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Park ranger to be new wildlife care supervisor

Susan Lowe, a 12-year park ranger at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, has been promoted to be the park's wildlife care supervisor, park manager Art Yerian has announced. Lowe will fill the job Yerian had done before he was promoted to his new position. Previously, Lowe was a toll collector at the park for two years and had worked as a veterinary technician at Midway Animal Hospital. During her work as a ranger, Lowe was responsible for the daily care and observation of the park's captive wildlife. She also handled permitting for the park's endangered species, including key deer, and she also conducted daily educational programs. Lowe is active in the community and was a founding board member of both the Friends of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and the Friends of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex Inc. She also volunteers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Passenger who died in collision identified

LECANTO _ Officials have identified the other man who died Wednesday in a vehicle collision that killed two. Jeffrey W. Smith, 41, of 1363 N Little Carmen Ter., Inverness, died in the collision, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Smith was a passenger in a late-model Ford Crown Victoria.

Officer accused of affair gets one-day suspension

CRYSTAL RIVER _ Crystal River Police Chief Steve Burch suspended Officer Gregory Ransom for one day without pay after authorities accused Ransom of having an affair with a married woman and having sex with her in a semi-public place. The police department received an angry complaint from a woman who said she and Ransom had an affair. The woman told police she wanted to end the relationship, but she said Ransom did not. In a letter in Ransom's police file, Burch wrote that Ransom violated two department policies: unbecoming conduct and immoral conduct.

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