Week in review

Published: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 1:18 a.m.

13-year-old boy accused of raping 9-year-old girl

  • A 13-year-old boy will face a sexual battery charge after he was accused of raping a 9-year-old girl at a Gainesville apartment complex Wednesday, police reported.
    The boy attacked the girl, the sister of an acquaintance, while he was at her home in northeast Gainesville, said Gainesville Police Detective Jamie Rohrbaugh. The boy was staying with a relative at the complex at the time.
    The incident occurred while the girl's mother was out of the home, Rohrbaugh said. None of them realized anything was wrong until a sister heard sounds of a struggle coming from a bathroom. When she went to investigate, Rohrbaugh said the boy ran from the home.
    He said the victim struggled with the boy.
    The boy was being held at the county juvenile detention center Thursday.

    UF alumnus who founded Baughman Center dies

  • George F. Baughman, a University of Florida alumnus, educator and entrepreneur, died Friday at the age of 89 in Gainesville.
    In 2000, Dr. Baughman founded the Baughman Center - a $1.5 million meditation center on the west bank of Lake Alice on the UF campus - referring to the center as "a crown jewel" at its dedication in September 2000.
    Sharon Baughman Campion of Gainesville said that her father's inspiration for the center came when he sought refuge from the rain in a tiny North Carolina library.
    He saw a picture of a chapel in the woods as he flipped through a National Geographic and wanted to have a similar place of meditation at UF.
    Dr. Baughman is remembered for his professorship at UF, his tenure at New York University and being the founding president of New College in Sarasota.
    Many escape flu despite area vaccine shortage
  • North Central Florida residents were advised last week that while they may have so far managed to escape the flu, despite a nationwide shortage of influenza vaccine, that soon could change.
    Usually, the third week in January is when the flu reaches this area, Alachua County's health director Tom Belcuore said.
    It comes to Gainesville along with returning college students or it travels south with the snowbirds - seasonal residents coming from up north.
    In North Central Florida, and elsewhere in the state, hundreds of people who fall within the high-risk categories established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still have been unable to get a flu shot.
    Only one-fourth of Florida's high-risk residents have received the flu vaccine. That group includes those over the age of 65, the chronically ill, pregnant women, health workers and young children.
    But more vaccine is due in the area within the next few days, and it is not too late for those at the greatest risk from the flu to get vaccinated.

    Fewer hate crimes statewide during 2003

  • TALLAHASSEE - Hate crimes reported in Florida dropped by more than 10 percent overall during 2003, according to a report released Monday by Attorney General Charlie Crist.
    Consistent with state figures, hate crimes in Alachua County fell last year.
    Alachua County ranked eighth in 2003 with 31 of the state's 67 counties reporting hate crimes.
    The report shows that race is decreasingly a motivating factor in hate crimes while sexual orientation and ethnicity account for a higher percentage of such crimes.
    Three law enforcement agencies in the county, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the Gainesville Police Department and the University of Florida Police Department, reported a total of 13 hate crimes in 2003.
    The county showed a total of 21 hate crimes in 2002, earning Alachua County a sixth-place ranking among 34 counties. reporting hate crimes.
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