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Several men sought in Kenneth City vandalism

(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)

Sheriff's deputies are looking for several vandals who they say spray-painted more than 75 cars early Tuesday in the southwest part of Pinellas County.

Witnesses told deputies that several men drove around Kenneth City and the Bonnie Bay subdivision and sprayed cars parked in the street. The damaged cars appeared to have been chosen at random, said sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

Because it was dark, witnesses could only describe the suspects' car as gold or tan with a temporary tag and one tail light out. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff's Office burglary division at 582-6200.

Suncoast AIDS Network

director put on leave

TAMPA _ The executive director of the Suncoast AIDS Network was placed on administrative leave Tuesday, though board members refused to comment.

Cinde Cortelyou, director of training, was appointed acting executive director, taking over for Robert Eledge, who held the position for about two years, said Sister Nora Shively, president of the board.

"That's the only statement we are making," she said.

But according to John Heilman, director of the Pinellas County Health Department, which helps fund the organization, "What happened had something to do with the relationship between Mr. Eledge and the board," he said. "There was an unsatisfactory performance review involved."

Reached at home Tuesday afternoon, Eledge said he was "pretty much in the dark."

Suncoast AIDS Network distributes more than $3-million in federal, state and local funds to various AIDS organizations in eight counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco. The organization indirectly provides treatment or counseling to 2,500 patients quarterly, Shively said.