Around the Region - Jan. 23

Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 9:12 p.m.


Alabama man seriously injured in 441 accident

An Alabama man was hospitalized with serious injuries following a Thursday night accident on U.S. 441 at Northwest Josephine Street in Columbia County, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Injured was Clifford Moore, 46, of Eufaula, Ala., according to an FHP news release. He was taken to Shands at the University of Florida. A passenger, Robert Owen Madaus III, 49, of West Palm Beach, was not injured. Moore was driving a Ford pickup in the northbound lane of U.S. 441. A truck pulling a trailer driven by Juan Carlos Chambrot-Alvarez, 46, of Miami, was facing east and backing west on U.S. 441 while attempting to turn around.

A passenger of his had exited the truck and was attempting to control traffic. The FHP reported that Chambrot-Alvarez stopped when he saw Moore's pickup approaching. The front of Moore's pickup hit the rear and trailer of Chambrot-Alvarez's truck.

Chambrot-Alvarez was not injured. No charges were filed, but the investigation is continuing.

Cindy Swirko

Student accused of sex act in Buchholz bathroom

A Buchholz High School student was arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery Thursday for allegedly committing a sexual act with another student in a school bathroom, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported.

The male student is 17 years old, and the female student is 14, Lt. Steve Maynard said. The act was consensual, but under Florida law it was a crime because of the ages of those involved, he added. Both students were suspended and recommended for expulsion, Maynard said.

The activity was discovered by other students who came into the restroom and then told teachers.

The crime is a second-degree felony, according to the Florida criminal statutes.

Cindy Swirko

Vandal causes thousands in damage at Lake Forest

Someone vandalized Lake Forest Elementary School, causing thousands of dollars in damage to computer equipment and windows, earlier in the week, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office reported.

The break-in apparently occurred last weekend during the evening or night of Jan. 16 at the school at 4401 S.E. Fourth Ave., said Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard.

The vandal, who either had a key to one of the gates into the school or jumped a fence, ransacked 10 classrooms. Windows were broken, and computer equipment was destroyed, Maynard said. Officers also found obscene language on some of the rooms' chalkboards.

Investigators collected physical evidence at the scene, which will be examined. The case was still under investigation Friday, Maynard said.

Lise Fisher


Gun class to raise money for slain captain's family

The Levy County Sheriff's Office is offering a basic pistol class as a fundraiser for the family of the Dixie County sheriff's captain killed on Jan. 14 in the line of duty.

Dixie County Capt. Chad Reed left behind a wife and two small sons when he was shot and killed in Cross City in a gun battle with an accused murderer.

Levy County deputies are hosting the Feb. 6 class to benefit the Reed family.

Those who successfully complete the course will qualify to apply for a concealed weapons permit in Florida.

The $65 fee will include lunch, and additional donations will be accepted.

To register or for more information, call 486-5111 or send an e-mail to

Karen Voyles

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