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As part of his investiture ceremony Friday, Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge David A. Glant is helped by his wife Casey Glant in putting on his robe before a standing-room-only crowd at the Alachua County Courthouse in Gainesville.

(MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun)
Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 2:01 a.m.

POLICE BEAT: Area man charged with sexual battery

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday after police said he raped a woman in his apartment.

The woman was temporarily living at the man's apartment in the 4000 block of NW 13th Street when the attack happened Dec. 28, according to the arrest report.

The man pinned the woman down and though she repeatedly told him to stop, he raped her, according to the report.

The woman, a Lake City resident, reported the incident. A forensic exam found injuries on the victim that were consistent with nonconsensual sex, according to the report.

Police charged David Kelly Reynolds, 32, with sexual battery. Reynolds told authorities the sex was consensual.

- Kathy Ciotola

Woman who died in fire is identified

LAKE CITY - A woman who died in a weekend house fire in Columbia County has been identified, police reported.

Alice Gibson, 39, lived at 603 1/2 Wilson St., where a fire broke out early on Jan. 25. A report by the medical examiner determined she died from smoke inhalation, Lake City Police Capt. Gary Laxton said.

Because of the fire damage, investigators had been unable to identify her body without further examination.

Another person injured in the fire, Emanuel Terry Mathews, 55, remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at Shands at the University of Florida.

Investigators reported that space heaters inside the house had caused the fire.

- Lise Fisher

Deputies arrest 14 on drug charges

Alachua County Sheriff's deputies arrested 14 people Thursday in connection with an operation targeting residents' complaints about "street corner" drug dealers.

Charges for the 10 men and four women ranged from the sale of cocaine to possession of marijuana. Three of the people were arrested because warrants were pending against them for traffic or violation of probation charges.

The arrests were made throughout the day and around the county in Archer, Newberry, Hawthorne and Waldo. Additional sweeps are possible, the Sheriff's Office reported.

- Lise Fisher

Woman in building is injured by crash

LAKE CITY - A woman was injured Friday afternoon when she was pinned between a car and a building.

The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. when a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by William Sterling, 64, of Lake City, slowed to turn right off of U.S. 90 into the Hangar 7 bar parking lot, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 2001 Dodge pickup driven by Robert E. Philipp, 41, rear-ended the Chevrolet, which then hit the building, according to FHP.

Alice Anderson, who was in the building, was hit and pinned between the wall and the bar, according to FHP. The incident happened near the drive-through window, FHP Lt. Mike Burroughs said.

Anderson was brought to Shands at Lakeshore. Anderson was not listed as a patient there Friday night.

Philipp, of Fernandina Beach, was cited for careless driving.

- Kathy Ciotola

COMMUNITY: Weather officials warn of dense fog

Dense fog in parts of North Florida may lead to hazardous driving conditions this morning, weather officials warned Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for Clay and Putnam counties, as well as other East Florida counties.

Fog may reduce visibility to less than one quarter of a mile. Drivers are advised to use caution and slow down because objects on and near roadways will be seen only at close range. Reaction time to avoid an accident will be at a minimum, according to the National Weather Service.

A dense fog advisory is issued when the fog will substantially reduce visibilities, resulting in hazardous driving conditions in some areas.

The fog should begin to lift early this morning.

- Kathy Ciotola

Southeast to add planes with more room

Getting a flight from Gainesville to Atlanta might get a little easier come mid-February.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines announced Friday that it will add larger aircraft to two of its seven daily flights from Gainesville Regional Airport to Atlanta.

ASA now uses 50-seat Canadair regional jets for its Gainesville to Atlanta route. But by mid-February, the airline will use 66-seat ATR-72 turboprop aircraft on two of those flights, according to an airport news release.

Ridership at the airport has grown during the last year, after years of steady decline, as local fliers abandoned Gainesville for larger airports. Airport officials have attributed the rise in part to the growing inconvenience caused by post-Sept. 11 security procedures at large airports.

- Tim Lockette

Marine Corps League seeks help for families

The Gator Detachment of the Marine Corps League is issuing an SOS - Serve Our Service people.

With Marine Reservists in the North Florida area being activated, many families are being left without their father/mother or breadwinner.

The Gator Detachment, the VFW Post 2811 and other veterans groups are trying to help fill that void in such varied things as lawn maintenance, home repairs, baby-sitting, pet care or even grocery shopping.

The Marine Corps League and the VFW is urging anyone who can help to call 222-7704 or 376-7660.

- Sun staff report

HIGHER EDUCATION: Physics symposium honors UF professor

The University of Florida physics department will host a physics symposium today and Sunday to honor the 60th birthday of UF physics professor Pierre Ramond. The conference will feature guest lecturers from around the country, including a Nobel Prize winner and a Fields Medalist.

Speakers include Murray Gell-Mann, a 1969 Nobel Prize recipient known as the originator of the quark model of fundamental particles. Also speaking will be Ed Witten, a Princeton University physics professor and a 1990 Fields Medal recipient.

The lectures will take place in the New Physics Building auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Ramond, who has been at UF since 1980, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Physical Society. In 1996, he received the UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award, which is the highest honor given to a UF faculty member.

For more information, visit www.phys.ufl.edu/pierrefest/fest_main.html or call Yvonne Dixon at 392-5707.

- Douglas Jordan

UF begins survey of crocodile population

University of Florida wildlife experts have begun a survey of South Florida's American crocodile populations, a study scientists hope will shed light on state efforts to restore the Everglades.

"The crocodile is an excellent indicator of ecosystem health," said Frank Mazzotti, a wildlife scientist with the university's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "So this is a good opportunity to start evaluating Everglades restoration."

During the monthlong investigation, which began Friday, scientists will capture, mark and recapture animals, measuring their growth and survival. American crocodiles are classified as endangered by the federal government, but Mazzotti said he estimates the reptile has made a modest comeback, in part because of aggressive restoration efforts.

"When they were declared endangered 25 years ago, it was estimated that there were around 200 to 400 crocodiles in Florida." Mazzotti said. "Today, we estimate that there are around 1,000."

- Greg C. Bruno

STATE: African `killer bees' discovered in Tampa

TAMPA - State agriculture officials have eradicated swarms of African ``killer bees'' discovered recently in south Tampa.

Five swarms of the honeybees turned up in baited hives at the Port of Tampa in the fall. But it wasn't until a few weeks ago that DNA testing confirmed that the bees, which likely hitched a ride on a freighter, are relatives of the aggressive African variety.

``We want people to know there is a possibility of a swarm being out there that is more defensive than the average bee,'' said Laurence Cutts, the state's chief apiary inspector.

- The Associated Press

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