Around the region for July 6, 2013

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.


GPD looking to find suspect in burglary

Gainesville police are searching for a man identified as a suspect in a recent residential burglary in which the culprits ran off after they were confronted by the resident with a gun.

Police are looking for Deontre Washington, 22, who frequents the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, St. Francis House and tent city, Officer Ben Tobias, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department, said in a news release.

The burglary occurred on June 24 at about 4:15 p.m. in the 4000 block of Northwest Eighth Avenue. The resident told police the culprit kicked in the front door. The resident got a 9mm handgun and confronted the culprit, noticing another man standing next to him. The men ran off.

Washington is black, stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He is often seen on a bike, police reported.

— Cindy Swirko

Two arrested on larceny charges after traffic stop

A routine traffic stop Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 led to the arrest of two people accused of stealing a large quantity of jewelry, cash and savings bonds from a home in Manatee County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Angelica Lynn Vickers, 24, and Robert Francis Dionian, both of Bradenton, were arrested after the 1997 Mitsubishi that Dionian was driving northbound on I-75 was stopped near mile marker 412 in Columbia County.

Troopers said the Mitsubishi was following the vehicle in front of it too closely and that Vickers, the right front passenger in the Mitsubishi, was sitting with her back against the car’s dashboard, facing to the rear of the vehicle, prompting FHP to stop the car.

Troopers said Vickers provided an incorrect name and birth date, while a RAPID ID fingerprint device correctly identified Vickers and alerted FHP that Vickers was wanted in Manatee County. A K9 alert on the vehicle led to a search, which located the jewelry, cash and savings bonds, FHP said.

These items were identified as those allegedly taken in a home burglary in Manatee County. Both Vickers and Dionian were arrested. Vickers was charged with obstruction by a disguised person and larceny, Vionian with larceny, FHP said.

— Cindy Swirko


Criminal mental health facility is reaccredited

The North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in Gainesville recently received a three-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The mental health care facility, which opened in 1976 and was accredited in 2010, is for men with mental illnesses who face criminal charges. Set in Gainesville’s northeast side, it has 194 beds and was designed to resemble a small town, replete with a “Main Street,” a bank, canteen, garden and recreational facility.

According to a news release, NFETC administrator Joe Infantino said, “Despite significant changes during the past 14 months, including budget cuts from the state, a merger with Northeast Florida State Hospital, the loss of many positions and a change in leadership, NFETC continues to provide quality treatment to individuals from all 67 counties in Florida.”

CARF awarded the accreditation based on a review of several criteria ,including the facility’s safety, patients’ rights, human resources and finances.

— Kristine Crane

Michael Jackson tribute performance canceled

The Ultimate Thriller, a live Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled for Friday at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida, has been canceled.

“The tour has canceled its upcoming tour dates so that logistical and technical changes can be made to the schedule and production,” said a statement from the production company. “As information on future tour dates becomes available, these will be announced on the tour’s website”

Refunds are available at point of purchase. For more information, contact the Phillips Center Box Office at 392-2787.

— Staff report

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