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Marion County Sheriff's reports

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Corridor woman victim of scam

By Jim Clark

A Corridor woman was scammed out of more than $2,400 recently by phone.

The woman received a phone call from a man who said he was her grandson, that he was involved in an auto accident, and needed $2,300 to get his car fixed before he would be allowed to leave England.

The woman went to Winn-Dixie and wired the money, also spending $125 for the cost of the wire.

Soon after, she said the man called back and was very polite, thanking her.

Before wiring the money, she did not contact her son to determine whether the story was true. However, after sending the money, she talked to her son who said the grandson was in the U.S. and hadn’t been in England.

Local law enforcement couldn’t do anything, but advised her to call Western Union and Scotland Yard to see if she could get some assistance.

An Ocala man was accused of DUI after he came close to hitting two deputies who were conducting a traffic stop.

One of the deputies chased down Daryl Shane Williams of Northwest 20th Street. The deputies had stopped a driver on Southwest 80th Avenue when Williams’ pickup came within two or three feet of the pair. One of the deputies followed the truck and noticed it crossed the center line twice with oncoming traffic.

A single car trailer stolen from Ark Mini Storage at 6785 S.W. Highway 200 was recovered after it was apparently abandoned and rolled into a fence. No suspects were arrested.