Transcribed Say It Aint So 1


Hoop Scarborough who was implicated for illegal seining in Lake Weir and fined, compromised the same, but did not pay the amount was rearrested on the grounds that he was preparing to leave the county.

Taken From…The Ocala Banner…8-12-1902

Mr. Boyd Scarborough, a young man working at the Spoke and Rim Factory, was arrested Wednesday by Deputy United States Marshall H. F. Chambers, for violating section 3242 revised statutes of the United States.

Taken From…The Ocala Banner…10-23-1903


The verdict in the case against L. S. Black and John Freeman for illegal fishing in Lake Weir last July was guilty.

Source: The Ocala Evening Star… 4-1-1903

Twelve convicts were brought to Ocala on New Year’s day and sent to the Marion Farms. There were both colored and white men in the number. Among the number is young Temple who killed his brother-in-law at High Springs some time ago and was sentenced for ninety-nine years.  Source: Ocala Banner 1-8-1909

Mr. Benjamin Price, of Lake Weir, who is accused of killing Mr. Roach with a knife, was brought to the city by Deputy McCan and placed under $3,000 bond. The doctors say Roach cannot live. Source: Ocala Banner: 1-9-1889

Dr. T. J. Harvey, who was tried before Judge Bell for practicing the profession of dentistry without a license, was acquitted. He was represented by Mr. Raymond B. Bullock and the state by Major L. T. Izlar. Source: Ocala Banner: 9-8-1905

James Swain who is in the employ of Col. W. S. West, and who, it will be remembered, was defended by the later at his trial for murder a few months ago, plead guilty Monday to manslaughter. He was fined $300 and costs, which he paid and was discharged. Source: Ocala Banner: 2-5-09

In the mayor’s court this morning Bisley Riggin was fined $2.10 and Estelle Holly $1 for using profane language.

Ed Woodford, one of the gamblers of Monday’s raid, was paid out by his wife, $10. Sixty dollars were taken in this haul. Two other $10 cash bonds were estreated this morning.

Marshall Cleveland and the two police have dropped $83.10 into the city treasury in the past forty-eight hours.  Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-22-1903

Murderer In Jail

John Nelson, a negro man, who killed Lemon Graham, another negro, at Fort McCoy, on December 13th last, over a matter of five cents, was arrested last week in Jacksonville by Deputies Jones and Crawford and jailed there. Sheriff J. P. Galloway went up Sunday and brought the man to Ocala this morning. He is now in jail here where he will await trial. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-5-09

Justice Bullock has before him this morning Sam Evin, colored; accused of stealing a society pin. He proved his innocence. The case of Charley Corkey and Charlie Dresson, Santos, accused of stealing a sack of corn from the Ocala Feed Store, was postponed in the absence of the defendant’s attorney, R. B. Bullock, attending court at Inverness. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 4-5-1907

Still Another

Sheriff Nugent recently located another of the prisoners who escaped from the county jail. This time it was one of the United States prisoners, the big white man and he was located in Michigan, his former home. Mr. Nugent had the man extradited and he is now in the Jacksonville jail. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-12-1900

The Killing Was Justifiable

The coroner’s jury, Saturday, held an inquest over the body of Joe Pitts and pronounced a verdict of justifiable killing at the hands of William Chappell. The jury was composed of John Pasteur, G. R. Smith, James C. Clark, J. E. Bailey, E. W. Craybill and F. B. Beckham and was conducted before Judge Crawford. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-11-1900

Henry Deason, colored, from near Horne’s turpentine still, was arrested a few days ago, charged with cutting timber on government land and was tried before Commissioner D. S. Williams, but was discharged, there not being sufficient evidence to convict. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-13-1903

Six Months For A Wheel

General Levels, a colored boy about seventeen years of age, rented a bicycle from Rossie Yonge Saturday morning for fifteen minutes. He got the wheel run over by a buggy and badly damaged and was afraid to bring it back, so he secreted it near Liddon’s stables, where it was found when a search was instituted. The boy was arrested for stealing the wheel, tried before General Bullock in the afternoon and was sentenced to six months in the county jail. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-28-1901


The case of Lamb versus Priest, both of Anthony, for the recovery of a horse, is occupying Gov. Bullock’s court today. W. K. Zewadski is attorney for Priest and Ray Bullock represents Lamb. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-19-1900

Frank Porter, the negro who was given a preliminary hearing yesterday and day before by Commissioner D. S. Williams, for robbing the Cordeal postoffice, was bound over under a $500 bond to appear at the next term of court and in default of the bond was committed to jail. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-1-1901

Moonshiner Sentenced

Dick Curry was sentenced to four months in the Marion county jail and to pay a fine of $100 or, in default of the money, to serve five months in jail. Dick asked the judge to allow him to take exercise in the jail yard, also to allow him to go home and make a garden. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-23-1900

The Robbers Caught

Dr. and Mrs. S. H. Blitch came in this morning from Blitchton to testify before Commissioner D. S. Williams against Frank and Jesse Pitts, colored, for robbing the postoffice at Blitchton, Tuesday of $18. Their discovery was made possible by the fact that at the time of the robbery was committed, two negroes were seen, one barefooted and the tracks of this one were traced to his abode. Besides the postoffice money taken they also took some belonging to the store in which the postoffice was located. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-11-1908

A Shooting Scrape

Ed Walters and Green Williams, colored, of Blitchton, had some trouble, which culminated in a fight Wednesday. Williams tried to carve Walters and Walters shot Williams in the epigastric region. Dr. Hood patched Williams up and he may recover. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-24-1900

A Free Man

A telegram this afternoon from Miami states that Marcus Frank of Ocala was acquitted by the jury this morning of killing Editor Gardner, of Our Sunny Land, a year ago, at which time Frank was seventeen years old. Gardner assailed the character of the young man’s stepmother, Mrs. Handelsman, and assaulted him with a stick, whereupon he shot and killed him. Alex St. Clair Abrams was his leading council. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-12-1900

Janie Killinge, a colored warrior, came into Justice Crawford’s court yesterday to answer for cutting another colored woman. Blind Lou so called, very severely with a razor several months ago. The doctor told her she would have to give a $10 bond, when she pulled out $11 in cash and departed. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-6-1900

Yesterday in circuit court Paul Barco was tried for an attempt at murder. He was acquitted. Anna Sampson, negro, for attempt to kill, was given eight months in the convict camps. Source: Tampa Tribune: 1-21-1912


Ran Amuck

At Dunnellon and Julliet yesterday, Uncle Jerry, an old negro, for years a servant of the late Julian Robinson, wounded George Stevens, Mr. Butler and John Gordon and was himself killed by Gordon. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-5-1900

Bound Over

George Williams, the negro, alias Kid George, who was shot a few nights since by Sheriff Nugent, while trying to escape, has almost recovered and was given a preliminary hearing this morning before Dr. Crawford, on the charge of highway robbery. He was committed to jail in default of $200 bond. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-12-1902

Short $50,000

E. D. Luckenbill, who for many years has been the trusted agent of the old F.C. & P. railroad, now the Seaboard Air Line road at Fernandina, has found to be a defaulter, to the tune of $50,000. It is said the money was lost by Luckenbill in speculation of Wall street and by the failure of C. B. Lawrence & Co., New York. He is under arrest and will be prosecuted. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-28-00

Beat A Woman

George Clements, colored, broke into the home of Mary Tucker, also colored, Saturday night about 10 o’clock and beat her nearly to death with a heavy hickory walking stick. He was arrested and locked up and this morning tried in the mayors court and fined for the offense. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-19-00///

The colored postmaster of Royal, Sumter county, charged with embezzlement, has been arrested and is in the Marion county jail awaiting trial. He was arrested by the U. S. Deputy Marshall Bishop. Source: Ocala Banner: 10-27-1905

Grothe Discharged

The case of the state versus Dr. O. Grothe, cruelty to domestic animals, was heard before Dr. Crawford this morning. W. K. Zewadski represented the state and Jesse Miller represented Grothe. The jury could not agree and was discharged and Dr. Crawford, rather than put the state to the expense of another trial, discharged the defendant also. Six or eight witnesses wre examined by both sides. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-7-1900

H. J. Gibson, who was arrested for trying to collect admission fees to the fair grounds Thursday night was fined $25 in the recorder’s court Friday morning. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-29-1913

Young White Man Stabbed

Saturday night Mr. George Ray, who is planting the old Cappleman place in watermelons, was stabbed near the Seaboard Airline depot by a negro man named George Hall, who was in his employment.

Mr. Ray was stabbed in the back and the blade of the knife passed almost through him. Dr. Powers, who was called to stop the flow of blood, says while the wound is very dangerous it is not necessarily fatal. Source: Ocala Banner: 3-11-1904

J. D.Dickerson, colored, living in the St. Peter neighborhood claims that James Adams accosted him last Saturday night and without the least provocation shot at him with a pistol, but the night being dark he escaped unhurt. He said the reason he knew it was Adams was he struck a match before he fired the pistol. A warrant has been issued for Adams’ arrest. Source: Ocala Banner: 12-16-1904

Deputy Sheriff Charles Smith left today for the reform school at Marianna, taking Claude Simpson and John Hopkins, two embryo Afro-American ruffians, who it is hoped the school will be able to show the error of their ways. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-1-1913

In The Circuit Court

Yesterday afternoon in the circuit court, the case of the state vs. Will Smith, charged with assault with the intent to murder, was heard. Mr. R. B. Bullock defended the man. The case resulted in a mistrial and was set for retrial again on January 2nd.  Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-29-1911

Trial Postponed

The trial of E. W. Woodward which was to have been held in Judge Smith’s court Monday forenoon, was postponed until Wednesday on account of the defendant’s attorney having several important cases before the circuit court.

Woodward is charged with the holding up of Mrs. Florence Waters and her granddaughter, Louise Wade, on public road south of the city during the early part of December and robbing them of a sum of money. He was arrested a few days ago by Sheriff George Johns. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-26-1915

In The Circuit Court

This morning the case of the state vs. Ringo Walker, an old negro man charged with incest, was heard. Mr. R. B. Bullock defended the prisoner. He was acquitted: Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-29-1911

In The Circuit Court

Deputy Sheriff Charles Smith went to Lavon last night and gathered in Marshall Singles, an ancient darkey, charged with winging his grandson, Ernest Williams. Singles dosed Williams with birdshot and it looks like he must have bent his gun around a tree to take aim. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-15-1913

The police today captured R. F. Dorsey, colored, who had a small counterfeiting outfit in a room over Katiba’s store. Dorsey’s coinage was crude, but he was working at it with great hope. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-2-1921

Prisoners Escaped

L.T. Allen and Roy and Roy Richards, two young white men who several weeks ago were arrested charged with stealing Mr. R. S. Hall’s car and who were given a hearing in the county judges court and bound over to the grand jury, made their escape from the county jail yesterday afternoon. Immediately after they got away the officers were notified and Richards was caught about three miles away from town on the Seaboard railroad. Allen is still at large. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 9-1-1922


The deputy sheriff of Levy county, came down yesterday and arrested L. S. Black’s butcher, Adam Garret on a charge of illicit selling of whiskey. He was taken to Bronson. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-29-1897

Stella Bradley, the negro woman who was brought to Ocala from Martel the first of the week charged with killing her husband, was given a preliminary hearing yesterday before Judge Bell, and she was discharged, as the evidence showed that the woman had acted in self-defense. The quarrel was over some boys which both claimed to own. Source: Tampa Tribune: 12-12-1910

In The Circuit Court

This afternoon the court was engaged in trying the case of S. Y. Yarborough, of Dunnellon, accused of the attempt to commit murder on Deputy Dean. The jury took the case after our going to press hour. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-11-1908

Black-Freeman Seine Sold

This morning at the west end of the court house door, at the request of the county game warden, Mr. John Pasteur, Sheriff Nugent offered for sale the big seine that was captured in the illegal seining in Lake Weir several months ago. It was bought by Sheriff Nugent for $16. It probably is worth four times that sum, as it is 180 feet in length. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-1-1902

In The Circuit Court

Most of the time of the court for the last two days has been taken up with a civil case. William Nye, accused with living with a woman not his wife, was put on trial yesterday. The jury failed to agree.

J. W. Akin, found guilty of embezzlement, came before the court and was sentenced to three months imprisonment. His attorneys have appealed the case. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-15-1922

Behind The Bars

A Negro Criminal Captured After A Hard Fight

The negro, Charles Williams, who stole Dr. Frederic’s horse Friday night, was arrested yesterday near Kendrick and the horse recovered. He fought the captors like a wildcat, but was safely landed in jail, where he awaits a preliminary hearing on three charges of breaking and entering.

He broke into the city stable and stole a saddle, and into the house of Mr. Gress, the shoemaker, and, not wishing to slight any member of the family, stole a good portion of personal effects of father, mother and son.

Strange to say, everything stolen was recovered. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-8-1900

Will Owens was arrested yesterday for stealing a bicycle. He was up before the mayor this morning for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. He was fined $5 and cost for bicycling without a light and $5 and cost for riding on the sidewalk. He will get about 15 days. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-13-1895

$50 Reward

Horne, Norman & Co., of Leroy, offer a reward of $50 for the capture and delivery to Sheriff Nugent of Dave Register, for the murder of Joe Johnson at Horne, Norman & Co.’s turpentine farm at Leroy on August 27th. Register is about 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, weighs 130 pounds, wears No. 6 or 7 shoes, medium black, large mouth, large brown teeth, thick under lip, wore mustache. Has pleasant appearance; usually wears a smile and some other clothes. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-1-1902

Three of a Kind

Henry Gart, Tom Thomas and Pence Lampken, three colored youths, were up before Justice Crawford a few days ago and found guilty.

The case was again tried before County Judge Robert Bullock on the charge of assault and battery. Attorney Zewadski contended that they had been in jeopardy once and could not be tried again. The court overruled the motion to dismiss. The trial proceeded by jury and Ed Davis made such a strong plea the boys were released. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-4-1900

Shot and Wounded

On the 19th of June Jim Tillis, a colored youth of tender years, shot and dangerously wounded one of his color at Reddick. He was apprehended Monday and brought to Ocala and in default of $100 bond was jailed. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-29-1897

Before Judge Waid

A young white man guilty of embezzlement

Robert Williams, a young white man, claiming Suwannee count as his home, was arrested late yesterday afternoon by Marshall Cleveland on a warrant sworn out by L. T. Gloster, an old negro, who said Williams had stolen $5 from him the previous morning.

From the evidence it appears that Gloster gave Williams the $5 to get change for him in order that Gloster might do some trading. Gloster never saw Williams anymore. The man went around town, finally managed to secure several quarts of whisky and with a few convivial companions was having a high old time. Marshall Cleveland caught Williams at Dr. Brown’s drugstore on north Magnolia street, where he was raising a rough house in good style. Judge Waid fined Williams $15 and costs this morning and in default of the same he went to jail. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-12-1905 

Bound Over

The negro boy, Ben Jordan, who slugged Fred Mitchell in the head and crushed in his skull at Montague two weeks ago, on account of rivalry for the hand of a colored girl, was given a preliminary hearing Wednesday before Judge Crawford, was bound over to Judge Hocker’s court. Judge Bullock defended the prisoner. In default of bond he was committed to jail. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-10-1900


Mr. J. M. Verner, who a month ago was arrested at Zuber and taken to Clearwater on a charge of obtaining goods under false pretenses, was tried and discharged and is again at work at Zuber. In his arrest by W. E. Hutson, deputy sheriff, he attempted to escape and the deputy shot him in the left arm. The wound has healed, but left the arm stiff. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-7-1908

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