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Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 1:38 a.m.

Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint

  • A Papa John's Pizza driver was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night at a Gainesville apartment complex, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
    Eugene A. Marushkin, 30, told police he was called to deliver four pizzas at a building in Towne Parc Apartments at 2930 SW 23rd Terrace when the incident occurred, GPD Sgt. Barry Kays said. Three men approached Marushkin at about 11:41 p.m. in the parking lot of Building 1 at the complex and one threatened him with a gun, Kays said.
    The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from Marushkin and stole two pizzas before running away, Kays said. Marushkin was not injured.
    Kays said Marushkin didn't call police until he returned to work an hour later. Police searched the area, but could not find the suspects.
    - Deborah Ball

    Area drug sweep nets 11 arrests

  • A countywide drug sweep resulted in the arrest of 11 people on various drug charges Thursday night, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
    People from Alachua, LaCrosse, Newberry and the Cedar Ridge/Holly Heights neighborhoods of Gainesville were arrested in the sweep, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies seized more than 14 grams of crack and powder cocaine and 6.1 grams of marijuana. In all, the drugs were worth about $340.
    The operation targeted places where deputies have received frequent complaints of drug sales. Deputies say they urge residents to report suspected drug activity by calling the Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line at (352) 374-1849 or Crime Stoppers at (352) 374-7867.
    - Deborah Ball

    Third man arrested in cash advance robberies

  • A third man linked to a series of cash advance and other business robberies in several states, including in the North Florida area, has been arrested, Lake City police reported Friday.
    Douglas K. Cross, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., and two other men, arrested in August face federal charges for the string of robberies.
    The arrests, police said, clear 45 robberies in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and North Carolina.
    Also arrested were Gerald Jerome "J.R." Raymond, 25, of Tallahassee, an ex-point guard for the University of Oklahoma, and S.T. Vaughn III, 20, of Raleigh, N.C.
    Both Vaughn and Cross are listed as Florida A&M University students, according to the Lake City Police Department. Vaughn had been attending the school on a scholarship.
    Raymond had been considered a key player and high scorer for the Sooners basketball team but was dismissed in February 2001 for unspecified violations of team rules, according to news reports. Later that year he was arrested for misdemeanor complaints of possessing marijuana and trespassing on a parking lot on the campus.
    The case against the men will be prosecuted in Gainesville.
    Local officers had been searching for the trio since a series of cash advance business robberies in North Florida in late July and early August, including one in Gainesville on July 29, and three in Alachua, Columbia and Suwannee counties on Aug. 3.
    - Lise Fisher

    Residents have new day for trash collection

  • As a reminder: many city of Gainesville and Alachua County curbside collection customers will have a new day for waste collection beginning today.
    Additionally, all customers are now being asked to place recyclables, yard trash and garbage at the curb on their assigned day.
    Customers should have found a sticker on their trash cart alerting them to their new pickup day, but for more information, visit www.bigblue. to see a map for the new pickup schedule. Or call (352) 334-2330 for information on city pickup and (352) 338-3233 for information on Alachua County pickup.
    - Alice Wallace

    SFCC hosting concert to benefit storm victims

  • Santa Fe Community College will host an eight-hour music festival today to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief.
    Band Aid 2005 will feature about 10 local bands, including the band GruvTherapy, which helped organize the fund-raiser along with staff and students at SFCC.
    The event starts at 2 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. at SFCC's northwest campus. All monetary donations will be donated to the American Red Cross.
    - Alice Wallace

    Time running out to see Fall Parade of Homes

  • This is the last weekend to catch the 2005 Fall Parade of Homes in Alachua County sponsored by the Builders Association of North Central Florida.
    The parade features 17 new homes in 13 Alachua County neighborhoods. The homes will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. today and Sunday.
    For more information and to see a map of open homes, visit
    - Alice Wallace
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