Around the Region for May 2, 2011


Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 10:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 10:39 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Man charged in violent incident

Gainesville Police arrested a man they said had gotten drunk and angry, and then attacked a wagon carrying several children and two people who tried to intervene on Saturday evening.

Police say Quincy Jermaine McClain, 32, approached a group of people at about 5:40 p.m. near Northeast 16th Avenue and then kicked the wagon.

A juvenile tried to intervene, but police say McClain punched her in the face and her left arm.

Dylan David Peavey then tried to intervene and McClain allegedly picked up a broken bottle and threw it, hitting Peavey on the left torso, causing a 2-inch laceration.

McClain is charged with child abuse and aggravated battery. He was being held Sunday evening in the Alachua County Jail.

— Kimberly Moore Wilmoth

Firefighters put out blaze at store

Gainesville Fire Rescue put out a small fire at Ward’s Supermarket on Sunday evening.

Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Hayes said a bale of hay in front of the building caught fire just before 8 p.m.

No one was injured and there was no damage to the store.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

— Kimberly Moore Wilmoth

STATE

Police: Cab driver, rider in gunfight

ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa-area authorities say an unruly passenger flashed a gun at a cab driver, sparking a gunfight that left the passenger injured.

Largo police say a Yellow Cab driver, who has not been identified, picked up 19-year-old Travonte Myles just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

The pair got into an argument and the driver asked Myles to get out.

Police say Myles then pulled out a weapon. The driver got out of the car, armed with his own weapon, and the pair exchanged fire.

Police say Myles was struck at least three times in the lower extremities and was being treated at a hospital. The driver was not injured.

Police say the driver is licensed to carry a concealed weapon and acted in self-defense.

— The Associated Press

Odor grounds flight in Tampa

TAMPA — A Delta flight from Atlanta to West Palm Beach was forced to land early in nearby Tampa because of a smoky odor in the cockpit.

Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur says the plane landed at Tampa International Airport at 3:30 p.m. Sunday; it had been schedule to arrive in West Palm Beach at 3:43 p.m. Baur says the Boeing 757 has been taken out of service while officials investigate.

Meanwhile, the 182 passengers on board flight 1147 are being offered a bus ride — West Palm Beach is 3.5 hours away — or seats on other flights. Delta also compensated passengers with $100 vouchers.

— The Associated Press

Tampa woman saves triathlete

ST. PETERSBURG — A Tampa woman is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a fellow triathlete — then finishing the race.

Teresa McCoy saw two officers huddled over a man with whom she had chatted briefly before the race began.

The officers thought the man might be having a seizure.

McCoy, who’s a nurse, checked for a pulse and couldn’t feel one.

The 37-year-old began CPR and called for a defibrillator.

McCoy says the man came to as soon as they shocked him.

Paramedics arrived and loaded the man into an ambulance.

His family asked that he not be identified.

— The Associated Press

Fla. soldier killed in Afghanistan

JACKSONVILLE — A soldier from Florida has died in Afghanistan after insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

The Department of Defense announced Saturday that Pfc. Jonathan Villanueva, 19, was fatally injured Wednesday.

Villanueva was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

— The Associated Press

Police arrest man in woman’s death

TAMPA — Authorities have made an arrest in the death of a woman whose body was found at a Tampa park.

Tampa police identified the victim Sunday as 30-year-old Kimberly Turner. They say the suspect, 36-year-old William Gibbons, admitted to strangling her to death.

Turner’s body was found Saturday morning at Picnic Island Park.

— The Associated Press

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