Ocala, FL

The truth about The Villages

I live in Village De Soto and there are numerous lawn ornaments on several homes. Do I care? No! Do I feel compelled to be a busy body and snitch on my neighbors? NO! Every thing is to me done in a tasteful way. It is apparent that the so-called...
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Convicted felon with loaded stolen gun apprehended by Fruitland Park police

A convicted felon with a loaded stolen gun was apprehended by Fruitland Park police. Demetro Daray Bell, 36, of Milledegville, was driving a white Dodge Charger with Georgia plates at 2:38 a.m. Saturday on County Road 466A at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 when he a made a U-turn, according to an arrest report from the Fruitland Park Police Department. During a traffic stop, Bell and a passenger appeared to be nervous. A check revealed Bell’s Georgia driver’s license was suspended and he admitted it was probably due to unpaid child support. He also admitted there was a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Several Ocala residents discuss complaints from city’s newcomers

Several Ocalans recently submitted letters to discuss multiple complaints that they have heard from some of the city’s newest residents. “Why do people move to a city and do nothing but complain about the roads, the airport, the store availability, the housing, etc.? Would you not be better off embracing the great wonderful things that Ocala has to offer? Yes, traffic has gotten worse with more people moving here. Yes, we need an airport. Costco would be wonderful, and so would more restaurant choices and less gas stations, diners, self storage facilities, and car washes. But we are surrounded by nature and are still fortunate enough to be a small town. Enjoy, people, and stop complaining,” says Ocala resident Linda Halaychik.

DUI suspect arrested after car hits power pole on Rolling Acres Road

A drunk driving suspect was arrested after a crash on Rolling Acres Road. Keysla Sarita Gonzalez Silva, 32, of Leesburg, was driving a red 2015 Nissan Sentra at about 11:30 a.m. Friday when her front bumper struck a power pole near Ultimate Granite & Marble at 452 Rolling Acres Road, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

Lady Lake man jailed on multiple drug charges after traffic stop in The Villages

A Lady Lake man was jailed on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop in The Villages. Jerry Curtis Mueller, 38, had been driving a blue 2004 Chevy Silverado at 8:45 a.m. Sunday when he was pulled over at County Road 466A at Canal Street for failure to wear a seatbelt, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy nabs DUI suspect on worrisome stretch of Morse Boulevard

A drunk driving suspect was nabbed on the Fourth of July on a worrisome stretch of Morse Boulevard in The Villages. A Sumter County sheriff’s deputy was working traffic enforcement at about 5 p.m. Monday on Morse Boulevard north of County Road 466 due to “several citizen traffic complaints received by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.”
Citrus County Chronicle

Ocala man airlifted for treatment after thrown overboard from boat in King's Bay

An Ocala man was airlifted for treatment after he was thrown overboard on Independence Day from a boat in King’s Bay, Crystal River. According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) boating incident report obtained Tuesday, July 5, a 27 foot, 6 inch Caymas boat and its five occupants struck a large wake from another vessel at around 5:02 p.m. Monday near Pete’s Pier Marina.

Ocala man riding unregistered motorcycle jailed after fleeing MCSO sergeant

An 18-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he fled from a Marion County Sheriff’s Office sergeant while riding an unregistered motorcycle. On Monday, the sergeant was conducting routine traffic control near the 6000 block of S U.S. Highway 441 in a marked patrol car. According to the MCSO report, the sergeant observed a motorcycle, later identified as a yellow 2014 Suzuki RM-Z, that was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed.

Ocala Police Department asking for public’s help to locate missing woman

The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who was last seen in Ocala on June 10. According to a social media post from OPD, Jakiela Mobley contacted her family over a week later, on June 20, and indicated that she was in the Gainesville area. However, Jakiela did not provide her family with an exact location.

Thousands of Marion County students to receive free backpacks ahead of new school year

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Thousands of students in Marion County are set to receive free backpacks filled with supplies just in time for school to start this fall. The first-ever community giveback is a joint effort between AdventHealth Ocala, the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County and Marion County Public Schools. It is being supported by Thaddeus Bullard, better known as WWE global ambassador Titus O’Neil, and his Bullard Family Foundation.
Citrus County Chronicle

Chaos will ensue when school starts

I just read in the paper Friday, July 1, about the elimination of school crossing guards at some schools, with Forest Ridge Elementary being one of them. I find this extremely dangerous to all the kids and parents as some people don’t even slow down to 20 mph when school is in session and others seem to use this road as a highway and fly by. It is a very “difficult intersection” and I’m in disbelief that the school board would allow this.
Citrus County Chronicle

Two juveniles arrested, handful of car burglary cases solved

MORRISTON — A rash of car burglaries and hijackings that have occurred since the end of June have put a number of residents in the Morriston area on guard. But following the latest one to occur, at least two people suspected of playing a role in the crimes are behind bars.

Community Giveback event to offer thousands of free backpacks to local students

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of AdventHealth Ocala, the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County, and Marion County Public Schools, thousands of local students will receive free backpacks filled with supplies. The first-ever Community Giveback event, which is supported by Thaddeus Bullard (a.k.a. WWE Global Ambassador Titus O’Neil) and his Bullard...