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MCVEIGH SEEKS ABSENTEE BALLOT

LOCKPORT -- Timothy J. McVeigh's application for an absentee ballot arrived Wednesday at the Niagara County Board of Elections, and Lucille L. Britt, Republican commissioner of elections, said his ballot will be mailed to him today.

The Pendleton native is in a federal prison in Littleton, Colo., awaiting trial on charges of blowing up the federal office building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995.

McVeigh is eligible to vote because he has not been convicted of any felonies, Mrs. Britt said. McVeigh, who last voted in the 1992 presidential election, did not affiliate with a political party on his new application. He was registered as a
Republican four years ago.

Man charged in park vandalism
NIAGARA FALLS -- A 74th Street man accused of causing an estimated $5,000 damage to a new city park area was arrested at 4:22 p.m. Thursday, Detective John Olander said.

Arik A. Iannone, 20, of 245 74th St. was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, Olander said.

Iannone is accused of destroying 2,100 square yards of sod in the new park area at 74th Street and Stephenson Avenue by driving a four-wheel drive vehicle over it, Olander said.

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