Police beat and community briefs for Jan. 7, 2013


Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.

Police beat

School bus collides with SUV; no injuries reported

No one was injured when a school bus carrying 27 students collided with an SUV that had veered into the path of the bus Monday morning.

The Newberry Christian Community School bus was traveling east on Newberry Road at 7:45 a.m. when the driver of a 2004 Dodge SUV, also traveling east, lost control of the SUV and came to a stop in front of the bus, according to a report by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper J.W. Smith.

Smith wrote that the bus driver, Cassandra E. Wheaton, 34, of Newberry, tried to avoid the SUV, but the front right of the bus struck the right rear of the SUV. The driver of the SUV, Justin Robert Snively, 16 of Gainesville, was charged with failure to maintain his lane, according to the FHP report.

— Staff report

Community

Signs warn of pending NW 16th Avenue roadwork

Local drivers might have noticed signs on Northwest 43rd Street announcing roadwork would start this week.

Construction will be happening, but not on that street. The signs on Northwest 43rd Street are actually referencing the work that’s being started on Northwest 16th Avenue, said Brian Singleton of Alachua County Public Works. Signs also were posted on Northwest 34th Street for the same project, which will involve resurfacing among various other improvements.

There weren’t a lot of places to post signs closer to the project, Singleton said, so the county had to position some farther away from the action.

— Morgan Watkins

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