Vandal(s) On The Loose In Marion County

Vandal(s) On The Loose In Marion County

  Marion County, Florida — Investigators are now trying to find the person or team responsible for shooting windows and causing thousands of dollars in vehicle damages. This crime spree took place from 2 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 through 10 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014 in neighborhoods from Ocklawaha to Belleview to Silver Springs […]

Mail Order Drugs; Marion County Bust That Could Get Your Blood Flowing

Mail Order Drugs; Marion County Bust That Could Get Your Blood Flowing

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted a month long interdiction operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms shipped through the U.S. Mail destined for Central Florida. The operation ran from January 13, 2014 to February 12, 2014 and involved numerous law enforcement […]

Marion Oaks teen charged in sexual assault

Marion Oaks teen charged in sexual assault

  Marion Oaks — Diamond L. Polycarpe, 19, of Marion Oaks is in jail facing numerous charges related to the sexual assault of a child. A case concerning Polycarpe was developed when detectives learned that the victim was taken to MRMC by her mom, to be treated for alcohol intoxication. According to reports, the victims […]

Woman Fakes Rape To Miss Work

Woman Fakes Rape To Miss Work

  Palm Beach, Florida — The woman who told authorities she had been raped on the Florida Turnpike has been arrested. On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Alexandra Westover, 21, told deputies she had been traveling north in a red vehicle on the Florida Turnpike between the Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter […]

Ocklawaha Mans Trash Lands Him A Felony Charge

Ocklawaha Mans Trash Lands Him A Felony Charge

  Ocklawaha, Florida — For the second time in less than a month, deputies responded to the 19600 block of 92nd Place in reference to construction material being illegally dumped. On February 11, 2014 deputies were called out to the area and made contact with Leroy Stevens, 61. Deputies advised Stevens that they had received […]

Belleview Man Has Not Turned Over A New Leaf

Belleview Man Has Not Turned Over A New Leaf

  Belleview, Florida – Convicted felon BJ Helvy, 48, of Belleview has been charged with one count of Exploitation of the Elderly and one count of Fraud. The investigation started January 14, 2014 when a victim who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia hired Helvy to perform tree service around her […]

Sheriff’s Deputy Killed In The Line Of Duty

Sheriff’s Deputy Killed In The Line Of Duty

  Orange County, Florida — Sheriff Jerry Demings said, “Last night we lost a hero. But a family grieves for the loss of a husband, father, a son, a brother.” Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine, 34, was shot and killed in the line of duty on February 11, 2014; the first reported officer fatality in Florida […]

Home improvement scams on the rise

Home improvement scams on the rise

  Marion County — Residents should beware of traveling “home improvement” contractors looking to scam you out of your money. The con artists are targeting Central Florida residents, and often prey on the elderly. The frequency of these types of scams will increase as the weather begins to warm up. Here’s how the scams work: […]

Deputy feeds an ass

Deputy feeds an ass

  Ocklawaha, Florida — Corporal Porcelli and Deputy Hunt of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were greeted by a citizen who found a donkey in the 5400 block of SE 180 Avenue Road, Ocklawaha, during a torrential down pour. The citizen gave Corporal Porcelli the halter to the donkey and didn’t stick around. While attempting […]

Man Claims He Stole To Support His Failing Business

Man Claims He Stole To Support His Failing Business

  Deland, Florida — On Sunday February 9, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Volusia County dispatch received a 911 call from a business owner stating he was holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint. At 9:14 a.m. Deputy Wagers arrived on the scene to find the owner of West Crane Services holding suspect Dale Stewart, 43, […]

Ocklawaha Man Charged With Battery On Law Enforcement Officer

Ocklawaha Man Charged With Battery On Law Enforcement Officer

  Ocklawaha, Florida — On February 3, 2013 Deputy Robert Rath responded to the 17000 block of SE 87th Street in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival Deputy Rath said he could hear someone screaming, “Let me the f**k up!” Deputy Rath entered the residence then saw the step-father holding the suspect later identified as […]

Man Escaped Because He Wanted A Booty Call

Man Escaped Because He Wanted A Booty Call

  Ocala, Florida — On February 4, 2014 Officer Sirolli was dispatched to the Re-Entry Center of Ocala in reference to an escape. Upon arrival Officer Sirolli spoke with the discipline coordinator, Napoleon Dubois, who said inmate Ricardo Cummings, was being transferred back to Marion Correctional Institute for violating conditions of his stay. Dubois said […]

Two teens broke into Lake Weir Middle School and tortured a sheep

Two teens broke into Lake Weir Middle School and tortured a sheep

  Ocala, Florida — Jacob McClain, 17, and Jacob Morris, 16, were arrested after they broke into Lake Weir Middle school, vandalized it, then tortured a sheep. School officials said once the crimes were noticed, the entire school day was interrupted. On February 3, 2014, the pair broke into Lake Weir Middle School because they […]

Young Woman’s Misdemeanor DUI Lands Her A Felony Charge

Young Woman’s Misdemeanor DUI Lands Her A Felony Charge

  Ocala, Florida — On February 3, 2014 shortly before 5 a.m., Corporal Moore was traveling west on SE 17th Street when he saw a silver Dodge Avenger traveling east, swerving and crossing over the lane marker. As Deputy Moore attempted to approach the vehicle, a second vehicle pulled up and tried to block the […]

Human Trafficking Suspect Arrested; One On The Run

Human Trafficking Suspect Arrested; One On The Run

  Polk County, Florida — Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to 704 Byni Ridge Drive off of Thornhill Road in Winter Haven in response to a well-being check. According to reports, a tip came in about a 21-year-old female that was being held captive and sold for sex. A victim was found […]

Door-to-door meat sale scam

Door-to-door meat sale scam

  Ocala, Florida — Residents should beware of door-to-door salesmen offering meats for sale, or offering to take orders for meat to be delivered. The scam or sales pitch goes something like this: A “salesman” will come to your door and say he or she is from a local food service delivering meat to a […]

Would-be Rapper Raped Woman At Hilltop Manor In Ocala

Would-be Rapper Raped Woman At Hilltop Manor In Ocala

[Last Updated January 30, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — On January 26, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a 19-year-old girl that had been raped at the Hilltop Manor Apartments. Upon arrival, Deputy Jones made contact with the victim, who was sitting on the couch in the […]