Law and public safety

Significant police issues basis for new UF committee

University of Florida President Bernie Machen has just announced the formation of a new committee on campus to provide insight and perspective on “serious matters” involving the UF Police Department. This Ad Hoc UFPD Campus Advisory Committee is expected to advise the police chief on significant police matters affecting the …

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Father of a teen killed by a distracted driver will bring his message to Gainesville

A 3,000 mile bike ride across the country will be nearing its end with one of its final stops in Gainesville. Dr. Robert Okerblum is pedaling the distance to raise awareness of distracted driving. Okerblum’s 19-year old son was killed in a car accident last year in a collision with …

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Police search for suspected rapist

Gainesville Police are looking for a man accused of sexual battery and home invasion. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Diana Arellano reports, the police are eager to identify him. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SundayRapeWrap.mp3]

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Area drug task force makes a huge arrest

A Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task force investigation led to an arrest, and the confiscation of a large amount of prescription drugs from a Gainesville residence. More than 1,000 tablets of Roxicodone with an estimated street value of more than $18,000 was seized, along with one half-ounce of cocaine, a loaded …

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Walking to spread awareness about sexual assaults

A young woman who overcame years of physical and sexual abuse, then worked to change laws protecting victims, is walking through Ocala and Gainesville today (Thursday) for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Walkinmyshoeswrap2.mp3]

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Shoplifter still on the loose

The Clay County sheriff’s office is currently looking for a woman who it says was involved in a shoplifting operation. Her accomplice, Nyota McGriff was arrested on four counts of initiating theft of property. Detectives believe the two women provided “shopping lists” to professional shoplifters who would in turn steal …

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UF student killed over the weekend wasn’t wearing a seat belt

Tucker McCarty, 21, was killed Saturday evening after his truck overturned on County Road 138. The University of Florida student was the only one in the truck not wearing a seatbelt. There were also 3 passengers, all wearing seatbelts that escaped with only minor injuries. Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman Pat …

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Rash of break-ins in Lake City

Eight Lake City businesses have been targeted in a series of recent business break-ins. Officers investigated after three alarm companies reported alarm activations and found the suspects tried to disable the systems and force their way inside. Police are stepping up their patrols and urging business owners to increase their …

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Town Hall to discuss child pornography

The Internet Crimes Against Children Coalition, Trinity Methodist Church, and the Child Advocacy Center are joining forces to help raise awareness for National Child Abuse Awareness Month. A Town Hall meeting will be held on April 4th at Trinity United Methodist church from 5:30 to 7 pm. Town Hall spokeswoman …

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Florida courts face budget concerns

The state’s court system is freezing hiring and preparing for possible staff layoffs due to a $72.3 million deficit. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote letters to Governor Rick Scott and legislative budget leaders asking for assistance to get them through the fiscal year. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s T.J. …

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