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Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 12:09 a.m.

Gainesville man charged in alleged sexual assault

  • A Gainesville man was arrested early Tuesday morning on one count of sexual battery for an alleged assault on a women in his home and at Boulware Springs Park, city police reported.
    Arrested was Cyril Keith Ferguson, 19, of 500 SE 13th Terrace, Sgt. Keith Kameg said.
    The incident was reported at about 12:15 a.m. when a woman told police she drove off with Ferguson after meeting him late Monday night, Kameg said.
    They went to his house, where Ferguson allegedly held a gun to the woman and forced her into a sexual act, Kameg added.
    He also is alleged to have hit her in the head with the gun.
    He then forced her to drive with him to Boulware Springs on SE 15th Street, where another sexual act occurred, Kameg said.
    "She gave us a very good description of where the house was and the car," Kameg said. "Officers made contact with Ferguson. He was positively identified."
    Ferguson was charged with sexual battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
    - Cindy Swirko

    Homeland Security will offer training to public

  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will offer anti-terrorism training for the public and private sector in Jacksonville from Dec. 14-17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Jacksonville Office.
    The sessions will focus on "soft targets," places with few security monitors, according to Sharon Gogerty, a spokeswoman for FDLE.
    "It's targets that aren't typically fortified," Gogerty said. Courses will include training for stadiums and arenas, places of worship, malls and shopping centers, hotels and large buildings, public and private schools and institutions of higher learning.
    Participants will learn basic surveillance methods, basic prevention, response and recovery methods to help prevent terrorist activities.
    Enrollment is limited to 45 persons a session.
    The office is located at 921 N. Davis St., Building E. For more information call Gogerty at (904) 360-7101.
    - Meredith Mandell

    Clay expects 4,000 more flu vaccine doses

  • Clay County health officials announced Tuesday that they will receive 4,000 additional doses of influenza vaccine this week.
    The flu vaccine will be distributed to local doctors in family-practice clinics, as well as internal medicine, pulmonology, obstetric and pediatric specialists by the end of next week, according to Nancy Mills, Clay County Health Department administrator.
    Those doctors will be asked to give flu shorts to those most at risk from the flu, which can include those over 65, children between 6 and 23 months of age, those with compromised immune systems, and residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
    - Diane Chun
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