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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 26, 2001


Businessman, woman face DUI counts

Businessman, woman face DUI counts

BARTOW -- Prominent citrus and cattle businessman Ben Hill Griffin III and a woman were charged with driving under the influence after a deputy stopped their swerving sport utility vehicle Monday night.

Griffin was arrested even though he initially wasn't driving the Lincoln Navigator pulled over by a Polk County sheriff's deputy.

The driver was Jacqulyn Cundiff Logan, 52, of Roanoke, Va. After smelling alcohol, the deputy asked her to get out of the vehicle. While the deputy gave Logan a sobriety test, Griffin got behind the steering wheel, a sheriff's report said.

Griffin refused to take a Breathalyzer test or to sign his DUI traffic citation. Refusing the breath test results in automatic revocation of a person's driver license for a year.

They were released from the Polk County Jail Tuesday morning after posting $500 bail each.

Californian to head FSU med school

TALLAHASSEE -- An associate dean at the University of California at Irvine has been chosen dean of the new medical school at Florida State University.

Dr. Joseph Scherger, 50, will begin his new duties July 1. The appointment was announced Tuesday by FSU provost Larry Abele.

Scherger has been on the Cal-Irvine faculty since 1996. He will be paid $275,000 a year at Florida State, where the first order of business for the new school is accreditation.

33 names offered for UF trustee board

GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida President Charles Young has submitted 33 names to Gov. Jeb Bush, including those of former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack and Rep. Bill McCollum, for consideration as members of the university's trustees.

The governor will select 11 trustees to guide the state's flagship university beginning July 1, when the Board of Regents ceases to exist.

Mack, his wife Priscilla, and McCollum are the highest-profile Republicans on the list. Jerry Chicone Jr., of Windermere, who donated $1,000 to the governor's campaign, is also on the list.

There were also Democrats, including former UF President Marshall Criser and former Gator football star Carlos Alvarez, who got his bachelor's degree from UF and his law degree from Duke.

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