Around the Region for July 18, 2014

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.


Police say man raped girl under 10 three years ago

A Gainesville man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police reported that he sexually battered a girl three years ago.

The girl told the Gainesville Police Department that in May 2011, Orion Marshall, 22, of 1101 SE 15th St., pulled her clothes off, raped her and made her touch his genitals, an arrest report said. At the time, Marshall was 19 and the girl was under 10.

After he was arrested, Marshall told police he was wrestling with the girl when the alleged incident happened. Marshall said he had “allowed” the girl to touch him but that there was no penetration, the report said.

Marshall was arrested on one count of sexual battery by a person over 18 years old on a victim under 12 years old and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior, according to the report. He was taken to the Alachua County jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $175,000 bond.

— Monivette Cordeiro


UF gets $1 million donation toward new chem building

The University of Florida has received a $1 million donation from Fort Myers oncologist Dr. Howard Sheridan and his wife, Brenda Sheridan, to help pay for construction of a new chemistry building.

“The current building is not the state-of-the-art facility that the university’s reputation deserves,” Dr. Sheridan said in a news release from the UF Foundation.

The new building will be built adjacent to the existing chemistry building on what is now a parking lot at the southeast corner of University Avenue and NW 17th Street. UF officials said they could break ground on the new building this fall.

UF received $20 million from the Legislature this year toward a new chemistry building. With the $15 million it received last year and $7 million before that, UF has $42 million toward its needed $60 million to replace the outdated, cramped building built in 1947 with one that can meet the growing demand for class and lab space.

Sheridan is an oncologist based in Fort Myers who got his chemistry degree from UF in 1965, the same year his wife got her degree in journalism.

Dr. Sheridan also is a member of the UF Foundation’s Chemistry Leadership Board.

— Jeff Schweers

New officers for United Way executive committee

United Way of North Central Florida has elected new officers to the executive committee of its Board of Directors.

Kay Ayers was elected the new board chair, Nick Banks is the new vice chair, and Kenneth Kurdziel is the finance chair.

Ayers is the senior vice president for member services and human resources and facilities for AvMed. Ayers has a long history of being a United Way supporter and leadership donor; and she is currently a member of the Women’s Leadership Council.

Banks is the managing director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group. Banks is also currently the chair of United Way’s development committee, which focused on developing new relationships and gifts.

Kurdziel is a partner at James Moore and Co. Kurdziel has over 18 years of accounting experience and lends his expertise to the United Way Board of Directors.

Other members of the executive committee are Carolyn Lukert of Dementia Education Inc., Ed Bonahue of Santa Fe College, volunteer Dennis Gies and Melanie Ross, who serves as communications chair on the committee.

— Staff report

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