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Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 10:15 p.m.
Gainesville man wanted in Ocala robbery connection
Ocala police detectives have identified a Gainesville man they say is connected to one robbery Tuesday; and possibly another robbery nearby.
According to Detective Matt Bos, the robber has been identified as 30-year-old Joshua Levi Head. If found, Head will be charged with robbery with a weapon.
Head is accused of robbing a CVS pharmacy at 3501 N. Pine Ave. in Ocala shortly before 7 p.m. He reportedly escaped with more than 100 15-milligram to 30-milligram tablets of Oxycontin.
Not long after that robbery, officers responded to Sweet Seductions, an adult video store at 2033 N. Pine Ave, at 9:37 p.m., in response to a man robbing the business and escaping with an undetermined amount of cash.
The two businesses are roughly a mile and a half apart.
Detectives do not know if the two robberies are related, although the robber's description given by witnesses is similar: a white male, approximately 5-feet-10 to 6-feet tall, of medium build.
At CVS, officials say the man had on a gray hooded zipped-up jacket, green hat and blue jeans. He implied he had a weapon, but he did not display one.
At the adult video store, the robber had on a blue scarf that covered the bottom of his face, a blue or black beanie cap, a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He pointed a black handgun at the owner and his girlfriend.
Anyone with any information about these cases can call the Ocala Police Department at 369-7000, Crime Line at 369-7061 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.
- Austin Miller
Lake City man killed in motorcycle crash
A Lake City man was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle was struck by a car on Baya Avenue in Lake City, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
John Russel Fry, 47, was killed, according to an FHP release.
The accident was reported at 6:55 a.m. on Baya Avenue and McFarlane Avenue.
A Jeep SUV driven by Christopher Robert Davis, 36, of Lake City, was westbound on Baya while Fry was eastbound on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, according to FHP. Davis reportedly tried to turn left onto McFarlane Avenue into the path of Fry.
Evidence at the scene indicates Fry swerved but was unable to avoid impact, according to FHP.
Neither Davis nor his passenger, Christopher Robert Davis Jr., 17, was injured. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
- Cindy Swirko
Be careful giving out 2010 Census information
The Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida is warning Floridians that an e-mail falsely claiming to be from the organization is spreading inaccurate information about the 2010 Census.
The e-mail urges residents to be cautious about telling census workers anything other than how many people live at their address.
Bureau and census officials said residents can get accurate information abut the upcoming 2010 Census by going to www.census.gov/2010census, including how to determine whether someone is really working for the census.
For example, census representatives will be wearing ID badges from the Department of Commerce, will be able to provide contact information for their supervisor and will have with them a letter from the Census Bureau director on official 2010 Census letterhead.
Census officials said that between April and July, their representatives will be going door-to-door to get information from every household that does not mail back the completed 10-question census form.
- Karen Voyles
Free coffee, ice cream for grand opening tonight
The Caffeine Bar at Ben & Jerry's is offering free ice cream and coffee as part of its grand opening party from 8 p.m. to midnight tonight.
The store at 3773 S.W. Archer Road was previously part of Bourbon Street Coffee and part of Ben & Jerry's but is rebranding after the owners closed the Ben & Jerry's on West University Avenue last month and expanded offerings at the Archer Road location.
- Anthony Clark
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