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Dade City landlord charged with filing false report


Landlord calls 911 over damage

Susan Spooner was having problems with her tenants. They damaged the house, she said, and were not paying rent. So Spooner, 63, decided on a plan.

She called 911 and said her house at 37236 Rose Ave. in Dade City had been burglarized, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

"I was told by someone to lie, get a police report and my insurance company would cover any damages to my house," Spooner told a deputy, a report states.

Spooner, of Michigan, was arrested Tuesday and charged with filing a false report to law enforcement. She was released from the Pasco jail that same day on $150 bail.


Spat with nephew ends in arrest

Monday night, Mark Anderson threw his uncle off his property, deputies say. Anderson, 23, woke the next day to find one of his truck tires slashed and, according to deputies, a message on his phone from his uncle, Joseph Gargano.

In the message, a man is heard threatening to attack Anderson. Anderson and deputies say it is Gargano in the message, threatening to attack Anderson. The cause of the original fight was not disclosed.

"Towards the end of the message you hear Joseph tell Mark that he just popped his tire with an ice pick, but he would never be able to prove it," a Pasco sheriff's report states.

Anderson called a deputy to his home on Elena Drive in Holiday. As the deputy was on scene, Anderson's grandmother called to say Gargano was on the way to fight him, the report says.

Shortly thereafter, a white taxicab rolled up and Gargano, 41, emerged, irate, threatening Anderson.

The deputy intervened. As Gargano was arrested Tuesday, he head-butted the window of the cruiser and kicked the deputy in the chest, the Sheriff's Office says. He is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, simple assault and criminal mischief. Gargano, of Tarpon Springs, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $25,300 bail.

Times staff

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