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"You dip down on to the road and it suddenly feels like you're off-roading," wrote Jakob Breedlove about U.S. 441 south of Gainesville. [Read More]
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City's canopy is a defining feature, but for some homebuilders it comes at a cost... [Read More]
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Broad oaks, towering cedar, and smaller native species are the biggest of their kind... [Read More]
Several Alachua County residents were hospitalized Saturday afternoon when a tire blew on their van, which then slammed into a guardrail and overturned in an Interstate 75 median, reported the Florida Highway Patrol in a news release.The crash happened about 12:18 p.m. at southbound mile marker 401 north of Alachua.Janice Daniels, 44, of Gainesville, was driving a 2004 Ford E-350 when the left rear tire failed and Daniels lost control. The van went left into the median, hit a guardrail and... [Read More]
A Jacksonville woman accused of stuffing cologne from two Oaks Mall stores into at least one bag lined with foil to avoid detection was arrested on multiple charges Friday by the Gainesville Police Department after she crashed in a nearby apartment complex.Tajmar Chardena Williams, 32, of 1022 Brandywine St., was charged with grand theft, use of an anti-shoplifting device and resisting an officer without violence, according to an arrest report.Williams allegedly stole 10 bottles of Jake cologne... [Read More]
It is difficult enough for police departments across the nation to find new officers. Alleged cheating by three Gainesville Police Department recruits going through the law enforcement academy doesn't help.Recruits Kyler Hutchinson, Daren Lyons and Andrew Williams have resigned while under investigation by the department, according to an investigative report. Another recruit, Christopher Bivins, was cleared."When you are dealing with individuals where your expectation of them is... [Read More]
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Sharon Wilson, 50, was killed in the accident. [Read More]
Many Puerto Ricans living in North Florida joined Hispanics from around the Caribbean and the Americas to celebrate Gainesville's annual event with food, dancing and socializing at the Bo Diddley Plaza Saturday. [Read More]
A Cross City woman was killed early Saturday morning in Dixie County when she lost control of her pickup truck and hit a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol reported in a news release.Dead is Rikki Cannon, 21. The crash happened about 12:01 a.m. at 696 NE 50th St. in Cross City, FHP said.Cannon was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado north when she drove off the road, overcorrected, rotated and hit a tree. FHP reported she was not using her seatbelt. Cannon died at the scene.  ... [Read More]
An Ocala man accused of pulling a gun on five people during an early Saturday altercation was arrested on multiple charges, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.Tybyis Montravius Scott, 20, of 28 Juniper Pass Track, was charged with five counts of aggravated assault for an incident that occurred about 12:45 a.m. at 100 NW 16th St.Scott and Bryan Shane Combs, 21, allegedly got into an altercation with several people. Combs was arrested on two counts of battery for... [Read More]
Steven C. James, 51, was charged with attempted murder and being a felon with a gun, police reported. [Read More]
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]
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]
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]
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