Law and public safety

Suspect in GHS bomb threat detained in Texas

Gainesville Police Department was notified today that a suspect in the Gainesville High School bomb threat has been arrested in Austin, Texas. The bomb threat was emailed Sunday to GPD. GPD Spokeswoman Corporal Angelina Valuri says the arrest was made yesterday in Austin. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/FP-Valuri-1.mp3|titles=FP Valuri 1] Because the investigation is …

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DCF working on a new home for victims of alleged abuse

As a case involving child abuse proceeds against two Putnam County parents… the Florida Department of Children and Families is working on where to place their three children. DCF Spokesman John Harrell says the department’s first responsibility is making sure the children are receiving the care they need. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/HARRELL1.mp3] Putnam …

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Students cleared after bomb threat at Gainesville High School

Gainesville Police are sweeping Gainesville High School after fielding a bomb threat called in to the department.  Alachua County Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says all the students have been evacuated, and school officials are just waiting for the “all clear”. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/JOHNSON3.mp3] She says the district does not deal with …

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GRU customers warned of potential scams

Gainesville Regional Utilities is warning its customers of ongoing scams concerning energy surveys. Customers have reported getting calls from an individual posing as a GRU employee. There have also been reports of a person coming to customers’ homes and asking for access inside to conduct a survey.  GRU Spokesman Lewis …

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School Security

In the wake of the Ohio school shooting, WUFT-TV asked a local high school to review the procedures they’ve ramped-up over the years to handle potential violence.  Gainesville High School is the example school in this report by WUFT’s Jonee Lewis. [jwplayer config=”News-video” file=”wuftnews/20120228-GHSSecurity.mp4″]

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Skeletal remains identified

Skeletal remains found in a wooded area near West Newberry Road last week have been identified.  Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Todd Kelly says 52-year-old Juliann Spates went missing more than one year ago, although her family did not report her missing right away. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/Kelly21.mp3] He says investigators do not …

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Armed robbers hold up Bank of America on Newberry Road

An area bank was robbed at gunpoint this morning. The Bank of America on Newberry Road in Gainesville was robbed at around 9:30 a.m.  Alachua County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Art Forgey says the the robbers were armed with a shotgun. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Forgey1bankrobbery.mp3] Forgey says the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is gathering information …

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