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The week in review

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 4, 2002

A look back at the week's top stories:

TED WILLIAMS: A judge refused to grant a restraining order against Ted Williams' oldest daughter; instead, she warned everyone involved in the custody battle over the slugger's remains to behave decorously. An attorney for the baseball legend's youngest children, John-Henry and Claudia Williams, had asked the judge to bar their older half-sister, Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, from "harassing and attempting to intimidate" potential witnesses. Ferrell denied ever harassing any such witness.

Meanwhile, the youngest children are objecting to Ferrell's attempt to obtain their father's medical records.

CHARGES FILED: Less than a month before the three-year statute of limitations expires, prosecutors have accused a Crystal River man of killing a popular elementary school secretary and her daughter in a 1999 car wreck. Richard Lee Buzby, 25, was stands accused of two counts of vehicular homicide and failure to stop at the scene of an accident with injuries. The state originally prosecuted Misty Lynn David for the crimes, then decided that Buzby, not David, was driving when the vehicle wreck occurred.

SUIT FILED: The battle over the wood-burning incinerator on Ed Gerrits' property heated up when Gerrits and his son, Sean, sued Citrus County and asked a judge to allow them to keep operating the 2,500-degree incinerator without any county interference. The incinerator, owned by Sean Gerrits' company, SMG Inc., burns dried tree branches from Ed Gerrits' lumber tracts, as well as brush from other lots cleared for construction. The county still plans to bring a case against the company to the Code Enforcement Board.

JACK HANNA: Jack Hanna, host of television's Animal Adventures, has all but signed a contract renewal with Busch Gardens in Tampa, derailing Citrus County's courtship of the celebrity.

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