News at noon: Shots fired as FDLE arrests Port Richey mayor at his home; How Hernando’s warring factions sunk another administrator; and more

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Published February 21

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Shots fired, no one hurt, as FDLE arrests Port Richey mayor at his home

Shots rang out Thursday morning but no one was injured as state agents arrested the mayor of Port Richey at his home on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. Following a four-month investigation, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Dale Glen Massad, 68, at about 4:30 a.m. at 8221 Hayward Lane in Port Richey, according to a news release from FDLE. In a separate release, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the sheriff’s SWAT team was helping FDLE serve a search warrant at the same address when shots were fired at a sheriff’s entry team.

How Hernando County’s warring factions sunk another administrator

When Len Sossamon was fired as Hernando County administrator on Jan. 29, it was just as predicted when he took the job in 2012. Hernando County, he was told, devoured its administrators. The head-hunter advertising the position urged candidates to have "the skin of an alligator.'' Sossamon became the ninth administrator in 12 years. Sossamon's tenure depended on support from at least three of the five commissioners. And he had that support until last year, after a shift in control of the all-Republican board.

Two marines met in a burger joint during World War II. Their 75th wedding anniversary is Saturday

He was a half-drunk Marine, shipped back stateside from the hellish battlefields of the South Pacific with a case of malaria. She was a sassy private, one of the first women to join the Marine Corps. It was 1943 in the Mojave Desert, on a military base where love would soon blossom for Staff Sgt. Ray Hill and PFC Dorothy Russell. Saturday, they celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in a private ceremony in Sun City Center. They have a great back story.

Are Floridians addicted to the lottery? Bill would disclose the risks

Debate about a bill that would require warnings on lottery tickets quickly turned into a debate on Wednesday about whether anyone in Florida is actually addicted to lottery games, with one lawmaker blasting it as “deceptive.” The bill (HB 629) by state Rep. Will Robinson, Jr., R-Bradenton, would add two warnings to the front of every lottery ticket. But state Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, grilled Robinson during a House Gaming Control Subcommittee meeting about whether he knows of anyone addicted to lottery games.

Lightning goalies express their personalities with mask design

Art intersects with sports on the protective headgear of hockey goalies, giving them a chance to make fashion statements while deflecting flying pucks. In other sports, you wear what you get. Maybe you get to choose your number. Other than that, your uniform is what it is. Unless you’re a goaltender. Goalies add their own flair, with the opportunity to design their pads and their mask.

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