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FLORIDA KEYS

Advisory panel members sought

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for seven primary members and six alternates on its advisory council.

The council provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve three-year terms, pursuant to the council's charter.

Applications are due Sept. 30. To receive an application kit, or for more information, contact Hannah Weddington, sanctuary administrative assistant, at hannah.weddington@noaa.gov or 305-809-4700 ext. 241.

KEY WEST

Free computer classes again

The Key West library, 700 Fleming St., will offer free computer classes Thursday mornings in September. They are held 10 to 11 a.m. in the Reference Department.

On Sept. 5, the class will cover word processing basics, and Microsoft Word 2007. Students should be comfortable typing and using a keyboard. On Sept. 12, the class will continue with Microsoft Word 2007, showing how to add and edit pictures and more. Sept. 19, the class will continue with word processing. On Sept. 26, the class will cover OpenOffice. It can be downloaded before or during class and used free of charge.

To sign up or for more information, stop by the Reference Desk or call 305-292-3595.

STOCK ISLAND

Shelter burglary suspect nabbed

A 48-year-old former Fort Dodge, Iowa, man was arrested Sunday in Lee County for allegedly burglarizing the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 5230 College Road, on April 13.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement matched DNA from blood left at the scene to Lynn David Thomas, who was charged with felony burglary, theft and criminal mischief. His DNA was in a national database from Iowa burglaries of another animal shelter and a church, where he also left a blood trail.

Thomas reportedly cut himself on broken glass while removing a window air conditioning unit at the local animal shelter. He also allegedly rummaged through the refrigerator and stole $50 from a donation jar. Thomas was extradited to the Stock Island jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $25,000 bail.