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Suiting up for safety
Suiting up for safety

University Police Officer Angela Mandrell properly fits a bike helmet on 6-year-old Monique Underberger during the first Safe Kids Bike Fest held at Kiwanis Safety City on Saturday. Mandrell said that using a bike helmet reduces the chance of injury by 88 percent. The event was organized by the Alachua County Safe Kids Coalition.

TRISTAN MAHER/Special to The Sun
Published: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 12:07 a.m.

FAA, NTSB officials start reviewing crash

  • EDGEWATER - Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrived Sunday at the site of a plane crash in which four people were killed, officials said.

    Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said Sunday investigators believe the pilot of the plane was Scott Shaw, 31, of Sanford. His wife, Lisa Shaw, 30, was also believed to be a passenger.

    The identities of the other victims are presumed to be Kathleen Stanley, 53, of Bowmansville, N.Y., and her 29-year-old son, Kevin W. Stanley of Lancaster, N.Y.

    Lookout convicted in fast-food murder

  • WEST PALM BEACH - A man who served as a lookout during a fast-food restaurant robbery was convicted of murder in the shooting death of the teenage manager.

    Otto Wright's jury was sequestered after it began deliberations Thursday and returned the first-degree murder verdict Saturday.

    Nicholas Megrath, 18, was taped to a chair and shot once in the head at close range at Chick-fil-A in the Palm Beach Mall in 1999.

    A previous jury deadlocked on the same charges against Wright, 21, in October. His lawyers say they will appeal. Two other men were arrested, but prosecutors didn't file any charges for lack of evidence.

    Man charged with taping child sex acts

  • PANAMA CITY - A 37-year-old Bay County man remained jailed Sunday on charges that he videotaped himself having sexual relations with three girls, one as young as 3 years old, officials said.

    Benjamin Coker was arrested Friday after investigators found the videos after searching the man's home, Bay County sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Sasser said. Coker is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

    Coker intended to sell the videos, saying on one of the tapes that a scene of him molesting one of the girls was worth $1,000, officials said.

    The other girls were 7 and 11 years old, officials said. The oldest girl told child protection officials on Wednesday that Coker had molested her and recorded the acts with a hand-held video camera.

    A sheriff's spokesman said Sunday investigators have not determined how Coker came into contact with the girls.

    - Compiled from The Associated Press

    Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

  • The Alachua County Library District headquarters and branch libraries will be closed today.

  • The Alachua County Courthouse, State Attorney's Office, Property Appraiser's Office and Tax Collector's Office will be closed today.

  • All city and county offices will be closed today.

  • Banks and credit unions will be closed today.

  • Alachua County schools, the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College have suspended classes today.

  • The U.S. Postal Service will be closed today, and no mail will be delivered.

  • The Regional Transit System will not have service today. For general RTS information, call (352) 334-2600.

  • No trash will be collected today in Gainesville or Alachua County. Pickups will be pushed back by one day until next Monday. For example, if your trash is normally picked up today, it will be Tuesday, and so on.

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