CRIME & SAFETY
3 people airlifted to hospital in Putnam County after major crash, SR 100 closed
Three people involved in a major crash on State Road 100, near Sipprell Road, were airlifted to the hospital with injuries, according to Putnam County Fire Rescue. Fire Rescue posted the crash on Facebook shortly after 4 p.m. Three trauma alerts were declared and several people were trapped, according to the Putnam Fire Rescue's Facebook Page.
Weekly Safety Report: Shootings in Gainesville, Florida
In Gainesville, Florida, there were three incidents of shootings this week. One man turned himself in to the police after shooting and killing someone. Four people were shot in two separate incidents, with one fatality. Another man was arrested for shooting at his ex-girlfriend's car on the highway.
Weekly Safety Report: Newborn Baby Found in Backyard and Fatal Plane Crash in Putnam County, Florida
This week in Putnam County, Florida, two incidents occurred that require attention in the weekly safety report. The first incident involved the discovery of a newborn baby with its umbilical cord still attached in the backyard of a home in Palatka. The second incident was a plane crash in Paynes Prairie that resulted in the tragic death of a 21-year-old individual.
Group to help search for missing woman
Sara Ebersole, a woman reported missing nearly nine months ago in Marion County, was last seen at a property in Reddick. Ebersole's sibling, Michelle Tullis told FOX 35 News she wants investigators to thoroughly search the property in hopes of bringing her sister home.
Jail Booking Log, November 29
The booking report is provided by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Department of the Jail. This information is public record and copied directly from the log. Mugshots are included when available. The charges listed are at the time of arrest and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. For more details on a specific inmate use the Sheriff’s Office inmate search (for inmates currently at the jail). More specific information on charges is available by searching court records.
Is it legal? A felon is running for sheriff in one Florida county
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A long shot candidate for sheriff in this college town who couldn’t legally carry a gun and would not be qualified to work as a deputy because of his felony record is campaigning to become the county's top law enforcement official, despite questions about whether his candidacy is even lawful.
Group to search area where missing Florida woman was last seen after sister says sheriff's office hasn't yet
MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Sara Ebersole, a woman reported missing nearly nine months ago in Marion County, was last seen at a property in Reddick. Ebersole's sibling, Michelle Tullis, told FOX 35 News she wants investigators to thoroughly search the property in hopes of bringing her sister home. "She went...
Man arrested following antisemitic vandalism incidents at University of Florida religious centers, police say
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A man was arrested Thursday after several antisemitic vandalism incidents at religious centers, including the Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Florida, according to the Gainesville Police Department. Gainesville police said Detective Corporal Warren Meek has been investigating these incidents and found that the...
Man charged with vandalizing UF Chabad, writing antisemitic messages
A man accused of vandalizing the Chabad UF Jewish Student Center with what the organization called “anti-Semitic graffiti and hateful slurs" has been identified, arrested and charged. Geoffrey Lush, 50, was arrested Thursday evening by Gainesville Police Department officers on charges of property damage to a religious building and writing a threat or act of terrorism. He was being held at the Alachua County Jail, where bail was set at $150,000. ...
Tragedy in Gainesville: 1 Dead in 5 Shootings
Five shootings over the holiday weekend injured six people and left one person dead. The first two shootings happened Friday morning near The University of Florida where two people were injured. Another shooting on Newberry Road in the afternoon resulted in a death.
Preliminary report released on the plane crash in Paynes Prairie that killed a 21-year-old
PAYNES PRAIRIE, Fla. (WCJB) - A preliminary report was released regarding the plane crash that killed a 21-year-old in Paynes Prairie. According to the report, Adrien Valentine of Melrose departed from Kissimmee Gateway Airport around 12:45 p.m. Flight tracking data shows the plane flew north until about 1:30, and this...
Investigators: Young pilot who died in crash mistakenly flew into bad weather, became lost
The young pilot who died when his small plane crashed in a state park south of Gainesville last month told air traffic controllers he mistakenly flew into bad weather and had become lost, according to a preliminary report published Wednesday by the federal investigators. “It’s completely white,” pilot Adrien James...
Body camera video shows officers dealing with unknown threats during UF stampede
GAINESVILLE - FOX 35 News has obtained body camera footage from the night a stampede at the University of Florida injured dozens of people. That happened at a rally for Israel right after Hamas bombed the country. The new video gives us a better understanding of the chaos that unfolded...
Alachua County Fire Rescue battles mobile home fire off U.S. Highway 301 in Waldo
A mobile home fire Tuesday morning caused the partial closure of U.S. 301 just north of the Waldo Flea Market, according to an official with Alachua County Fire Rescue. The fire was reported just before 9:30 a.m. in the 15900 block of Northeast U.S. 301. Fire Crews — including those from Melrose and Windsor — arrived to find the mobile home fully engulfed. ...
Craig McCall Killed in Car Crash
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Realtors in Gainesville are mourning the loss of a prominent colleague after a tragic car accident left him dead, and his son in critical condition. Craig McCall was travelling from Gainesville to Tennessee when he was involved in the accident. He was a well known realtor here in Gainesville for nearly 20 years. He was a realtor in the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors and the President with Florida Realtors in 2009.
Recovery starts for the pitbull that got shot in the face earlier in the month
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - We have a positive update on the pitbull that was shot in the face this month. He is starting the road to recovery. Humane Society of North Central Florida officials say Billy the Kid is gaining weight and going on walks. Billy came to the humane...
5 shootings left 1 dead and 6 injured in Gainesville over the weekend
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Gainesville Police Department detectives are still looking for the shooters responsible for the five shootings over the holiday weekend that injured six people and killed one. Officials say although none of the shootings were connected, all of them happened within Gainesville city limits. The first two...
Hundreds of friends, family and colleagues lay Jacksonville firefighter to rest in emotional ceremony
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of people gathered to remember the life of a Jacksonville fallen firefighter as he was laid to rest Wednesday morning at The Church of Eleven 22. Tanner Gillespie, 20, and another man were both killed nearly two weeks ago in Putnam County in an off-duty...
U.S. 301 partially closes due to mobile home fire near Waldo
WALDO, Fla. (WCJB) - A major roadway in North Central Florida was partially closed Tuesday morning as firefighters responded to a mobile home fire. Alachua County Fire Rescue crews say a mobile home on Northeast U.S. 301 in Waldo caught fire just before 9:30 a.m. The homeowner was away when the fire started allowing the blaze to spread quickly before anyone noticed.
Reddick man dies in single-vehicle crash on Sunday
One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash in northeast Marion County on Sunday night. Here's what we know: Where? The 6300 block of Northeast Jacksonville Road, also known as County Road 200A. What happened? The driver of a sport utility vehicle was traveling north on the roadway when it crossed over the southbound...