Around the Region for March 1, 2013


Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:52 p.m.

Traffic

2 men hurt in crash in Columbia County

A Gainesville man was seriously injured in a Wednesday evening head-on collision in Columbia County, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Gerald Butler, 50, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in serious condition following the accident, which occurred at 7:10 p.m. on U.S. 90, FHP reported.

Guy Strauss, 56, of Glen St. Mary, was taken to Shands in critical condition.

Strauss was eastbound on U.S. 90 driving a 2004 Lexus while Butler was westbound driving a 2002 Ford Econoline van.

FHP reported that Strauss drove into the westbound lane and was hit by Butler, whose van overturned. Both men were flown to Shands by helicopter.

Charges are pending, FHP stated.

— Staff report

State

Teen curfew law is now being enforced in Miami

MIAMI — Miami police have started enforcing a teen curfew.

Spokesman Willie Moreno told The Miami Herald that the department started enforcing the existing county law Wednesday.

According to the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, it is against the law for children younger than 17 to be out on their own in Miami-Dade County between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, curfew hours are midnight until 6 a.m.

Moreno says students will soon be on spring break, and the curfew has been periodically enforced over the years when kids are out of school. He insisted the curfew was not in response to a recent series of shootings in the city.

Exceptions to the curfew include minors going to work, school, church and similar activities.

— The Associated Press

Man guilty in strangling death of his girlfriend

JACKSONVILLE — A Jacksonville man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend.

Duval County prosecutors had been seeking a first-degree murder conviction, while attorneys for 27-year-old Kevin Christopher Jones had been hoping jurors would come back with a manslaughter verdict Wednesday. He faces life in prison at his sentencing.

Authorities say Jones stabbed his girlfriend, 26-year-old Latoya Jones, during an argument at their apartment and then strangled her while they were driving to the hospital. The Florida Times-Union reports the two were not related and were never married, despite having the same last name.

Defense attorneys conceded that their client was responsible for the death of Latoya Jones but told jurors it was not a premeditated or intentional killing

— The Associated Press

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