Area man arrested in mobile home fire


Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12:09 a.m.
  • An Alachua County man was arrested in Newberry on Friday for allegedly making two fire bombs in connection to a fire that destroyed his mobile home on New Year's Day, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.
    Donald L. Kelly, 53, was charged with possession and the manufacturing of a fire bomb after he reportedly filled a container with gas and another with gas and nails and placed them behind the house, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.
    The blaze destroyed mobile home at 7405 NW 52nd Terrace in Fairbanks, just outside the Gainesville city limits.
    Kelly's wife, Bertha Kelly, had left their home with the couple's two children after an argument, but later found out her mobile home had burned down, records show. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.
    Kelly, who is employed as a truck driver with White Construction in Chiefland, was being held at the Alachua County jail.
    - Deborah Ball

    Bus driver citations tallied up in records

  • Thursday's citing of an Alachua County school bus driver for careless driving marked the sixth traffic citation issued to bus drivers while driving school buses so far this school year, according to Alachua County School Board records released Friday.
    Jackie Johnson, spokeswoman for the School Board, said Friday that among the six citations issued, two bus drivers were cited for careless driving. That includes Vernell Seagle, 62, who was pulled over by sheriff's deputies Thursday on Fort Clarke Boulevard after a motorist spotted her weaving in and out of traffic while behind the wheel of a school bus, according to the Sheriff's Office.
    The remaining four violations included one improper backing violation; one improper left turn violation; and two right-of-way violations, Johnson said.
    - Deborah Ball

    Sen. Nelson criticizes offshore boundary plan

  • TALLAHASSEE - A Department of Interior proposal to redraw offshore administrative boundaries is an attempt to open areas off Florida's coast in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling, Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday.
    The plan would give Louisiana control over part of the eastern Gulf south of the Florida Panhandle.
    It is similar to one proposed last year by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in an amendment to the Senate's energy bill, but she abandoned it after a brief filibuster by Nelson, D-Fla.
    ''Nelson said today he'll do everything possible, including new specific legislation, to block Interior Secretary Gale Norton from carrying out the oil industry's agenda over the wishes of the people of Florida and many other coastal states,'' Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin said in a statement.
    - The Associated Press

    Judge rejects appeal of condemned inmate

  • MILTON - A judge has rejected motions to set aside the conviction and death sentence of a convicted killer set to be executed Jan. 31, but his lawyer asked for a rehearing Friday.
    Arthur D. Rutherford, 56, who killed a Santa Rosa County woman in 1985, is one of two Florida inmates under active death warrants, both for murders in the Panhandle.
    The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday in an appeal from Clarence Edward Hill, 47, of Mobile, Ala., who fatally shot a Pensacola police officer during a 1982 bank robbery. He is scheduled for execution Jan. 24.
    - The Associated Press
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