Bus crash hits close to home for Lt. Maynard

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 1:06 a.m.

The death of a Marion County middle school student in the Sept. 23 school bus crash on U.S. 301 brought back a lot of memories for Alachua County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Maynard.

The recent crash on U.S. 301 was within walking distance of the place where Maynard's middle school bus was hit by a small car and careened onto its side in the late 1980s. Maynard recalled that his bus pulled onto U.S. 301 and into the path of the oncoming car.

The shock of the impact, the curtain of glass that fell when all the windows on one side of the bus shattered, and the look on his father's face were among the still-vivid memories Maynard has about the incident that happened 20 years ago.

A video of Maynard recalling his bus crash experience can be viewed at www.gainesville.com.

Metal thieves: A new state law, aimed at curbing metal theft and providing officers more information about who is recycling metal, went into effect Wednesday.

The new law requires recycling businesses to record a description of the person selling the metals, including the person's full name, current residential address, workplace and home and work phone numbers and a description of the person's vehicle.

Height, weight, date of birth, race, gender, hair and eye color and other identifying marks also must be recorded and a thumbprint must be collected.

A recycler who violates the law by not registering with the Department of Revenue or who commits repeated violations regarding the information maintained per transaction also faces a felony charge.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office plans to collect the information in a database, the agency says.

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