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The Week in Words

Published February 4, 2007


Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events in Citrus County, in the words of the newsmakers.


"He apologized for tarnishing the badge, which he did."

Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, on former Lt. James Martone, who was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving. Martone was not arrested but was suspended and demoted.


"It was never my intention to discredit the Sheriff's Office or the badge that I wore for 22 years."

Lt. James Martone, in a statement after being demoted by the Sheriff's Office.


"I'm very sad and very disappointed. He obviously must have some personal problem he hadn't been able to take care of."

School Board member Pat Deutschman, commenting on Martone, who used to head the School Resource Officer program.


"Officers have that discretion, and they use it all the time."

Sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney, explaining why Martone was not arrested on a DUI charge.


"All right, gentlemen, you have your homework assignments."

Circuit Judge Ric Howard, telling the defense team in the John Couey murder trial to interview new prosecution witnesses within 24 hours.

"I'm not just a School Board member. I'm a taxpayer, too."

School Board chairman Bill Murray, urging county officials to consider using concrete modular buildings for new office spaces because it cuts the costs by an estimated 40 percent.


"I wish I could turn back time. Even as I was driving over here, something in my head was telling me to turn around. But I didn't listen."

Gary Wheeler, who was arrested after he traveled from the Orlando area to Citrus County purportedly to meet a young girl he befriended on the Internet. He was arrested in Hernando and pleaded no contest to charges that he used the Internet to lure a child for sex.


"The defense submits that the appointment of Charles Vaughn to the case at this late date is akin to placing a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound."

Public Defender Howard "Skip" Babb, asking Circuit Judge Ric Howard to delay proceedings in the John Couey murder trial because of new witnesses and the time it takes to bring Vaughn up to speed on the complicated case.


"We had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, but he gave us the game."

Lecanto High basketball coach Chris Nichols, on a stellar play by Victor Cortes that helped the Panthers defeat North Marion by one point.

[Last modified February 3, 2007, 19:54:23]

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