Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sinkhole Closes I-75 Southbound Lane near Alachua

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sinkhole Closes I-75 Southbound Lane near Alachua

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A 15- to 20-foot deep sinkhole that formed in the right lane of Interstate 75 southbound just north of the Alachua exit has prompted a shift in the traffic pattern on part of the interstate.

State transportation department crews found the sinkhole Monday, but it appeared to be a minor depression, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. By Tuesday morning, the sinkhole was increasing in depth and was about 2 to 3 feet wide.

Crews are conducting boring operations to further evaluate the size and extent of the sinkhole. The right lane of I-75 southbound will be closed for at least three days while a grout mixture is pumped into the sinkhole, according to the Highway Patrol.

The traffic change has resulted in some congestion and slower travel at peak times, according to officials.



A birthday computer bought at a St. Johns County pawn shop last month led authorities to man who was arrested Tuesday on felony child pornography charges, authorities said.

Jeramy Lee Graham, 30, of the 900 block of Kings Estates Road, was identified as the man who pawned a computer that was bought Feb. 18 as a present. The buyer told investigators that, before giving the computer to his daughter, he found pornographic images on the machine's hard drive. A forensic exam by investigators found six movie files and more than 10 photographs that appeared to be of children engaged in sex. Thousands of sexually explicit photographs were also discovered on the computer, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Graham was being held Tuesday in the St. Johns County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail on a charge of sexual performance by a child with intent to promote.

Dana Treen


Authorities are investigating a fire Monday that damaged a Jacksonville house as an arson.

Firefighters were called to 1420 W. 22nd St. about 9:15 a.m., shortly after a witness saw a homeless woman leaving the residence and smoke coming out of the windows, a Sheriff's Office report said. …

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