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Florida man gets $980,000 tax refund, feds say he shouldn't have

Tampa,Fla (WFLA) - A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. According to NBC News, the IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Blanchett, who prosecutors said lied on his 2016 tax return.


5-vehicle crash shuts down I-75 north of Ocala

Two people were seriously injured in a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in northern Marion County Thursday night. The accident, which involved three cars and two semis, occurred at Mile Marker 366, which is roughly two miles south the County Road 318 exit. The interstate was shut down in both dir


Above average bear activity in the Ocala National Forest

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- There's more than the average bear activity in Marion County, especially in the Ocala National Forest. The US Forest Service says Juniper Prairie Wilderness in the Ocala National Forest is now closed because of numerous bear sightings.


Appeals court agrees that Florida’s signature rules on mail votes are ‘serious burden’

Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burd


Rotary celebrates 100 years of service with special gift to Ocala

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB)-- The Rotary Club of Ocala celebrated the international organization's 100 years of service by giving a gift to the city. The club constructed an arbor at an art park, displaying the principles Rotary lives by: truth, fairness, goodwill and benefit for all.


Man with extensive criminal record surrenders right before deputies bust into Summerfield home

Marion County sheriff’s deputies spent an hour outside a Summerfield home before a man being served a warrant finally surrendered and was charged with resisting arrest. A Marion County Court order dated Feb. 4 revoked the bond of Christopher Shane Fulk, 44, of 5495 SE 145th St., who is awaiting tria


Monkey encounter near Florida state park

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - A monkey was captured on camera charging at some guests who were visiting Silver Springs State Park in Marion County, Florida. JC Castillo and Janee Masciarelli of Ocala said they were visiting the park this week, as they do multiple times a week, when a woman


South Florida cop accused of selling police-issued weapons, laser sights to pawn shop

A South Florida officer has been arrested after department brass accused him of selling two police-issued weapons and other police equipment to a pawn shop. Hallandale Beach cop Yan Kleyman, 33, was arrested Friday on a charge of dealing stolen property, according to reports.


Marion County to celebrate 175th anniversary

You might know that a centennial is a celebration of 100 years, and if you are of a certain age, you likely remember America marking 200 years as a nation with the bicentennial in 1976.


Arrested: Heartless teen posted video of kitten he struck with large r...

In Marion County, Florida, a heartless teenager has been arrested after posting a video of a kitten he struck with a large rock. Isaiah Diehl was identified on a Snapchat video as the person who threw the large rock at a three-month-old kitten.


38 dogs, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes seized from Ocala-area home

SUMMERFIELD — More than three dozen dogs, dangerous snakes, firearms and drugs were confiscated from a residence here, and a 41-year-old man was taken into custody on a variety of charges.


Ocala mental health facility took inmate to shelter instead of back to jail

Authorities say a jail inmate was mistakenly set free after he underwent a mental health evaluation at The Centers in Ocala. Workers from The Centers brought Johnny Allen, 49, to the Salvation Army shelter near downtown Ocala instead of back to the Marion County Jail, where he was being held pending


Emory Schley: Super Repairman also can fix some tasty barbecue

I’ve never been much of a handyman or a fix-it guy. My interests run much more toward drawing, painting, calligraphy, writing, banjo-banging — y’know, stuff you can do while sitting down in an air-conditioned environment.


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Best Bets for the weekend

Ocala Symphony Orchestra: Concerts will include "Firebird Suite" and "Cantus Arcticus: A Concerto for Birds and Orchestra." They also will showcase winners of OSO's Young Artist Competition. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tick


Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 found in Florida high school

(WBBH) - Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 people, along with cocaine and marijuana, were found in a student's book bag at Florida's Lehigh Senior High School on Tuesday.


Crash on busy 27th Avenue in Ocala sends two to hospital

OCALA - A two-vehicle crash on Thursday sent one car careening into a concrete wall and two people to local hospitals. The crash occurred when an older model Mercury was traveling north and attempted to turn right into the Promenade at Ocala Apartment complex at 1421 SW 27th Ave.


Ocala man accused of choking woman, putting gun to her head

OCALA - A sheriff’s deputy arrested an Ocala man Tuesday for allegedly choking a woman and putting a gun to her head. The 21-year-old woman told Deputy Chase King that Ceasar Davila, 21, repeatedly choked her during an altercation that lasted several hours.


Body of missing Brevard mom of 4 found in Osceola County

COCOA, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - The body of a missing Brevard County mother has been located in Osceola County, authorities say. Detectives and crime scene technicians were at a remote area near Nova Road and Deer Park Rd.,


Wild police chase caught on dash-cam at Florida golf course

One of the worst drives of 2019 was caught on camera in Lady Lake, Florida earlier this week. The driver was unable to get away with it. Jessie Webb, 29, led Lady Lake policemen on a wild car chase across Orange Blossom Hills Golf and Country Club Sunday morning, even forcing some golfers to swerve