Multi-agency drug enforcement action has resulted in arrest warrants for 43 suspects. On March 12-13 the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Fifth Judicial Circuit of the State Attorney’s Office capped an 11 month investigation known as “Blue Forest”. The investigation uncovered a large Oxycodone pill trafficking organization near the Ocala National Forest. Agents identified Eugene “Bubba” Ryals as the mastermind of this trafficking organization. A total 215 Felony charges are filed against the suspects. Investigators are still searching for nine suspects.
The request to reappoint Matthew Brower as Ocala’s city manager was rejected on a three-to-two vote by the Ocala City Council. Brower was appointed city manager in February 2011, and his contract will now expire on Dec. 21.
Parrots and Pizza, a local group that meets monthly at Napolatano’s Restaurant in Gainesville, works closely with the Open Wings Rescue and Sanctuary in a joint effort to get attendees of the event to adopt parrots in need of new homes.