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Littering leads to man’s felony drug arrest in Leesburg

An act of littering led to a drug suspect’s felony arrest in Leesburg. A police officer saw a man throw an object Wednesday from a black Dodge Charger into the yard of a residence located at 1112 Pioneer Trail in Leesburg. The officer had been traveling westbound on Seminole Trail when he saw the Charger pass him doing 40 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.The officer observed the Charger turn onto Pioneer Trail where the Charger failed to stop at a stop sign. The officer saw the driver, later identified as 27-year-old Kourtney Keymond Smith of Okahumpka, throw something out of the Charger’s driver’s side window. The officer was able to get a close look at the driver as he threw the object, according to the police report. The Charger was then driven into the backyard at 1112 Pioneer Trail.
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Alligator Laying Eggs In The Villages

This alligator just finished up a mud bath off of Meggison Road here in The Villages. It’s supposed to do wonders for the skin! Thanks to Julie Walfield for sharing!. Share your local photos with us at!

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...

Man arrested for drug possession at Venetian Gardens

Leesburg police arrested a man Tuesday morning for drug possession in a parking lot on Venetian Park Drive. Dispatch had received a call about 11:17 a.m. that two men appeared to be passed out in a silver utility vehicle. The men were unresponsive when first contacted by the officers. The officers saw that the driver, later identified as, 39-year-old Jacob Cripe, of Leesburg had a clear plastic container between his legs with what appeared to contain a white crystalline substance which later field tested as methamphetamine. The officers could also see a piece of aluminum foil with a chawed black substance between Cripe’s legs.

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...

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.

Alligator warning issued at Blue Run Park in Marion County

Dunnellon, Fla. - There is a warning for visitors at one scenic park in Marion County. Some say alligators are getting a bit too close to people. Kelly Colson says she spotted a gator during her trip to Blue Run Park in Dunnellon Thursday. It was her first time on a kayak.

Ocala road closed for sewage leak repair

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - A sewer line break closed a road in Marion County to start the weekend. State Road 464, which is Southeast 17th Street will be temporarily closed between 20th Avenue and 22nd Avenue. Traffic will be redirected as construction is underway to repair the sewer line. Copyright...

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.

Wildwood man with history of stalking wife facing federal weapons charges

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg has announced the return of an indictment charging 34-year-old James Clay Bexley of Wildwood with possessing destructive devices and firearm silencers and possessing firearms in violation of a domestic violence injunction. If convicted, Bexley faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count.

Leesburg woman arrested after confrontation in love triangle

A Leesburg woman was arrested after discovering her man friend was “officially a couple” with another woman. Leesburg police officers went Monday morning to the Arbours of Silver Lake Apartments where they arrested 24-year-old Denaria Anderson on charges of domestic battery, battery and criminal mischief. The arrest followed...

Severe storms leave behind trail of damage in Ocala neighborhood

OCALA, Fla. — A possible micro burst or small tornado tore through the Silver Springs Shores neighborhood Thursday afternoon. The storm uprooted trees, sending them crashing down onto at least one home and several vehicles. It also downed powerlines and caused a small fire. "We looked out the window...
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Ocala downtown parking meters temporarily suspended, city says

OCALA, Fla. – Downtown parking meters in Ocala will be temporarily suspended for system-upgrade maintenance starting Friday, according to the city. Parking meter rates of 50 cents per hour will not be in effect during the suspension, though reports show the time limit of three hours per parking space — for most spaces — will still be enforced.