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Gilchrist County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Manning was one of the first at the scene in Bell where a man killed his family and then himself, and said the scene was unprecedented for his career.

9/19/2014 11:01:18 AM

Deputies arrested a 29-year-old Belleview man on Thursday on two counts of lewd/lascivious molestation, sexual battery, and capital sexual battery.

9/19/2014 11:14:16 AM

Ocala police officers conducted an active shooter exercise from 7-9 a.m. Friday at the Paddock Mall.

9/19/2014 11:12:49 AM

Marion County's jobless rate last month was 7.8 percent, down from 8.3 percent in August 2013.

9/19/2014 10:53:28 AM

A 25-year-old Ocala man accused of having sexual contact with a teenage boy he met on a dating website was arrested early Friday and charged with lewd or lascivious battery.

9/19/2014 8:11:29 AM

The women say they were baited with drugs and money to come to Orlando to work as prostitutes, Orlando's Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation said.

9/19/2014 10:28:26 AM

A grandfather, his daughter and six grandchildren ages 3 months to 10 years old died Thursday afternoon as a result of a murder-suicide at the grandfather's home in northern Gilchrist County, authorities said.

9/19/2014 9:26:35 AM

In 2014-15 Sheriff Chris Blair must spend almost $500,000 below his current budget level in order to meet the County Commission's demand to keep property tax rates flat.

9/18/2014 4:30:58 PM

Cheryl Miller, Regional Operations Manager for Regions Bank in Ocala, was sure the gargantuan cedar tree behind the bank was at least 300 years old. After all, it was much larger than the cedar tree of her childhood.

9/18/2014 8:10:02 PM

To the dismay of neighboring property owners, the Ocala City Council has taken the next step toward making land use changes on portions of the proposed 400-acre Trinity Lane mixed-use development.

9/18/2014 6:12:13 PM

Police have arrested a 27-year-old Ocala man in connection with one of three recent shootings that police believe are connected.

9/18/2014 6:07:03 PM

This year's foal crop report from the Jockey Club underlines what some are calling the new normal for the industry.

9/18/2014 9:23:55 PM

Silence, it is said, is affirmation.

9/18/2014 6:39:47 PM

In a classroom deep within UF Health Shands Hospital, Samsun Lampotang waves a handheld device that looks like a small computer mouse over a model of a human upper back and spine.

9/19/2014 7:05:06 AM

Police, community and calendar briefs for Sept. 19, 2014.

9/18/2014 8:01:00 PM

In all, 19.5 percent of Marion residents lived in poverty in 2013. It was 15.6 percent in 2009 and 18.3 percent in 2012.

9/18/2014 5:46:41 PM

Florida government scientists on Thursday laid out the first steps of their strategies that they hope will reduce polluting nitrogen in Silver Springs in order to meet new water quality standards.

9/18/2014 5:42:41 PM

All of the Ocala Police Department's uniformed officers and the city code enforcement officers will soon be outfitted with wearable body cameras.

9/18/2014 4:39:50 PM

Ocala police say a man and woman accused of hitting a pregnant woman on Wednesday have been arrested.

9/18/2014 4:22:08 PM

Capt. Jimmy Pogue acknowledged that a deputy eventually responded to the 185 calls referenced by the sheriff last week at a County Commission hearing.

9/18/2014 9:26:51 AM