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Darnell’s funding issues put on hold for now

Alachua County commissioners requested a delay of hearing Sheriff Sadie Darnell’s budget appeal yesterday. County Commissioner Susan Baird said the 45-day delay is meant to give Governor Rick Scott time to sign an important piece of legislation. “We decided to go ahead and sign the letter, and the sheriff did …

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Shots fired at Alachua County school

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating a shooting that occured earlier today at the High Springs Community School, 1105 North Main Street. High Springs police chief Jim Troiano talked with WUFT-FM’s news director Tom Krynski. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/troianoFP.mp3]

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Police offer reward for information on shooting death

Gainesville Police are asking anyone with information relating to this weekend’s shooting death of 15-year-old Jearicka Mack to come forward. GPD Lieutenant Steven Weaver says they are offering a $1,000 reward for information about the firearm used in the shooting. “We would like to receive some more information about the …

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Alachua County remembers its fallen officers

Around the country, people are gathering to honor police officers during National Police Week. On Tuesday Alachua County honored its officers who have fallen in the line of duty. WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz brings us highlights of the ceremony. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/DKPoliceMemorialforFP.mp3]

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Task Force warns of area fire risk

Marion County Fire Officials are urging area residents to use extreme caution if conducting a permitted burn. Fire Rescue Spokeswoman Miranda Iglesias says a Wildland Task Force determined today that the risk of fire in the area is very high. “We’re not quite at the point where we need to …

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Fire poses potential problem for Levy County drivers

Goethe State Forest was ablaze earlier tonight in Eastern Levy County. The Florida Highway Patrol says variable winds may move smoke over roadways and affect visibility around the area of State Road 121 and County Road 337. FHP spokesman Lieutenant Patrick Riordan says motorists should be cautious if driving in …

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Accused voyeur behind bars in Bradford County

A Bradford County man is in jail without bond for allegedly videotaping some of his customers. Doyce Griffis, owner of a local tanning business, was charged after Bradford County Chief of Operations Brad Smith says two girls using his tanning beds felt uncomfortable and brought their complaints to the police. …

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