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MCSO: Man stole $3K from elderly woman he befriended at Walmart

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of stealing over $3,000 from an elderly woman he befriended at a Walmart in Ocala.

$9K reward offered for info on Ocala shooting that left one woman dead

A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed in Ocala last month, and detectives are hoping that an increased cash reward of nearly $10,000 will encourage anyone with information on this shooting to come forward.

Man accused of stealing table from Ocala park says he thought it was ‘broken,’ abandoned

A 36-year-old man accused of stealing a table from an Ocala park says he thought the item was broken and had been abandoned.

VIDEO: Man burglarizes vehicle in Ocala neighborhood

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public to identify a man accused of burglarizing a vehicle in an Ocala neighborhood.

Trooper-involved shooting on I-75 in Marion County under investigation

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was involved in a shooting incident on Interstate 75 in Marion County on Sunday evening.

Ocala man accused of stealing $1,750 in synthetic marijuana, cigars during break-in at smoke shop

A 25-year-old Ocala man is facing several felony charges after he allegedly broke into a local smoke shop and stole over $1,500 worth of synthetic marijuana and cigars.

Man arrested for attempting to scam elderly Marion woman

A 42-year-old man was arrested this week for his alleged involvement in a scam that targeted an elderly Marion County resident.

Marion Sheriff: ‘Worthless human being’ wanted on child molestation, sexual battery charges

In a video posted on social media this week, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods asked for the public’s help to locate a “worthless human being” who is wanted on multiple charges including sexual battery, molestation of a child, and human trafficking.

Trio wanted by Ocala police for stealing $2K in baby clothes from local store

The Ocala Police Department is asking for help from the public to identify three individuals who allegedly stole several thousand dollars’ worth of baby clothes from a local store.

Marion man gets 2 years behind bars, house arrest for possessing child porn

A 39-year-old Marion County man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and six years of house arrest after being convicted of possessing child pornography.

Gun, marijuana found in Ocala man’s car after fleeing traffic stop

A 23-year-old Ocala man accused of fleeing from a traffic stop is facing additional charges after a loaded handgun and marijuana were allegedly found in his car.

Bail denied for Marion teen accused of sexually assaulting 91-year-old neighbor

A 14-year-old boy accused of entering a 91-year-old neighbor's home and sexually assaulting the woman in her bed, leaving her covered in blood and bruises, will remain in custody after he was denied bail by the judge in his case. 

Ocala women arrested for street racing with child in car

Two women were arrested by Ocala police after they allegedly raced their vehicles on SW College Road while being accompanied by a minor passenger.

Deputy says man disposed of cocaine, marijuana near Ocala home during curbside drug deal

A 35-year-old man is accused of discarding multiple bags of drugs near an Ocala home after he was spotted by a Marion County Sheriff's deputy who allegedly watched the man walk up to a vehicle to sell the drugs.

Have you seen ‘Chopper Cops’? First episode highlights MCSO manhunt, 100-mph chase

The first episode of a new series on Paramount+ that follows the Marion County Sheriff's Office highlights the agency's efforts to track down a man wanted for shooting a cop and arrest a different man who led them on a high-speed chase.

Dunnellon man allegedly tosses marijuana out of truck while fleeing from deputy

A 43-year-old Dunnellon man accused of fleeing from a traffic stop is facing additional drug-related charges after a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy allegedly saw him toss marijuana out of his pickup truck’s window during the pursuit.

Elderly Marion woman attacked during argument over gas can

A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with felony battery after he allegedly punched an elderly Marion County woman during an argument over a gas can.

Marion man chokes girlfriend, prevents 911 call during fight over cigarettes, deputies say

An argument over a pack of cigarettes led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Salt Springs man after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and grabbed her cellphone to prevent her from calling 911.

Victim in fatal Ocala shooting ID’d; $3K reward offered for info on shooting

Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting in Ocala that claimed the life of a woman over the weekend, and a cash reward is being offered to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

‘Erratic’ Ocala man jumping in middle of street arrested for fentanyl possession

A 42-year-old Ocala man who was acting erratically while standing in the middle of the street is facing drug-related charges after a law enforcement officer allegedly found fentanyl in his possession.

Shooting in northwest Ocala leaves 1 dead

Local police are investigating a fatal shooting in a northwest Ocala neighborhood, near Lillian Bryant Park, that claimed the life of one person on Saturday night.

Ex-girlfriend gets life in prison for murder of Marion deputy

A 24-year-old woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars after pleading guilty to the 2022 fatal shooting of her ex-boyfriend, who worked as a Marion County Sheriff's Office detention deputy.

Ocala felon who brought gun to block party gets 5-year prison sentence

A convicted felon from Ocala who attended a block party while possessing a firearm will spend the next five years behind bars.

Ocala man travels to Winn-Dixie to meet decoy posing as 13-year-old girl for sex

A 50-year-old Ocala man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after he allegedly traveled to a local Winn-Dixie to meet a 13-year-old female decoy for sex.