Marion County Sheriff's reports

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Student caught after pulling alarm

By Jim Clark

A Liberty Middle School 11-year-old student found herself in hot water after she pulled the school’s fire alarm on a dare.

The girl was turned in by another student who saw her do it, and police were called. She and her mother were informed that what she did was a first-degree misdemeanor.

The girl and her mother were given the option of entering her in the WILA (work in lieu of arrest) program, which she accepted, effectively closing the case.

3 A couple’s golf cart was apparently stolen while they ate dinner at a local restaurant.

The pair went to the Mason Jar on Dec. 13, and left their golf cart in the parking lot. When they came out, the cart was missing. The owner had taken the key inside with him. The cart was valued at $2,000.

3 A vehicle parked on Southwest 64th Street Road was vandalized. The key had been left in the truck, and the key was inserted into the ignition and broken off. It also appeared as if someone attempted to remove items from the steering column.

3 As Christmas approaches, the reports of retail theft grow. At Beall’s on Dec. 10, Misael Orihuela, 32, of Southwest 131st Place Road, was issued a notice to appear in court after he was allegedly observed taking off his, shoes, putting them in a box and putting on a new pair, valued at $75.

3 On Dec. 13 at Walmart, Jacqueline Anne Garcia, 19, of Southwest 74th Court, Ocala, was given a notice to appear after she allegedly put items in her purse and didn’t pay for them.

3 Two more drivers have been arrested for DUI in the area. On Dec. 9 at approximately 5 p.m., Paul H. Bender Jr., 46, of Northwest 62nd Place, was charged with DUI after being stopped for failing to stay in lane on West State Road 40 at 110th Avenue. His breath test came back with readings of .144 and .129.

3 On Dec. 12 at approximately 2 p.m., Jose Rosales of Marion Oaks Trail was charged with driving under the influence, resisting without violence and a driver’s license violation after being stopped for being passed out in the median of Southwest 95th Circle, after people had complained about a reckless driver. According to the report, he allegedly tried to resist being handcuffed, and had a license restriction requiring an interlock ignition device. He refused to submit to field sobriety tests or a breath test.

Compiled by Jim Clark