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Published: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11:46 p.m.

Police seek suspects in stabbing of area man

  • Gainesville Police are searching for suspects following an early morning fight Friday where one man was stabbed.
    Aaron Hamilton Jr., 26, of Gainesville collapsed in front of officers after a fight on NW 5th Avenue shortly after 1:30 a.m., police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg said. Hamilton had been stabbed about four times in the face and torso.
    Hamilton, who was hospitalized at Shands at the University of Florida with non-life-threatening injuries, later told police he had been inside Fletcher's Lounge, 619 NW 5th Ave., when a woman asked him to buy her a drink, Kameg said. But after giving her money, a man confronted him and the two began to argue.
    The two went outside, where a fight started. Hamilton said the fight grew when another man joined in the fray.
    When police arrived at the scene, about 100 people were standing in the roadway, Kameg said. It took officers 45 minutes to clear the area.
    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective John Nabet at (352) 334-3135.
    - Lise Fisher

    Fire destroys home in NW Gainesville

  • Investigators are searching for the cause of a fire Friday afternoon that destroyed an abandoned house in northwest Gainesville.
    The fire is considered suspicious, said Mark Hughes of Alachua County Fire Rescue.
    When firefighters arrived at the building, in the 3200 block of NW 51st Street, they found the single-story, wooden building ablaze, Hughes said.
    The building burned to the ground, but firefighters stopped the flames from spreading. "If it got into the trees, it could have posed a significant brush fire problem," Hughes said.
    - Lise Fisher

    Two get terms on Micanopy commission

  • Michael Berkowitz earned a second term on the Micanopy Town Commission and will be joined by political newcomer Simon Sokolof-Kemp. Neither had opposition.
    Sokolof-Kemp, a Santa Fe Community College criminal justice student, will replace Remzey Samarrai, who did not seek re-election when qualifying ended Thursday.
    Berkowitz and Sokolof-Kemp will serve three-year terms.
    - Cindy Swirko

    Area woman named to state prison panel

  • Gov. Jeb Bush appointed a Gainesville woman to the board of directors of the Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit organization that enables Florida prison inmates to learn job skills.
    Gloria W. Fletcher, 55, of Gainesville, attorney with Schaffnit and Fletcher, P.A., will succeed Carol S. Spalding, for a term beginning Jan. 21 and ending in 2008. Other appointees include Beatrice Butchko, a Miami attorney; Rebecca J. Smith, president of A.D. Morgan Corp.; Ravindra Mehta, a managing partner with Sun LLC; and James J. Reeves of Cantonment.
    - Meredith Mandell

    Murder suspect who walked off still missing

  • ORLANDO - A murder suspect was still on the loose Friday after walking out of police headquarters last week, authorities said.
    Taveress Webster, 18, was arrested Jan. 13 in a fatal shooting during a home invasion last July, then interviewed by homicide investigators.
    But a "breakdown in communication" allowed Webster to leave the building after the interview.
    - The Associated Press
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