Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.
Two taken to hospitals after morning wreck
Two people were taken to separate hospitals Thursday morning following a crash on State Road 40 near Southwest 133rd Avenue Road.
A 35-year-old woman was driving a four-door Plymouth, with her emergency lights activated, west on SR 40. For an unknown reason, she drifted into the east-bound lane and collided head-on with a pickup driven by a 51-year-old man.
Witness Wally Smith, 65, of Ocala, told the Star-Banner he was behind the Plymouth. He said the vehicle was traveling about 40 to 45 mph.
The speed limit on that section of highway is 55 mph.
Smith said he saw the Plymouth drift over and then suddenly he saw the truck land on top of the vehicle.
He said that he immediately called 911 and that other motorists stopped to help.
The woman was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital; the man was transported to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. They both are from Dunnellon.
Marion County Fire Rescue officials said it took 9 minutes to extricate the man from his truck and 16 minutes to remove the woman from her car.
The accident occurred at 8:15 a.m. State Road 40 was closed until shortly after 10 a.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
Man charged with beating up boy, 14
DUNNELLON - A 30-year-old Dunnellon man who allegedly beat up his girlfriend's 14-year-old son was arrested Wednesday.
Sheriff's Deputy Jonah Music was dispatched after receiving a call about a juvenile running away. On his way, he called the teenager's mother, who told him her son had returned, but she still wanted him to come because she was trying to prevent him from leaving.
There, Music noticed three people, including the mother, arguing. The teen's face was swollen, blood vessels around his eyes were busted, there was a bruise on his right elbow and he had several lumps around his head and face.
The boy told the deputy he was mad at his mother and tried to go to his girlfriend's home to "cool off." He said his mother grabbed his jacket, but he escaped, leaving it behind.
Returning to get the jacket, the teen said Bruse Charles Gomolski grabbed his hair and pulled him to the ground. When he tried to get away, he said, the man pushed his head on the floor and began choking him, and punched him in the neck and face.
A relative came by and ordered Gomolski to stop; then the relative and Gomolski began arguing. Gomolski told the deputy he was trying to prevent the boy from leaving.
Gomolski was charged with physical child abuse.
Two brothers charged with grand theft
Two brothers accused of stealing two motorcycles from Gainesville were arrested and charged with grand theft, according to officials.
Deputies went to a reported domestic disturbance on South Pine Avenue on Wednesday. A woman there told them 35-year-old Timothy Samuel Westman and his brother Victor Alan Westman, 36, were stealing motorcycles from other counties and bringing them to Marion County.
At the location, a man told officials that Timothy Westman called and asked if he could put two bikes in his shed.
The man gave Detective Stephen Osborne permission to search the shed. Inside were a 2003 Honda CBR 600, a Kawasaki dirt bike and a 2005 Suzuki Hyabusa.
The detective discovered the Hyabusa and Honda were reported stolen from Gainesville. Detectives are trying to find the owner of the dirt bike.
The brothers were taken to the Marion County jail and charged with grand theft auto.
Police: Man fired shot into landlord's home
McINTOSH - A 63-year-old man who fired a shot into his landlord's home because he was upset the electricity had been cut off was arrested Thursday morning.
Dennis Pierre Vidal was charged with shooting into a dwelling and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to a Sheriff's Office report.
The victim told deputies Vidal wrote a check for the electric bill, and it bounced, so he disconnected the power.
While inside his home, he said, he heard a shot outside his living room window and believed it was Vidal.
Deputies reached Vidal by phone and convinced him to come out of his trailer.
He told officials he was angry, retrieved his gun - described by officials as a Browning 9mm semi-automatic handgun - and fired a shot into the home.
He said he then went home and went to sleep.
Officials recovered the gun in a closet.
Portion of Highway 42 will be closed today
Part of Highway 42, from the Highway 301 intersection to the Southeast 47th Avenue intersection, will close for utility installation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Local traffic will be permitted through the work zone.
Ocala will roll out its new Web site today
The city of Ocala will roll out an updated Web page today at www.ocalafl.org.
One feature on the site is "Rumor Has It," which the city will use to dispel rumors circulating in the community.
The design work was done by city staff.
Parks professional to lead state association
Leah Hoffman, Marion County's parks and recreation administrative manager, has been named president-elect for 2010-11 of the Florida Recreation and Parks Association.
The association includes local, state and federal parks and recreation professionals.
"Quality of life starts in parks," Hoffman stated in a news release. "Leading this organization will provide me the opportunity to support the profession to make sure people of all ages can enjoy an active life and live it to the fullest."
Marion County jail is in need of more books
The Marion County jail is in need of books for its library. Citizens can donate any paperback books or magazines.
Books can be dropped off at the Marion County Jail Visitation and Information Center at 700 N.W. 30th Ave.
Sheriff's committee members named
Marion County Sheriff Ed Dean has announced the selection of 12 citizens to serve on the Sheriff's 2010 Advisory Committee. The committee discusses issues and policies that affect the public and the Sheriff's Office. Meetings are open to the public for observation purposes only.
The new members are: Nancy Castillo, Children's Alliance; Bobbi Chelminski, Macy's Department Store; the Rev. Harold Damon, retired; Rick Eubanks, Rick's Dry Cleaners of Ocala; the Rev. Andy Ganns, Fort King Presbyterian Church; Mary Manning-<0x000A>Jacobs, Ocala Star-Banner; Brian Parodi, Alvarez Trucking Co.; Marjorie Renfroe, retired; Rusty Skinner, Workforce Development; Ann Spang, Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corp.; Alina Stoothoff, mental health consultant; and Dr. Fred Yutani.
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