Around the region for Jan. 15, 2012


Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

4-car crash snarls traffic on Newberry

A four-car accident late Saturday afternoon sent at least one person to the hospital and caused westbound traffic on Newberry Road to be diverted.

The accident happened in front of Tire Kingdom at 3950 Newberry Road. Gainesville Police officer Ben Tobias said at the scene that the cause of the crash had not been determined and that he believed one person was taken by ambulance a hospital. All the cars ended up in the westbound lanes, but witnesses said some of the vehicles had initially been heading east.

“Two of them were one way on Newberry Road and two the other way,” said Eric Surim, a manager at Tire Kingdom. “We heard the noise and everybody stopped and ran out here, and saw that one car was kind of airborne.”

Police diverted westbound traffic at several spots along Newberry Road starting at 34th Street.

— Cindy Swirko

Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

Two Ocala residents found with a variety of drugs hidden in containers were arrested by Gainesville police Friday during a traffic stop on Interstate 75, according to arrest reports.

Jessica Lynn Depizzol, 26, of 5301 NE 20th Court, and Lloyd Clarence Butler, 37, were both charged with trafficking oxycodone, trafficking opium, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of prescription drugs.

Officer Lloyd O'Quinn was working for the Gainesville/Alachua County Drug Task Force on I-75 when he stopped a car driven by Depizzol for a traffic violation.

A police dog that sniffed around the car indicated drugs were inside. A search was conducted, and various types of drugs were found, including some in “cloned containers” of common products such as peanuts, vitamins and instant tea that had false bottoms. Drugs were also found in a fake screw driver and a fake can of hair spray, the report states.

When the bottom of the hair spray container was opened, police found oxycodone and $19,000 in cash, police reported. Depizzol also had a large amount of cash in her wallet, the report states.

— Cindy Swirko

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