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Ocala lady friends jailed after victim reports attack in vehicle 

Two Ocala gal pals were jailed recently after a nasty battle that also involved two others.

Florida ends 2020 with biggest spike in COVID-19 cases since pandemic first reported

Florida ended the year Thursday with the biggest spike in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic first hit the Sunshine State in the spring.

All told, the state is reporting 1,323,315 cases – an increase of 17,192 from Wednesday to Thursday. Of those, 1,300,528 are residents. A total of 64,835 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 27,337 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 62,868 people have been hospitalized.

The latest positivity rate wasn’t reported Thursday by the Florida Department of Health. But Wednesday’s positivity rate was reported at 11.57 percent, with Tuesday at 8.74 percent and Monday at 22.9 percent. The Department of Health considers anything above 5 percent to be in the danger zone.

On Thursday, the tri-county area also reported another fatality connected to the virus – a Marion County resident. That victim is now among the 878 who have died in the local area, the 21,990 across state and the 344,525 across the country.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 17,799 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 348 in a 24-hour period. There have been 463 deaths and 1,341 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 13,340 cases – an overnight increase of 226. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,026), Dunnellon (770), Belleview (708), Silver Springs (304), Citra (304), Ocklawaha (262), Reddick (170), Fort McCoy (151), Anthony (136), Weirsdale (122), The Villages (58), Flemington (34), Salt Springs (31), Sparr (17), McIntosh (16), Orange Lake (15), Candler (14), Lowell (10), Morriston (6), East Lake (5), Orange Springs (5) and Fairfield (4).

Below is a breakdown of other COVID-19 activity in the local area:

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 38,443 – increase of 840
  • Deaths: 878
  • Hospitalizations: 2,714

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 15,559 – increase of 358
  • Deaths: 295
  • Hospitalizations: 995
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,140), Leesburg (2,483), Eustis (1,259), Mount Dora (1,202) and Tavares (1,169).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 5,085 – increase of 134
  • Deaths: 120
  • Hospitalizations: 378
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,128), Coleman (732), Wildwood (682), Bushnell (556) and Oxford (286).

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Ocala lady friends jailed after victim reports attack in vehicle 

Two Ocala gal pals were jailed recently after a nasty battle that also involved two others.

Ocala woman accused of attacking woman outside her home

An Ocala woman is accused of ambushing a woman and beating her up outside her home.

Ocala man jailed after fleeing deputy twice on motorcycle

An Ocala man who twice sped away from a deputy trying to pull him over was arrested recently after his motorcycling companion identified him.

Marion sheriff seeks help in nabbing bandits who ripped off dirt bikes in Belleview

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking helping in recovering dirt bikes that were stolen last month from a Belleview residence.

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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

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Ocala lady friends jailed after victim reports attack in vehicle 

Two Ocala gal pals were jailed recently after a nasty battle that also involved two others.

Ocala woman accused of attacking woman outside her home

An Ocala woman is accused of ambushing a woman and beating her up outside her home.

Ocala man jailed after fleeing deputy twice on motorcycle

An Ocala man who twice sped away from a deputy trying to pull him over was arrested recently after his motorcycling companion identified him.

Tri-county area COVID-19 death toll continues to rise at rapid pace

The local death toll from COVID-19 continues to climb at an alarming rate, with 12 more local residents succumbing to the fast-spreading virus.

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