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Public equipment auction coming to Ocala next week

A public equipment auction is coming to Ocala next week, and will include items such as farm equipment, cars, trucks, lawn and garden equipment, trailers, and more.

Retired OPD officer starts local private investigation company

A retired Ocala Police Department officer recently started a local private investigation company that assists clients with background checks, civil and criminal investigations, insurance fraud, missing person cases, and more.

Ocala Police Department asking for help identifying female battery suspect

The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a white female suspect in a battery case that happened at a Macy's on Monday.

Festive holiday event returns to Marion Oaks this weekend

Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting the Marion Oaks Community Center this weekend for a festive Holiday Extravaganza.

Citra man arrested after allegedly attacking woman, stealing her cellphone

A Citra man was arrested after allegedly cutting a woman's face with a knife, punching her, and stealing her cellphone during two separate incidents.

Visitors can cut down Christmas trees at Ocala National Forest

The Ocala National Forest is allowing visitors with proper permit to cut down their own Christmas trees for $10.

Tillman and Associates moves one step closer to 52-acre, 97 home development in north Ocala

Tillman and Associates Engineering moved one step closer to the construction of a 52-acre, 97 home development planned for north Ocala. The development would include 97 single-family dwellings, and amenities such as a swing set, gazebo, and park benches.

Marion County Jail inmate charged with manslaughter after jail fight

A Marion County Jail inmate was arrested for manslaughter after he got into a physical altercation with another inmate. After punching the other inmate, the victim fell, struck his head on the cement floor, was transported to the hospital, and later succumbed to the injuries.

Pedestrian struck, killed by tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 301 in Citra

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 301 near SE 175th Street in Citra. After hitting the pedestrian, the tractor-trailer veered into the oncoming lane and collided with a pickup truck. Both drivers were not injured.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Symphony Under the Lights’ returns this week

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra's popular holiday concert Symphony Under the Lights returns to the Reilly Arts Center's outdoor stage this week. The orchestra will be joined by the Ocala Youth Symphony as they play holiday favorites.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing endangered adult

UPDATE (December 1, 2021 at 10 p.m.): Jamie Russell Gilman has been located. The county sheriff's office was previously looking for the public’s help to find a 47-year-old man who went missing in Ocala.

Bahia Villas receives preliminary approval for 192-unit quadraplex in Silver Springs Shores

Bahia Villas received preliminary approval from county officials for a 17-acre, 192-unit quadraplex planned for the Silver Springs Shores community in Ocala. The board of county commissioners will have the final say on whether the quadraplex gets approved during its regular meeting scheduled later this month.

Silver Springs man allegedly shoots at neighbor’s home, fires shotgun at deputy

A Silver Springs man allegedly fired multiple shots at a neighbor's home. When a deputy knocked on his door, he fired a shotgun at the front door, and later surrendered after an hour-long standoff. The deputy was unharmed, and the man later claimed he was firing at "Mexicans," not at the deputy.

Workspace Collective celebrating grand opening of second Ocala location

Workspace Collective is celebrating the grand opening of its second Ocala location this week. The event includes hand-crafted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment provided by a local country musician and local artists.

Ocala woman allegedly steals from local convenience store, slaps deputy

An Ocala woman was arrested after allegedly stealing numerous items from a local convenience store. When the deputy arrived, she refused to be placed in handcuffs and slapped the deputy on the head. She was forced to the ground and the deputy used pepper spray to finally secure her wrists inside the handcuffs.

Temporary lane closure on SE Maricamp Road in Ocala

Due to stormwater structure repairs, one of the southbound lanes on SE Maricamp Road in Ocala between the intersections of Oak Road and Hickory Road will be temporarily closed.

Wild horse training competition trots into northeast Ocala, registration open

Registration is currently open for an upcoming northeast Ocala event that will test each competitor's ability to train wild horses. The competitors will have 100 days to train and establish trust with a previously wild horse.

‘Santa on the Square’ begins this week in downtown Ocala

The popular "Santa on the Square' returns to downtown Ocala beginning this week. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for socially-distanced photos on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout December.

Marion County reports slight drop in COVID-19 cases, increase in vaccinations

The weekly COVID-19 report shows a slight drop in the number of new cases in Marion County. For the third consecutive week, the number of vaccinations increased and the county averaged less than 19 new COVID-19 cases per day.

Five Ocala residents arrested, one at large, after allegedly defrauding $22,000 from local bank

Five Ocala residents were arrested for organized fraud, and a sixth is currently at large, after more than $22,000 was defrauded from a local bank. They allegedly opened bank accounts, deposited multiple counterfeit checks via mobile deposit, and the money was withdrawn before the bank could detect the fraud.

Final week for ‘Give Back Drive’ donations

This is the final week to take part in Marion County Parks and Recreation's 'Give Back Drive'. All donations benefit Brother’s Keeper, Interfaith Emergency Services, and The Salvation Army, and generous donators can also earn rewards such as park vouchers, VIP packages, and a free Kayak Trip.

Ocala Police Department accepting applications this week

The Ocala Police Department is looking for aspiring police officers to help fill the department’s vacancies. Police officers earn $45,900 per year and receive benefits, pension, a take-home patrol vehicle, and more.

Ocala man arrested, charged with murder in connection to October fatal shooting

An Ocala man was arrested and is facing a felony murder charge in connection to a fatal shooting that occurred on October 26 at the 3800 block of SE 95th Street in Ocala.

Salvation Army offering shelter in north Ocala as temperatures drop

Overnight temperatures are expected to be in the upper 30's to lower 40's, and the Salvation Army's Center of Hope (320 NW NW 1st Avenue in Ocala) is offering accommodations for anyone needing shelter from the cold.