Law and public safety

Record year for DUI arrests in Ocala in 2011

The Ocala Police Department has more than doubled the amount of DUI arrests in 2011, compared to the previous year. Ocala Police Department Public Information Officer Chas Maier says a DUI Suppression Grant funded by the Florida Department of Transportation has funded these efforts. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Maier1.mp3] Four main officers will be awarded for their efforts …

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Search continues for missing Ocala man

Ocala police are asking the public for help locating a man missing since Christmas Day. OPD Sergeant Chas Maier says Russell Lynn Hoagland has indicated he may harm himself. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/MAIER3.mp3] Currently, he says police have little information about where Hoagland is. Anyone with information can contact Ocala Police or Crime …

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Students unharmed following morning bus crash

A school bus taking students to Kanapaha Middle School was involved in an accident Wednesday morning when it was rear ended by a car on Archer Road. 60 students were on the bus at the time of the accident.  Alachua County Schools Public Information Officer Jackie Johnson says the students …

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UFPD identifies rape suspect

The suspect in the November sexual battery of a University of Florida student has been positively identified as 25 year old Tommie Howard, III, of Hawthorne. The University of Florida Police Department obtained a warrant for his arrest late last night.  UFPD is now searching for Howard.  UFPD  began an extensive criminal investigation after …

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Search for fugitive continues around Marion County

US Marshals are searching for a man who fled authorities in two North Central Florida counties yesterday. 41-year-old Michael Richard Maser is wanted in Sumter County for unlawful sexual activity with a minor and is now considered a fugitive after fleeing deputies in Citrus and Marion counties. US Marshal Service …

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Armed robbery suspects still at-large

Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for the public’s help in tracking down the three men responsible for an armed robbery on Tuesday. Spokesman Judge Cochran says the men were caught on tape at the Qwick King on SE Lake Weir Avenue in Ocala. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/ROBBERY3.mp3] He says the men …

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