Motorcyclist killed after colliding with utility pole in Hernando County

FHP motorcyclist in procession hit by vehicle

A motorcyclist was killed Saturday evening after colliding with a utility pole in Hernando County. Gene Arden Leavitt Jr., 51, of Brooksville was riding a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on U.S. 41, north of Ancient Trail, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. For unknown reasons, Leavitt departed the roadway, entered the west shoulder […]

Ocala man reports theft of generator borrowed from neighbor

Marion County Sheriff's Office

A generator that an Ocala man borrowed from a neighbor was reportedly stolen Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence located at 3121 SW 97th St. in reference to a report of a theft. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the man  who said he borrowed his neighbor’s 6500 watt generator valued at $550 about […]

Irma forces Marion County Animal Services to transfer adoptable pets

Marion County Animal Shelter

Due to impacts of Hurricane Irma, Marion County Animal Services is partnering with Alachua County Animal Services and the Alachua County Humane Society to transfer Marion’s adoptable cats and dogs to other adoption agencies. Marion County Animal Services is nearly at capacity, due to extended stray-hold times during the storm and fewer adoptions as our […]

Two suspects sought in burglaries at Target, Best Buy, Dick’s in Ocala

Two suspects are being  sought in a string of early morning burglaries in Ocala.

Two suspects are being sought in burglaries at Target, Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods in Ocala. The Ocala Police Department responded early Thursday morning to three separate reports of burglaries at major retail stores on SW College Road. “The suspects appear to be organized and it’s possible these burglaries were carried out by individuals residing […]

Silver Springs man arrested after altercation sparked by loud rap music

Justin Guthrie

A Silver Springs man was arrested Tuesday after an altercation sparked by his playing of loud rap music. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence located on NE 21st Place in reference to an altercation, according to an arrest report. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with 29-year-old Justin Ryan Guthrie, who was standing out by […]

Ocala Public Library will host FEMA assistance team on Saturday 


Ocala Public Library will host representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. The FEMA team will be available, in person, to help residents register for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program at Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Residents will have an opportunity to register for financial assistance […]

Fruitland Park woman arrested after driving dangerously on a suspended license in neighborhood full of children

Teliah Powell

A Fruitland Park woman was arrested Sunday after reportedly driving her boyfriend’s Jeep dangerously on a suspended license through a neighborhood full of children. Law enforcement responded to a complaint after witnesses provided Lake County Sheriff’s Office with a sworn affidavit stating that 28-year-old Teliah Dee Arnette Powell was driving dangerously. Children in the neighborhood said they […]