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Published: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 11:03 p.m.

Gainesville man dies in Levy County crash

A Gainesville man died Saturday night in Levy County after crashing his car into the Waccasassa River.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Thomas Randall Nance, 36, of 1505 Fort Clarke Blvd., was eastbound on County Road 326 about four miles west of US 19 at 6:10 p.m. when he attempted to pass another vehicle and lost control of his 2006 Mitsubishi.
Nance's car veered off the northern shoulder of the roadway. When he overcorrected to get back on the roadway, the car slipped into a counter-clockwise spin, police said. The vehicle overturned twice and landed in the river, submerged in about 12 feet of water.
A dive team from the Levy County Sheriff's Office found the submerged vehicle at 7:10 p.m., but Nance, who was not wearing a seat belt, was not in the vehicle. After a search by teams from the sheriff's office and the Florida Fish and Game Commission, he was found in the river 50 feet away from the vehicle at 11:20 p.m.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, police reports show.
- Tiffany Pakkala

Police catch suspect in burglary of fraternity

May be he didn't know what time it was but Gainesville Police say they nabbed a burglar with a bunch of clocks from the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house New Year's morning.
Terry Hunt, 35, of 1210 NW 5th Ave., in Gainesville, also had stereo equipment, video games, DVDs and two Play Station consoles stashed in two duffel bags, police said.
Two plainclothes officers, Steve Baker and Jeff Shaw, staked out the fraternity house at 207 SW 13th St. after it was burglarized earlier in the weekend.
They stayed until about 3 a.m., then returned in time to catch Hunt creeping out of the house about 5:50 a.m. Sunday with socks on his hands to conceal his fingerprints, Shaw said.
The officer also said he found a screwdriver in Hunt's pocket, and he later determined there were three warrants out for Hunt's arrest in unrelated incidents.
GPD's Lt. Ed Book said his department often has to watch fraternity houses on long weekends because they're typically left "vulnerable" by residents.
But Sunday morning, officers found the same door they had locked themselves earlier that weekend unlocked.
- Tiffany Pakkala

Area fire destroys a mobile home

Just two hours into the New Year, firefighters battled Sunday the first residential fire of 2006 in Fairbanks, just outside the Gainesville city limits.
The blaze destroyed a mobile home at 7411 NE 52nd Terrace.
No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.
Quick-thinking neighbors used garden hoses to keep the fire from spreading to their homes before firefighters arrived, officials reported.
Alachua County Fire Rescue, Gainesville Fire Rescue and Waldo Fire Rescue had the blaze under control within about 30 minutes.
The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating to determine a cause.
- Tiffany Pakkala

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