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  • Another Corvette Thief Foiled by Inability to Drive Stick

    02/03/2014 12:07:35 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 1/31/14 | Jason Reiss
    used to be that learning how to drive a manual-transmission-equipped car was a rite of passage for all - either you had an uncle with an old car that taught you how to do it when you were 14, or you were lucky enough to have a parent that wasn’t afraid to row gears, and you went into the driving test feeling like a badass. Not so for this idiot – one Annas Abdel-Khaliq of Marion County, Florida. According to the report, Abdel-Khaliq attempted to steal a 2012 Corvette from Ocala Ford Motors in the Sunshine State, but didn’t get...
  • Car crash kills north Fla. tea party leader

    11/25/2013 9:32:24 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    TBO/The Tampa Tribune ^ | 11-24-2013 | TBO/The Tampa Tribune
    OCALA, Fla. (AP) — The president of a north Florida tea party group has been killed in a two-vehicle car crash in Marion County. The Florida Highway Patrol told the Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1g8qE0M ) that 70-year-old Stephen Hunter of Sparr died in the Friday night crash. Hunter headed the Ocala Tea Party or Tea Party Solutions for the last several years. Friends say Hunter was a Vietnam veteran who later worked at defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
  • Drum of depleted uranium found at Florida airport

    07/25/2013 10:31:27 PM PDT · by informavoracious · 33 replies
    Ocala.com ^ | July 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    MIAMI — Part of the Opa-locka Executive Airport in South Florida had to be temporarily evacuated after a 55-gallon drum containing depleted uranium aircraft parts was found. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Arnold Piedrahita Jr. reports that the unsealed drum was found Thursday near a dismantled plane at the airport. A hazmat team from Miami International Airport went to the site, but only minimal levels of radiation were detected. Officials initially cleared a 150-foot perimeter around the drum, but that circle was later reduced to 5 feet. Airport spokesman Marc Henderson said no flights were disrupted and the airport never closed.
  • Dopey thief who decided to rob gas station immediately after filling in a job application

    07/12/2013 8:36:28 AM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 07/12/2013 | Helen Collis
    A 33-year-old man allegedly robbed a petrol station having just left them details of his name and address. Dim-witted Anthony Thomas had moments earlier filled out an application form for a job at the station before dipping his hand into the til. The ill-thought-out robbery was caught on the gas station's CCTV. The footage clearly showed the thief taking wads of notes out of an open til drawer while the cashier attended to other business in the store.
  • Lawyers for donkey-sex suspect challenge law's constitutionality

    12/13/2012 6:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | December 11, 2012 | Vishal Persaud
    OCALA - Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional. Carlos R. Romero, 32, declared last week that he wanted to take his case to trial. He is accused of sexual activities involving animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly was found in a compromising position in August with a female miniature donkey named Doodle. In the motion filed in Marion County court on Dec. 6, the assistant public defenders handling Romero's case — Joshua Wyatt,...
  • OPD offering gun buy-back program Saturday(FL)

    08/14/2012 9:09:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    ocala.com ^ | 14 August, 2012 | Staff
    The Ocala Police Department will host a gun buy back initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday inside the police community room, 402 S. Pine Ave. OPD will accept all firearms; however, there will be a limit of only two gift cards per person, and gift cards will only be issued in exchange for functioning handguns. In other words, if you bring in any other weapon, it will be accepted, but you will not get a gift card.
  • White Middle-Schooler Beaten Unconscious by Group of Black Students

    01/23/2012 9:32:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 136 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 23, 2012 | John T. Bennett
    The story is shocking enough, even without bringing race into it: on the way to school in Ocala, FA, a thirteen-year-old girl was beaten unconscious and reportedly went into a seizure after being attacked on the school bus by a group of fellow students. The girl reportedly was riding the bus for the first time. Someone threw a shoe at her, and she threw it back, hitting a student. That's when the beating began. At least seven students surrounded the girl, punched her, held her head to the floor by her hair, and kicked her. The bus driver pulled the...
  • 6 arrested after Florida teen shot, his body burned in fire pit

    04/21/2011 5:56:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 122 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2011 6:32 a.m. EDT | From John Couwels
    Six people were arrested this week and accused of luring a 15-year-old boy to a Florida home, shooting him several times, burning his body in a fire pit and putting the remains into paint cans, authorities said. The killing occurred Sunday in the central Florida city of Ocala, according to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Two females in the group allegedly lured the victim, Seath Jackson, to the home, and the group beat him with a wooden object. He was then shot several times with a .22-caliber gun, authorities said. As the wounded teen attempted to flee,...
  • No Busts Yet in Victoria's Secret Bra Thefts

    10/02/2010 11:26:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Star-Banner [Ocala, Fl] ^ | 10/2/10 | Austin L. Miller
    Monday it was tank tops. Thursday, brassieres were stolen. Forty brassieres, worth nearly $2,000, were stolen from Victoria's Secret in Paddock Mall on Thursday, according to police. On Monday, someone stole 101 tank tops worth nearly $1,800 from American Eagle Outfitters. An employee at Victoria's Secret told an officer she was assisting and observing customers Thursday when a man and woman asked for help. She said the woman stood in front of her holding a pink robe, while the man stood behind the woman holding a pair of yoga pants.
  • OCALA TEA PARTY MONDAY

    01/17/2010 8:53:50 AM PST · by Alice in Wonderland · 3 replies · 559+ views
    Tea Party Solutions ^ | January, 2010 | Tea Party Solutions
    Monday, January 18th, 2010 2:00pm - 4:00pm In Celebration of Martin Luther King Day TEA PARTY SOLUTIONS, INC. IS HAVING A TEA PARTY! Join the millions of Americans that are speaking up and saying ‘NO MORE”. If you believe in the conservative values this country was founded on the rights Martin Luther King fought for, don’t miss this event. Our lineup of speakers and entertainment are include: “THE SIGNING AUCTIONEER” Dane Bailey Joining us from Ft. Wayne, In., In 2006, Dane was honored with an invitation to sing at the “Pageant of Peace,” an annual event held at the National...
  • Taylor, Bean & Whitaker shuts its doors

    08/05/2009 7:59:21 PM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 22 replies · 1,855+ views
    The Ocala Star Banner ^ | August 5, 2009 | Susan Latham Carr
    Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, the Ocala-based mortgage giant that was raided by the FBI this week, closed its doors Wednesday, leaving more than 1,000 employees suddenly out of work.Stunned workers filed out of the headquarters building off Northeast 14th Street on Wednesday afternoon, their arms laden with personal belongings, after learning their jobs had been terminated.When reached by telephone Wednesday afternoon, TBW Chairman Lee Farkas said, "We closed the business." Asked to elaborate, he replied, "I am just not going to go through this. I am very busy."The stunning closure of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker — one of the area's...
  • Tax Day Tea Party Photos, Ocala Florida

    04/15/2009 1:01:32 PM PDT · by Alice in Wonderland · 17 replies · 2,527+ views
    me | 4/15/09 | Alice in Wonderland
    Tax Day Tea Party in Ocala, Florida
  • Sign Outside Business Reads "From The Ghetto To The White House"

    11/11/2008 12:27:59 AM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 55 replies · 751+ views
    WFTV-Orlando ^ | 11/10/2008 | Staff
    OCALA, Fla. -- The owners of an Ocala business are accused of taking a racist swipe at president-elect Barack Obama. The NAACP of Florida calls the message on the company's marquee "horrific" and "insensitive." Last year, the same fence company and auto shop was accused of using its sign to ridicule people with disabilities. What they've posted now, some call free speech and others call an outrage. "That's like racist right there," one resident told Eyewitness News. "Why do they feel like they have the right to just put it out there. There's kids that come by here. There's...
  • Sarah In Ocala FL - Live Feed - Now

    11/01/2008 10:56:47 AM PDT · by curth · 42 replies · 1,709+ views
    MyFoxOrlando ^ | 11//01/2008 | Curth
    The live feed of Sarah Palin at West Port High School in Ocala, Florida is up and running. C'mon and watch and let Sarah get this place fired up! http://www.myfoxorlando.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=7741279&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1
  • Edwards' mistress raised in Ocala

    08/13/2008 8:48:44 PM PDT · by varina davis · 25 replies · 413+ views
    Ocala Star Banner ^ | August 13, 2008 | Fred Hiers/Ocala Star Banner
    Edwards' mistress raised in Ocala By Fred Hiers Star-Banner Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 6:30 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 4:49 p.m. OCALA - Before she was former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' mistress, before she was Rielle Hunter, before she was the face splashed on national television networks, she was the teenage equestrienne Lisa Druck of Ocala. Chuck Olsen/The Associated Press At work: In this video still, Rielle Hunter films John Edwards after a rally in New Hampshire in 2006.In a story already spawning countless tabloid headlines, here's another - Hunter was familiar with controversy...
  • Ocala Woman Charged With Neglect After Going "On Strike"

    02/21/2008 7:54:03 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 71 replies · 2,344+ views
    WWSB ^ | 2/21/2008 | n/a
    OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Police say a mother of 4 teenage boys has been charged with neglect after saying she was going "on strike" because she was fed up with them. Ocala police say 43-year-old Melissa Dean told the Department of Children and Families that she went on strike because no one would help her with the boys ages 17, 16, 14 and 13. Police have gone to Dean's home 12 times since September 2007 due to the boys' misbehavior. Dean tells the DCF that she thought there would be peace if she gave up her bedroom to 1 of...
  • Speeding car wrecks on runway, kills 5

    01/26/2008 11:37:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 361+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/08 | AP
    OCALA, Fla. - A car traveling at high speed down a private airport runway ran off an embankment and was airborne for 200 feet before smashing into a tree early Saturday, killing all five young men in the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Investigators did not know whether the BMW was alone or was racing another car on the air strip at the exclusive "fly-in" community of Jumbolair Aviation Estates, where pilot-actor John Travolta has a home, officials said. According to the preliminary investigation, the car ran off the 85-foot-high embankment at the end of the runway. When it...
  • Central Florida Woman Mistakenly Jailed For 9 Days Over Clerical Error

    08/07/2007 9:02:39 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 198 replies · 4,556+ views
    local6 ^ | August 6, 2007
    OCALA, Fla. -- The Internal Affairs Division of the Marion County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into a clerical error that mistakenly put a woman behind bars for nine days. Amy Sellers, 22, of Ocala, was taken into custody about two weeks ago for a warrant that matched another 28-year-old woman named Amy Sellers. Sellers, who had not committed any crimes, said she was taken into custody and immediately thrown into the inmate population. "When I found out, I got no first appearance and I (didn't get) to see a judge," Sellers said. "They put me into population." The...
  • Teen's deeds puzzle cops

    01/12/2006 1:24:50 PM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 10 replies · 1,300+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 12, 2006 | Stephen Hudak and Erin Cox
    OCALA NATIONAL FOREST -- Leo Boatman paid $32.50 for a Greyhound ticket from Clearwater to Ocala the night of Jan. 2 -- a stolen AK-47 tucked in his bag and murder hidden in his heart, authorities said.
  • Hoping to lose his wife, man confesses to fake murder (FL)

    08/03/2005 8:37:04 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 7 replies · 283+ views
    abcnet.au ^ | Thursday, August 4, 2005
    A US man in Florida confessed to a murder that never happened, hoping it would persuade his wife to leave him, the Ocala Star Banner reports. Teddy Akin, 28, told his wife he had killed a hitchhiker and stolen his wallet, and later repeated the same story to investigators after police arrested him. He claimed he hit the man on the neck, causing him to gasp and make a gurgling sound. He said he buried the body in a forest. Police eventually found the allegedly murdered man alive and astonished. Mr Akin admitted that his murder confession was bogus, a...
  • Students Arrested Over "Violent" Stick Figure Drawings

    01/27/2005 5:42:24 AM PST · by Mathews · 12 replies · 757+ views
    OCALA, Fla. -- Two boys, ages 9 and 10, were charged with felonies and taken away from school in handcuffs, accused of making violent drawings of stick figures. The boys were arrested Monday on charges of making a written threat to kill or harm another person, a second-degree felony.
  • Students Arrested Over 'Violent' Stick Figure Drawings

    01/26/2005 10:03:03 AM PST · by esryle · 117 replies · 5,793+ views
    OCALA, Fla. -- Two boys, ages 9 and 10, were charged with felonies and taken away from school in handcuffs, accused of making violent drawings of stick figures. The special education students used pencil and red crayon to draw primitive stick figure scenes on scrap paper that showed a 10-year-old classmate being stabbed and hung, police said. "The officer found they were drawing these pictures for the sole purpose of intimidating and scaring the victim," said Ocala Police Sgt. Russ Kern. The boy depicted in the drawings told his teacher, who took the sketches and contacted the school dean, Marty...