Around the Region - Jan.26

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.

Thousands lost power for a short time on Monday

Power to about 7,400 Gainesville Regional Utilities customers was cut off briefly Monday afternoon.

According to GRU spokeswoman Kim Jamerson, the outage began shortly after 2 p.m. and lasted for about nine minutes. The outage was the result of routine maintenance work being done at the Depot Avenue substation.

"A piece of protective equipment tripped," Jamerson said. She said the situation was similar to what happens when the "ground fault circuit interrupters" found in residential bathrooms trip and turn off electricity to protect anyone around them.

The outage primarily affected homes and businesses in downtown Gainesville, but also affected a section of 13th Street.

"The outage wasn't really on a straight line," Jamerson said.

There were no immediate reports of accidents or injuries directly related to the outage.

Karen Voyles

Suspected getaway driver in hotel robbery sought

Gainesville police released information Monday about the driver of a vehicle believed to be involved in a robbery getaway over the weekend.

Officers are searching for Kemeon Javontae Ross, 19, in connection with the robbery of a guest at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4075 S.W. 33rd Place, at about 3 p.m. Saturday.

The victim told police he recognized a man in the hotel parking lot and then was followed into the building by a second man, officers reported. The robber confronted the victim as he was opening the door to a room. Armed with a gun, the robber forced him inside and later fled with cash.

The robber was seen riding in a newer model, dark gray Chrysler 300 with tinted windows that police believe Ross was driving.

Ross' last know address was in Williston, although he also could have ties to Raleigh in Levy County, police reported Monday.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Cpl. Mike Schentrup or Detective Patty Nixon at 955-1818.

Lise Fisher

Deputies say trio stole from 72-year-old woman

Three people were charged Monday with stealing money and using the credit cards of a 72-year-old woman who became disoriented and needed help getting home.

Sue Ann Marshall, 42, of Williston, and Melanie Sawyer, 35, and Michael James Streitz, 31, both of Morriston, are all facing a petty theft charge in the case, the Levy County Sheriff's Office reported Monday. Marshall also is accused of tampering with physical evidence while Sawyer also is accused of possession of prescription medications.

On Jan. 14, the 72-year-old woman became disoriented while driving on U.S. 41 in Levy County. When she went into a store to get help, Sawyer offered assistance. But officers allege that, after the three dropped the woman off, Sawyer took her purse.

Investigators allege Marshall took $11 in a cash from the purse, and the trio used the woman's credit cards to get gas for two vehicles.

Sawyer later denied the theft. But, according to an arrest report, Marshall confessed that the purse was stolen and cash and credit cards were taken.

She also reportedly said she hid some of the stolen items when she was confronted by law enforcement.

Lise Fisher

Santa Fe holding preview of cardio tech program

Santa Fe College will hold a preview from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today for people considering enrollment in its Cardiovascular Technology Program.

In a separate event, the school also is providing a tour of its state-of-the-art training facilities 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Cardiovascular Technology Program, which admits 25 students twice a year, attracts both traditional and non-traditional students, including those with established careers or a master's degree in another field.

It is a two-year A.S. degree program and graduates may work in one or more specialty areas, including cardiac catheterization, cardiac ultrasound, vascular ultrasound and pulmonary diagnostics at hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician offices, mobile laboratories and private industry.

The event will be held in Building W Annex (WA), room 113 at the Northwest campus, 3000 N.W. 83rd St. and is open to the public.

Wednesday's Health Career Opportunities Tour offers information about all 16 of Santa Fe's health sciences training programs.

The tour lasts one hour and will be held in the Health Sciences Lobby in Building W at the Northwest Campus.

Staff report

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