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Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 2:58 a.m.

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FYI:MLK Day closings

Here is a list of the agencies and services that will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday:

  • The Alachua County Library District headquarters and branch libraries will be closed Monday.
  • The Alachua County Courthouse, State Attorney's Office, Property Appraiser's Office and Tax Collector's Office will be closed Monday.
  • All city and county offices will be closed Monday.
  • The Regional Transit System will not have service Monday.
  • No trash will be collected in Gainesville or Alachua County on Monday. Pickups will move back one day until the following Monday. For example, if your trash is normally picked up on Monday, it will be Tuesday, and so on.
  • Banks and credit unions will be closed Monday.
  • Alachua County schools, the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College have suspended classes on Monday.
  • The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday, and no mail will be delivered.

  • Here is a list of the agencies and services that will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday:
    FYI: MLK Day closings
  • The Alachua County Library District headquarters and branch libraries will be closed Monday.
  • The Alachua County Courthouse, State Attorney's Office, Property Appraiser's Office and Tax Collector's Office will be closed Monday.
  • All city and county offices will be closed Monday.
  • The Regional Transit System will not have service Monday.
  • No trash will be collected in Gainesville or Alachua County on Monday. Pickups will move back one day until the following Monday. For example, if your trash is normally picked up on Monday, it will be Tuesday, and so on.
  • Banks and credit unions will be closed Monday.
  • Alachua County schools, the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College have suspended classes on Monday.
  • The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday, and no mail will be delivered.

    Interstate 75 accident leaves Utah man dead

  • A 36-year-old Utah man was killed Saturday after the tractor-trailer he was driving spun out of control while trying to avoid an oncoming vehicle, a Florida Highway Patrol report said.
    The man, Glenn Curfew, was traveling north on Interstate 75 near mile-marker 370 when a trailer being towed by James Bradford, 18, of Lake Worth, broke free.
    According to the report, Curfew's vehicle swerved to avoid a collision with Bradford's trailer, but it jackknifed and flipped in the process. Traffic in the center and outside lanes near the accident were blocked immediately following the incident, delaying northbound vehicles for nearly four hours.
    - Greg C. Bruno

    Man arrested, charged with attempted murder

  • Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged a Hawthorne man with attempted murder on Friday, alleging that he tried to suffocate his wife.
    Deputies reported that Edward Frank Kehler, 60, of 21721 SE 71st Ave., attempted to kill his 77-year-old wife of almost 10 years at their home.
    His wife, however, fought so hard that Kehler let her go, according to an Alachua County Sheriff's Office report.
    The woman was treated by emergency medical personnel and released, the report stated. After he was read his rights, Kehler told police that his wife was ill and he could not bear the stress of taking care of her anymore, the report stated.
    Reached on Saturday night, Kehler's wife said she was not hurt and that because of a mental illness Kehler should return to the veteran's hospital.
    - Douane D. James

    Bus driver charged with raping woman

  • Gainesville Police arrested a Regional Transit System bus driver Friday on charges of raping a 23-year-old Gainesville woman after their date.
    Richard A. Pacheco, 26, of 1805 SW 40th Terrace, Apt. D, was arrested after the woman reported the sexual battery and picked him out of a photo lineup, according to a police report.
    The woman told police that Pacheco raped her in her apartment Thursday night after they saw a movie and had dinner together.
    After he was read his rights, Pacheco told police that the sex was consensual and denied causing any bruising or injury to the woman, the report said.
    - Douane D. James

    Composite is released of credit union suspect

  • The Alachua County Sheriff's Office released on Saturday a composite drawing of a man suspected of attempting to rob a southwest Gainesville credit union Friday evening.
    Police say the man entered Campus USA Credit Union at SW 34th Street and 20th Avenue about 5 p.m. He had a handgun and ordered bank employees to fill his backpack with money.
    While tellers were complying with his demands, the man fled from the bank without his backpack or any cash.
    Sheriff's Deputy Blair Davison said the holdup is being considered an armed robbery attempt, despite the man's premature departure from the credit union.
    The suspect is said to be a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds.
    Anyone with information can call Sheriff's Detective Dale Buffenmyer at 955-1818 or CrimeStoppers at 372-7867.
    - Greg C. Bruno

    Brush fire burns close to gated community

  • A rapidly spreading 5-acre brush fire came within 50 feet of homes in a gated community southwest of Gainesville before fire departments extinguished it, Alachua County Fire Rescue spokesman Justin Lagotic said.
    At approximately 4:23 p.m. Saturday, ACFR and Newberry's fire department responded to a burn adjacent to homes in The Trails community on SW 182 Drive, west of Jonesville, Lagotic said. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is being investigated by the state Division of Forestry.
    - Greg C. Bruno

    Freezing temperatures should end on Monday

  • Forecasters say the string of freezing overnight temperatures in the area will end come Monday morning.
    Today, skies should be mostly sunny with temperatures climbing to the mid-50s.
    For Monday, forecasters expected overnight lows in the upper 20s accompanied by widespread frost. Under clear skies, daytime highs should reach the mid-60s.
    - Douane D. James
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