Scott Springs Grand Opening

Scott Springs Grand Opening

Ocala, Florida — The Scott Springs Grand Opening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. There’s a beautiful new nature themed playground that children will love. Visitors can also enjoy taking a walk on the nature trails. Visitors are welcome to come on out for all the festivities. The park is […]

Ocala man could be facing 30 years in HIV case

Ocala man could be facing 30 years in HIV case

Ocala, Florida — Darren Chiacchia, the former U.S. Olympic equestrian rider and part-time Ocala resident that was arrested on January 20, 2010 and charged with Sexually Transmitting a Disease to his partner, now has a warrant for his arrest, according to court documents. Chiacchia, now 49, was scheduled to appear before Judge Hale Stancil for […]

Large scale retail theft ring discovered in Marion County

Large scale retail theft ring discovered in Marion County

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detectives – working with other counties – have identified a retail theft ring responsible for large scale thefts of household products, personal hygiene products, and clothing items such as socks, underwear, and T-shirts. This is a well-organized multi-level operation including low-level professional thieves -with lookouts – entering a […]

Ocala man pulls police dogs tail

Ocala man pulls police dogs tail

Ocala, Florida — On June 1, 2014, Ocala Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from an anonymous caller in regards to a man having approached her asking for help. The caller told dispatch that the man had exited the woods in the area of the 300 block of NW 10th street, at the railroad […]

Volunteers begin clean-up of historical cemetery

Volunteers begin clean-up of historical cemetery

Ocala, Florida — On May 14, 2014, Ocala Post wrote about the deplorable conditions of the historical Evergreen Cemetery in Ocala, Florida. The cemetery is Ocala’s first cemetery and a large part of history for Ocala. According to the Historic Ocala Preservation Society, 10 years ago they arranged for volunteers to clean up and restore […]

Man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at SWAT

Man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at SWAT

Williston, Florida — Readers are urged to read the update on this story at http://bit.ly/1Rfg5em. Dustin Heathman, 35, will face ten (10) counts of attempted murder on law enforcement officers. This incident started around noon, Sunday, June 01, 2014, when Heathman’s father notified law enforcement that Heathman was living at a residence, located at 17161 N.W. 162 Terrace, […]

Jury rules against Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Jury rules against Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Ocala, Florida — A civil jury has awarded $2.25 million to the family of Joshua Salvato in the wrongful death case against the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Salvato was 21-years-old when he was shot and killed by Deputies Lauren Miley and Norman Brown on July 6, 2012. Deputies had responded to the area of Sunset […]

Five newborn puppies stolen from Ocala home

Five newborn puppies stolen from Ocala home

Ocala, Florida — Five pit bull puppies that were stolen from an Ocala home and away from their mom last week, are still missing. On May 21, 2014, Matthew Layfield and Ashley Ann left their home at approximately 1:30 p.m. When they returned at approximately 4:30 p.m., they found their home had been burglarized. The […]

Ocala man says he just wanted a “b-Job”

Ocala man says he just wanted a “b-Job”

Ocala, Florida — The United Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) recently conducted a “Prostitution/John Reverse” Operation for the sole purpose identifying any person attempting to solicit prostitution. During the operation, an undercover agent was approached by a male, later identified as Jacob Fritz, 22, in the 2300 block of South Pine Avenue, Ocala, Florida. When […]

Man arrested for soliciting undercover agent

Man arrested for soliciting undercover agent

Ocala, Florida — The United Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) recently conducted a “Prostitution/John Reverse” Operation for the sole purpose identifying any person attempting to solicit prostitution. During the operation, an undercover officer/deputy was approached by a male, later identified as Thomas Roberts, 21, in the 2300 block of South Pine Avenue, Ocala, Florida. Roberts […]

Daycare Operator Arrested 13 Months After Boys Death

Daycare Operator Arrested 13 Months After Boys Death

Ocala, Florida — Former Ocala daycare operator, Kim Blanchette, 46, was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Marion County Jail on May 27, 2014. It all started on March 22, 2013, when Marion County Sheriff’s Detective Erik Dice responded to 21 NE 50th Avenue, Ocala, in reference to a child that had been […]

Victims Have A Chance To Get Stolen Property Back

Victims Have A Chance To Get Stolen Property Back

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, through the Evidence Division, is planning to reunite owners with their property. The event is planned for 1-4 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2014 on the main campus of the sheriff’s office at the multi-purpose building, 3300 N.W. 10th Street, Ocala. There will be more than 200 items […]

Summerfield Man Arrested; Charged With Five Felonies

Summerfield Man Arrested; Charged With Five Felonies

Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and chargeg him with five felonies after they say he resisted after being handcuffed. On May 19, 2014, Deputy Douglas Watts responded to the 1400 block of SE 55 Avenue in reference to a domestic altercation. When Deputy Watts arrived on the scene he could […]

DUI Checkpoint In Ocala

DUI Checkpoint In Ocala

There will be a Roadside Safety Checkpoint Friday, May 23, 2014, from 10:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of SE Fort King Street. The Ocala Police Department says the checkpoint is intended to look for traffic violations such as drivers who are impaired, vehicles with faulty equipment, drivers without a valid license, […]

Human Remains Found In An Ocala Backyard

Human Remains Found In An Ocala Backyard

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a possible unreported homicide that occurred at 3070 SW 89 Place in the year 2000. Information was given to the sheriff’s department two months ago concerning Jerry Chirstilaw, who has not been seen since 2000. The preliminary investigation has revealed that Chirstilaw died during […]

Marion County School Board employee arrested

Marion County School Board employee arrested

Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Detectives Daniel Clark and Jessica Wong arrested Michael Stephen Ziebart, III, 23, on charges of Dealing in Stolen Property and Violation of the Florida Pawn Broker’s Act – a total of 41 charges — so far. Ziebart was, at the time, an employee […]

High speed chase on 484 ends with arrest

High speed chase on 484 ends with arrest

Ocala, Florida — An attempted traffic stop turned into a high speed chase earlier this week, leading to the arrest of a career criminal. On May 17, 2014, Deputy Tortora was traveling west in the 2000 block of SE 59th Street, when he saw a black Ford pickup truck traveling westbound at a high rate […]

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