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The week in review

A look back at the week’s top stories

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001


IN THE MONEY: The county's legislative delegation helped secure $1-million for the Chassahowitzka wastewater project and $750,000 for the Homosassa Regional Wastewater System.

SAUNDERS SELECTED: County Administrator Richard Wesch tapped Ken Saunders to be his assistant county administrator, citing Saunders' "experience, education, integrity" and his ability to work with others. Saunders is the county's public works director.

PLEA DEAL IN GUN CASE: Marlene Williams, the woman accused of selling a shotgun to an Inverness man who used it to kill his former girlfriend and then himself, will agree to serve 50 hours of community service and pay a $350 fine for selling a firearm without waiting the mandatory three days required by Citrus County ordinance.

CHARGES DROPPED: The state dropped charges against Richard Michael Beard, a church bus driver accused of committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child younger than 16 and committing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child younger than 16. Beard's first trial ended in a mistrial, and in the second, jurors failed to reach a verdict. The state's move means the child victim's won't have to testify again.

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