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The Week in Review

A look back at the week's top stories

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 26, 2002

CENSUS: The latest Census 2000 data showed that more than 23,000 of Citrus' 98,000 adults (people 18 and older) are veterans -- 24.3 percent. In Florida, only Okaloosa County veterans make up a greater percentage of their county's adult population. The data suggested that Citrus, like many counties in the region, enjoyed relative prosperity during the 1990s, with the median income jumping 11.6 percent and education levels increasing across the board.

LEGAL FIGHT: Lewis Ranieri, a New York investment banker with a vacation home on the Homosassa River, retained the Tallahassee law firm of Hopping Green & Sams to help local counsel challenge the County Commission's approval of Halls River Retreat, a 54-unit time share complex.

The prominent land-use firm enters the picture about a month after Halls River Retreat developer F. Blake Longacre retained his own legal heavyweight, Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner, to help his local attorney, Jim Neal, protect his interests during the appeals.

CHARGES DROPPED: Just days before Misty Lynn David was scheduled to stand trial on charges of killing a popular elementary school secretary and her 13-year-old daughter in an alcohol- and pill-fueled car wreck, the State Attorney's Office decided to drop the charges.

"There just wasn't enough evidence," said Chief Assistant State Attorney Ric Ridgway.

The August 1999 crash killed Dixie Kimbrell, 53, and her daughter, Kimberly.

ARRESTS IN RACIAL CASE: The racist message sprayed on the State Farm Insurance building in Homosassa Springs earlier this month was the work of two 19-year-old Citrus men, authorities said. Joshua Evan Shiver and John Wayne Beam have been charged with criminal mischief causing between $200 and $1,000 in damage, a first-degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

When questioned by a Citrus County sheriff's deputy, the men admitted to scrawling "N-----s Ain't Welcom" on both sides of the building on May 7, authorities said.

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