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Man guilty of vehicular homicide

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 9, 2007


A jury on Thursday found Darryl S. Roberts guilty of vehicular homicide. Roberts, 42, told jurors that the August 2005 motorcycle crash that killed his passenger and ex-wife, Melissa Potter, was an accident. But after deliberating for an hour and 45 minutes, jurors determined it was a crime. Sentencing is set for March 12. He faces up to a 15-year prison sentence.

Target coming, official says

The worst-kept secret in Citrus County is out: Target is planning to build a 132,000-square-foot store at the southwest corner of County Road 486 and County Road 491. Economic Development Council president Jack Reynolds mentioned the project at the group's board meeting Thursday morning. He said he received an economic impact study outlining the benefits of a Target store from Inverness lawyer Clark Stillwell this week. County staffers are still hammering out the details of a development agreement with Crosland Inc., the North Carolina company that plans to develop the retail center that will include Target. The County Commission will have the final say.

Rotary clubs hold Radio, TV auction

The five Rotary Clubs of Citrus County will hold their second annual Radio and TV Auction on Saturday to raise money for the Rotary Clubs' community service projects. The auction will be broadcast simultaneously on WYKE-TV Ch. 47 (Channel 16 on cable) and on WRGO-FM 102.7 from 1 to 5 p.m. Bidders will call 795-4919 to place their bids within the prescribed times. Several thousand dollars worth of goods and services will be available to the highest bidders. A complete listing of the items up for bid will be published in the St. Petersburg Times today and Saturday.

Survey shows 424 manatees in area

Cool temperatures have brought a near-record number of manatees into area waters in recent days. An aerial survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday turned up 424, just shy of last year's all-time record of 438. This week's total included 263 manatees in Kings Bay including 35 calves, 89 in the discharge canal at Progress Energy including six calves, 63 at the Homosassa Blue Waters including six calves, five in the lower Homosassa River and four in the Crystal River. Surveys are conducted by the agency every other week to keep track of manatee population numbers and locations.