Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Accused over Running over Boss, Worker

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Accused over Running over Boss, Worker

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An employee losing her job at jewelry store closing down at Regency Square took the news so badly that she's now in jail accused of running over her boss and co-worker.

Najma Asgharalam, 28, of Brunswick, Ga., was charged Thursday with aggravated battery, grand theft and criminal mischief after the 3 p.m. incident at the Arlington Expressway mall, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Shair Muhammad, 45, told police he informed Asgharalam that he was closing down Gold Super Jewelry. She became very upset and stormed away. Then he said she called repeatedly to plead with him not to shut down the store, adding she would kill herself, the arrest report.

When he and another worker, 34-year-old Rajeria Brock, left carrying the store safe and boxes of jewelry, Asgharalam was waiting and started arguing with them before walking to her Toyota Camry, according to the report. She then drove at both men as they were putting the jewelry in the trunk of Muhammad's car. She hit Brock, backed up and then drove forward striking Muhammad and his car.

She got out and grabbed a box of jewelry valued at $15,000 from the car. Police recovered the jewelry during the arrest. Asgharalam told police she was mad at Muhammad and that he had threatened her in the past, the arrest report said.

Both men suffered minor injuries, according to the report.

Dan Scanlan

JACKSONVILLE WOMAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY BUS

A Jacksonville woman was killed Friday when she was hit by a school bus while she was riding a bicycle.

The unidentified victim was in her 50s and was pronounced dead on the scene, said detective J.D. Gregory of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The accident happened about 4:50 p.m. at 18th Street and North Main Street when the bus began to exit the parking lot of the Burger King on North Main Street.

"The bus driver did not see the person on the bicycle and as a matter of fact none of the witnesses ever saw the person on the bicycle," Gregory said.

The bus had no students aboard and was operating for Duval Charter School at Arlington.

It was still early in the investigation, but there was no indication criminal charges would be filed against the bus driver, Gregory said Friday night.

Topher Sanders

JACKSONVILLE MOTHER, 21, DIES WHEN CAR OVERTURNS

A Jacksonville woman was killed late Friday morning when the car she was driving overturned on Interstate 95 just south of Emerson Street.

Alexandra Denver, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. Denver was going southbound when she lost control of the vehicle and swerved off the right side of the road, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Bill Leeper.

Denver and her brother were both thrown from the car. Neither had on seat belts. Joel Denver, 19, was transported to Shands Jacksonville with injuries that are not life-threatening, Leeper said. …

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