Marion County Law Enforcement Reports 08-12-2011

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Man dies in library parking lot accident

By Jim Clark

An Ocala man died the afternoon of Aug. 3 when his car hit a tree at the parking lot of Freedom Public Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St. Early reports gave an incorrect address for the accident.
Ed Casey, 82, wasdriving westbound in the lot and drove off the west end of the lot and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at West Marion Community Hospital.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit Detectives are looking for additional clues to help find the suspect(s) involved in the shooting death of Linda Jean Cage, 50, of Ocala. Cage, a grandmother, died Aug. 3 in front of her home on a 10-acre farm in the Westwood Acres North community, Dunnellon.
Just before 11 a.m., MCSO patrol responded to a call about a pickup truck burning along the 17000 block of Southwest 34th Street of the Lake Tropicana area. Once the fire was put out, the deputy got the necessary information to ID the owner of the truck and drove to that listed address. When the deputy arrived at 17000 S.W. 46th St., Dunnellon, he saw Cage in the driveway. She was dead.
If you have any details about this homicide or the people who knew Cage, call Crime Stoppers at (352) 368-7867. You could earn up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers for your information. Plus, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to a conviction in this case. You could call the lead detective Rhonda Stroup at (352) 369-6845.
In another case, Zachary Allen Rice, 20, of Ocala was sentenced July 27, to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation for an Oct. 2, 2010 home invasion robbery with a firearm. Investigators say a couple was at home when someone knocked on the door. The male victim opened the door when Rice and three others pushed their way into the home.
The victim said the invaders asked “Where is the money?” The invaders hit the victim several times with a pistol. The female victim was in the master bedroom at the time of the incident. She was able to get out the door, get to a neighbor and call 911. Rice and suspects took $180.
Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able develop enough evidence to take Rice into custody.