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Week in review

A look back at the week's top stories

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 20, 2002

CONDO PROJECT PANNED: On a 6-1 vote, the county's Planning and Development Review Board recommended denial of a proposed four-story condominium complex on the banks of the Halls River, echoing residents' concerns that the time shares would be incompatible with the neighborhood and could open Citrus County's shores to high-rise development. The issue now goes to the County Commission, which will have the final say.

PLEA DISCUSSED IN FATAL SHOOTING: Clifford Micklos, the 86-year-old man charged with fatally shooting his wife in what he described as a mercy killing, plans to plead guilty to the crime and accept a sentence that would not require him to spend time behind bars. The plea deal, which a judge must approve Feb. 13 before it would become binding, calls for Micklos to plead guilty to manslaughter for shooting his 80-year-old wife, Ruth, in the head with a .25-caliber German Mauser pistol in March 2000. He would be sentenced to two years of house arrest, followed by 13 years of probation.

GUARD SUSPENDED: A 31-year-old female guard at Cypress Creek, the youth prison in Lecanto, was suspended after two coworkers reported catching her and a 19-year-old inmate on the inmate's bed with their pants down. She could face prosecution for sexual misconduct.

CRANE LEAVES: She was a timid one, the bird least afraid of humans and certainly not one to take risks. But the whooping crane known as No. 10 vanished from the wildlife refuge in Chassahowitzka and has not been seen since. The crane was among the flock of cranes that made an historic migration, following ultralight aircraft pilots in white costumes, from Wisconsin last month.

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