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15-year-old girl killed in northeast Ocala crash

A 15-year-old girl was killed in a crash that occurred at the intersection of NE 14th street and NE 25th Avenue in Ocala on Tuesday morning.

Dean at Lake Weir Middle School arrested after female student accuses him of sexual battery

A dean at Lake Weir Middle School was arrested on Thursday after a female student accused him of sexually battering her during a post-workout massage.

Ocala Police Department investigating shooting at local Waffle House

The Ocala Police Department is turning to the public for information regarding a shooting that occurred outside of the Waffle House located at 3871 SW College Road on Wednesday morning.

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Citra

A raccoon in Citra has tested positive for rabies. According to the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, anyone who lives or works in Citra should pay close attention, especially residents north of County Road 329, south of County Road 316, east of U.S. 441, and west of NE 47th Avenue.

Teens recently arrested in fatal body armor shooting, arrested again after drive-by shooting in Ocala

Four teenagers, including two teens who were previously arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy who was wearing body armor, were arrested in Ocala after shots were reportedly fired from their vehicle.

Ocala Assistant City Manager Bill Kauffman announces retirement

Shortly after Ocala City Manager Sandra Wilson was fired by city council members in a 3-2 vote, Assistant City Manager Bill Kauffman made the announcement that he will be retiring on May 4.

City of Ocala issues precautionary boil water advisory for SW 1st Avenue to Sanchez Avenue

The City of Ocala Water Resources Department has issued a precautionary boil water advisory which affects SW 1st Avenue to Sanchez Avenue, between Fort King and SE 12th Street. The advisory is due to a water main malfunction that occurred on Sunday, April 17.

Missing Child Alert issued for teen and baby last seen in Belleview

A Missing Child Alert has been issued for 16-year-old Secora Lee and 11-month-old Kehlani Hernandez. They were last seen near the 6000 block of Robinson Road in Belleview on April 8, and they may be traveling in a dark colored sedan.

Son of Ocala City Council president among 22 men arrested in child sex sting operation

A recent child sex sting operation led by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of 22 men, including the son of Ocala City Council president Ire Jermaine Bethea, Sr.

Ocala resident wins $1 million prize from Florida Lottery scratch-off game

An Ocala resident is feeling lucky after winning a $1 million prize from a scratch-off game that was purchased at a local convenience store.

Precautionary boil water notice rescinded for Pine Ridge and The Hunters Trace communities

Marion County Utilities has rescinded a precautionary boil water notice for 216 customers in the Pine Ridge and The Hunters Trace communities after successful bacteriological surveys have deemed the water safe to drink.

Precautionary boil water notice issued for two communities

Marion County Utilities has issued a precautionary boil water notice for 216 customers in the Pine Ridge and The Hunters Trace communities due to a temporary loss of power to the water treatment facility.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for three missing endangered children and their parents

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating three missing endangered children. Their parents, Jarod Donald LaDuke and Ashley Sue Winningham, have avoided the efforts of DCF (Department of Children and Families) staff to assess the children's well-being, and the children's safety is believed to be at risk.

Ocala Police Department looking for missing runaway teenager

The Ocala Police Department is turning to the public to help locate 15-year-old Byron Young who recently ran away from home. Byron was last seen in a white Nissan Altima.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing endangered woman

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public to help find 38-year-old Sandra Arenez Rivers who went missing this morning. She was last seen traveling southbound on SW 140th Avenue from Highway 40 in a gray 2017 Kia Sorento with Florida license plate QHKA87.

18-year-old Ocala man charged with first degree murder in connection with fatal shooting

An 18-year-old Ocala man is facing a felony charge for first degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred outside the 7 Days Food Store (2002 NW 1st Avenue) on March 25.

Man barricades himself inside residence on NW 110th Court, increased police presence in area

There is an increased law enforcement presence near the 1400 block of NW 110th Court in Ocala due to a man who has barricaded himself inside a residence. Residents are encouraged to avoid this area, if possible.

Ocala police investigating fatal shooting outside 7 Days Food Store

Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in front of the 7 Days Food Store (2002 NW 1st Avenue) on Friday. The shooting suspect is still at large, and if anyone has any information that could help the investigation, please call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000.

Precautionary boil water notice rescinded for Pine Ridge and The Hunters Trace communities

Marion County Utilities has rescinded a precautionary boil water notice for customers in the Pine Ridge and The Hunters Trace communities after successful bacteriological surveys have deemed the water safe to drink.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing endangered elderly couple

93-year-old Wendall Crist and 90-year-old Joan Crist were last seen leaving a home on SW 95th Avenue in Ocala, and they were traveling in a 2015 white Mercedes-Benz CLA with Florida tag DPSS84. MCSO is asking for the public's help in locating them.

Precautionary boil water notice issued for Pine Ridge and The Hunters Trace communities

Marion County Utilities has issued a precautionary boil water notice for 216 customers in the Pine Ridge and The Hunters Ridge communities. All water used for brushing teeth, cooking, drinking, making ice, or washing dishes must be brought to a rapid boil for at least one minute before use.

25-year-old man killed in early morning Marion County crash

A 25-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Marion County early this morning after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree along CR 316.

Former Alachua county deputy pleads guilty to purchasing, selling gun used in Marion County homicide

A 26-year-old former Alachua County Sheriff's Office deputy faces up to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to falsifying records and selling a gun that was later used in a Marion County homicide.

Ocala ranked as one of best, safest places to live, retire

Ocala ranked as the fourth safest place to live in the U.S., the sixth fastest-growing place in the U.S., the 16th best place to retire in the U.S., and the ninth best place to live in Florida. Read the full details from the U.S. News & World Report: