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Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1:24 a.m.

Man dies from injuries in Jan. 14 ATV accident

A LaCrosse man died last week after he was injured in an ATV accident earlier this month, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Steven Chad Goode, 33, was thrown from an ATV on Alachua County Road 236 on Jan. 14, according to troopers.
Goode was a passenger on the ATV, which was driving back and forth across the road, troopers said. The vehicle struck a bump in the road. Goode, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected and landed on his head in the middle of the road. He was flown to Shands at the University of Florida because of his life-threatening injuries.
No one else was injured in the accident, FHP reported.
- Lise Fisher

Melrose man charged with molesting teens

A Melrose man was being held at the Alachua County jail Tuesday on $200,000 bond after he was charged with sexual battery and sexual assault involving two teenagers.
Victor Manuel Bauza Jr., 21, is accused of molesting two 15-year-old girls last year, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported. Sworn complaints for sexual battery also were filed against two others, a 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from the Melrose and Keystone Heights area, in connection with the case.
The incident occurred in January 2006 at the home of a relative of one of the suspects in the Earleton area, deputies reported. The female teenagers told deputies they had gone with the three, who were acquaintances, and had been drinking alcohol.
The female teenagers later were dropped off on the side of a road in Clay County, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Steve Maynard said. One was unconscious and later treated for alcohol poisoning.
- Lise Fisher

Union County ambulance is run off road by truck

An ambulance carrying two car accident victims was run off the road Sunday evening by a pickup truck that fled the scene, but no one was seriously injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A Union County EMS ambulance was headed south on State Road 121 around 8 p.m. Sunday transporting two people who had been involved in an accident at SR 121 and State Road 100, troopers said.
The driver of the ambulance, Raymond Schuford, 39, of Lake Butler, told FHP an unknown pickup truck headed north on SR 121 drove into the southbound lane, causing Schuford to veer off the road, striking a guard rail.
The ambulance overturned after striking the guard rail, landing on its left side.
All five of the people inside the ambulance were transported to Shands at the University of Florida with minor injuries. The passengers in the ambulance were Alan Schmidt, 25, and James Redmond, 33, who are both of Lake Butler and are Union County EMS employees, as well as accident victims Roman Stewart, 19, of Raiford, and Amy Ellison, 17, of Sanderson, FHP reported.
- Alice Wallace

Air show returning to Lake City in April

The Lake City air show is returning in April following a three-year absence.
The previously annual event was last held in 2004 to benefit the Lake City Community College Foundation and raised as much as $88,000 a year.
This year's air show on April 28 and 29 will be hosted by the Lake City Rotary Club, and the primary beneficiary will be Haven Hospice. Organizers hope to raise at least $30,000 to benefit the nonprofit organization.
"This is a good community event and we will be selling tickets at $5 per person so this is something that will be affordable for families," said Mike Lee, a Rotarian and member of the Lake City Council.
The 2007 air show headliner will be Jim Leroy, an internationally recognized aerobatic pilot who maintains a home in Lake City. As in past years, the air show will be held at the municipal airport on W. U.S. 90.
- Karen Voyles

Chiefland Fire Rescue gets new imaging unit

Chiefland has become the third volunteer fire department west of Alachua County to receive a thermal imaging unit.
Thermal imaging uses varying colors to represent temperature differences. By comparing colors, firefighters are able to locate people who may have become disoriented or trapped in burning buildings when smoke is too thick to allow them to be located by sight.
Fire officials also said that in situations where they are uncertain whether everyone escaped from a burning building, thermal imaging provides a safer, more efficient way to search for possible victims. Chiefland had an adult die in a fire in 2005 and a child die in a 2004 fire.
Chiefland Fire Rescue Department Chief David Burnett said his department received a grant from Plum Creek Foundation to buy a 2007, state-of-the-art, $10,000 thermal imaging unit.
The Fanning Springs and Williston fire departments acquired similar units during the past year.
- Karen Voyles

Dedication ceremony for Library West is Friday

A dedication ceremony for the renovated and expanded Library West is scheduled for Friday in the library on the University of Florida campus.
Best-selling author and UF alumnus Michael Connelly will give the address "On Libraries." The event begins at 1:30 p.m.
Perhaps best known for his Harry Bosch thriller series, Connelly has also won numerous awards and critical acclaim for his stand-alone novels, including "The Lincoln Lawyer," which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list in 2005.
Library West closed in 2003 for a complete renovation. The library reopened in August 2006 with seating for 1,400, a digital media center and 139 general-use computers, among other improvements.
"Library West is now poised to take its place at the very core of UF's scholarly life," University Libraries Director Dale Canelas said. "No part of a university is more the product of the intelligence of the past than its library. It is best seen as the cumulative contributions of all those who have thought and have written, and then of those who have made it their concern to preserve the record and pass it on."
- Jessica Palombo

Partially mummified boy found in storage unit

DELRAY BEACH - A woman cleaning out her dead parents' rented storage unit discovered a partially mummified baby boy, who apparently was born in the 1950s, wrapped in old newspaper and stuffed inside a suitcase, police said Tuesday.
An autopsy could only determine the child's sex. The body will be sent to a forensic anthropologist to determine a cause of death and whether the child was born alive, a process that could take months, police spokesman Officer Jeff Messer said.
The baby was found Monday night by the couple's daughter. She flew down from New Jersey with her husband after receiving a letter stating that the contents of the storage unit would be auctioned off because the rent had not been paid for several months, Messer said.
- The Associated Press

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