• Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 12-2-2011

    Three drivers were cited in the past week in the southwest area for driving under the influence, including an 81-year-old woman and another woman whose car almost rear-ended a deputy.
    An 81-year-old woman was seen driving after dark with no headlights and failing to stay in a single lane. When the deputy tried to stop Roberta J. Irwin, 81, of Southwest 96th Avenue, she kept going, but eventually had to stop when her car was blocked by traffic.
    She told the deputy she didn’t know he was behind her.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 11-18-2011

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify and locate a suspect who jumped a counter to snatch nearly 800 pills during a grand theft.
    Around 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, a white male, about 6-feet 2 inches tall and weighting about 250 pounds, entered the CVS pharmacy, 10255 S.W. 86th Circle, Ocala (along State Road 200 at the intersection of 103rd Street Road) and jumped the rear pharmacy counter. He grabbed two large bottles of hydrocodone and fled on foot across S.R. 200 and ran southwesterly down 103rd Street Road.

  • Suspect charged in identity theft case

    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.

  • Chase reaches 110 mph

    An attempt at a routine traffic stop turned into a 110 mph chase on Oct. 24 and resulted in multiple charges against the alleged driver.
    Eric Danzell Humbert Jr. of 107th Place, Dunnellon, faces charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, felony fleeing and eluding, resisting without violence and no valid driver’s license.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 10-14-2011

    Theft cases dominated the reports from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
    Eileen Marie Ferro, 28, of Northeast 49th Court, Silver Springs, was accused of retail petit theft after an incident at A-Z Liquor Store, 6160 S.W. State Road 200. According to the report, she left the store with a bottle of tequila hidden. A witness recorded her tag number.
    Gail T. Kurtz, 61, of Southwest 59th Street, was given a notice to appear for retail petit theft after she was allegedly observed taking jewelry items at Beall’s.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 10-07-2011

    An Ocala woman took down a robbery suspect who tried to give her money to provide him an alibi.
    The attempted robbery took place on the evening of Oct. 3 near 25th Avenue, when the victim told investigators he was walking away from an ATM and toward his car.
    The victim said a man later identified as John Ashua Meekin, 25, of Ocala, approached and asked for money. The victim said he didn’t have any money and Meekin pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the victim, who then put his car into gear and sped off.

  • Painter, roommate accused of theft from house

    A local man working for a painting company was arrested and accused of grand theft after he allegedly took jewelry and drugs from a home in which he was painting.
    Cody V. Hall, 26, who lived in a motel on South Pine, was hired by a couple in Oak Run to paint the interior of the house. He was in the house on Tuesday, Sept. 13, through Friday, Sept. 16.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports for 9-2-2011

    A robbery at a home on Southwest 50th Circle resulted in a short chase and three arrests.
    The victim of the robbery tried to stop the suspects from fleeing by hanging on to the car, but was thrown clear as they sped off.

  • Marion County Sheriff's Reports 08-26-2011

    Willie Thomas is 17 years old. Michael Eugene Smith is 16 years old. Javaris D. Blunt is 15 years old. All are in the Marion County Juvenile Detention for residential burglaries and grand theft charges. “It’s important the community knows about these three, because of their criminal histories,” said Judge Cochran, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. “Our detectives know, just days after getting out of jail, two of three teens returned to their criminal ways,” Cochran added.

  • Suspect: Marijuana is from the earth

    A driver involved in a minor accident near Majestic Oaks the afternoon of Aug. 14 was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and DUI with property damage, according to jail records. According to the report, Tarae Tarrell Massey, 19, of Southwest 100th Lane, was seen putting drugs in his pants pocket. A search of him and the car produced the marijuana and a jar called a “chopper,” which is used to cut marijuana into small pieces.