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Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 12:46 a.m.

Woman missing for 22 years may be in area

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Anu Mathur, of Florida Cicerones, discusses the University of Florida's international programs during a campus tour Monday outside Grinter Hall. "It's Halloween, it happens once a year," she said of her devilish garb. "Everyone enjoys it and it makes the tour livelier."

JARRETT BAKER/Special to The Sun
  • A Tennessee woman who vanished 22 years ago may be living in North Central Florida, the Bradley County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee announced Monday.
    The Sheriff's Office in Cleveland, Tenn., reopened the cold case of Patricia Louise Kelley, who was last seen at a house in Cleveland on Aug. 19, 1983 when she was 25 years old, said Bob Gault, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
    After receiving new leads, investigators believe Kelley may be living in High Springs or Cross City, Gault said.
    Investigators have never suspected foul play in the disappearance, Gault said. Kelley has two daughters who have grown up without their mother and her ex-husband died several years ago, according to the Sheriff's Office.
    A missing person's report was never filed in the case. Investigators say they hope to find Kelley safe and to bring closure to her family.
    Anyone with information about Kelley is asked to call the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Forensics Unit at (423) 728-7300.
    - Deborah Ball

    Two UF professors win top honors in science

  • University of Florida physics professor Arthur Hebard and chemistry professor Weihong Tan have been selected as fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS.
    The AAAS, founded in 1848, is the world's largest general scientific society. To date, 24 UF faculty members have been named as fellows.
    Hebard, who has been at UF since 1996, specializes in condensed matter and much of his work in thin-film physics has been done through the facilities of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee.
    Weihong Tan has also taught at UF since 1996, specializing in bioanalytical chemistry, biomedical engineering and biophysics. He is the associate director of UF's Center for Research at the Bio/nano Interface.
    The two will be honored along with 374 other newly-selected fellows at the AAAS annual meeting in St. Louis in February.
    - Diane Chun

    Alachua County waiting for more flu vaccine

  • The Alachua County Health Department has run out of its initial shipment of influenza vaccine, assistant director Jean Munden said Monday.
    The health department expects to receive another shipment of 2,600 doses of vaccine on Nov. 10, according to Munden.
    Flu shots will be offered again at the main health department and outlying clinics beginning Nov. 14.
    - Diane Chun

    Home-invasion robber dies after struggle

  • DAYTONA BEACH - A home-invasion robber died after struggling with the couple whose window he had kicked in.
    Shelly Laughman, 36, said she tried to lock the front door after the 44-year-old suspect punched it Sunday night, but the man, whose name was not immediately released, kicked in a plastic window and clawed in.
    ''He had a crazy look in his eyes,'' she said, ''and he mumbled something that sounded like I'm not here to hurt you.''
    She screamed for her sleeping husband, Paul, 52.
    He wrestled with the man while his wife called police and retrieved a shotgun.
    With the gun pointed at him, the man was released and told to leave, but the couple said he rushed again.
    Shelly Laughman aimed the shotgun and pulled the trigger, but it didn't fire because the safety was still on.
    Eventually, Paul Laughman and a neighbor subdued the man again and police arrived.
    The man continued to fight with officers, and collapsed while being walked to a patrol car.
    Police said that they tried to resuscitate the man and called rescue workers.
    However, he was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center.
    ''No weapon of any kind was used by police,'' said police Lt. C.H. Fordham at the scene.
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the cause of death.
    ''I have no idea why he picked our yard,'' Shelly Laughman said.
    ''That guy could've killed us, and I would've killed him if I could get that safety off.''
    - The Associated Press
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