Around the region for Jan. 7, 2012

Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.


GPD: DUI driver ran into semi

Police Thursday morning arrested a woman they said had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit after she drove into the back of a semi-trailer. No injuries were reported.

Shannon A. Johns, 41, of Alachua, was charged with DUI.

Gainesville Police Department Officer John O’Ferrell said the crash happened while Johns was driving a four-door Kia north in the 5500 block of Northwest 13th Street.

According to an arrest report, Johns provided two samples for a breath test that registered .262 and .264. Under Florida law, anyone with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher is presumed to be drunk.

Johns was booked into the Alachua County jail.

-Karen Voyles


Primary date may change yet again

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are considering whether to change the date of the August primary election again.

A Senate panel next week will take up a bill that would push back the date from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21.

Last year the Florida Legislature changed the date of the primary election so it did not conflict with the Republican National Convention being held in Tampa. The convention will start Aug. 27.

Florida’s political calendar could be thrown into disarray if there are widespread legal challenges to new legislative districts.

The Legislature moved up its 2012 session to January so it can deal with the once-a-decade job of redistricting.

-The Associated Press

State looking into fraud at pain clinics

TALLAHASSEE — State investigators looking into fraudulent activity resulting from the treatment of automobile accident victims have found regulatory violations in almost 90 percent of the pain clinics checked in Miami-Dade County.

A report by the Agency for Health Care Administration reveals many irregularities were discovered during a recent three-day sweep at 43 of 49 Miami-Dade County clinics. In one case, an insurance company providing personal injury protection coverage was charged $19,000 for massage therapy for a single patient.

It’s estimated that PIP fraud costs Florida consumers about $1 billion annually.

Agency spokeswomen Shelisha Coleman said Friday that AHCA is moving to revoke the licenses of several clinics and that subsequent criminal charges may follow.

ACHA’s investigation is wrapping up, but the state’s Division of Insurance Fraud is continuing the probe.

— The Associated Press



PAWS ON PAROLE MEET AND GREET: Event offers a chance for the public to meet dogs available for possible future adoption from Animal Services, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Earth Pets Organic, 404 NW 10th Ave. Event is free, cost of eventual adoption is $45. (213-1241 or

GAINESVILLE HARMONY SHOW CHORUS OPEN HOUSE: Event welcomes anyone interested in learning about barbershop singing. Includes punch and cookies and a chance to talk to members of the chorus. Part of Sweet Adelines International, and you might even learn a song. 1-4 p.m., Covenant Church, 3115 NW 16th Ave. (Call 318-1281 or

“AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS”: Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera about three kings, a crippled boy and a miracle, 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW Second Ave. Free will offering will be collected. (378-1527 or

FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING LIVE: Florida Championship Wrestling kicks off its 2012 tour. Eight matches scheduled, and a special fan fest before the show where wrestling superstars will sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Palatka Armory, 1301 Moseley Ave., Palatka. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 kids, $25 adults ringside, $15 kids. (386-329-1190)

IRISH DANCE WORKSHOP: A one-day-only dance class with a guest teacher from Dublin. Beginner class from 1-2:30 p.m., experienced class from 3-4:30 p.m., Studio Percussion, 2512 NE First Blvd. Price: $20 for one class, or both for $30.

WINGS OF DREAMS FLY-IN (DRIVE-IN) BREAKFAST: Pancake Breakfast Buffet benefits the Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum, 8-10:30 a.m., Keystone Heights Airport, 7100 Airport Road, Starke. Cost: $7, $4 for kids, first come first served, RSVP recommended. (256-8037)

EVENING OF BLUEGRASS: Performers include Big Cypress Bluegrass and Blueshades of Grass from Cairo, Ga., 6-9 p.m., Old Town Elementary School, 221 SE 136 Ave., Old Town. Free.

BILL ANDERSON: Country singer known for such songs as “Po’ Folks” and “The Tips of My Fingers” performs, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today, Orange Blossom Opry, 13939 SE County Road 42, Weirsdale. (821-1201 or


ANNUAL GAINESVILLE CAMELLIA SOCIETY CAMELLIA SHOW: The show features award-winning blooms from across the southeastern U.S., 1-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive. Price: $6 adults, $3 ages 6-13, Free under 6. (895-8762)


GAIA GROVE WORKSHOP: Learn how to make rain barrels, compost bins, worm bins, compost toilets, cleaning products, weed-free gardening, outdoor showers, solar ovens and more, 12-3 p.m. Saturdays, Gaia Grove, 20190 N. State Road 21, Brooker. (For more information, call Bob at 262-5068)

ALACHUA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5920 NW 13th St., at the corner of 441 and State Road 121. (352-371-8236)

HAILE VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Haile Village Center, Southwest 91st Terrace, Gainesville. (359-1087)

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Nature Park, State Road 21 (Lawrence Boulevard), across from City Hall.

LIVING HISTORY DAY: Park staff interpret day-to-day life on an 1870s Florida farm, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every Saturday, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave., Free. (334-3326)

MILLHOPPER RANGER WALKS: Guided walks with a Park Ranger available 10 a.m. Saturdays, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, 12720 NW 109th Lane, Alachua. (386-462-7905

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