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Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2008 at 10:53 p.m.

Lake City police seek robber of gas stations

Police are looking for a man who robbed a gas station Friday in Lake City.

The robbery occurred about 9:45 p.m. at the BP station, 1137 U.S. 90. A clerk reported that a man jumped over the counter, pointed a gun at her and demanded money.

The suspect took an undetermined amount of money from the cash register and several rolls of quarters, Lake City police reported. No shots were fired, and the clerk was uninjured. The incident was similar to a robbery one hour earlier on U.S. 90 just outside city limits, police reported.

- Nathan Crabbe

Parents sue officers over son's shooting

SANFORD - The parents of a 15-year-old boy fatally shot by a Seminole County Sheriff's lieutenant after wielding a pellet gun at school have sued the officer and his boss.

Ralph and Donna Penley filed the lawsuit Jan. 11, two days before the second anniversary of Christopher Penley's death. They argue that Lt. Mike Weippert and Sheriff Don Eslinger violated the boy's civil rights and wrongfully caused his death. They are seeking unspecified damages.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dennis Lemma said the department's attorneys were unavailable to comment on the lawsuit Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday but noted that investigations of the incident "completely cleared (Weippert) of any wrongdoing.''

According to investigations of the 2006 shooting, Christopher showed the pellet gun to another student in a classroom and pointed it into another student's back before barricading himself in a bathroom alcove. The barrel of the gun, normally painted red or orange, was painted black and resembled a real 9mm handgun.

- The Associated Press

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