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Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 6:43 a.m.

Police: Alarms help stop 2 break-ins

The Clay County Sheriff's Office is crediting burglar alarms with thwarting two apparent theft attempts in Keystone Heights over the weekend.

One attempt was made at the Keystone Senior Citizens Center at 125 N.E. Commercial Circle on Sunday, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Mary Justino.

Investigators said it appeared someone broke in through a rear window at 11:09 p.m. Once inside, the intruder set off a loud alarm system, Justino said. Center officials said it did not appear anything was missing.

A break-in attempt at the Keystone First Assembly of God at 8025 State Road 100 was discovered when a loud alarm sounded there at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

Justino said it appeared that someone threw a brick through a side window at the church to gain entry.

A minister told deputies it did not appear that anything had been taken.

- Karen Voyles

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Single-vehicle crash kills man

A Lake City man died at his home shortly after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

James H. Wachob, 65, lost consciousness at his residence after the wreck, which occurred at about 12:35 p.m. at Southwest Wester Drive and Southwest Finley Little Lane in Columbia County, troopers reported.

Wachob had been driving a 1997 GMC pickup south on Southwest Wester Drive when he failed to stop at the intersection, traveled off the road and hit a traffic sign, according to troopers.

The pickup continued moving before hitting a tree. Relatives foundWachob and took him to his home, about one-tenth of a mile from the crash scene.

Soon after Wachob was brought home, he lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at the location after paramedics arrived, FHP reported.

Troopers reported Wachob was not wearing a seat belt.

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