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Shaken up after collision
Shaken up after collision

Gainesville Fire Rescue workers make sure 18-year-old Lacy Alford is OK after a head-on collision at NW 13th Street and 10th Avenue on Tuesday. Alford was the driver of one of the cars involved in the accident. A passenger in the other vehicle, a minivan, was taken to Shands at AGH as a precautionary measure.

GREG UNDEEN/Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 11:28 p.m.

POLICE BEAT: Head-on crash kills one in Gilchrist County

  • A man died Tuesday morning when authorities said his car crossed the center line and crashed head-on with another car in Gilchrist County.
    Jerry Lee Duggan, 40, of Wellborn was killed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Duggan was driving a 1996 Ford pickup south on U.S. 129 just before 7 a.m. when he crossed the center line into the northbound lane, according to the FHP.
    The truck crashed with a 1994 Plymouth van driven by Martin Gabriel, 51, of Bell, according to FHP.
    Gabriel suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Shands at the University of Florida.
    - Kathy Ciotola

    POLICE BEAT: Scooter thefts at UF spark UPD warning

  • Thieves have made off with at least five scooters on the University of Florida campus recently, and authorities are warning students to lock them up.
    The thefts happened between Sept. 19 and Tuesday, University Police Lt. Joe Sharkey said in a news release.
    The scooters were stolen from Fraternity Row, the Springs Residence area, Norman Hall Garage No. 8 and a motorcycle parking area at North-South Drive/Stadium Road.
    Police remind students to lock the steering wheel, use a lock on the front and rear tires, and try to secure the scooter to a rack.
    UPD is investigating the thefts.
    - Kathy Ciotola

    POLICE BEAT: Police: Man, girlfriend plotted to rob her boss

  • A Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he and his girlfriend cooked up a scheme to steal thousands of dollars from the woman's employer.
    The woman took numerous checks from Rainbow Produce and wrote eight checks totaling $16,499 to her boyfriend, according to the arrest report.
    The report states the man told police he endorsed five of the checks for $9,592 and deposited them into his bank account, and that he said he knew his girlfriend was taking the checks from her job.
    Caleb Borgman, 33, was charged Tuesday with scheme to defraud. Robin Martin, 35, of Gainesville, was arrested earlier this month on charges of forgery and uttering a forged instrument.
    - Kathy Ciotola

    POLICE BEAT: People injured in crash on NW 5th Ave. are ID'd

  • Four Gainesville residents were injured Monday night in a three-car crash in northwest Gainesville.
    Bernice Mobley, 45, was driving west on NW 5th Avenue at 6:30 p.m. when she veered southwest near 15th Street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Mobley's 1997 Chevrolet hit a 2000 Chevrolet heading east on NW 5th Avenue. That car then spun around and hit a 2000 Ford behind it, according to FHP.
    Mobley and her passenger, Nathaniel Mobley, 55, were both injured.
    The driver of the 2000 Chevrolet, Nari Kim, 26, was also injured. The three were transported to local hospitals.
    The driver of the 2000 Ford, Guillermo Ramos, 29, apparently didn't suffer serious injuries. Ramos is a Gainesville police officer.
    No information on their conditions was available Tuesday.
    - Kathy Ciotola

    POLICE BEAT: 365 pounds of cocaine found on semitrailer

  • LIVE OAK - Agriculture inspectors found 365 pounds of cocaine worth more than $4 million on a tractor-trailer that was supposed to be transporting California wine, state officials said Tuesday.
    The driver, Wilson Lopez of Miami, was arrested Monday on a charge of cocaine trafficking, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
    Officers searched Lopez's truck because of irregularities on the shipment documents, and they found six cardboard boxes of cocaine in the nose of the trailer, the department said.
    Lopez, 33, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the first-degree felony charge he faces. He was being held at Suwannee County jail on $4 million bond. Officials did not know if Lopez has an attorney.
    The department staffs 22 inspection stations in north Florida. They check 12 million commercial vehicles annually.
    Officers at the Live Oak station seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana last week and $500,000 of stolen medicine the week before. In late August, officers recovered 60 stolen large-screen TVs.
    - The Associated Press
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