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Man charged with shooting, burglary

Police said they arrested a man Tuesday night and charged him with shooting a 30-year-old woman whose home he had burglarized June 10. Michael L. Morgan, 19, of 2551 DeSoto Way S was charged with armed burglary, assault and aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with an incident at a home on 28th Street N on June 10, according to jail records. Police detective Michael Celona said the victim saw Morgan in another neighborhood and called police. He was arrested about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said Morgan and another man broke into the woman's home June 10 as she slept on the porch. When she went inside, she found Morgan and another man. As the two men prepared to assault her sexually, she broke out a window and tried to escape. One man shot her in the buttocks twice; one bullet also went through her right forearm. The woman was treated and released from Bayfront Medical Center. Morgan was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bail. Police were still investigating the incident.

Hickey not hired for Lee County job

ST. PETERSBURG _ Norman Hickey, the former city manager whose job was eliminated by a change in city government, did not get the job of Lee County administrator. County commissioners voted Wednesday to hire Donald Stilwell, a private consultant from Portland, Ore., said Beverly Fox, a Lee County spokeswoman. Last week, Hickey's attorney wrote a letter to Lee County officials warning them not to discriminate against Hickey, 65, because of his age. The letter said that one or more commissioners said Hickey "should not be hired as the county manager because of his age." Neither Hickey nor his attorney could be reached for comment Wednesday. Hickey previously has said he has several other job possibilities including administrator of Los Angeles County in California.

Countywide ring proposal goes to vote

School Superintendent Howard Hinesely will bring a proposal to the School Board at its next meeting July 14 to establish a countywide price for class rings and graduation materials. He said a school would be allowed to receive its own bids, but would have to have its School Advisory Council's permission to pay a price higher than the county bid. Board members, some of whom had complained about schools losing control of school-based decisions, did not oppose the policy at Wednesday's meeting. They will officially vote on it in July.

Church defaced by satanic symbols

DUNEDIN _ A church was vandalized either late Monday or early Tuesday by someone who carved satanic symbols in the doors and defaced the building with other drawings. A small fire also was set on a sidewalk behind the Jehovah's Witness church at 1187 Ohio Ave., Dunedin police said. Pentagrams, upside-down crosses and other symbols were on the church property. Police Sgt. Tim Melnick said similar vandalism has occurred at the church in the past.