Around the region for May 2, 2013

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:43 p.m.


Deputies: Woman spat in officer’s face at jail

A Gainesville woman arrested on a traffic offense Tuesday got into more trouble at the jail when she fought with staffers and spat at a female officer after repeatedly calling her a racial slur, according to a report.

Rebecca Shaw, 21, was arrested around 2 a.m. on Southwest 91st Street on charges of driving without a license, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report.

At the jail, she became combative with workers. As she was being put into a restraint chair, she called an officer a racial slur and spat in her face, the report stated.

Shaw had an additional charge of battery on a law enforcement officer placed against her.

— Staff report

Good neighbors helped catch car thief, GPD says

A Gainesville man was arrested on four counts related to breaking into cars Tuesday night thanks to alert witnesses who called police when they saw him get into two victims’ cars, according to a report.

William Patrick Carrick, 24, was inside a car under a carport in the 300 block of Northwest Second Street around 11 p.m. when two neighbors saw him and called police, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Police said the witnesses had seen him break into another vehicle in the same area.

Officers stopped Carrick and found in his possession various items that had been stolen, along with a Vera Bradley carry bag, a wool cap and a Leatherman tool, the report notes.

Carrick, who has been arrested several times before on burglary charges, denied breaking into the cars in the neighborhood. He said he was homeless and that his girlfriend had given him the items.

Carrick was arrested on four counts of burglary and petty theft. He was being held without bond at the Alachua County jail.

— Staff report


FEMA administrator to speak at SFC graduation

Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former Santa Fe College student, will be the guest speaker for SF College’s commencement Friday.

Fugate, who was born in Jacksonville and raised in Alachua County, began his emergency management career as a volunteer firefighter in Alachua before becoming a paramedic and firefighter with the county. He eventually became the county’s emergency management director before taking over the state position. In May 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him administrator of FEMA.

About 1,300 students have applied to graduate, Santa Fe said in a news release, with 700 expected to participate in Friday’s ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. in the northwest campus gymnasium.

Bagpiper Benjamin A Pugh will perform Friday night, along with the Gainesville Brass Quintet and the Santa Fe Singers.

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— Staff report

Equality Florida to host local fundraiser Saturday

Equality Florida will host its annual Gainesville fundraiser Saturday night at the Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, on the University of Florida campus.

The Gainesville Gala is scheduled to run from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available at or 813-870-3735.

Equality Florida is a nonprofit organization formed to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals.

This year’s event will include a “State of the State” address by Equality Florida Deputy Executive Director Stratton Pollitzer.

Local activist Robert Prather also will receive the organization’s Voice for Equality Award. Prather is a former president of the Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County and the current chairman of the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee.

— Staff report

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