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Hernando County man holds off deputies

A man was holed up in his home at 2213 Cottondale Ave. on Tuesday evening.

As of 11 p.m., the man was still in the house.

"It's still a waiting situation," sheriff's spokeswoman Deanna Dammer said. "But no one is believed to be in danger."

Dammer said the standoff started as a domestic dispute and that the man's wife and a child were out of the house.

More than a dozen deputies responded to the call, which came shortly after 5 p.m. A Sheriff's Office crisis negotiation team tried to contact the man by phone. Initial reports were that he had a small knife. SWAT team members, dressed in body armor, arrived about 6:45 p.m. and surrounded the one-story house. About a block between Cottondale Avenue and Arbuckle Road was blocked with yellow police tape.

At 8:15 p.m., deputies brought one of the man's friends from Bushnell to talk to him.

Records: More charges

likely in extortion case

TAMPA _ Federal prosecutors plan to file additional charges in the extortion case pending against former Tampa officials Ronnie Mason and David Carr, federal court records show.

The records don't indicate what sort of charges might be filed, or if others would be charged.

U.S. Attorney Charles Wilson declined Tuesday to elaborate. Attorneys for Mason and Carr could not be reached for comment.

It was unclear Tuesday whether the two additional counts would be lodged against Mason or Carr, or against a third or fourth person yet to be charged.

Mason, a suspended member of the Tampa City Council, and Carr, the former City Council attorney, each face one count of extortion and one count of conspiracy to commit extortion.

A federal grand jury accused them last year of threatening retribution if a private ambulance company didn't accede to the private ambulance company Mason and Carr were starting together.

Mason and Carr deny the charges.

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