News at noon: Former Port Richey mayor arrested again; John Jonchuck, charged with murder, appears in court; and more

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Published March 14
Updated March 14

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Former Port Richey mayor arrested again

Former Port Richey mayor Dale Massad conspired with acting Mayor Terrence Rowe to intimidate a city police officer involved in Massad's Feb. 21 arrest on attempted murder charges, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Massad and Rowe discussed the Port Richey police officer on March 3 about 10:50 p.m., using a recorded jail phone, FDLE agents said. Two new charges were filed against Massad on Wednesday. The first is for criminal attempt, solicitation or conspiracy. The second is for using a two-way communication device as part of a crime.

John Jonchuck, charged with murder, appears in court

John Jonchuck appeared in a Pinellas courtroom on Thursday days before his upcoming murder trial. Jonchuck, now 29, faces charges of first-degree murder, assault and fleeing police. He's accused of dropping his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe Jonchuck, from a bridge near the Skyway on Jan. 8, 2015. She drowned in Tampa Bay. Thursday's court hearing was to discuss one defense motion to prevent the term "psychopath" from making it into the trial and another to prevent testimony related to hypothermia as a contributing cause of Phoebe's death.

Two hospitalized, negotiations underway with ‘barricaded person’ in Town N' Country

Two females were hospitalized in stable condition and a male remains barricaded in a Town ‘N Country home following a 911 call Thursday morning about gunshots fired, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies had sealed off portions of The Cove community and evacuated some homes after calls came in at 5:30 am about gunshots, Chief Deputy Donna Lusczynski said. Deputies were negotiating with an individual about surrendering but would not say whether he is armed or whether anyone else was with him.

Bubba the Love Sponge sues Cox Radio, Mike Calta, claiming ratings 'sting operation'

Bubba the Love Sponge Clem filed suit against his old employer, his former employee and his biggest on-air rival on Wednesday, seeking unspecified damages for what he claims was the “malicious and deceitful destruction of his business relationships and career.” The longtime Tampa Bay radio host accuses Cox Media Group and subsidiary Cox Radio Inc. of a scheme to ruin him both personally and professionally via the efforts of Cox executives and on-air talent.

Who is supposed to rescue the Bucs? You already know him

Let “em celebrate Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland. They can pop the corks in New York for Le’Veon Bell, and blow kisses to Tyrann Mathieu in Kansas City. Truth is, there’s not a single NFL city that has a shot at the player the Buccaneers need the most. You want a new savior in Tampa Bay? Say hello to Jameis Winston, John Romano writes. Every decision the Bucs have made recently seems to revolve around the idea that Winston will finally emerge as an elite quarterback in 2019.

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