Around the Region, Feb. 21
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:39 p.m.
Deputies arrest man on child porn charges
A Gainesville man arrested Wednesday on allegations of possessing child pornography told an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office detective that he used peer-to-peer software to view illegal videos.
Jeremy Michael Davis, 37, of 1000 SW 62nd Boulevard, was arrested after the Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of his house Wednesday morning, according to an arrest report. A forensic preview, which isn’t a complete search, of Davis’ computer located a video that contained child pornography, officials said.
The Sheriff’s Office obtained the search warrant after a detective downloaded child pornography from a source computer that was using the Internet at Davis’ home, according to the report.
Davis spoke with a detective after he was read his Miranda rights, saying he had frequently used peer-to-peer software to download child pornography. He said he would delete the videos after watching them.
Davis told the detective he considered himself a “boy lover,” meaning he has a sexual interest in young boys, and used search terms like “boys in underwear,” “boys in bedroom,” and “bibcam” to find videos of child pornography, according to the report.
By using peer-to-peer software in order to download such videos, Davis was knowingly distributing them to other people who wanted to download them, according to the report. He told the detective he had been using the software for more than a year.
He is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, which are both third-degree felonies, according to the Alachua County jail website.
— Morgan Watkins
EPA to hold meeting on Koppers remediation deal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting on the agreement for the cleanup of the Koppers Superfund site on Feb. 27.
The meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stephen Foster Elementary School, 3800 NW Sixth St.
The public will have an opportunity to provide input on the consent decree recently filed in federal court. That document is the legal agreement binding Beazer East Inc., the firm legally responsible for the remediation of the Koppers site and contaminated off-site properties, to a cleanup plan the EPA approved in 2011.
— Christopher Curry
100 homeless pets up for adoption starting Friday
Local rescue groups will put more than 100 homeless pets up for adoption starting Friday for PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend.
The event, which runs Friday through Sunday, will be hosted in PetSmart stores throughout North America. The Gainesville PetSmart, located at Butler Plaza on Southwest Archer Road, will become a hub for anyone looking to adopt a cat, dog or rabbit.
The rescue groups that will be offering animals for adoption this weekend are: Animal People, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue, Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Phoenix Animal Rescue and Puppy Hill Farm Animal Rescue.
The adopt-a-thon will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, said Laurie Trenholm of Puppy Hill Farm Animal Rescue. There will be a tent outside the store where people can meet adoptable dogs, while cats and rabbits in need of homes will be inside PetSmart.
All the pets came from either a local shelter or were turned into a rescue agency by their owner, Trenholm wrote in an email to The Sun. They have all been spayed or neutered, checked by a veterinarian and started on their vaccinations.
— Morgan Watkins
30 arrested in alleged Arizona-Florida drug ring
WEST PALM BEACH — Authorities say 30 people who were engaged in a massive operation that trafficked drugs from Arizona to Florida have been arrested.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that the suspects were arrested in South Florida on Wednesday morning and made their initial court appearances that afternoon in West Palm Beach.
A 12-count indictment filed earlier this month claims the defendants were part of a conspiracy that involved shipping cocaine hydrochloride from Tucson, Ariz., to Palm Beach County for sale and distribution as both cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base. Much of the cocaine was sold in and around the Lake Worth area.
If convicted, the defendants each face up to life in prison.
— The Associated Press