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Authorities keep up search for fugitive

Authorities were still searching Saturday for a St. Petersburg felon who escaped from an inmate work squad near Ocala last week.

Lowell N. Abrams, 28, serving a 10-year sentence for robbery and cocaine possession, was working along a road in McIntosh, a small town north of Ocala, when he slipped away Thursday.

Marion County sheriff's deputies think Abrams may be driving a stolen red Pontiac Grand Am with license tag QBT 82K.

Abrams, who is white, 5-7 and 163 pounds with brown hair and eyes, was serving time at Marion Correctional Institution, a state prison in Lowell. He was sentenced in 1994.

Anyone with information is asked to call (352) 732-8355.

Police: Men try to kill

person by torching bed

ST. PETERSBURG _ Two transients were charged with attempted murder after they tried to set a bed on fire while someone rested on it, police say.

Robert Lee Brown, 46, and James Taylor, 42, are accused of dousing a bed with gasoline Friday in a house at 420 22nd St. S. It was unclear whether the bed ignited. The victim, whose name was not released, was not hurt.

Police arrested the men about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. They were in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail each.