Law and public safety

Deputies: Elementary teacher left gun in car that was found by students

A teacher is facing felony criminal charges after deputies say she had a loaded handgun in her car at Chiefland Elementary School. Paige Ehlers, a first-year teacher, sent two fourth-grade students to her car to get her medication Monday. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office said when the students went into the car they saw a gun and told school staff who contacted the school’s resource deputy. The school board said Ehlers was placed on administrative leave because having the loaded handgun is a violation of school policy. While it is legal for a person to carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle, school districts can have policies negating the law. Ehlers is facing charges of child endangerment. She was released from jail Tuesday and was not required to pay bond.

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What Florida voters need to know about Amendment 3 before Election Day

Legislators in favor of Amendment 3 tout it as a lifeline for Floridians struggling in a volatile housing market, but those against it say the measure wouldn’t do enough. If passed, the amendment would increase the homestead exemption for K-12 teachers, police officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency-medical technicians, paramedics, child-welfare …

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Elected official accused by police of carving gay slur in SUV; he denies it

An Alachua County elected official running for reelection next month is accused by police of carving a gay slur into an SUV parked across the street from his family’s former home. Daniel "Danny" Taylor Gordon, 41, of Gainesville is formally accused in Alachua County Circuit Court of misdemeanor property damage and criminal mischief, according to court records filed Tuesday. Police said Gordon was caught on video by a nearby surveillance camera, which he then stole. He denies it.

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UF student charged with assaulting second bar employee in 3 months

A 20-year-old UF student was arrested Monday for assaulting a manager at The Social. The same man was arrested for punching a bouncer in the face at the Salty Dog Saloon three months ago. Kaleb Wiswall is being charged with aggravated battery and disorderly intoxication after punching a manager at The Social, pushing him down four stairs and falling down on his neck, according to the arrest report. The manager sustained a dislocated shoulder, a dislocated finger and bruises. Wiswall was arrested in July and charged with simple battery after he punched a bouncer who denied him entry into the Salty Dog Saloon.

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High schools across Florida receive false active shooter phone calls, following disturbing nationwide pattern

Law enforcement across Florida received hoax phone calls of active shooter situations at schools on Tuesday, including at Eastside and Santa Fe high schools in Alachua County. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office quickly responded to find no real threat. Similar calls were made around Florida on Tuesday, including in Miami, Orlando and Tampa. These calls have been made to around 50 schools across the nation over the past month. This includes Ohio, Minnesota and South Carolina. All the calls were made on the same day in each state as they did in Florida. The FBI is taking the lead in the national investigation and has already begun speaking with the Alachua Sheriff’s Office.

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