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Seminole man charged with holding down victim in rape

SEMINOLE - A 19-year-old Seminole man was arrested Monday and charged with aiding another man, who remained at large, in the rape of a young woman, Pinellas County Jail records show. Richard "Rick" John Born, of 8856 93rd St. N, was being held at the jail Monday in lieu of $25,000 bail. Sheriff's reports say that Born held down an 18-year-old woman while a 21-year-old Seminole man raped her at 2:15 a.m. Feb. 11 in Born's home. The older man had not been arrested late Monday. Born was charged with being the principal in a first-degree sexual battery, jail records show. Man accused of wearing flag

ST. PETERSBURG - A 65-year-old Tampa man was arrested and charged with mutilating a U.S. flag Monday during a protest he staged in front of the federal building in downtown St. Petersburg, jail records show.

Luscious Conley, of 2919 E 29th Ave., was being held late Monday in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $500 bail on the misdemeanor charge.

Records show St. Petersburg police arrested Conley at 10:45 a.m. in front of the building at 144 First Ave. S because he was wearing the flag, which had been cut in the center to resemble a poncho. Also, Conley dragged the flag along the sidewalk several times, reports show.

Conley told police he was protesting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but the reason for his protest was not clear from reports.

Crack cocaine trial to begin

TAMPA - Four people accused of operating a family-run crack cocaine ring in St. Petersburg are scheduled to go on trial today in federal court. Robert Earl "Wonderman" Lee, Roy Larry Lee, Preston L. Williams and Azell Macon are charged with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. Robert Lee is represented by Ellis Rubin of Miami. Two other members of the alleged Lee gang, Sharon Louise Williams and Timothy Lee, have pleaded guilty in the case. Sharon Williams was sentenced in December to 17 1/2 years in prison. Timothy Lee has not been sentenced.