Around the region for June 28, 2013


Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Two arrested in GPD child-sex sting

A Gainesville man and a Jacksonville man were arrested Friday as part of a police sting alleging they used computers to arrange to have sex with a minor.

Zachary Germain Jordal, 23, of 2701 NW 23rd Blvd., Apt. T167, was charged Friday night with traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual contact with a child, soliciting a child for sex and unlawful use of a two-way device, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report and jail records.

Adolfo Leonel Pena, 29, of Jacksonville, was arrested on the same charges Friday afternoon, records show.

The narrative sections of the arrest reports, which give details about the cases, were redacted.

Gainesville police officer Ben Tobias, GPD’s spokesman, said in an email that GPD is running a sting operation and that he will not answer any questions about the operation until it is complete.

— Cindy Swirko

Gainesville driver hits pedestrian on U.S. 441

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are trying to identify a pedestrian who was struck and seriously injured while walking on a highway in northern Marion County early Saturday morning.

Officials said the driver of a 2005 Ford Expedition, Monica K. Mitchell, 27, of Gainesville, was heading north on U.S. 441/U.S. 301 in the outside lane, approaching County Road 329 at about 1:55 a.m.

The unidentified pedestrian was walking in the northbound outside lane of U.S. 301, north of the intersection.

The Ford traveled through the intersection at CR 329, and Mitchell, upon seeing the pedestrian, attempted to stop, FHP said. The vehicle’s left front struck the man.

The man was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville with life-threatening injuries.

At this point, it doesn’t appear that speed or alcohol was a factor on the part of the driver, FHP said.

— Austin L. Miller

STATE

Woman rescued when alligator bites boat

LOXAHATCHEE — A woman was rescued by airboat on Saturday in a remote part of the Florida Everglades after an alligator bit her inflatable boat and caused it to sink, authorities said.

The woman was floating on an inflatable boat in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge when the gator attacked the raft, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

At 12:16 p.m. authorities responded to reports of a woman being attacked by an alligator, but later discovered she had been on a boat that was bitten by the gator.

“Due to the remoteness of the location, firefighters utilized an airboat to reach the woman,” said Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto. The woman, who will not be identified due to privacy concerns, was evaluated at the scene. She was not injured, but she was “shaken up” by the attack, Borroto said. Fire crews transported her back to dry land.

— The Associated Press

Police: Woman bites ear of another woman in fight

SARASOTA — A Sarasota woman is behind bars on charges of aggravated battery after authorities say she bit the ear of another woman during a dispute.

Jail records show Kesha Taylor, 32, is being held on $7,500 bail.

Authorities say officers responded to a call in a park Wednesday afternoon. When they arrived they found a 38-year-old suffering from a severe bite to her left ear. She told officers that she and Taylor were arguing over a phone when the dispute turned physical.

— The Associated Press

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