The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told Ocala Post Monday that all three deaths are currently under investigation.
22-year-old Lorraine Gardner died Friday while in the custody of the Marion County Jail. According to MCSO, Gardner was found unresponsive and could not be revived. This is the third death of an inmate at the jail this year. Diana Lynn Eldredge, 50, who lived in Fruitland Park, died on May 3, 2018. Mary Elizabeth […]
Marion County — The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a May 15, two-vehicle crash caused by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy. FHP said Deputy Joseph Soucey, 25, was “running code” (lights and sirens on) headed south on Southwest 140th avenue. Troopers reported that the deputy failed to slow or stop at a stop sign and […]
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Schanding and Detention Deputy Dustin Lay resigned during an investigation into their conduct at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. According to records, the two men, who were good friends, violated department policies. The investigation started in May 2017, when the MCSO learned that Schanding and Lay were involved in the […]
Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens suspended the department’s K-9 unit in its entirety after an internal investigation revealed they were excessively speeding while on a trip. Chief Giddens said that witnesses called and reported that they saw multiple officers speeding on the highway. Dash cam video revealed that the officers sped to and from a […]
My name is Michael Sands and I’m an eight-year Marine Corps veteran, which includes a tour in Kuwait, as well as a veteran of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office since 2003. The following events occurred, which caused me to lose my career, insurance, and livelihood. On March 29, 2015, Lt. Brian Dotten sent me to […]
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings announced Friday that he will run for Mayor. Many Orlando residents are not happy about the announcement . “The first thing he did was play the race card”, Mary Hall said in a Facebook message. “Demings’ wife did the same thing. They are trying to get him elected because of […]
A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Saturday after he beat a handcuffed teenager who was sitting in the back of his patrol car. Deputy Timothy James said he struck 17-year-old Elias Campos because [he] spit on him. It was later determined that James lost his temper because the boy did not have his social […]
Ocala, Florida — An internal affairs investigation found that A Marion County Jail corrections officer violated two Marion County Sheriff’s Office directives. The corrections officer, Deputy Wancarlos Sanchez, resigned before the investigation could be complete. The investigation was initiated after two inmates, James McGraw and Brandon Jimenez, filed excessive force complains against Sanchez. The complaint […]
Former Marion County Sheriff’s deputy Jesse Alan Terrell, was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon. He was facing felony battery charges. Terrell, 33, is just one of five deputies accused of beating suspected drug dealer Derrick Price, 44, during an arrest that took place in 2014 in Marion Oaks. Former Deputies Trevor Wade Fitzgerald, 32, […]
A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Monday on numerous felony charges. Deputy Frankie Eugene Bybee, 46, is accused of befriending an elderly woman and then trying to kill her. Bybee befriended the 79-year-old after he responded to a call for service at her house on October 21, 2016. Bybee frequently visited the woman […]
An Ocklawaha man says he was beaten by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy while attending a wedding. On December 16, an unnamed source contacted Ocala Post and stated that the circumstances of the incident needed to be investigated. According to a report from MCSO, which does not mention the alleged beating at the hands of […]
Ocala, Florida — In a 4-1 vote, the Ocala City Council Friday accepted Ocala Police Chief Kenneth Gregory Graham’s request to be placed on paid administrative leave. The request comes after the September 15 Grievance filed against Chief Graham for allegations of Sexual Harassment, Hostile Treatment, Retaliation, and Discrimination. Deputy Chief Rodney Smith will run […]
Mayor Guinn said, "So I am going to be [at the police department] at 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and 9 p.m. If you want to stop me, send someone over there to arrest me."
Ocala, Florida — The Ocala City Council on Tuesday initiated the process to suspend Ocala Police Chief Kenneth Gregory Graham, who has been accused of Sexual Harassment, Hostile Treatment, Retaliation, and Discrimination. The vote, initiated by council president Jim Hilty, passed 4 to 1 — Councilman Jay Musleh voted against the suspension. Hilty said that […]
When asked if Chief Graham had ever had issues like this in the past, Mayor Guinn replied, "Never."
Ocala, Florida — During a press conference Monday, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn displayed favoritism toward Ocala Police Chief Kenneth Gregory Graham, who has been accused of Sexual Harassment, Hostile Treatment, Retaliation, and Discrimination. The complaint was filed on September 15, 2016. Mayor Guinn also seemed to display arrogance toward the media as they asked legitimate […]
Blair will never be able to run for sheriff in the Fifth Judicial District
Marion County — Former Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair withdrew his candidacy for re-election. In a letter to Supervisor of Elections, Welsley Wilcox, Blair wrote, “Having duly qualified for election for the office of Sheriff of Marion County, in the Republican Primary and General Elections of 2016, I hereby immediately and irrevocably withdraw my candidacy […]
"I recognized through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic."
Orlando, Florida — Two Orlando police officers arrested a man for eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut in his car. On December 11, 2015, Daniel Rushing, 64, was pulled over after he left the 7-Eleven store at 938 W. Colonial Drive. This information is just now being released to the media. Rushing stated that he stops […]
Ocala, Florida — Following the July 17 removal of 147 crime prevention kiosks around Marion County, Ofab Inc. CEO, Lawrence R. Amyotte, spoke out about the issue. In a July 15 article, Ocala Post wrote, “The exterior of the kiosks were manufactured by Ofab Inc., located at 1909 Northeast 25th Avenue, Ocala. [A] source alleges […]
, Ocala, Florida — On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris Blair for two counts of Perjury in an official proceeding and one count of Official Misconduct. On June 2, 2016, the grand jury produced a 13-page presentment on the leadership of the Marion County […]
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, May 20, 2016, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial District indicted Sheriff Chris Blair for two counts of Perjury in an official proceeding and one count of Official Misconduct. At 2:51 p.m. Friday, Blair was booked into the Marion County Jail. He was released on bond at 3:31 […]
Ocala, Florida — Two Marion County sheriff’s deputies resigned following an internal affairs investigation. On Tuesday, January 19, members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Administration initiated an Internal Affairs Investigation in regards to allegations that former MCSO deputy, Kimberly Bray, was using cocaine. According to a press release, it was reported by another deputy […]