Around the Region, Jan. 31


Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Woman hit by car while riding scooter

A woman was seriously injured Tuesday night when her scooter was hit by a car on North Main Street.

Patti Richardson, 51, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida under a trauma alert after she was thrown from the scooter, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

The incident occurred just north of Eighth Avenue when a southbound motorist was attempting to make a left turn into a gas station and collided with Richardson, who was northbound, Campos said.

Richardson suffered a head injury, compound fracture on her lower right leg and a right hip injury. She was in the intensive care unit Wednesday morning and has a good chance of surviving, Officer Ben Tobias said.

— Cindy Swirko

STATE

Five ex-real estate execs accused in Ponzi scheme

MIAMI — Federal officials have accused five former real estate executives in a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint in Miami federal court Wednesday against former Cay Club president and CEO Fred Davis Clark Jr., chief accounting officer David W. Schwarz, manager and sales agent Cristal R. Coleman, sales director Barry J. Graham and sales director Ricky Lynn Stokes.

The SEC says Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas took money from nearly 1,400 investors, touting the profitability of purchasing units at resorts in Florida and Las Vegas. Instead of developing the properties, the SEC says the executives used new investments to pay earlier investors. They also reportedly paid themselves salaries and commissions totaling more than $30 million.

The complaint seeks financial penalties from Clark, Coleman and Stokes and the return of ill-gotten gains from all five executives.

— The Associated Press

Florida Panther’s remains found east of Immokalee

IMMOKALEE — Wildlife officials say the remains of a Florida Panther have been recovered near Immokalee.

The Fort Myers News-Press reports the panther’s body was found Saturday by a landowner in a southwest Florida community just east of Immokalee.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the panther was an uncollared 2-to-4-year-old male. They say puncture wounds were found in the panther’s skill, indicating he was killed by another panther. The carcass will go to the agency’s research laboratory in Gainesville for a necropsy.

Officials say this is the third panther death in Florida this year. The other two were killed by vehicles.

The agency says a record 26 of the endangered cats died in 2012 — with 17 killed by vehicles.

— The Associated Press

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