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Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 11:29 p.m.

Driver freed after SUV flips

Rescue workers tend to an elderly woman who was injured Tuesday when the SUV she was driving ran a curb along NW 13th Street just north of NW 16th Avenue and flipped onto its side pinning the driver, who with the help of Gainesville Fire Rescue and a bystander, was freed from the vehicle. The woman was later transported to Shands at the University of Florida in stable condition.

Two inmates injured in Columbia jail fight

  • Two male inmates at the Columbia County jail were flown to Shands at the University of Florida Tuesday after a scuffle between the two led to serious injury, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
    At about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the two fought each other and broke the tempered glass, which separates the dayroom from the sleeping room, according to Laurie Windham, a spokeswoman for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
    One inmate suffered cuts to his leg and the other inmate had cuts on his torso, reports said.
    Windham would not confirm the inmates' injuries or release the identities of those injured.
    She said the glass was a special type approved for use in correctional institutions.
    - Meredith Mandell

    19-year-old man still in coma after crash

  • A 19-year-old Alachua man was still in a coma Tuesday, almost a week after his vehicle collided with a laundry truck at the intersection of U.S. 441 and County Road 237 in Alachua.
    Doctors in the surgical intensive-care unit at Shands at the University of Florida are uncertain if Prthu Garrett of Alachua will recover from the coma, said his brother, Jerry Garrett of Alachua.
    They predict that even with recovery, he will suffer brain damage as a result of the accident, he said.
    Family members have created a special fund for Garrett, who had no health insurance, at the First National Bank of Alachua. People that wish to donate may go to any bank branch and make a contribution in Garrett's name.
    - Meredith Mandell

    Person escapes fire in Newberry; pets die

  • An early morning fire in Newberry spread through a home Sunday, killing two pets, Alachua County Fire Rescue reported.
    The blaze at 425 SW 257th Terrace apparently started near the home's carport and utility room, said fire rescue spokesman Mark Hughes. One person at the home escaped without injury, but two cats died in the fire. Flames destroyed two vehicles parked in the carport.
    About a dozen firefighters fought the blaze. The cause of the fire, which caused about $85,000 in damage, remains under investigation.
    - Lise Fisher

    Jazz showcase tonight to aid tsunami victims

  • Gainesville's Second Jazz Vocalist Showcase kicks off tonight to benefit Oxfam International's aid to tsunami victims at 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas Center.
    Performers include Dan Stepp, Natalie Rella, Nathalia Diaz and Lennie Kesl, among others. There will be 13 jazz vocalists and four accompanists in all.
    The Thomas Center is at 306 NE 6th Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25 on a sliding scale. The event is co-sponsored by the city of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call (352) 246-4999.
    - Deborah Ball

    UF Student Senate OKs Chinese celebration

  • The University of Florida Student Senate agreed Tuesday night to fund a Chinese New Year's celebration event scheduled for February.
    Senators passed a $4,400 bill to help fund the Chinese New Year's show, sponsored by the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.
    Fei Long, president of the association, said the show, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 people, will be the biggest Chinese celebration Gainesville has ever seen.
    "This is a dream for many Chinese students here at UF," Long said.
    "People are proud of our work and excited about this show so we can promote awareness of the Chinese culture."
    The show, which includes a performance by Amerina, a Chinese-American performance group from Orlando, takes place on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the UF campus. It is free and open to the public.
    The Chinese new year falls on Feb. 9 this year.
    - Deborah Ball
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