Library bomb threat brought Levy County police dog to Gainesville

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 12:34 a.m.

A Levy County police dog was so in demand in Gainesville on Tuesday night that he got picked up by helicopter and flown to the city.

Levy County Deputy Kevin Kinik and his K-9 partner Rossi, who is trained to sniff bombs, were needed here to search the Alachua County Library downtown after a bomb threat was called in.

Because of the size of the library — 86,000 square feet — Gainesville police needed extra help to search. The quickest way to get Kinik and Rossi here was by the police helicopter.

"It was a bomb threat and with all of that space it would have been a safety issue and would have taken forever [to search] without that dog," GPD Cpl. Tscharna Senn said. "Levy County was the closest one that they could get to at the time."

A bomb-sniffing team from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office — deputy Brian Ritter and Razor — were able to join the search later. No bomb was found.

Levy County Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan said he is not aware of one of the agency's dogs previously being flown to an assignment.

"With it being a public place and trying to handle it in an expedient manner, they sent the helicopter over," Sullivan said.

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A woman who was caught drinking a can of beer in public landed in jail not only on those charges, but also on an animal cruelty charge when officials reported seeing her kill a small bird at the jail.

The arrest report for Sandra L. Williams, 46, of Gainesville, states that she stomped on a small bird with her right foot in the vestibule on the booking area at the Alachua County jail on Tuesday afternoon.

Williams was taken to the jail by Gainesville police when she was caught with a can of Natural Light beer and refused to give a thumb print on a citation requiring her to appear in court.

A small bird was in the vestibule when they arrived. Williams killed it with her right foot, the report states.

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