Around the Region for Jan. 30, 2011


Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Son injured, dad charged

An Alachua man was arrested late Friday night on a charge of child abuse and accused of injuring his son during an argument, according to an arrest report.

Charged was Hal Bernard Black, 48, of Northwest 158th Avenue, following an argument with his son over his curfew, the Alachua Police Department report states.

Black was scolding his son over the curfew when he grabbed him by the side of his neck and head with both hands, lifted him off the ground and threw him on a bed, police reported. The son's back hit the foot board of the bed, causing a welt and scrape, the report states.

Black told officers he had been arguing with his son and that he had grabbed him by his shoulder but not his head, the report adds. He was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. and taken to the Alachua County jail.

— Cindy Swirko

3 women found naked, arrested

A woman spotted running naked down a Gainesville street early Saturday morning led to the arrest of three women on charges of indecent exposure, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

The three had been at a party and appeared to be drunk when arrested, said Gainesville police Sgt. Bruce Giles.

About 1:08 a.m., officer Stephanie Pridgen saw a 22-year-old woman running without clothes on westbound in the 1100 block of Northwest 5th Avenue, according to an arrest report.

Then officers found two other naked women -- ages 21 and 22 -- hiding in the shrubbery in the immediate area, the report stated.

The women told police they had just come from a party on Northwest 12th Street, the report stated. Their clothes were found in the front yard of 409 NW 12th St.

"It was a prank. They were intoxicated," Giles said. "They left their clothes near the party when they decided to run around the block, where the officer spotted them."

— Cindy Swirko

Deputy gets minor injuries in crash

A Bradford County sheriff's deputy received minor injuries in an accident Friday night, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.

Trent Page, 21, was treated for minor injuries at Shands at Starke following the accident, which occurred about 8:25 p.m. on Bradford County Road 225 about one mile east of Lawtey, an FHP media release stated.

Page had been on the eastbound shoulder assisting a driver. With his emergency lights still on, he was attempting to make a three-point turn to head west when he stopped partially on the grass on the eastbound shoulder. Jason A. Major, 36, of Lawtey, driving a 2003 Honda four-door, was heading west when he drifted across the center lane and hit the right front of the patrol car with the left front of his car, FHP stated.

Major was not injured. The accident is under investigation and charges are pending, the release stated.

— Cindy Swirko

Man accused of Publix break-in

A Gainesville man was arrested early Saturday on charges of breaking into a Publix grocery store through the ceiling, reported the Gainesville Police Department.

Samuel William Russell, 31, was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and criminal mischief.

Police were called by the manager at the Publix on West University Avenue and 34th Street when he spotted a man coming through the ceiling tiles near the deli department. The man, later identified by officials as Russell, then fled the store.

Officers, including a police dog, searched the roof and found that a metal grate in a door had been cut so someone could get in. Some clothing was found that contained Russell's wallet.

Store surveillance showed a man leaving. Russell was eventually located around 8 a.m. and arrested, police said. When asked about the break-in, Russell said he was homeless and lost, police said.

— Cindy Swirko

COMMUNITY

Donovan leads in charity challenge

Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan is competing in the ESPN Coaches' Charity Challenge, and he could use your online vote.

Donovan has selected the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation as his charity, and if he receives the most votes, he will win $100,000 for the foundation, which has as its primary goal bringing a full-scale children's hospital to the University of Florida.

Anyone can vote once a day until March 11 by going online to www.espn.com/infiniti. Coach Donovan is currently in the lead, but Kentucky coach John Calipari is close behind.

— Staff report

STATE

Cement crusher kills 1, injured 1

CLERMONT — One Central Florida man is dead and another is seriously injured after getting caught in a machine used to crush cement.

The accident happened Friday at DeWitt Excavating just east of Clermont.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office says two men became entangled in the cement crusher after going beneath it to see why it stopped working. Twenty-year-old Delmas Ramsey of Clermonth was killed.

The second man was seriously hurt, but able to free himself.

The cement crusher is about the size of a large van, with large teeth near the bottom that grind and crush road materials.

— The Associated Press

Police: Boy had pot cookies in school

PLANTATION — A South Florida teen has been arrested for allegedly bringing marijuana-laced cookies to school.

The student was arrested Friday and charged with delivery of a controlled substance near a school and possession of marijuana.

Police say the boy brought two cookies to school, sharing one with two other students. But the school caught on to the cookies' contents when one of the students went to the office, saying he felt sick.

All three students face 10-day suspensions.

— The Associated Press

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