U.S. Rep. Nugent weighs in on Syria, other issues during town hall meeting – U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent visited a conference center near Pasco-Hernando Community College’s Spring Hill Campus on Wednesday, and he made his thoughts known about the U.S. providing military intervention in Syria. Nugent’s beliefs were embraced by about 100 people in attendance, who agreed that the effort was not worth spending the money or risking soldiers’ lives. Nugent later received a mix of applause and boos when he spoke of a repeal of some or all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. When a woman from the crowd asked him to comment on why Republican House Speaker John Boehner hasn’t called for outside investigations into the U.S. embassy attack in Libya and the NSA program, Nugent said, “I try not to ever criticize anyone in public.”
Sheriff Shoar rehires deputy Scott O’Connell to process paperwork – St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar has rehired former deputy Scott O’Connell, 30, after firing him in April 2012. O’Connell was fired for criticizing a state attorney and being accused of threatening to blow up the Sheriff’s Office, while a case involving his sister’s death was going on. Shoar rehired O’Connell last month, at about the same salary of $37,000, to process paperwork. Shoar made the decision to hire him back after learning that the lead investigator in the case of Michelle O’Connell’s death led O’Connell to believe that she was killed by another deputy, Jeremy Banks, whom she was dating at the time. If O’Connell stays out of trouble, Shoar intends to give him back his gun and badge within a year.
Police arrest Orlando man after finding 3-year-old in parking lot – Nathan Lloyd Peterson, 28, of Orlando, has been arrested for child neglect after Orlando Police Department officers found his 3-year-old in a parking lot in the 4000 block of Middlebrook Pointe Drive at about 10:44 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Daniel Schad, a police spokesman.
Halifax Media Group to buy 3 small Florida papers – On Wednesday a Halifax Media Group, working out of Daytona Beach, announced it is about to purchase the Daily Commercial of Leesburg, the News-Sun of Sebring and the South Lake Press of Clermont. HarborPoint currently owns these Florida newspapers, and the transaction is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30. Halifax was founded in 2010 after The Daytona Beach News-Journal was purchased by a group of investors, which now contains 33 newspapers and affiliated websites throughout the Southeast.