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Guilty of first-degree murder: Ocala man convicted in 2018 shooting near elementary school

Jurors on Wednesday had four options: Find Luis Angel Ortega not guilty or guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter. Less than an hour into their deliberations, the six jurors had made up their minds: Ortega was guilty of first-degree murder in the 2018 shooting death of 18-year-old Brandon Hammett.  W. Charles Fletcher, the...
OCALA, FL
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22-year-old with 13 felony convictions arrested for stealing a car

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Harold Leon McMahon, Jr., 22, of Williston, was arrested early this morning and charged with grand theft auto, fleeing, and resisting arrest without violence. A Gainesville Police Department officer reported that he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that had been reported stolen,...
GAINESVILLE, FL
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It’s time for a new mayor of Ocala

Next year, the voters of Ocala will once again choose their mayor. While no one has stepped forward to challenge longtime incumbent Kent Guinn, the time has come for the community to make a change. Historically, the mayor’s duties have been largely ceremonial. The mayor has no vote on the...
OCALA, FL
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ALDI to celebrate Starke grand opening

ALDI will be holding a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location in Starke on Thursday morning. The ribbon cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m. at 1371 S. Walnut St. and the doors will open at 9 a.m. The store will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
STARKE, FL
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Bronson coach faces additional charges

Former Bronson High School basketball coach Billy McCall Jr. now faces sexual misconduct charges not only in Alachua County but Levy County as well. According to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) press release sent Wednesday, additional victims have reportedly come forward. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested McCall...
BRONSON, FL
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Ocala Symphony Orchestra announces Open Rehearsal dates for upcoming season

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is bringing back its open rehearsal events for students and their families at the Reilly Arts Center. The free program provides the unique opportunity to see the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s live rehearsals before a concert weekend. Open rehearsals also give families and students an opportunity to enjoy the symphony in a relaxed environment while getting an educational, behind-the-curtain view on how a symphony prepares for its opening night.
OCALA, FL
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MCSO deputies release video catching “carhopping” suspect

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - Marion County Sheriff’s Office released video of deputies arresting a 15-year-old driving a vehicle stolen from Gainesville after leading deputies on a chase. Deputies say On July 28, they spotted a red Ford truck driving on Southwest Highway 200 that was reported stolen out of...
OCALA, FL
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GPD is investigating anti-Semitic flyers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Saturday, August 6, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of NW 53rd Ave in reference to a suspicious incident. A resident reported that after leaving her home for a brief amount of time, she located a suspicious item in her yard. The item is described as a clear plastic bag filled with kernels of corn and a white sheet of paper promoting anti-Semitism and white supremacy. The bag was collected and entered into GPD Evidence.
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