Governor to join EDC for 25-year party
Gov. Rick Scott will join the party next week when the Pasco Economic Development Council celebrates its 25th anniversary. The public-private partnership announced that Scott will be a guest at its annual banquet next Wednesday at Saddlebrook Resort. "We wrote a letter and asked," EDC executive director John Hagen said. At first, it didn't appear the governor would be able to attend. But then officials got a late RSVP to the now sold-out event. Accompanying him will be secretary of commerce Gray Swoope, recently picked to be the jobs czar. Swoope, who is from Mississippi, is known for his history of auto plant deals. Scott recently told the St. Petersburg Times editorial board that he would like Florida to become the site of an Audi plant. Volkswagen, which owns Audi, has said it wants to build a North American auto plant and become the world's largest automaker.
Ex-con back in jail for moving away
After serving eight years in prison for killing a man over a jukebox selection, Robert Ludwig went home to West Virginia. Only he failed to get his probation officer's approval for the move. On Tuesday, Ludwig was brought back to the Pasco County jail and charged with violating his probation for homicide. Ludwig, 55, is being held without bail. Ludwig and the victim, Lance Storeygard, came to Hudson in March 2001 with a traveling carnival company. The two fought over a jukebox selection at Bobcatz Bar in Hudson. Ludwig beat Storeygard so severely with a two-by-four that Storeygard went into a coma. He remained in that state for a year before dying. Ludwig pleaded no contest in 2002 to manslaughter charges. He was released from prison Dec. 1 and began four years of probation. His probation officer said Ludwig broke the rules by moving from St. Cloud without getting permission and by drinking alcohol, a report states.
School district official resigns
Embattled Pasco schools employee relations supervisor Bryan Jack didn't give superintendent Heather Fiorentino a chance to fire him. District records show that Jack, arrested last month on a domestic battery charge, resigned his position before the School Board could act on Fiorentino's recommendation. His resignation was effective Tuesday, although the board still must officially accept it. Employee relations director Brian Shibley said he expected to fill the post eventually, but probably not for several weeks. In the meantime, he has reassigned Jack's work to others in the department.