Around the Region for Jan. 14, 2011


Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Trial ends in '09 murder case

A Gainesville woman was sentenced to 10 years and seven months in prison for the 2009 stabbing death of a man.

Lashawn Levette Littles, 31, was convicted in December of manslaughter, battery and tampering with evidence in the June 2009 death of Wesley Davis, 48.

Gainesville police said the killing occurred in the 500 block of Northeast Ninth Street when an argument between Littles and Davis escalated into physical contact between the two. During interviews with police and while testifying at her trial, Littles maintained that the stabbing was both accidental and in self-defense.

Assistant State Attorney Omar Hechavarria said that in addition to the prison sentence, Littles was sentenced to serve five years of probation once she is released from prison.

— Karen Voyles

COMMUNITY

County workers to hold accident drill

Emergency workers in Dixie County will respond to a simulated school bus accident with many victims on Tuesday. The mock disaster is part of ongoing emergency response training in the rural county.

Emergency Management Division Chief Scott Garner said the exercise is designed to test the plans already in place to deal with a mass casualty incident as well as to determine what additional planning may be needed. A school bus accident was the scenario selected because there were 158 bus accidents statewide during the 2008-2009 school year.Many of the accidents involved multiple injuries and, in some cases, several deaths.

"If we prepare and practice now, then we can be ready for whatever the future might hold," Garner said.

The mock disaster will take place near the Cross City airport at the Trail Riders Club.

— Karen Voyles

Lawsuit against Long to continue

A circuit court judge granted a continuance Thursday in a hearing involving a lawsuit against County Commissioner Rodney Long over credit card debt.

Circuit Judge Victor Hulslander gave Long, who is representing himself, 15 days either to produce documents requested by American Express or file an objection to the credit card company's request.

The credit card firm has won a court judgment against Long to garnish his financial assets and wages because of approximately $17,427 in unpaid credit card debt.

Long filed a claim for exemption from that garnishment stating he provides more than one-half of the financial support for a child or other dependent. He has not yet filed the requested paperwork on that claim for exemption.

— Christopher Curry

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