Ex-Seattle school employee arrested in Florida

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The King County Sheriff's office says a former Seattle school employee who failed to appear for arraignment in the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal has been arrested in Florida.

The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/uHjJPi ) reports Silas Potter Jr. was arrested in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday night.

Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart (URK'-hart) says a sheriff's detective who handles fugitive cases received a tip and relayed it to U.S. Marshals, who took Potter into custody.

Potter headed the school district's small-business assistance program before moving to Florida. He had been scheduled to enter a plea to theft charges in King County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Two other defendants pleaded not guilty during a brief hearing and the judge issued a warrant for Potter's arrest.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com