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The week in words

The week in words



Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"A lot of people are going to be disappointed.''

Clare Christmas, who lives on Lake Jovita and watched as authorities searched for clues in the case of Jennifer Odom. Christmas made her comment as the search was called off. Jennifer was 12 when she was murdered near her home 20 years ago in east Pasco. Detectives continue searching for her killer.

"In this position, there's been several times when people have threatened my life. It's very unfortunate that this man, who may appear to have mental issues, has taken his own self-made conspiracy and wishes to do harm to my family. I've never met him. I've never met anybody in his family, and I hope I never will. But if he ever decides to follow through on his fantasy, it's going to be a very bad day for him."

Sheriff Chris Nocco after deputies arrested Robert Steven Fernandez of Land O'Lakes on various charges, including threatening to kill the sheriff.

"I just think it's the perfect time to look at the whole program in its entirety so we can see where we are."

New Port Richey City Council member Bill Phillips, after suggesting it might be time to consider pulling the plug on the city's red-light cameras.

"I welcome the challenge and look forward to it. That's where my heart is."

Latoya Jordan, who was named principal at Lacoochee Elementary School. Jordan grew up in the community and once lived in the public housing next to the school.

"This incident could have been prevented if the employer had a comprehensive, written, workplace violence prevention program to address hazards and assist employees when they raise concerns about their safety."

Teresa Harrison, an official with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which fined Integra Health Management of Owings Mills, Md., $10,500. Stephanie Ross, 25, was a social worker for Integra when she visited Lucious Smith, 54, at his apartment in Dade City in December. Witnesses said Smith, who had a history of mental illness and violence, slashed her to death with a butcher knife. He was found incompetent to stand trial.

"It's deplorable the conditions we found. Not only is it illegal, but it is morally wrong."

Port Richey City Manager Tom O'Neill regarding Gulf Land Mobile Home Park on U.S. 19. The city is threatening to demolish several homes considered unsafe.

The week in words 06/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 3:10pm]
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[Times file photo]
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    Bizarre News

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[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]