Man avoids run-in with crushing logs but not the law


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 10:46 p.m.
He may have cheated death, but an Old Town man couldn't escape from the law.
Kenneth R. Yawn, 22, had a close call Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying logs ran a red light at the intersection of U.S. 19 and State Road 349 in Dixie County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The semi's driver, Charlie Howard, 52, of Trenton, swerved to the right to avoid a collision, causing the semi to flip over and spill the logs onto Yawn's car. The logs crushed the roof and Yawn ducked onto the floorboard to being crushed himself, FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs said. Yawn received only minor injuries, Burroughs said.
After checking his driver's license, troopers realized Yawn had an outstanding arrest warrant and took him to the Dixie County jail, Burroughs said.
FDLE raises reward: Five years and 40 banks later, the elusive Band-Aid Bandit is still on the loose.
That's why the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday increased the original $25,000 award for information leading to his arrest to $50,000. The robber, named for the Band-Aids he's been spotted wearing during multiple heists, has snatched more than a half-million dollars from Florida banks, including a Gainesville bank in 2003.
Anyone with information about the Band-Aid Bandit is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-8477.
Bare facts: An accused robber in Clay County apparently only wanted a man's jewelry and cell phone.
But he told the victim to take off his clothes.
Investigators said they're not sure why Maurice Futch, 24, of Middleburg made the demand, except perhaps to keep the victim from being able to quickly escape and get help.
"It's the same thing as making somebody lie down on the floor," Alachua County Sheriff's Sgt. Keith Faulk said. "More often than not, it's used to allow them that extra second to get away."
Futch was arrested and charged with strong-armed robbery for the Jan. 4 incident. He threatened the victim and said he would get his gun if the man didn't follow his orders.
Emergency classes: Training classes are being offered for the county's Community Emergency Response Team.
The program trains residents to become team members who can assist during a major emergency or disaster when resources normally available are taxed. Participants are trained in areas including disaster fire suppression and medical operations.
Only team members are eligible to receive a certificate upon successfully completing the course. But children 14 and older can participate in the classes if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information, go to www.alachua-em.org or contact Emergency Management Operations Coordinator Eric Bertsch at (352) 264-6530 .
The program's first class this year starts today. The registration deadline for the next available course is April 10.

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