Around the region for Jan. 18, 2012


Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 8:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 8:14 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Two women seriously injured in I-75 crash

Two Ocala women were seriously injured Monday afternoon when the vehicle they were in blew a tire and overturned on Interstate 75 just south of Gainesville.

The accident limited northbound traffic to a single lane for about an hour.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper J.W. Smith said the women were in a white Isuzu Trooper headed north in the left lane at the point where I-75 crosses Paynes Prairie when the left rear tire blew out around 2 p.m. The Isuzu overturned twice before coming to a stop, Smith said.

The passenger, Monica Kerrison, 22, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected during the crash, Smith said. The driver, Charlene Tucker, 24, who was wearing a seat belt, remained inside the vehicle.

Both women were taken to Shands at the University of Florida.

No charges were filed.

— Karen Voyles

COMMUNITY

Training session for homeless census is Thurs.

The Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry is holding a training session Thursday for volunteers who want to help in the annual count of homeless children, women and men in the county.

The census is federally required and helps determine the level of federal and state funding for local programs focused on the homeless and those at risk of homelessness, according to the coalition.

The training session is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alachua County Housing Authority, 703 NE First St.

The census survey is scheduled for Jan. 24-25.

— Christopher Curry

UF reopens Sisler Hall floor following explosion

The University of Florida has re-opened the floor of Sisler Hall where a chemical explosion injured a graduate student last week.

A contractor on Monday removed the remnants of the chemical involved in the explosion, sodium azide, said UF environmental health and safety director William Properzio. An extensive decontamination and cleaning lasting most of the day also were done, he said.

— Nathan Crabbe

Area real estate agent to run for House District 22

Area real estate agent Aaron Bosshardt has filed to run for the Florida House.

Bosshardt, a Democrat, filed paperwork Tuesday to run for the District 22 seat that is now held by Gainesville Republican Keith Perry. The state’s ongoing redistricting process may divide the current District 22, separating Alachua and Marion counties into different districts.

Bosshardt, 38, is the president of Bosshardt Property Management and the chief operating officer of Bosshardt Realty Services.

— Christopher Curry

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