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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 July 1, 2001

CRYSTAL RIVER WORKER DIES: A Crystal River public works employee was killed Friday when his dump truck plunged into a murky pond near Three Sisters Springs. Dennis Miller, 58, a 10-year city employee, had been hauling a load of sand to spread around the pond in preparation for the city's annual Fourth of July celebration. The bank could not support the weight of the full truck, and as Miller backed toward the edge, the truck fell into approximately 15 to 20 feet of water.

NEW BUILDING, REFERENDUM ON THE WAY: The County Commission voting 3-2 to build a new facility for the tax collector and property appraiser. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot building would rise on the county-owned Stovall property, a few blocks north of the new courthouse. The $2.46-million building, which could be built in 12 to 18 months, is expected to meet the needs of the tax collector and property appraiser for the next decade. Meanwhile, the county plans a referendum in November 2002 concerning where the County Commission should have its offices and hold its meetings.

BEVERLY HILLS MAN ARRESTED: Kevin Jalbert, 42, of Beverly Hills man was arrested on a murder solicitation charge after he asked a man to help him abduct, rape and possibly kill a young boy in Clearwater, police said.

LANDFILL NEWS: The County Commission voted to decrease the landfill assessment to $5 per home and 31 cents for businesses per cubic yard of trash, less than a third of what residents and businesses pay now. The new rates, which will go into effect when the next fiscal year begins Oct. 1, are down from $17 per home and $1.04 for businesses per cubic yard of trash. The assessment will allow commissioners to keep the tipping fee at $30 per ton while paying off about $378,000 that remains in debt on the landfill in Lecanto.

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