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Published: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 12:42 a.m.

POLICE BEAT: Officials say house fire may be linked to others

  • A Sunday afternoon house fire in east Gainesville may be suspicious and possibly related to others that have occurred in the area, fire officials said.

  • Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire at 1529 NE 1st Ave. about 3 p.m. Firefighters extinguished a small fire in the house's exterior, officials said. Damages were minimal and no one was injured.

    The fire was one of a series that have occurred in the area, the most significant of which gutted a house next door in November, officials said.

    Although fire officials at the scene believed the Sunday fire was suspicious, an investigation was still in its preliminary stages Sunday evening.

    - Rachel Kipp

    COMMUNITY: Granddaughter will give free lecture on Churchill

  • Celia Sandys, granddaughter of the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, will give a free lecture 6 p.m. todaymonday at the University of Florida Brain Institute's DeWeese Auditorium.

    Sandys has written several books about her grandfather, from his life as a young man to his world travels and her personal memories of him, said UF medicine professor Richard Streiff, a close friend of Sandys.

    Sandys will talk mainly about Churchill's world travels and his relationships with former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, both as friends and as World War II allies.

    People are invited to ask questions throughout the lecture, Streiff said. Sandys, who published her last book about four months ago in England, has a unique knowledge of her grandfather's life because of her personal experiences with him and her exclusive access to some of his early writings, he said.

    - Jessica Orr

    STATE: Police fatally shoot knife-wielding man

  • SUNRISE - A man was fatally shot by police for allegedly stabbing his wife, yet the woman is disputing the rationale for the killing and is calling for an investigation of the incident.

    Newton Satahoo, 48, was shot and killed early Saturday by Sunrise police officers who responded to an argument outside the apartment he shared with his wife, Donna, and their 10-year-old son.

    Police spokesman Robert Voss said Donna Satahoo was treated for several cuts on her head and neck at Broward General Medical Center. The woman did not deny a fight occurred, but insisted her husband did not have a knife.

    ``I need a thorough investigation to be done. . . . There is no knife wound,'' she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for today'sits Monday editions. ``To shoot him in the head, it means they came to kill.''

    Donna Satahoo also told the newspaper that police did not attempt to negotiate with her husband before they began firing.

    Neighbors told police they heard Donna Satahoo screaming for help and that her husband was stabbing her.

    ``There was blood everywhere,'' said neighbor Cynthia Holliday. ``He had something over him, the devil in him, or something.''

    - The Associated Press

    STATE: Bracelet returned years after soldier's death

  • FORT MYERS - Virginia ``Ginny'' Moore spent nearly 60 years believing the silver identification bracelet she gave her first husband was lost forever.

    So when she was reunited with it Friday night, she couldn't hold back her emotions. Moore cried when a Belgium police officer gave her the silver piece that her husband, Marcus L. Comer, was wearing when he left to fight in World War II in 1944.

    ``I was speechless,'' said Moore, who has remarried and lives in North Fort Myers. ``I kissed it. It was wonderful.''

    Comer's name and Army serial number were engraved on one side, the words ``Love, Ginny'' graced the other.

    When her husband was killed Jan. 14, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge, Moore thought she would never see the bracelet again.

    But to her surprise, she received a call from Lorenzo Maierna in August. The officer said he found the bracelet inside a fox hole in a forest near Villers-la-Bonne-Eau, Belgium, while searching for World War II artifacts.

    Maierna and his wife, who live in Arlon, Belgium, decided to give Moore the bracelet in person. In exchange, Moore has amended her will to have the bracelet returned to Maierna after her death. Maierna hopes to open a World War II museum in Belgium to commemorate American veterans.

    ``You can't explain it,'' Maierna said of his feelings upon returning the bracelet.

    - The Associated Press

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