Law and public safety

Students unharmed following morning bus crash

A school bus taking students to Kanapaha Middle School was involved in an accident Wednesday morning when it was rear ended by a car on Archer Road. 60 students were on the bus at the time of the accident.  Alachua County Schools Public Information Officer Jackie Johnson says the students …

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UFPD identifies rape suspect

The suspect in the November sexual battery of a University of Florida student has been positively identified as 25 year old Tommie Howard, III, of Hawthorne. The University of Florida Police Department obtained a warrant for his arrest late last night.  UFPD is now searching for Howard.  UFPD  began an extensive criminal investigation after …

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Search for fugitive continues around Marion County

US Marshals are searching for a man who fled authorities in two North Central Florida counties yesterday. 41-year-old Michael Richard Maser is wanted in Sumter County for unlawful sexual activity with a minor and is now considered a fugitive after fleeing deputies in Citrus and Marion counties. US Marshal Service …

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Armed robbery suspects still at-large

Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for the public’s help in tracking down the three men responsible for an armed robbery on Tuesday. Spokesman Judge Cochran says the men were caught on tape at the Qwick King on SE Lake Weir Avenue in Ocala. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/ROBBERY3.mp3] He says the men …

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Ocala police warn against holiday related crime

With an increase in holiday shopping comes a higher incidence of burglary and related crimes this time of year. Ocala Police Department Sergeant Chas Maier says leaving visible valuables in your car invites the potential for theft. He says they will have more patrols focused on keeping holiday shoppers safe …

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Police increasing watch around vulnerable student apartments

The holiday season may bring an increase in crime for the Gainesville area. Gainesville Police Department Corporal Angelina Valuri says the department is stepping up patrol to act against criminals who take advantage of people going out of town. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Valuri4.mp3] Valuri says GPD is especially keeping an eye out for …

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FDLE arrests 4 dozen people in child predator sting operation

A six month child predator sting operation known as “Operation Amalgamate” ended today with the arrest of 48 individuals charged with soliciting minors. FDLE is urging parents to be actively involved in their childrens’ activities.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesperson Keith Kameg says, the individuals arrested were from 17 counties …

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NTSB wants to prohibit cellphone use behind the wheel

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all states ban cellphone use behind the wheel. Although the board has no legislative power they are the first federal agency to call for an outright prohibition on telephone conversations while driving.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Juliana Valencia spoke with Gainesville Police Department Traffic …

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Serious injuries from three car crash

A three car crash in Union County has left two people with serious injuries.  The Florida Highway Patrol says Lake Butler resident Cailyn Stalnaker was driving eastbound on State Road 100 around 7:45 this morning and slowed to make a left turn on County Road 237.  Lake City resident Harlos …

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