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Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11:05 p.m.

Man being held in molestation of teen

A 20-year-old man was being held at the Suwannee County jail after Live Oak Police accused him of molesting a teenage girl, the Police Department reported.

Officers arrested Daniel Sica'Cuyuch after police were contacted by the 15-year-old girl and her mother, according to the law enforcement agency.

The girl, who is from Live Oak, told police that Sica'Cuyuch - who was described as a friend of the family - had invited her for a ride. When she went with him, he took her to his home where she alleged the sexual attack occurred.

Charges pending against Sica'Cuyuch include sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation and giving a false name to an officer, the agency reported.

Detective Justin Bates located Sica'Cuyuch, who police said at first gave a false name. Police also said Sica'Cuyuch had been planning to leave Live Oak and return to Mexico.

A $101,000 bond had been set for Sica'Cuyuch's release from jail, according to jail records.

- Lise Fisher

Officers arrest alleged scammer in Newberry

Officers arrested an accused scam artist Tuesday who they allege had been cheating Newberry area residents with claims he needed money to visit his injured wife, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported.

The Sheriff's Office received a tip about the whereabouts of Gregory M. White, 31, after the agency put out a warning Monday alleging he was cheating elderly residents. Officers accused White of bilking 10 people by claiming he needed gas money because his wife was in a Lake City hospital following a vehicle crash. In the different cases, White received $14 to $50 from several residents. Most were elderly women, according to the Sheriff's Office.

An arrest warrant had been issued for White on a charge of scheme to defraud.

White was arrested without incident at a Newberry home and admitted to deputies he needed the money because he has a drug problem, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Keith Faulk.

White was being held at the Alachua County jail on an $80,000 bond.

- Lise Fisher

Report: Host arrested over minors at party

Deputies arrested a Columbia County man over the weekend for hosting an open house party with underage people present, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Danny James Davis, 20, faces charges of holding the party and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, deputies reported.

Officers learned about the event from an anonymous caller who said there were underage people at a Saturday night party at 638 NW Bronco Terrace, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies went to the home and found approximately 45 vehicles parked at the residence. Many people ran when they saw officers, but a deputy who serves as a Columbia County High School resource officer recognized some of the partygoers as underage.

Davis spoke to officers and said he was hosting a party for a friend going into the military and said it had been a "bad decision" to let people who were underage attend, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Two people were arrested at the same home last May for holding an open house party with underage drinking, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Laurie Windham.

- Lise Fisher

Baker County crash spills powder concrete

A Baker County crash early Tuesday left dry-powder concrete spilled on U.S. 90 near a state prison, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Two men received minor injuries in the wreck when a semi struck a truck at about 8 a.m., according to troopers. The crash dumped the concrete and about 10 gallons of diesel fuel and engine oil on land at Baker Correctional Institution.

John M. Ingalls, 47, of Dunnellon and Jason B. Brevard, 20, of Lake City were treated at the Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital in Macclenny and released, troopers reported.

Ingalls had been driving the semi east on U.S. 90, while Brevard had stopped his truck to turn off the road. The semi struck the right rear of the truck, drove off the road and overturned, according to troopers. The truck's trailer was torn open, spilling the concrete.

Ingalls is facing a citation for careless driving, FHP reported.

- Lise Fisher

Open house on U.S. 441 project to be held

An open house will be held Thursday in Alachua so residents can learn about a construction project on U.S. 441, the Florida Department of Transportation reported.

The 2.8-mile project involves the resurfacing of the roadway between the CSX railroad and NW 167th Boulevard, north of Interstate 75, according to DOT.

The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alachua City Hall at 15100 NW 142nd Terrace.

Work on the $3.3 million project, handled by Anderson Columbia Inc., will include removing and replacing existing pavement, replacing broken concrete sidewalk and adding new sidewalk under I-75, adding wheelchair-accessible ramps to the sidewalk at the side street intersections and replacing the existing guardrail under the interstate.

Nighttime lane closures in the area are set to begin next month from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. The project is expected to be complete in the early fall.

- Sun staff report

CMS to hold legislative day for area officials

Gainesville's Children's Medical Services office is hosting a legislative day on Friday to educate area officials on issues regarding children with special health care needs.

"This is an important opportunity for local elected officials to learn about and personally meet the children and families in their area who are served by the CMS network," said Dr. Joseph J. Chiaro, deputy secretary of health for CMS, in a statement.

This is the first time CMS has hosted an event like this in Alachua County.

The legislative day, which will be held at the Gerold L. Schiebler Children's Medical Services Center at 1701 SW 16th Ave. from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., will include presentations about CMS, a clinic tour and a chance for parents of children with medical care needs to talk with legislators.

- Sun staff report

Passer-by locates missing boater's body

MIAMI - The Coast Guard says the body of a Miami man who disappeared off Elliot Key was found by a passer-by.

Coast Guard officials say 45-year-old Dan Stonionis was discovered at 9:30 a.m. about three miles east of another key near Miami.

Other boaters had spotted his 25-foot vessel with no one aboard just off Elliot Key on Saturday.

The Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Miami-Dade County fire officials had searched for him over the weekend.

- The Associated Press

Fake bomb parts slip past Tampa security

TAMPA - Parts of a fake bomb slipped past a screener at Tampa International Airport, but the security breach only led to remedial training, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

An undercover agent wearing the small, simulated object passed by a security officer Friday, and a CNN crew filmed the incident. The object set off a metal detector, but the agent told the screener he had a metal knee, CNN reported.

"It becomes a learning experience and it's part of our program to raise the bar on training,'' TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said. "If we had easy tests, we wouldn't be learning from them.''

The Tampa airport was selected for the security exercise because it was next in the agency's testing rotation, another TSA spokesman told The Tampa Tribune in an e-mail.

- The Associated Press

Two hospitalized after small plane crashes

MARATHON - Two people are hospitalized after their small plane crashed in the Florida Keys.

Coast Guard officials say the single engine plane crashed just north of Marathon on Tuesday night. A good Samaritan helped the two victims until officials arrived.

The victims were taken to the hospital.

- The Associated Press

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