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Bustling downtown brings weekend watch for police

UF Homecoming, Hemp Fest and Occupy Gainesville will be at the top of the Gainesville Police Department’s safety watch list this weekend. GPD Corporal Angelina Valuri says GPD is not changing protocol for the Homecoming football game, but will be more concentrated in Downtown Gainesville. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Valuri04.mp3] Valuri says GPD is …

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Search continues for suspected kidnapper

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing their search for a suspect involved in a student kidnapping Tuesday night. GPD Corporal Angelina Valuri says the student brought the suspect into his apartment where the hours-long kidnapping continued. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Valuri02.mp3] GPD identified the suspect as Ronald Newman, an armed 44-year-old man with a …

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Renewed push for information on Linda Cage murder

With little information surfacing since the murder of Dunnellon resident Linda Cage 3 months ago, Marion County Crime Stoppers is making a renewed push for information from the community. Marion County Crime Stoppers Executive Director Robert Hauck says there is a $5,000 reward available. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/HAUCK2.mp3] Marion County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman …

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Green light bulbs given out in Ocala to raise awareness about runaways

Ocala based, Arnette House has started the Green Light Project during the month of November. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM,  Zac Blobner says they’re hoping to shine a light on a growing problem. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BlobnerGreenlightWrap.mp3] (in depth version) Ocala-based, Arnette House has started the Green Light Project during the month of November. Arnette …

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Charges pending in deputy involved crash

Two men are facing a number of charges for an accident involving an Alachua county Sheriff’s Deputy this weekend. Deputy Matthew Bugg was injured in a head-on collision when one of the accused was helping his brother flee a different crash. ASO Sergeant Todd Kelly says the accident was incredibly …

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GPD may have gun used in weekend parking garage homicide

The Gainesville Police Department reports that earlier this afternoon a handgun was discovered outside the Alachua County Courthouse by a Jimmy Johns delivery person.. Gainesville Police Department Spokeswoman Corporal Angelina Valuri says the gun could be tied to the homicide parking garage shooting over the weekend. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/valuricleanup.mp3] Valuri says the …

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Security a priority before, during and after the FL-GA football game

It’s one of the biggest weekends for Florida football. The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs have met in Jacksonville almost every year since 1933. In the past few years, several deaths have occurred surrounding the Florida-Georgia game. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Meredith Chipman has more on changing security in Jacksonville. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/JaxSecurityWrap.mp3] (News sources: UF senior …

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Another potential victim of Marion County serial rapist

Ocala Police detectives are working to confirm the link between the accused serial rapist and another victim that came forth yesterday. Ocala Police Department Sergeant Chas Maier says there were many similarities, including the victim’s description of the attacker and the details of the attack. A 25-year-old female says she …

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