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Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 1:28 a.m.
Man wanted in murder arrested in Gainesville A South Florida man wanted by Miami police on charges of first-degree murder was arrested in Gainesville on Thursday, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were informed by the Miami Police Department that Michael Reynaldo Paul, 28, was staying at apartment F3 in The Gardens at 75 SW 75th St., Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Steve Maynard said.
Paul is wanted by Miami police on charges of first-degree murder, arson, kidnapping and carjacking, Maynard said.
After verifying there was a warrant for Paul's arrest, the Sheriff's Office SWAT Team entered the apartment at about 4:45 p.m. and arrested Paul without incident, Maynard said.
Maynard said he did not know details about the Miami case.
Detectives with the Miami Police Department could not be reached for comment late Thursday.
Paul is being held at the Alachua County jail.
- Deborah BallThompson appointed interim vet dean James Thompson, who has served on the University of Florida's faculty since 1986, will take over as interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Feb. 20.
Thompson, the college's associate dean for academic and student affairs, will replace Joseph DiPietro, who recently announced that he's leaving to take a vice president's position at the University of Tennessee.
"I am pleased that it's happened rapidly," Thompson said Thursday. "You don't want a college to not be able to move forward."
Thompson expects a national search for a permanent dean to begin shortly after he is appointed, and said it will likely take 10 to 12 months. Thompson, 51, said he will not seek the permanent post.
- Jack StriplingJudge won't halt University Corners Eighth Circuit Judge Robert Roundtree on Thursday turned down a request for an injunction that would have stopped construction of the University Corners project at W. University Avenue and NW 13th Street.
Maui Teriyaki, which is located within the footprint of the University Corners project, sought the injunction due to harm the development would cause to the restaurant's business, University Corners' lawyer Jack Ross said.
Representatives of Maui Teriyaki and University Corners will meet with a mediator today to try to reach a financial settlement that will either move the restaurant out of the building or compensate the company for the construction, Ross said.
- Jeff AdelsonHelp Gainesville celebrate Arbor Day The Gainesville Beautification Board and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs' Parks Division today will plant a 14-foot live oak tree today in Roper Park, at NE 5th Avenue and 2nd Street, as part of an event commemorating Florida Arbor Day.
Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, members of the City Beautification Board and employees of the Parks Division will attend, and the guest speaker will be Mike Marshall, co-owner of the Marshall Tree Farm in Morriston.
Refreshments will be prepared by Eastside High School's Institute of Culinary Arts.
Hartley Leacock and Courtney Bryan, two members of the R&B and jazz group Collective Format, will entertain the crowd by playing trumpet and piano.
The event runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and is open to the public.
- Jenna L. Tighe

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