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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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Marion County to participate in event to take in pills to keep them off the streets

“National Pill Take Back Day” is this Saturday in Marion County. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Veronica Vilar reports, this event is the first step toward keeping surplus and illegal prescription drugs off the streets. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/pilldropoffwrap.mp3] (sources: Professor of Pharmacy Paul Doering and Public Information Officer for Marion County Sheriff’s Office Judge Cochran)

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Pedestrian killed in traffic crash

One man is dead following a collision in Marion County last night. Donald Snyder was walking northbound along SW 46th Ave, across SR 40 when he was struck by a semi and thrown 80 feet.  Snyder was pronounced dead on scene at 9:26 PM.  Charges against the driver, Larrison Parker …

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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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