Police and community briefs for March 2, 2012


Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:54 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Man wanted for domestic battering

A Gainesville man who police say forced his former girlfriend into a car and then chased her into a store when she escaped is wanted on charges of domestic battery, kidnapping and aggravated stalking in violation of a domestic violence injunction.

Sought for the Wednesday afternoon incident is Ayangre D. Ross, 20, Cpl. Angelina Valuri said.

Police said the incident began when Ross threw the woman on a recliner, dragged her out of her house and forced her into the back seat of a car that was driven by another man.

Valuri said the woman tried to get out at one point and Ross punched her in the face. She was able to get out of the car at 1600 NW 13th St. and ran into the CVS, Valuri said. She jumped over a counter beside an employee and tried to hide, police added.

Ross chased her and tried to punch her several times over the counter before fleeing, Valuri said.

Police have been unable to find Ross.

— Cindy Swirko

COMMUNITY

GRU warns customers of scam artist offering survey

Gainesville Regional Utilities customers have reported getting calls from a person posing as a GRU representative who offers to schedule an energy survey in an apparent attempt to gain access to their houses, the utility said Thursday.

“Other customers have reported an individual pretending to read the meter, and afterwards asking for access to the house to conduct an energy survey,” the utility said in a news release. “Claims are made that GRU rates are increasing or that the customer’s consumption is high, and that an energy survey is needed to help lower utility bills.”

The release said that “there are no rate increases planned,” though GRU expects rates to go up in fall 2013, when it begins purchasing biomass power.

GRU said its employees should be able to show proper identification and residents should call 911 if someone asks to enter the house without proper ID.

Ratepayers who question the authenticity of a call can contact the utility at 393-1460.

— Chad Smith

Work of Heart nominees for volunteerism sought

Nominations are being sought for the Work of Heart Awards. This is the 40th year that these awards will celebrate the best in Alachua County volunteerism. Each nominee in 16 categories — individual as well as groups — will be recognized with an invitation to an awards banquet April 24 at the Paramount Hotel where winners in each category will be announced. Sponsors include Haven Hospice, the Foster Grandparent Program, the Non-Profit Center of North Central Florida and others.

Nomination forms are available at www.workofheartawards.com and can be submitted via email, mail or fax. For more information please call Neila Hutson at 392-1554, Ext. 247, or Liz Starke at 955-6760.

— Staff report

Ticket sold in Lake City among Fantasy 5 winners

The Florida Lottery announced Thursday that three tickets had all five correct numbers from Wednesday night’s Fantasy 5 drawing, including one quick pick sold in Lake City.

Each of the three wins $86,563. The winning numbers were 1-13-17-29-34.

The Lake City ticket was purchased at S & S Food, 4046 SW State Road 47, according to the lottery agency. The other two tickets were sold in Hollywood and Okeechobee.

— Staff report

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