Around the Region, Dec. 6


Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:34 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Robber with handgun steals man's wallet

An armed robbery occurred Tuesday night in southwest Gainesville when a man with a handgun demanded money from another man walking on a street, police reported.

The incident occurred about 10:38 p.m. at 300 SW 10th St., Gainesville Police Department Lt. Mike Schibuola said. The victim was walking when the culprit came up to him with a gun and demanded money. The victim gave him his wallet, and the culprit fled. No one was hurt.

The culprit was described as white with a thin build and a pale complexion. He was 20 to 26 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, and wore a black hooded sweat­shirt and jeans.

No arrests had been made by Wednesday afternoon.

— Cindy Swirko

COMMUNITY

Share in history of depot area at Saturday event

Community members interested in learning more about and offering memories of the city's old train depot and surrounding neighbor­hoods are invited to gather Satur­day at the Depot Building, 201 SE Depot Ave.

From 9 a.m. until noon, members of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency will be gathering information and encour­aging discussions about the depot, nearby neighborhoods and busi­nesses that developed because of the depot. Agency officials are encouraging attendees to bring photographs and memorabilia that will be scanned and documented.

The information gathered will be used in an interpretive museum space housed within the depot after rehabilitation of the building is completed.

For more information on the project, please visit the CRA website at www.gainesvillecra.com.

— Staff report

Animal Services hosting adoption event Saturday

New family members will be available for adoption at a special event Saturday when Alachua County Animal Services hosts an animal adoption event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Animal Services' headquarters.

A new cat or dog can be had for a good price: $45 for canines and $33 for felines instead of the usual $85 for dogs and $75 for cats.

The event will also feature raffles, food and photos with Santa Claus. Visitors are encouraged to bring animal treats to share.

Animal Services is located at 3400 NE 53rd Ave. For more information, contact Hilary Hynes, Alachua County Animal Services Public Education Program Coordinator, at 264-6881 or heh@alachuacounty.us.

— Cindy Swirko

STATE

Woman dead after being hit by deputy's cruiser

PORT ST. LUCIE — Authorities say a Central Florida woman died after being hit by a deputy's patrol car.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 55-year-old Karen Kelly was walking across a four-lane street in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday night when the deputy's marked cruiser hit her. According to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspa­pers, relatives told investigators they didn't know why she was out on the road alone at night.

The deputy remains on duty, and no charges have been filed.

— The Associated Press

Coast Guard finds $55M in cocaine off Fla. coast

CAPE CANAVERAL — Coast Guard crew members have recov­ered $55 million worth of cocaine found floating off Florida's east coast.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa found more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine in the water Wednesday after smugglers aboard a boat dumped the drugs in an attempt to flee officers.

— The Associated Press

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