Around the Region - Jan. 18

Published: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 11:16 p.m.

Police Beat

Man dies in I-75 crash when pickup hits median; 3 injured

A Georgia man was killed and several others injured during a Saturday night accident on Interstate 75, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.

Killed was Juan Velazquez-Molina, 26, of Americus, Ga., according to an FHP release.

The accident occurred about 8:55 p.m. Velazquez-Molina was a passenger in a pickup driven by Romelio Martinez Lopez, 22, also of Americus. They were southbound in the center lane behind a car driven by Coswell A. Depeiza, 60, of Gainesville.

FHP reported that Lopez hit the back of Depeiza's car, causing his pickup to veer to the left and hit the median guardrail. Both Lopez and Velazquez were ejected from the pickup along with another passenger, Victor Alonzo, 31. A fourth passenger, William Morales, 20, was not ejected.

Alonzo and Morales had injuries listed as minor by FHP. Depeiza was not injured. A passenger, Edris Depeiza, 59, had minor injuries.

- Cindy Swirko

Cause of Saturday's industrial warehouse fire still unknown

The cause of a fire that destroyed a northwest Gainesville industrial building Saturday could not be learned Sunday.

A blaze broke out in one of two buildings at 2623 N.W. 74th Place, prompting a closure of nearby U.S. 441 and deployment of the Gainesville Fire Rescue hazardous materials team.

A separate building that shares the same address and includes the businesses Dyna-Mite Detailing and Field's Mechanical Services was not damaged.

- Cindy Swirko


Delays expected when work on CR 241 begins Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, motorists should expect delays on County Road 241 as work commences on the second phase of a resurfacing project.

Construction will be between County Road 236 and State Road 235 and will include the addition of two 4-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a turn lane at Mebane Middle School, drainage and sidewalk improvements and resurfacing of the road.

Traffic will sometimes be down to one-lane and delays will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m on weekdays. The construction has a projected completion date of May 2010.

Phase one of the project - from County 236 to the county line - was completed last September, according to the county Web site, and the full budget for the approximately 10-mile project is $6.6 million.

The project is funded through a bond for roads the County Commission approved in 2005, which the county is paying back through gas tax revenues.

- Christopher Curry

Gainesville Men's Center holding divorce recovery workshop

The Gainesville Men's Center wants men to open up, let go and push through the pain. The pain of divorce, that is.

The center, which hosts retreats for men and father-son getaways, will offer a new one-day workshop for divorced men titled "Recovery from Divorce" on Jan 30. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

Attendees will meet at the Kevmen Retreat Center in Lowell, about 25 minutes south of Gainesville.

The cost of the retreat is $120 including lunch, but discounts are offered for those in financial need, according to a press release.

To register for the workshop, or for more information, contact Eric Diamond at 375-3001 or or Cutrell at 817-9386.

- Allie Conti

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