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Ocala teenager shot, killed at Sutton Place apartments

A 16-year-old Ocala teenager was shot and killed at Sutton Place Apartments late last night.

Free back-to-school immunizations available at health department, Paddock Mall

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering back-to-school immunizations opportunities within the month to help children get immunized before the first day of school. Vaccines available will include DTaP, IPV, MMR, hepatitis B, and varicella, as well as COVID-19.

Ocala City Council members disagreed with city’s reasons for terminating former Ocala Fire Rescue Chief

Ocala City Council disagreed with City Manager Sandra Wilson's stated reasons for terminating former Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander during their last meeting. Grabelle: “I’ve been presented with no evidence of Alexander undermining Ocala City Council. All I've heard is hearsay." Bethea: “I can’t say whether Chief Alexander was politicking, because I don’t know.” Matthew Wardell: "I was never told I was being undermined. I still don’t have any evidence.” Jay Musleh: “I may not agree with the human resource file and the termination…but I’m going to support our city manager” Brent Malever: “It breaks my heart to see Ocala get into this situation."

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for four missing Ocala teenagers

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is looking for the public's help to find four teenagers who went missing last night: 17-year-old Nova Hall, 16-year-old Kaleb Honor, 13-year-old Amariya Smith, and 15-year-old Michael Allen.

Detectives seeking information in Marion Oaks shooting that claimed life of 21-year-old man

Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of 21-year-old Briell Alexander Vickers, who was shot and killed last night in the Marion Oaks community. Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are asking the public for any information to aid in the homicide investigation.

13-year-old arrested after trapping, torturing cat for days before slamming it dead on pavement

A 13-year-old was arrested after admitting to trapping a neighbor's cat for several days, stuffing it in a garbage bag, and slamming it against the pavement until it died.

Vehicle crashes, drives 25 feet into auto parts shop in east Ocala

Ocala Fire Rescue units were called earlier today to the scene of an accident in which a pickup truck drove approximately 25 feet into a local auto parts shop in east Ocala.

Silver Alert issued for missing elderly Ocala man

BREAKING NEWS: Istvan Franyo, who is 77-years-old, was last seen at his residence in southwest Ocala, 10078 SW 54th Court, on July 13 at approximately 8 a.m. Franyo was last seen wearing a red, short-sleeved button up shirt and tan pants.

Marion County rescinds boil water notice

Marion County officials have rescinded a boil water notice issued earlier this week for a collection of communities across the area. Read the complete list.

Precautionary boil water notice issued for communities across Marion County

BREAKING NEWS: A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for a collection of communities across Marion County, including Forest Glen, Oakcrest Estates, and Spruce Creek North. Read the complete list.

Multiple residents make plea to bring back fired Ocala Fire Rescue Chief

"This guy is our guy. We’re 140 guys behind him, 100%," - Ocala Fire Union President Richard Grubbs spoke on behalf of his team in support of former Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander, who was terminated from his position on June 25. Multiple residents, firefighters, and community leaders made impassioned pleas to review Alexander's termination during a recent meeting of the Ocala City Council.

OPD investigating shooting at Parkside Apartments

BREAKING NEWS: Ocala Police Department is asking the public for information regarding a shooting that took place at the Parkside Apartments earlier today.

Ocala City Council president cites need for ‘public discussion’ before surprise motion to terminate City Manager

Ocala City Council President Justin Grabelle said the city could not be "run on rumor" and favored a “discussion in public” about the termination of the former Ocala Fire Rescue chief. Grabelle made a motion to terminate Ocala City Manager Sandra Wilson shortly after multiple residents in attendance at the meeting cited only hearing about the possible termination through "hearsay" from Mayor Kent Guinn in a local newsletter. Do you believe Ocala residents should have been notified in advance of the possible termination of Ocala City Manager?

Marion County Solid Waste facilities are open today

All Marion County Solid Waste facilities, including Baseline Facility and all 18 recycling centers, are open normal hours (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.) today.

Ocala City Council keeps City Manager after stunning motion to terminate

BREAKING NEWS: The Ocala City Council narrowly approved retaining City Manager Sandra Wilson after a surprise motion to terminate her contract in response to the firing of Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander. Two council members leaving office in a few months made the motion for termination, which was not included on the city's agenda and was introduced after two hours of public comment in support of both Wilson and Alexander.

Schools closed in Marion County for Tropical Storm Elsa

Marion County Public School officials are closing schools and telling the over 7,000 students across the county enrolled in summer school to stay home on Wednesday, July 7, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Elsa. MCPS hopes to reopen on Thursday, July 8.

New seafood restaurant opening doors this week

Storming Crab, which took over the shuttered Ruby Tuesday's that closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, will open the doors on the renovated location this weekend.

Independent minds, ways of life most often come by painful separation from dependence

"It is a bitter reminder that independent minds and ways of life most often come by painful separation from whatever they have been dependent upon. Independence is synonymous with autonomy, self-determination, self-governance, self rule, and self-sufficiency. And that makes us think of such things as self-reliance, self worth, and self-esteem." - Ocala resident Bernard Dozier shares his thoughts on what "Independence Day" means to him.

Marion County officials preparing for Tropical Storm Elsa to reach area on Tuesday

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, July 5, the National Hurricane Center's latest projection of Tropical Storm Elsa shows the storm passing through northwestern Florida beginning Tuesday evening. Marion County Emergency Management is providing sandbag operations for residents in western portions of Marion County. Read the story for details.

Ocala woman driving under influence of alcohol, Xanax arrested after accident claims life of 43-year-old motorcyclist

Thoughts and prayers for the friends and family of 43-year-old Christopher Flatt, who was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident on Friday. The driver of the other vehicle in the accident, 61-year-old Shelly Diaz, has been arrested and charged with DUI-manslaughter after admitting to using alcohol and Xanax before getting behind the wheel.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for man wanted in car theft

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help to identify a man wanted in a recent car theft.

Local fire rescue team asking for community support, prayers while attending to Surfside condo collapse

“Marion County Fire Rescue asks for your thoughts and prayers for those affected by this tragedy, the first responders and our elected officials in completing the rescue mission" - A 29-member team comprised of specialists from a collection of local fire rescues that was deployed to south Florida this week is asking the public for their prayers and support as they aid victims of the Surfside condominium collapse. 

Florida Sales Tax holiday on propane, water bottles, sunscreen, other outdoor items

Florida’s Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday offers tax breaks for a multitude of goods sold across outdoor industries including outdoor gas, water bottles, sunscreen and coolers, among other items.

Two downtown restaurants close for holiday, multiple others still under construction

A pair of popular downtown restaurants are closing for the holiday and renovations. Check the details on when La Cuisine and Stella's Modern Pantry will reopen.