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Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.

Police Beat

Man charged with drug possession

A driver who allegedly ran a stop sign drew the attention of Gainesville police Monday night, when marijuana was found inside the car he had been driving.

Aundre Jermaine Ryles, 23, of 7811 N.E. 62nd Way, was arrested at about 7:15 p.m. on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell while operating a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, violation of a driver's license restriction by not wearing his glasses, and maintaining a drug dwelling.

Officer Brett Smith said he spotted Ryles running a stop sign at Southwest 41st Lane and Southwest 30th Terrace. Smith said a subsequent check of the white Buick Ryles was driving turned up marijuana, some of which was in small plastic bags.

Following his arrest, police said Ryles claimed he did not know about the marijuana and that someone must have planted it in the car.

Ryles was being held at the Alachua County Jail on Tuesday.

Man, 39, charged with sexual abuse

A Gainesville man arrested earlier this month on child abuse charges was arrested again Tuesday morning and charged with sexual abuse of the same victim.

According to Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Art Forgey, detectives arrested Michael Conley, 39, on Jan. 5 after serving a search warrant at his home in the 8600 block of Southwest 92nd Lane in the abuse case. On Tuesday, detectives arrested him for sexual battery of a physically impaired 17-year-old girl.

"The victim alerted us to the abuse," Forgey said. Conley was described as the boyfriend of one of the victim's relatives.

Conley was being held at the Alachua County Jail on Tuesday afternoon. Bond for Conley was set at $750,000.

Two semis crash leaving one injured

A Tuesday morning crash involving two semis blocked an intersection in Levy County and slightly injured one of the drivers.

According to a preliminary report from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred at the intersection of State Road 121 and County Road 326 before 8 a.m. The road remained blocked for most of the morning.

The driver of a semi tanker hauling water was up and walking when emergency crews arrived on the scene but was later taken to Nature Coast Regional Hospital with unspecified injuries, according to sheriff's spokesman Capt. Evan Sullivan. The other driver, who was hauling a box trailer, was not injured, Sullivan said.

The wreck was under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol late Tuesday morning. Additional details were expected to be released Tuesday afternoon.

University of Florida UPD plans special detail today

Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists on the University of Florida campus are being put on notice about an enforcement plan for today. A crackdown is planned on laws affecting bikers and walkers.

UF police plan a saturation detail between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on the campus. Officers will work to educate and inform people walking, biking or driving on campus about the laws affecting them.

In some situations, police said, they will focus on specific problems, like drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians, bike riders using the wrong side of the road, and motorists and bikers who fail to stop at intersections.

UF police conducted similar saturation details during the fall semester on a biweekly basis to focus on various traffic safety issues.

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