Category : Virginia

Southeast / Virginia - 21 hours ago

After 50 years, Sears will close doors

On social media Friday, longtime Gainesville residents fondly recalled the escalator in the Gainesville Mall location and lamented current employees losing their jobs. Andrew Caplan @AACaplan After about 50 years anchoring two malls in Gainesville,...

Southeast / Virginia - 22 hours ago

Trenton aches after officers shot

“We’re a going-to-church community. We’re all well-mannered. You never expect foolishness like this from anyone,” one resident said. Daniel Smithson @DanielTSmithson At Ace China in Trenton Friday morning, yellow crime scene tape strung up the day b...

Southeast / Virginia - 1 day ago

UF Medical Guild accepting grant applications

Staff report The University of Florida Medical Guild is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations to fund health-related projects until June 30. The group has $50,000 available to give, with the maximum of $8,000 per grant. Last yea...

Southeast / Virginia - 1 day ago

Panhandler charged with disrupting traffic

The county allows panhandling on roadsides as long as it doesn't interfere with traffic. Panhandling from the median was directly affecting traffic, the deputy reported. Cindy Swirko @CindySwirko Some motorists see panhandlers on the roadside and ig...

Southeast / Virginia - 1 day ago

Chiefland man charged in burglaries

Staff report A Chiefland man was nabbed in a handful of burglaries Thursday after Gainesville Police say he cut himself on a smashed window, arrest reports show. Troy R. Ellis, 26, of 15131 NW 71st Terrace, was charged with three counts of armed bu...

Southeast / Virginia - 1 day ago

Man, 35, charged in hotel fraud scheme

Chavers schemed to scam the Hampton Inn at 101 SE First Ave. in Gainesville, as well as a Double Tree by Hilton, also in Gainesville, the report said. An associate of Chavers told investigators he preferred to use the Hiton Honors phone app to rent...

Southeast / Virginia - 1 day ago

Trenton in shock after officers shot

'Going-to-church' Trenton wakes to tragedy. Daniel Smithson @DanielTSmithson At Ace China in Trenton Friday morning, yellow crime tape strung up Thursday had been taken down from around the restaurant, and the major law enforcement presence had diss...

Southeast / Virginia - 1 day ago

Eastside High students take part in walkout

Cleveland Tinker @ClevelandTinker Students at Eastside High School joined others around the nation in a National School Walkout. Organized by students at the school, the walkout at Eastside involved going to the school’s track and field area to hea...

Southeast / Virginia - 1 day ago

Man, 34, charged in sexual battery

Staff report A 34-year-old man was charged with touching a girl inappropriately over the last 1½ months, Gainesville Police reported. Joshua L. Sorrell, whose address wasn't listed, was charged with sexual battery of a victim between 12 and 18 year...

Southeast / Virginia - 2 days ago

Faculty votes to support workers

The University of Florida Faculty Senate voted Thursday to recommend UF find a way to transition long-term temporary employees to full-time positions with benefits. Deborah Strange @DeborahJStrange The University of Florida Faculty Senate voted Thur...

Southeast / Virginia - 2 days ago

City joins lawsuit over gun rules

As the law now stands, county and municipal governments can’t enforce stricter gun regulations than the state. If they do, elected officials risk being removed from office and are subject to a $5,000 fine. Andrew Caplan @AACaplan Gainesville will be...

Southeast / Virginia - 2 days ago

City of Gainesville approves body cams for police

GPD will equip officers with body cameras and Tasers. Andrew Caplan @AACaplan The Gainesville City Commission on Thursday approved the future purchase of 107 body cameras and 190 Tasers for Gainesville police officers. The devices will be synced tog...