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Gainesville man charged with attacking woman who was riding her bike home from work

GAINESVILLE, FLA. – Dayne Tyler Baucom, 30, was arrested late last night after allegedly attacking a woman as she rode her bike home from work. A Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer responded to multiple calls about a battery in the 1000 block of SW 16th Avenue at 11:23 p.m., where the victim reported that she’d had multiple encounters with Baucom over the past few months, but the previous incidents had not escalated to the level of violence. She told the officer that as she was riding her bike home from work, Baucom got in her way and was yelling at her and calling her names. She said that as she attempted to walk by him, he shoved her and punched her multiple times with a closed fist. She was treated by EMS on scene for minor injuries. A witness reportedly saw the incident and confirmed the victim’s account.
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Storm Rips Down Trees Near Ross In Ocala

Powerful storms tore down trees in a parking lot at the Six Gun Plaza in Ocala on Friday afternoon. The combination of wind and lightning was enough to snap these large trees in half. Lightning and wind tore this tree apart at Six Gun Plaza in Ocala.Luckily for the shoppers...

Florida storm damage: Snapped trees, flooded streets in Ocala after Friday storms

OCALA, Fla. - Storms that moved through Central Florida Friday evening ripped the awning off a fast-food restaurant, knocked over trees, and flooded streets in Ocala, according to Ocala Fire Rescue. Photos shared on their Facebook page showed multiple trees knocked over and limbs down, including one that appeared to...

Ocala prosecutors: No criminal charges in case that left female prison inmate paralyzed

After reviewing interviews, reports, surveillance videos, documents and other material, the state determined it did not have enough evidence to sustain a prosecution. Chief Assistant State Attorney Walter Forgie wrote a six-page memorandum for State Attorney Bill Gladson outlining the process he used to arrive at that recommendation. Protest:Ocala protesters...

Severe weather topples trees, causes power outages in Marion County

A strong storm passed through Marion County on Thursday, toppling trees and causing power outages. Multiple power lines, trees, and power poles around the City of Ocala were affected by the severe weather. In the aftermath of the storm on Thursday evening, Ocala Fire Rescue reported road obstructions in the following areas, among others: NE 10th Street and NE 28th Avenue; NE 19th Avenue and NE 17th Place; SE 17th Street; SE 27th Place / Highway 413A; SE 37th Court Circle; NE 25th Avenue and Jacksonville Road; and Fort King Street.

Lightning strikes Ocala home, sparks fire

Marion County firefighters rushed to the scene on Thursday afternoon after a local residence caught on fire following a lightning strike. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to a home in the 5000 block of SE 24th Place in Ocala due to reports of a structure fire. Neighbors had contacted 911 to report that the house was struck by lightning, and heavy smoke and flames were visible.

Ocala man jailed after being accused of striking female victim with vehicle

A 24-year-old Ocala man was arrested after being accused of striking a female victim with a vehicle. On Tuesday, June 21, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a residence on Hemlock Terrace in Ocala in reference to a battery investigation. Upon arrival, Marion County Fire Rescue paramedics were on scene and advised that the victim was being transported to a local hospital for medical assistance.

Billy Napier pens ‘open letter’ to Florida fans amid growing concerns over Gators recruiting

For a head coach who, upon being hired, suggested the path to resurgence for the Florida Gators was through a more dedicated and thorough recruiting effort, early returns have not been positive as the program continues to build its Class of 2023. Amid growing concerns about the direction in which recruiting is heading for Florida in his first full cycle as the program’s leader, Billy Napier penned an “open letter” to the fan base that was released by the University Athletic Association on Friday.