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WTXL-TV: Kirby receives maximum sentence of 120 years

Our news partners at WTXL-TV are reporting that former Live Oak Police Sergeant Kyle Kirby received a maximum sentence of 120 years in federal prison Wednesday for producing, attempting to produce, possessing, and accessing child pornography. For complete story:http://www.wtxl.com/news/former-live-o

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2018-03-21 22:39:00

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

APD: Teen shoots at woman who told him to slow down

Police say Torrey Tyler Dean, 18, had been driving fast and recklessly up and down an Alachua road Tuesday afternoon. An Alachua man was arrested Tuesday after he shot twice in the direction of a woman with a handgun in retaliation for her telling him to slow down his driving. Torrey Tyler Dean, 18,

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-21 13:58:27

Florida Officer Sentenced to 120 Years on Child Porn Charges

LIVE OAK, Fla. - A former Live Oak Police Sergeant has been sentenced to 120 years in federal prison for producing, attempting to produce, possessing and accessing child pornography. Sergeant Kyle Kirby was sentenced on Wednesday afternoon. "This case is another example of the relentless efforts of

FILMINGCOPS.COM - 2018-03-22 16:42:53

Man shoots gun at woman who told him to quit driving recklessly

Alachua Police arrested 18-year old Torrey Dean after he fired two gunshots at a woman when she told him to slow down his reckless driving. Police say the two started yelling at each other, but Dean took off only to come back and firing two shots, he missed then drove off again. Police caught up to

WCJB - 2018-03-21 19:41:00

GPD: Man found with $94K in headrest, card scanner

The man told police he was paid $14,000 to transport the money, according to GPD. A Hialeah man was arrested Wednesday in Gainesville after police say they found a credit card scanning machine in his car's backseat and more than $94,000 hidden in a headrest. Felix Medero-Garcia, 38, was charged with

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-22 14:38:30

Complaint alleges former Alachua County manager Niblock of battery on Hippodrome manager

Gainesville police issued a sworn complaint Wednesday to the State Attorney's office charging former Alachua County Manager Lee Niblock with battery. Niblock, 64, was fired Monday from his new job as city manager of Marco Island, after just three months, for what the city council determined to be un

GAINESVILLE.COM - 2018-03-21 22:49:45

Alachua County Public Schools votes to opt out of new state law

The Alachua County School Board voted on Tuesday night, to opt out of a new state law that allows some teachers to carry a firearm on school grounds. The bill was signed into state law after the Parkland shooting on February 14th. It place several restrictions on gun sales, but also provided for sch

WCJB - 2018-03-21 06:43:00

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)


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


I-75 Bridge Metal Grill Walkway, The Only Thing Separating A Pedestrian From The Highway

Each road passing over I-75 in Gainesville has a sidewalk or a bike lane. Each of these is paved, except for one. At the Northwest 23rd Avenue bridge, a caged walkway with a metal grill surface stands between a pedestrian's feet and about a 20-foot drop to where cars barrel down I-75 at speeds close


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


Gigi Simmons, Charles Goston Head To Runoff For Gainesville District 1 City Commission Seat

Gainesville City Commission candidates Gigi Simmons and Charles Goston will go head-to-head in a runoff for the District 1 seat up for grabs. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday night's election, the two candidates with the most votes - Simmons and Goston - will

WUFT.ORG - 2018-03-21 09:04:37

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


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


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


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


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


Woman trapped in car underwater in Alachua County rescued

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. - Firefighters in Alachua County rescued a woman trapped in water Sunday morning when her car left U.S. Highway 441 and went into Paynes Prairie. Alachua County Sheriff's Office said the car went through a construction area and into part the prairie which has become a lake in t


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.