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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 June 16, 2002


MAN DIES: Yukio Allen, 21, died when he walked outside his Inverness residence carrying two guns and was shot by a Citrus County sheriff's corporal. Law enforcement officers had been called to Allen's house after a clerk at the Shell gas station at State Road 44 and Independence Highway told emergency dispatchers Allen flashed a gun at her. Allen was using the store's copying machine to make duplicates of a suicide note, authorities said.

BOY DIES: Brett Courtney, a 5-year-old Crystal River boy, drowned in his backyard swimming pool. Authorities said Brett was steering his tricycle around a chair when a wheel caught the edge of the pool and tipped over.

FCAT: The state released the annual school grades, and Citrus made its best showing ever. Six Citrus schools scored A's, seven earned B's and the rest took home C's. Figured as a grade-point average, the Citrus schools collectively earned a 3.12, or a solid B, compared with last year's 2.43 GPA.

COLOGNE CONTROVERSY: Six months ago, Crystal River police Chief Jim Farley banned the use of cologne and perfume. He is allergic to such scents. The police union protested publicly about that and other examples of what it considers to be an overbearing leadership style.

ROAD PLANS: A county-hired consultant is completing a plan to keep traffic moving by limiting curb cuts and eliminating half of the median turn lanes on U.S. 19 from the Crystal River city limits to the Hernando County line. The county's "access management plan," which received the endorsement of a state Department of Transportation committee, also calls for five "access roads" that would divert traffic from U.S. 19 onto small back roads connecting to businesses.

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