Around the Region-Jan. 19

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10:56 p.m.


74-year-old man killed in car crash

A High Springs man died Sunday night in a crash, the city's first traffic death of the year.

J.C. Mazon, 74, was driving a 1997 Mazda pickup on Northwest 202nd Street around 7 p.m. when the accident occurred.

He failed to fully stop at a stop sign at U.S. 441 and was hit by a 2008 Nissan sedan traveling east, according to High Springs police.

He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the truck, police reported. He was brought to North Florida Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan were treated at the scene for minor injuries, police reported.

Nathan Crabbe

Ex-Gator expected to turn himself in

Former University of Florida football player Wondy Pierre-Louis is expected to appear this morning in a Gainesville courtroom on domestic violence charges.

Pierre-Louis is accused of kicking in the door of his ex-girlfriend's apartment and choking her early Sunday. A warrant had been issued for his arrest Sunday and while he hadn't yet surrendered to authorities by Monday night, State Attorney Bill Cervone said he expected him to do so in time to appear today on the 9 a.m. first appearance docket.

"I've been told that he will surrender some time during the night," Cervone said.

Pierre-Louis was a cornerback on the football team who recently completed his senior season. A native of Haiti, he learned that his parents are alive after last week's earthquake but their family home was destroyed.

Nathan Crabbe

3 men sought on robbery charges

Gainesville Police are seeking three men accused of robbing two men at gunpoint in northeast Gainesville.

Antinino Chapman, 24; Antrelle Hamiltion, 28; and Raymond Webb, 28; are being sought on armed robbery charges

Two men were gambling at a home on the 3800 block of Northeast 13th Drive when a robbery attempt was initially made Sunday around 9:40 p.m., said Gainesville Police Capt. Ed Book. The two men fled to another location before the robbers caught them and took a few hundred dollars in cash, he said.

Police were still seeking the suspects Monday night.

Nathan Crabbe

Man, 58, arrested on robbery charge

A man allegedly tried to rob a Gainesville pharmacy at knifepoint Monday before being locked inside the pharmacy for police to apprehend, Gainesville Police reported.

Raymond G. Branson, 58, allegedly approached the pharmacy at Winn Dixie, 300 S.W. 16th St., with a knife around 6 p.m. He threatened to kill the pharmacist if he didn't get all the pharmacy's OxyContin pain medication, said Gainesville Police Lt. Rob Koehler.

Koehler said Branson then jumped the pharmacy counter and the pharmacist jumped to the other side, pulled the metal gate and locked him inside.

"He was kind of like a bird in a cage," Koehler said.

Branson faces an armed robbery charge.

Nathan Crabbe


Teen accused of stabbing neighbor

LAUDERDALE LAKES - A South Florida teenager has been accused of fatally stabbing a 62-year-old neighbor for $34.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, the 16-year-old told authorities that he stabbed Vibbins Williams during a robbery in Lauderdale Lakes on Saturday night.

Williams was barely alive when she was discovered by her granddaughter. She was transported to a local hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

The teen was charged with first-degree murder.

The Associated Press

Condo damaged after tree fire

TARPON SPRINGS - A Florida Gulf Coast condo has been heavily damaged after a Christmas tree caught fire.

Police and firefighters responded to the blaze early Sunday afternoon in Tarpon Springs. The Tarpon Springs Police Department said the occupants of the condo were able to escape unharmed.

The Associated Press

Boy, 3, found down road from home

TITUSVILLE - Authorities say a 3-year-old boy wandered alone nearly a quarter-mile and suffered a head injury over the weekend before a neighbor discovered him standing on her porch on Florida's Atlantic coast.

Brevard County Sheriff's Lt. J.J. Woolsey said the child was just wearing a diaper. He added that detectives are pursuing child neglect charges against the toddler's mother and 20-year-old sister, who was baby-sitting him when he vanished.

Sheriff's investigators will forward the case today to the State Attorney's Office for review.

The Associated Press

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