Suspect charged in identity theft case

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Marion County Sheriff's reports

On Sunday, Nov. 6, around 3 p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on a silver Dodge Magnum for a tint violation. The driver, Mario Vargas, did not have a valid driver’s license. The passenger initially gave deputies a false name and date of birth. With Vargas’ consent, deputies searched the car and found marijuana and cocaine.
While deputies tried to identify the passenger with the Rapid ID Scan system, the suspect fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended and identified as Ramone Williams, who had an active warrant. Williams admitted to swallowing eight (8) pieces of crack cocaine and was transported to a local hospital.
Deputies searched the rest of the vehicle and located a safe and duffle bag. The contents of the safe and bag included:
n 40 credit cards - in 40 different names.
n Ledgers containing more than 100 Social Security numbers and names.
n $8,300 in U.S. currency.
n $9,600 in blank money orders.
After questioning him about the items found, suspect Vargas reported that he was helping his cousin operate an income tax refund check scam. Ramone Williams was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, resisting without violence, tampering with evidence and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
Mario Vagas was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license (DWLSR), identity theft, obtaining a credit card by fraudulent means. Additional arrests are pending.

Tyler John McPartland, 25, was sentenced Friday, Nov. 4, to 35 years in prison with a 20-year minimum mandatory. McPartland was convicted for shooting at four Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies when they arrived at an apartment along Southwest 21st Place, Ocala.
It was near 1 a.m., Nov. 8, 2009, when 911 got the call: a woman stated she had been threatened and the suspect had a gun. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded. Before long McPartland left the apartment and was met by two deputies who told McPartland to stop.
McPartland refused and then pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic gun and began firing at the deputies who returned fire.  McPartland then ran toward two other MCSO deputies and McPartland shot at them. They fired shots at McPartland. No one was struck. McPartland continued to run and soon came upon a third team of MCSO deputies who gave McPartland a series of verbal commands to halt and show his hands. McPartland finally complied.

DUI case
A Miami man was accused of DUI after he was stopped in the 4000 block of State Road 200 for failing to maintain a single lane.
After allegedly failing the field sobriety test, Frank Farray, 39, was taken to jail, where he refused to supply a breath sample.