Local News

  • City settling sidewalk dispute

    The city of Dunnellon is finally settling with a contractor over a disputed sidewalk removal and construction project from 2002.

    In March 2002, the city entered an agreement with Robert A. Schweickert Jr. He was to furnish all the materials and/or equipment and perform all the work for a city sidewalk project.

    But the contract between the city and Schweickert was terminated in November 2002 through a letter sent by Jim Alsobrook, Dunnellon’s city manager at that time.

  • Cops target impaired drivers

    This holiday season Mario County authorities are giving impaired drivers notice: “you drink and drive, you lose.”

    Local law enforcement agencies have increased December holiday patrols to take impaired drivers off Dunnellon roads.

    As families and friends come together all over Dunnellon to celebrate this holiday season, the Dunnellon Police Department and the Marion County Sheriffs Office will be increasing law enforcement patrols and targeting impaired drivers in an effort to save lives by preventing alcohol-related crashes.

  • Checkpoint makes its point

    It was a big night for Elvis the police dog.

    The young German shepherd is just starting his career and got to show his stuff last Saturday night in Dunnellon.

    Elvis and his handler, Officer Tim Letson of the Inglis Police Department were part of a force of 18 officers from seven agencies who worked with the Dunnellon police to target impaired drivers

    Working with Dunnellon Police were the Marion County Sheriffs Office, Ocala Police Department, Belleview Police Department, Inglis Police Department, Williston Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Police Report - Dec. 17, 2009

    Dunnellon police made a DUI arrest on Saturday, Dec. 12. Police report that Donald Hollis, 40, of Dunnellon was charged with driving under the influence and transported to the Marion County Jail.

    On Dec. 8, police arrested Majorie Mcelmunrray, 21, of Lecanto for petty retail theft. Jessica Rezels, 19, was also arrested for petty retail theft.

    On Dec. 7.The Marion County Sheriffs Office arrested Elsie Egan, 53, after allegedly hitting a disabled man in the head with a raw steak. Egan was charged with abuse of disabled adult and released on bond.

  • Swine Flu claims Marion County resident

    The Marion County Health Department has received notification of the first confirmed death from H1N1 (Swine) Flu in the county. 


    The death was a 20-year-old female resident. No additional information was available.

  • Free swine flu shot clinics open to everyone

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  • Police/Sheriff Report - Dec. 10, 2009

    On Nov. 23, Dunnellon police arrested a suspect on grand theft charges. John A. Jenks, 18, of Hernando, was arrested in connection with a theft from Walmart and taken to the Marion county Jail.

    Dunnellon police will conduct a special DUI enforcement on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    Marion County Sheriff deputies arrested Waylon Travis Lanier, 18, of Dunnellon on charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Parade and tree lighting Dec. 12

    “It’s Gonna be a TIGER of a Christmas!” is the theme as Dunnellon celebrates the holidays with a parade, tree lighting and a chance to help others.

    Everyone loves a parade. The marching bands, the festive and cheerful floats, the honor guards and the crowd favorite that jolly ol’ man in the red suit are typical Christmas parade participants.

    So join in the fun at the Dunnellon Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at Dunnellon Middle School and see the above and more.

  • Former coach back to beat Dunnellon

    Steve Powell felt at home at the Dunnellon High gym Tuesday, Dec. 1.

    Powell may have been a little too comfortable in what used to be his home gym.

    Powell’s Ocala Forest High team seemed comfortable as well as they downed Dunnellon High’s basketball team 73-36. Powell used to be the head varsity boys basketball coach at Dunnellon.

    He still knows his way around Dunnellon’s gym.

    Dunnellon is now 0-3 under new coach Eric Hayes. Forest is 3-0.

    Forest was led by Hunter Williams’ 14 points and 12 points by Colson Janey.

  • Black named permanent chief

    Interim Dunnellon Police Chief Joanne Black has been given the job on a permanent basis.

    She becomes the second Dunnellon police chief ever to come up through the ranks.

    Dunnellon City Manager Lisa Algier had appointed Black, a sergeant at the time as the interim replacement for Chief Roger Free who resigned on Sept. 25.

    Free had held the position since March 2008, replacing Chief Robert Jackson who retired.