Home / Public safety (page 124)

Public safety

FDLE crime stats released, Alachua County crime rate declines

Florida Department of Law Enforcement just released the new statewide county report on crime statistics. Alachua County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Art Forgey talked with WUFT-FM’s Meredith Chipman about the drop in Alachua County crime rates. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/ForgeyQnA.mp3|titles=ForgeyQnA] Florida overall saw a two percent decrease in total crime, and Gilchrist and …

Read More »

One man charged in shooting outside church

One person is in critical condition following a shooting at the Forest Grove Baptist Church last night.  Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Art Forgey says the victim was outside the church with some friends. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/forgey.mp3] Patrick A. McCall is being held in the Alachua County Jail charged with attempted homicide. …

Read More »

Suspected serial rapist held without bond

A Marion County Judge has ruled the man suspected in five sexual assaults will remain in jail.  37-year-old Michael Alan Frye appeared before a judge this morning in his first court appearance. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/RAPEVOICER.mp3] WUFT-FM’s Laura Christmas says Frye is unlikely to receive bond. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/rapesuspectwrap.mp3]

Read More »

Profile of an alleged rapist explored

A man suspected in five sexual assaults will have his first court appearance tomorrow in Marion County. Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Alan Frye was placed in custody early this morning, and the allegations of his crimes are particularly brutal and unconventional compared to the common rape cases seen by the sheriff’s office. …

Read More »

Long road ahead for assault victims

With the suspect in five sexual assaults around Marion County and Gainesville under arrest, the road to recovery is just beginning for victims.  Alachua County Victim Services Project Coordinator Laura Kalt says it is important for victims to have a supportive group of friends who will listen without judgment. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/KALT8.mp3] …

Read More »

Police investigating early morning shooting death

Gainesville Police are holding a person of interest related to a shooting at the Cabana Beach apartments.  GPD Spokeswoman Angelina Valuri says the shooting happened early this morning. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Valuri2.mp3] The victim was pronounced dead after being transported to Shands.  Police say he was not a University of Florida student, but have …

Read More »

Suspected serial rapist arrested in Marion County

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man suspected in five sexual assaults since July. Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Jenifer Lowe says 37-year-old Michael Alan Frye was positively identified by victims in two of the cases and his vehicle matched descriptions in all four Marion County attacks. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/LOWE2.mp3] He was …

Read More »

Another victim tied to serial rapist

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says another attack has been tied to the suspected serial rapist, now potentially linked to 5 sexual assaults over the past few months in Marion and Alachua Counties.  Detectives leading the investigation held a news conference this morning with more information on the latest attack and prior …

Read More »

Charges pending in Suwannee county traffic death

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash which occurred late yesterday on County Road 136 at 98th Terrace in Suwannee County. Live Oak resident Clark Dean Eplin was pushing a golf cart on the side of CR 136 when he was struck by a Toyota Camry driven by 21-year-old …

Read More »