Around the Region for August 15, 2013


Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7:08 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Officials: Pair took part in sex act in park

A Hampton man was arrested on a lewd and lascivious charge on allegations he engaged Tuesday in a sexual act with a drunken woman at a public park on Lake Santa Fe in Melrose.

Meanwhile, the woman with whom he engaged in the act was so intoxicated she was taken to the hospital and will be charged via a sworn complaint, Alachua County sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said.

The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. at the park at 25500 Davonia St. An arrest report states the 35-year-old woman, who is from Keystone Heights, was extremely intoxicated and fell off a bench.

The 19-year-old man came out of the water to assist the woman, and they engaged in a sexual act that went on for several minutes until someone stopped them, the report states.

Several people were present, and the act was witnessed by a 12-year-old, the report states.

— Cindy Swirko

COMMUNITY

Deadline for Bradford Co. judge position is Sept. 5

Applications are now being accepted for the Bradford County judge position that opened with the Aug. 7 death of Judge Johnny R. Hobbs.

Applicants must have been a member of the Florida Bar for the preceding five years and must be a registered voter and a resident of the county at the time he or she assumes office.

Interested applicants must deliver a complete application and two copies to Marcia Davis, chairwoman of the 8th Judicial Nominating Commission, with the Bice Cole Law Firm, P.L.

Her mail address is P.O. Box 1860, Alachua, FL., 32616. The packets can be hand-delivered to Davis’ office at 15316 NW 140th St., Alachua.

A copy also must be submitted via email to davis@bicecolelaw.com.

The deadline is 3 p.m. Sept. 5. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website. The inclusion of a photograph is encouraged. Three-ring binders should not be submitted.

A list of the members of the Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is available from The Florida Bar’s website.

— Staff report

Animal rescue group wins grant to spay/neuter pets

Gainesville Pet Rescue was recently awarded $25,000 in money raised through the sale of Florida’s spay/neuter license plates and will use the grant to sterilize pets at the No More Homeless Pets’ Operation PetSnip high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

“Our goal is to increase the number of pet sterilizations in the community by providing free spay and neuter services to 180 cats and 180 dogs belonging to low-income, qualifying residents of Alachua County and surrounding rural counties, for a total of 360 animals through the SNAP 2 grant,” Heather Thomas, executive director of Gainesville Pet Rescue, said in a press release.

No More Homeless Pets’ Operation PetSnip clinic has sterilized more than 16,000 animals, the release states.

Randy Caligiuri, the organization’s veterinarian, said spaying and neutering is the top way to prevent pet euthanasia and reduce pet overpopulation.

Spaying and neutering also helps animals live longer and healthier by eliminating or reducing many of the health and behavior issues that result in a lot of animals being relinquished to shelters.

The grant will launch Monday for qualifying low-income residents of Alachua County and surrounding counties. Call No More Homeless Pets at 376-6647 for more information and appointments. More information is available on Facebook at No More Homeless Pets: Operationpetsnip or at www.nmhp.net.

— Cindy Swirko

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