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New Hampshire warrants issued for couple

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former New Hampshire couple who fled to Florida after their 13-year-old son was charged with animal abuse.

The 13-year-old boy has since been arrested on charges of mutilating and killing a dog in Lakeland.

His 11-year-old accomplice pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced last month; a Florida judge ordered a psychological evaluation for the 13-year-old after ruling that he was incompetent to stand trial.

The 13-year-old's parents, who now live in Lakeland, were charged with contempt of court after Florida authorities learned about the previous animal abuse charges against their son. Janet and Frederick Martin Jr. are set to be tried this month on charges they failed to disclose the New Hampshire charges,

The Martins, formerly of Ossipee, N.H., also were charged with contempt of court in New Hampshire when they failed to appear in juvenile court with their son last February. He was charged with killing four pigs and sexually mutilating a sheep in October 1996.

Volunteer center to close

after bad placement

PENSACOLA _ A non-profit agency that sent a convicted flasher to do community service work at a day care center plans to close next week.

The Volunteer Center of Northwest Florida had been having financial problems even before it sent Robert A. Christensen, convicted on eight counts of indecent exposure last year, to work at Camp Fire Boys and Girls in August.

Disabled attorney settles

parking ticket dispute

ORLANDO _ A paraplegic attorney who faced a potential jail term for failing to pay $520 worth of parking tickets has reached a settlement with the city of Orlando.

Brad Conway, an Orange County assistant public defender, will pay four of the parking tickets, costing $150.

The city, in turn, will dismiss 11 other tickets in exchange for Conway's spending five hours helping the city make its parking for the disabled more accessible.

_ Compiled from wire reports.

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