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Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2008 at 11:12 p.m.

High Springs police look for shooting suspect

High Springs Police were searching Monday for a suspect in a weekend shooting that left one person injured.

The victim, a 65-year-old High Springs man, was listed in good condition after he was flown to Shands at the University of Florida, police reported.

Officers were contacted at about 9 p.m. Saturday and told a man had been shot while standing in front of a home at 645 SE Washington Ave., according to police. When they arrived, they found the injured man.

Police are searching for Jamariay Rakymm Jamison, 19, on a charge of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to the law enforcement agency. They listed his address as the same home near where they found the wounded man.

Police listed Jamison as armed and dangerous. A motive for the shooting had not been determined.

Anyone with information about Jamison or the case is asked to contact High Springs Police at (386) 454-1415 or Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-7867.

- Lise Fisher

S.C. man killed after ATV, Jeep accident

A 32-year-old South Carolina man was killed Monday when he drove an all-terrain vehicle off an Ocklawaha road and collided with a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Michael Bonds of Lauren, S.C., was traveling south on 170th Avenue Road when another vehicle, traveling north, rounded a curve and entered the southbound roadway, according to the Highway Patrol. To avoid a collision, Bonds drove off the shoulder of the road. He was ejected from a Honda TRX 400 EX and struck a tree, a news release stated.

Bonds was not wearing a helmet, the news release said.

The vehicle Bonds tried to avoid was a Jeep Cherokee, according to FHP. The driver of the Jeep failed to stop and left the scene. The Jeep is described as a dark-colored model from between 2003 and 2005. Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver is asked to call Cpl. Susan Barge at (352) 732-1260 ext. 236.

- Jack Stripling

Scholarship for SFCC offered to area women

A scholarship to attend Santa Fe Community College is available to women from Alachua County or Bradford County through the Altrusa International of Gainesville Scholarship Fund.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. on April 11. Applications may be picked up in the SFCC High School Dual Enrollment Office in Building R, Room 5 at the SFCC Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd St.

The $1,280 scholarship will be awarded for the 2008-09 academic year. Five awards are anticipated for 2008-09.

Scholarship recipients must be at least 25 years old, be enrolled full time seeking a degree and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

For more information, contact Kate Marks in the High School Dual Enrollment Office at (352) 395-5491.

- Sun staff report

Police say many injured by sparks at WWE event

ORLANDO - Authorities say dozens of people were injured at a Wrestlemania event in Orlando when fireworks and cables landed on the crowd.

Fans packed the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Sunday night for the event. Orlando Fire Department spokesman Greg Hoggatt says a cable holding the fireworks collapsed at the end of the show, sending sparks from the fireworks into the crowd. He says there were burn injuries "up and down the stadium.''

At least 40 people were injured. Officials say all the injuries were minor, but at least three people were taken to a hospital. Their conditions are not yet known.

- The Associated Press

Space shuttle delayed by fuel tank arrival

CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA's next space shuttle launch has been delayed until May 31, nearly a week late because of extra time needed to get the fuel tank to Florida.

Discovery had been scheduled to blast off May 25, but the external fuel tank for the space station mission got held up by bad weather. The tank finally arrived at Kennedy Space Center from its assembly plant in New Orleans last week.

NASA also wanted to avoid having the launch team work through the Memorial Day weekend.

Discovery will ferry Japan's massive Kibo lab to the international space station. The first section of the lab went up on the last shuttle flight, which ended last Wednesday.

- The Associated Press

Nader speaks to FSU students about politics

TALLAHASSEE - Presidential candidate Ralph Nader told a group of students at Florida State University that Americans shouldn't view independent and third-party candidates as spoilers.

During his speech Monday, Nader said a competitive democracy allows more voices and agendas to be heard.

Nader says voting for a third-party candidate sends a message to the two parties, and that it's not a wasted vote.

Nader is running as an independent this election but has run as the Green Party candidate in the past.

He was scheduled to lecture at the university later Monday night about corporate influences and the erosion of democracy.

- The Associated Press

Jury still deliberating in terrorism trial

MIAMI - A jury on Monday resumed deliberations in the second trial of six men accused of plotting terrorist attacks against Chicago's Sears Tower and FBI offices.

The 12 jury members got the case Friday after nearly two months of testimony and closing arguments. The panel deliberated about six hours Monday without reaching any verdicts and will return on Tuesday.

Narseal Batiste and five others each face up to 70 years in prison if convicted of four terrorism-related conspiracy charges. Their first trial ended in December with a hung jury and a seventh suspect was acquitted.

Prosecutors have claimed they wanted to use the terror attacks to ignite an insurrection against the U.S. government.

Batiste, the alleged ringleader, testified that he faked interest in terrorism in an attempt to scam $50,000 from a man he thought was from al-Qaeda. That man was actually an FBI informant.

- The Associated Press

Refuge owner: Cheetah attack 'not a big deal'

WELLINGTON - The owner of a South Florida wildlife refuge who was attacked by two cheetahs says the attack was "not a big deal.''

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Judy Berens was expected to be released from the hospital Monday and return to work.

Berens owns the Panther Ridge Conservation Center in Wellington, which provides homes for exotic cats.

Authorities say Berens was airlifted to a hospital Saturday with 40 puncture wounds.

She was conducting an exhibition with two male cheetahs when one got excited by someone bouncing a ball outside. The cheetah ran toward the ball and knocked Berens over. It then began to claw and bite her. At some point, the other cheetah joined in the attack.

She was saved by people who ran into the enclosure.

- The Associated Press

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