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PLENTY OF TIME FOR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT REQUEST

COUNTYWIDE

The Aug. 24 election is fast approaching, but 18,000 ballots already have gone out to Pasco residents who plan to vote by mail. Residents have until Aug. 18 to request a vote-by-mail ballot at www.pascovotes.com or by mailing a request to Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley, P.O. Box 300, Dade City, 33526. The request must include the voter's date of birth, signature and Pasco County address. The ballots, which require 88 cents in postage, must be returned to the elections office by 7 p.m. Aug. 24. For information on absentee voting, contact Corley's office toll-free at 1-800-851-8754 or visit www.pascovotes.com.

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LAND O'LAKES

Deputies: Tractor used for beer run

About 11 p.m. Friday, a deputy pulled over a man driving a Massey Ferguson box blade tractor west on Wisteria Loop. The tractor had been stolen from a roadside construction site, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Deputies said the driver, Heath Cannon, reeked of alcohol. "I'm sorry, I drove the tractor to the RaceTrac to buy a beer," Cannon, 43, told deputies, according to the report. Cannon, of 19615 Bexley Road in Land O'Lakes, has previously been convicted of theft and loitering and prowling. Early Saturday, he was arrested in connection with the theft of the $15,000 tractor, which had been reported missing by a construction company doing road work along U.S. 41. He also was charged with possession of burglary tools. He remained Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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