Former Sheriff Chris Blair makes a deal with prosecutors

Blair will never be able to run for sheriff in the Fifth Judicial District

Former Sheriff Chris Blair makes a deal with prosecutors

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 […]

Grand jury on MCSO: Falsified statistics, excessive force, dishonesty, and more

Marion County citizens were put at great risk

Grand jury on MCSO: Falsified statistics, excessive force, dishonesty, and more

  , 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 […]

Two MCSO majors suspended following sheriff’s arrest

Two MCSO majors suspended following sheriff’s arrest

On Saturday, Marion County interim Sheriff Emery Gainey suspended two MCSO Majors. According to a press release, Major Don Maines, who is over the Bureau of Professional Standards, and Major Tommy Bibb, who is over the Bureau of Special Investigations, have been placed on paid administrative leave. The suspension came just one day after the arrest of […]

Marion County inmate attacks corrections officer

Marion County inmate attacks corrections officer

Ocala, Florida — Xavier Washington, 43, was brought to the Marion County Jail for Violation of Probation and Career Offender Registration on May 30, 2014. Washington was in the booking office being disruptive and creating a disturbance when Corrections Officer Damon instructed Washington to follow him to the holding cell where he intended to place […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Helps Feed The Needy

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Helps Feed The Needy

  Ocala, Florida — This morning more than 15,500 pounds of fresh oranges were picked in Marion County. The bulk of the oranges were off to the Marion County Jail, where the fruit is served as part of meals for inmates or the oranges are juiced. But the delivery truck made a special stop by […]

Video: Corrections Officer brutally slams inmates head into concrete wall

Video: Corrections Officer brutally slams inmates head into concrete wall

  Ocala, Florida — Corrections Officer, Charles Craig Broaderick, 41, was charged with battery after he slammed the head of inmate James Duckworth,33, into a concrete wall while he (Duckworth) was handcuffed. Duckworth was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail by the Ocala Police Department for DUI. Broaderick said he slammed Duckworth’s head […]

Marion County Crime Rate Down

Marion County Crime Rate Down

  Marion County Florida — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the 2013 mid-year crime statistics for the state, showing that Florida has a lower crime rate by 5.2%, while Marion County’s crime rate has dropped 8.5%. In the State of Florida, FDLE monitors reported Part 1 crimes and the clearance rate of those […]

Sheriff Chris Blair Boosts Office Morale Before The Holidays

Sheriff Chris Blair Boosts Office Morale Before The Holidays

  Ocala, Florida — Since Sheriff Chris Blair was elected as Sheriff in 2012, Blair and the Sheriff’s Office have been under constant attack. The most recent attack on the Sheriff’s Office is scrutiny for the disbursement of Longevity Pay that was due to staff. Longevity pay is nothing new with the Sheriff’s Office, it […]

Sheriff Chris Blair Strong Armed By Commission But Says, “I Still Have To Protect My Deputies”

Sheriff Chris Blair Strong Armed By Commission But Says, “I Still Have To Protect My Deputies”

  The September 26, 2013, Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting was nothing short of political strong arming. Residents of Marion County witnessed the door to catastrophe opening. Ocala.com wrote, “Blair conceded.” However, it wasn’t a concession at all. Commissioners gave Sheriff Chris Blair an ultimatum; an ultimatum that Blair was not prepared to […]

Sheriff Chris Blair Says He Will Not Apologize For Standing Up For Citizens

Sheriff Chris Blair Says He Will Not Apologize For Standing Up For Citizens

  “It is with great honor and pride that I stand ready to serve you, the citizens of Marion County. I am humbled beyond words at the opportunity to work with you and my fellow board members in making the decisions involving growth management, solid waste, economic development, and the protection of our precious natural […]