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Friday, March 5, 2021

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.

Ocala sees huge spike in COVID-19 as virus claims 2 more Marion County victims

Ocala reported a significant jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday as two more local residents succumbed to the virus.

Marion County is reporting 23,050 cumulative cases – an increase of 203 in a 24-hour period. There have been 560 deaths and 1,495 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala is now reporting 17,126 cases – an overnight increase of 331. Those represent 74.3 percent of all positive results reported in Marion County. Other cases also have been identified in Summerfield (1,448), Dunnellon (1,019), Belleview (977), Silver Springs (408), Citra (395), Ocklawaha (341), Reddick (252), Fort McCoy (208), Anthony (206), The Villages (176), Weirsdale (172), Salt Springs (39), Flemington (34), McIntosh (23), Sparr (20), Orange Lake (18), Candler (17), Lowell (17), East Lake (7), Morriston (6), Orange Springs (6) and Fairfield (6).

Also on Friday, two more Marion County residents were identified as victims of the Coronavirus. They are among the 1,122 tri-county area fatalities, the 25,405 in Florida and the 412,780 across the country.

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 49,992 – increase of 412
  • Deaths: 1,122
  • Hospitalizations: 3,035

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 20,296 – increase of 168
  • Deaths: 392
  • Hospitalizations: 1,108
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (5,354), Leesburg (3,242), Eustis (1,820), Mount Dora (1,579) and Tavares (1,484).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,646 – increase of 41
  • Deaths: 170
  • Hospitalizations: 432
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,029), Coleman (812), Wildwood (810), Bushnell (726) and Oxford (384).

All told, Florida is reporting 1,627,603 cases – an increase of 13,719 from Thursday to Friday. Of those, 1,597,849 are residents. A total of 73,440 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,584 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 69,735 people have been hospitalized.

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Crime

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.

Victim left with scratches after brawl escalates over car keys

A Citra woman was jailed recently after a nasty spat with her man friend over car keys.

Ocala woman jailed after fight with romantic rival in Ocklawaha

A 22-year-old Ocala woman was arrested nearly a week after she reportedly showed up with a couple of friends at a romantic rival’s workplace in Ocklawaha and threatened to kill her, and then returned minutes after the business owner told her to leave and assaulted the woman.

Umatilla man jailed after ‘marijuana wax’ found in vehicle during traffic stop

A 20-year-old Umatilla man was arrested recently after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy stopped him for having an obstructed license plate.

Business

Lockheed Martin teams with CareerSource Florida for apprenticeship program

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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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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.

Victim left with scratches after brawl escalates over car keys

A Citra woman was jailed recently after a nasty spat with her man friend over car keys.

Ocala woman jailed after fight with romantic rival in Ocklawaha

A 22-year-old Ocala woman was arrested nearly a week after she reportedly showed up with a couple of friends at a romantic rival’s workplace in Ocklawaha and threatened to kill her, and then returned minutes after the business owner told her to leave and assaulted the woman.

21 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida ranks poorly in study on Coronavirus safety

On the day when Florida fared poorly in a study on COVID-19-related safety, 21 more local residents lost their battle with the deadly illness.

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