Man arrested for exposure in prairie


Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

The park manager at Paynes Prairie said that, with the recent cool weather, visitors of all sorts have been flocking to the park's trails - including men who are looking for more than just a stroll through the woods.

Lance Rosenblatt, 46, of Fort White was arrested over the weekend on a charge of exposure of sexual organs after he led an undercover state officer off the trail and propositioned him.

Park manager David Jowers said sexual activity in the park is an ongoing problem, but he also said the recent arrest isn't an indication that there has been a spike in that kind of activity at the park.

Death investigation: Gainesville Police investigating the apparent suicide of a University of Florida student over the weekend said cyanide, purchased online from a chemical supply company, may have been used.

A roommate of the 19-year-old man contacted police after finding his body at the home on SE 7th Street early Sunday, said police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg.

Officers found a plastic bag over the man's head attached to a helium tank.

Nearby was a bottle listed as cyanide.

Kameg said there was no sign of foul play involved. The man's roommate had received an e-mail in which he indicated he might commit suicide.

Detectives reported the cyanide appeared to have been purchased legally, Kameg said.

Triple crown: The University of Florida Police Department can now boast that it is the only university agency in the country to be accredited by three different accrediting bodies - on the state, national and international levels.

"It's just showing our agency is trying to expand to meet any level of professionalism that a law enforcement association puts out there to be met," said Capt. Jeff Holcomb.

On Nov. 30, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators recognized UFPD as an accredited agency.

That accreditation joins others by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies that was first awarded in 1996 and the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation that was awarded in 1997.

Meet and greet: The Putnam County Sheriff's Office will hold a meeting with Interlachen residents today to update the community on issues involving the department, the agency announced.

The meeting is part of the agency's ongoing Your Sheriff's Office program.

Both the officers and residents can discuss programs, issues and concerns, said Major Keith Riddick.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at Interlachen Elementary School, 251 S. State Road 315.

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