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Week in review

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2001

A look back at the week's top stories

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BANK ROBBERY FOILED: Two men attempted a lunch-hour robbery of the AmSouth Bank in Inverness on Wednesday, within a bird's-eye view across Cooter Pond from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. They crashed their rented getaway truck in Sumter County after a chase. Two suspects were taken into custody.

RESIDENTS SPEAK AGAINST APARTMENTS: Beverly Hills residents filled the County Commission chambers beyond capacity last week to speak against a proposed cluster of three-story apartment buildings on County Road 491. Residents said they feared a high-density apartment complex would bring crime and decreased property values; they also noted that the three-story towers would be the tallest buildings in the area. Last month, the county Planning and Development Review Board recommended approval of the project, although the board said the developer should scale down the retail strip from 16,500 to 12,800 square feet. The County Commission will have one more public hearing before voting on the proposed master plan.

INVERNESS ELECTION: Richard "Dick" Kaufman regained his Inverness City Council seat, defeating challenger Kenneth Chadwick in a razor-thin 322-311 victory. Kaufman, a two-term council member, resigned from Seat 2 in November to make a failed bid for County Commission.

SALLEE IS OUT IN CRYSTAL RIVER: The Crystal River City Council voted not to renew City Manager David Sallee's contract when it expires. The decision upset some of Sallee's supporters, who immediately started a campaign to pressure officials into offering the city manager a new contract.

CHEERLEADERS SUSPENDED: Seven Crystal River High School cheerleaders have been suspended for 10 days for drinking alcohol while they were at a cheerleading competition at Disney World during the weekend. One member of the group faces expulsion for providing the alcohol. The zero tolerance policy requires a 10-day out of school suspension for anyone caught with alcohol or using alcohol at school or at a school-sponsored event.

BOARD CONSIDERS BUSINESS PARK: Despite the objections of county staff, members of the Planning and Development Review Board said they liked what they heard about a proposed business park next to the Withlacoochee State Forest. But they postponed voting on the project last week because they want more details about what the site on State Road 44, about a half-mile east of County Road 491, will look like when it is developed.

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