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Practice fire helps new recruits get their feet wet

Gainesville Fire Rescue is conducting a live fire training burn today at a home on the 1700 block of University Avenue. Captain Joseph Hill says this allows their new recruits to get hands-on experience. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/HILLHOUSE2.mp3] Small fire simulations took place this morning, and the large scale simulation will begin at …

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Staying safe at home over the holidays

Now is a great time to brush up on those home safety measures to make our holiday safe and joyful. Florida’s 89.1,  WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman reports crime does seem to increase during the holiday season. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPHolidayFINAL.mp3]

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Traffic stop turned drug bust in Marion County

A traffic stop has landed one man in jail on several drug charges.  A Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped 30-year-old Jeffrey Clarke for a tint violation.  The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana and saw a plastic bag hanging out of Clarke’s pocket.  While searching the car, deputies uncovered …

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Fatal fire under investigation in Clay County

The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a Clay County fire that left one person dead early this morning.  Clay County Fire Rescue responded to a home near 7169 Coe Drive in Keystone Heights around 1 AM to find the structure a total loss.  The cause of the …

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Increased action against dangerous driving

December is National Drinking and Drugged Driving, or 3D, Prevention Month to promote safe driving through the holiday season. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and safety partners are trying to keep fatality rates related to drinking and drugged driving down with this year’s campaign “Drive Sober or …

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New charges may be filed in skeet shooting case

A man who was shot while skeet shooting with friends at the Forest Grove Baptist Church in October died today. He was allegedly shot by Patrick McCall, who randomly fired shots in the direction of the church to stop the skeet shooters. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFTFM’s Paula Cunniffe reports, his …

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Message from UPD: don’t get into a car with a stranger

University police officers and rape victim counselors are urging University of Florida students and Gainesville residents to only get into cars of the people they know if they need a ride. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Katiana Krawchenko reports, this is on the heels of another sexual battery case in which a …

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Autopsy pending in shooting death

The man accused in a shooting death could be facing more charges. Patrick A. McCall is already in the Alachua County Jail, charged with shooting Robert Matthew Judah last month. Judah died yesterday during a follow up surgery relating to the injuries he sustained in the shooting, and Alachua County …

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UF police searching for sexual battery suspect

One man is facing sexual battery charges relating to an incident that began in midtown Gainesville early this morning. At 2:13 AM University of Florida Police received a call from a bystander helping the battery victim flee her assailant.  Sergeant Kristy Maculan says the female victim had accepted a ride …

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