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Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 12:13 a.m.

Lake City man killed in two-vehicle crash

A Lake City man was killed Wednesday evening after he failed to stop his vehicle at a stop sign and was broadsided by an oncoming Jeep, according to Lt. Mike Burroughs of the Florida Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of NW Brown Road and NW Bert Avenue, about four miles west of Lake City.
Mark Steven Grant, 46, of Lake City, was southbound on Bert Avenue approaching the stop sign at Brown Road, but did not stop, Burroughs said. His Honda Civic traveled into the path of a Jeep Cherokee being driven west on Brown Road by Mark A. Majzel, 36, of Lake City. Majzel did not have a stop sign, Burroughs said.
Grant suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Burroughs said Majzel was transported to Shands at Lake Shore with minor injuries but was later released.
- Alice Wallace

UF graduate still in ICU after streaking incident

A University of Florida graduate who was critically injured after the BCS National Championship game when he streaked across W. University Avenue into the path of a car remains in the intensive care unit at Shands at the University of Florida, according to Sgt. Anthony Ferrara with the Gainesville Police Department.
Ferrara said Matthew T. Schlagheck, 23, is in an induced coma at Shands at UF. He said Schlagheck suffered severe head injuries, but his condition has improved since being hospitalized.
Ferrara said a preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the vehicle that Schlagheck ran into, George M. Harrison, 24, was not impaired at the time.
Ferrara said Harrison is a corrections officer outside of Alachua County and was trying to get across town and avoid the ruckus after the Gators' football championship victory when Shlagheck ran into the vehicle.
- Alice Wallace

Newberry man drives into his apartment

A Newberry man was displaced from his apartment Wednesday after he drove his car through his own front door by accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Girishkumar Patel, 52, was pulling into a parking spot in front of his apartment in the Brookside Apartment complex at 245 NW 147th Way in Newberry at 11:30 a.m. when he stepped on the gas instead of the brake, FHP Trooper Marie Wilson said.
Patel's 2005 Toyota four-door lurched forward and hit a doorway support beam before crashing through his front door, Wilson said. Patel was not injured, but the damage made the apartment unsafe to stay in. Damages to the apartment and car were estimated at $2,000 each, Wilson said.
Wilson said she cited Patel for careless driving.
- Deborah Ball

Charges are pending in Columbia shooting case

Charges are pending against a Columbia County woman who fired shots at her estranged husband before threatening to kill herself Wednesday morning, according to Laurie Windham with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
No one was injured in the incident, and Windham said a SWAT team negotiator was able to convince the 44-year-old woman, who lives on SW Thurman Terrace, to put down her gun after about an hour of talking.
Windham said the incident occurred when the husband came to the woman's house Wednesday to pick up a vehicle he was awarded in their divorce proceedings. The woman was taken into custody for evaluation, and charges are pending, Windham said.
- Alice Wallace

Suwannee shooting leaves one teen dead

A Suwannee County teenager was killed in what appeared to be an accidental shooting Saturday afternoon, but Sheriff Tony Cameron has turned over the information to the State Attorney's Office for review.
Matthew Welsh, 17, and a friend, also 17, were playing with a .22-caliber rifle in Welsh's bedroom Saturday afternoon when the gun went off, hitting Welsh in the head. Welsh, who is from the Live Oak area, died later at Shands at Live Oak, Cameron said.
"They were playing with a gun that they thought was unloaded and it went off," he said.
Cameron said the Sheriff's Office does not suspect foul play but has asked the state attorney to have a Suwannee County grand jury determine if charges should be filed.
- Alice Wallace

School bus evacuated because of power line

An Alachua County school bus was briefly evacuated Wednesday after a loose power line got wrapped around a mirror, authorities said.
No one was injured.
The school bus, which was carrying 68 students home from Idylwild Elementary School after an early dismissal, was behind a car at the 1800 block of Rocky Point Road at 12:50 p.m. when the car traveled beneath a hanging power wire, said Keith Birkett, assistant superintendent of Alachua County schools.
When the school bus driver tried to stop to avoid the inactive wire, the line became tangled in one of the bus mirrors, Birkett said.
The bus was evacuated as a precaution while Gainesville Regional Utilities workers untangled the line from the mirror. The bus was then reloaded and went along its way, he said.
- Deborah Ball

Hanrahan giving speech on State of the City

Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan will give a State of the City address today at 11:30 a.m.
The speech will be held in the City Hall Auditorium, 200 E. University Ave.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and copies of the city's Citizens Report will be available.
The speech will be taped and broadcast on Channel 12 at a later date.
- Jeff Adelson

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