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Week in review

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001


A look back at the week's top stories

SCHOOL EVACUATION: A man called a Tampa Bay radio station Thursday morning and said a boy in Inverness was threatening to blow up a school. Inverness parents lit up the local 911 lines with panicked calls. Within minutes, five of the city's public schools were evacuated. In unrelated matters, Lecanto Middle School also evacuated because of a bomb threat.

BROWN SCHOOLS INVESTIGATED: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Children and Families' inspector general and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office are investigating accusations of possible Medicaid fraud and sexual abuse of a resident at the Brown Schools.

BANKER CITED IN WRECK: Patrick Fitzpatrick, branch manager of Citrus Bank and member of the Mosquito Control Board, was accused of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. The charges, made in connection with an April 21 crash, could have been worse: Police suspected Fitzpatrick was drunk but did not arrest him because he said he didn't start drinking until he returned home after the crash.

CRIME DROPS: Major crime in Citrus County decreased during 2000 and the overall rate of serious crime dipped 9.7 percent compared with 1999 figures, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported.

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