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Local Charges Dropped Against Suspended Seminole

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A petty theft charge has been dropped against Florida State receiver Preston Parker. But he must still resolve a more serious weapons charge in Palm Beach County before he can rejoin the team.

Parker paid $200 in court costs. And the 2006 misdemeanor charge of swiping a DVD movie from a Best Buy store in Tallahassee has been dropped.

His attorney says "the facts in that case were very weak."

Parker was arrested earlier this month in Palm Beach County on a misdemeanor charge of possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana
and the felony charge for allegedly having a loaded .45-caliber pistol in his car.

Florida State policy prevents any athlete facing a felony from competing. If the gun charge in Palm Beach County is reduced, Parker could be reinstated to the team with his discipline determined by the university.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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