Write-in Grady Peeler drops out of race
Now it's official: State House 45 write-in candidate Grady Peeler has dropped out of the race, leaving Republican primary winner Richard Corcoran with no opposition in November's general election. Peeler said all along he had no interest in running. A Republican, he entered his name as a write-in candidate only to close the House 45 primary to GOP voters. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley confirmed Thursday he had received notice from the state Division of Elections that Peeler had withdrawn. Corcoran on Tuesday won the primary race for the seat, which represents parts of north Pinellas and south Pasco, over rivals Kathryn Starkey and Fabian Calvo. He will replace Tom Anderson, who must step down due to term limits.
Police: Man used scissors on ATM
The ATM ate his debit card. So on the evening of July 10, authorities said, Louis Dotti went about getting it back himself. The 43-year-old got some scissors from his pickup and used them on the machine at First National Bank of Pasco at 37215 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. When that failed, he pounded on the machine with his fists, causing $2,182 damage to the ATM, a report states. Dotti, of 5241 Portland Drive in Zephyrhills, was arrested Wednesday and charged with criminal mischief. This is his fifth arrest in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. His previous arrests were on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license. He was released from the Pasco County jail Wednesday night on $2,000 bail. Dotti did not want to comment Thursday about the incident. A bank official would not comment about what happened or why Dotti's card was stuck in the machine in the first place.
Club has rain barrels for sale
RESORCE Recycling Club, Inc. is taking orders for rain barrels that can supply free, clean water for outdoor use. The barrels cost $35 for an undrilled and unscreened barrel, or $60 for one that's been drilled, screened and fitted with a spigot. Residents who fill out a RESORCE membership form can save $10 off a drilled barrel. Orders and cash payments must be made by Sept. 9 at Stop-n-Play, 10933 U.S. 19. Rain barrels will be distributed there at 6 p.m. Sept. 17. People must bring a large enough vehicle and tie-downs to safely transport the barrel, as the 55-gallon drums are too big to fit in the back seats of most cars. For information, visit resorce.net or call (727) 857-0039.