Alachua County

Security guards look on from the City of Miami Beach’s municipal parking lot located at 4621 Collins Avenue which houses a MedRite COVID-19 testing site on April 05, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.
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SKY News
April 06, 2020 - 5:42 am
The Florida Department of Health says more than 296 people have now died of coronavirus as cases in the state have topped 14,700. The state updated its numbers Sunday evening. Those deaths include a Broward County sheriff's deputy who died Friday and a Palm Beach County sheriff's sergeant who...
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Coronavirus shutdown of non-essential businesses in Gainesville and Alachua County
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SKY News
March 24, 2020 - 7:34 am
Alachua County and the City of Gainesville have issued a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic, effective at midnight Tueday. County officials ordered "non-essential business" activity closed. Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson and Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe made...
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Florida parks ordered closed
SKY News
March 20, 2020 - 8:50 am
Alachua County and the City of Gainesville issued a staay-at-home order, closing non-essential businesses. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is issuing an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding area submit to self-quarantine for two weeks...
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August 16, 2019 - 1:19 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend. 31-year-old Nelson Armas was sentenced Wednesday after jurors found him guilty of first-degree murder and other charges. The Alachua County jury deliberated less than six hours...
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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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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 Fire Rescue
January 12, 2019 - 8:47 am
WEST PALM BEACH (AP) — The mother of one of the five children who died in a fiery wreck while on their way to Walt Disney World has filed a lawsuit. The Palm Beach Post reports that attorney Joseph Fried filed the lawsuit Thursday in Palm Beach County against trucker Steve Holland and others on...
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January 06, 2019 - 9:08 am
GAINESVILLE – Campaigns have been established to help the families of the five children and two truck drivers who died in the January 3rd fiery crash on I-75 near Gainesville. Each of the following campaigns are verified by GoFundMe, according to a spokesperson for the website. A GoFundMe page...
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Alachua County Fire Rescue
January 03, 2019 - 10:23 pm
GAINESVILLE (AP) — The Latest on a fatal highway crash in Alachua County (all times local): 7:40 p.m. The truck driver at the center of a fiery Florida crash that killed him, another trucker and five children received several traffic tickets over the years. Court records show 59-year-old Steve...
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Protests outside October speech by Richard Spencer
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January 30, 2018 - 7:41 am
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Days after county officials decided not the charge the University of Florida $302,000 in security costs during a white nationalist speaking event featuring Richard Spencer, the school accidentally paid the entire amount. Now university officials want the money back...
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