Around the region for Oct. 12, 2012
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:07 p.m.
Man accused of raping acquaintance
Police have arrested a man suspected of raping a woman Tuesday night in Gainesville.
Charged on Wednesday night with sexual battery and robbery was John Henry Boyd, 32, of Gainesville, according to jail records.
Boyd is accused of raping an acquaintance about 7 p.m. Tuesday around the 500 block of Southwest Fourth Ave. The woman told police she was talking with an acquaintance when he pulled her into some woods and sexually assaulted her.
She was taken to Shands at the University of Florida for treatment, police said. She later identified Boyd as her assailant in a photo lineup.
Detective Marquitta Brown learned the identity of Boyd's girlfriend and, after talking with police, the girlfriend found Boyd in the Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza Wednesday night and notified Brown, police said.
Boyd fled when he saw police but was later found hiding in the apartment of a friend, police reported.
— Cindy Swirko
Woman dies in accident Thursday on Tower Road
A Gainesville woman was killed in a two-car accident on Thursday morning in southwest Gainesville.
Chiu Mei Ou, 68, and Rachel Michelle Criss, 35, were involved in the accident, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report.
At approximately 9:28 a.m., Ou traveled east on SW 36th Avenue, the report said, and tried to make a left turn in her Honda Accord onto Southwest 75th Street, also known as Tower Road.
Criss, in a Honda Odyssey van, was going south on 75th Street toward the intersection. Ou drove into the path of Criss' van, the report said. The van hit the sedan on the left side.
Ou, 68, was transported to Shands at the University of Florida, where she was pronounced dead. Criss, 35, also of Gainesville, was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center minor injuries.
— Jon Silman
Five ex-governors at Phillips Center Friday
The University of Florida will host five former governors Friday to discuss major issues facing the state.
Former Govs. Reubin Askew, Charlie Crist, Bob Graham, Buddy MacKay and Bob Martinez are confirmed to participate in the panel, according to the Florida Law Review.
The law review is holding the event, part of a legal education series, at 10 a.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. A limited number were still available as of Thursday and will be distributed at the Phillips Center Box Office, which opens at 9 a.m.
— Staff report
Amendments discussion on Monday at Santa Fe
Voters will have an opportunity to learn about proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution at an event Monday at Santa Fe College.
University of Florida law professor Jon Mills and economics professor Rod Clouser will discuss the 11 amendments on the November ballot and answer questions.
The event is free and open to the public. It starts Monday at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Santa Fe's Fine Arts Hall, which is along Northwest 83rd Street.
— Staff report
Libertarian Jim Grey speaking at UF on Tuesday
Libertarian vice presidential candidate Jim Grey will be speaking Tuesday at the University of Florida.
Grey will be speaking at 10 a.m. in the Reitz Union Auditorium. Following his speech, he will take questions and be available for photographs.
The event is free and open to the public. Grey, a former judge, is running with Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor.
— Staff report
Coat drive for the homeless is under way
The Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry has launched a coat drive to assist the homeless.
The charity is asking for the donation of new and clean gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sleeping bags, tents and blankets. Large and extra large coats and jackets are of particular need.
Take donations to the Alachua County Housing Authority, 703 NE First St., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Coats will be accepted through March 1, 2013.
Agencies that are members of the coalition will distribute the donated items for free.
— Staff report
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