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Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 12:55 a.m.

Man charged in sexual battery at knifepoint

  • A Gainesville man was charged with sexual battery after a woman said he molested her at knifepoint.

    The woman was in the Gainesville Downtown Plaza when Dustin Garner approached her and asked her to go for a walk with him, according to the arrest report.

    Garner, an acquaintance of the woman, walked her to a dark area near the 500 block of SE 4th Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. Monday and molested her, the report states. She told him to stop and he put a knife to her neck, the report states.

    The woman called authorities. Garner, 25, told police the sexual act was consensual and that he had no knife. The man's wife, who watched the two walk away from the plaza, confirmed that he did have a knife, the report states.

    The woman had a cut on her neck that appeared to be consistent to having a knife held against her neck.

    Garner, 3600 Windmeadows Blvd., was booked into the Alachua County jail early Tuesday.

    - Kathy Ciotola

    Official's husband charged in drug case

  • The husband of an Alachua city commissioner was charged with driving under the influence and drug possession after police reportedly saw him smoking marijuana while driving on U.S. 441 Monday, authorities said.

    Paul Rothseiden, 55, of Alachua, husband of Commissioner Dianna Kosman-Rothseiden, also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. His pickup was stopped by police near High Springs just after 11:30 a.m. Monday after troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol observed the vehicle making erratic lane changes and weaving back and forth, according to a police report.

    Police searched the vehicle and recovered a glass pipe, rolling papers and about 4 grams of marijuana in a tin can, the report said. Paul Rothseiden failed a series of field sobriety tests, police said.

    He was released from the Alachua County jail on $3,000 bond Monday evening. The Rothseidens could not immediately be reached for comment. Kosman-Rothseiden was elected to the City Commission in 2002.

    - Rachel Kipp

    Man accused of raping woman in his house

  • A Gainesville man was arrested on sexual battery charges after authorities said he raped a woman in his house.

    The woman had dinner at the man's house Monday night and then fell asleep. She awoke to find him having sex with her. She repeatedly asked him to stop, but he didn't, according to the arrest report.

    She sought help at a nearby convenience store, and the clerk called police.

    Elliot H. Starke, 38, of 1009 NW 39th Ave., told police he had sex with the woman and "disappointedly stopped after she advised him to do so," the report reads in part.

    He was booked into the Alachua County jail on Tuesday.

    - Kathy Ciotola

    Man charged in Archer church burglary

  • A Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he was responsible for several crimes in the Archer area, including a church burglary.

    Numerous electronic items were stolen from the Archer Church of God on Jan. 1, Alachua County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Troiano said.

    A couple days later, numerous appliances and electronic items were stolen from a house in the 10000 block of SW 170th Street.

    Monday, a 1991 Pontiac Grand Am was stolen from a northwest Gainesville home. Deputy Steve Yakel found the car in the 6500 block of Archer Road and arrested the driver, Brian Harger, 31, of 2402 NW 46th Terrace.

    He was charged with burglary and grand theft for his involvement in the church burglary, Troiano said. Additional charges are expected in connection to the home burglary, authorities said.

    - Kathy Ciotola

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