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EX-MANAGER STOLE $11,000, AUTHORITIES SAY

ZEPHYRHILLS

A former manager at a dental office is accused of stealing more than $11,000 from the practice. Authorities say that Jessica Santana-Courtney, 33, of 4206 Branchside Lane in Wesley Chapel, asked patients at Coast Dental in Zephyrhills to pay for their visits in cash - then she billed their insurance companies and pocketed the extra money, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The thefts happened during a six-month span ending in June, when a patient asked a staffer about an insurance bill - prompting an internal investigation and the firing of Santana-Courtney, the report states. She was arrested Thursday on a charge of scheme to defraud. She was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Friday on $10,000 bail.

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COUNTYWIDE

Government offices closed Monday

Pasco County Government Offices, including the constitutional offices, the courts and the libraries, will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Government offices will reopen on Tuesday at their regularly scheduled times. The Pasco County Tax Collector's Office will be closed today as well as Monday. A couple of county amenities will be available on a holiday schedule: The recreational complexes will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, and Pasco County Public Transportation will provide fixed-route service Monday following the holiday service schedule. For information on the bus schedules, call (727) 834-3322 for west Pasco or (352) 521-4587 for east Pasco.

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Clarification

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been unable to determine whether Ed Alcorn, the head of the Humane Society of Pasco, is a court-appointed humane officer because they have not seen any documentation of that, spokesman Gary Morse said. A story in Friday's Pasco Times was unclear on that point. Morse also noted that the Fish and Wildlife officer offered to drop the citation for possessing wildlife without a permit if Alcorn would hand over three baby raccoons in his care, but he said Alcorn refused.

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