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Missing Child Alert issued for Gainesville teen

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Missing Child Alert for a teen from Gainesville. Laurie Balthazar, 16, was last seen wearing a lavender halter top sweater, green leggings, and a tan floral scarf. She is 5'3" with black eyes and black hair. She was last in the area of 5000 block of

WZVN-TV - 2018-03-20 20:39:00

Tuesday forecast: Afternoon storms, hail, winds up to 70 mph

Tuesday afternoon could bring severe weather to Alachua and Marion counties similar to nasty weather seen in Gainesville Monday morning, which snapped at least 19 power poles on Parker Road. Meteorologist Andrew Kennedy from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville said that, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tu

STAR-BANNER - 2018-03-20 13:53:43

GPD: Man found peeking into home with pants down

The driver who saw him began to yell and honked his car horn, trying to alert anyone in the home to the man's presence. A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday after police say he was seen with his pants down, peering into a home near Southwest Second Avenue. Willie J. Simmons, 58, was first seen with

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-19 16:18:57

Belleview Middle teacher scolded for 'monkey' comment

Said she was joking when comparing student to a clapping chimp BELLEVIEW - The school district has issued a verbal reprimand to a Belleview Middle School teacher who compared a black eighth-grade student to a "monkey smoking cigarettes." "I sincerely apologize for what was said and how (the student)

STAR-BANNER - 2018-03-20 16:53:52

Storm takes out power lines, thousands lose power

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The heavy rains and strong winds are to blame for thousands of homes left without power in North Central Florida. The storm mangled power lines throughout the region. Along one road in particular, 122nd Street, known as Parker Road,19 power lines snapped, leaving more than

WCJB - 2018-03-19 23:04:00

Firefighters rescue driver from Paynes Prairie waters

"Crews then extricated the patient by cutting the roof posts and assisting her across the ladder bridge," according to ACFR. Staff report Firefighters rescued a 34-year-old Gainesville woman after the car she was driving went off U.S. 441 into the lingering floodwaters of Paynes Prairie Sunday morn

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-19 17:44:24

Missing Persons Alert: Alachua County Sheriff's Office looking for local teen

Alachua County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a 16-year-old girl who they believe may be endangered. Laurie Balthazar was reported missing on March 7th from the SW 20th Avenue area. Detectives believe she could be in trouble. Laurie is 5 feet two inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She was last

WCJB - 2018-03-20 02:37:00

Crystal River man charged with arson, attempted murder

Sheriff's officials arrested a 63-year-old Crystal River man March 13 and charged him with trying to burn down a neighbor's RV while the neighbor was inside. Mark Clark is accused of torching an RV in a mobile home park on U.S. 19 in Crystal River. According to the sheriff's Facebook page, this is w

RIVERLAND NEWS - 2018-03-19 20:57:00

Suspect in custody after police standoff in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Police and swat teams converging on the Windsor terrace apartments this afternoon after reports of multiple shots fired. Around 1:30 Sunday afternoon police say, Anthony Brown, a 35-year-old man fired shots at an unnamed victim after an argument took place in his apartment. The vi


Ah, 'If I Were A Rich Man,' 51-year-old from Hawthorne wins Florida Lottery scratch-off

It's no coincidence that Calvin Ciociola posted a video of "If I Were A Rich Man" from Broadway's "Fiddler on the Roof." Tuesday the Florida Lottery announced the 51-year-old from Hawthorne claimed the second of six top prizes in the $10,000 A Week For Life scratch-off game. Ciociola opted for annua

FLORIDA TIMES-UNION - 2018-03-20 16:17:52

Man accused of threatening homeowner, firing gun at gathering

A Gainesville man was arrested Saturday evening after he brandished a gun outside of a residential gathering in Alachua where children were present - which he used to threaten a member of the party who wouldn't give him their cellphone - before shooting the weapon into the air, according to an Alach


Gainesville shooting leads to SWAT stand-off

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Sunday shooting in Gainesville led to a standoff with the SWAT team. At approximately 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Police were called to a report of shots fired at home on Southwest 20th Avenue. Detectives said after the victim arrived at the shooter's residence an argument ensued.


Alachua County firefighters rescue driver from Paynes Prairie waters

GAINESVILLE - Firefighters rescued a 34-year-old Gainesville woman after the car she was driving went off U.S. 441 into the lingering floodwaters of Paynes Prairie Sunday morning. Kathryn Craig was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital with minor injuries, according to a Florida Highway Patrol media re

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2018-03-19 18:40:30

Barbara Snow: Medical service dog was truly a wonder

What does the life of one dog matter within the priorities of human existence? On March 2, many in my world and many others came together at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital to honor the memory of one special German shepherd "wonder dog" named Honey. Honey came into this world on Janu

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-20 07:00:00

FHP: Motorcyclist killed in Fort White crash

FORT WHITE, Fla. - A Fort White man, 69, was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday in Columbia County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers responded just after 1:30 p.m. to the accident on US-27 at SW Mapleton Street. A Jeep Renegade was driving northbound on US-27 when it hit a Chrysler 300,


Man charged with stealing grandmother's car

A Gainesville man accused of stealing his grandmother's car and battering her was arrested on multiple charges Friday. Jermaine Armstrong, 24, of 1727 NE Eighth Ave., Apt. 2, was charged by the Gainesville Police Department with robbery, grand theft auto, battery on a person age 65 or older and seve


Argument ends with man shot in stomach

An argument that later turned physical led to the arrest of a man who authorities were told shot another man in the stomach early Saturday morning. The victim was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury and is expected to survive. Michael Bernard Shell, 26, was arre


UF Student Arrested for Child Pornography

The national center for missing and exploited children received a tip from the online storage company dropbox about possible child porn being stored on an account. An investigation lead authorities to 21-year-old Trevon Boyd. They found over 40 gigabytes of pictures and videos involving minors. He


Ocala restaurant owner potentially saves life of customer

A Marion County restaurant owner is caught on camera potentially saving the life of one of his customers.Ocala restaurant owner does Heimlich manuever on customerOwner said his entire restaurant is trained for Heimlich, CPRSingh has Heimlich/CPR instructor come every 3 months Owner Gurpreet Singh sa


Winn-Dixie parent company to close 94 stores, including 3 in North Central Florida

(WCJB) -- Southeastern Grocers, the company that owns Winn-Dixie, has announced it plans to file for bankruptcy and close 94 stores. The store closures are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The winn-dixie stories that are closing in our area ar