• Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 5-18-2012

    What started as a retail petit theft arrest at Walmart ended with drug charges against a Southwest Ocala woman.
    Alicia Lorraine Brooks Mosley, 34, of Southwest 151st Lane, was accused of taking an Air Soft gun from off the shelf, then used an old receipt to return the item for money. She also was allegedly observed taking a DVD player and not paying for it.
    The loss prevention officer stopped her and took her inside.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 4-27-2012

    An 18-year-old woman and five juveniles were arrested April 21 after they allegedly stole items from Beall’s.
    According to Sheriff’s reports, Tionna Denise Council, of 3960 S.W. 138th St., was accused of grand retail theft. The juveniles face similar charges.
    During a search of her car, she was found to have items from Kmart on East Silver Springs Boulevard. She was booked into jail for retail grand theft, multiple locations.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 4-13-2012

    Cigarettes and energy drinks were once again taken from the Chevron store at State Road 200 and County Road 484.
    On the morning of April 11, it was discovered that, for the second time in a week, the front door was broken in and the items were taken, the same type of items that were stolen the week before.
    Michelle Fowler Osteen, 45, of Southwest 157th Lane, was arrested for retail grand theft and given a trespass warning.

  • Law enforcement reports 4-6-2012

    Nine horses were killed and a farm employee suffered first and second-degree burns Sunday at a barn fire at McKathan Farms, 6939 W. County Road 316.
    Approximately 18 Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters and seven units responded at 10:33 a.m. and arrived seven minutes later to find a barn, approximately 60 feet wide and 200 feet long, 75 percent involved in flames. The structure was considered unstable and small explosions (possibly due to aerosol cans) were occurring within, so firefighters tackled the blaze defensively.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 2-24-12

    An Ocala man was arrested and charged with retail petit theft and resisting a merchant.
    According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Ted William Kotowske, 40, of Southwest 109th Place Road, was observed by the loss prevention officer at Walmart taking multiple DVDs and then putting them in his pants while he went to the toy aisle.
    After he walked past all points of sale, he was stopped by the officer, but pushed and pulled away from the officer and left the store.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 2-17-12

    Two women were arrested for retail theft, one a felony, after an incident at Bealls on Feb. 7. The women entered the store, and one, April Dawn Riffel, 31, of Southeast 36th Avenue, was reportedly viewed by loss prevention officers taking several pieces of jewelry and placing them in a shopping cart. She then went to the juniors female area and took two juvenile tops.
    At the same time, Katrina Renee Childers, 25, of Southeast 26th Court, was observed with several pieces of female clothing.

  • New homeowner finds air conditioner missing

    The air conditioning thefts that seem to be in vogue nowadays hit the southwest area recently.
    A man who purchased a home on 116th Place found, when he arrived the day after closing, that the airconditioning unit was gone. Copper lines and power lines had been cut.
    The missing unit is valued at $4,500.
    Two residents of Stone Creek were arrested recently after an incident in their neighborhood.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 1-27-2012

    A man who said he was in the area to sell magazines was accused of misdemeanor possession of marijuana after he was checked by a deputy near an empty store in Friendship Center.
    Deputies stopped Laron D. Richardson, 22, of the Panhandle city of Baker, and a North Carolina man who was with him. The men said they were trying to sell magazines in the neighborhood. A pocket knife was seen clipped to Richardson’s pocket, and he was asked to empty his pockets. In doing so, a small bag of what later proved to be marijuana was taken out.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 12-23-11

    Pamela J. Griffin, of Southwest 79th Circle, Ocala, was arrested Friday, Dec. 16, on one count of organized fraud and 12 counts of uttering a forged instrument (forging a check).
    According to a news release, detectives developed the case after learning Griffin deposited into her account several checks from several businesses for which she worked, located in The Villages, according to reports. The evidence allegedly shows Griffin deposited a check Dec. 10, 2010, and continued depositing checks through Oct. 26, 2011. The deposits totaled $13,754.91.

  • Marion County Sheriff's reports 12-9-11

    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.