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Week in review

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001

A look back at the week's top stories

WOMAN KILLED ON U.S. 19: Velia Sweatman, 74, a dementia patient at the Sugarmill Manor assisted living facility, wandered from the home late Tuesday, walked onto U.S. 19 and was struck and killed by a motorist.

FLORIDA POWER, SCOTTY'S ANNOUNCE PLANS: The county's largest private employer, Florida Power, laid off 62 workers, and Scotty's announced it was closing its home improvement stores in Inverness and Homosassa.

BUSINESS PARK PLANNED: People who own a 46-acre parcel nestled against the west side of the Withlacoochee State Forest want to develop the land as a business park. They have asked the county to grant a land-use change allowing commercial development on 9.4 acres that are currently designated for low-density residential use.

ADAMS AND STRANGE JAILED: Scott Adams and Charlie Strange were jailed for contempt of court after they defied a court order and opened a log yard for business. Adams was released a day later after agreeing to keep the business closed, as the court's temporary injunction requires, until Citrus County's lawsuit against Adams goes to trial. Strange remained behind bars.

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