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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.

3 more local COVID-19 deaths as country tops 400,000 cases of deadly virus

Three more local residents have lost their battle with COVID-19 as deaths across the country from the fast-spreading virus topped 400,000 on Tuesday.

Two of the latest fatalities were residents of Marion County and the other one lived in Lake County. They are among the 1,088 cumulative deaths in the tri-county area, the 24,820 in Florida and the 401,128 across the United States.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,589,097 cases – an increase of 9,816 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 1,560,015 are residents. A total of 71,809 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,293 in correctional facilities. Across the state, there have been 24,820 deaths and 68,478 people have been hospitalized.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 22,424 cases – an increase of 158 in a 24-hour period. There have been 553 deaths and 1,461 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 16,508 COVID-19 cases – an overnight increase of 122. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,377), Dunnellon (994), Belleview (935), Silver Springs (393), Citra (385), Ocklawaha (320), Reddick (242), Fort McCoy (205), Anthony (198), Weirsdale (161), The Villages (62), Salt Springs (38), Flemington (34), McIntosh (22), Sparr (20), Orange Lake (18), Candler (17), Lowell (17), 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: 48,622 – increase of 348
  • Deaths: 1,088
  • Hospitalizations: 2,972

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 19,713 – increase of 166
  • Deaths: 378
  • Hospitalizations: 1,085
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (5,142), Leesburg (3,149), Eustis (1,748), Mount Dora (1,491) and Tavares (1,432).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,485 – increase of 24
  • Deaths: 157
  • Hospitalizations: 426
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (2,915), Coleman (811), Wildwood (792), Bushnell (706) and Oxford (378).

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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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