Around the region for Jan. 17, 2011

Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.


Man charged in domestic dispute

A 42-year-old Umatilla man was arrested early Sunday morning for a domestic altercation at his home that left his wife with a bruised left eye and injured ribs, according to a Marion County Sheriff's Office report.

The victim told officials she had been arguing with her husband when he began punching her, taking a phone from her and breaking it when she first attempted to call police. The woman was taken to the Villages Hospital for treatment after completing a domestic violence report.

Todd R. Gatien refused to offer any explanation for the fight to a law enforcement officer. He was charged with felony battery and tampering with a victim/witness and taken to the Marion County Jail. His bond has been set at $5,000 on each count.

— Suevon Lee


Exemption help will be available Wednesday

SUMMERFIELD — Staffers from the Marion County Property Appraiser's Office will be at the Tax Collector's satellite office, 17820 SE 109th Ave., Suite 602, Summerfield, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday to help property owners with exemption information.

The deadline to file for exemptions is March 1. For information, call the Property Appraiser's Office at 368-8300.

CF will be celebrating its 2011 homecoming

The College of Central Florida will celebrate its 2011 homecoming Feb. 12 at the Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road.

Alumni, family and friends of the college are invited to the event, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. between the CF Gymnasium and the Bryant Student Union with a barbecue, music and games for all ages. At 6 p.m. the Patriot basketball teams tip off against Daytona State College.

This homecoming is the first since the college's name change on May 25, 2010.

Homecoming is sponsored by CF Alumni and the Office of Student Life. There is no charge to attend.

For information or to RSVP, call Pamela Calero at 873-5808, Ext. 1436, or e-mail

Senior menu items planned for this week

The following meals will be provided by Marion County Senior Services, 1101 SW 20th Court, Ocala.

Lunches will be delivered by Meals on Wheels; dinners will be provided at Marion County Senior Services. For more information, call 620-3501.

Lunch menu

Today: Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Tuesday: Meatballs with tomato gravy, potatoes au graten, broccoli, wheat bread, apple crisp and a low-fat milk.

Wednesday: Chicken chop suey over rice, green beans, gingered carrots, wheat bread, pineapple chunks and a low-fat milk.

Thursday: Three-bean beef chili, brown rice, whole kernel corn, wheat bread, fresh fruit and a low-fat milk.

Friday: Bone in chicken with chicken gravy, black eyed peas, country vegetable medley, corn bread, special holiday dessert and a low-fat milk.

Dinner menu

Today: Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Tuesday: Barbecue Pork riblet, Lyonnaise potatoes, green peas, wheat bread, cinnamon apples and a low-fat milk.

Wednesday: Chef salad, carrot-raisin salad, wheat bread, blended juice, mixed fruit and a low-fat milk.

Thursday: Roasted chicken thigh, mashed potatoes, broccoli, wheat roll, chocolate pudding and a low-fat milk.

Friday: Meatballs with brown gravy, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, special holiday dessert and a low-fat milk.

New sales class added to green jobs program

The latest in green jobs training provided by Workforce Connection and the College of Central Florida now includes a class in green sales. The program offers training, at no charge, to unemployed and low-income adults ages 18 and older.

To be eligible, participants must live in zip codes 34470, 34471, 34474, 34475 or 34479. Those who live in portions of 34480, 34482 or 34488 also may qualify.

Students receive a week of training in green foundations and work-readiness skills, followed by training and certification tracks that begin in March.

Specialized training includes green construction and retrofitting, green manufacturing, solar installation, recycling, sustainable food management and merchandising, and energy auditing/weatherization.

Orientations take place at CF's Hampton Center, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. They are scheduled at 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Jan. 24, Jan. 25, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1; and 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 26 and Feb. 2.

To register, visit the Calendar of Events at

For more information, call 291-9550 or 1-800-434-JOBS, Ext. 5550.

Outdoors Woman workshop is planned

OCALA NATIONAL FOREST — Becoming an Outdoors Woman is an educational program that offers hands-on skills to women in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

The program scheduled for March 11-13 will be held at the Ocala Conservation Center in the Ocala National Forest.

Through the program, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers instruction in fishing, hunting, boating, camping, handgun and shotgun shooting, archery, bird watching, wilderness survival, map reading, primitive cooking, first aid and more.

The fee for the three-day event is $175 and half-fee scholarships are available for first-time participants.

For complete details and registration information, visit


Police look for missing man

PALM HARBOR — Authorities are searching for a Canadian man with Alzheimer’s disease who has gone missing in the Tampa Bay area.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old William Craig Stephen had just arrived in Palm Harbor from Ontario early Sunday when he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. That was the last time his friend saw him.

Stephen goes by his middle name “Craig.” He was wearing white pants, long-sleeved burgandy shirt, gray and white zippered sweater, and brown leather jacket. He is presumed to be on foot since he does not have a driver’s license.

Woman hit, killed by police car

LAKE WORTH — Authorities in South Florida are investigating the death of an 18-year-old who was struck by a police car as she tried to run across a highway.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Samantha Jean Conlisk left her car on the right-hand shoulder of Interstate 95 at about 3 a.m. on Sunday. As she started to run across the lanes, she entered the path of Lake Clark Shores officer Clifford Stuart Zipnick.

Conlisk was pronounced dead at the scene.

Zipnick was not hurt, although his sedan was damaged.

No further details were immediately available.

Substitute teacher denies hitting kids

SARASOTA — A substitute teacher in Sarasota is disputing allegations that he punched two students and pushed another.

William Amory’s attorney says the 55-year-old was trying to maintain order and used his hand to keep one child away from another.

Lawyer Derek Byrd blames the incident on a group of unruly students and the difficulties substitute teachers face.

According to authorities, Amory was teaching a second-grade class at Booker Elementary School earlier this month when he became angry because he couldn’t get the classroom’s interactive whiteboard to work.

Amory was released from jail Friday after posting a $30,000 bond. He faces three counts of child abuse.

Police say woman punched a horse

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg woman is facing a charge of battery after allegedly slapping a police horse in the nose.

Authorities say 29-year-old Stephanie Six hit the animal as a mounted officer was trying to control crowds in downtown St. Petersburg early Saturday morning.

Six was released from jail later that day.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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