Around the region for June 21, 2013


Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:53 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

GPD: Mom pushed student who pushed her son

A woman who accused a 15-year-old student of touching her child was arrested on a battery charge on allegations she pushed the student several times at a Gainesville school.

Sherry Ann Abrams, 49, of 4120 NE First Terrace, was arrested following the noon incident at Westwood Middle School, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

Abrams is suspected of entering the school without permission, putting her hands on the boy’s chest and pushing him several times while stating, “Why did you touch my child?”

A school staffer intervened and escorted the student to the front office, the report states.

Abrams told police she was in her pickup truck waiting for her son and saw the student push her son. She added that she saw her son trying to get away and that she went up to the boy inside the school gate, the report states. She told police she poked the boy with a finger to his chest three times.

— Cindy Swirko

Man chased wife with knife, police say

Police arrested a Gainesville man Wednesday evening after they say he chased his wife, who was in an electric wheelchair, around an apartment parking lot with a knife.

Izell Sams, 58, got into an argument with his wife, went inside and grabbed a knife and chased her outside their apartment in the 4000 block of Southwest 17th Place, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Sams was held back by someone else at the scene, the report said. He fled before police arrived and was arrested several hours later.

Sams admitted to police that he had a knife but said it was only for cleaning fish. He was arrested on a felony charge of domestic aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held Thursday at the Alachua County jail without bond.

— Staff report

GPD: Man touched woman in store inapropriately

Police have arrested a man they say touched the buttocks of a female shopper in a department store.

The 42-year-old man was seen staring at the woman in the Target store at 3970 SW Archer Road on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Gainesville police report.

Store staff said the man intentionally followed the woman and then touched her, the report said.

The man was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery and was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $150,000 bond.

— Staff report

Gainesville woman among the injured in I-75 crash

A Gainesville woman was among those injured in a Wednesday morning accident on Interstate 75 that blocked a section of the highway for a short time.

Tina Huynh, 21, was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in serious condition, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened about 10:52 a.m. on I-75 northbound a half-mile north of Newberry Road. Huynh was driving a 2006 Honda Accord south in an area of I-75 that does not have a guardrail separating the northbound and southbound lanes.

The report states Huynh lost control of the car, crossed the median and hit head-on a northbound 2006 Pontiac SUV driven by Kathleen Ware, 64, of Sulphur, La.

Kathleen Ware was taken to Shands in serious condition while her passenger, Jerry Ware, 66, was hospitalized with critical injuries, FHP reported. The northbound lanes were shut down for about 30 minutes, FHP stated. The accident remains under investigation.

— Cindy Swirko

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