Three shot with gun loaded with bird shot


Mark Ables, a firefighter and hazardous materials technician, receives help from driver operator Matt Gassett with putting on his Level A protection suit during an area emergency planning council hazardous materials demonstration Monday. The Level A protection suit is designed to fully protect a person from acids, chlorine gases and harmful vapors.

AARON DAYE/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
  • Three Putnam County residents were shot early Monday morning when three men broke into their home south of Crescent City, according to Major Keith Riddick with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
    Riddick said three men, dressed in green camouflage clothing, broke into a trailer at 1153 Old Highway 17 around 3 a.m., and one of them shot three of the residents with a shotgun loaded with bird shot.
    Victor Sanchez, 20, Joaquin Garcia, 19, and a 17-year-old boy were shot, reports said. The 17-year-old was the only one who required medical attention, Riddick said.
    The victim was transported to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach in stable condition, Riddick said.
    - Alice Wallace

    Motorcyclist is killed in interstate crash

  • A Lake City man was killed Sunday evening when his motorcycle was hit from behind on Interstate 75 and he was thrown onto the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    The crash occurred in Marion County around 6 p.m. Sunday.
    Jeromie Affron, 35, of Lake City, was headed north on I-75 on his Rebel motorcycle when George Steele, 62, of Hawthorne, hit him from behind with his vehicle.
    Steele suffered only minor injuries, but Affron was pronounced dead at the scene, according to FHP.
    FHP is investigating the cause of the crash.
    - Alice Wallace

    Two snakes stolen from Eastside classroom

  • Two snakes were stolen from an Eastside High School classroom during a break-in over the weekend, according to Sgt. Keith Faulk with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
    The break-in occurred sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. The suspect or suspects broke into two portable classrooms, one of which was an ecology classroom. An Argentine boa constrictor and an African ball python were stolen.
    Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 955-1818, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-STOP.
    - Alice Wallace

    Man arrested in rape of SFCC student

  • A Gainesville man was arrested on charges of sexual battery after police say he raped a Santa Fe Community College student inside her apartment early Monday, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
    Paul E. Lodge, 30, is accused of raping the 19-year-old inside her apartment at Campus Club, 4000 SW 37th Blvd., GPD's Lt. Wayne Ash said. The victim and Lodge had attended the same party in another apartment at the complex before the alleged rape occurred at 2:15 a.m., Ash said.
    The victim's roommates told police Lodge asked them if he could use the bathroom, Ash said. Instead, Lodge allegedly went inside the victim's bedroom and raped her while she was passed out, Ash said.
    Lodge is being held at the Alachua County jail without bond.
    - Deborah Ball

    N.Y. Times columnist and author visits UF

  • New York Times op-ed columnist and best-selling author David Brooks will participate in a panel discussion tonight on the education gap linked to race, poverty and gender differences.
    Other panelists will include local and state educators.
    The event will begin at 6:30 tonight at the University of Florida's Emerson Alumni Hall. It is sponsored by the UF College of Education.
    Brooks, a nationally syndicated columnist, is a regular analyst and commentator on National Public Radio and PBS television's "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
    - Jack Stripling

    SFCC welcomes teacher from Namibia

  • Santa Fe Community College is hosting free public lectures with a teacher from Namibia this week and next.
    Sulaiman Mbazirra, a management and business instructor at the Polytechnic of Namibia, will discuss international trade in a business law class at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in room 28 of building L at the college's Northwest Campus. On Wednesday, he'll discuss culture and tourism at 3 p.m. in building S, room 239, on the same campus at 3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville.
    His visit is part of an on-going educational exchange between his school and SFCC.
    Last summer, SFCC business programs professor Clark Wheeler visited the Polytechnic of Namibia and toured the country.
    - Tiffany Pakkala

    Pond workshop in Monteocha rescheduled

  • A pond workshop set for Wednesday at the stormwater retention area in Monteocha has been rescheduled for Feb. 15.
    The county Environmental Protection Department will lead the demonstrations from 9 a.m.. to 4 p.m. at the Monteocha Pond and Community Center, NE 192nd Avenue East of County Road 231.
    Two other workshops will be held Feb. 25 and March 1 at locations to be determined.
    All workshops are free, and lunch will be provided.
    For more information, contact Fritzi Olson at aar@currentproblems.org or call her at 352-264-6827.
    - Marina Blomberg

    Closure of I-75 ramp at Williston postponed

  • The closure of the northbound Interstate 75 ramp at Williston Road that was scheduled for Monday has been postponed until Feb. 1 due to rainy conditions, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The ramp, as well as the outside and center northbound lanes, will be closed Feb. 1 to take samples of the roadway. The date was postponed because the equipment needed for the procedure does not work in the rain.
    - Alice Wallace

    Levy dog dies from tainted pet food

  • INGLIS - A Levy County dog that died Sunday is believed to be the first area casualty of tainted food distributed by Diamond Pet Foods.
    Heidi, a 16-month-old German shepherd, died at the Inglis home of John and Michelle Wright, who had given the dog as a Christmas present to their daughter, Hope, in 2004.
    Heidi became ill late last month after eating dog food containing the fungal toxin known as aflatoxin and is among the more than 75 dog deaths in the nation that are tied to Diamond Pet Foods products. The Missouri-based company initiated a national recall of more than 19 varieties of its products on Dec. 21.
    - Ocala Star-Banner
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