Local News

  • Wounded sheriff dog treated in Dunnellon

    K-9 Mito was just doing his job when his handler instructed him to take down an armed man Monday morning in Crystal River.

    Trained to apprehend suspects, Mito did what any police dog would do and as a result, suffered a severe injury in the line of duty.

    Dr. Paul Mack, a veterinarian and owner Dunnellon Animal Hospital, said he believes the officers’ quick thinking in taking out the armed man and making sure the dog received emergency treatment made a big difference in saving Mito’s life.

  • Agriculture class grows student skills

    The agriculture program at Dunnellon High School helps students grow a variety of skills.

    Ashley Bellamy, teacher of agriculture education at Dunnellon High School, focuses on teaching her students where their clothes, food and shelter come from.

    It comes from agriculture.

  • Dunnellon blooms Saturday

    There will be no doubt it’s spring this Saturday in Dunnellon.

    The second annual Green Thumb Garden Show takes place March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the city’s Historic Village.

    There will be free seminars, more than 20 plant vendors, plenty of street food and live music by praise band Five Smooth Stones.

    There will also plenty of shopping opportunities at more than 10 quaint shops and hourly drawings for plants.

  • Progress Energy reduces electric bills

    Progress Energy customers will see their electricity bills lowered by about $15 or 11 percent in the April billing cycle, as the Public Service Commission approved the reduction Tuesday in fuel and nuclear costs.

  • 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.