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Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 1:36 a.m.

Man allegedly killed wife, then shot himself

  • OCKLAWAHA - Years of domestic abuse came to an end Saturday, with a husband gunning down his wife, and later turning the gun on himself, according to Marion County sheriff's investigators.

    The body of Cajuana Barnes, 30, was found about 8:30 a.m. lying on a dirt road, Southeast 150th Avenue, about 50 yards behind her abandoned 2001 maroon Ford Taurus. Detectives said she had been shot twice in the leg and once in the chest with a 9-mm handgun.

    Barnes' family said it was not the first time her husband, Dwaine Barnes, 42, a construction worker, had shot her. The couple, who had been together for more than a dozen years and were married for about two years, had five children ranging in age from 7 to 16.

    Sheriff's detectives said St. Petersburg police officers spotted Dwaine Barnes' pickup about 4 p.m. the same day. Police there said they were trying to make him stop the truck when they heard a single gunshot. The truck then struck a utility pole. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

    - Ocala Star-Banner

    Weather Service predicts rain for area

  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday may be marred by rain, wind and chilly weather this weekend.

    The National Weather Service predicts morning thunderstorms and scattered afternoon rain today, potentially putting a damper on the downtown celebrations planned for this evening and Monday.

    "Speaking in the Name of Martin," featuring Chuck D, an influential speaker and co-creator of the political rap group Public Enemy, is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the Downtown Gainesville Pavilion. Forecasters predict a 20 percent chance of showers and temperatures in the mid-50s.

    Monday is expected to be a bit warmer, but wetter, with a 30 percent chance of rain in the morning and highs in the low 60s.

    - Jon Custer

    Man critically wounded in flea market shooting

  • MOUNT DORA - A Kentucky man was critically injured Saturday when his friend accidentally shot him as they were passing around a handgun in a busy flea market, police said.

    Danny Payton, 45, from Somerset, Ky., was handing 70-year-old Roy Williams a .22 Freedom Arms Derringer with the barrel facing toward himself when Williams accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting Payton in the stomach, Lake County Deputy David Pelton said.

    Payton was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

    - The Associated Press

    FYI: Holiday closings

  • The Alachua County Library District headquarters and branch libraries will be closed Monday.

  • The Alachua County Courthouse, State Attorney's Office, Property Appraiser's Office and Tax Collector's Office will be closed Monday.

  • All city and county offices will be closed Monday.

  • The Regional Transit System will not have service Monday. For general RTS information, call (352) 334-2600.

  • No trash will be collected in Gainesville or Alachua County on Monday. Pickups will be pushed back by one day until the following Monday. For example, if your trash is normally picked up on Monday, it will be Tuesday, and so on.

  • Banks and credit unions will be closed Monday.

  • Alachua County schools, the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College have suspended classes on Monday.

  • The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday, and no mail will be delivered.

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