Around the Region for Jan. 19, 2012


Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 9:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 9:45 p.m.

Police Beat

Police: Man fondled woman having seizure

A man who was contracted to paint a room for a Gainesville couple is in jail on charges he fondled the woman while she was having a seizure.

Garry Balagot Nonog, 43, was arrested Tuesday by the Gainesville Police Department on a charge of attempted sexual battery on a person over the age of 12 who was physically helpless.

Officer James Franklin said Nonog had known the victim for about four years when he went to her home earlier this month to paint a room. After the alleged incident, the victim told her husband, who told police he confronted Nonog and that Nonog confessed and apologized.

Nonog was booked into the Alachua County jail.

— Karen Voyles

Four are finalists for SFC vice president job

Four finalists for the position of Santa Fe College vice president of student affairs are visiting campus this week to talk with employees.

Portia Taylor, current vice president for student affairs, is set to retire next month.

The candidates include Peter J. Biegel, of Florida State College of Jacksonville; Linda Herlocker, of Hillsborough Community College; Edward Jordan, of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning; and Keith Branham, of Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.

— Jackie Alexander

State

Couple charged in boy’s accidental gun injury

JACKSONVILLE — A Jacksonville man and woman have been charged after authorities say a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself.

Jacksonville police reported Tuesday that 22-year-old Barbara Anne Powell and 24-year-old Gregory Eugene Chisholm were each charged with child neglect and culpable negligence. Chisholm also was charged with violating the terms of his probation.

Police wouldn’t identify the child or how he was related to the suspects. That the child sustained a gunshot wound to the chest Monday, but officials say it wasn’t life-threatening.

Chisholm reportedly told detectives that the gun belonged to him and that he kept it under his mattress. Chisholm was on probation for a 2010 domestic violence conviction.

— The Associated Press

New FAMU students have to sign form on hazing

TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M University students registering for classes this fall will have to sign an online form saying they’re aware of anti-hazing policies.

Members of the state Board of Governors were told Wednesday that it’s one of the steps being taken in the wake of the death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion died after a hazing ritual last November, and his death has triggered several investigations.

— The Associated Press

Family of girl abused at day care awarded $3M

MIAMI — A Florida jury has awarded $3 million to the family of a young girl who was sexually abused at a day care center.

Attorney Jeff Herman said Wednesday the Miami-Dade Circuit Court jury found Discovery Day Care negligent after a weeklong trial.

Trial testimony showed that the day care center director’s son admitted to abusing the girl on multiple occasions when he was left alone with the children in 2008. Additional testimony showed that a center employee falsified documents related to the abuse.

The girl is now 8 years old. The abuse happened when she was a preschooler. The boy was 13 at the time and later pleaded guilty to sexual battery in juvenile court.

— The Associated Press

Man apparently drowns after falling off yacht

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg detectives are investigating the apparent drowning of a man who fell off a yacht.

Police said 49-year-old James Young had been socializing with friends aboard the yacht “Pure Knight Life” at the docks at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel on Tampa Bay. He was trying to step off the boat and onto the dock when he fell into the water at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Friends pulled him out of the water, immediately rendered aid and called 911.

Police say it appears Young may have struck his head on either the boat or the dock when he fell and that may have been a contributing factor in his death.

— The Associated Press

Driver blacks out, slams into elementary school

OCOEE — Authorities say a driver blacked out and crashed into a Central Florida elementary school.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes says 27-year-old James Elliott Gannon traveled about 22 feet along the shoulder of State Road 436 in Ocoee before hitting a fence and crashing into the building about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Montes says Gannon may have suffered a head injury earlier Tuesday that contributed to him blacking out behind the wheel. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.The damage forced a teacher and students to relocate. No one was at the school when the crash occurred.

— The Associated Press

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