School boss Heidi Maier is recommending that Forest Ag science teacher Dewie Brewton be fired for drowning two raccoons and a possum in front of students. Maier said the district was appalled by the action and added that county and state education standards do not include activities for the destruction of live animals, nuisance or not. The full board of education will have the final word on the matter.
A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized after his squad car was T-boned by an SUV on County Road 484 at SW 140th Avenue. Deputy Joseph Soucey is in good condition and will be released shortly. Investigators say the deputy was running with lights and siren responding to a call when the SUV hit him. The driver of the SUV, Margaret Segarra is charged with driving on a suspended driving license, not having a proper tag assigned to the vehicle and no insurance.
Officials from Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala have closed on a contract to purchase an old RV park and motel on the city’s west side near I-75. The reason for the purchase….to transform the motel into housing for the homeless. . The purchase price …2.3 million dollars. The church says there is no specific timeline for the transformation
Its one of the most popular Broadway musicals and now its here in Ocala. Momma Mia opens tonight at the Ocala Civic theatre for a run that will go through June 17th. OCT executive director Mary Britt calls the musical a really feel good show. Reservations can be made at ocalacivictheatre.com
SeaWorld is joining its sister park, Busch Gardens, in offering free cups of beer this summer. Guests 21 and up can receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit at Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio in the park starting Friday through Sept. 2. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer. Busch Gardens is doing the same free beer offer through August 5th.
A struggle over a shotgun early Wednesday has left one woman dead. 31 year old Autumn Feehley was shot and killed when her husband, Christopher O’Brien, and his cousin fought over the weapon. 30 year old William Lewis is now in the county jail charged with manslaughter. Lewis had been banging on the door of the couple’s home and was told to go away. Finally O’Brien opened the door and Lewis was standing there with a shotgun. The tussle began and the gun went off. Feehley was hit in the chest and died shortly thereafter.
Michigan State University…aka Michigan taxpayers, on Wednesday announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal surpasses the more than $109 million that Penn State University paid to settle claims by at least 35 people that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys, though the Nassar settlement involves far more victims. Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator.
DUI charges against a Marion County woman following a crash on US 27 have now been upgraded to DUI manslaughter. Sandra Clarkston died on May 14th following the three vehicle crash. Her vehicle had been struck from behind by a drunk driver identified as Angenette Welk. The impact forced Clarkston’s vehicle into the rear of a horse trailer. Welk was tested at more than twice the limit for alcohol at the time of the crash.
A new report from the Tampa Bay Times shows that the four biggest power companies in the state may be exerting vast influence over the state legislature and the Public Service Commission, the government bodies that are supposed to be regulating the utilities. The four utilities gave $43 million to political parties, state candidates and committees during the 2014 and 2016 elections for the sole purpose of influencing decisions. An October report from Integrity Florida accused the Public Service Commission of letting state utilities significantly influence its decision making though government officials deny the report.
The US Senate is poised to approve legislation designed to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to deregulate the internet. Back in December, the FCC repealed an Obama-era rule known as “net neutrality” rule, junking the principle of equal treatment for all web traffic. The rule had prevented providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. The house isn’t likely to go along but senators hope the legislation will invigorate young voters to go to the ballot box.