Around the Region - Jan.24

Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.


Police: Woman abandoned children in middle of night

A Gainesville woman was arrested on a charge of child neglect after one of her children that she left unattended at home early Saturday morning was found trying to cross Archer Road at 3:15 a.m., according to an arrest report.

Charged was Rachel Rochelle West, 37, of 5030 SW 63rd Court, the report stated.

West is accused of deliberately leaving two children, ages six and seven, alone at her residence without supervision. During that time, the 6-year-old unlocked the front door and left in search of his mother, the report states.

He walked to 6300 Archer Road and was attempting to cross it when he was spotted by a woman, deputies said. A deputy took both children to the home of their grandmother. The deputy then went back to West's residence and reported that she returned at 4:45 a.m.

West was charged with one count of child neglect and one count of driving without a valid license.

Cindy Swirko

Fort White resident dies in Columbia County wreck

A Fort White resident was killed Saturday afternoon after veering into oncoming traffic on State Road 47 in Columbia County, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.

The name and gender of the deceased was not released by FHP late Saturday afternoon because next of kin had not been notified. The person was born in 1954 but the month was not provided.

The release states that the accident happened about 12:35 p.m. on SR 47 a half-mile south of County Road 238. The deceased was driving a 1991 Ford F-150 southbound and crossed into the northbound lane, eventually colliding with a northbound Ford driven by Henry Bussey, 31, of High Springs. Bussey and his two passengers suffered minor injuries. The victim died at the scene, according to FHP.

Cindy Swirko

Starke man killed after motorcycle leaves road

A Starke man was killed in western Putnam County near Melrose early Saturday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle and drove down a steep embankment, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.

Dead is Otto F. Siemer III, 60. He was the only person involved in the accident, which happened about 2:30 a.m. on State Road 100 just east of State Road 26, according to FHP.

An FHP release states that Siemer was westbound on SR 100 when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, ran off the road and traveled down a steep embankment.

Cindy Swirko

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