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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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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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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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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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