Around the Region - Jan. 5

Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:33 p.m.

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Man found in closet charged for burglary

Sheriff’s deputies say a Columbia County man who forced his way into a home late Monday was found a short time later hiding in the closet of another home and was arrested on a burglary charge.

Gary Lamar Revels, 43, of 199 NW McCall Terrace in Lake City was arrested by Columbia County deputies on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest.

The victim told deputies that Revels knocked on the door around 11:45 p.m. and asked to speak to a woman who lived at the home. The victim told Revels that the woman was asleep and closed the door. The victim said Revels then kicked in the front door and put the victim in a headlock. The victim was able to break free and Revels ran out of the home, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

It was not immediately clear why he wanted to speak to the woman.

Deputies found Revels in the closet of a nearby home around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Revels was arrested and booked into the county jail without further incident.

— Karen Voyles

Man charged with trying to steal copper wire rolls

A Belleview man told Gainesville police he tried to shoplift three rolls of copper wire to be able to feed himself. The man said he was homeless and planned to sell the wire to buy food.

Kevin Michael Coyle, 21, was charged with grand theft and resisting a merchant for the incident on Monday evening at the Home Depot store at 5150 NW 13th.

Officer Natalie Loveland said Coyle put three rolls of copper wire worth $128 each into a shopping cart and pushed the cart out the store. A loss prevention officer chased Coyle into the parking lot and forced him onto the ground, according to Loveland’s report, then held him down until police arrived.

Following his arrest, Coyle told police about his plan to sell the wire to buy food. He was booked into the Alachua County jail.

— Karen Voyles


Interstate 75 resurfacing project began Monday

Work got under way Monday on resurfacing nearly 10 miles of Interstate 75 in Hamilton County. The construction area begins just north of U.S. 129, south of Jasper, and ends at State Road 6, about seven miles south of the Florida/Georgia line.

The work, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, will include both daytime and nighttime operations Monday through Thursdays.

No lane closures will be allowed between Friday mornings and early Monday morning.

During the daytime weekdays, one lane may be closed in either direction. At night, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., the contractor may close two lanes in order to resurface the center lane.

When work is being done in the outside or far right lanes, semi-trucks will be urged to use the inside, left lane on I-75. Normally, trucks are prohibited from using the inside left lane on all of I-75 between the Georgia line and the Florida’s Turnpike.

During lane closures, the speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph and the Florida Highway Patrol will be actively patrolling the construction work zones. Speeding fines are doubled in the work zones when workers are present.

— Staff report

Students: Time to enter manatee art contest

Florida’s high school students are once again being invited to enter the state’s manatee decal art contest.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sponsors the contest each year as a fundraiser for the Manatee Trust Fund.

Proceeds from decal sales go to manatee-protection efforts, including rehabilitation, rescue, research, enforcement and public education. The decals are available for a minimum donation of $5 at all county tax collector’s offices.

Each high school can submit up to five entries for consideration as the artwork for the 2011-2012 manatee decal. The deadline for submitting artwork is Jan. 28.

Additional contest details and forms along with samples of previous decals can be found at

— Karen Voyles

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