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Cassowary
April 23, 2019 - 11:58 am
GAINESVILLE (AP) — A large, flightless bird that fatally attacked an Alachua County man is among about 100 exotic animals from his estate now up for auction. The Gainesville Sun reports the Gulf Coast Livestock Auction will auction the cassowary that killed 75-year-old Marvin Hajos in accordance...
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Cassowary
April 14, 2019 - 7:05 am
ALACHUA (AP) — A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida, authorities said Saturday. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property...
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April 11, 2019 - 6:59 am
GAINESVILLE (AP) — It appears three children were wearing seatbelts when they were ejected from a church van in a fiery, Jan. 3 crash that killed seven people on Interstate 75 in Florida, according to a report released Wednesday. The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report is part...
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Alachua County Sheriff's Office
April 11, 2019 - 6:52 am
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Authorities say an Ocala rapper threatened to shoot up a University of Florida football game and possibly commit violence at a nightclub. The Gainesville Sun reports that 26-year-old Christopher Maurice "Wb Jun" McCallum was arrested Tuesday and charged with threatening a mass...
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Marion County Sheriff's Office
April 01, 2019 - 6:23 am
OCALA (AP) — A deputy and a jail nurse have been disciplined after an inmate in the Marion jail overdosed on heroin and fentanyl. Lorraine Gardner died in September after authorities say an inmate in the suicide prevention room smuggled drugs in her genitals and gave them to 22-year-old Gardner,...
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Marion County Sheriff's Office
March 29, 2019 - 7:54 am
OCALA -- Allyn Gilbert has been formally charged with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Layton and Donna Underwood. The Underwoods were reported missing in early January. Gilbert, former stepson of Layton Underwood, was listed as a person of interest by Marion County Sheriff’s...
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Marion County Sheriff's Office
March 25, 2019 - 7:02 am
SUMMERFIELD (AP) — Local authorities have recovered a hot air balloon stolen from its owner in Indiana. The Marion County Sheriff's Office got a tip Saturday from police in Bloomington, Indiana, that the stolen balloon had been spotted at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival. That tip wasn't full...
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March 11, 2019 - 4:51 am
HIGH SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say a Florida toddler was mauled to death by a family member's dogs. The County Sheriff’s Office reports the attack occurred Friday morning at a High Springs home. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office says the 2-year-old boy was with his grandmother as she went to her...
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Alachua County Sheriff's Office
February 27, 2019 - 7:48 am
MICANOPY -- With assistance from the Alachua County Medical Examiner's Office, forensic investigators with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office have identified a body found in Micanopy as a missing 20-year-old man from Gilchrist County. Daniel Schweitzer had been missing since February 3rd...
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Dreamstime
January 14, 2019 - 7:21 pm
LIVE OAK (AP) — Authorities in Florida say three young children playing outside climbed into an unplugged chest freezer and died when they couldn't get out. The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says the children, ages 1, 4, and 6, couldn't be revived when they were found Sunday at a home in Live...
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