Around the Region, Feb. 24
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:49 p.m.
GPD: Man forced girlfriend into his car, then beat her
A Gainesville man was arrested early Saturday morning on robbery and domestic violence charges on suspicion of forcing his girlfriend into his car, driving her to his home and beating her, according to an arrest report.
Charged was Christopher Michael Hawn, 22, of 1550 SW 47th Terrace, Apt. 1223.
The incident occurred about 12:15 a.m. outside the Butler Plaza movie theater at 3101 SW 35th Blvd. The report states Hawn drove his car up to the woman and forced her into his car by pulling her hair.
Hawn allegedly drove away while restraining the woman in his car. While driving and after arriving at his home, he reportedly pulled her hair, hit her on the face and choked her, the report states.
Police state Hawn continued battering the woman in the parking lot and tried to pick her up and carry her into the apartment. She screamed, then he released her and ran off with her phone and wallet, police said.
The report states that Hawn admitted to forcing the woman into his car, putting his hands around her neck and pulling her hair. He initially denied taking her belongings, but then admitted to that, police said.
— Cindy Swirko
Pilot describes crashing into water off Clearwater
CLEARWATER — A pilot said he splashed down in the waters off Clearwater to avoid crashing his stalled plane into traffic.
Anthony Marsh was flying from Pennsylvania to the Tampa Bay area early Friday when the Piper Cherokee’s engine stopped as he approached St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.
Marsh told the Tampa Bay Times that he knew he couldn’t make it to the airport, so he frantically looked for somewhere to land. Marsh said a nearby bridge and highway were too crowded with traffic, so he aimed for the water.
Marsh said the plane quickly filled with water. He kicked out the windshield and swam away.
Rescue crews found him clinging to the plane’s tail. Marsh was treated for injuries to his hand and head.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
— The Associated Press
Inaugural poet returns to Miami to read to children
MIAMI — Poet Richard Blanco has turned his attention from President Barack Obama to middle school children.
Blanco read his poem “One Today” at Obama’s second inauguration in January. He told a Miami audience Friday night that now he wants to encourage younger readers to embrace poetry.
The Miami Herald reported that Blanco said the country needs “a generation of kids that isn’t afraid of poetry.” He read several of his poems to an audience at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Blanco’s work largely features his experiences as the son of Cuban exiles. He grew up in the Miami area and graduated from Florida International University.
Blanco now lives in Maine. He was the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history.
— The Associated Press