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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.

15 more local COVID-19 deaths as state reports more than 849,000 vaccines given

On the day when Florida reported that more than 849,000 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 15 more residents succumbed to the virus and more than 16,000 new cases were reported across the Sunshine State.

So far, 849,317 residents have received the vaccines across the state. Of those, 769,765 are the initial doses and 79,552 are the second doses. The majority of the vaccinations – 508,223 – have been given to those 65 and older, a Florida Department of Health report states.

Ten of the latest fatalities lived in Lake County, four lived in Marion County and one was a resident of Sumter County. They are among the 1,004 tri-county area deaths, the 24,169 in Florida and the 391,279 across the country.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,548,067 cases – an increase of 16,875 from Thursday to Friday. Of those, 1,519,944 are residents. A total of 70,833 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,132 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 24,169 deaths and 67,463 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 21,788 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 374 in a 24-hour period. There have been 529 deaths and 1,441 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to pace Marion County with 16,048 cases – an overnight increase of 266. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,344), Dunnellon (971), Belleview (912), Citra (380), Silver Springs (375), Ocklawaha (315), Reddick (229), Fort McCoy (194), Anthony (194), Weirsdale (156), The Villages (61), Salt Springs (36), Flemington (34), McIntosh (22), Sparr (20), Orange Lake (18), Candler (16), Lowell (15), Morriston (6), Orange Springs (6), East Lake (6) and Fairfield (5).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 47,015 – increase of 634
  • Deaths: 1,004
  • Hospitalizations: 2,939

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 18,962 – increase of 209
  • Deaths: 349
  • Hospitalizations: 1,077
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (4,960), Leesburg (3,061), Eustis (1,651), Mount Dora (1,424) and Tavares (1,390).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,265 – increase of 51
  • Deaths: 126
  • Hospitalizations: 421
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,800), Coleman (785), Wildwood (778), Bushnell (678) and Oxford (370).

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Crime

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.

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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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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