Around the region for Dec. 7, 2012

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:13 p.m.


Counselor accused of hitting girl at facility

A counselor at a state facility in Gainesville for juvenile offenders was arrested Wednesday on child abuse charges related to allegations she hit a resident, according to a police report.

Ariel Angnette Fayson, 30, of 1715 SW 69th Way, was charged with one count of child abuse in an incident that happened Saturday at the North Florida Juvenile Detention Center at 3430 NE 39th Ave., the Gainesville Police Department reported.

The arrest report alleges that Fayson punched the girl several times in her face. Fayson was the girl’s direct care counselor and assumes a guardianship role for her, the report states.

Police reported that the girl had bruising to both sides of her face but added it was not known if the bruises had come from this incident.

— Cindy Swirko

FHP: Motorcycle hits man in construction zone

A man working in a road construction zone was hospitalized Wednesday night after he was hit by a motorcycle, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Taken to Shands at the University of Florida with minor injuries was Earnest Lawrence Hall, 43, of Gainesville, FHP stated in a news release.

The accident happened about 6:35 p.m. on County Road 241 and Southwest 83rd Avenue.

Robert Eugene Sheppard, 64, of Archer, was driving a 2009 Harley-Davidson south on CR 241 nearing the intersection with 83rd, according to FHP.

A construction zone was set up in the southbound lane with signs a half-mile and a quarter-mile north of the zone warning southbound traffic.

Sheppard failed to see Hall, who was working as a flagman and was wearing reflective clothing, and hit Hall’s right side, according to reports. Hall was taken to Shands at the University of Florida for treatment, and Sheppard was cited for careless driving.

— Cindy Swirko

City offers $50K to settle suit over police dog bite

The City Commission has approved a $50,000 offer to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a boy who was bitten by a Gainesville police dog in June 2010.

In the incident, Gainesville Police Cpl. Tim Durst, an officer responding to a burglary call that turned out to be a false alarm, released his police dog, Grady, after Bryce Bates, then 10, ran after seeing the officer. Police said Bryce did not listen to Durst’s shouts for him to stop. The lawsuit said that Bryce was scared when he saw a police car speeding toward him and ran toward his home. The suit alleged that Durst chased Bryce but did not shout out for him to stop.

In a phone message left with a reporter last week, Robert Rush, the attorney representing Bryce’s family, said he would reject the $50,000 offer.

— Christopher Curry

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