Around the Region, Nov. 11
Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.
Fort White man killed in crash, FHP reports
A Fort White man was killed early Saturday morning when he lost control of his car, possibly after suffering from a medical problem, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Dead is Nathaniel Watson, 76, FHP reported in a press release. The accident occurred about 7:09 a.m. on State Road 47 south of Azalea Place in Columbia County.
Watson was driving a 2001 Suzuki Esteem north on SR 47 when he hit several mailboxes and trees before overturning and hitting a large sign. Watson was ejected from the car, FHP reported.
“Due to the extended length of the scene and circumstances surrounding this crash, a medical condition is suspected to be a contributing factor,” the release states.
Watson was flown by helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida, where he was declared dead.
— Cindy Swirko
Man slapped girlfriend, daughter, deputies say
A Gainesville man was arrested on domestic battery and child abuse charges Friday following a fight with his girlfriend in which he also slapped his daughter when she tried to intervene, according to an arrest report.
Charged was Devlin Dundee Cummings, 42, of 1105 Fort Clarke Boulevard, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The incident began when Cummings’ girlfriend took the 13-year-old girl with her when she went to pick Cummings up at a bar, the report states. It could not be learned if he worked in the bar or was a patron.
Later, the couple argued over why the girl was taken to the bar. Cummings’ girlfriend left the residence to cool off, but the arguing resumed when she returned, deputies said. The report states that Cummings tried to get his girlfriend to leave, and began hitting her when she wouldn’t.
His daughter tried to intervene, and Cummings slapped her in the face with an open hand, according to the report. He pushed his girlfriend against a door, kicked her several times and choked her before she was able to flee, deputies said.
Cummings was charged with domestic battery by strangulation and child abuse.
— Cindy Swirko
Police report 17 ejections from UF football game
Police ejected 17 people from Saturday’s University of Florida-Louisiana-Lafayette football game for a variety of offenses, a University of Florida Police Department press release states.
Of the 17, four were UF students. One arrest was made — a non-student on a charge of disorderly intoxication. Six of those ejected were given civil citations for possession of alcohol.
The cause of the ejections were: possession of alcohol, six; false student identification, five; disorderly conduct, four; possession of paraphernalia, one; and smoking, one.
— Cindy Swirko
Haitian head of state pays visit to Fla. alma mater
MIAMI — Haiti’s prime minister paid a visit to his alma mater in South Florida.
Barry University bestowed its “distinguished alumni award” on Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and two other graduates on Saturday. Lamothe graduated from the Miami Shores university in 1996 with a degree in political science.
Barry officials say the award honors alumni who have “distinguished themselves through significant achievement.” Lamothe told The Miami Herald (that he’s grateful for the time he spent at the school.
Lamothe went on to earn a master’s degree at St. Thomas University. Next week, Lamothe will speak at St. Thomas about entrepreneurship in Haiti.
Lamothe has appealed for international aid to help Haiti recover from Hurricane Sandy, which left dozens dead and missing and seriously damaged crops in the Caribbean country.
— The Associated Press
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