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Marion County and Ocala firefighters battle roaring blaze at local car lot

Firefighters from Marion County and Ocala battled a structure fire Thursday night at a local car lot.

5-year-old girl dies of injuries suffered in recent Citrus County crash

A five-year-old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Summerfield woman that was involved in a recent Citrus County crash has died.

Three Ocala residents also were involved in the four-vehicle crash on Monday that took place when a southbound sedan driven by a 17-year-old Ocala girl failed to slow for stopped traffic on County Road 491, north of W. Hampshire Boulevard. The teenager slammed into the back of a stationary SUV driven by a 60-year-old Ocala woman, a Florida Highway Patrol report states.

A sport utility vehicle driven by a 30-year-old Summerfield woman swerved to the left to avoid colliding with the sedan and entered the path of an oncoming sedan driven by a 66-year-old Ocala woman. The SUV driven by the Summerfield woman then collided with both of the sedans, the FHP report says.

The Summerfield woman and a 30-year-old female passenger from Beverly Hills remain in serious condition. Neither of the adults nor the 5-year-old who initially suffered critical injuries were wearing their seat belts, the FHP report says.

The 66-year-old driver of the second sedan involved in the crash was seriously injured and also wasn’t wear a seat belt, the FHP report says. Both the 17-year-old and 60-year-old drivers were wearing seat belts and escaped injury, according to the report.

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Crime

27-year-old Ocala man jailed after lady friend tells deputies of violent attack

An Ocala man found himself behind bars recently after denying any problems with his lady friend after a 911 call came from his home.

‘Impaired’ Ocala man jailed after found passed out in vehicle at minimart

An Ocala man was arrested recently after he was found passed out in a vehicle at a Belleview minimart.

Ocala man arrested after series of arguments turns physical

An Ocala man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground several times and struck her during a nasty domestic spat.

Bird lover claims lady friend went berserk and tried to run him over

Multiple Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to a nasty altercation recently after a man claimed his lady friend tried to take his bird out of its cage and then run him over.

Business

Lockheed Martin teams with CareerSource Florida for apprenticeship program

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that Lockheed Martin and CareerSource Florida have partnered to develop and refine a registered apprenticeship program.

Craft Cuisine falls victim to pandemic, forced to close doors

Craft Cuisine was forced to close its doors last month amidst the global pandemic that has forced the closures of a multitude of businesses in Ocala.

Ocala police chief: ‘Marijuana legalization will produce more violent crime in Ocala’

The chief of the Ocala Police Department believes the legalization of marijuana will produce more violent crime in the city of Ocala.

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion offering live workshops via Zoom platform

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will resume live employability workshops beginning Monday, Jan. 11 with Job Specific Resume Development.

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Headlines

Marion County and Ocala firefighters battle roaring blaze at local car lot

Firefighters from Marion County and Ocala battled a structure fire Thursday night at a local car lot.

27-year-old Ocala man jailed after lady friend tells deputies of violent attack

An Ocala man found himself behind bars recently after denying any problems with his lady friend after a 911 call came from his home.

‘Impaired’ Ocala man jailed after found passed out in vehicle at minimart

An Ocala man was arrested recently after he was found passed out in a vehicle at a Belleview minimart.

DeSantis vows to lower COVID-19 vaccine age as 20 more local residents succumb to virus

On the day Gov. Ron DeSantis promised to drop the eligibility age for COVID-19 vaccinations, 20 more local residents succumbed to the fast-spreading illness.

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