Around the region for Feb. 1, 2011


Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:24 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Trenton woman killed in single-car crash

A Trenton woman was pronounced dead Sunday morning at the scene of a fiery, one-car crash in Gilchrist County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Maria Fina, 42, was alone in a two-door, silver Mitsubishi when the crash occurred at 8:20 a.m.

Troopers said Fina had been heading west on Gilchrist County Road 337 when she ran a stop sign at Southeast 50th Street. The Mitsubishi hit a large tree head on. Fina, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car before it caught fire. Fina was pronounced dead at the scene by Gilchrist County Emergency Medical Services.

— Karen Voyles

3rd suspect in Dixie County store robbery arrested

The third and final suspect in a recent Dixie County convenience store armed robbery has been arrested.

Thomas Brandon Brock, 26, of Old Town, was arrested Friday and charged with being a principal in the first degree to armed robbery. Dixie County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Brock is suspected of being the getaway driver during the Jan. 18 robbery at the Trading Post outside Old Town.

Old Town residents Shelly Jean Stroupe, 26, and Courtney Megan Johnson, 24, were arrested previously in the case.

Stroupe has been charged with robbery with a firearm and grand theft. Johnson, like Brock, was charged with being a principal in the first degree to the robbery.

Brock, Stroupe and Johnson were all being held Monday at the Dixie County jail.

— Karen Voyles

COMMUNITY

Donations being accepted for couple who lost home

Donations are being accepted by a Gainesville church to help the Newberry couple who lost their home a week ago to lightning.

Alachua County Fire Rescue officials said Phil and Sue Camp’s double-wide mobile home at 9610 SW 282nd St. apparently began to burn after it was hit Jan. 25 by lightning. District Chief Ed Kennedy said the home was destroyed.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is accepting monetary donations to assist the couple, Father Tom Murphy said. Anyone who wishes to contribute can make out a check to the church and note in the memo line that it is for the Camps. Checks should be mailed to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 4315 NW 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32606.

— Karen Voyles

CHOICES, sales tax meetings set for today

County government will hold meetings today on the future of the CHOICES health services program and a potential 2012 sales tax referendum for infrastructure.

The CHOICES meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. County commissioners will discuss how the program will operate with the funding source, a quarter-cent sales tax, expiring at the end of 2011.

Options include enrollment caps, no funding for additional outside agencies and reductions in benefits. Staff’s recommendation is to end the program at the end of 2013, just as the majority of the federal health care overhaul would take effect should it survive legal challenges and repeal attempts.

At 6 p.m., there will be a town hall-style meeting on the possibility of a sales tax referendum in 2012. County officials’ talks have focused on a half-cent or one-cent tax to fund road resurfacing projects.

Both meetings are on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 SE First St.

— Christopher Curry

Publix tiramisu ice cream recalled for an allergen

Publix Super Markets has issued a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, which may contain an undeclared almond allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the ice cream.

The product is packaged with a Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream bottom carton and a Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream lid. The recall affects the company’s five state operating areas of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The recalled product lot code for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, found on the bottom of the carton, is Sep 12 2011 B7 PLT 12-444.

Customers with additional questions may call Consumer Relations at 1-800-242-1227 or visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.

— Staff report

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