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World champion swimmer dies in Gainesville while training
Kenneth To, a 26-year-old swimmer from Hong Kong, died on Monday in Gainesville while training with the Gator Swim Club, according to the Associated Press. He became ill during training, and the cause of death is not yet known.
Future of shopping in Gainesville in flux as national retail stores shut doors
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — We’ve witnessed many stores closing across the country, including here in Gainesville, and some are afraid to lose their shopper experience. “I like to make sure it’s perfect in the store because I’ll be really upset if I order it and it comes and doesn’t fit right,” said
We're covering the Gainesville mayoral race
GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB)--- There are four candidates aiming for the mayoral candidacy with their fates in the hands of voters who will be heading to case their ballots. Incumbent Mayor Lauren Poe is running for re-election and he is challenged by Marlon Bruce, a 2-year-old Santa Fe student, Jennif
Dave and Buster's officially coming to Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Celebration Pointe has confirmed to TV20 that Dave & Buster's is coming to Gainesville in early to mid-2020. Gainesville’s Dave and Buster’s will be a new, smaller-sized concept designed for Gainesville’s market size.
Florida sheriff's K-9 credited with massive drug bust
OCALA,Fla. (WFLA) - The Marion County Sheriff's Office is crediting their K-9 "Robo" for a major drug bust. Deputies pulled over a Carl Harris for a suspended drivers license when deputies had K-9 Robo conduct a search of the suspect's car he alerted deputies of drugs in his car.
State Announces Major South Florida Fishing Bust
State wildlife investigators announced Tuesday that they've wrapped up a two-year investigation targeting what they say is a criminal conspiracy in the spiny lobster fishing industry.
Sutton enjoys his first visit to see the Florida Gators
The Florida Gators hosted several top out of state underclassmen on Saturday for the second junior day of the year. 2021 offensive lineman Eli Sutton (6-7, 278, Brentwood, TN. Academy) was on campus for his first visit to Gainesville.
Gainesville and Ocala ranked among the least safe cities in Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Two cities in North Central Florida ranked among the lowest in a list of safest Florida cities. Home security website “Safewise” crunched the crime numbers to find Key Biscayne the safest city in Florida. Of the state’s largest 142 cities, Gainesville ranked 117th and Oca
Gainesville officers hold 'police-themed' party for young boy
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — In a Facebook post, Gainesville Police released a video of a special surprise for one lucky boy on his 5th birthday. 5-year-old Mason, dressed in his own police uniform, was greeted at his school by several members of GPD, including Officer Bobby White and Sgt. John Mazzuc
FDLE: Former trooper had sex with minor
A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper from Newberry who is accused of sexual activity with a minor turned himself in at the Gilchrist County Jail Tuesday morning, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported in a news release.
2 Dead After Charter Bus Traveling from Florida to New York Overturns
VIRGINIA — Two people have died after a charter bus leaving from Orlando overturned on Interstate 95 in Virginia. The Tao's Travel Inc. bus traveling from Florida to New York with 57 people aboard rolled when it ran off the left side of an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Prince George County about 5:22 a
11-year-old Florida girl honored after saving family from house fire
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - An 11-year-old girl will be honored Wednesday as a “Citizen Hero” after she saved her family from a house fire, St. Lucie County Fire District Fire officials said.
'It always feels best to win': Mayor Lauren Poe dominates in race
Gainesville knew who was going to win the election. With three mayoral opponents and a commissioner opponent who had never been elected to a government office, the chances of incumbent candidates Lauren Poe and Adrian Hayes-Santos losing was slim.
Fatal car accident on US-441; at least one dead, two seriously injured
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla.,( WCJB) ---- A fatal car accident was reported in Alachua County on US Highway 441. Traffic had to be rerouted for several hours. Shortly after 5:30 pm Alachua County Fire Rescue and other crews responded to a report of a vehicle accident on southbound US-441 just south of Payne
Gainesville Chick-fil-A to test new side item
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- There's something new on a menu at a popular fast food chain here in town. Chick-fil-A is using their stores in Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona, and the Space Coast, to test out their new Kale Crunch side salad.
Loud blasts near UF on Tuesday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- The University of Florida public safety officials released an alert warning of loud blasts for Tuesday. The explosive blasts will be heard from 10 am to 2 pm at the parking garage construction site on Gale Lemerand Drive to test the foundation of the new garage. A blast w
UF Students, Gainesville Community Remember New Zealand Mosque Shooting Victims
All was still on Turlington Plaza as a verse of the Quran was sung in Arabic. About 150 students, Gainesville residents and community leaders gathered Monday evening around a prayer mat, listened in silence and held carnations in their hands as a University of Florida student sang. The words were me
Amazing Give rallies Gainesville's generosity in 24-hour sprint
The annual Amazing Give fundraiser will begin its 24-hour sprint for donations, raising money for local nonprofits using social media. Donors can choose from 110 nonprofits online beginning Wednesday at 6 p.m., ending with a countdown for the final seconds the next day with a "wrap party" at Fairfie
Getaway driver receives 5 years in shooting after white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech in Gainesville
A Texas man has been sentenced to five years in prison for serving as the getaway driver for a man convicted of shooting at an anti-white-supremacist protester in Gainesville. The Gainesville Sun reports 30-year-old Colton Fears was sentenced Monday. He had pleaded guilty in August to a reduced char
Gainesville man attacked pregnant woman, caught with drugs, police say
GAINESVILE, Fla. (WCJB)-- 22-year-old Dimitri Michael Viano was taken into custody Saturday after, Gainesville police said, he battered his 14-week pregnant girlfriend. Investigators said Viano and the victim were in a relationship and living together at a campsite.