Family dog taken after mauling baby
A 10-month-old girl was attacked by her family's dog at their home at 3104 Primrose Drive in Holiday Lake Estates on Sunday, according to Pasco County Animal Services. The girl's wounds were "very serious," said Kevin Mallory, supervisor for Animal Services. "They weren't certain if the child was going to make it or not." The intact 5-year-old Staffordshire bullterrier mix named Louie is being held under quarantine at the Pasco animal shelter. Animal Control and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office are both investigating the incident. The child's updated condition was not available Thursday. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the child's parents drove the girl to the hospital themselves. No one answered at the house Thursday.
Guilty plea entered in murder plot
A 33-year-old Hudson man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to participating in a murder-for-hire plot. According to court documents, Joseph Lee Musson agreed last fall to pay someone else to kill Robert Shane Ballard. Musson was carrying a firearm, authorities say, even though he is not allowed to have a gun because of felony drug convictions. He was a fugitive on Pasco County's Most Wanted list when he was apprehended in Las Vegas in November. Musson pleaded guilty to using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
Man gets life term for 2008 shooting
The 30-year-old man convicted of shooting a neighbor over a stolen PlayStation 3 and other property was sentenced Thursday to life in prison. A jury convicted Edward Stoddard earlier this month of second-degree murder in the April 23, 2008. shooting of Doug Abrams, 26. Stoddard told jurors he acted in self-defense, wresting a gun away from Abrams in front of a friend's Angus Valley home in Wesley Chapel. But several witnesses for the state were consistent in the story that Stoddard had pulled the gun and fired three times at Abrams, whom he believed had stolen his things. About 30 people showed up to Thursday's sentencing wearing T-shirts printed with Abrams' photo.
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