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Brooks child struggles after snake bite

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Brooks County child is fighting for her life after she was bitten by a rattlesnake Friday. Maisy Lamica, 5, was bitten in Berrien County, said Cyndi Spell, her mother. Spell said in a phone interview Monday that Maisy and her siblings were at their father’s house...
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Man pulled over for illegal tint found with gun in vehicle

An Ocala man was recently arrested after having an illegal tint on his vehicle and later being found with a gun under the passenger seat. On June 11 an Ocala Police Department officer responded to 523 NE 23rd Circle in reference to a group of people carrying guns in their waistbands. While en-route, the officer heard dispatch report the group split up and one of them was leaving in a red vehicle, according to the sheriff’s report.

Video: Marion County K-9 chomps down on suspect in painful takedown

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - The Marion County Sheriff's Office said a suspect with a suspended license made a bad - and painful - decision when he decided to run away from law enforcement. Body camera video was released of the incident involving Gregory Linder, 33. Deputies say they tried to...

Eastside residents voice need for grocery store in 'food desert'

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The east side of Gainesville has been described as a food desert, and residents want to have easier access to their own grocery store. Terri Foreman said she's live in East Gainesville for 15 years, and the only grocery store they have is Walmart. "It’s really inconvenient for me to go way out to Sam's just for a loaf of bread. A small grocery store in the community will be real convenient for the older people," she said.

Loss uncovered: Fort White woman finally gets peace after 1952 plane crash

Until now, Fort White's Dorothy Wheaton has lived most of her life with her older brother, U.S. Air Force Airman Second Class Edward J. Miller, frozen and locked under layers of ice and snow on a distant Alaskan mountainside. For Wheaton, 85, the memory of her big brother’s face, too,...

Naked Ocala man arrested for masturbating in front of Saving Mercy

An Ocala man was recently arrested after being reported naked and masturbating in front of a homeless transition center. On June 16, an Ocala Police Department officer responded to Saving Mercy, a former motel that has been converted into a homeless transition center, in reference to a man that was running around naked and masturbating in front of people.

Recovery team successfully recovers a stranded boat in Alachua County

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A boater is now safe after a successful rescue mission Sunday night in Alachua County. Sheriff deputies say someone got stranded on Orange Lake after their boat’s motor fell off into the water. Deputies from the marine recovery team were able to tow the boat back...

Six inmates injured in transport crash in Marion County

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Several inmates were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following an accident on I-75 early Sunday morning in Marion County. At 2:17 a.m., a U.S. Corrections prison transport van was headed northbound at mile marker 339 when a box truck rear ended it, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
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Florida courts resume normal operations, no more masks

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - At the beginning of this month, the Florida Supreme Court issued an administrative order, stating that starting on Monday, June 21, all of the state’s judicial circuits will return to normal operations. That means masks and social distancing are no longer required. The Fifth Judicial Circuit...
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Health alert: Raccoon near Umatilla tests positive for rabies

UMATILLA, Fla. – Health officials in Marion County say a raccoon in the Umatilla area recently tested positive for rabies. The Department of Health in Marion County issued a health alert to inform residents about the raccoon. According to the alert, those who live south of Southeast 153rd Place, west of Southeast 265th Avenue, north of Southeast 173rd Lane and east of Southeast Highway 450, should be aware that rabies is active in their area.

Mental Confusion, Disorientation May be Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study finds that patients with COVID-19 who displayed symptoms of disorientation and confusion were three times more likely to go on to develop severe COVID-19 than patients with the virus who did not experience neurological symptoms. “One of the key things in...
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Plantiffs drop part of their lawsuit against Diyonne McGraw

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -The Plaintiffs are requesting a voluntary dismissal of some counts in the lawsuit against former Alachua County School Board Member Diyonne Mcgraw following Gov. Ron Desantis’ decision to vacate the seat. Count one of the lawsuit will be dropped, it requested for the District 2 seat to...
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New archery range scores bullseye

It didn’t take long for a newly unveiled archery range in Marion County to fall into the crosshairs. The Silver Springs Archery Range at 5227 NE 35th St. officially opened on Friday. By Sunday, the range played host to 100 archers for an Archery Shooters Association (ASA) tournament. Carlton Blackburn,...

Kamal Latham to take over as Alachua city manager in August

Kamal Latham, who previously held a prominent private-sector role in Gainesville, will in August take on the role of city manager in Alachua. Latham, now the assistant city manager, will take over manager Adam Boukari’s role on Aug. 6. Public records obtained from the city show Latham’s annual salary will be $144,000.