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Two hurt after pickup truck hits Gainesville CVS pharmacy, trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — Two people were hurt early Sunday morning after a pickup truck struck a tree, a CVS pharmacy on NW 23rd Avenue and then a second tree, according to Gainesville Fire-Rescue.


Poisonous toads infest suburban Florida neighborhood

A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads. Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the infested Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood worry toxins secreted by the toads will harm their pets and children.


Forecast: Mild temps and clear skies, except for Tuesday

Moderate temperatures with lots of sunshine are forecast for much of the week ahead in Gainesville. Tuesday is the exception. National Weather Service forecasts give a 20 percent chance of rain Tuesday afternoon and a 50 percent chance Tuesday night.


One killed, several injured in multiple-vehicle crash

LEVY COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash involving five vehicles. One person was killed, several others are injured. According to FHP, a Kia Soul and a Chevy Silverado were driving southbound on US-41. A group of Harley Davidson motorcycles were traveling no


Gainesville Police Department Swat Team relaunching

GAINESVILLE, Fla (WCJB) -- In a notice sent out Friday, GPD says their special weapons and tactics team will officially be on call starting at midnight, Sunday. The swat team was deactivated last November of after four members, including some leadership, resigned unexpectedly.


Escaped dogs terrorize Gainesville neighborhood

Two dogs that marauded through a northwest Gainesville neighborhood, in which a pet dog was killed in a September mauling, were killed Friday night and a dog they attacked was injured in the latest of a series of canine attacks.


Second student who survived Florida school shooting dies in apparent suicide, police say

A high school student who survived the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., died Saturday in an apparent suicide a week after another survivor killed herself, police said. Police received a call about a deceased person at a home Saturday night and arrived at the scene to find a juvenile who died


CDC warns contaminated ground beef could be in your freezer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- An outbreak of salmonella infections that led to the recall of more than 5 million pounds of ground beef in December is over, the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday, but warns that many consumers could still have contaminated beef in their freezers.


Florida couple forgot they left their toddler at the park for hours: deputies

HAVERHILL, Fla. — A Florida couple went to the park Friday evening and seemingly forgot about one of their seven children late into the overnight hours and into the next day.


Kid Rock and 'Down to Earth' Donald Trump Enjoy Florida Golf Resort Trip That Probably Cost Taxpayers Millions

Donald Trump appeared relaxed in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller handing in his long-awaited report on the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr. On Saturday, musician Kid Rock shared a photo to Twitter of himself and the pre


Former 'butt lift' city worker set for trial, new charges filed

A former Gainesville employee, accused of stealing $93,000 of taxpayer money and spending some of that on a Brazilian butt lift, is heading to court after rejecting a plea deal.


One dead, four seriously hurt after motorcycles strike vehicles near Williston

WILLISTON, Fla. (WGFL) — One Harley-Davidson rider died and four more people were seriously injured after three motorcycles collided with two cars on U.S. 41 near Williston Saturday.


Police searching for missing 13-year-old Starke girl

STARKE, Fla. — The Bradford County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing teenage girl from Starke. Police say 13-year-old Alicia E. Aviles went missing from her home March 21 around 10:30 p.m.


Florida deputy arrested after night at gentleman's club in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida deputy was arrested after an altercation at a Jacksonville nightclub, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Officer Rodney Bryant, a 5 1/2-year member of the department, was involved in a dispute Friday at Mascara's


21 creepy Central Florida urban legends to keep you up at night

It may not be Halloween, but we're always in the mood for some scary stories. Thrill-seekers and history buffs, check out some of the creepiest Central Florida urban legends. You'll have a new ghost story to tell at your next party, so what's better than that? Everyone loves the unexplained.


The 10 players who have impressed most so far in spring

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is through about a week and a half of spring practice, with roughly two-thirds of the spring left to go. Swamp247 has had the opportunity to watch several of the practices to date in their entirety.


Gainesville man wins 2 million from scratch-off

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Who wants to be a millionaire? Just ask a man in Gainesville. State lottery officials say 31-year old, Himanshu Patel, won two million dollars from a 24 karat cash scratch-off game.


QB Anthony Richardson names leader

Gainesville (Fla.) Eastside quarterback Anthony Richardson was one of the small handful of recruits on campus at the University of Florida Saturday to take in the teams spring open football practice. This trip to campus was Richardson's first time back on hand for the first time since opening his re


St. Francis Pet Care unveils new clinic

Galey Gravenstein remembers when cats were treated in a tiny, L-shaped bathroom on a table fitted over the sink. No more than two people could squeeze in the room at a time. Now, St. Francis Pet Care’s clinic will have multiple private rooms to treat cats.


Difference makers on basketball courts

Although the boys basketball season was long, it made for many teams to start slow and end strong. Columbia won its first district title since 2000, and also played in its first regional final since then as well.