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July 30, 2019 - 6:38 am
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is planning a trip to Central Florida next week. According to the Tampa Bay Times, President Trump is making a stop at The Villages for a "Medicare-focused event" on Tuesday, August 6. President Trump's visit comes weeks after he announced his re-election bid at...
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July 12, 2019 - 12:00 pm
SUMMERFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a north Florida homeowner apparently fired shots at four intruders, killing two of them before being shot. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 19-year-old Robert John Hamilton and 22-year-old Seth Adam Rodriguez, suspected in a home invasion...
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Marion County Sheriff's Office
June 20, 2019 - 8:25 am
OCKLAWAHA —Marion County Sheriff’s deputies say a man murdered his mother, killed their dog and then set their home on fire. A fire early morning Wednesday destroyed the family’s two-story house on 53rd Street in Ocklawaha. Marion County firefighters say they found a person's remains inside, and...
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Marion County Fire Rescue
May 30, 2019 - 8:15 am
OCALA (AP) — Officials say 50 homes were evacuated as a wildfire burns near Lake Bryant in Marion County. The fire expanded to 750 acres Wednesday afternoon, and is reported at just over 500 acres Thursday morning. Marion County Fire Rescue posted on Facebook that the blaze started Wednesday...
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Cassowary
April 23, 2019 - 11:58 am
GAINESVILLE (AP) — A large, flightless bird that fatally attacked an Alachua County man is among about 100 exotic animals from his estate now up for auction. The Gainesville Sun reports the Gulf Coast Livestock Auction will auction the cassowary that killed 75-year-old Marvin Hajos in accordance...
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Cassowary
April 14, 2019 - 7:05 am
ALACHUA (AP) — A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida, authorities said Saturday. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property...
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April 11, 2019 - 6:59 am
GAINESVILLE (AP) — It appears three children were wearing seatbelts when they were ejected from a church van in a fiery, Jan. 3 crash that killed seven people on Interstate 75 in Florida, according to a report released Wednesday. The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report is part...
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Alachua County Sheriff's Office
April 11, 2019 - 6:52 am
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Authorities say an Ocala rapper threatened to shoot up a University of Florida football game and possibly commit violence at a nightclub. The Gainesville Sun reports that 26-year-old Christopher Maurice "Wb Jun" McCallum was arrested Tuesday and charged with threatening a mass...
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Marion County Sheriff's Office
April 01, 2019 - 6:23 am
OCALA (AP) — A deputy and a jail nurse have been disciplined after an inmate in the Marion jail overdosed on heroin and fentanyl. Lorraine Gardner died in September after authorities say an inmate in the suicide prevention room smuggled drugs in her genitals and gave them to 22-year-old Gardner,...
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Marion County Sheriff's Office
March 29, 2019 - 7:54 am
OCALA -- Allyn Gilbert has been formally charged with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Layton and Donna Underwood. The Underwoods were reported missing in early January. Gilbert, former stepson of Layton Underwood, was listed as a person of interest by Marion County Sheriff’s...
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