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Published: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 11:42 p.m.
POLICE BEAT: UF student accused of impersonating woman
Dana K. Bagwell, 32, is charged with criminal use of personal identification information and stalking, an arrest report states.
Police allege Bagwell used the account to send inappropriate e-mails to a friend of the woman.
Using a search warrant, officers went in to Bagwell's apartment in northeast Gainesville earlier this month where they found the woman's computer, the report said. The computer had been stolen from her home, along with a bike, a camera, about 200 CDs, photographs and underwear, the report said.
- Lise Fisher
POLICE BEAT: New records may reveal identity of body
But residents of NW 181st Terrace, where the body was found in a fire pit Tuesday, said they believe it will turn out to be Robert Williams. He was last seen tending a fire in the pit, an old septic tank, on Saturday.
Williams, described as a middle-aged man, had been living in the area for years and would sometimes leave without telling anyone. Residents didn't worry until Tuesday when he still couldn't be located. Theodore Brown, who lives on the street, began searching for Williams and found the body in the pit.
Because of the body's condition, it cannot be identified except by the medical examiner.
"We cannot identify him as being the man in the pit until the medical examiner tells us who the person was," said Alachua County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Troiano.
- Lise Fisher
POLICE BEAT: Woman charged with crashing into house
A child inside the Branford-area home heard an engine revving up and then heard the house shake as the Lincoln ran into it, said Suwannee County Sheriff's Maj. Les Hall.
When Deputy Lee Willis arrived, the woman was in the house hitting a family member, Hall said. When Willis asked her to stop, she refused and began cursing him. After several attempts to stop her, the officer used his taser gun to subdue her, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Cassandra Young McGee, 34, was charged with battery, criminal mischief and child abuse.
McGee also hit a parked car, causing a total of $3,000 of damage to the house and car.
She was booked in to the Suwannee County Jail with a $7,500 bond.
- Kathy Ciotola
UNIVERSITY: UF names interim dean of Graduate School
Gerhardt, 57, has been serving as associate dean since 1999. He will fill the shoes of Vice President of Research Win Phillips, who is stepping down as dean to free up time to work on collaboration efforts between the university and Scripps Florida.
Gerhardt could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
In an memo to administrators, UF President Bernie Machen said Gerhardt "brings valuable assets to this position, including extensive academic and administrative experience."
Gerhardt earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Columbus. He came to UF in 1981.
He has also served as graduate coordinator and chairman of the department of communication sciences and disorders. He is a member of the executive board for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.
- Janine Young Sikes
STATE: Limbaugh prosecutors questioned on motive
- The Associated Press
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