Around the Region, Jan. 20


Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:51 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Jones cited for illegal burning

Dove World Outreach Center pastor Terry Jones was given a citation for illegal burning Saturday when he set afire effigies of President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton outside the church in northwest Gainesville.

Gainesville Fire Rescue Chief Gene Prince said the citation for outside burning was Jones’ second, doubling the usual fine to $500. Jones was previously cited in April, when he burned copies of the Quran.

On Saturday, Jones held an event with several speakers on church property at 5805 NW 37th St. The effigies were torched to end the rally.

Prince said an accelerant, possibly diesel fuel, was used to ignite the effigies. Prince said that a third offense will result in a notice to appear in court.

— Cindy Swirko

Deputies say Mom burned her son

A woman suspected of burning her toddler son with a hot iron was charged by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Friday, according to an arrest report.

Rachelle Maria Thomas, 32, of 4401 SW 13th St., was charged with child abuse for an incident that reportedly occurred on Jan. 13.

The report states the burn left an imprint on the right leg of the 2-year-old. On Monday, Thomas called a Shands clinic to schedule an appointment for assessment and treatment of the burn but did not show up, the report states.

Shands staff called Thomas, who reportedly said she was going to the emergency room that night. The report states she did not go to the emergency room.

An investigation was launched by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Sheriff’s Office.

A medical exam showed a sharp demarcation of the burn, the arrest report states. The report says that Thomas told investigators the boy accidentally burned himself with the iron. However, the pattern of the burn was not consistent with an accident, officials determined.

The report adds that Thomas eventually admitted that she pressed the iron into her son’s thigh and that she treated the burn by putting butter on it.

— Cindy Swirko

STATE

Home tied to Doors singer up for sale

PENSACOLA — Bidders will soon have the chance to buy a Victorian-style home in Florida with a connection to Jim Morrison, the famed frontman of The Doors.

The Pensacola News Journal reports the home is owned by Bruce Morrison, a second cousin of Jim Morrison. He is now selling the home and many of the relics inside, and is taking bids at an estate sale Saturday.

Bruce Morrison says the rocker’s parents once lived in the home. He claims that, according to family lore, Jim Morrison was conceived there. He says he has video of Jim Morrison’s mother in the home’s backyard, holding him while she’s pregnant.

Bruce Morrison says he was born in March 1943, about nine months before his famous cousin.

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