Clay county leaders are fighting over a future referendum. The Clay county commission voted to delay a ballot measure to let voters decide how the school superintendent is chosen. The school board wants voters to consider the proposal this November. But the county commission wants residents to wait until 2016. More>>
On Friday morning a local resident found a child's body inside this Live Oak swamp and police say they can now positively identify that body as missing autistic nine-year-old, Leo Walker.Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams says, "DNA confirmed that the juvenile body that was found here in Live Oak is indeed that of Leo Walker, the autistic child that ran away on the 13th of August in our city."He says because of the autopsy results, police are ruling out foul play. Chief Williams says, "The ... More>>
After two weeks the Pedro Bravo murder trial is over. The verdict is in and so is his sentence. It took the jury just 3 hours to find Pedro Bravo guilty for the 1st degree murder of UF Student Christian Aguilar as well as guilty on 6 other counts.
After two weeks the Pedro Bravo murder trial is wrapping up. Both the state and defense made their closing arguments today. GTN's Hailey Holloway has been in the courtroom listening to both sides. She joins us live with more on the final statements.
Nine-year-old special needs child Leo Walker has been missing since 4 AM Wednesday. Early this morning, a child's body was found in a Live Oak pond. GTN's Mayci McLeod has the details. A dozen law enforcement agencies and more than 300 local volunteers have been searching the city of Live Oak for Leo Walker. Leo was reported missing early Wednesday morning and police were told he wandered away from his house. Today, the body of a child was found in a pond less than half a mile from Leo Walker... More>>
FDLE investigators say the recovered body of a child could be that of a missing 9-year-old boy. Searchers found the body in a pond today near Leo Walker's house in Live Oak. Walker Disappeared early Wednesday morning. Investigators say they have not identified the remains and they're not sure if the child is Leo Walker. More>>
In a shocking twist to the Pedro Bravo murder trial, Bravo decided this morning he would take the stand. He still maintains he did not murder his best friend and UF student, Christian Aguilar in 2012. GTN's Hailey Holloway has been in the courtroom listening to his story. She joins us live with more on what Bravo had to say.
Leo Walker, a 9-year-old autistic boy, is still missing from Live Oak. He first disappeared from his home around 4 AM Wednesday. Today, Live Oak Police, FDLE, the FBI, and a dozen other agencies joined together looking for Leo. GTN's Mayci McLeod has more on the search efforts. One member of the volunteer search team, Lesley Ezell, says, "You can't stop. There's no way that you can stop until you have him home safe."Nine-year-old special needs child, Leo Walker, has now been missing for more ... More>>
Today is Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day. $1 or more from every Blizzard purchased will be donated to a local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For us, that's UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. More>>
The Division of Emergency management wants to remind us -- Ten years ago today, Hurricane Charley made landfall at Punta Gorda in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. More>>
The plot thickens in the Pedro Bravo murder trial. Bravo's cellmate testifies giving Bravo's full confession, and new details about his plan we have never heard before. Part of that plan started out at Streits motorsports in Gainesville. That's where we find GTN's Hailey Holloway live with the cellmate's account of what he says is Bravo's real story.
Gainesville Police are cracking down on synthetic marijuana, or spice. GPD arrested four people Tuesday in Bo Diddley Plaza for smoking spice. Spice is illegal in the state of Florida, but it's difficult for police to make arrests because the law specifies 90 illegal chemical compounds, which aren't apparent by just looking at the drug. GPD Spokesman Officer Ben Tobias says, "We could not make any arrests because we had no way to prove that it was those specific chemical compounds."But now GP... More>>
The Symposium will examine the challenges and triumphs of Alachua County residents after the Civil War. Dr. Paul Ortiz will discuss Mathew Lewey, one of the first licensed African American lawyers in Florida. Dr. Gallman will discuss African American Union soldiers who settled in Florida. More>>
Live Oak police are searching for a missing 9 year old autistic boy. Police say Leo Walker has been missing since about four this morning. He is about 87 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. If anyone has seen Leo or knows where he is, call 9-1-1 or the Live Oak Police Department at (386) 362-2222. More>>
Union County is declaring a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drugs. Last year, there were 8,300 drug related deaths in Florida. Union County hopes to see this number drop significantly by partnering with other local agencies. Sheriffs from across North Central Florida gathered at the Union County line this morning to solidify a plan to eradicate drugs from the area. Sheriffs from Union, Alachua, Baker, Bradford, and Columbia counties attended the reveal of the new Union County "Zero Dru... More>>
A 69-year-old woman was kidnapped at knife point in Ocala yesterday evening. A man was hiding in the backseat of her car, put a knife to her neck, and told her to drive. He eventually told her to pull over to the side of SR40 and beat her with a leather club. More>>
Deputies and Detention Officers alike are experiencing the Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS), a scenario based shoot/don't shoot situation during this interactive training exercise. More>>
In addition to bringing these celebrities to speak to the children about the importance of staying in school, the station will be donating 150 back to school backpacks stuffed with school supplies, sponsored in part by Meldon Law. More>>
We are now in the second week of the Pedro Bravo murder trial. Bravo is accused of the 2012 1st degree murder of his friend and UF student Christian Aguilar. GTN's Hailey Holloway is at the courthouse again this week. That's where we find her live with the latest on Bravo's story.
All local public schools have scheduled a time for families to visit their campus and meet their child's teachers ahead of that first day. Students and parents can check out their classrooms, and those who are new to a school can also become familiar with the school's layout, procedures and other important details. More>>
On the 5th day of the Pedro Bravo murder trial, the prosecution is more than half way through its list of witnesses. GTN's Hailey Holloway has been sitting in the courtroom today and is live with the latest. More>>
The food truck scene is growing in the city of Gainesville. And to keep up with the customer demand, the Gainesville City Commission voted to loosen some of the regulations surrounding food trucks in the downtown area. Commissioner Lauren Poe says, "I hope you have a hungry stomach, because a lot more food trucks are coming."Charlie's Snow Shack is a local food truck serving Hawaiian shaved ice. The owner, Charles Smith, says food trucks develop such a following because they allow for a close... More>>
We continue our coverage of the Pedro Bravo trial with new evidence presented in court today. And during day four of the trial, GPD forensic investigator Marc Trahan spent the entire morning on the witness stand. GTN's Hailey Holloway has been keeping track of all of that new evidence today.
School starts in just over a week--August 18th. And one thing all kids are required to have on the first day is an up to date vaccination record. August is one of the busiest months for the Alachua County Health Department because parents are remembering their kids need back to school vaccinations. RN Supervisor at the Alachua County Health Department, Michael Smith, says, "I think people don't really focus on immunizations much. It's mostly back to school supplies, but immunizations definite... More>>
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