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Levy County keeping scares off the road this weekend

Levy County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight in Chiefland. The DUI checkpoint is part of a statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving over the week of Halloween. Levy County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Scott Finnen says the worst offenders are usually the people who …

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FBI involved in Ocala Police officer arrest

An Ocala police officer is facing charges related to aggravated identity theft and fraud after being arrested yesterday morning. Ocala Police Department Chief Samuel Williams says Officer Dana Brown will go through the court system like any other arrestee. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Williams1.mp3] Williams says this is the first time someone in the …

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Clay County crash results in one death

One Keystone Heights man is dead following a two car crash last night. 87-year-old Donald Muchmore failed to yield to the right of way at SR 100 and Park of the Palms Drive at 5:00 PM yesterday, and his vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by an on-coming Jeep. …

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One suspect in Gainesville shooting still at-large

Gainesville Police are searching for the third suspect in this weekend’s fatal shooting at a downtown parking garage. GPD Corporal Angelina Valuri says two other men are in custody. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Valuri1.mp3] She says Artrel Dubose was shot in the head when two groups began arguing after leaving a nightclub.  She says …

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FDLE crime stats released, Alachua County crime rate declines

Florida Department of Law Enforcement just released the new statewide county report on crime statistics. Alachua County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Art Forgey talked with WUFT-FM’s Meredith Chipman about the drop in Alachua County crime rates. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/ForgeyQnA.mp3|titles=ForgeyQnA] Florida overall saw a two percent decrease in total crime, and Gilchrist and …

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One man charged in shooting outside church

One person is in critical condition following a shooting at the Forest Grove Baptist Church last night.  Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Art Forgey says the victim was outside the church with some friends. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/forgey.mp3] Patrick A. McCall is being held in the Alachua County Jail charged with attempted homicide. …

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Suspected serial rapist held without bond

A Marion County Judge has ruled the man suspected in five sexual assaults will remain in jail.  37-year-old Michael Alan Frye appeared before a judge this morning in his first court appearance. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/RAPEVOICER.mp3] WUFT-FM’s Laura Christmas says Frye is unlikely to receive bond. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/rapesuspectwrap.mp3]

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Profile of an alleged rapist explored

A man suspected in five sexual assaults will have his first court appearance tomorrow in Marion County. Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Alan Frye was placed in custody early this morning, and the allegations of his crimes are particularly brutal and unconventional compared to the common rape cases seen by the sheriff’s office. …

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