The fix is on after ex-police chief hits wall at station T

Alerting the public Safety refresher Exclusive company


Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.

Former Gainesville Police Chief Atkins Warren left behind a little wreckage when he visited the station in January.

Warren, who was chief from 1980-84, drove his car into a brick wall that separates the visitor's parking lot on Northwest Sixth Street from an officer parking lot just to the east.

"It was minimal damage to his car and about $1,000 damage to the wall," Cpl. Tscharna Senn said. "We haven't gotten it fixed yet. It's been work-ordered out."

Senn said Warren frequently comes to the station and serves on various committees.

Alerting the public

Florida's free system to provide residents with sexual offender and sexual predator address changes is now two years old. Since March 2008, the Offender Alert System has issued more than 2 million notification e-mails.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which provides the service, more than 104,000 people have signed up to receive notifications.

FDLE officials said anyone can sign up for the service by going to http://www.floridaoffenderalert.com.

Safety refresher

In response to several recent, tragic traffic crashes in Levy County, the Sheriff's Office is presenting a free Realities of Driving program at three locations in April.

The two-hour course is designed as a wake-up call for drivers of all ages and is a reality-based presentation on safe driving habits, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The presentations are scheduled for:

    April 13, Williston High School Auditorium, 7 to 9 p.m.

    April 20, in Bronson at the Levy County Sheriff's Office training room, 7 to 9 p.m.

    April 27, Chiefland High School, 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call Lt. Sean Mullins at 352-486-5111.

Exclusive Company

Alachua County's top emergency official recently received his international certification, joining an exclusive group of emergency officials worldwide.

Dave Donnelly, emergency management chief for the Alachua County Department of Public Safety, has been named a certified emergency manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Internationally, there are only 1,449 others who have received the prestigious designation.

Donnelly will be recognized for attaining the designation during the international organization's 58th annual meeting in San Antonio in October.

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