Around the region for Dec. 29, 2012
Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.
Teens arrested in attempted robbery
Two juveniles passing through Gainesville were arrested Thursday on charges related to the attempted robbery and carjacking of a woman outside the Books-A-Million store at 2601 NW 13th St., police reported.
The incident occurred about 6 p.m. when the teenagers, one from Texas and one from Georgia, saw a woman get out of her car with an iPad and go into the bookstore. Police said they waited until she left the store, then pushed her against a wall and tried to take the iPad and her car keys.
After the victim screamed and fought the two off, they ran from the area. An officer spotted them at a nearby McDonald’s and detained them, police said,, adding that the victim identified them as the assailants.
The teens said they were casing the area to commit a carjacking so they could get to the beach, police said.
— Cindy Swirko
Pickup overturns; Union County man dies
A Union County man was killed Thursday when he lost control of his pickup truck and overturned multiple times, throwing him from the cab, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Dead is Mack Thomas Short, 57, FHP stated in a news release.
The accident happened about 4:42 p.m. at the intersection of State Roads 121 and 100 in Union County.
Short was driving a 1994 Toyota pickup south on SR 121 at the ramp to westbound SR 100 when, for undetermined reasons, he drove off the road onto the left grass shoulder, FHP reported.
Short used an abrupt steering action to the left, causing him to lose control. He rotated counterclockwise and began to travel sideways before overturning multiple times.
FHP reported that Short, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the truck.
— Cindy Swirko
Emergency response classes start Jan. 8
Alachua County Emergency Management is offering classes for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, which will run through January and February.
The program teaches residents how to prepare for disasters, as well as disaster response and recovery strategies, according to a county news release.
The program consists of seven classes, which run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 8 to Feb. 19. These free sessions will be held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center, located at 1100 SE 27th St. in Gainesville.
People interested in enrolling in this program must register by Jan. 7, according to the news release. They can register online through the county website, www.alachuacounty.us.
The classes will cover topics ranging from disaster-related medical operations to light search-and-rescue operations.
Those interested in the opportunity can call Alachua County Emergency Management at 264-6500 for more information.
— Staff report
TODAY & SUNDAY
“AN EDGAR ALLAN POE-ETRY JAM”: Stage readings of poems and tales by Poe including “The Raven,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and others, featuring actors Jerry Rose and Karelisa Hartigan, 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St. Cost: $10. (505-0868)
“THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: THROUGH THE LENS”: More than 50 of The Gainesville Sun’s photographs documenting the University of Florida’s three National Championship football seasons, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 5, Thomas Center for the Arts, 302 NE Sixth Ave. Curated by Rob Witzel, Sun photo editor, and sponsored by The Gainesville Sun, Fracture and VisitGainesville. Free. (334-5064)
“PEANUTS...NATURALLY: CHARLIE BROWN AND FRIENDS EXPLORE NATURE”: Touring exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 2, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Admission: $4 adults, $3.50 Florida residents, seniors and college students, $3 for ages 3-17. (846-2000)
“OUR ENERGY FUTURE”: Hands-on activities explore energy consumption and conservation, renewable energy technologies and how individual behavior makes a difference, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Free. (846-2000)
MILLHOPPER RANGER WALKS: Guided walks with a park ranger available, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, 12720 NW 109th Lane. (386-462-7905)
ALACHUA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5920 NW 13th St., at the corner of 441 and State Road 121. (371-8236)
HAILE VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Haile Village Center, Southwest 91st Terrace. (359-1087)
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Nature Park, State Road 21 (Lawrence Boulevard), across from City Hall, Keystone Heights.
LAKE DESOTO FARMERS MARKET: Local foods and crafts, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Wilson Park, 778 NE Lake DeSoto Circle, Lake City. (386-719-5766)