Law and public safety

Not your mother’s bath salts

The synthetic drug known as “Bath Salts” is believed to be the cause of the recent horrific incident in Miami when 31-year-old Randy Eugene attacked 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, chewing parts of his face. As Florida’s 89.1’s Emily Burris reports, the media attention to this attack and other similar reports of …

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Alligator attack puts Gainesville man in the hospital

An alligator attack has put a Gainesville man in Shands Hospital at the University of Florida this morning after he was attacked yesterday afternoon.The victim was dragged out of the water by firefighters. Dictrict Chief of Gainesville Fire Rescue Jeff Lane says the victim had punctures to the back and left the scene in …

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Task Force On Citizens Safety to hold first public meeting today

Republican State Representative from Ocala, Dennis Baxley, will be traveling to Seminole County today for the first public meeting of the Task Force on Citizens Safety and Protection.  The panel was created by Florida Governor Rick Scott after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford and claimed self-defense.  …

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Missing Gainesville High School teen found safe

A Gainesville High School student who had been missing since last Friday has been found.  According to the Gainesville Police Department, 16-year-old Marissa DeVito was found alive and safe today in a Gainesville apartment complex.  GPD spokeswoman Corporal Angelina Valuri says Marissa was staying with someone she knew.  Valuri says DeVito was originally believed to …

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Motorcyclist killed on U.S. 301

A Marion County motorcyclist was killed last night after he collided with another vehicle. David Purdy, 50, was traveling north on U.S. 301 when the other vehicle struck the left side of his motorcycle. He died on the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle was transported to Shands for non-life …

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Arrest made in Lake City liquor store robbery

A man suspected in the shooting and killing of a Lake City liquor store owner in April was arrested in Jacksonville this past Friday. Lake City Public Information Ofc. Steve Shaw says the man arrested has been identified as James Leonard Johnson of Lake City. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Shaw1liquor.mp3] Two men were involved …

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