Week in Review

For the week of Jan. 24 to Jan. 30


Published: Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 12:20 a.m.

Gilchrist man arrested in cattle theft case

  • A Gilchrist County cattle broker has been arrested on what is being described as one of Florida's largest-ever livestock swindles.
    Ronald Shephard of Trenton is alleged to have skimmed as much as $1 million from the Tennessee cattle company for which he was working.
    Shephard, 28, had a contract with Tennessee Dressed Beef to buy cattle in Florida, Georgia and Alabama and then sell the cows in other parts of the country. He is accused of keeping some of the sales proceeds and stealing cattle, according to information released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Friday. Shephard had been under investigation for about 3 years by the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement and the FBI.

    Northwest may offer local flights to Memphis

  • Northwest Airlines could begin offering twice-daily jet service from Gainesville to a hub in Memphis, Tenn., as early as September, airport officials said Thursday, opening up new connecting flights to the West and South.
    Still smarting from the rejection by Continental Airlines for service to Newark, N.J., that it had pursued for nearly two years, members of the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority were reluctant to call Northwest a done deal.
    Alternately described as "an offer" and "a proposal," the plan would require Gainesville Regional Airport officials to use the majority of a $660,000 federal grant as a revenue guarantee to Northwest, to provide covered "jetways" for passengers to use in boarding and make other terminal improvements and to help market the new air service.

    UF will get $1.5 million to improve technology

  • The University of Florida's College of Dentistry, Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff's Office are getting a financial boost from the federal government to bring some of their systems into the 21st century.
    UF is slated to receive $1.5 million to improve technology so that patients at a UF-affiliated dental clinic in another part of the state could be seen electronically by a specialist in Gainesville, said Teresa Dolan, dean of the College of Dentistry.
    UF, through its Distance Learning and Tele-Dentistry Network, operates community-based clinics in Gainesville, St. Petersburg, Hialeah and Tampa. It also partners with other facilities statewide.

    3 new magnet programs will be available this fall

  • Elementary school parents will have three more "flavors" to consider for their children's education in Alachua County this fall.
    Three districtwide magnet programs will be open to any parent who wants to apply and whose students meet the selection criteria.
    The district is hoping the three programs at eastside elementary schools - Duval, Foster and Williams - will boost enrollment and diversity. Magnet schools offer a specialized area of study and are open to students across the county because transportation is provided.

    Police: Gainesville man shot, killed his brother

  • Dinner at a northeast Gainesville home turned fatal for one man who police said was shot by his brother Monday evening.
    Jesse Linus Lyles, 47, was pronounced dead at Shands at AGH at 8:30 p.m. following a shooting at his home at 1506 NE 6th Terrace, Gainesville Police Sgt. Keith Kameg said. Jesse Lyles had been shot more than once by his brother, Richard C. Lyles, 40, police reported.
    Police were dispatched to the home shortly before 8 p.m. Kameg said late Monday that police anticipated charging Richard Lyles with murder within a few hours.
    For the week of Jan. 24 to Jan. 30
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