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Small fire at Oak Park High Rise soon extinguished

Gainesville Fire Rescue Press Release Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a report of smoke coming from the Oak Park High Rise at NE 8th Avenue at 8:00 p.m. last night.  The building’s fire alarm system activated and the buildings residents, mostly elderly, began to evacuate as firefighters arrived.   The smoke …

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No grand jury for Trayvon Martin case

Authorities say gunfire knocked out a window on a police cruiser parked near the town home community where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. This comes a day after special prosecutor to the case, Angela Corey, decided that she will be the one to …

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NW Gainesville graffiti case unique in the city

The teens responsible for seven incidents of racial and bigoted graffiti in Gainesville yesterday are facing more charges. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/VALURI3.mp3] Gainesville Police Department Corporal Angelina Valuri says the suspects, arrested yesterday, will not face hate related charges because the graffiti did not seem to target any of the area residents. She …

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Shooter in Mill Run Apartment case claims self-defense

A Santa Fe College student is claiming self defense after killing his roommate last night. Investigators are still working on the case, and charges have yet to be filed.  Gainesville Police Department Spokeswoman Angelina Valuri says Jude Rizzo told authorities he shot his roommate Micheal Crace at Mill Run apartment complex …

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Caboodle cats recovering after rescue

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is helping investigate an animal cruelty case on Caboodle Ranch in Lee, Florida. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jillian Baach reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/baach-CatStory.mp3] Seven-hundred cats were rescued from Caboodle Ranch in February.  Southeastern Regional Director for the Field Investigation and Response Team for the ASPCA Adam Leath …

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Dive expert offers advice to stay safe in the water

Local scuba diving experts are stressing dive safety after a Gainesville man’s drowning Saturday. Ginnie Springs dive expert Larry Green says scuba is a high-risk activity. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Green1.mp3] He says one of the most important steps a diver can take ahead of a plunge is becoming familiar with the dive site. …

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