Around the Region for Jan. 23, 2011

Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:40 p.m.


GPD major is hospitalized

Gainesville Police Maj. Rick Hanna, second in command of the agency, collapsed while exercising at the Gainesville Health and Fitness Center Saturday and remained hospitalized Saturday night.

Hanna was on a StairMaster when he fell off it about 12:04 p.m., said Cpl. Tscharna Senn.

Police and EMTs responded, and Hanna was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center. On Saturday evening, Senn said Hanna was still hospitalized and added that his family did not want any other information regarding his condition released.

Hanna has worked at GPD since February 1981 and was promoted to the rank of major in February 2008. He is second in command to Chief Tony Jones.

— Cindy Swirko


Worker killed in crane accident

JACKSONVILLE — Officials say one person is dead after a crane collapsed at the Jacksonville Port Authority.

Authority spokeswoman Nancy Rubin says the mobile crane had been brought in by an outside company to dismantle an old container crane it purchased from the port. She says the man who died Saturday was an employee of a contractor used by that outside company to do the job.

Sgt. Lonnie Mills of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the victim's name has not yet been released. Mills says the victim was operating the crane that buckled.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the accident.

— The Associated Press

Judge: Window frames backward

TAMPA — A federal judge in Tampa says the windows frames in his courthouse were installed backward — and the fix will cost more than $20 million.

U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. heads a facilities committee at Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, where repairs are under way. Moody says the frames channeled water into the building, rather than out of it.

A spokesman for the General Services Administration, which oversaw construction and is the building's landlord, disputes that the frames are backward but acknowledges "installation defects."

This is the same courthouse where judges' benches were made too low. Raising them six inches cost $1 million.

— The Associated Press

Florida Marine dies in Afghanistan

MIAMI — A 29-year-old Marine from Florida has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says Sgt. Jason G. Amores of Lehigh Acres died Thursday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.

Amores was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

— The Associated Press

McCain to visit for son's ceremony

PENSACOLA — Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain plans to visit the Florida Panhandle next week to attend a Navy flight training winging ceremony for his son.

The Arizona senator is also scheduled to speak at the Friday event at Whiting Field Naval Air Station.

McCain served in the Navy for 22 years and was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. His son is one of about 16 graduates who will receive their "Wings of Gold" for helicopter training.

The ceremony is closed to the public.

— The Associated Press

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