Around the Region for March 2, 2011


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Three accused of stealing copper, A/C

Three people were arrested Monday on charges they stole a new air conditioner and stripped the copper wire from another air conditioner at the same home.

Two of the suspects, a 15-year-old and 17-year-old, are not being identified by The Sun because they are juveniles. The third suspect, Adel Charles Marwan Rohman, 20, of Hawthorne, was charged with burglary of a dwelling and grand theft from a dwelling.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, the trio was found standing next to Rohman’s car shortly after the burglary was reported by a resident in the 1200 block of Northwest 43rd Avenue. Inside the car, officers said they spotted a new air conditioner in plain view.

Rohman was booked into the Alachua County jail and the juveniles were turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

— Karen Voyles

Bradford man held on child porn charges

A Bradford County man with a sex conviction was arrested Monday on a charge of child pornography after investigators found more than 200 photos on a cell phone, Bradford Sheriff’s Capt. Brad Smith reported.

Rymer Howell, 59, of 1002 Butler Road, was charged with possession of child pornography. Howell has a conviction for lewd and lascivious conduct with a 13-year-old. His bond was set at $100,000.

Smith reported that the case began in August when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided information to police in Prince Williams County, Va. A juvenile had begun by chatting with strangers in a cell phone chat room. That eventually led to additional cell phone texts and chats with Howell, Smith reported.

Subpoenas for phone records confirmed the telephone number belonging to Howell. Bradford investigators went to his home Monday, confiscating two cells phones. Smith said one contained what appeared to be more than 200 images of child pornography.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. Smith said Howell did not own a computer and told investigators that too many people get caught by police on child porn charges on their computers.

— Cindy Swirko

Semi driver uninjured after hitting empty home

A semitrailer driver escaped injury Monday morning after his truck ran into an abandoned residence. The crash occurred at the intersection where another man died eight months ago.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash at 4 a.m. Monday occurred less than a mile southwest of Lawtey at Northwest 216th Street and County Road 200A.

FHP Trooper Jason Barry said Michael Lovell Jr., 51, of Lawtey, was headed north on 216th Street when he failed to stop at the intersection with the county road. The front of Lovell’s 1998 Peterbilt hit a guardrail and plunged into the abandoned home. Damage to the truck was estimated at $5,000.

Lovell received a citation of careless driving.

In June, another Lawtey resident, James Lewis Jamison, 39, died following a crash at the same intersection. Jamison’s passenger, Xavier Cummings, 32, of Starke, was seriously injured in the one-car crash. The FHP said the accident occurred when Jamison failed to stop for a stop sign and ran off the road into thick underbrush, hit a tree and overturned.

— Karen Voyles

18-year-old charged with car burglaries

A Gainesville man was arrested by police early Tuesday on burglary charges after he was spotted acting suspiciously by residents, arrest reports state.

Adolfo Sibori, 18, was charged with four counts of car burglary and one count each of grand theft, possession of burglary tools, loitering and resisting an officer without violence.

About 4 a.m. Tuesday a Gainesville police officer went to the Polos apartments complex at 2330 Williston Road regarding a suspicious person who was trying to open cars, an arrest report states.

The officer saw Sibori pull several door handles and get into two cars that were apparently unlocked. Sibori ran when he saw the officer, the report states. The officer chased him through the complex and eventually caught him, police said.

Sibori admitted to burglarizing several cars, the report states.

— Cindy Swirko

COMMUNITY

Lake City attorney suspended for 60 days

An attorney in Lake City has been suspended from the Florida Bar for 60 days.

John Lyon Broling is prohibited from practicing law until his suspension is complete.

According to The Bar, Broling’s suspension was handed down because he failed to respond to three, unrelated cases on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Broling was admitted to the Bar in 1996.

The discipline was handed down by the Florida Supreme Court.

More information about Broling’s suspension as well as disciplinary actions taken against other attorneys practicing in Florida can be reviewed and downloaded from the Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org.

— Karen Voyles

Lunker limit on Orange and Lochloosa: 1 per day

The lunker limit on lakes Orange and Lochloosa is one per angler.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Tuesday underlined this new facet of special regulations concerning largemouth bass on the area lakes. The protective slot limit — designed to improve the fishery — requires that all fish between 15 and 24 inches long be released. Anglers may keep only three bass a day, and only one of them may be bigger than 24 inches long.

The good news, however, is that a slot limit for the lakes appears to be working and there are more monster bass out there to be caught and released.

“The largemouth bass fishery was outstanding last year,” FWC regional freshwater fisheries biologist Allen Martin said in a news release. “It was particularly productive for large fish. Reports of trophy-size fish in the 8- to 10-pound range have become somewhat common on Orange Lake.”

— Staff report

Alan Dershowitz to speak at Phillips Center today

Attorney and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz will speak today at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. The talk will start at 8. The event is free and open to the public, with tickets being distributed at the center starting at 6 p.m.

Dershowitz has been involved in several high-profile legal cases and is known as a commentator on Israel and the Middle East in general. The event will include a discussion with UF President Bernie Machen and a Q&A session.

— Nathan Crabbe

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