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Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:56 a.m.

Man arrested after shooting at 4 people

*A Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly shot at four people from his vehicle Tuesday afternoon, according to an arrest report.

Robert Lorenzo Adams Jr., 20, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

The Gainesville Police Department reported that witnesses told police Adams parked his vehicle in the 1300 block of E. University Ave. and began arguing with four people.

At one point, Adams reportedly pulled out what appeared to be a 9 mm handgun and fired several shots at the people he was arguing with, though no one was injured, the report stated.

When interviewed by police Adams admitted he shot at the people because he was scared of them, and he said he had given the gun to his "blood cousin," whose name Adams did not know, to dispose of, according to the police report.

- Alice Wallace

Woman charged with exploitation of elderly

*A Gainesville woman was arrested earlier this month after police discovered she racked up $85,000 worth of debt in an elderly woman's name, according to court records.

Kattie Clark Harris, 51, was arrested Oct. 4 and charged with scheme to defraud and exploitation of the elderly. Police reported she befriended an 85-year-old woman in a retirement community and began opening accounts in the woman's name, eventually running up a large amount of debt and even buying a $20,000 vehicle for her daughter in the woman's name, according to arrest records.

Police reported that when Harris befriended the elderly woman, the woman had no debt and had a large amount in savings.

- Alice Wallace

Man charged with arson of own car

*A Jacksonville man was arrested and charged with arson and insurance fraud after he admitted he purposely set his car on fire and then filed a fraudulent insurance claim, according to an arrest report.

Leonardo Blanco, 23, was arrested by the State Fire Marshal's Office on Wednesday. According to the arrest report, Blanco first told police he was in Miami on July 7, the day his car caught fire near Hawthorne. But when he had no receipts for his Miami trip, he admitted to investigators that he was having transmission problems so he decided to find a dirt road near Gainesville, and then he doused his engine with gasoline and ignited it, the report states.

Blanco told police he then filed a claim with his insurance company and filed a stolen vehicle report with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, according to the arrest report.

- Alice Wallace

Funeral for eighth-grader set for Friday

*The funeral for a Fort Clarke Middle School eighth-grader who was killed when she was struck by a vehicle on Saturday will be held on Friday at 11 a.m., according to a family friend.

Amber Fedelem, 13, died Saturday when she was struck by a vehicle on NW 39th Avenue. Her family announced earlier in the week that a public viewing is scheduled Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea, 823 NW 143rd St. The funeral will also be held at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea at 11 a.m. Friday.

- Alice Wallace

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