BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Rebecca Lynn Ruffner, 37, was arrested yesterday afternoon for panhandling on a median on W. Newberry Road.
Ruffner was reportedly standing on a median with a sign asking for money at 7600 W. Newberry Road at 2:45 p.m. yesterday when she was arrested. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy who arrested her wrote that Ruffner has been warned in the past about obstructing traffic and unlawful use of a State transportation right-of-way.
She was charged with using the right-of-way of a State transportation facility outside an incorporated municipality in any way that interferes with the safe and efficient movement of people and property from place to place and causing distractions to motorists.
Ruffner was fined in May following a plea of nolo contendere to a charge of trespassing on a State underpass. Her driver’s license has now been suspended because she hasn’t paid the fine. She was also sentenced to 60 days in jail in May for possession of cocaine in a separate case. She has three local felony convictions as well as an out-of-state criminal history.
She is being held on $200 bond on the misdemeanor charge.
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