News from Ocala, Florida and surrounding communities. Crime, classifieds, events, government, and local happenings for Ocala and Marion County, as well as surrounding cities and communities.
Gainesville woman in critical condition after motorcycle overturns in Alachua County
A 46-year-old woman from Gainesville was critically injured on Friday night after the motorcycle she was riding overturned on State Road 331 in Alachua County.
Ocala International Airport to host ‘Fight or Flight’ MMA event on April 1
A mixed martial arts (MMA) event benefiting Marion County's first responders is heading to the Ocala International Airport next weekend.
Ocala awarded ‘Best Tasting Water’ at regional competition
The City of Ocala was awarded the best-tasting drinking water at a regional competition that took place earlier this week in Marion County.
Ocala woman jailed for stealing roommate’s vehicle
A 46-year-old Ocala woman was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after she was accused of stealing her roommate’s vehicle.
Marion County Fire Rescue welcomes two new platform fire trucks to fleet
Marion County Fire Rescue has announced the arrival of its two brand-new E-ONE Platform Trucks.
Ocklawaha man arrested for exposing, pleasuring himself near children at Gator Joe’s restaurant
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 42-year-old Ocklawaha man after he was accused of exposing himself and masturbating near several children at a local restaurant.
Kirby Family Farm to host 8th annual Rock-N-Roll Easter Train event
Kirby Family Farm’s Rock-N-Roll Easter Train event is returning to Williston next weekend for its 8th annual installment.
Volunteers help Marion County’s Emergency Operations Center prepare for hurricane season
Volunteers recently stopped by the Marion County Emergency Operations Center to ensure that the facility is prepared for hurricane season.
15-year-old boy arrested by Ocala police for possessing loaded gun
The Ocala Police Department arrested a 15-year-old boy on Monday after a loaded firearm was found in his possession.
Rollover crash in SW Ocala sends driver to hospital
A driver was hospitalized on Thursday following a single-vehicle crash with rollover that occurred near an intersection in southwest Ocala.
Weirsdale man jailed after allegedly shoving pregnant woman to ground, damaging her car
A 22-year-old Weirsdale man with a prior domestic battery conviction was arrested after a pregnant woman accused him of shoving her to the ground and damaging her vehicle.
Marion Theatre to host premiere of locally filmed series ‘Backstreet’
The Marion Theatre is preparing to host the season premiere of a series that was filmed in Ocala and the surrounding areas.
Headliners announced for 2023 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series
The Marion Cultural Alliance, in partnership with the City of Ocala, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission, and Juneteenth Celebration Committee, has announced the headlining artists for the 2023 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series.
HCA Florida Ocala Hospital begins construction on $11 million emergency room
HCA Florida Ocala Hospital has officially begun construction on a new $11 million freestanding emergency room in Ocala.
70-year-old man wanted by Ocala police for possession and distribution of child porn
The Ocala Police Department is asking for help from the public to locate a 70-year-old man who is wanted for possession and distribution of child pornography.
Marion County commissioners approve 137-acre land donation for Animal Services
During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting that was held on Tuesday, the commissioners approved a 137-acre land donation that will exclusively benefit Marion County Animal Services.
Ocala to host special waste amnesty day on April 22
The City of Ocala, in partnership with Green For Life, will conduct a special waste amnesty day on Saturday, April 22.
80-year-old Ocala man video chatting with young boys arrested on child porn charges
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested an 80-year-old Ocala man on 20 counts of child pornography-related charges after receiving a report that he was engaging with young children in online conversations that were sexual in nature.
Silver Alert issued for missing, endangered 75-year-old Umatilla woman
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for a missing and endangered 75-year-old woman who was last seen leaving her residence in Umatilla on Tuesday afternoon.
Cadillac driver sought in hit-and-run crash that seriously injured Ocala man
A 28-year-old moped rider from Ocala was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Marion County on Wednesday, and the Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help to find the driver responsible for the accident.
15-year-old Gainesville student arrested for posting school shooting threat on Instagram
A 15-year-old high school student was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office after she was accused of threatening to conduct a school shooting in messages that were posted on Instagram.
HCA Florida Ocala Hospital receives 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award
HCA Florida Ocala Hospital has announced that it is the recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for the sixth year in a row.
Former state Rep. Joe Harding pleads guilty to COVID-19 relief fraud charges
Joseph Harding, the former state representative from Ocala and Marion County who introduced the controversial Parental Rights and Education bill, pleaded guilty this week to fraudulently obtaining $150,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.
Dunnellon man accused of attacking woman, threatening her with switchblade
A 41-year-old Dunnellon man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office after a woman accused him of attacking her and threatening her with a switchblade during an argument that turned physical.