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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

Authorities searching for missing 16-year-old Gainesville girl

Authorities are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl who was last seen March 7 in Gainesville. Laurie Balthazar, who is described as being 5 feet 3 inches and weighing 130 pounds, was last seen near the 5000 block of Northwest 27th Avenue, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Sh


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

Missing Alachua County Teen Found

Alachua County Sheriff's Deputies say a teen that went missing has been found safe. According to deputies, Laurie Balthazar was found Tuesday evening and placed with deputies and detectives. Balthazar was first reported missing on March 7th. Alachua County Sheriff's Deputies say a teen that went mi

WCJB - 2018-03-21 01:21:00

Northwest Gainesville neighbors hope to block development

Suburban Heights residents don't want a shopping center to replace St. Michael's Andrew Caplan @AACaplanDaniel Smithson @DanielTSmithson Residents of the Suburban Heights neighborhood in northwest Gainesville fear their quiet community is about to become a bit more bustling if developers have their

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-19 23:28:56

Gail Johnson Defeats Harvey Budd To Claim Gainesville City Commission Seat

Gail Johnson won the Gainesville City Commission At-Large Seat 1 on Tuesday night, beating incumbent Harvey Budd with 64.26 percent of the vote. Commissioner-elect Johnson held a watch party at First Magnitude Brewery where she was well supported. "Everybody that I've talked to understands, by livin

WUFT.ORG - 2018-03-21 08:46:04

SuicideGirls Burlesque show to hit Gainesville on Thursday

The SuicideGirls, who have toured worldwide, will take their show to the High Dive on Thursday.Courtesy to The Alligator The SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque touring group will bring their sexually charged, cult-classic show to the High Dive stage Thursday night. Doors for the late-night show open


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


Gainesville man arrested for indecent exposure after peeping through a window with pants down

Gainesville Police arrested 58-year old Willie Simmons indecent exposure after he was caught standing outside a patio peeping through a window with his pants down. A witness saw the man with his pants down and honked his horn. Simmons ran but was found by police on West University Ave. and 26th Stre

WCJB - 2018-03-19 19:44:00

Where to spend your weekend in Gainesville

With Spring Break a thing of the past and finals on the horizon, just six weeks remain until another semester comes to a close. Luckily for students and locals alike, there's still plenty to do in Gainesville before we head home for the summer. In addition to the other events we've covered this week


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

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

This Winn-Dixie is closing in Gainesville

Parker Kaleo goes to Winn-Dixie every other week to pick up milk because the 2002 SW 34th St. location is conveniently close to where he lives at the Ridge Apartments. But the UF biochemistry and molecular biology sophomore might have to find a new place to buy milk, because the Gainesville Winn-Dix


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

GRU monitors polling locations for power outages as Gainesville falls under tornado watch

While the city remains under a tornado watch, Gainesville Regional Utilities is monitoring polling locations for city commission elections. Strong winds are likely to cause power outages. GRU placed 36 polling sites on a list of critical customers to increase response time in case of power outages w


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

Founder of #ShoutYourAbotion brings storytelling tour to Gainesville

Founder of #ShoutYourAbotion brings storytelling tour to Gainesville Last week's pro-life demonstrations on the University of Florida campus were challenged when the Bible Belt Abortion Storytelling Tour came to town on Sunday. Amelia Bonow and Poppy Liu hoped to break the silence and stigma about a

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-20 22:50:59

Police in Gainesville searching for missing 16-year-old girl

Police from Alachua County/Gainesville area need your help finding a missing 16-year-old girl who has gone missing, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Laurie Balthazar, 16, is 5 feet 3 inches tall and about 130 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing

FIRST COAST NEWS - 2018-03-20 20:07:00

Attempted murder suspect arrested after hours-long standoff

The shooting followed an argument about $73, a Gainesville Police Department media release says. After a standoff that took several hours Sunday, Gainesville police arrested a Gainesville man suspected of shooting at another man and attempting to kill him. At about 6 p.m. Sunday, officers arrested A


Suspect shoots someone over $73, police standoff ensues after

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Gainesville Police Department reports that a standoff occurred on Sunday, lasting several hours, after responding to multiple reports of shots fired. The department says that at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, police were dispatched to SW 20th Avenue after receiving