Around the region for Jan. 19, 2013


Published: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8:34 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Suspect sought in vehicle burglaries

Police are looking for a man suspected of committing several vehicle burglaries in Alachua County.

“He is possibly riding a bicycle and has been seen each time carrying the same black single shoulder book bag,” Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said of the suspect they are hunting. “The suspect will obtain credit cards by breaking into unlocked vehicles and then attempt to use the cards at area stores.”

Tobias reminded car owners to lock vehicles and remove belongings every time they leave the vehicle. Police have released two photographs of the suspect and are asking for help in identifying him.

If you have any information about the suspect, Tobias said, contact dispatch at 955-1818 or text “GPDFL” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

— Jon Silman

1 arrested, 1 at large in robbery of delivery man

A suspect in the Wednesday night robbery of a pizza delivery man turned himself in and was arrested Thursday night.

Jason Lynady, 28, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, according to the Gainesville Police Department. Another man is being sought. The robbery was reported at 10:51 p.m. at the Brook Valley apartments at 1101 NW 39th Ave.

A Five Star Pizza delivery man was approached in the parking lot by two men. They took the pizza and about $20 in cash and ran off.

Police reported that Lynady confessed to his role in the robbery.

— Cindy Swirko

COMMUNITY

Lecture will focus on Antarctic expedition

Learn about the history of Antarctica and about the 2014 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition on Sunday at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

During the 2 p.m. program, which is open free to the public, Glenn M. Stein, U.S. liaison for the expedition, will discuss the history of the continent, effects of global warming, the incomplete first attempt to cross Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914 and the upcoming re-creation of the trip.

“People tend to have a vague idea of polar history,” Stein said. “If you don’t study and understand the past, lessons are forgotten.”

The project represents the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s 1914-17 expedition, which failed after his ship, the “Endurance,” wrecked near the coast. Despite this setback, Shackleton and his crew survived the elements and made it home in one of history’s most celebrated survival stories.

In 2014, six skiers will attempt to cross the continent and complete Shackleton’s intended route.

“They are trying to complete a historic voyage,” said Catherine Carey, Florida Museum public programs coordinator. “This is an opportunity to learn more about an era and area of exploration that most people are not familiar with.”

— Staff report

Sawyer takes over as Animal Services director

Vernon Sawyer, the interim director of Alachua County Animal Services for the past year, has been appointed as the permanent director, the county announced Friday.

Sawyer was chosen from a field of 45 applicants, according to a news release.

Sawyer served as interim director for a year, and prior to that served as an Animal Services field supervisor. Sawyer brings to the job more than 20 years of animal enforcement experience in Florida.

“Under Mr. Sawyer’s leadership over the last year, Alachua County Animal Services is well-positioned to become recognized as a national leader in shelter-based life-saving,” said Dr. Julie Levy, director of the University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program.

— Staff report

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