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Ex-assistant defender absent for DUI sentencing

A former Pinellas assistant public defender who was supposed to be sentenced Friday on felony DUI and other charges did not show up in court.

A Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Robert "Mike" McMillan, 50, of Tarpon Springs, who had been free on his own recognizance pending sentencing. McMillan pleaded no contest last month to DUI, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and driving with a suspended driver's license.

McMillan's plea was an open one, meaning he received no guarantee about his sentence. Judge John Schaefer had said he would not impose a sentence of more than than 4{ years.

But if McMillan is found, prosecutors may ask the judge to exceed that sentence and impose the statutory maximum of 12 years.

And prosecutors also could charge him with a felony failure to appear, which is punishable by up to five additional years.

McMillan has been convicted of four separate DUIs. He was an assistant under former Public Defender Robert Jagger before resigning from his $74,900-a-year job in 1996 after his third DUI arrest.

Agency hiring staff

for new Wal-Mart stores

Officials soon will begin hiring more than 1,000 employees to work at two new Wal-Mart supercenters, one in Pinellas Park and another in Oldsmar.

Work-Net Pinellas, the local agency that supervises welfare and job training programs, is assisting with the hiring process.

Anyone seeking work at the Wal-Mart store in Pinellas Park can show up at the WorkNet Pinellas One Stop Career Center, 3491 Gandy Blvd., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, July 30. The application process will continue through August. Although the Pinellas Park store will be at 8001 U.S. 19 N, applications will not be accepted there.

Anyone seeking work at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Oldsmar can show up between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, at one of two locations: the Wal-Mart temporary office at 120 Commerce Drive, Suite 3 in Oldsmar; or the WorkNet Pinellas One Stop Career Center at 1100 Cleveland St. in Clearwater. After Wednesday, applications will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., through August. The Oldsmar store will be at 3801 Tampa Road, but applications will not be taken there.

Man accused of burning

child with cigarette

ST. PETERSBURG _ Charles E. Dunning, 21, was arrested Friday after police said he intentionally burned an 8-month-old boy with a cigarette and dropped him, fracturing his skull.

Dunning, of 1830 27th Ave. N Apt. W, was babysitting the boy Wednesday while his mother was at work.

The boy was being treated at All Children's Hospital. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, said George Kajtsa, St. Petersburg police spokesman.

Dunning hit, shook and dropped the boy on the floor, police said. He also put a lit cigarette in the boy's armpit. Dunning was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.