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Safe steps put in place for Marion County jurors as trials resume amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Marion County Clerk of Court and Comptroller is taking safe steps to protect the health and safety of residents who have received a jury summons.

Ocala firefighters battle blaze that destroys cement mixer

Crews from Ocala Fire Rescue battled a blaze Monday afternoon that heavily damaged a cement mixer.

Crews from Ocala Fire Rescue battled a blaze Monday afternoon that did $20,000 damage to a cement mixer that was traveling on E. Silver Springs Boulevard. Photo by Kristi Barberie.

Firefighters responded to the fire in the 3000 block of E. Silver Springs Boulevard at 3:29 p.m. and the first engine arrived three minutes later. They reported that flames were coming from the rear portion of the cement mixer, which is owned by Argos Concrete. The driver, who lives in Ocala, wasn’t injured in the blaze.

Engine 3 and Rescue 2 were the first units to arrive and they requested a second engine and a battalion chief. Engine 3 quickly established command and its crew attacked the fire with a preconnected hose line. Engine 7 arrived a short time later and set up to supply water and support for the crews battling the flames. The fire was quickly extinguished and crews overhauled the fire scene. The blaze caused $20,000 damage to the cement mixer, a report states.

The driver told firefighters that he was traveling on E. Silver Springs Boulevard when he noticed in his rearview mirror that smoke was coming from his back wheels. He said he pulled over and grabbed a fire extinguisher but was unable to control the flames so he backed away and called for help, the report says.

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Crime

27-year-old Ocala man jailed after lady friend tells deputies of violent attack

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‘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

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Bird lover claims lady friend went berserk and tried to run him over

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Business

Lockheed Martin teams with CareerSource Florida for apprenticeship program

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Craft Cuisine falls victim to pandemic, forced to close doors

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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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Safe steps put in place for Marion County jurors as trials resume amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Marion County Clerk of Court and Comptroller is taking safe steps to protect the health and safety of residents who have received a jury summons.

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.

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