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Jail inmate charged with trying to escape

An inmate at the Citrus County Jail has been charged with attempted escape after corrections officers found both sides of a cinder block completely dug out in his cell. A deputy from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office investigated the complaint and found packing material made of toothpaste and toilet paper stuffed into the side of the block to cover the holes. According to an arrest report prepared by the Sheriff's Office, the same material was found in the personal belongings of Robert Ernest Tackett, who is assigned to the cell. Tackett's bond is set at $15,000.

Water utility pays fine

for unapproved well use

The owner of WellAqua, a water utility that serves about 35 homes in the Lucky Hills subdivision east of U.S. 19, paid a $300 fine last week to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The fine came from a January incident in which WellAqua gave residents water from an unapproved well because its main well pump broke down. The unapproved well had not been maintained at DEP standards, although WellAqua's system operator made sure the bacteria levels were safe for the three days the well was in use. In exchange for a reduced fine, WellAqua owner Jerome C. Salmons Jr. sealed off the unapproved well last month, DEP environmental specialist William Dunn said. "We didn't want punitive damages," Dunn said. "We wanted the well abandoned . . . so the situation would not happen again in the future."

Sen. Mitchell's rep

available to public

A representative from state Sen. Richard Mitchell's office will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 31 at the Citrus County Government Center in the former Winn-Dixie shopping center, 801 SE U.S. 19. For an appointment, call Dean Papapetrou toll free at (888) 329-6784. Mitchell, D-Jasper, represents Citrus west of County Road 491.


Free Internet training classes have been set for July 26 and Aug. 30 for beginners and others at the Citrus County Builders Association at 1196 S Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. The classes are sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and each runs from 7 to 9 p.m. For those seeking more information, call 727-892-2210 or visit http:// on the Internet. An item in Tuesday's Times indicated different training classes were being offered.