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A four-CD set of previously unreleased Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' material, live records and alternate versions of the band's songs includes the song 'Gainesville' and will be released Sept. 28. [Read More]
Tardiness in installing new traffic signs on an extension of Southwest Eighth Avenue west from Parker Road in the Jonesville area, which was completed several months ago, prompted curiosity for reader Bob Atchison."Installation of traffic signals was scheduled for about June, according to an article in the Gainesville Sun," Atchison wrote in a recent email. "These signals were finally put up around the middle of August but have yet to be turned on. Neither has the county... [Read More]
Tardiness in installing new traffic signs on an extension of Southwest Eighth Avenue west from Parker Road in the Jonesville area, which was completed several months ago, prompted curiosity for reader Bob Atchison."Installation of traffic signals was scheduled for about June, according to an article in the Gainesville Sun," Atchison wrote in a recent email. "These signals were finally put up around the middle of August but have yet to be turned on. Neither has the county... [Read More]
Discussions have started again thanks to the availability of a former state facility near the jail that is no longer being used. But that proposed alternative for mentally ill people who commit minor crimes is also facing hurdles. [Read More]
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Discussions have started again thanks to the availability of a former state facility near the jail that is no longer being used. But that proposed alternative for mentally ill people who commit minor crimes is also facing hurdles. [Read More]
An internet page that shows mugshots of recent arrestees in Alachua County led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of robbing two people.Terrell Ashley Jones Jr., 18, of 3333 NE 39th Ave., was charged with unarmed robbery Friday afternoon by the Gainesville Police Department for an incident that occurred Sept. 3, according to an arrest report.Two people who were walking to their apartment after a pool party told police that two assailants approached them. One yelled "Give me that" [Read More]
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A Columbia Correctional Institution Annex inmate killed his cellmate early Thursday morning — hours before an altercation at an adjacent prison sent four inmates to hospitals, reported the Florida Department of Corrections.Larry Mark, 58, died in the facility 47 miles north of Gainesville at about 6:15 a.m. The name of the inmate who killed him was not released and the death is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.DOC said the incident was separate from... [Read More]
An altercation Thursday afternoon in Columbia Correctional Institute in Lake City resulted in several people being hospitalized.The Florida Department of Corrections released few details about the incident Thursday evening."This afternoon, a small group of inmates were involved in an altercation at (CCI). Some inmates involved were transported to outside medical for the treatment of injuries," DOC said in an email to The Sun. "The incident is now over. This is all the... [Read More]
Anybody who has ever paddled in Bivens Arm, fished it, visited its nature park or dined on the deck at Chop Stix knows there are alligators in the water.But there wasn't a headless human body.Bivens Arm is a waterway in southwest Gainesville. The side west of Southwest 13th Street is a highly-polluted lake. The eastern side is a marsh.An out-of-towner who had been fishing there on Sunday called authorities in Lake City to report possibly seeing a headless body — mostly skeletal... [Read More]
A Lake Butler man was killed and another critically injured Wednesday morning in Union County when their car was hit from behind and pushed into a ditch, reported the Florida Highway Patrol in a news release.Dead is Curtis Oliver Waters Jr., 27. Taken to UF Health Shands Hospital with critical injuries was Curtis Oliver Waters Sr., 54.Waters Jr. was driving a 2010 Honda Civic west on State Road 100 and stopped at the intersection of Northwest 140th Avenue. Evelyn June Mast, 41, of Lake Butler,... [Read More]
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The ongoing tussle between Bob's River Place and state water managers over a part of the collection of slides, docks and rope swings into the Suwannee River may be a step closer to resolution.Owner Bob Hawkins complied with a request by the Suwannee River Water Management District to apply for permits for several structures that are the crux of a dispute.The application, which requires an engineering study to determine if the structures are in compliance, came as the district's... [Read More]
Sheriff Sadie Darnell, in a letter to Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones, said she was disappointed in both his finding that Assistant Police Chief Terry Pierce committed no misconduct and also that the investigation took so long. [Read More]
A Leesburg woman was killed Friday night on Interstate 75 when she lost control of her car and hit a tree, reported the Florida Highway Patrol in a news release.Dead is Keshawn Johnson, 20.The crash occurred at 11:35 p.m. on southbound I-75 near Archer Road. Johnson was driving a 2002 Mercury Sable in the inside lane when she drifted into the median, over-corrected, traveled back across the lanes onto the western shoulder and hit a tree, FHP reported. She died at the scene. ... [Read More]
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It appears as if a centuries-old live oak will continue to live.The nearly 60-inch-wide tree is the center of a dispute between homeowner Lee Malis, who contends all but a bulge of the tree was within his backyard fence at 311 NW Seventh Terrace, and the developer of an apartment complex on adjoining property who planned to chop up the tree.Malis and six others on Thursday afternoon asked the Gainesville City Commission to halt the project until the dispute could be sorted out. Afterward a city... [Read More]
The third defendant in a 2016 home invasion robbery in which a man was stabbed has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison, said Darry Lloyd, spokesman for the Eighth Circuit State Attorney's Office.Shaheed K. Gardner, 35, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the robbery charge and to aggravated battery. He had a previous conviction for robbery and merited the life sentence under the states re-offender guidelines, Lloyd said in a news release.Co-defendant April LeBlanc was sentenced to... [Read More]
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The most popular spots off Steinhatchee and Keaton and Dekle beaches will be off limits Tuesday. [Read More]
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Former Gainesville Sun editor and health reporter Diane Chun, known for her clever wit and kindness in addition to her journalism, died Saturday.Chun began working for The Sun in the 1960s, starting on the copy desk and then becoming editor of a Sunday magazine the paper used to print.When the magazine was discontinued in the early 1980s, Chun moved to the features department. She was named assistant features editor in 1987 and features editor in 1994.Chun finished her career with The Sun as... [Read More]
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The new head coach was the topic of conversation at most of Saturday's tailgates around campus. "I'm excited big-time and I hope he will turn things around," Scott McDonald of Sarasota said. [Read More]
A Gainesville man accused of sexually battering a woman on Oct. 21, 2017, was arrested Friday.John Edward Huey Jr., 41, was charged with sexual battery by the Gainesville Police Department, according to an arrest report.The report states that the woman, who knew Huey, was sleeping when she awoke to find Huey removing the covers and her clothing. She tried to hold up her pants and told Huey to stop, the report states.However, Huey allegedly continued and committed several sex acts.Later, the... [Read More]
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The tree is slated to be chopped down to make way for a three-story apartment complex in the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street neighborhood, a type of development Gainesville encouraged when the City Commission passed new development codes last year. [Read More]
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