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Neighbors break into home to help wounded resident

Neighbors broke into a Kenwood apartment Thursday evening to help a 46-year-old man who was shot and bleeding, police said.

Anthony W. Bell of 2027{ First Ave. N began banging on walls and calling for help shortly before 7 p.m., said St. Petersburg police spokesman Dan Bates.

Neighbors broke a window and went inside to find Bell lying a couple of feet inside the door of his home, shot in the stomach. Bell was too badly injured to tell St. Petersburg police Officer Stradford J. Dragon what had happened, and neighbors couldn't explain either.

"Nobody saw anything," Bates said. "Nobody heard anything."

Bell was in critical condition Friday afternoon at Bayfront Medical Center. Police ask that anyone who may have information about the incident call Detective Gary Gibson at (727) 893-7512.

Welfare agencies' merger

topic of community meeting

LARGO _ A community meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Mondayto discuss the impending merger of the local welfare agency and a board that supervises worker training. The meeting concerns the WAGES board, which works with people who receive welfare benefits from the state, and the Workforce Development Board, which provides worker training. The agencies will be merged because of a state law recently passed by the Florida Legislature.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the ICOT Center, just off Ulmerton Road, at 13770 58th St., Suite 312.