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Principal wins false-arrest suit

GAINESVILLE _ An elementary school principal and his wife have been awarded $250,000 by a jury that ruled Alachua County Sheriff Lu Hindrey and a deputy were liable for his false arrest on charges that he fondled two female joggers. Dewitt Lewis, principal of Duval Elementary School, said his civil rights were violated when Deputy Carol Gregg indicated on police reports that she saw him make a threatening gesture toward _ and possibly touch _ a jogger July 29, 1987. Deputies said Lewis also nearly fit the description of a man who had assaulted Sally Martin, daughter-in-law of state Rep. Sid Martin, a week earlier in the same location. Charges were dropped against Lewis in January when Ms. Martin failed to identify him.Fire damages Key West tavern

KEY WEST _ A fire Saturday morning closed Captain Tony's Saloon, Key West's oldest tavern and a former haunt of rum smugglers, charter captains and writer Ernest Hemingway. Firefighters prevented the tiny wooden bar from being damaged structurally, said Key West Fire Chief Edwin Castro, who estimated damage at $10,000. The 138-year-old bar in the heart of the historic Old Town district was bought in 1961 by Key West's colorful mayor, Captain Tony Tarracino. He sold it to a Fort Lauderdale dermatologist. "She's a grand old lady and she'll survive," Tarracino said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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