In the News: City Commission Discusses Homeless Shelter Background Checks, Fort Hood Gunman Did Not Appear Violent, Silver Springs Film Fest 2014, Stanford Mom Facing Death Penalty
City Commissioners Voice Opinions on Homeless Center Background Check Policy – City Commissioners showed support for the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless & Hungry’s plan to allow homeless people to the shelter regardless of a homeless individual’s criminal background. The center will run all those admitted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement criminal background checks and sex offender’s database but will not turn anyone away based on check results. The center will open May 1 for meal services and storage space and July 1 for adult admittance. Gainesville Sun
Fort Hood Gunman Had No Violent Signs – Specialist Ivan Antonio Lopez was being treated for depression, anxiety and possible post-traumatic stress disorder. Military officials say Specialist Lopez, who killed three people and himself and injured 16 others on Wednesday, showed no violent or suicidal tendencies. The New York Times
Silver Springs International Film Festival 2014 – The 2014 Silver Springs International Film Festival is going on through Sunday. Film screenings and events will take place at the Marion Theatre at 50 S. Magnolia Ave. and a few surrounding locations. Ticket prices and more information can be found at www.springsfilmfest.com. Ocala Star Banner
Sanford Mom Faces Death Penalty in Daughter’s Death – Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against Rachel Fryer, who is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter before burying her in a shallow grave. Orlando Sentinel
The Florida Forever Program, a land acquisition program, hopes to obtain 119 new properties, many of which located in North Central Florida. The lands are assessed based on several criteria to determine their environmental value.
While volunteerism rates in Florida may still be ranked relatively low, people like Bill and Verna Brown try to change that by gathering food and help by giving it out to the rural areas in North Central Florida.
A number of flights were canceled in and out of the Gainesville Regional Airport Sunday after part of the airport’s flight landing systems malfunctioned.
The historic Carney Island orange grove has switched caretakers’ hands many times, but the Marion County Board of Commissioners now must face a decision on its future owners and use.
The Saint Francis House Pet Care Clinic provides free non-emergency health care for pets of economically troubled owners four times a month. In the colder months, they give out cold weather clothes and blankets because homeless shelters do not allow animals unless they are service animals.