Around the Region - Jan. 21

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 1:44 a.m.


Man arrested in thefts of kegs from apartments

Witnesses are getting the credit for stopping an apparent beer keg theft spree.

The suspect arrested in the case on Sunday afternoon was identified as Michael Jose Miranda, 24, of 3415 SW 39th Blvd. Miranda was charged with burglary, two counts of larceny, two counts of dealing in stolen property, and possession of marijuana.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Art Forgey said a couple of witnesses saw Miranda loitering around The Estates apartment complex at 3527 SW 20th Ave. The witnesses told deputies they followed Miranda to the Pinnacle Point apartments at 3640 SW 20th Ave. and saw him carrying out a keg that he took to Tailgate Beverage at 4340 SW 20th Ave.

Deputies said Miranda received $15 for turning in the keg seen by witnesses and had received $15 from a keg reportedly taken earlier in the day from the Kensington South apartment complex.

Miranda was being held at the Alachua County jail on Tuesday. His bail was set at $7,000.

Karen Voyles

No venue change for man accused of killing mother

A judge has refused a change of venue request for the Suwannee County man accused of murdering his mother, burning her in a 55-gallon drum, then disposing of her charred bones in a plowed field on the farm where they both lived.

William Robert Elliott, 54, was arrested in November 2007 in connection with the murder of his mother, Martha Elizabeth Elliott.

A grand jury indicted him on charges of first-degree murder and destruction of the dead body of a human.

His trial is scheduled for five days in April at the courthouse in Live Oak.

Circuit Court Judge David Fina denied a request to move the trial. Elliott's attorney made the request based on pretrial publicity about the case and concerns that Elliott would not be able to get an impartial jury in the rural county.

According to court records, Fina turned down the request, but agreed to allow individual questioning of potential jurors if they indicate they know something about the case.

Karen Voyles


SFC hosting job fair for public in Archer today

Santa Fe College is hosting a job fair today at the SFC Davis Center in Archer.

About 20 employers are expected to attend. The job fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Davis Center lobby, on State Road 24 in Archer or 17500 SW Archer Road in Archer.

For more information, call the center at 395-5254.

Staff report

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