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Published: Saturday, January 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 31, 2004 at 10:49 p.m.

Teen survives fall from sixth story of garage

  • ORLANDO - A Central Florida teenager survived a six-story fall after he failed on his try to leap from the top of one downtown parking garage to another Friday.
    Timothy Paul Bargfrede, 18, of Longwood suffered a broken shoulder and other fractures in the 3 a.m. accident, said his father, Tim Bargfrede.
    The younger Bargfrede and an unidentified friend realized they were at the wrong parking garage, so the friend jumped from one roof to the other, about a 2 1/2-foot leap, Orlando police Lt. Orlando Rolon said.
    But Bargfrede fell when he tried to jump, Rolon said. During the fall down about six floors, he became wedged between the two buildings.
    Orlando firefighters had to cut through the concrete to free Bargfrede, Rolon said.

    2-year-old killed while playing on scooter

  • PENSACOLA - A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car as he played on a push scooter in front of his home, officials said.
    Jordan S. Trotter was playing with the scooter between his house and one across the street Thursday when he was hit by a Ford Mustang driven by Micheal Juan Hyun Pasco, 21, of Pensacola, state troopers said.
    The boy died at the scene.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers could not determine Thursday whether the child was on the scooter when he collided with the front-side bumper of the Mustang.

    Pilot error blamed in crash that killed four

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pilot error compounded by other problems caused a 2003 small plane crash that killed four Florida residents, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded.
    The NTSB report, released Thursday, said a convergence of problems - any one of which might have been overcome, but which together proved lethal - caused the propeller-driven Cessna 414 to crash into an icy hillside while trying to land on Dec. 11, 2003, near Greeneville, Tenn.
    Agency investigators said the pilot, 49-year-old David Jochman of New Port Richey failed to hold enough speed to maintain a smooth flow of air over the wings, which provides the lift that keeps an aircraft flying.
    The loss of airspeed coincided with a loss of power caused by a buildup of ice in the engines.
    - Compiled from The Associated Press

    Holiday closings

    Year's holiday:
  • The Alachua County Library District headquarters and branch libraries will be closed today. Normal business hours will resume Sunday.
  • The Regional Transit System will not have service today. Campus and regular Spring 2005 service resumes Monday. Visit or call (352) 334-2600 for more information.
  • Trash will be collected during usual pickup times in Gainesville and Alachua County today.
  • Banks and credit unions will be closed today.
  • Alachua County schools resume classes Monday, University of Florida resumes classes Tuesday and Santa Fe Community College resumes classes Wednesday.
  • The U.S. Postal Service offices will be closed today with only Express Mail delivery. Offices resume normal business hours and delivery on Monday.
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