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Preventing theft this holiday season

With the official holiday shopping season underway, the threat from holiday thieves is also on the rise.  Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jennifer Lowe says shoppers need to be alert at all times. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Lowe1.mp3] She says anyone who thinks they may be witnessing a theft in progress should …

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Child abuse surpasses all seasons

Despite the holiday cheer that begins to set in, families can also see building stress this time of year.  WUFT-FM’s Sarah Samuels says local advocates see a spike in child abuse during the holidays. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/CHILDABUSEWRAP.mp3] Children’s Home Society of Florida Executive Director Jennifer Anchors says abuse does not have to …

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With community input, Gainesville police look forward

The Gainesville Police Department is developing a strategic plan with the help of the community. Residents brainstormed ways police could implement their goals at the last of four community meetings that were held around the city. GPD Police Chief Tony Jones says they will use the information from these meetings …

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Crisis management speaker shares expertise in Ocala

Having a crisis management plan for your company can be a necessary precaution.  As Floridas 89.1, WUFT-FM Jessica Becerra reports, the Ocala Chapter for Public Relations Association looks to bring awareness in preparing companies for these unexpected events. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CrisisWrap.mp3]

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FDLE investigating Levy County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant

A Levy County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant has been transferred to the Bradford County jail under allegations of sexual assault. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Public Information Officer Kristi Gordon says the FDLE has taken over the investigation. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Gordon2.mp3] Levy County Sheriff’s Office Major Evan Sullivan says Lieutenant Zachary Knight was …

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Suspect in weekend pill theft still at-large

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking for tips on the whereabouts of a suspect in a grand theft this weekend.  WUFT-FM’s Liana Charles says investigators are accepting any information. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/PillSnatcherWRAP.mp3]

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Third arrest in Gainesville home invasion

The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force has apprehended the third suspect in a series of recent home invasions in Gainesville. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Todd Kelly says Christopher Charles Mcintosh was detained without incident and faces charges for aggravated battery on a person 65 or older, false imprisonment, larceny …

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Dixie county middle-schooler killed in hunting accident

A 12-year old Dixie County boy is dead following an apparent hunting accident yesterday. The Dixie County Sheriff’s office says Bryan Austin Osteen was hunting south of Cross City with his grandfather when Osteen’s shotgun fired, striking his torso. WUFT-FM spoke with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker about …

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The buzz on internet cafes

Alachua County commissioners will consider a moratorium on internet cafes today in an effort to decide how to zone the cafes in the future. County Growth Management Senior Planner Missy Daniels says there are no cafes in unincorporated Alachua County right now, but they need to decide how to deal …

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Gainesville Police search for missing and endangered man

Photo: Jack Hill, courtesy of Gainesville Police Department Gainesville Police are searching for an 83-year-old man last seen at the Arby’s on SW 13th street last night.  Jack Hill has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Hill went to McDonald’s on NW 13th Street at 2:00 PM yesterday and failed …

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