In The News: Gainesville Police Search For Urinator, N.J. Teen Drops Lawsuit Against Parents, Fla. Retiree Receives Medal Of Honor, Fast Food Fight Ends In Flames
GPD releases sketch of ‘urinator’ – Gainesville police have released a sketch of the “urinator,” a man accused by multiple women of urinating on them near the University of Florida campus. After four incidents were reported in late February and early March, three more women have come forward to report being sprayed from behind by the culprit. Gainesville.com
N.J. teen drops lawsuit against parents over tuition – A New Jersey teenager who attracted international attention for suing her parents after leaving home has dropped the case against them and returned to her family. Rachel Canning, 18, was seeking financial support for her private high school tuition, living expenses and future college funds, but she recently lost in the first round of court. Orlando Sentinel
Fla. retiree’s incredible story of Vietnam heroism earns Medal of Honor – A 72-year-old Florida retiree who served as a Green Beret in South Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor from President Obama today at a White House ceremony. Melvin Morris and 23 other Army veterans whose heroism was not fully recognized because of race or ethnicity will be honored. Morris was previously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1970. Tampa Bay Times
Local fight over fast food ends with torched car – A Florida woman is accused of setting her boyfriend’s car on fire after he refused to buy her an ice cream treat at McDonald’s. Witnesses say the enraged woman torched the car and ran away after an argument in line to order food became heated. ActionNewsJax
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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.
Freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been charged with second-degree misdemeanor for driving without a valid driver’s license.
The Pledge 5 Foundation is in debt with local businesses in Gainesville. The organization owes more than $100,000, but it created a program, so that they can pay back the money they owe.
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc., is furthering its year-round fight against food insecurity for youth by providing food during the winter holidays to students who mainly rely on meals during school hours.
In exchange for a reduced sentence, some Marion County inmates participate in a prison work program. The program has produced much of the jail’s infrastructure, saving taxpayers more than $9 million in 2013.