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Pasco deputies seek man identified as ATM thief

NEW PORT RICHEY

Deputies seek man in thefts at bank ATMs

Deputies have identified a man they believe grabbed money from the hands of ATM customers at two New Port Richey banks last week. Deputies say Wesley Richard James, 33, stole cash from a customer at the Wells Fargo branch at 5136 Little Road last Monday. A day later they say he rode up on a motorized mountain bike and snatched money from a customer of a Bank of America branch at 5923 State Road 54. After the theft, a surveillance video shows a man jumping into a brown Ford Explorer with a Monster Energy sticker on the back. James is described at 5 foot 6 with light brown hair and blue eyes. His last known address is 4516 Gulf Breeze Drive, New Port Richey. Deputies believe he might have fled to New Orleans but are asking people with information about his whereabouts to call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.

COUNTYWIDE

Address can be updated to vote

Recently moved to Pasco from another county in Florida? If you show up to the polls for early voting or on Election Day without updating your address, you are required to vote with a provisional ballot. Those are reviewed after the election by a special canvassing board. In the 2008 general election, about half of such ballots were deemed invalid and not counted. About a quarter of such ballots were thrown out in Pasco. The good news: You can quickly update your address with the Supervisor of Elections office by calling toll-free 1-800-851-8754 or by going to pascovotes.com. "It can simply be avoided by calling us or going on the website," said Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Lawyer suspended over complaint

The Florida Supreme Court suspended New Port Richey attorney Robert Lecznar after he failed to respond to several inquiries from the Florida Bar concerning a 2010 complaint. According to a petition, the group sent him a letter in October 2010 about a complaint. The Bar has not yet made public the reason for the complaint. The group sent him a follow-up letter about the issue in December 2010. He did not respond to either letter. Then, in March 2012, Lecznar failed to respond to a hearing notice concerning whether he would be held in contempt. The Florida Supreme Court suspended him indefinitely on Oct. 2, giving him 30 days to close his practice. Lecznar could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Wine Walk aids college fund

The Shops at Wiregrass will host its final Wine Walk from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, featuring up to five wine stations, hors d'oeuvres, free live music on three stages and shopping. For a $10 donation, participants will receive a commemorative wine glass and a passport allowing them a taste at each of the wine pouring stations. Proceeds will benefit the Jason Ackerman Foundation, which provides college assistance to children who have suffered a hardship. Tickets are available in center court of the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive. For information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com or call guest services at (813) 994-2242.

Pasco deputies seek man identified as ATM thief 10/31/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:27pm]
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