050 Northwest Gainesville Road, and stole a floor safe that contained approximately $13,570. Someone had entered through the north […]

Man shot former Florida Gator kicker in face

Man shot former Florida Gator kicker in face

[Last updated on March 9, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department is currently investigating a shooting in the 2100 block of SE 15th Lane. The 911 call came in just before 1 a.m. Initial reports to Ocala Post stated that a A 19-year-old male had allegedly accidentally shot himself in […]

Granddaughter turned grandmother’s house into meth lab

Granddaughter turned grandmother’s house into meth lab

Ocala, Florida — The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) was assisting a probation officer with serving an arrest warrant after officials learned that the probationer might be manufacturing methamphetamine. When the agent arrived on scene, he saw the suspect, Tiffany A. Chancey, 21, standing outside. According to reports, Chancey pretended like she did not […]

Woman was so high she could barely talk

Woman was so high she could barely talk

Ocala, Florida — Career criminal and convicted felon, Amber N. Dail, 30, was arrested again Tuesday, and charged with Petit Theft Third Subsequent Offense, which is a felony. She was caught attempting to steal merchandise from a Dollar General, located at 4901 East State Road 40. She has also been arrested for stealing from the […]

West Port Students injured in early morning crash

West Port Students injured in early morning crash

Ocala, Florida — Five West Port High School students — three girls and two boys –were transported to a local hospital on Tuesday, March 3, following a morning accident involving two vehicles. At approximately 11:05 a.m., the Marion County Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 call about a two-vehicle accident on Southwest 38th Street. […]

Investigators discover disturbing case of child abuse inside home

Investigators discover disturbing case of child abuse inside home

Silver Springs Shores — Department of Children and Families Child Protection Investigator Dawn White was conducting an investigation in regards to allegations of inadequate supervision of multiple juveniles when she uncovered a disturbing tale of child abuse. The investigation revealed that Ashley and Christopher Pollard, both 29, would lock two boys — an eight- and […]

Fail to re-register as a sex predator, go back to jail

Fail to re-register as a sex predator, go back to jail

Ocala, Florida — In November 2014, there were 159 sexual offenders and predators required to register in Marion County, Florida. During that time, only 149 complied with state requirements; leaving 10 unaccounted for. Eight of the non-compliant registrants finally reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on December 1, 2014; leaving two that had not […]

One teen dead, one in critical condition following car crash

One teen dead, one in critical condition following car crash

Summerfield, Florida — One of the two brothers that was critically injured in an accident over the weekend has died. According to FHP spokeswoman, Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace, Codey Benoit, 18, a Belleview High School student, died at Ocala Regional Medical Center at 4:33 a.m. Monday. Codey’s brother, Travis Benoit, 14, remains in the pediatric intensive […]

Dental clinic to care for children

Dental clinic to care for children

Ocala, Florida —Community collaboration continues as the Florida Department of Health in Marion County has partnered with the Head Start and Early Head Start programs to open a dental clinic to care for children. Children through age 5 who are enrolled in Head Start are eligible. Children can receive exams, preventive care, fillings, extractions, and […]

Residents express their concerns at Marion Oaks meeting

Residents express their concerns at Marion Oaks meeting

Ocala, Florida — Despite the cold weather, Marion Oaks residents came out by the dozens to attended the Town Hall meeting Thursday night at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair said, “These events allow my command staff and I to hear directly from you regarding any complaints, suggestions, concerns, or other […]

Days Inn clerk robbed and beaten

Days Inn clerk robbed and beaten

Ocala, Florida — On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Days Inn located at 3811 Northwest Blitchton Road was robbed. The female clerk working the front desk advised that a black male came into the lobby, jumped over the desk and stated, “Shut up b**ch.” At that point, the suspect tackled her […]

Missing woman found deceased in motel

Missing woman found deceased in motel

[Last updated at 12:42 p.m., on February 17, 2015] Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman that was reported missing by her husband was found deceased in a motel room over the weekend. George Shinn, 60, said his wife, Colleen M. Shinn, 52, was supposed to be going to a friend’s house and then to the […]