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Lecanto High student charged in knife incident

A 15-year-old Lecanto High student was arrested on charges of brandishing a knife at another student who he said had been agitating him earlier Thursday, according to an arrest report. The student, whose name is being withheld by the Times because of his age and the nature of the incident, was accused of holding a butcher knife in the air in a threatening manner while the two students were standing by a sink in a Lecanto High classroom around noon Thursday. The student told a deputy he thought the other student was going to hit him. The knife was in a drawer in a counter near the sink. A teacher told the deputy the two students had been separated for their behavior earlier that day. No blows were exchanged, and no one was injured in the incident. The student was charged with aggravated assault, taken to the county jail and released to his parents around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Political newcomer enters

race for tax collector

INVERNESS _ A fifth Democrat has entered the crowded race for Citrus County tax collector. Political newcomer Tammy J. Roush, a district customer service manager at Adelphia Cable in Inverness, filed her campaign paperwork Friday. Tax Collector Norine Gilstrap is not seeking re-election. Other candidates for the job include Democrats Richard Brady, Lee Cooper, Josefa Coury and Phillip Mulrain; and Republicans Steve Parker, Mark Stone, Charles Visalli and Janice Warren.

Inverness boat ramps

closed due to water levels

INVERNESS _ Inverness city boat ramps on North Apopka Avenue and on State Road 44 have been closed due to receding lake levels and conditions which make it dangerous to attempt boat launching at these sites. The ramps will reopen when conditions improve and the facilities can be used safely. For information, call the Inverness Department of Parks and Recreation at 726-3913.