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Gainesville man arrested, accused of sexually battering child several times

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- A man was taken into custody Friday in Gainesville after officers said a female child told one of her classmates she was "raped" and tried to run away.


Gainesville student arrested on charges of burglary, drug possession & armed shooting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. A 21-year-old student was taken into custody Friday, after investigators said he was linked to multiple crimes in Gainesville. According to arrest records, Ferrie Vashaun Cook Jr. was first accused of stealing a woman’s car during the night between February 12th and 13th.


Firefighters rescue man from burning Gainesville apartment

GAINESVILE, Fla. A man was rushed to the hospital, Friday morning, after fire crews pulled him from a burning building at the Woodlawn Park Apartments. Crews were first called to report from a medical emergency. But when they arrived, they found smoke coming out of the front door of the apartment.


Two new dispensaries coming, three more proposed

Alachua County in recent years has become a hotspot for medical cannabis cultivation, as several companies have moved in to grow the natural medicine. But with only two dispensaries open in Gainesville, where the county’s population is most dense, those who use medical cannabis might have to take a


Deadly wreck shuts down County Road 231 in Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Lanes of County Road 231 at Northwest 177th Avenue in Alachua County because of a deadly wreck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP said at least one person was killed in the crash, though further details are unknown.


High school congressional art competition kicks off

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Attention all parents, think your child is creative and artistic enough to win a spot on the wall in the U.S. House of Representatives?. The House sponsors the competition every year. The second district’s competition is open to students in Gilchrist, Dixie and Levy Counti


Convicted Alachua County robber sentenced to life in prison

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- 31-year-old Theophilus Lee Junior was sentenced to life in prison, Friday, in connection with an armed robbery in 2016. Lee was also found guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


Gainesville's wackiest race hits Depot Park

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) It got wild and wacky at Gainesville's Depot Park during the 4th annual Menagerie in Motion Kinetic Derby. We'll explain what that even means and gives you look at some of the contraptions entered in this years race.


Small plane crashes into Florida home

MIAMI (AP) - Federal authorities say a small plane has crashed into a Florida home. Authorities have not released any information about the two people onboard. The plane crashed into a home near Winter Haven Regional Airport on Saturday.


Florida man charged in death of grandma found in maggot-infested bed

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been charged after his 87-year-old grandmother died and authorities said her bed was filled with live maggots. Brevard County Sheriff's deputies say Allen Arias brought an unresponsive Anita Arias to the hospital last month. The woman was covered in bed sores


Florida cop disciplined after suspects caught on camera fondling each other on trip to jail

A Florida police department has disciplined an officer for allowing two shoplifting suspects he was transporting to jail cuddle, kiss and perform sex acts on each other, according to a report.


Deputies release video of triple fentanyl overdose in Florida parking lot

(WESH) A new video from deputies in Seminole, County Florida paints a picture of the overdose epidemic in the state. The video shows three people suffering from symptoms of drug overdose at the same gas station.


Tractor-trailer runs off southbound lanes of I-75 near Paynes Prairie

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — Authorities are on the scene of a tractor-trailer crash off the southbound lanes on I-75 near Paynes Prairie. The crash was first reported at 6:19 p.m. near mile marker 379. The truck is upright in a pond off the highway. Authorities say the driver is not seriously injured


Missouri looking for the upset in Gainesville

Don’t try and sell Florida Gators (15-11, 7-6 SEC) head coach Mike White on the woes of the Missouri Tigers (12-13, 3-10 SEC). The Tigers may have less than half the wins in conference that the Gators have to this point, but he knows that Missouri is going to fight tooth and nail and give everything


Cancer survivor travels from New York for Gainesville Relay for Life

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- The mission of Relay for Life is simple: to support the American Cancer Society and survivors like Joanne Knapp. Knapp, a 10-year breast cancer and double mastectomy survivor, traveled from upstate New York to attend Friday night's Relay at Flavet Field and mingle with he


Save a Life tour comes to Gainesville to teach students about safe driving

Gainesville, Fla. WGFL — Buchholz High School students got an up-close and personal lesson on the dangers of texting and driving. The national Save a Life tour features no-holds barred videos over a six-hour program.


Fact check: 2019 city candidates

Candidates for the Gainesville City Commission have been making their best pitches to constituents at forums and through advertisements since announcing their candidacy. But not everything they've said has been truthful.


Gainesville Commissioners And Residents Discuss Affordable Housing Solutions

After facing resistance to the GNV RISE Development Code in November 2018, which would have provided developers with incentive to construct more affordable housing, the Gainesville City Commission is beginning to strategize new ways to provide affordable housing for Gainesville residents.


Amditis home run helps Hurricanes beat No. 6 Gators in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Miami catcher Michael Amditis hit his first career home run in the seventh inning Friday night, pushing the Hurricanes past No. 6 Florida 5-2. The redshirt sophomore, who entered the game with just one hit in 10 at-bats this season, was 2-for-4 on the evening, including the game-


Judge sets $1 million bond for R. Kelly

An Illinois judge set a $1 million bond for R. Kelly on Saturday, a day after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. The R&B singer turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday.