Ocala woman, 19, arrested for sex with teen

Ocala woman, 19, arrested for sex with teen

Ocala, Florida — Investigators have charged Kelly Maass, 19, of Ocala, with Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a 14-year-old boy. Earlier in June, the mother reported that her son had been sexually abused by Maass. Marion County Sheriff’s Detective Frank Scala interviewed the boy, whom stated that he and Maass were just friends, but later […]

Investigators; drunken details unclear in Forest stabbing

Investigators; drunken details unclear in Forest stabbing

Silver Springs, Florida — On June 27, 2014, shortly after 10 p.m., a 911 call came in from an individual whom stated that he had stabbed two intruders on NE 172 Avenue, Silver Springs. Upon arriving on the scene, deputies made contact with two victims – one male, one female – who were heavily intoxicated, […]

Alleged home invasion in Forest leads to stabbing

Alleged home invasion in Forest leads to stabbing

Ocala, Florida — On June 27, 2014, shortly after 10 p.m., a 911 call came in from an individual whom stated that he had stabbed two intruders. The caller stated that two men had forced their way into his home and attacked him, so he stabbed both of them. He said after he stabbed the […]

Missing Ocala man found dead

Missing Ocala man found dead

Ocala, Florida — Emmitte Beard, 60, was found deceased, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Beard sent his son a text on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 5:46 p.m., and the son had not seen or heard from him since. On the day Beard went missing, the son went to check his residence at […]

Ocala payroll clerk arrested

Ocala payroll clerk arrested

Ocala, Florida — On June 20, 2014, America’s Choice RV Park owner, Cody Loughlin, called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in reference to suspected grand theft. Upon arrival, Deputy Christine Rodriguez met with Loughlin, whom stated he found evidence his payroll clerk, Tammy Hein, 34, had been stealing from his company. Loughlin stated that Hein […]

DUI checkpoint in Ocala; June 26, 2014

DUI checkpoint in Ocala; June 26, 2014

Ocala, Florida — There will be a Roadside Safety Checkpoint on June 26, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight in the 4700 block of Southwest 20th Street. The Ocala Police Department says the checkpoint is intended to look for drivers who could be committing various traffic violations. Possible violations include, but are not limited to: […]

Local law enforcement agencies waiting on The Rook Vehicle

Local law enforcement agencies waiting on The Rook Vehicle

Ocala, Florida — It’s called The Rook, a unique machine used to protect law enforcement officers, while they protect you. Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair, asked Marion County Commissioners for approval to buy the $255,000, 13,000 lb. beast and, with little resistance, Marion County Commissioners agreed. The decision comes following recent – but separate – […]

National Honey Bee Day Event

National Honey Bee Day Event

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Beekeepers Club will be hosting the 2014 National Honey Bee Day Event in Ocala. The event will be held at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion on August 16, 2014. American Honey Princess Elena Hoffman of Pennsylvania, will be the special guest this year. This event will feature guest speakers, […]

Man with dirt bike tries to run family down

Man with dirt bike tries to run family down

Ocala, Florida — A 19-year-old Ocala man was arrested on June 20, 2014, after he intentionally tried to run down a family with his dirt bike. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, along with her four children, were attempting to move their golf cart when Daniel Lincoln came within inches of hitting […]

SWAT standoff in the Dove Hill Subdivision ended without injuries

SWAT standoff in the Dove Hill Subdivision ended without injuries

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6:50 a.m. Marion County Fire Rescue units arrived at the Dove Hill Subdivision in the 2800 block of NE 64th Lane to assist Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies with any potential medical/hazardous materials situations that could have arose from the standoff. Upon arrival, a paramedic unit handled the elderly victim, whom […]

SWAT surrounds home in Dove Hill Subdivision

SWAT surrounds home in Dove Hill Subdivision

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Crisis Negotiations team and Bomb Squad are in Dove Hill Subdivision in the 2800 block of NE 64th Lane in Ocala. Early indications are a man committed a violent crime then barricaded himself inside a home and is refusing to come out. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office […]

Pit bull theft suspect arrested

Pit bull theft suspect arrested

Ocala, Florida — On June 16, 2014, Adrian Anderson, 22, of Ocala was charged with Burglary and Grand theft. This case started on On Monday, June 10, 2014, when 17 pit bulls – two adult females – and 15 puppies – were stolen from a yard in the 7600 block of NW 49th Avenue. The […]

Attention Walmart shoppers; beware of self checkout kiosks

Attention Walmart shoppers; beware of self checkout kiosks

Consumers who shop at Walmart should pay extra close attention when using a self checkout kiosk. Too often people rely on the capability and accuracy of technology; essentially making the human brain lazy when it comes to numbers & more specifically, numbers involving cash transactions. Customers often times use self checkout due to the extremely […]

Shots fired on Baseline Road in Ocala

Shots fired on Baseline Road in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — Shots were fired today, Friday the 13th, during a domestic dispute said Marion County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Valerie Strong. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, reportedly told authorities that her ex-boyfriend, Steven Johnson, 19, came to her house, kicked in a door and dragged her outside. As the two fought, she bit […]

Shots fired into Ocala home;pit bull puppies stolen

Shots fired into Ocala home;pit bull puppies stolen

Ocala, Florida — At approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014, someone drove by the home where 17 pit bulls puppies were stolen on Monday, and fired several shots into the home. Bullets zipped through the home, hitting Taegren Jones, 31, in the hand and Taegren Jones Jr., 3, in the forearm as they […]

Father and son arrested for littering

Father and son arrested for littering

Ocala, Florida — A father and son have been arrested for dumping nearly 1,000 lbs of trash on the back-end of someone else’s property. Anthony Leonardo Sr., 55, and Anthony Leonardo Jr., 32, were arrested on June 9, 2014, after the victim reported that a large amount of trash had been dumped on his property. […]

Pit bull bandit strikes again

Pit bull bandit strikes again

Ocala, Florida — Authorities are now issuing an alert to all Marion County residents in regards to pit bull puppies. On Monday, June 10, 2014, 17 more pit bull puppies were stolen from a yard in the 7600 block of NW 49th Avenue. The victim told deputies that she left her home around 8 p.m. […]

Suspicious packages / envelopes have been received

Suspicious packages / envelopes have been received

Ocala, Florida — Suspicious packages/envelopes have been received at several locations throughout Marion County. Lake Weir High School (County) Forest High Schoool (County) Belleview High School (County) Hillcrest School ( City) Marion County Court House (City) Ocala Star Banner (City) Elk’s Lodge (City) Westport High School (City) Blessed Trinity School (City) Marion County School Board […]

Ocala man slams girlfriend’s head through wall

Ocala man slams girlfriend’s head through wall

Ocala, Florida — On June 6, 2014, Deputy Jesse Terrell responded to the 1200 block of NE 35th Street in reference to a disturbance. When Deputy Terrell arrived on the scene he was met by a female victim whom stated her live-in boyfriend and father of her 2-month-old daughter had assaulted her. The victim told […]

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