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Traffic patrols to gear up for holiday weekend

Law enforcement agencies around the nation are stepping up traffic safety this holiday weekend. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with Florida Department of Transportation Law Enforcement liasonAndrew Johnson about The Hands Across the Border Campaign. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/UnsafeDrivingQA.mp3]

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Two chiefs out in High Springs

Some changes are underway in the small town of High Springs in Alachua County.  Both the police chief and fire chief in the city will be out of a job on Friday.  A news release from High Springs city manager Jenny Parham says there has been public discussion to combine …

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UF campus advisory focuses on campus safety

With the start of classes at the University of Florida, talks about campus safety and the reduction of security risks begin as well. WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with UF’s Public and Environmental Safety Assistant Vice-President Linda Stump about a new campus-wide advisory sent by the University of Florida Police Department …

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Officer cleared in shooting

A High Springs police officer who shot and killed a man at the community school on May 18, 2011, has been found to be justified in the shooting.  The investigation and review, conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Alachua County sheriff’s office, and the High Springs police …

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Doughtery siblings to soon face charges after national chase

Authorities say charges are pending against three Florida siblings for allegedly shooting at a pursuing police officer north of Tampa. That incident triggered a national manhunt culminating in the arrest of the Doughtery siblings in Colorado this week. Police in Zephyrhills say shots were fired from the Dougherty’s car during …

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Arrest made in quadruple murder in Marion County

Marion County Sheriffs Office has arrested a suspect in connection with the quadruple homicide in Ocala. Deputies arrested 31 year-old James Bannister earlier this morning. He faces 4 counts of premediated murder and 1 count of arson and is being held on $50,000 bond.  Sheriff’s Office spokesman Judge Cochran says an …

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Sibling fugitives caught in Colorado

The FBI says three fugitive siblings being sought for alleged crimes in Florida and Georgia were captured today in southern Colorado. Authorities say the trio crashed their vehicle on Interstate 25 after a short chase during which they fired shots at their pursuers. 21-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Dougherty Stanley and …

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Four die in Ocala house fire

Two women and two children are dead after a house fire in Marion county early Friday morning. Marion County firefighters say a quarter of the house was already burning when they arrived, and neighbors reported seeing flames engulfing the home’s living room. The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the cause …

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