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Justice Department closes 4 of 5 complaints about police

PINELLASFour of five complaints filed against St. Petersburg police with the U.S. Department of Justice have been closed without a finding against the police, a Justice Department spokeswoman said Wednesday. The complaints were filed with the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in St. Petersburg. Several of the St. Petersburg residents mentioned in the complaints had related their allegations at public meetings on police brutality sponsored by the SCLC. The complainants in the cases closed by the Justice Department are Jeannie Maultsby, Rodrick Kittles and Terri Harris, and Chris Hewitt and Xavier Smith, two youths who filed a joint complaint. A fifth complaint filed on behalf of Ralph Richardson, is still open.

Man pulls distressed

swimmer from water

ST. PETERSBURG _ Businessman Mike Ryan was driving along Bayshore Drive NE Wednesday afternoon when he saw a swimmer faltering in the Vinoy Basin. Then the man turned face down. Ryan, who owns an insurance claim business, stripped down to his underwear and jumped in. By the time he pulled 68-year-old William E. Schneider to the wall, a police officer and another passer-by were there to help pull Schneider out. Schneider was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday. Ryan, 33, attributed his quick response to work during his college days as a lifeguard in Iowa.