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Teenager accused in shooting turns self in

A teenager accused of shooting a 14-year-old girl in the neck turned himself in Friday morning, a day after authorities had issued a warrant for his arrest, Hillsborough sheriff's reports said.

After surrendering to detectives, David Marty, 17, who lives with his parents at 6511 Dimarco St., was charged with aggravated assault, attempted manslaughter and shooting within an occupied building.

Witnesses said Marty accidentally shot Melissa Nichols, his girlfriend's sister, on Oct. 8 at his parents' house. Nichols' grandfather said the boy put the gun to his granddaughter's head at least twice before the shooting occurred.

Marty was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday and was released on $16,500 bail. Nichols was listed in critical condition Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital. Hospital officials refused to release her condition Friday night.

Hotel housekeeper

robbed at knifepoint

TAMPA _ A housekeeper at a downtown hotel was robbed Friday morning by a man who left her tied up in one of the hotel's rooms, Tampa police said.

Lashawn Hopson, 27, was in the employees' work area at the Radisson Hotel, 200 S Ashley Drive, about 6:40 a.m. Friday when a man armed with a knife grabbed her from behind, police said.

The man forced Hopson to take him to an empty room, where he tied her up, stole her jewelry, then left, police said. She was found several hours later unharmed. No arrests have been made.

Brothers arrested in

theft of cable boxes

ST. PETERSBURG _ Two brothers were arrested Thursday and charged with stealing thousands of cable converter boxes, illegally altering them and selling them to residents in Florida, Virginia and North Carolina, authorities said.

Tuan Tran, 31, of 6047 16th St. N, and Tung Tran, 35, of 2620 30th Ave. N, were charged with numerous counts of dealing in stolen property and possession of altered electronic converter boxes.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Greg Tita said investigators began looking into the pair two months ago after a tip about a local newspaper advertisement offering to sell cable boxes.

Detectives said several thousand cable boxes were stolen all over the United States and altered before they were sold for about $225 to residents in three states. Detectives, who worked with Time Warner cable officials, spent Thursday night loading rental vans with cable boxes impounded from a warehouse at 4400 34th St. N.