Stephanie Brown

Stephanie is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news @wuft.org

Suspected serial rapist arrested in Marion County

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man suspected in five sexual assaults since July. Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Jenifer Lowe says 37-year-old Michael Alan Frye was positively identified by victims in two of the cases and his vehicle matched descriptions in all four Marion County attacks. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/LOWE2.mp3] He was …

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County looking for more Koppers neighborhood testing

Alachua County commissioners are urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to step up testing for chemicals inside the homes around the Koppers Superfund site.  County Environmental Protection Director Chris Bird says they are concerned the chemical dioxin has mixed in to household dust. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/BIRD1.mp3] He says they EPA has already …

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Another victim tied to serial rapist

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says another attack has been tied to the suspected serial rapist, now potentially linked to 5 sexual assaults over the past few months in Marion and Alachua Counties.  Detectives leading the investigation held a news conference this morning with more information on the latest attack and prior …

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Hernando County hoping to place 100 animals

With a few weeks remaining in Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, Hernando County Animal Services is pushing a reduced adoption fee to try to get more animals in to good homes. Animal Services Manager Leanna Teague says it is important now, more than ever, to place these dogs and cats. …

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Ocala expands sandbagging efforts

The City of Ocala is stepping up sandbag distribution efforts to help residents prepare for more severe weather.  City Spokesman Sonny Allen says they have extended distribution hours and added another location where people can pick up sandbags for free. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/ALLEN-22.mp3] Ocala experienced severe flooding early last week because of …

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Ocala police search for stabbing suspect

The Ocala Police Department is looking for any information which will lead them to the man responsible for a fatal stabbing last night.  Officers responded to the Village Green Apartments on SW 33 Avenue to find Isidro Garcia-Reyes dead from multiple stabbings.  Garcia-Reyes was in a verbal altercation with another …

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