Around the Region for Jan. 26, 2011
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:38 p.m.
GPD: Woman tosses ashes
Police said a woman's anger over a break-up was the apparent reason she threw an urn containing the ashes of her ex-boyfriend's mother through a window.
Gainesville Police Department officials said Ashley Renee Oxendine, 22, of Gainesville, was retrieving some of her belongings Monday afternoon from the home where she had lived with her boyfriend for several years. Officer Richard Armstong said the couple got into an argument that escalated into physical violence when Oxendine scratched the man on his right forearm and the top of his left hand, then hit him hard enough on his face to raise a welt.
Armstong said Oxendine then picked up the urn containing the ashes and hurled it at a window, spilling some of the ashes and breaking the window.
Oxendine was jailed on charges of domestic battery and criminal mischief.
— Karen Voyles
School burglary suspect arrested
A school resource officer reviewing a surveillance video Monday of a school burglary in Columbia County identified the apparent burglar and later arrested the suspect.
Columbia County sheriff's Deputy James Finnell reviewed security camera images of Saturday's 2 a.m. burglary at Richardson Middle School.
The burglar can be seen entering several classrooms and offices, according to the Sheriff's Office, and taking a small amount of cash before fleeing.
Finnell identified the burglar as Joshua A. Hauss, 19, of Lake City, then went to his home and arrested him.
Finnell said Hauss confessed to the break-in and was arrested on charges of burglary and theft.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ed Seifert said deputies are reviewing other unsolved burglaries around the county to determine whether Hauss might have been involved in them.
— Karen Voyles
Emergency landing made at airport
The US Airways plane that made an emergency landing Monday afternoon in Gainesville was headed to Charlotte and had just taken off from the Gainesville Regional Airport.
Laura Aguiar, spokeswoman for the airport, said no one was injured and that most of the passengers aboard Flight 2338 were rebooked on a later flight to Charlotte. Some others were booked onto other flights to make their travel connections.
"The flight had just taken off at 2:43 p.m.," Aguiar said. "The pilot called back at 2:48 p.m. with engine trouble, and then he turned the plane around and returned where we had emergency crews on standby, but they landed without incident."
The plane, a CRJ200 model, seats 50 and has two engines. Aguiar said the plane remained on the ground at the airport Tuesday morning awaiting a decision by US Airways officials on how and where to have the engine examined.
— Karen Voyles
Free classes aid hard of hearing
The University of Florida Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Gainesville chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of Florida will offer "Living With Hearing Loss," a series of free classes for people with hearing impairment.
The education series includes four free classes: "Coping with Hearing Loss," "A Thousand Ways to Say ‘Huh,'" "Handling Difficult Listening Situations" and "What Other Help Is There?"
Beginning in February, classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. at the United Way of North Central Florida office, 6031 NW First Place. The first series of classes will be offered on Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Second-session class dates are March 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Participants are encouraged to bring family and friends to the classes, but space is limited. Call 294-5151 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
— Diane Chun