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Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:04 a.m.

Gainesville man dies after semis collide

* A Gainesville man died early Tuesday after two semis collided on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Jeremy Garvin, 35, was killed in a fiery, two-vehicle crash that occurred at about 2:45 a.m., troopers said.

Garvin had been traveling south on the interstate about a quarter mile north of U.S. 1 when another semi pulled out in front of him from the road's emergency lane, according to troopers.

The second semi had stopped in the emergency lane so two people inside could switch drivers, FHP reported. Brian Burroughs, 26, of Adel, Ga., was trying to get back on the road when he drove into the path of Garvin's approaching semi, FHP said.

Garvin's semi struck the rear of the other vehicle. Flames engulfed the front of Garvin's vehicle and the trailer of the other semi, troopers reported.

Garvin died at the scene, according to officers. Burroughs and the other man riding with him, Jerell Johnson, 23, of Adel, Ga., were not injured. All the vehicles' occupants had been wearing seat belts, troopers reported.

- Lise Fisher

Store owner fires shots at burglar, no one hurt

* A business owner fired two shots at an intruder who broke into a W. University Avenue store early Tuesday, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported.

No one was injured during the break-in at By Ear Musician, 7230 W. University Ave., said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Keith Faulk.

Store owner Jesse Johnson, 57, said he had been working late at the business when he heard someone rattling the front door.

Johnson said the intruder then threw a concrete block through the glass front door and came inside.

"He started coming right at me," Johnson said. The business owner fired two shots from a .38 caliber revolver. The burglar grabbed the cash register drawer and fled out of the business.

The thief escaped with an undetermined amount of money, Faulk said.

The incident occurred at about 5:30 a.m., Johnson said.

Johnson noted to officers that he had been prepared for a possible burglary and knew what he was doing when he fired the weapon because he had served in the military and has experience using a firearm.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 352-955-1818 or Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867.

- Lise Fisher

Four teens charged as adults in sexual assault

* BOCA RATON - Four teen boys accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls have been charged as adults.

Two of the boys are 14, while the others are 16 and 17. Prosecutors say each faces a charge of sexual battery on a physically incapacitated person. If convicted, they could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison. They are being held at the Palm Beach County jail on bonds ranging from $40,000 to $75,000.

The four boys, another 13-year-old and an 18-year-old are accused of getting the two girls drunk on New Year's Day, then assaulting them. The girls are 13 and 14. The 18-year-old also faces adult sexual battery charges.

- The Associated Press

Man charged in kidnapping, murder

* NORTH PORT - A man suspected of kidnapping and killing a North Port woman has been charged with murder.

Prosecutors charged 36-year-old Michael Lee King late Monday. He is accused of abducting 21-year-old Denise Amber Lee from her home last week, killing her with a single gunshot and burying her body in a shallow grave.

Police captured King shortly after Lee made a 911 call from his cell phone. During the call, the mother of two could be heard crying and begging her captor to set her free.

- The Associated Press

Police report two dead after helicopter crash

* MIAMI - Authorities say two people are dead after a helicopter crashed at a remote airstrip in the Florida Everglades.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office says it appears the two-seat chopper was practicing takeoffs and landings when it flipped and exploded on Tuesday afternoon.

The victims have not yet been identified.

- The Associated Press

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