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Week in review

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001


A look back at the week’s top stories

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DUI-MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL: Shaun McElrath, 34, was found guilty of vehicular homicide, a lesser charge than the one prosecutors lodged against her: driving under the influence-manslaughter. The wreck occurred on Feb. 23, 2000, at Croft Avenue and Dawson Drive west of Inverness. She will be sentenced on May 7.

PAWN SHOP OWNER CHARGED: Prosecutors have accused Marlene Sabados Williams, owner of A-OK Pawn & Gold in Crystal River, of violating the county ordinance that requires a 72-hour waiting period between the purchase and delivery of any firearm. Prosecutors say Williams skipped that waiting period and immediately delivered a shotgun to Troy Truax on Feb. 19. Hours later, authorities have said, Truax used the gun to kill his former girlfriend, Meghan Durling, and then himself. Williams has pleaded not guilty.

SCALLOP RESURGENCE: State officials said a seven-year scallop-harvesting ban could be lifted, but not just yet. Bay scallops, a delicacy that drew thousands to the Gulf Coast, have rebounded to levels not seen in years, but scientists say the population needs more study -- at least another year.

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