Around the Region, Jan. 26


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:42 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

2 teens charged in beating of boy, 12

The Gainesville Police Department has arrested two of three suspects in the weekend beating of a 12-year-old boy.

Police spokesman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said the boy’s parents took him to Shands at the University of Florida with a broken collarbone. The boy told officers he had been jumped by three others Saturday in the area of Tiger Bay Apartments at 2450 SE Fourth Lane.

Two of the three suspects in the case — a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old — were arrested Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School on charges of aggravated battery and then turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Valuri said the third suspect was still being sought Wednesday.

— Karen Voyles

Middleburg man critically injured in afternoon crash

A Middleburg man was critically injured Tuesday afternoon in a Union County crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Lewis Shawn Wilkerson, 31, was alone in a 2003 Toyota pickup when the crash happened at 4:25 p.m. Trooper R.L. Carmichael said the truck was headed east on State Road 100 about three miles west of Lake Butler when it drifted off the shoulder of the road.

The truck hit a culvert, went airborne and landed on its roof before overturning and coming to a stop at a tree line, according to Carmichael.

Wilkerson, who was wearing his seat belt, was taken by helicopter to Shands at UF, where he remained in critical condition on Wednesday, according to FHP.

— Karen Voyles

Golf-cart joy riders being sought by Live Oak police

The Live Oak Police Department may be dealing with a serial joy rider — of golf carts.

On Jan. 9, four golf carts were stolen from the fenced compound of Dave’s EZ-Go golf cart business on Houston Avenue. Two of them were found later in the day near the business, and a third cart was recovered the next day, police said.

Another cart was reported stolen the second week of January from a home near the golf cart business.

Police said they have little information to go on and are offering a reward for information from the public. Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 386-280-TIPS/8477.

— Karen Voyles

COMMUNITY

Little Santa Fe Lake boat ramp to close for cleanup

State workers plan to use the low water level this winter on Little Santa Fe Lake to get some maintenance work done on the boat ramp there.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission plans to close the Little Santa Fe Lake boat ramp off County Road 21B from Jan. 30 through Feb. 6.

During the closure, the boat ramp and dock will be repaired, according to the FWC’s Boating and Waterways section.

During the week-long closure, boaters will be able to get onto the 1,135-acre lake by launching at Big Santa Fe Lake’s public boat ramp at 24500 NE State Road 26, which is about a mile west of Melrose.

— Karen Voyles

STATE

1 arrested in slayings of 3 in South Florida home

LAUDERDALE LAKES — A South Florida judge says a Facebook comment by one victim in a triple slaying shortly before she died led to the arrest of a suspect.

Lineten Belizaire was arrested over the weekend and made his first court appearance Tuesday on three counts of first-degree murder.

Two women and an infant were found shot to death Jan. 15 in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment. Authorities say an 11-month-old boy was found unharmed in the arms of one of the women.

— The Associated Press

Boy, 10, arrested after bringing knife on bus

PUNTA GORDA — Deputies arrested a 10-year-old boy after he was found with a knife on a school bus.

According to an arrest report, the East Elementary School student was playing with the knife while riding the bus home after school on Tuesday. The bus driver told authorities another student told her the boy was opening and closing the knife repeatedly.

The driver told deputies she stopped the bus and asked the child to give her the knife.

Deputies arrested the boy, who was later released to his parents.

— The Associated Press

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