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Ocala, FL, United States

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Past articles by Katie:

Ocala man sentenced to 5 years for operating chop shop

Larry Smallwood pleaded no contest to 21 charges related to operating a chop shop at his former auto salvage business at 601 SW 27th Ave. → Read More

Ocala killer gets life for grandparents' murders

"Things went wrong for everybody, and I’ll have to live with that the rest of my life," Terrance J. Hurst, 35, said in court. → Read More

Ocala veteran convicted in 2016 VA clinic shooting

Stephen Cometa was convicted of three counts related to firing a weapon inside the clinic in The Villages during a scuffle. No one was injured. A sentencing date has not yet been set. → Read More

Ocala courtroom hosts "Home for the Holidays" adoption event

On Friday, 21 children ranging in age from 11 months to 16 years were adopted into 16 families. → Read More

Ocala man sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatal 2017 crash

Police say Leron Graham fled from them in a stolen pickup → Read More

OPD officers to get new Tasers, work on Osceola Trail set to begin

Soon every Ocala Police officer will be carrying a brand new Taser.Ocala City Council unanimously approved a $592,276 contract with Axon Enterprise, of → Read More

Ocala man convicted, sentenced to life for 2015 murder

A Marion County jury found an Ocala man guilty of first-degree murder with a firearm Wednesday in relation to a 2015 shooting death.Rayvond Williams, 24, → Read More

Ocala City Council approves new panhandling ordinance

Among other things, it puts in place new regulations on where and when panhandling is acceptable and what constitutes “aggressive panhandling. → Read More

Ocala kicks off new airport terminal construction

Project is funded by grants from the FAA, the Florida Department of Transportation, the city and Sheltair Aviation. → Read More

Florida man sentenced to 40 years for Target bomb scheme

Mark Charles Barnett thought the explosions would cause the company's stock to plunge, allowing him to acquire shares cheaply and then sell them for a profit when the stock rebounded. → Read More

Ocala City Council, public debate uses for proposed center

A proposed West Ocala community center is still in the conceptual planning stages, with Tuesday’s workshop being the first of several that will be held as designs take shape. → Read More

Ocala Council approves reappointment of 5 officials

Reappointed were the city manager, auditor, clerk, attorney and police chief. The council approved renewal contracts for each, except the chief, pending outcomes of lawsuits in which he is involved. → Read More

Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander begins job today

“He’ll turn the department in the direction it needs to be going.” → Read More

Construction to begin on Ocala Skatepark

The City Council approves the funds to help pay for it. → Read More

Beloved pumpkin patch finds new home

The Ocala pumpkin patch, hosted for 25 years at Druid Hills Methodist is moving to First United Methodist. The organizers will use the same provider but have added new elements to the event. → Read More

Demolition at Ocala charcoal plant site ahead of schedule

The Royal Oak charcoal plant closed in 2006. The city of Ocala hopes to find a developer to create affordable housing at the site and it also has been mentioned in meetings about a new community center. → Read More

Non-jury trial set for April 2019 in Ocala fire fee lawsuit

The fees apply to an estimated 50,000 residents who use city utilities. A central question in the case is whether the fees are a tax or a user fee → Read More

Slow, but visible, progress at Parkside Gardens Apartments

Mixed reviews: Police captain, resident, say things are 'better.' Neighbor says you 'never know what might happen.' → Read More

Alleged drug cartel hitman set for June trial in Ocala

Jose Manuel Martinez, 56, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is facing the death penalty. → Read More

Guilty verdict, life sentence in 2014 Citra murder trial

OCALA — Timothy Charles Mayhew is the last of three co-defendants to be tried in the 2014 death of a Citra landlord. After only about two hours → Read More