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Three Questioned in Alachua Shooting

ALACHUA – “The Alachua Police Department (APD) has recently interviewed three men allegedly involved in a shooting incident in Alachua,” according to Public Information Officer (PIO) Sgt. Jesse Sandusky.

According to witness comments, which Sandusky says are conflicting, the incident may have begun with an altercation earlier in the day, Saturday, July 9, in the Pine Ridge neighborhood in Gainesville.

According to witness statements, twenty-six-year-old Elboric Robinson and twenty-five-year-old Jeffery Robinson, Jr. were outside at 15418 N.W. 134th Terrace. A white Nissan Sentra rental car, allegedly driven by a female, drove up and gunshots rang out.

Some witnesses say another person in the vehicle may have been twenty-four-year-old Richard Snead, Jr. of Gainesville, but Sandusky says, “That's unclear at this time.”

“It is also unclear who rented the vehicle,” said Sandusky, who emphasized the incident is still under investigation and details are not known at this time.

Initial reports indicated that a black male wearing blue basketball shorts and a white tank top opened fire on the two subjects standing in their front yard. However, the vehicle has been processed by the Alachua County Sheriff's Crime Scene Investigation team and, Sandusky said, “bullet holes were found in the vehicle.”

“At this time,” said Sandusky, “it's unclear who was shooting at whom.”

APD responded to multiple calls regarding the shooting at approximately 7:16 p.m., according to Sandusky's press release. “Three of our officers arrived on scene and made contact with several witnesses,” he said. “Our department is currently following up on leads and should have a clearer picture of the details in the near future.”

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Splish-Splash at Alachua's splash park

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ALACHUA -- A busy place this time of year, the splash park at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua offers a refreshing playground for area children to cool off. Dozens of kids played in the water Wednesday afternoon.

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Woman's Club Named '2015 Florida Club of the Year'

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Carole Tate, President of the GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, accepted the GFWC Florida 2015 Club of the Year award on behalf of her club members.


HIGH SPRINGS – The 84-member GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club received recognition for their club's efforts during the GFWC Florida Federation of Women's Clubs 121st Annual Convention on May 20. The state organization has more than 400 clubs in Florida and singled out the High Springs club as GFWC Florida 2015 Club of the Year.

At the same convention, held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, the GFWC New Century Woman's Club also received recognition in several areas within Category 4, which is the second largest category.

They received first place for Legislation and Public Policy, Membership and for their informative Newsletter. The group took second place in the areas of Communications and Public Relations, Conservation, Domestic Violence Awareness and Education and third place in the area of Presidents Projects for their Canine Companions project. In addition, the group received Honor Score for fundraising and other donations provided to the federation organization.

In the Arts and Crafts area, Katherine Rothgeb took first place for her mixed media entry, Debbie Wolnewitz took third place for her floral design and Karen Wheary received honorable mention for her portrait photo. Photos of these arts and crafts were featured in the April 7 edition of Alachua County Today Newspaper.

“Our group really works hard all year long and I am extremely pleased the state organization recognized our efforts,” said Carole Tate, President, GFWC New Century Woman's Club. “We have women in our organization who are dedicated to helping our community in several different areas. It is a delight to represent such a hard-working group of women,” said Tate.

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High Springs Vigil for Orlando Shooting Victims

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HIGH SPRINGS – A brief vigil was held Saturday evening, June 18, at the Gazebo in James Paul Park in remembrance of the 49 people slain on Sunday, June 12, in Orlando. The names and ages of all 49 people were read aloud as people held lit candles in memory of those lost in the shooting at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub.

Bob Watson, Christine New and her daughter, Kaitlin New, organized the vigil with help from other community members who supplied music, flowers, and candles. Christine, Kaitlin, Suzie Ann Clark, Chandler Sheffield, Leda Carrero and Amanda Rodriguez took turns reading the names until all had been read. “The youngest person slain was 18-year-old Akyra Monet Murray,” said Christine.

The names of the other 48 people killed in Orlando are as follows: Stanley Almodovar III, 23, Amanda Alvear, 25,Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26, Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33, Antonio Davon Brown, 29, Darryl Roman Burt II, 29, Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28, Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25, Luis Daniel Conde, 39, Cory James Connell, 21, Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25, Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25, Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26, Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22, Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, Paul Terrell Henry, 41, Frank Hernandez, 27, Miguel Angel Honorato, 30, Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30, Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32, Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21, Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25, Kimberly Morris, 37, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36, Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35, Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25, Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24, Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24, Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33, Martin Benitez Torres, 33, Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24, Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37, Luis S. Vielma, 22, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 and Jerald Arthur Wright, 31.

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High Springs Really is 'Gator Country'

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The High Springs Police Department conducted over 100 traffic stops over the Memorial Day weekend holiday. But the incident creating the most interest was an alligator feeding on a dead deer on the side of U.S. Highway 441. L-R: HSPD Sergeant Dustin Shenk and Office Adam Joy responded to the alligator incident.

HIGH SPRINGS – High Springs Police officers had their hands full this three-day Memorial weekend with everything from multiple arrests, traffic stops, an alcohol-related accident and an alligator holding up traffic on U.S. Highway 441.

“It was busy, that's for sure,” said Lt. Antoine Sheppard.

The High Springs Police Department (HSPD) deployed additional officers during the weekend in anticipation of a busy holiday. “Gilchrist and Alachua County Sheriff's officers also assisted in traffic enforcement along County Road 340,” said Sheppard.

HSPD conducted more than 118 traffic stops over the course of the holiday weekend, netting eight arrests. Charges ranged from drug-related issues to administration of active arrest warrants.

With all the excitement and traffic in the area, the item that garnered the most attention was a video and photos posted on the HSPD's Facebook page of a young alligator feasting on a dead deer by the side of U.S. Highway 441 near Bev's Better Burgers.

“This thing has gone viral,” said Sheppard. “We have had a lot more hits and comments than ever before since we uploaded the videos and photos of the incident,” said Sheppard. “It has also been picked up by WJXT Channel 4 in Jacksonville.”

The incident occurred Monday when a juvenile alligator meandered over to the dead animal along the highway. Cars stopped as the alligator crossed the road.

With assistance from the Florida Wildlife Commission, HSPD officers were able to safely capture the loose alligator as it was becoming a hazard. The gator was moved and relocated to a safe area away from the public.

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