Around the region for March 9, 2013


Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

GPD: Hawthorne man molested young girl

A Hawthorne man was arrested Thursday on charges of sexual battery with a child in connection with incidents alleged to have happened in 2008, according to an arrest report.

Previn D. Wright, 39, was charged with sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12 by the Gainesville Police Department.

The arrest report alleges Wright committed various sexual acts on the child in 2008. The child alleges the acts occurred on a daily basis.

Wright admitted to committing sexual acts on the child but differed on the frequency, the report states.

— Cindy Swirko

Man accused of sexting with 11-year-old child

Allegations of exchanging more than 2,000 sexually oriented texts with a Canadian youngster led to the arrest Thursday of a Lake City man, police Sgt. Steve Shaw reported in a news release Friday afternoon.

Aaron Charles Bader, 22, of 1447 NW Wayne Place, Apt. 105, was charged Thursday with transmis­sion of obscene or harmful material to minors.

The case began on Feb. 27 when the 11-year-old’s mother told police in Ontario that her child was receiv­ing sexually explicit text messages from someone named Aaron, Shaw reported.

An officer with the Peel Regional Police Service in Canada learned that the child met the man through an online video game. From Feb. 3-11, more than 2,000 texts were exchanged. Some of the texts included photos, Shaw said.

Peel police were able to trace the texts to Bader and contacted the Lake City Police Department for assistance.

LCPD investigator David Greear verified the identity of Bader and found him at his job. Shaw said Bader confessed to sending the texts and knowing the age of the youngster.

— Cindy Swirko

COMMUNITY

Water regulations easing; officials urge conserving

Alachua County irrigation restrictions will increase Sunday to twice a week with the arrival of daylight saving time, but county officials are encouraging residents to stick with the once-a-week limits.

The county’s Environmental Protection Department is urging residents to reduce their lawn-wa­tering needs by planting native vegetation that requires less water and fewer chemicals. The depart­ment also suggests that residents with irrigation systems check for the required rainfall shutoff devices, noting that residents may qualify for as much as $75 in rebates for properly maintaining irrigation systems.

“The water that supplies our faucets and sprinklers is the same water that supplies our springs, rivers, farms, future water supplies and wells,” Alachua County Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco said in a news release.

For more information or to report irrigation violations, contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department at 264-6800 or sgreco@alachuacounty.us.

— Staff report

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