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Week in review

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001

A look back at the week's top stories

BRUSH FIRE BURNS IN FLORAL CITY: Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze that began Thursday afternoon and grew from roughly 100 acres at nightfall to nearly 1,200 acres by Friday evening. The fire was concentrated roughly along the former shores of parched Lake Tsala Apopka in southeastern Citrus. Some 15 homeowners in the Withlapopka Isles were asked to voluntarily evacuate, though none took up the offer to seek refuge at a shelter opened at Floral City United Methodist Church. The shelter closed about 10 p.m. Thursday without takers.

MOM, SON ENTANGLED IN CASE: Kenneth Ray Toomey, 20, pleaded no contest to a charge that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl, which under the law is lewd or lascivious battery on a child younger than 16. Sentencing is pending. Meanwhile, authorities arrested Toomey's mother, Amanda Toomey Levesque, and accused her of felony witness tampering. Authorities said she repeatedly tried to convince her son's accuser to change her story and even offered to pay her to leave the state. Mrs. Levesque's husband, Bob, is a detective with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said they had no evidence Bob Levesque played a part in the alleged overtures to the girl, nor was his name mentioned by his wife in her pleas with the victim.

JURY RETURNS GUILTY VERDICTS IN SHOOTING CASE: A man accused of shooting up his former girlfriend's home last year while she hunkered inside with her new lover faces at least 20 years in prison after a jury returned guilty verdicts. Charles Jacob Weatherly, 24, was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief and shooting a missile into an occupied dwelling for the January 2000 attack.

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