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Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 11:58 p.m.
Two teens charged as adults in rape at UF
Two 15-year-olds accused of raping a University of Florida student at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium more than two weeks ago were charged as adults in the crime Monday, according to the Alachua County jail.
LaJeffric A. Owens and Marvin E. Sheffield, both of Gainesville, were booked into the jail on a $50,000 bond each and charged as adults with sexual battery using force, kidnapping and attempted robbery in connection to the Jan. 6 incident, jail records supervisor Lola Johnson confirmed Tuesday.
Police say the student was exercising inside the stadium about 9 p.m. when two male attackers grabbed her, forced her into a stadium restroom and then raped her.
- Deborah Ball
Suspect sought in rape of teenager
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in November.
Detectives released a composite drawing of the suspect Tuesday.
The girl, who first reported the attack last month, told investigators she accepted a ride home from the man on Nov. 8 after going to a convenience store near SE 43rd Street and Hawthorne Road, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Keith Faulk said. But, instead of bringing her home, deputies say he took her to Palm Point Park off Lake Shore Drive and raped her. The man then drove her back and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
The girl later began having problems in school and eventually spoke with officers, Faulk said.
The man was driving a red, four-door Toyota, possibly a Corolla, with rust spots and a missing rear hubcap.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Denise Scott at (352) 367-4165.
- Lise Fisher
Area man is charged with attempted murder
Gerrick Antoine Gibson, 31, is accused of confronting Allen Tyrone Simmons at his apartment at 2503 NW 59th Ave. about money Simmons reportedly owed him on Nov. 8, Gainesville police said. Gibson allegedly pulled out a black 9 mm handgun and tried to hit Simmons with it, police said. Simmons, in fear for his life, ran away with Gibson chasing after him and firing four to six shots at him, but missing Simmons, police said.
One of the rounds went through the front door of a woman's house a block away.
Simmons and a witness positively identified Gibson in a photo lineup, police said. Gibson, who was being held at the Alachua County jail on a $500,000 bond, was also charged with shooting a deadly missile into a home and possession of a firearm or concealed weapon by a convicted felon.
- Deborah Ball
Area man wanted by 2 police agencies arrested
Larry Leonard Hill, 45, is accused of choking his pregnant girlfriend, Mary Murphy, on Jan. 14 at their home and four days later, stabbing a man in the back during a fight at 111 E. University Ave., court records show.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office was looking for Hill in the attempted murder case while Gainesville police were searching for him for the reported stabbing of Jerimy Floyd Blevins in the back, court records show.
GPD arrested Hill at the St. Francis House in downtown Gainesville Monday.
He was being held at the Alachua County jail on an $800,000 bond.
- Deborah Ball
Motorcyclist injured in crash with dogs
Rescuers transported David Paul Trimble, 47, to Shands at the University of Florida after he and another motorcyclist were involved in a crash less than a mile west of Lake City, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
The accident occurred shortly before 9 p.m.
Trimble and Paul A. Butcher, 47, of Lake City were headed west on the road when the dogs appeared in their way, troopers said. Trimble crashed.
Butcher tried to avoid the other motorcyclist and was able to keep his motorcycle from landing on him but did run over Trimble's leg, officers reported.
Both dogs were struck and one of them later died, troopers said.
- Lise Fisher
Memorial service today for victim of car crash
Radhika Gaur, 20, died Jan. 15 when she apparently lost control of her car on Interstate 10, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Gaur's car veered off the highway, struck a group of trees and burst into flames.
The service starts at 3 p.m. in the Friends of Music Room in the University Auditorium.
Gaur was a third-year business student from Jacksonville, university records show.
- Lise Fisher
Bush renominates three UF trustees
The action by the governor will extend the terms of the trustees through 2011 if they are confirmed by the Senate during the regular session beginning in March.
Manny Fernandez, Carlos Alfonso and Diana Morgan, all of whom were first appointed in 2001, will serve out their last terms on the 12-member board if confirmed.
State trustees are appointed for staggered four-year terms and limited to eight years of service.
The board of trustees is authorized to hire and fire university presidents, make decisions regarding policy and help shape the university's strategic plan.
Fernandez, 59, is a Sanibel resident and managing director of SI Ventures, a venture capital firm.
Fernandez is chairman of the UF board of trustees.
Alfonso, 49, is a Tampa resident and chief operating officer of Alliant Partners LLC, a real estate development group.
Morgan, 54, is a Windermere resident and former senior vice president of public affairs for Walt Disney World.
- Jack Stripling
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