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WORKER SUFFERS FRACTURED SKULL IN BARN FIGHT

CRYSTAL SPRINGS

A day at the dairy turned violent Sunday afternoon when Miguel Santiago Jr., 26, struck Felipe Perez three times with a metal floor scraper while they were working at Spotos Dairy, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported. Perez, also 26, suffered a fractured skull. Deputies arrested Santiago on a charge of aggravated battery. According to the arrest report, Perez was showing Santiago how to clean up underneath a cow when Santiago began yelling. Employee Thomas Flowers told deputies both men raised their arms like they might fight, but separated. Then, Santiago picked up a metal floor scraper and hit Perez three times - once on his left side, once near his left shoulder and then on the head, the report said. Flowers had to pull Perez, who was knocked unconscious, from underneath a cow. Santiago was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

LAND O'LAKES

School Board lowers tax rate

Though it's not official, the Pasco School Board will take the first step toward setting its 2007-08 tax rate when it meets tonight. The board is set to approve newspaper ads listing the rate as $7.208 per $1,000 of assessed value. That's down 20 cents from a year ago, and 16 cents from the rate introduced at a workshop less than a month ago. The board won't give final approval to the budget until September, but it cannot set a rate any higher than the advertised amount.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Storms to hold & Q&A session today

State Sen. Ronda Storms will meet with constituents and answer questions about new property tax changes in a community meeting at 6 p.m. today at Alice Hall Community Center, 8116 Fifth Ave. Call (813) 651-2189 for more information.

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