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    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 6, 2001


    Mom defies court order; leaves shelter with child

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Police are searching for a woman who violated a Pinellas County court order by leaving a spouse abuse shelter with her 2 1/2-year-old daughter.

    Amber McMullin, 28, who suffers from schizophrenia and has a history of crack cocaine use, left the shelter with her daughter, Skylar, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, said Detective Joe Dente.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Dente at (727) 893-4114.

    Largo sex abuse suspect is a substitute teacher

    LARGO -- A man arrested and charged with sexually battering a teenage girl was a substitute teacher at a Largo elementary school, School Board officials said Monday.

    Todd Ashley Kite, 37, of 13665 126th Ave. N substituted seven times at Anona Middle School since he was hired in August, said Pinellas schools spokesman Ron Stone.

    Kite was arrested Friday on a charge of sexual battery. He is accused of committing a sex act on a girl who is under the age of 16 against her will, arrest reports said.

    The allegation of sexual abuse has nothing to do with Kite's job at the school, nor is it related to a day care facility that is run by his wife, said Pinellas sheriff's Detective Matthew Miller.

    State's Supreme Court penalizes two lawyers

    Professional misconduct has earned two local lawyers a slap from the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Bar reports.

    Largo lawyer Bruce Gregory Kaufmann, 48, was suspended from practicing law for 30 days. His suspension ends March 27, but he will remain on probation for a year. Kaufmann admitted to violating nine Florida Bar rules, eight of them while handling a trust account for a Largo woman.

    Clearwater lawyer Christopher G. Miller, 48, will receive a written reprimand for failing to appear for at least two hearings and one mediation session in 1998 and 1999.

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