Around the Region for May 2, 2012

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.


GPD: Pregnant woman elbowed

A 20-year-old Gainesville man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with tackling and elbowing in the stomach a woman who is pregnant with his child.

Diamante Austin was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant female, a second-degree felony, after he allegedly struck the woman following an argument over a Facebook posting, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

The victim told Officer Mary Davis that Austin had tackled her into a coffee table and elbowed her twice in the stomach, saying, "I don't want you to be pregnant," the report said.

Austin told Davis that the two had gotten into an altercation and that he wrapped his arms around her to restrain her, causing them to fall to the floor. Austin said he was defending himself against her, the report states.

— Chad Smith


UF earns grant to study colonial town

A grant awarded to the University of Florida Smathers Libraries will be used to establish an online collection related to colonial St. Augustine.

UF announced Tuesday that the $265,000 grant will create an interactive digital collection of materials scattered among four repositories that had been inaccessible to researchers. It is one of only four National Endowment for the Humanities grants in Florida this year and the largest of the group.

The "Unearthing St. Augustine" grant will establish a digitization lab at the Government House in St. Augustine. The two-year project will develop a database of 10,000 maps, drawings and documents available freely online. The project comes as St. Augustine prepares to celebrate the 450th anniversary of its founding in 2015.

— Staff report

‘Cinco de Meow' event is Saturday

For anyone looking for a pet cat, Alachua County Animal Services is ready to help out at "Cinco de Meow."

The adoption event will be held Saturday at the animal shelter, 3400 NE 53rd Ave., from 1- 4 p.m.

Visitors can also see the changes at the shelter, which include a renovation of the feline adoption center, a newly designed lobby, new furnaces in the kennels and new air conditioning units.

The event will include a demonstration by the Gainesville Police K-9 unit at 2 p.m. A bake sale also will be held to raise money to pay for pet treats. Wiley's Mexican Restaurant will provide free refreshments.

— Lise Fisher


Protest group blocks Miami port

MIAMI — A small group of protesters briefly barricaded the Port of Miami during a May Day march, blocking traffic and causing police to respond.

Most marchers Tuesday did not participate in the roadblock, simply continuing on with the march. The smaller group dragged metal pedestrian barricades into the busy seaport entrance, which is adjacent to the American Airlines Arena downtown.

Police reacted quickly, removing the barriers so that traffic into the port could resume. The incident lasted less than ten minutes.

— The Associated Press

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