Around the region for Jan. 21, 2012


Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Police arrest graffiti suspect

The Gainesville Police Department arrested a suspect in connection with a recent rash of graffiti writing, also known as tagging.

Lance Miller Corbett, 18, 6223 SW Eighth Place, identified himself to GPD as the graffiti artist named Twig. Corbett was charged with felony criminal mischief. He is accused of spray-painting words found on the side of three tour buses.

Officer Jason Rarey said the buses were parked outside American's Best Value, a motel at 1900 SW 13th St. early Tuesday morning. The buses were spray-painted with "Bud76," "Twig" and "S.O.G.," an abbreviation for "Sons of Graffiti," according to Rarey. The cost to repair the damage to the buses was estimated at $5,000 per bus for a total of $15,000.

Rarey said Corbett confessed to being involved with tagging buildings, signs, utility boxes and other surfaces along University Avenue and Southwest 13th Street in recent months.

— Karen Voyles

Man arrested in home invasion case

The U.S. Marshals Service in Gainesville arrested a man early Friday morning wanted for a violent home invasion robbery in Lake County in which an elderly man was shot.

Marshals' spokesman Bryon Carroll said Chazelle Reed, 29, of Fruitland Park, was arrested on a warrant charging him with attempted murder and home invasion robbery.

About 14 members of a fugitive task force that included the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and Gainesville police arrested Reed at a convenience store at 3423 Hawthorne Road after investigators got information that he was in the area.

Carroll said Reed knew people in Gainesville and likely felt safe in the area.

The home invasion robbery occurred Aug. 1 in Lady Lake. A press release from the Lake County Sheriff's Office stated that an elderly couple was awakened by two men in their bedroom who were demanding money. When the couple told the men they had no money, one of the intruders shot the man.

— Cindy Swirko

Man, 70, in hospital after car crash

A 70-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition Friday following a single-vehicle crash on Williston Road, Gainesville Fire Rescue and the Gainesville Police Department reported.

It appeared that the elderly man may have experienced some sort of medical emergency such as a heart attack while driving, according to GFR. His vehicle left the road and traveled into a wooded area.

GFR was called out to the area off Williston Road just northeast of Main Street at about 7:40 a.m., according to District Chief Jeff Lane. Witnesses saw the Jeep Liberty, which originally was headed southwest toward U.S. 441, cross several lanes of traffic before it went off the embankment, he said.

Gainesville police found the sport utility vehicle in the woods of Paynes Prairie and the Sweetwater Preserve, GFR reported. The driver was unconscious and unresponsive.

The man was in cardiac arrest and firefighters began resuscitation efforts, according to GFR officials.

— Lise Fisher

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