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Marion County Sheriff's reports 12-9-11

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Man checks dad's house, finds burglar

By Jim Clark

A man who went to check on his father’s empty house ended up confronting, then chasing an alleged burglar, who was later arrested and charged.
The man allegedly encountered William T. McLaughlin, 17, in the kitchen with a case of beer. The suspect ran with the homeowner’s son chasing, from the home in Country Oaks. McLaughlin, of Southwest 37th Lane, was briefly detained by someone in the Rasmussen College parking lot, but got away toward Fore Ranch.
He was arrested later and accused of residential burglary and petit theft.
A Lake Butler man was accused of retail petit theft at Beall’s on State Road 200. Michael Lloyd James, 37, allegedly took three t-shirts and a zip-up hoodie from the store.
A 26-year-old Ocala man was accused of DUI and an expired driver’s license after he was stopped in the 5000 block of State Road 200 for not staying in a single lane. Marion C. Aguirre, of Northwest 110th Avenue, gave breath samples of .174 and .161 at the county jail. The legal limit is .08.
A deputy making a traffic stop for a window tint violation discovered marijuana, pills and cocaine and nearly $4,000 in cash in the Shores.
Around 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, Deputy Trevor Fitzgerald conducted a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet sedan for a tint violation. When the driver, Jeffrey Clarke, opened the door, Fitzgerald could smell a strong odor of marijuana and saw a plastic bag hanging out of Clarke’s pocket. Clarke was placed in handcuffs and put in the deputy’s patrol car.
While searching the car, deputies found several gallon-sized bags of marijuana. A duffle bag containing more bags of marijuana, pills and cocaine was located in the trunk. The marijuana was estimated to weigh 10 pounds total. Clarke had $3,980 cash in his pocket.
When asked about the marijuana, Clarke allegedly said it was his and he had just picked it up.
Clarke, 30, of Oak Track Course, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.