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Woodlawn PTA leader accused of theft has criminal record

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman charged with stealing almost $400 from a Woodlawn Elementary PTA fundraiser has a criminal history spanning more than two decades.

Twanya L. McGill, 44, of St. Petersburg was arrested March 6 on a charge of grand theft after police said she took $385 intended to pay for merchandise for a school fundraiser. McGill was the PTA's vice president at the time.

Though affidavits state that McGill was responsible for handling the group's finances, her criminal history shows a 1993 arrest on shoplifting charges and 1996 and 2010 arrests on charges of passing forged checks. She was arrested in 1997 on a drug charge and in 2008 on charges of battery and throwing a deadly missile at a building.

A PTA official said she couldn't comment on the case because the investigation was ongoing.

McGill's arrest on March 6 was her second that day.

Police earlier had arrested her on charges of domestic battery and tampering with a witness after she had a fight with her husband, Quentin Lewis.

Lewis told police that the argument began over McGill's drug use and culminated in her throwing his cellphone out the front door to stop him from calling police, a police spokesman said.

A judge ordered that they have no contact.

McGill was arrested again on Wednesday after police said she went to her husband's home.

McGill told police she did not know there was a no-contact order in place. She was transported to the Pinellas County Jail.

Times Researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

Woodlawn PTA leader accused of theft has criminal record 03/20/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:25pm]
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