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Released on bail, MTV Tours travel agent Mario Lopez vanishes

Hudson

Accused of con, travel agent goes missing

A travel agent arrested last week for allegedly swindling a couple out of nearly $2,300 and their passports has vanished, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Mario Lopez, a 45-year-old man who ran a travel agency called MTV Tours out of his Hudson home, was released on $5,000 bail and authorities couldn't find him when they went to arrest him again this week after another couple — who thought they were getting a trip to Italy and ended up losing $2,600 — came forward to report the crime. The Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information about Lopez's location — or if there are any other victims — to call toll-free 1-800-854-2862 and leave a message for Deputy Matthew Kadel, the person in charge of the case.

Dade City

Man shoots self while clearing gun

A 56-year old man accidentally shot himself in the chest on Thursday with a Glock handgun, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. At 3:08 p.m., Ramsey was trying to clear a round from his gun by placing it under his amputated left arm, the report said. While doing so, Ramsey accidentally placed his finger on the trigger and discharged a round of .40-caliber ammunition into his chest, the report said. The ammunition was still lodged into his body when officials from Pasco County Fire Rescue arrived to find Ramsey lying on the floor at his house, the report said. Ramsey, of 14435 Ramsey Road, was taken to a local hospital.

Zephyrhills

Teen charged in mobile home fire

A 19-year-old Thonotosassa man was charged with first-degree arson after admitting that he set fire to his family's former mobile home, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. At 1:48 a.m. on Feb. 17, Travis Lee Cannon set fire to an abandoned mobile home that used to house his family at 33305 Betts Road in Zephyrhills, the report said. Cannon, the report said, went inside and ignited clothing on the bedroom floor using a lighter. Cannon left the scene as the fire destroyed the mobile home, valued at $25,000. Cannon, of 12954 Morris Bridge Road, was arrested on Thursday. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Correction

A caption in an article in Friday's editions spelled Nick Gabrelcik's name incorrectly.

Pasco deaths

Complete obituaries are published in Section B.

Released on bail, MTV Tours travel agent Mario Lopez vanishes 04/03/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 3, 2009 9:04pm]
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