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Week in review

A look back at the week's top stories

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 28, 2002

MEADOWCREST: A dispute over a traffic study, or the lack of one, has prompted Gary Maidhof, director of development services for the county, to call for a building moratorium in Meadowcrest. If approved May 14 by the County Commission, the moratorium would halt any new construction within the 340-acre development -- a blend of houses, offices, stores and industrial uses just east of Crystal River -- until Meadowcrest Development Inc. conducts a traffic study at State Road 44 and Meadowcrest Boulevard.

HOUSE RACE: Alex Ilnyckyj, a former Crystal River City Council member known for his strong views and fiery demeanor, announced he will join the race to fill the state House of Representatives seat Nancy Argenziano is vacating. Ilnyckyj is switching his party affiliation to Democrat from Republican.

INVERNESS POLICE: Two months after Inverness police Chief Joe Elizarde resigned following a dispute with a restaurant owner over a missing order for two hamburgers, the city of Inverness has started the search for his replacement. The job was posted Monday for internal candidates. This week, the city is scheduled to evaluate the applicants who applied from within the department and decide whether it's necessary to seek outside applicants.

TRIAL DELAYED: The trial of James Henry Utsey, 31, who is accused of murdering his mother, has been put off until August at the request of Utsey's lawyer.

DESSIE SMITH PRESCOTT: The woman who taught Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to hunt and fish died April 19 at age 95. Mrs. Prescott was an avid outdoorswoman who built herself a log cabin in Central Florida in 1926 and became a central character in Rawlings' autobiographical book, Cross Creek. Mrs. Prescott most recently lived in Citrus County.

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