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Principal punched; teenager charged

The student at the Renaissance Center was charged with battery on an educational employee. In another case, a biting cat is sought.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 14, 2000


INVERNESS -- A 17-year-old Inverness youth was arrested on charges of punching the principal of the Renaissance Center on Wednesday.

The youth, a student at the school, allegedly punched and pushed David Cook during an altercation in his office.

Cook had removed the boy from his classroom for refusing to follow instructions.

The boy, whose name is being withheld, was charged with battery on an educational employee. He was taken to the county jail before being turned over to his parents.

In other news:

Animal control staffers are looking for a domestic cat in Crystal River that bit its owner and then ran away.

Though the cat had a current rabies vaccine, state law requires 10 days of observation for any pet that bites a human, to make certain the vaccine was effective, said Hank Bagget of Citrus County Animal Control.

The shorthaired gray and black tiger cat bit a woman on the wrist Dec. 6 at 2815 Turkey Oak Drive in Crystal River. The cat ran off after the bite and hasn't been seen since.

If anyone sees the cat, call Animal Control at 726-7660.

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