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Suspect in murder-for-hire scheme caught in Vegas, extradited to Tampa

TAMPA

Las Vegas sends felon fugitive back to Tampa

A fugitive on Pasco County's Most Wanted list has been apprehended in Las Vegas and returned to Tampa to face federal charges in a murder-for-hire plot, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Joseph Lee Musson, 32 of 13339 Hillwood Court in Hudson, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli on charges of racketeering with intent to murder and being a felon in possession of firearms. The judge ordered him detained. A grand jury indicted Musson last month, accusing him of participating in a scheme to hire someone to kill Robert Shane Ballard. A convicted drug dealer, Musson 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. Musson could face life in prison.

NEW PORT RICHEY

City extends utility deal with Lindrick

The City Council on Tuesday evening unanimously approved an extension of its agreement to provide wastewater treatment services to Lindrick Service Corp. The 10-year agreement was set to expire on July 1, 2011, but the council's vote extended it until July 1, 2021. Water rates are determined by the council each year, in accordance with the city's rate setting guidelines. Lindrick serves more than 4,600 customers in west Pasco County. Most of them are in the New Port Richey area waterfront. The Florida Governmental Utility Authority is working on a deal to buy Lindrick, and both entities told the city they wanted to see the wastewater agreement with New Port Richey extended.

TARPON SPRINGS

Benefit garage sale needs items

Donations are needed for a garage sale to benefit a sick 14-month-old girl. The event for Willow Hamilton is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at 933 Linn Harbor Court in Tarpon Springs. Donations of toys, children's clothing and household appliances are needed by Team Willow, a group raising money to help the child's cash-strapped family. Willow, who has a tumor on her heart, has shown signs of an incurable disease called tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on various organs. Anyone with donations should call Michelle Scott of Team Willow at (727) 642-0028 to set up a time to drop off items for the sale.

Correction

Former Port Richey City Council member Mark Hashim chose not to seek reelection in April. A story Sunday was incorrect on that point.

Suspect in murder-for-hire scheme caught in Vegas, extradited to Tampa 11/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 10:00pm]
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