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The Week in words

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 12, 2007


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

 

"I think we proved every element of the four crimes in the indictment."

State Attorney Brad King, after the prosecution finished presenting its case in the John Couey murder trial.

 

"He could not bring himself to directly kill her by his own hands."

Citrus County jail corrections officer John Read, testifying about conversations that he had with Couey while the defendant was in jail about why Couey placed her in bags and buried her alive.

 

"Citizens, they just don't take us seriously."

County Commissioner Joyce Valentino, on the need for the county to strengthen code enforcement in the face of repeated violations.

 

"It sure would have been nice for the county not to have to jump through all those hoops."

Commissioner Gary Bartell, on word that Progress Energy had selected a site in Levy County for its new nuclear facility months before the company told Citrus County of its decision.

 

"We were still in serious land negotiations with landowners in Citrus County in late October and early November."

Progress Energy spokesman Buddy Eller, seemingly contradicting the substance of the letter his company sent to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

 

"This town has been a sleepy little town. I think it's absolutely appropriate that we take a breather here."

Yankeetown Council member Larry Feldhusen, after the council approved a one-year moratorium on permitting for commercial developments. The town has been embroiled for months in a legal battle with a developer.

 

"I'm embarrassed to stand before you now to tell you that we still don't know when it's going to be done."

County Commissioner Gary Bartell, to Homosassa residents still waiting for a sewer project to be finished nearly a year after the expected completion date.

"Folks, Jessica has been dead for more than two years, but this defendant continues to live and breathe. I ask you to return a verdict that speaks the truth."

Assistant State Attorney Peter Magrino, in his closing arguments to the jury in the John Couey case.