Around the Region, Nov. 18
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.
Woman killed in Cross City crash
A Dixie County woman was killed late Friday afternoon when she lost control of her car and hit a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Dead is Dawn Renee Gardner, 49, of Horseshoe Beach, FHP reported in a press release.
The accident occurred about 5:17 p.m. on County Road 351 about 13 miles south of Cross City. Gardner was driving a 2010 Dodge four-door south on CR 351 when she lost control and drove onto the east shoulder.
FHP reported that the car began to overturn and hit a tree. Gardner was ejected from the car and died at the scene, FHP reported.
Gardner was not wearing a seatbelt, FHP said.
— Cindy Swirko
23 ejections from UF football game
Police ejected 23 people from Saturday’s University of Florida football game against Jacksonville State for a variety of offenses, according to a University of Florida Police Department press release.
No arrests were made, but 10 civil citations were issued for possession of alcohol in the stadium. Of the 23 people ejected, eight were UF students, the release states.
Ejections per offense were: alcohol possession, 10; intoxication, two; standing on seat, two; disorderly conduct, three; ticket switching, three; being in the wrong section, two; and smoking, one.
— Cindy Swirko
Morning fire badly damages home
A Saturday morning house fire in southeast Gainesville caused by an electrical problem sent flames shooting through the roof and caused substantial damage before it was extinguished in 10 minutes by Gainesville Fire Rescue, reported acting district chief Don Campbell.
The fire was reported about 11:37 a.m. at 1420 SE 41st Place. Firefighters arrived to find flames through the roof and got reports from neighbors that the resident works a night shift and usually is sleeping in the middle of the day, Campbell reported in a press release.
Crews immediately entered the home to search for anyone who may have been inside and to extinguish the fire. No one was found, and firefighters had the fire under control in 10 minutes, but remained on scene for more than an hour.
“The majority of the home is damaged. It is going to take some pretty big renovation to get it back to where somebody can live in it,” Campbell told The Sun, adding the house is of block exterior and wood interior.
The Red Cross was contacted by GFR to assist the family.
The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical problem in the heating and air conditioning unit.
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