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Two brothers sentenced to prison for racially motivated attack on Black man in Citrus Springs

Two brothers were sentenced in federal court this week for hate crime charges in connection with their racially motivated attack on a Black man in Citrus Springs.

Ocala convicted felon with loaded firearm sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison

A 33-year-old Ocala man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Marion County launches Property Alert Service for residents        

The Marion County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office has launched a Property Alert Service to help residents identify unauthorized or potentially fraudulent activity.

Ocala man caught on video threatening victim with knife

A 59-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he threatened a male victim with a knife during an altercation that was filmed on the victim’s cellphone.

DrumFit classes heading to Mary Sue Rich Community Center

The Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will soon host a weekly series of cardio drumming classes at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

Two men arrested in Marion County after being accused of stealing mail

Two men were arrested on Wednesday after they were accused of stealing mail from United States Postal Service collection boxes in Marion County.

FHP warns motorists of potential visibility issues from 725-acre controlled burn in Marion County

Marion County motorists are being urged to use caution due to an active 725-acre controlled burn in Salt Springs.

Ocala Police Department introduces newest officers, sergeants

The Ocala Police Department recently welcomed its newest officers and sergeants who will be serving and protecting the local community.

Belleview Community Center hosting ‘Tobacco Free’ program to help adults quit smoking

An upcoming program at the Belleview Community Center will offer assistance to adults who want to quit smoking.  

Crime Stoppers offering $9,500 reward for information on fatal New Year’s Day shooting in Ocala

The Ocala Police Department is still investigating the shooting that killed two men and wounded four others on New Year’s Day, and a $9,500 reward is being offered to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

Ocala man arrested after making fraudulent returns at Walmart

A 27-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he was caught making fraudulent returns at a local Walmart.

‘World’s Greatest Baby Shower’ returns to Marion County on January 27

The “World’s Greatest Baby Shower” will return on Friday, January 27 to provide helpful information and resources to new parents and soon-to-be parents in Marion County.

Ocala convicted felon indicted for possessing Glock firearm, ammo

A 29-year-old convicted felon from Ocala was indicted this week on charges of possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Temporary lane closures on SW Highway 484 in Ocala extended through February 2

Ocala motorists can expect temporary lane closures on SW Highway 484, from Interstate 75 to just west of SW 20th Avenue Road, through Thursday, February 2.

Zip line coming to Coehadjoe Park

Marion County residents will soon be able to zip line at Coehadjoe Park.

Ocala Police Department to host mentoring program for high school students

The Ocala Police Department is preparing to host another session of its mentoring program for local high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement.

Marion County firefighters extinguish vehicle fire in Belleview

Marion County firefighters rushed to the scene of a vehicle fire in Belleview on Tuesday afternoon.

Ocala preparing to host 2023 ‘After Dark in the Park’ movie series

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the 2023 ‘After Dark in the Park’ movie series on select dates throughout the year at various parks across the city.

Citra woman jailed after allegedly threatening neighbors with gun

A 63-year-old Citra woman was arrested after two of her neighbors claimed that she threatened them with a gun.

Temporary road closure along SE 137th Avenue Road in Marion County

Motorists traveling on SE 137th Avenue Road in Marion County will experience a temporary road closure between the intersections of SE 24th Street Road and SE 47th Street Road through Friday, January 27. 

Two teens arrested after stolen gun found in bathroom at Forest High School

Two teenagers were recently arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a stolen handgun that was found inside a bathroom at Forest High School last year.

Ocala, Magnolia Art Xchange accepting entries for ‘Metamorphosis’ artist competition

The City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange are inviting local artists to submit entries for the “Metamorphosis” Student and Emerging Artist Competition.

Man charged with DUI after crashing into Ocala business, fleeing from officers

A 22-year-old Dunnellon man is being charged with driving under the influence after he crashed into an Ocala business and fled from police officers early Monday morning.

Marion County school bus rear-ended by SUV on SW 155th Street in Dunnellon

A Marion County school bus carrying 23 students was involved in a crash in Dunnellon on Tuesday morning.