Around the region for Dec. 21, 2013
Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:46 p.m.
Crash victims out of hospital
Two Ocala brothers involved this past weekend in a serious crash on Interstate 75 in Alachua County have been released from the hospital.
Raymond Wade, 64, and his brother, 66-year-old Dallas Wade, have been released from UF Health Shands Hospital following Sunday’s crash at Mile Marker 389, a hospital official said. At the time of the accident, the brothers were taken to Shands in serious condition.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Dallas Wade was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 south in the left lane when, for an unknown reason, he lost control of the pickup, causing it to spin clockwise. The vehicle ran off the road and into the median.
The truck then overturned several times before stopping on the passenger’s side, facing north in the median.
Both men were wearing their seat belts. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $7,500. Alcohol was not suspected in the 12:45 p.m. crash, troopers said.
— Austin L. Miller
Deputy’s shooting of dog reviewed
The shooting of a family dog last week by an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy is under a routine investigation.
Circumstances that led to the shooting on Dec. 13 are in dispute. The woman who owned the dog said she was told by her teenage son that the dog was with him in bed when the dog heard a rattling of the front doorknob and somehow got outside.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that two deputies went to the house to check on the teenager. The door was partially open, and a small dog could be seen barking inside, deputies said. The door opened wider, and a large aggressive dog ran out, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The dog reportedly charged at a retreating deputy and did not stop when commanded. The deputy fired once and hit the dog behind its head, sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said.
“It will go through an internal review,” Forgey said. “That report will then be presented to the sheriff to see if any action is needed or whether it was justifiable.”
— Cindy Swirko
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