• Man Shot by Cops Released from Hospital, Charged

    Fred Hiers

    Citrus County Chronicle

    Salvador Salazar now sits in the Marion County Jail after the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office charged him July 25 with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer stemming from an hours-long standoff with deputies.

    A warrant was issued for his arrest and Ocala Police Department officers arrested him after doctors released Salazar from an Ocala hospital, said Jodi Sanders, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

  • Police looking for boat, trailer thieves

    By Bill Koch


    Thieves have been stealing utility trailers and boats in communities along State Road 200, Marion County sheriff’s Lt. C.T. Welch said earlier this week.

    “We got (an image) of the guy on video,” Welch said. 

    Investigators believe the person in the image may be responsible for the trailer thefts. They haven’t been able to identify the person yet.

  • 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.