Law and public safety

Deadly crashes close I-75 for hours

At least nine people died in early morning crashes caused by smoke and fog on I-75 near Paynes Prairie.  Other crash victims were rushed to Shands Hospital: six to the trauma center and 12 more to the emergency room.  As you can see in morning helicopter video (courtesy Orlando NBC …

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Amping up safety measures at Santa Fe

Efforts to keep students safe in light of a recent kidnapping at Santa Fe College may lead to permanent changes to safety procedures on campus. SFC General Counsel Patti Locascio says they are considering more lighting, as a start. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/LOCASCIO6.mp3] She says they are currently supporting the Alachua County Sheriff’s …

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Deputies save couple from oncoming train, follow with DUI arrest

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy on off-duty patrol saved two lives early this morning. Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Jenifer Lowe says two intoxicated people drove on to railroad tracks at Highway 326 and NE 36th Avenue when the deputy and another Sergeant on-scene noticed a train approaching. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/LOWE3.mp3] The deputies got …

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Arrests made in Newberry homicide

The mother and aunt of a five-year-old Newberry boy who died late last month have been arrested. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office says Valerie Sharonne Owens and Alice J. Owens are charged with Homicide and Child Neglect. Javarian Wallace was pronounced dead after deputies found the victim unresponsive at a …

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SFC beefs up patrols after recent kidnapping

At this hour the person who kidnapped an 18-year-old Santa Fe College student last week is still on the loose. Police handed out fliers this morning to students who might know the whereabouts of a man who, according to the victim, kidnapped her from a parking lot and drove around before she jumped …

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The risks of being a law enforcement officer

Around the country, 159 law enforcement officers have been killed. That’s an 11% increase from last year. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Rodriguez reports, some sheriff’s deputies continue to take the risk, even if it means they may never come back home. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/JannyRodriguezFinalProjectDec2011.mp3]

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Santa Fe kidnapping suspect still at large

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Fe College Police Department are working together to find a kidnapping suspect. Additional interviews with the victim have produced updated information on the suspect.  The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reports the suspect is a male with a darker-skinned complexion of unknown race, …

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Law enforcement narrowing down description of suspected kidnapper

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office investigators are searching for a kidnapping suspect they consider dangerous. ASO Spokesman Art Forgey says detectives are working with the victim to get a good description of the man responsible. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/FORGEY3.mp3] A Santa Fe College student was taken from campus yesterday, but escaped her kidnapper around …

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