Local News

  • Justice Department investigating Marion County Jail

    In a letter dated March 16, 2009, the U.S.

  • Sheriff Office/Police Department for week of March 26



    Law enforcement called

    after strangulation try

    A man called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after a juvenile attempted to strangle him with a leather belt on March 16.

    At approximately 6:30 a.m., the boy began throwing items around the S.W. 100th Street home. After the teen demanded the keys to the homeowner’s vehicle and did not get them, he pushed him to the floor and punched him in the face three times, according to a sheriff’ report.

  • Cranes get an escort on Pennsylvania Avenue

    Every evening sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. local volunteers stop traffic on busy CR 484 (Pennsylvania Avenue) so a pair of sandhill cranes and their two chicks can safely cross the highway. The birds spend their day feeding on the north side north of town, but have their nests on the south side of the highway and return home every evening.

  • January

    Ocala man

    arrested for crack

    On Jan. 12, a deputy noticed an orange 1998 Chrysler parked in the middle of the road in S.W. 16th Street Road.

    When approaching the driver, the deputy smelled the odor of burnt marijuana, according to a sheriff’s report. The man also had a warrant out for his arrest.

  • March 12

    Man arrested

    for three cans of beer

    On March 7, the manager of the BP Island Food store on Hwy. 40 noticed a customer enter the store and go straight to the beer cooler, according to sheriff’s report. The man grabbed a four pack of Steele Reserve Beer.

    The employee came from behind the counter to get a closer look at the shopper, who headed out the door without paying for the beer. The woman followed him out and yelled as he walked to the rear of the building, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Pokemon puts Belle in Guinness

    It was more than a year ago that Belle Starenchak attempted to get her name in the Guinness World Records for owning the most Pokemon paraphernalia in the world.

    When the book came in February 2009, her name was in it.

    The Rainbow Springs resident received word from Guinness last year, that she was the first person to earn the title of Largest Collection of Pokemon Memorabilia. Her name is featured in the Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer’s Edition.

  • February

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office

    Driver sends law

    on high speed chase

    While driving on County Road 484 on Feb. 28, a sheriff’s deputy spotted a black Toyota truck traveling 79 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, according to a sheriff’s report.

    The deputy attempted to stop the driver, who turned south onto S.R. 200, but the Toyota continued to speed down the road. At one point, the deputy’s patrol vehicle was traveling 100 mph and he still was unable to stop the driver.

  • Feb. II

    Man arrested for battery on Valentine’s Day

    While arguing with her spouse on Valentine’s Day, a woman reported he went “wild” and hit her, according to a sheriff’s report. While fighting at the S.W. 139th Avenue home, the man picked up a notebook and hit her in the face with it. He then left the home. Nicholas Gibson, 27, of Dunnellon, was arrested and charged with simple domestic battery. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

    Mom grabs a belt

    son tackles her

  • Man charged with battery

     on pregnant girlfriend

    When he got angry on Feb.2, he pushed his pregnant girlfriend, according to a sheriff’s report. In retaliation, she grabbed some pepper spray and used it on him, but he pushed her again.

    After she dropped the spray, the man decided to pick it up and spray her. He left their S.W. Honeysuckle Street residence, but was later arrested.

    Zachary Michael Price, 23, of Ocala, was charged with domestic battery on a pregnant person. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

    Woman arrested

  • Arrest report: Jan. 8, 2009

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office

    Folded index

    card of cocaine found

    On Dec. 27, when a white GMC truck failed to stop at a stop sign, the vehicle was pulled over on Highway 41. While approaching, the deputy noticed a lot of movement inside the vehicle from the driver and the passenger, according to a sheriff’s report. It was searched and a folded index card containing numerous pieces of suspected crack cocaine was found, according to a sheriff’s report. The substance was field tested and confirmed to be cocaine.