Fugitive accused of trying to hire a hit man
A 32-year-old man has been indicted on federal charges in a murder-for-hire scheme. The indictment says Joseph Lee Musson of Hudson agreed to pay someone to murder 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. Musson, a fugitive on the most wanted list at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, faces federal charges of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could face a possible life sentence.
Man held in abuse of woman, child
A 20-year-old man was arrested this week after, authorities say, he beat his live-in girlfriend and put a 3-year-old child in a choke hold. According to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report, John Quincy Singleton Jr., of 7102 Glory Road in Lumberton, hit his girlfriend in the face several times about 5 p.m. Monday, giving her bruises and cuts. When she tried to flee, Singleton grabbed the 3-year-old from her and put the child in a choke hold, the report said. Bystanders separated Singleton from the child, the report said. He then snatched his girlfriend's phone as she tried to dial 911. He fled but was later arrested at Lacoochee Elementary School on Cummer Road and charged with child abuse, tampering with a witness and simple domestic battery. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday in lieu of $17,500 bail.
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Bilirakis hosting a Seniors Health Fair
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host a Seniors Health Fair next week to provide important information and services for seniors, including free health screenings involving blood pressure, skin cancer and diabetes, plus hearing and oxygenation tests. Information on prescription drug coverage will also be available. The event is for residents of the 9th Congressional District, which includes west Pasco, much of North Pinellas and eastern Hillsborough. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Madison Square Special Event Center, 4035 Madison St. For information, call (727) 773-2871.
Home With A Heart House, which provides affordable permanent housing to veterans and senior citizens, plans to donate office space to Fresh Start for Pasco. An article Saturday was unclear on the arrangement.