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Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 1:16 a.m.

Lake City teenager dies after crash

  • A Lake City teenager died Monday morning after being injured in a crash Sunday that injured two other teenagers in Columbia County.
    Hiedi Jones, 17, died at 6 a.m. Monday at Shands Jacksonville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Jones was riding in the open back of a 1996 Toyota pickup truck driven by Edward Goss, 17, FHP Trooper J.R. Taylor Jr. said. A total of five teens were in the truck, but Jones was the only one in the back.
    Goss was driving south on SW Mixon Road, about eight miles south of Lake City, at 2 p.m. Sunday when the truck traveled off the road and hit a dirt embankment, according to the FHP. The truck rolled over and ejected Jones from the cargo area, Taylor said.
    Two passengers, Eric Britain, 17, and Ashley Hendry, 18, were treated and released from hospitals. Edward Goss and another passenger, Rachelle Goss, 13, had cuts and bruises but didn't require medical treatment. All are from Lake City.
    Taylor said the crash appears to have resulted from careless driving. "They were just playing around; spinning around on the dirt road," he said. None of the victims wore a seat belt.
    - Kathy Ciotola

    Keystone man charged in dogfighting case

  • A Keystone Heights man suspected of raising dogs for fighting was charged by authorities Monday.
    Clay County sheriff's officials charged Joseph K. Lewis, 41, with fighting and/or baiting dogs and with felony animal cruelty.
    Sheriff's officials found 32 dogs at Lewis' home on Dec. 23 while investigating a theft case. The dogs were chained to each other or to trees, and had very little food or water and no shelter, authorities said.
    Because of injuries on the dogs, authorities said they believe Lewis trained the dogs on his property but took them out of Clay County and out of state to fight them.
    Two of the dogs have since died from their injuries and of malnutrition. One, which had been stolen from a local woman, was returned to her. The remaining 29 probably will be put to sleep this week because their training to be fighting dogs makes them poor candidates for adoption, according to Clay County sheriff's officials. But one of the dogs has delivered a healthy litter of puppies and those puppies will probably go up for adoption.
    - Kathy Ciotola

    Public Enemy rapper to speak at ceremony

  • Chuck D., co-founder of the influential rap group Public Enemy, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Black Graduate Student Organization's awards ceremony on Jan. 17 at the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom at the University of Florida.
    The organization's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for UF students and $20 for the general public.
    The event honors UF's black graduate students for community and academic efforts. For more information, call 665-0505
    - Dave Schlenker

    Deadline to sign up for emergency class today

  • Today is the deadline to sign up for a free class that teaches how to prepare for emergencies and disasters.
    The Community Emergency Response Team class is a seven-week, free class that covers introduction to disasters, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue and other topics.
    Each class runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center, 1100 SE 27th St.
    Anyone interested should call the Office of Emergency Management at 264-6500 or visit the Web site at
    - Sun staff report

    Measure would license genetic counselors

  • TALLAHASSEE - Lawmakers are considering whether the state should license genetic counselors, people who help others consider medical choices based on newly available information about their genetic propensity to get certain diseases.
    With the mapping of the human genome and the potential ability to determine whether people - or their unborn children - may be at genetic risk for certain diseases, the field has expanded, Sen. Anna Cowin said.
    "It's been picked up by counselors who aren't medical doctors," said the Leesburg Republican, who is sponsoring a measure that would create a seven-member board to license genetic counselors and set out certain educational guidelines for the profession.
    The bill (CS-SB 506) was approved unanimously Monday by the Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. It still must be approved by four other Senate committees and the full Senate as well as the House.
    - The Associated Press
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