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Citrus Week in Review

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 21, 2002

TED WILLIAMS: The controversy continued. The former Boston Red Sox great's children were unable to resolve the dispute over the remains of their father. Claudia and John-Henry Williams still maintain their father wanted to be frozen and preserved after his death. Their half-sister, Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, wants Williams cremated, as Williams asked in his will. The will was filed in probate court.

RULING ON SHOOTING: Yukio Allen, 21, pointed a BB gun and a toy gun at law officers June 10. However, because the weapons were so realistic in appearance, the State Attorney's Office ruled Cpl. Steve Smolensky was justified in fatally shooting Allen during a standoff that night. "The investigation clearly demonstrates that law enforcement was within their legal right and justified in its use of force," Assistant State Attorney Don Scaglione wrote in a letter.

SUNCOAST PARKWAY: Nearly 60 percent of the Citrus residents questioned in a recent poll said they would support the proposed extension of the Suncoast Parkway through Citrus County. Those supporters included 35 percent who favored the road unconditionally and 24 percent who supported the road under certain conditions, such as limited impact to wetlands or wildlife. Only 14 percent said they opposed the road, while 27 percent were undecided or had no opinion.

CYPRESS CREEK: A former staff member unjustifiably held a 16-year-old inmate in a headlock, punched his face and threw him against a wall after the inmate flooded a sleeping area, according to a Department of Juvenile Justice investigation of Cypress Creek. The incident happened in April. The employee in question, Bill Newkirk, the former assistant facility administrator at Cypress Creek, was fired.

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