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Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 11:46 p.m.

Man exposes self near sorority house

  • University of Florida Police are on the lookout for a man who a student says she saw masturbating and exposing himself in front of Sorority Row on Friday morning.
    A student told police she left her house to to walk to class at 11:43 a.m. when she saw the man in front of her sorority house on West Panhellenic Drive, a police report said.
    The man ran to a light blue and white older model Chevrolet pickup, the report said.
    UPD spokesman Joe Sharkey said that in the past few months similar incidents have been reported to police.
    He said anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the man should contact UPD at 392-1111.
    - Meredith Mandell

    Fund set up for family after fire ruins home

  • A fund has been set up for a Micanopy couple who lost their home after a fire this week.
    Jim Whitten, 62, found his mobile home, 18410 SW 1st St., engulfed in flames Wednesday afternoon. Two family pets, a cat and a 15-year-old Yorkshire terrier, died in the fire.
    The Pearl Country Store and Barbecue in Micanopy and Central Florida Office Plus in Gainesville announced the fund. Whitten runs Big Jim's Barbecue at the Pearl Country Store. His wife, Shannon, works at Central Florida Office Plus.
    The Jim & Shannon Whitten House Fire Fund was opened at Florida Citizens Bank. Donations can be mailed to Florida Citizens Bank in care of Joshua D. Finch, Branch Manager, 106-C NE Highway 441, Micanopy, Fl., 32667. A donation jar also has been set up at the Pearl Country Store.
    - Sun staff report

    Alachua, Levy announce lawmaker meetings

  • Alachua and Levy counties will hold meetings with their legislative delegations to give residents and government officials the chance to meet with their representatives in the Florida Legislature.
    The Alachua County meeting will be Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Criminal Justice Training Center, 3737 NE 39th Ave.
    The Levy County delegation meeting is planned for Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson.
    - Kristen Kridel

    Meeting will focus on resurfacing of roads

  • The Florida Department of Transportation will host an open house on Tuesday for people interested in the upcoming resurfacing of S. Main Street, SW 16th Avenue and Williston Road.
    The meeting, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium at the intersection of Williston Road and SE 12th Street, gives residents a chance to discuss the resurfacing project, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
    APAC-Southeast Inc. of Sarasota is under contract to complete the project at a cost of $6.4 million.
    - Deborah Ball

    Library to get money for Internet service

  • Some last-minute legislation changes in Washington last week means the Alachua County Library District will receive nearly $70,000 to pay for Internet service under a program that had been expected to end payments next year, according to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
    Florida schools and libraries are expected to receive $4.8 million from a federal program hooking schools and libraries to the Internet.
    Certain changes in accounting principles gaining final approval Wednesday in Congress freed up the money. The bill still awaits President Bush's signature.
    The Gainesville Wilderness Institute in Micanopy is also slated to receive $44,876.
    - Janine Young Sikes

    3.6 million nickels go missing; trucker sought

  • MIAMI - Authorities are searching for a trucker who disappeared two weeks ago along with the 3.6 million nickels he was transporting to the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans, police said Friday.
    Angel Ricardo Mendoza, 43, had picked up the coins, worth $180,000, on Dec. 17 from the Federal Reserve in New Jersey. He was to drive the nickels, weighing 45,000 pounds, to New Orleans for a trucking company subcontracted by the Federal Reserve, police said.
    The name of the company was not released.
    Mendoza's truck and trailer were found empty Dec. 21 at a truck stop in Fort Pierce.
    Miami-Dade's cargo task force, which includes the FBI and the Federal Reserve police, are investigating.
    Mendoza is a Miami-Dade County resident, but has no family in the area. Police said he has a wife who lives in Cuba.
    ''We are concerned for his safety because he's missing,'' Miami-Dade Detective Randy Rossman said. ''We suspect foul play. We are concerned and we are still investigating.''
    Rossman couldn't speculate on how anyone would cash in or spend so many nickels.
    - The Associated Press

    Tampa Tribune names new executive editor

  • TAMPA - Janet S. Weaver was named executive editor and vice president of The Tampa Tribune on Friday.
    Weaver, 41, joined the Tribune in July as its managing editor, and helped oversee the paper's coverage of Florida's historic hurricane season. She succeeds Frank Denton, who resigned from the newspaper in December.
    Weaver came to the Tribune after serving as dean of faculty at The Poynter Institute.
    - The Associated Press
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