Around the region for March 13, 2013

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:17 p.m.


Man accused of beating wife in front of children

An Alachua man accused of beating his wife in front of their children was arrested Sunday, police reported.

Alachua Police Department detective Jesse Sandusky said Thomas Henry Carter II was charged with felony domestic battery, two counts of child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The woman told police she had been battered by her husband, who then left the home in her van, Sandusky said in a news release.

Police were given a description of the van. Later that day, an APD officer driving to work spotted the van getting on Interstate 75 with a blown tire. The officer stopped the van and arrested Carter, Sandusky said.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, he added.

— Cindy Swirko

Five injured in crash on I-75 in Columbia County

Five people were injured Tuesday morning when a semitrailer collided with a pickup truck on Interstate 75 in Columbia County.

The semi, driven by Timothy Arnold, 32, of Valdosta, Ga., was headed north at 5 a.m. behind a 2001 Ford truck driven by Charles Moore, 39, of Adel, Ga.

At Mile Marker 410, the pickup was going slower than the semi, and the semi struck it from behind, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The semi jackknifed, blocking all three northbound lanes of the interstate, the FHP reported. The pickup stopped along the shoulder.

Moore and passengers Corey Sumner, 29 of Sparks, Ga.; and Marcial Hernandez, 33, of Adel, were taken to Lake City Medical Center with minor injuries.

Moore’s passengers, Willie Clayton, 47, of Adel; and Corey Baker, 40, of Sparks, Ga., were taken to Shands at Lake Shore hospital with minor injuries.

— Staff report


Gainesville home destroyed by fire

A northwest Gainesville house was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

Gainesville Fire Rescue stated in a news release that the fire was reported about 3:35 a.m. at 7516 Millhopper Road.

The initial crews at the scene reported the 2,500-square-foot home was about 50 percent involved with heavy fire through the roof.

GFR said the resident woke up to find her house on fire and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911. The initial response to the house fire included two engines, one truck company, a squad, one ambulance and a district chief for a total of 17 personnel.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Millhopper Road was shut down to secure a water supply from the hydrant but was reopened later in the morning.

GFR was unable to save the home because of the advanced state of the fire when it arrived. Large high-volume hose streams were used to bring the fire under control.

— Cindy Swirko


Fla. to receive $395,000 from Google settlement

TALLAHASSEE — Florida will receive about $395,000 out of a nationwide $7 million settlement with the search giant Google over its collection of personal information from unsecured wireless networks.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the settlement Tuesday. Google also agreed to train employees about privacy and confidentiality for the next 10 years.

Google revealed that antenna-equipped company cars taking on-the-street photographs for its Street View service in Google Maps also collected personal information online from 2008-2010. That may have included addresses of viewed Web pages and full or partial emails.

Florida is one of 38 states and the District of Columbia that took part in the settlement. Google has not admitted any wrongdoing.

— The Associated Press

Family members reunited with their runaway dog

PANAMA CITY — A Panhandle family is celebrating following a reunion with their Australian shepherd, which ran away last summer.

On, Tuesday, Holly Julian, of Chipley, found her missing dog, Abby, on a Facebook pet-adoption page established by the Animal Rescue Center of Bay County, The News Herald of Panama City reported.

“We had her since she was 4 weeks old, so we are really adjusted to her personality,” Julian said. “We got our Abby back.”

Abby, who had been allowed to wander around Julian’s neighborhood without supervision, disappeared in July. She was picked up by animal control on July 23 and later adopted to another family.

But the adoptive family decided against keeping the dog, and she was put up for adoption again.

That’s when Julian found her dog on the Facebook page. She’s since welcomed Abby back home.

Julian said Abby immediately recognized her original family.

“As soon as we got there and we said, ‘Abby,’ and she came running,” Julian said of the reunion, “she was bouncing back and forth between the kids and myself.”

— The Associated Press

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