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Man pushes pregnant woman to ground and kicks her stomach, deputies say

A 20-year-old Chipley man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after a pregnant woman accused him of kicking her in the stomach.

Ocala sergeant wins motorcycle competition

An Ocala Police Department sergeant recently made the trip to Sanford for a motorcycle competition, and his riding skills earned him a first-place trophy.

Get ready for hurricane season: Disaster preparedness items tax-free through June 9

Another hurricane season has arrived, and Florida residents have an opportunity to save money while stocking up on critical supplies during the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

Man in jail on child porn charges accused of sexually battering boy

A 23-year-old Ocala man who is being held at Marion County Jail on multiple child pornography possession charges was arrested last week after he was accused of sexually battering a boy in 2021.

Boy saves father’s life with Heimlich maneuver

An appreciative father reached out to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office this past weekend to report that his son saved his life.

Construction to cause temporary lane closures near U.S. 441, State Road 40 intersection

Due to the removal of overhead sign structures as part of an improvement project on S Pine Avenue (U.S. 441/U.S. 27/U.S. 301), Ocala motorists can expect temporary lane closures near the intersection of U.S. 441 and State Road 40.

Marion Fire Chief appoints Health and Safety Chief to focus on mental wellness

Marion County Fire Rescue has appointed a Chief of Department Health and Safety who will focus on all aspects of employee health and safety, including their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. 

Two Marion County lieutenants graduate from senior leadership course

Two lieutenants in Marion County are among the newest 34 graduates of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Senior Leadership Program.

Motorcyclist killed in crash on I-75 in Marion County

A 36-year-old man from Reddick was killed on Monday after his motorcycle crashed into a sedan on Interstate 75 in Marion County.

FDOT to begin $4.3 million improvement project on S Pine Avenue this week

The Florida Department of Transportation is preparing to begin work on an intersection improvement project on S Pine Avenue (U.S. 441/U.S. 27/U.S. 301), between SW 3rd Street and NW 2nd Street, to enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Felon caught with loaded shotgun, drugs during traffic stop in Ocala

A 42-year-old convicted felon was arrested in Ocala after a loaded shotgun, methamphetamine, and fentanyl were found inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Inmates teaching obedience to shelter dogs in Marion County

Marion County Animal Services dropped off its newest class of FIDO Project dogs at the Marion Correctional Institution last week for two months of obedience training.

Ocala police to host town hall meeting for Deaf community

The Ocala Police Department is hosting a town hall meeting this week for members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Motorcycle crash in Marion County kills man, critically injures woman

A man was killed and a female passenger was critically injured after their motorcycle crashed on County Road 484 in Marion County on Sunday night.

Ocala police honor Assistant Chief, two deputies on anniversary of fatal shooting

The Ocala Police Department is remembering an Assistant Chief of Police and two Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies who were tragically killed in the line of duty 68 years ago.

Marion seeks $21 million contract to address firefighter recruitment and retention

Marion County’s negotiation team has tentatively agreed to a $21 million contract with the fire union that aims to address Marion County Fire Rescue’s recruitment and retention issues.

Two women accused of stealing over $1,000 in items from Ocala Walmart

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested two women after an employee at a local Walmart accused them of stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise.

1 killed, another critically injured after ATV crashes into utility trailer in Marion County

A man was killed and a woman was critically injured on Saturday night after their ATV struck a utility trailer in Marion County.

Learn about Florida black bears at Scott Springs Park

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s educational series, Programs in the Parks, will wrap up this weekend with an event focusing on bears.

Tips for a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering several water, sun, and food-related safety tips for residents and visitors so they can enjoy a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend.

Dog rescued from house fire in Ocala

A dog was rescued by Ocala firefighters on Thursday morning after a fire ignited inside a local residence.

Marion government offices closed on Memorial Day

Marion County’s government offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Man wanted by Marion deputies for stealing backpack from woman’s truck

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public to identify a man who reached into the passenger side window of a woman's pickup truck and stole her backpack.

Temporary lane closures on SE 92nd Loop through May 2024

Marion County motorists can expect temporary lane closures on SE 92nd Loop, three-tenths (0.3) of a mile north of SE 110th Street Road, beginning on May 26, 2023, through May 26, 2024.