Around the region for April 23, 2013


Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:45 p.m.

Community

City’s ‘Focus on the Future’ forum is today

The Gainesville City Commission will hold a “Focus on the Future” community forum tonight.

The event is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Gainesville/Alachua County Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th St. in Gainesville. The city is seeking feedback from residents about their vision for the future development of the city.

City officials scheduled the event to gather public input on city government’s budget priorities for the next fiscal year and beyond. The forum will focus on five specific areas: public safety, city parks, public transit, economic development, and growth and the environment.

— Christopher Curry

Flu control measures discussed Thursday

The annual Control Flu Celebration kicks off Thursday at Littlewood Elementary School.

The guest speaker this year is Dr. John Robbins, chief of the Laboratory of Developmental and Molecular Biology in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

Alachua County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson will speak in support of the Control Flu program.

The results of this year’s Control Flu school immunization program will be announced.

The event begins at 3 p.m. Thursday inside the Terrell Auditorium at Littlewood Elementary School, 812 NW 34th St.

— Erin Jester

STATE

Execution of man who killed girl gets delayed

TALLAHASSEE — A man convicted of raping and suffocating a 10-year-old girl after breaking into her Orange County home almost 23 years ago will get one extra day to live.

Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the warden of Florida State Prison Monday to reschedule the execution of 56-year-old Elmer Leon Carroll from at 6 p.m. on May 28 to the same time the following day. The letter says the change is “to accommodate key personnel,” but no further explanation was given.

Carroll was sentenced to death in the first-degree murder of Christine McGowan, of Apopka, the night before Halloween in 1990. Carroll was living next door at a homeless men’s mission and was arrested within hours of the girl’s body being found.

— The Associated Press

Bill aims to keep guns away from mentally ill

TALLAHASSEE — A bill aimed at keeping guns away from people with mental illness is headed to the Florida Senate after clearing its final committee hurdle.

The proposal’s supporters include gun-rights advocates. The bill (SB 1000) was approved by the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

The bill is aimed at closing a loophole to guard against gun purchases by people with mental illness. It deals with people who voluntarily admit themselves for treatment, then check out.

Under the bill, people could be blocked from purchasing firearms if a doctor said they posed a danger to themselves or others.

— The Associated Press

Compounding pharmacy recalls 91 drug batches

ORLANDO — A spokeswoman for a Central Florida compounding pharmacy says 91 batches were involved in a voluntary recall of its sterile non-expired drug products over concerns they’re not sterile and may contain bacteria.

Spokeswoman Roxie Mooney said on Monday that there have been no reports of injury or illness associated with the products produced by Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy, which is based in Lake Mary. Mooney says Balanced Solutions has suspended all sterile compounding until the pharmacy is able to finish a top-to-bottom review of procedures.

— The Associated Press

5 students injured in school bus crash

RIVIERA BEACH — Five students were hospitalized with minor injuries after a school bus was rear-ended in South Florida.

Riviera Beach officials say the bus was heading to Grove High School Monday morning. The bus had stopped at a railroad crossing when another vehicle hit it from behind.

Police were investigating.

— The Associated Press

Florida boy suffers minor injuries in gator attack

BOYNTON BEACH — A 6-year-old South Florida boy suffered minor injuries after being attacked by an alligator, federal wildlife officials said Monday.

The alligator attacked Friday afternoon when Joey Welch, of Pompano Beach, fell into shallow water at the edge of a boat ramp in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“I went in it and there was a splash. The alligator just swam into me and clamped my arm,” the boy told WPLG-TV.

Joey’s father and other bystanders punched and kicked the alligator until it released the child.

“I didn’t want to play tug-of-war with the alligator and get his arm ripped off,” Joseph Welch said.

Joey was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises to his right arm, shoulder and chest, wildlife officials said. His father had a bruised right hand from punching the alligator.

— The Associated Press

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