Around the Region - Jan. 29


Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 10:16 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Police: Ex-girlfriend hits man on head with tire iron; woman denies incident

A Gainesville woman is accused of hitting a former boyfriend on the head with a tire iron and then ordering him to pick it up so she could hit him again.

Ula Webb-Chambers, 40, of 2928 S.W. 39th Ave., was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated domestic assault.

According to an arrest report by Gainesville police Officer Shawn Barnes, Webb-Chambers and the man had lived together for about 15 months before separating earlier this month.

The man told police Webb-Chambers drove up to him near the St. Francis House and began arguing with him over money. The man said he began walking away but Webb-Chambers put her car into reverse and barely missed hitting the man.

The man said Webb-Chambers then took a tire iron from the trunk of her car and at one point hit him on the back of the head with it. The man said Webb-Chambers then dropped the tire iron and screamed at him, saying, "Pick that thing up so I can hit you again."

The man said he was able to get away and that a friend drove him to an area hospital.

Webb-Chambers reportedly denied having any part in the incident, but she was booked into the Alachua County Jail.

- Karen Voyles

Woman turns in convicted ex-felon, who is arrested on weapons charges

A woman who went to the Sheriff's Office with her young daughter and the gun she had taken from an apparently angry man led deputies to a potentially dangerous ex-felon.

Michael Terrell Green, 32, of Waldo, was arrested by Alachua County sheriff's deputies late Wednesday on assault and weapons charges.

According to an arrest report written by Deputy Mark Chapman, a woman took her daughter and Green's gun to the Sheriff's Office and said Green had repeatedly threatened to kill them both during the previous two weeks.

Chapman was dispatched to the man's home, where, during a patdown, Chapman said he found a handcuff key in one of Green's pockets and eight rounds of 9 mm ammunition for a handgun in another pocket.

Deputies also said they found a fake concealed weapons permit, a gun belt with an empty nylon gun pouch, a pair of handcuffs and a knife.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard said Green is a convicted felon who is forbidden from owning weapons or ammunition. He was booked into the Alachua County Jail with bond set at $260,000.

- Karen Voyles

Man accused of sex offense against a child and for obscene communications

A Union County man has been arrested and accused of taking pornographic pictures of a 2-year-old child he was related to through marriage.

Guy Adams, 39, was arrested Wednesday evening by Alachua police on a Union County warrant for a sex offense against a child and for obscene communications.

Union County Sheriff's Maj. Garry Seay said the case against Adams began when a relative who had been visiting Adams in Union County found a digital memory card in her luggage when she returned to her home. Seay said the relative discovered photographs on the card that included naked images of the 2-year-old child.

Adams was booked into the Alachua County jail. Seay said that investigators plan to question him about the case within a day or two.

Bond for Adams was set at $100,000 on the warrant for his arrest.

- Karen Voyles

Williston woman involved in Marion crash that kills Silver Springs woman

A Williston woman received minor injuries in a crash that took the life of a Silver Springs woman and left her husband in serious condition.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the wreck happened at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday in Marion County at the intersection of U.S. 27 and County Road 326.

FHP Cpl. A. Deweese said Dennis E. Hutchinson, 68, was driving a 2006 Dodge van and his only passenger was Alice M. Hutchinson, 67, both of Silver Springs. Dennis Hutchinson was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center. Alice was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, where she was pronounced dead.

The other driver was identified as Laurie Baker of Williston, who was driving a 2002 Jeep station wagon. She was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center.

Deweese determined that the crash happened while Dennis Hutchinson was northbound in the left turn lane on U.S. 27 and trying to make a left turn to go west on CR 326. At the same time, according to Deweese's preliminary investigation, Baker was southbound in the right lane of U.S. 27 and entering the intersection with CR 326.

According to Deweese, Hutchinson drove into the path of Baker's car.

- Karen Voyles

Saturday afternoon crash victim ID'd as 55-year-old Fort White man

The Florida Highway Patrol has released the identity of a man killed in a Saturday afternoon wreck in Columbia County as Stephen Moody, 55, of Fort White.

Moody's name was withheld by the Florida Highway Patrol until his identity could be confirmed and family notified.

According to the FHP, Moody veered into oncoming traffic on State Road 47 about a half-mile south of County Road 238. Moody died at the scene.

- Karen Voyles

COMMUNITY

Shands treats its first earthquake survivor from Haiti; more to come?

Physicians and nurses at Shands at the University of Florida are caring for their first earthquake survivor from Haiti.

The unidentified patient was flown Wednesday night to Gainesville from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa aboard the ShandsCair helicopter.

As "first receiver" academic medical centers, Shands UF and Shands Jacksonville are prepared to receive additional Haitian patients.

The U.S. military is evacuating Haitian earthquake victims to northern portions of Florida to make sure Miami emergency rooms are ready for the Super Bowl.

More than 450 victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake have been treated in Florida hospitals - 368 of them in 32 hospitals in South Florida.

Both Shands UF and Shands Jacksonville have a Level 1 trauma center, and Shands UF has a regional burn center.

Teams from Shands and the UF College of Medicine have been on standby since the earthquake to support emergency response efforts in Haiti.

- Diane Chun

Veterans Awards Night banquet scheduled for Saturday night at 6

The Fifth Annual Veterans Awards Night will be held at the Paramount Hotel on Saturday to honor military servicemen and women and community members who support them.

Veteran organizations in Alachua County will be on hand to recognize one of their own members and one civilian member of the community.

The reception begins at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call Jim Lynch at 264-6740.

- Staff report

Memorial service for area school psychologist scheduled for Saturday

The public memorial service for Debby Harris, a school psychologist in Gainesville who battled progressive bulbar palsy for nine months before succumbing to the disease on Tuesday, will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the University Auditorium on the University of Florida campus.

There will be a reception immediately following at UF's new engineering building rotunda on Center Drive just north of the Shands at UF complex.

The memorial service will be led by the Rev. Larry Reimer and the Rev. Sandy Reimer, pastors of the United Church of Gainesville, where Harris was a member and where she and husband John Schert were married.

Harris was also the former head of the gifted program at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. In 1983, she created a summer program for gifted students called Super Summer.

- Staff report

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