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Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 12:36 a.m.

Electrician burned in electrical fire

  • A Gainesville electrician was injured Wednesday morning in a small electrical fire at the Regional Transit System Administration complex, firefighters reported.

    Carlos Hope III, 31, suffered second-degree burns to his face, neck and right arm, said Michael Heeder with Gainesville Fire Rescue.

    Firefighters were called to the complex at 100 SE 10th Ave. about 10 a.m., Heeder said. They found a small fire smoldering in an electrical box in the garage behind the complex. The fire started when a tool came into contact with electrical wires causing a "flash fire."

    Hope was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, Heeder said. His injuries were not considered life-threat- ening, authorities said.

    No one else was injured in the fire.

    - Lise Fisher

    Alachua woman hurt in two-vehicle crash

  • An Alachua resident was in guarded condition Wednesday after she was injured in a two-vehicle crash earlier in the day, troopers reported.

    Mary Elizabeth Burrell, 60, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida following an accident on County Road 241, about two miles south of Alachua, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Calvin Long said.

    The accident, which occurred about 6 a.m., closed the road for about three hours.

    Burrell was driving north on the road.

    "For reasons unknown she veered left into the southbound lane and the path of the truck," Long said.

    Burrell's truck hit the side of the other truck and overturned. Rescuers freed the pinned woman from her vehicle, and she was airlifted to the hospital, Long said.

    The two people in the other vehicle were not injured, troopers reported.

    - Lise Fisher

    Fanning Springs development featured

  • The Travel Channel will feature a local development at 6 a.m. Friday as a part of "American's Very Best."

    The 30-minute episode will include The Riverwalk of Fanning Springs. The program will showcase what producers found to be some of the most beautiful and unique vacation and retirement spots around the nation.

    The Riverwalk, which is 30 miles west of Gainesville on State Road 26, is the only Florida location included in the program.

    The Riverwalk is a gated, deed-restricted community featuring natural buffers, walking access to the Suwannee River and an emphasis on quality homes.

    More information about The Riverwalk is available online at

    - Karen Voyles

    Bush blocks proposal loosening bingo rules

  • TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday vetoed a measure that would have allowed charities, churches and veteran groups to sell instant pull-tab bingo tickets, rejecting the measure as an expansion of gambling.

    The bill (HB 187) would have allowed charities and veterans organizations that already hold bingo games to sell the instant tickets, where a player removes a cover to reveal if a prize is underneath.

    In addition to expanding opportunities for gambling, which Bush opposes, the governor said the measure appears to violate a state constitutional prohibition against lotteries not run by the state.

    - The Associated Press

    Soldier back from Iraq held in robbery

  • TAMPA - A soldier who recently returned from Iraq was being held without bail Wednesday in the Hillsborough County jail on charges of robbing a credit union.

    Army Staff Sgt. John Lee Stover Jr., 33, of Orlando, is accused of being part of a trio that robbed the Mid Florida Federal Credit Union in Haines City on Monday.

    - The Associated Press

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