Around the region-Jan.31
Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:52 p.m.
Lake Butler teen hit by car, critically injured
A Lake Butler teen-ager who was trying to run across State Road 121 received critical injuries during a Friday afternoon accident in Union County, stated the Florida Highway Patrol.
Injured was William H. Chase, 16. He was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, according to an FHP media release.
The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. when Chase tried to cross SR 121 at the Southwest 154th Avenue loop, reported FHP. The road was moderately congested at the time and FHP stated that Chase failed to yield to traffic when running across the road.
Chase was struck by Melissa J. Touchstone, 37, of Lake Butler. She was southbound on SR 121 and did not see Chase in time to avoid impact.
FHP reported that Chase was unresponsive and not breathing as witnesses started to give medical care. Breathing was re-established and Chase was flown to Shands, where he was later reported in stable condition, according to FHP.
Perry man killed as he crosses I-75
A Perry man was killed Friday night as he was crossing Interstate 75 on foot and was hit by a van in Columbia County, the Florida Highway Patrol stated.
Dead is Ivan N. Branch, 56, according to an FHP release.
The accident happened at 10:40 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-75 at U.S. 90 in Lake City. Branch was crossing the northbound lanes while Blanca Duran, 18, of Smyrna, Ga., was driving a 1999 Mercury van in the right lane.
Duran hit Branch and continued driving, reported FHP. She was later stopped on I-75 near the Georgia state line. Charges are pending.
Motorcyclist critical after Archer Road crash
A 67-year-old Cedar Key man received critical injuries Friday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on Archer Road, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.
The man's identity was not available from FHP Saturday. FHP reported the accident happened at 12:29 p.m. on Archer Road just west of Southwest 174th Street.
FHP reported the man was driving a 2009 Harley-Davidson Dyna when, for an unknown reason, he lost control. An FHP release states the man braked and left skid marks on the road before falling onto his right side.
The man was taken by helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida, FHP stated.
Tampa men face animal cruelty charges
TAMPA - Two Tampa men face animal cruelty charges after authorities reportedly found more than a dozen animals living in deplorable conditions.
Police officers responded to a possible burglary at the home on Thursday but found 10 dogs, four rabbits, a ferret and a bird living in a back room without fresh air, food or water.
Police charged Angel Negron, 23, and Ladarian Taylor, 26, with 10 counts of animal cruelty and 16 counts of confining animals without food and water. Negron also had a warrant out for his arrest for driving without a license.
Negron was being held on $26,000 bail, and Taylor was being held on $23,500 bail.
The Associated Press
Cape Coral man found guilty of murder
CAPE CORAL - A Cape Coral man has been convicted for his role in the kidnapping and fatal beating of two teenagers.
A jury found 23-year-old Kemar Johnston guilty Friday of two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2006 slayings. A total of 10 people have been arrested and charged in the case. Some have reached plea agreements, and others are still scheduled to go to trial.
Authorities say 18-year-old Alexis Sosa and his nephew, 14-year-old Jeffrey Sosa, attended a party in 2006 where the suspects beat, tortured and shot them. Police found their bodies in a burned out car the next day.
The Associated Press
Woman gets probation in son's bathtub drowning
TAMPA - A Tampa woman convicted in her 9-month-old son's drowning has been arrested on a probation violation.
Authorities say 23-year-old Katrina Lynn Brooks was arrested Wednesday for moving without reporting her new address.
A Hillsborough County judge sentenced Brooks earlier this month to five years of probation. She had been found guilty of child neglect in the 2007 death of her son.
The Associated Press