Around the Region: April 1, 2010


Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:36 p.m.

Cofrin Nature Park will close 3 days

Cofrin Nature Park will be closed on April 5-7 for the installation of the new public restroom.

The park at 4810 Northwest Eighth Ave. will reopen on April 8.

The new restroom is provided to the public as one of the Wild Spaces Public Places half-cent sales tax projects and will be available for use upon final inspections.

If you would like to visit another nearby park during this time of closure,consider visiting Loblolly Woods Nature Park at 3315 NW Fifth Ave. with access from 34th Street.

For a complete list of the city of Gainesville's nature parks, visit www.natureoperations.org.

- Staff report

Man who robbed CVS being sought

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who robbed the new CVS store southwest of Gainesville on Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred around 8:15 p.m. at the pharmacy counter of the CVS store on Archer Road west of Tower Road.

Witnesses told deputies that a man walked up to the pharmacy counter with his hood pulled up over his head and with his hands in his pockets.

The man allegedly indicated he had a gun, but no weapon was seen. Sheriff's Office spokesman Art Forgey said the man demanded and received three bottles of Oxycontin tablets, then walked back out of the store.

The man was described as a white male who was about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stocky build, goatee, and brown hair. He was wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 955-1818.

- Karen Voyles

Charges dropped in stalking case

Charges have been dropped against an Alachua County man who had been charged with the aggravated stalking of his ex-girlfriend.

Karl Eisenberg was arrested in October after being accused of kicking in a door and threatening to kill the woman.

Spencer Mann, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office, said the case against Eisenberg was dropped after prosecutors began taking testimony from witnesses.

"This case was not prosecutable due to the interactions between the two (Eisenberg and the woman) just prior to the incident," Mann said.

- Karen Voyles

Cousin to Ronald Cummings pleads

A relative of the father of missing Putnam County girl Haleigh Cummings pleaded no contest to one count of drug trafficking Wednesday, becoming the first of five co-defendants arrested in the case to plead.

The conviction of Hope Sykes, 19, carries a possible sentence of up to 30 years in prison, said Chris Kelly, spokesman for the Seventh Circuit State Attorney's Office. Sentencing has been set for April 27.

Sykes is a cousin of Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings. Sykes, Cummings and Cummings' former wife, Misty Croslin, were arrested in January on charges related to the sale of prescription narcotics to an undercover officer. Also charged were Croslin's brother, Hank "Tommy" Croslin Jr., and a friend, Donna Brock.

Misty Croslin reported Haleigh missing in February 2009 and the girl has not been seen since.

- Cindy Swirko

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