Suspect in robbery is believed to be in area


Published: Friday, July 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 1, 2005 at 12:04 a.m.
  • Officers are searching for a man accused in a home invasion robbery earlier this month in which six people were left bound inside a southwest Gainesville home.
    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Willie Crockett, 30, of Georgia for the June 14 robbery, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported.
    Deputies allege Crockett and another unidentified man went to a home off SW 63rd Court in Arredondo Estates, armed with guns, and tied up three men, two teenagers and a 10-year-old at the home. Then they ransacked the dwelling and stole the car belonging to one of the men, Alachua County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Steve Maynard said.
    Crockett, who has a previous criminal history for armed robbery and burglary, is considered armed and dangerous, Maynard said. He was involved in a pursuit with Georgia officers earlier in the week but is believed to be in this area, where he has relatives.
    Anyone with information about Crockett's whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 955-1818 or Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-7867.
    - Lise Fisher

    Woman is found dead floating in area pool

  • Alachua County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a 50-year-old woman who was found floating face down in a pool Sunday in Newberry.
    Cathy Walker was found dead in a backyard swimming pool at 20817 NW 57th Place, according to the Sheriff's Office.
    Lt. Jim Troiano said deputies believe that Walker, who is listed as a resident at the address and has an alternate address in New York, had a heart attack and fell into the pool sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:54 p.m. Sunday.
    Walker was found by a family member during preparations to drain the pool, Troiano said. The incident is being ruled as an ongoing death investigation, he said.
    - Deborah Ball

    Report of road rage leads to man's arrest

  • Alachua County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Hawthorne man for aiming a gun at a motorist in a road rage incident Wednesday morning.
    Walter Robert Schneider, 39, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the incident in the area of 9600 NW 39th Avenue, the Sheriff's Office reported.
    A driver said Schneider cut him off as they were driving and the driver made an obscene gesture at Schneider. The driver then told officers Schneider drove up alongside his vehicle and aimed a silver semiautomatic handgun at him.
    Deputies found Schneider at the intersection of NW 98th Street and Newberry Road. He had two guns, according to officers, with one matching the driver's description.
    - Lise Fisher

    Suspect is sought in area bank robbery

  • Alachua County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man they say walked into a Newberry bank Thursday morning and robbed it.
    The man, who was believed to be unarmed, entered the Capital City Bank at 24202 Newberry Road at 11:22 a.m. and handed a note demanding cash to a bank employee, according to the Sheriff's Office. The robber received an undisclosed amount of cash and ran.
    He was last seen driving a light brown-colored 1990s Oldsmobile four-door sedan, the Sheriff's Office said.
    The robber is described as a black male with a goatee in his late 20s to early 30s, 6 feet 2 inches tall and an average build. He was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved T-shirt with a Fat Albert logo on the side, black sweatpants and a black sun visor, the Sheriff's Office said.
    Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (352) 955-1818. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-7867.
    - Deborah Ball

    Rainstorm forces plane to land in Levy field

  • WILLISTON - A pilot made an emergency landing in a farm field late Wednesday during a rainstorm.
    The pilot and his passenger were not hurt, and the plane was not damaged.
    Levy County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Chuck Bastak said the incident involved a Cessna 152, single-engine, wing-over airplane that landed at 9:28 p.m. in a field near 150th Avenue outside Williston.
    The pilot, David H. Gordon, 20, of Lake Jackson, Texas, later told deputies that he and his passenger, Vince Piccari, 20, of Daytona Beach, were flying from Texas to Daytona Beach when they encountered intense rain.
    "He ran into the heavy rain, saw the field and put the plane down without any injuries or damage," Bastak said. "We contacted the National Transportation Safety Board and they will look into this further."
    Plans were being made Thursday to have the plane removed from the field, officials said.
    - Karen Voyles
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