Hurricane Michael, information you need to know

Hurricane Michael, information you need to know

Hurricane Michael strengthens as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and by Wednesday could become a category three hurricane. As of 1:45 a.m., Tuesday, a tropical storm watch is in effect for Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Clinch, Coffee, Columbia, Echols, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jeff Davis, Suwannee, and Ware. According to the U.S. National Weather Service, the […]

ACTIVE AMBER ALERT – Two missing children

ACTIVE AMBER ALERT – Two missing children

Authorities are searching for two children out of Suwannee County — 7-year-old Brian Mejias, who was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jean shorts and 6-year-old Gabriela Mejias, who was last seen wearing a pink dress. According to the press release, Brian has short hair with a hard part to the left. He […]

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

FWC: Mandatory catch-and-release, follow the rules while fishing

At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to expand a recent mandatory catch-and-release only measure for snook and redfish due to red tide. The mandatory catch-and-release ruling will begin on September 28, 2018, through May 10, 2019. The areas include Gordon Pass in Collier County and […]

Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Woman who tossed dog into dumpster arrested

Winter Haven — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an animal cruelty investigation at 4073 Mahogany Run, Winter Haven. According to a press release, two people heard what sounded like a dog “yelping” coming from a dumpster behind an apartment complex. One of the Good Samaritans jumped inside the […]

Drug house with drive-thru window raided, two arrested

Drug house with drive-thru window raided, two arrested

Ocala, Florida — Two drug dealers remain behind bars after their house was raided by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST). Agents executed a search warrant on the house on August 23. According to Ocala Police Department SWAT, they located three adults and two juvenile children inside a mobile home, located at 3117 Northwest 23rd […]

Adultery blackmail scam has some on edge

Adultery blackmail scam has some on edge

The FBI Jacksonville Division is warning residents of central Florida of a scam that threatens to blackmail individuals who have allegedly committed adultery. “The scammer threatens to reveal the information to the recipient’s spouse, family and friends, and demands payment in exchange for secrecy. In an effort to avoid detection, the scammer often insists on […]

Ocala shooting leaves one man dead

Ocala shooting leaves one man dead

[Last updated on July 18, 2018, at 6:45 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala police are seeking details in a shooting that left one man dead. A 54-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday night at Parkside Gardens Apartments, located at 621 Northwest Second Street, Ocala. According to the Ocala Police Department, the man was identified as […]

Target masturbator said he was only adjusting himself

Target masturbator said he was only adjusting himself

The Target masturbator who was arrested on July 4, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to six months in jail. According to Ocala police, Bryan L. Swaim, 51, entered the Target, located at 2000 Southwest College Road, last Wednesday and was followed by loss prevention personnel because he was acting suspiciously. A loss prevention officer told […]

Red snapper season closes soon

Red snapper season closes soon

Recreational red snapper season closes soon in Gulf state and federal waters. Red snapper season for recreational anglers fishing from private vessels and for charter captains who do not have a federal reef fish permit is open through July 20 and closes July 21. For-hire operations with federal reef fish permits are open through July […]

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County

Marion County remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to eastern equine encephalitis activity. Since Ocala Post last reported on EEE, three more animal deaths have been reported in Marion County; bringing the total to 10 since February — eight horses and two emus. In a press release, Florida Department of Health Public Information Officer […]