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Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 8:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

W.Va. man arrested

in attempted murder

* A West Virginia man was arrested on attempted murder charges Tuesday after another man was sent to the hospital in critical condition with multiple stab wounds, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office reported that Jason Daniel Smithson, 30, told deputies he stabbed Dana Tedder, 45, with a steak knife Tuesday morning.

Tedder was staying in a Columbia County mobile home that Smithson and his wife had recently rented. The Sheriff's Office gave no motive for the stabbing.

Smithson fled the scene after the stabbing, deputies said. Deputies said they found Tedder lying on the front porch of the mobile home around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials with the High Springs Police Department later apprehended Smithson, the Sheriff's Office reported.

- Alice Wallace

Search continues for

man wanted in shooting

* Officers in Suwannee County still were searching Tuesday for a man accused of shooting into a crowd following a fight in Live Oak last week.

Investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of Brian A. Hallman, 24, of Live Oak after police reported he shot "wildly" into a crowd at Walker Avenue and McNulty Street late Thursday.

One man, Cornelius A. Bristol, 25, of Jasper had been shot at least once in the abdominal area and was discovered in a nearby backyard.

Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams said officers don't know what started the fight or if Bristol was accidentally shot or targeted.

Bristol was hospitalized after the incident, according to officers.

Hallman is believed to have been riding in a beige 2000 Cadillac with the Florida tag 664-HDH.

Hallman is considered armed and dangerous, according to Live Oak Police. Williams said officers think he still is in the area.

- Lise Fisher

Pedestrian injured

in Lake Butler crash

* A pedestrian was seriously injured early Monday when a Lake Butler man struck him and two vehicles in a series of crashes in Bradford and Union counties, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Troopers said the wrecks involving David Joseph Bridgman, 30, were alcohol-related. Bridgman was accused of leaving the scene of a crash, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license and careless driving, according to FHP.

Bridgman had been driving north on County Road 225 when, about 1 a.m. Monday, his vehicle hit the rear of another vehicle trying to make a right turn on State Road 16 in Bradford County, troopers reported.

A passenger inside the other vehicle got out to talk with Bridgman about the wreck. But troopers said Bridgman drove toward SR 16 and hit the other man, Roger M. Roebuck, 38, of Middleburg.

Bridgman then drove west on SR 16 into Union County and hit the rear of a sport utility vehicle. A Union County sheriff's deputy eventually stopped Bridgman's vehicle at SR 121 and SR 100.

Roebuck received serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Shands at Starke, according to troopers.

The SUV's driver, Kimberly C. Crews, 40, of Macclenny received minor injuries, troopers reported. Bridgman also had minor injuries.

No one else riding in any of the vehicles involved in the crashes was injured, troopers said.

- Lise Fisher

COMMUNITY

VA, UF are teaming up

for VA Nursing Academy

* The Department of Veterans Affairs will team with the University of Florida College of Nursing in a new program to combat the national shortage of nurses, a VA spokesman announced Tuesday.

UF was one of four nursing schools chosen to participate in a VA Nursing Academy, along with Fairfield University, San Diego State University and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The VA will work with each school to expand faculty, improve recruitment and retention and create new education and research opportunities as part of the $40 million pilot program.

More information on the program is posted online at www.va.gov/oaa.

- Diane Chun

Power outage in city

result of downed tree

* About 2,000 Gainesville Regional Utilities customers lost power late Monday night due to a downed tree, according to GRU spokesman Dan Clark.

Clark said a tree knocked down a power line in southwest Gainesville shortly before midnight Monday, and it caused the power outage in the area near the intersection of SW 13th Street and Williston Road.

Clark said all but a handful of customers had their power restored by about 12:44 a.m., and the few customers who were directly near the downed tree had power returned by about 2 a.m.

- Alice Wallace

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