Around the Region - Jan. 5

Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:53 p.m.

Gilchrist man sought in stab case turns self in

A Gilchrist County man turned himself in Monday morning on charges that he stabbed another man in the back with a butcher knife.

Trenton Police Chief Billy Smith said Christopher Autin, 38, was arrested in connection with the attack on another man at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Smith declined to release the name of the victim, citing the ongoing investigation, but said the man spent the night in the hospital after receiving a non-life-threatening wound.

"This seems to have started because of a deal over a pickup, a 2004 Toyota Tacoma, that he (Autin) was possibly selling," Smith said. The $1,500 deal might have been falling apart when the stabbing happened, the chief said.

The incident took place at a home on Rowland Boulevard in the northeast quadrant of the city.

Man displays sign during robbery of lingerie shop

A man held up the lingerie store French Addiction on Saturday night using a printed sign to alert a store employee she was being robbed.

At about 9 p.m., a man knocked on the locked front door and was let into the business at 819 W. University Ave. by the lone clerk on duty, according to Gainesville police.

The clerk told police that the man looked at some lingerie before turning toward the clerk and opening up his jacket under which he was wearing a sign that claimed he had a gun and that the clerk should not panic. The clerk said the man then repeated the instructions adding that he wanted money.

After the clerk gave the man a small amount of cash from the register, he fled on a bicycle.

Magazine rates UF as No. 2 value in public universities

The University of Florida is one of the nation's best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

UF ranked No. 2 in Kiplinger's February 2010 issue, which hits newsstands today. Only the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked higher.

Schools were ranked according to cost and financial aid as well as academic measures such as student-faculty ratios and admission, graduation and retention rates.

Other state universities making the list include New College of Florida at No. 12, Florida State University at No. 17, the University of Central Florida at No. 36 and the University of South Florida at No. 60.

Newberry board to meet on comprehensive plan

The Planning and Zoning Board of the city of Newberry will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 19 to gather public comment concerning future planning of the city and its existing comprehensive plan.

The meeting will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room, Newberry City Hall, 25440 Newberry Road.

The city's comprehensive plan is preparing for its evaluation and appraisal, which takes place once every seven years to determine needed amendments to the overall plan. The evaluation and appraisal is due to be completed by April 2011.

The board, which also serves as Newberry's local planning agency, invites city residents to participate in one of several interest groups that are forming on the following topics: schools and public facilities, long-range capital improvements and economic development, transportation and land use, conservation and recreation, and housing and intergovernmental coordination.

A copy of the comprehensive plan is available for public inspection at the City of Newberry Planning Department, 25815 S.W. Second Ave., Newberry, or online (as Appendix A) at

Persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation for attendance should contact MV Transportation Inc. at 375-2784 no later than 72 hours before the meeting.

If hearing-impaired, call the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8770.

County Commission plans informal meeting today

The Alachua County Commission will have an informal meeting beginning at 10 a.m. this morning.

The meeting will be held in the Grace Knight conference room on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 S.E. First St. Informal meetings do not have set agendas, and commissioners use them to discuss a variety of county government issues.

U.S. Census Bureau hiring part-time local workers

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring temporary, part-time workers for the April census.

The jobs have flexible evening and weekend hours and include office clerks, census takers, field operations supervisors, crew leaders and crew leader assistants.

For details, call 866-861-2010, 352-224-1400 or visit

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