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3 dead after Marion County crash on SR-40

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Three people died after two cars collided on State Road 40 in Marion County Saturday. Florida Highway Patrol says a 78-year-old woman was driving westbound on SR-40 when another car occupied by a 36 and 33-year-old traveling in the opposite direction veered and spun into the pa


4 Easter weekend shootings leave 1 dead, 1 wounded in Ocala

OCALA, Fla. - Law enforcement officials in Ocala continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding four separate shootings over the Easter holiday weekend. One of the shootings happened on NW 12th Street Saturday morning.


Report: Easter Bunny brawler in downtown Orlando fight wanted in NJ, has violent past

ORLANDO, Fla. - UPDATE: A man who wore an Easter Bunny costume during a fight in downtown Orlando is wanted in New Jersey and had previously been arrested in Pasco County, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office incident report.


Ocala man led 1975's 'last flight out' from Saigon

When Pan American World Airways 747 Clipper "Unity" lifted skyward from Tan Son Nhat Airport, Saigon, on April 24, 1975, it meant safety and a new life for the 61 Pan Am employees — all but three natives of Vietnam — and their families on board.


‘Outlaw’ biker jailed on litany of charges after man shot outside Ocala bar

An Ocala biker was jailed on multiple charges early Sunday morning after a man was shot outside an Ocala bar. Marion County sheriff’s deputies scrambled to Sharkey’s Bar, located at 10163 SW Hwy. 484, shortly before 3:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot in his right arm. He


Daytona Beach Cops: Officer Shoots Man Armed With Rifle at Walgreens

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A man with a rifle jumped a Walgreens counter and demanded drugs before being shot by an officer Tuesday afternoon, Daytona Beach Police said. Suspect in armed robbery shot by Daytona Beach Police officer.


Witness: Killer emptied gun outside Ker's Winghouse

Witnesses began to tell the story Tuesday of how murder defendant Robert K. Bavle emptied a handgun into another man outside Ker's Wing house in Ocala on June 18, 2017. The second-degree murder trial had begun with jury selection on Monday.


Lighter-wielding Ocala woman accused of biting officer during arrest

A 22-year-old Ocala woman remains in the Marion County Jail after a wild altercation with Ocala Police officers who were arresting her for trying to steal the vehicle of a couple who stopped to help her with a flat tire.


Pair jailed after nasty brawl at Ocala apartment complex

Two men spent time in the Marion County Jail last week after an altercation that was captured on a cell phone video. James Mackey, 49, of Ocala, and Willie County III, 37, of Plant City, were both charged with battery after the incident, which happened April 15 at the Carlton Arms of Ocala apartment


Lake government, schools honored with PR awards

TAVARES — Three public relations initiatives developed by members of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Lake County chapter were honored at the 2019 Mid-Florida Image Awards held in Ocala.


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Florida deputy wants to buy K-9 while on extended leave. Sheriff's office says dog is not for sale

INVERNESS, Fla. — A Florida sheriff's office calls the efforts of a deputy's wife to buy a police K-9 "misguided." The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said it became aware Thursday of a GoFundMe campaign raising money to purchase K-9 Krennic for Deputy Jonathan Behnen from the agency. In a news relea


Bandit makes off with haul of tools and electronics from Ocala Wal-Mart

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was called to an Ocala Wal-Mart on Sunday after a thief stole a cart-load of merchandise. When the deputy arrived at the store, located at 34 Bahia Ave., a loss prevention officer said the theft occurred on Friday, April 19 at about 8:40 p.m. He said the bandit walke


Florida deputy fired after kicking inmate who fed cookie to bird

A Florida sheriff's deputy has been fired and charged with battery after surveillance video captured him kicking an inmate who had just tossed a cookie to a bird. The inmate, 31-year-old Mario Christo, was serving a 364-day sentence on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at the Pinell


Third victim of fatal Marion County crash identified by Florida Highway Patrol

The third victim of a multiple-fatality crash in Marion County on Saturday has been identified. Gerita S. Waymire, 78, of Dunellon, died at the scene of the crash, which took place on State Road 40 about one mile east of SW 140th Avenue. Justin Matthew Klemm, 36, and his passenger 33-year-old Brandi


Florida mom beats son with meat tenderizer during argument over homework

MIAMI, Fla. - A Miami mother reacted violently when her son admitted he didn't do his homework. On April 4, the 9-year-old boy told his mom, Martha Ciguenas, that he had additional homework he was supposed to do over spring break.


Texting while driving bill passes Florida House

The Florida House (HB 107) has voted to allow officers to pull over drivers for texting while driving, as legislators approved the measure with a 104-9 vote during a Tuesday morning Session.


Three injured in Belleview crash

One man was thrown from a sport utility vehicle and two other people from a second vehicle were also injured in a crash in Belleview late Tuesday afternoon. Florida Highway Patrol troopers on scene said the Chevy SUV failed to negotiate a curve in the 13000 block of Southeast 100th Avenue and crosse


Failed country club restaurant will close its doors this weekend in The Villages

A failed country club restaurant will close its doors this weekend in The Villages. The Hacienda Hills Country Club restaurant on Saturday will permanently close its doors. The restaurant was deserted Tuesday evening, with only a few people seated at the bar.


South Florida Girl Battling Cancer Gets Good News

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Good news for a South Florida child battling cancer. Zainab Mughal, 3, is fighting an aggressive form of cancer and has a very rare blood type. She just completed the most complicated part of her cancer treatment.