Around the Region for Oct. 5, 2012

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:25 p.m.


UF students say no to renaming Reitz Union

University of Florida students have overwhelmingly rejected a measure to rename the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

About 76 percent of the more than 7,200 students who cast ballots Tuesday and Wednesday voted against the nonbinding referendum. The measure gauged student support for changing the facility’s name from honoring Reitz, the late UF president, to honoring Virgil Hawkins, whose legal battle ended segregation at UF.

The referendum’s original language described Hawkins’ legal battle against segregation and said Reitz delayed integration and collaborated with a state committee that purged gay students and professors from UF.

Last month, the UF Supreme Court of the Student Body removed that language for being overly suggestive in influencing student opinion.

— Nathan Crabbe


Police: Man was robbed in drug deal that went bad

A man was robbed and hit in the head with a gun at a southwest Gainesville apartment complex early Thursday morning apparently in a drug deal that went bad, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias said.

Detectives identified Terrence Davis, 21, and Justin Robinson, 19, as suspects.

Tobias said police arrested Robinson late Thursday afternoon, but Davis was still at large.

The robbery occurred about 2 a.m. at Cabana Beach apartments at 1601 SW 51st Terrace. The victim had arranged to meet two men who wanted to buy marijuana from him, police said.

As he was walking downstairs, he was accosted by the two, one of whom hit him on the head with a handgun, police said.

Meanwhile, the victim’s roommate came outside and also was accosted by the culprits, police said.

Police Lt. Mike Schibuola said the culprits fled after getting miscellaneous items from the victim.

Police got the suspect’s information from cellphone numbers and from information found in Robinson’s car.

The car was found in the complex parking lot and was searched after a police dog alerted on it, Tobias said.

Davis is considered armed and dangerous, Tobias said.

— Cindy Swirko

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