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20-year-old motorcyclist dies after crash in Citrus County

A 20-year-old motorcyclist died after a crash Tuesday morning in Citrus County. Jett Wilfred Lajoie of Crystal River died at Seven Rivers Regional Hospital as...

State fire marshal investigating blaze at landmark home in Leesburg

The Leesburg Fire Department responded to a fire alarm early Tuesday morning at the Historic Mote Morris House at 1195 West Magnolia St. Firefighters arrived...

Ocala woman arrested after allegedly threatening man with large kitchen knife

An Ocala woman was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly threatening a man with large kitchen knife. Wendy Sue Steier, 43, is facing charges of...

Bookkeeper at Ocala church reports stolen check

A bookkeeper at an Ocala church has reported the theft of a check. A Marion County sheriff's deputy responded Thursday to Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church...

Marion County sheriff’s deputies investigate bullying incident on school bus

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bullying incident said to have occurred on Valentine’s Day on a school bus. A female student riding...

Man jailed on felony charge after selling woman kitten infested with fleas, internal parasites

A 56-year-old Ocala man was jailed after selling a woman a kitten infested with fleas and suffering from internal parasites. William Mieras was arrested this...

Woman arrested after allegedly throwing can of soda at 67-year-old man ‘out of frustration’

A woman was arrested after allegedly throwing a can of soda at a 67-year-old man "out of frustration" on Tuesday in Belleview. Marion County Sheriff's...

Ocala woman arrested on DUI charge after running red light in traffic crash

An Ocala woman was arrested on a drunk driving charge after running red light in traffic crash. Rebecca Joann Forsyth, 30, had been at the...
FHP motorcyclist in procession hit by vehicle

Motorcyclist killed in accident in Pasco County

A motorcyclist was killed in an accident on Monday in Pasco County. William Ray Lawrence, 57, of Spring Hill was riding a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle...

Ocala man with DUI-suspended driver’s license arrested after going on cigarette run

A man with a driver’s license suspended after a drunk driving conviction was arrested Saturday night after going on a cigarette run. Walter Jacob Alexander...

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