A look back at the week's top stories
Randy Leathers, 18, of Beverly Hills was struck and killed by off-duty Crystal River police Officer Christopher Thompson, who was driving to work at 10:16 p.m. Tuesday on County Road 488. Leathers was walking to a friend's house. The officer had been hired even though he had received 15 traffic tickets since 1993 and his driver's license has been suspended twice.
BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT SURRENDERS: A man suspected of robbing a Crystal River Bank branch in April reportedly surrendered to the FBI in Clearwater. Mark A. King, 43, of Cleveland was being held in lieu of bail in the Pinellas County Jail as a fugitive from justice in connection with an alleged forgery in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. King has also been charged with robbing a bank in Ocala in December 2000.
SHERIFF WINS APPROVAL: The Citrus County Commission approved an upgrade in the county's radio communications system. The overhaul, expected to cost about $8-million over the next 10 years, is aimed at eliminating the county's "dead spots," areas where law enforcement and emergency rescue workers are unable to communicate with dispatchers.