Marion County Sheriff's reports

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TV theft arrest made

By Jim Clark

A Valentine’s Day theft of a large-screen television was allegedly cleared with the arrest last Thursday of a Dunnellon man.

According to a report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Det. Ed Mobley arrested Gary P. Forsythe, 29, of Southwest 157th Lane, on Feb. 18, after he was implicated in the theft.

According to the report, Forsythe, allegedly helped by an unidentified accomplice, was able to get the television out of Wal-Mart.

The report reads that Forsythe admitted to the theft and said he traded the television for crack cocaine.

According to jail records, Forsythe was booked for retail grand theft with bond set at $15,000, but was also being held on three counts of violation of probation from Taylor County with no bond. He has an arrest record from Taylor County for burglary and grand theft.

3 Tammy S. Peters, 46, of Southwest 5th Court, Ocala, was accused of DUI after being stopped on Southwest 60th Avenue near State Road 200. After her arrest and transport to jail, she registered blood alcohol levels of .155 and .151.

3 Two men were arrested after they allegedly ran from a taxi without paying the fare at the Libra Oaks Apartment Complex, Southwest 36th Street, Ocala.

Michael Edward Smith, 30, of the Oakhurst Apartments on Lake Weir Avenue, was charged with petit theft.

Kyle Ellis Mitchum, 25, of the Libra Oaks Apartments, was charged with felony petit theft because he had three prior convictions.

3 The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Marion Oaks District, the Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team (MADET) and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Unit conducted a zero tolerance operation and warrants sweep on Thursday, Feb. 18. This operation came about after a number of citizen complaints. The operation resulted in more than 70 traffic stops and 26 arrests for outstanding warrants, drug and firearm charges. Agents and deputies recovered more than three pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, numerous rounds of ammunition and $1,873 in U.S. currency.

One of the alleged biggest players in the operation, Eugene Jerome Harris, 26, of Ocala was arrested for trafficking cocaine. There are nine other charges against Harris, who was taken into custody at 7097 S.W. 131st Loop, Marion Oaks.

When a MCSO deputy went to the front door and told Harris he was under arrest. Harris slammed the door. Agents then forced their way into the home as Harris continued to resist arrest resulting in minor injuries to one agent. Agents took Harris into custody and found $5,828.27 in his pockets.

Based on some items in plain view, agents obtained a search warrant for Harris’ home. Agents found three ounces of cocaine, a 40-caliber H&K handgun with a loaded magazine, a cocaine press and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Harris’ bond is set at $165,500.

On Friday, Feb. 19, agents investigated two methamphetamine labs. One of the labs was identified by a patrol deputy who received a tip and confirmed it before notifying the drug unit. At 20221 S.E. 157th St., agents recovered over 500 grams of meth and arrested three people at that residence. At 13165 N.E. 246th Court, agents recovered over 600 grams of meth and arrested another three people. Charges included trafficking in meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, agents served two search warrants, conducted a “buy bust” and an undercover operation in the southeast area of Marion County which resulted in 18 arrests for various drug related charges, including outstanding warrants.

That brought the total arrests in three days to 50.

3 At approximately 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, deputies responded to 6540 N.E. 25th Ave. in Ocala after a woman reported a dog had mauled her 3-year-old daughter. An investigation revealed the woman, Lori Haaker, had been in the front yard with her daughter when she left her to go inside the house. When Haaker came back outside, she found that her daughter had wandered into the dog pen with four pit bulls.

The child was attacked by one of the dogs and suffered fatal injuries. Animal Control responded and took possession of those four dogs. Haaker suffered minor injuries as well.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Medical Examiner’s Office, Animal Control and the Department of Children and Families are continuing the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.