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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.

10 more local COVID-19 deaths as global cases top 100 million mark

On the day when global cases of COVID-19 topped 100 million – just over a year after the first patient was diagnosed in the United States – 10 more local residents lost their battle with the fast-spreading virus and new cases continued to be identified across Florida at an alarming rate.

The global count for COVID-19 cases now sits at 100,063,707, with 25,407,414 positive results reported in the United States. There have been 2,151,248 global deaths and 423,653 across the country tied to the Coronavirus.

Eight of the latest tri-county fatalities were in Sumter County, with one each in Lake and Marion counties. Those victims are among the 1,135 cumulative deaths reported in the local area since March.

Locally, Marion County is reporting 23,686 COVID-19 cases – an increase of 190 in a 24-hour period. There have been 570 deaths and 1,515 people have been hospitalized.

Ocala continues to lead Marion County with 17,588 cases – an overnight increase of 120. Others have been identified in Summerfield (1,486), Dunnellon (1,039), Belleview (1,006), Silver Springs (420), Citra (402), Ocklawaha (353), Reddick (257), Fort McCoy (213), Anthony (211), Weirsdale (181), The Villages (176), Salt Springs (39), Flemington (34), McIntosh (24), Sparr (20), Orange Lake (18), Candler (17), Lowell (17), East Lake (7), Orange Springs (7), Morriston (6) and Fairfield (6).

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

TRI-COUNTY AREA

  • Cases: 51,476 – increase of 406
  • Deaths: 1,135
  • Hospitalizations: 3,074

LAKE COUNTY

  • Cases: 20,972 – increase of 175
  • Deaths: 388
  • Hospitalizations: 1,124
  • Cities with most cases: Clermont (5,537), Leesburg (3,323), Eustis (1,881), Mount Dora (1,623) and Tavares (1,535).

SUMTER COUNTY

  • Cases: 6,818 – increase of 41
  • Deaths: 177
  • Hospitalizations: 435
  • Areas/cities with most cases: The Villages (3,131), Wildwood (817), Coleman (813), Bushnell (750) and Oxford (391).

All told, Florida is reporting 1,667,763 cases – an increase of 9,594 from Monday to Tuesday. Of those, 1,637,296 are residents. A total of 74,628 cases have been reported in long-term care centers and 28,842 in correctional facilities. Across the state, 70,802 people have been hospitalized.

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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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Headlines

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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