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Volusia council examines price of fee-dom

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Holly Hill woman accused of stabbing boyfriend in the face

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2 News investigates gun control for the mentally ill

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Eying politics, John Morgan wants to answer 'God whispers'

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$10,000 reward offered for arrest in killing of veteran at Deltona crash

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Veteran shot to death trying to help at crash in Deltona

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City of Edgewater investigates texts of 2 cops who've resigned

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Volusia, Flagler 9-1-1 dispatchers face long hours, low pay, turnover
About half of Volusia County’s new dispatchers quit during their first year on the job, while nearly a third of Flagler’s recruits resign. Matt Bruce @Matt_BruceDBNJ They serve as a bridge between crisis and intervention in a job that often requires them to hear the worst of humanity. Each day a legion of 9-1-1 dispatchers in Flagler and Volusia counties handle thousands of calls that can range in urgency from routine to catastrophic   Read More ...
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Deltona woman, 19, killed Sunday in rollover crash in DeBary
Katie Kustura @katiekustura The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 19-year-old Deltona woman killed Sunday in a rollover crash, an official said. Tori Lynn Otway was traveling in a white 2003 Ford Escape when she crashed in the 400 block of South Shell Road in DeBary, Volusia County sheriff's spokeswoman Laura Williams said. Otway was westbound on Benson Junction when she turned to go north on South Shell Road, Williams said   Read More ...
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Blight battle in Deltona needs residents' aid
Katie Kustura @katiekustura DELTONA — After driving around the city recently for an hour, Heidi Herzberg was unpleasantly surprised by some of the things she saw. Properties with dilapidated fencing, a front yard covered with two different shades of mulch and a home surrounded on three of its four sides by boats — all visible from the street. Had the city commissioner made the drive a couple of days earlier, she also would've seen a kiddie pool overflowing with empty beer cans in a side yard, a resident told Herzberg   Read More ...
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Volusia council examines price of fee-dom
Dustin Wyatt @Dustin_WyattNJ How much should the public pay to use the parking garage? A beach firepit? A baseball field? A campground? That's up to the Volusia County Council, which this week reviewed user fees that haven't been adjusted in years or decades. In many cases, such as with the Ocean Center parking garage, repairs are needed, but the revenue won't cover improvements   Read More ...
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Holly Hill woman accused of stabbing boyfriend in the face
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter A Holly Hill woman was arrested after police said she stabbed her live-in boyfriend in the face. Police found suspect Rachael Ann Bookey, 30, hiding in a neighboring backyard clutching her daughter in one arm and holding several knives in the other. Bookey is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Records show that no bail was set after her arrest and she was released shortly after being booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail   Read More ...
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Volusia sheriff's 9-1-1 dispatcher gets reprimand over deputy stabbing call
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter A Volusia County sheriff's 9-1-1 call taker received a written reprimand for exhibiting a "condescending tone and demeanor" during a call with a reserve deputy who was stabbed while detaining an arson suspect. The same operator had received verbal counseling a few weeks earlier for being condescending to another caller, according to a Sheriff's Office letter of discipline released Friday   Read More ...
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Woman shot in Holly Hill, police say
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter HOLLY HILL — Police said a woman was shot during a botched drug transaction Friday morning in the middle of a neighborhood and they are searching for the gunman. The Holly Hill Police Department responded around 9:08 a.m. to 322 Elsie Ave. and found Katherine Hill, 32, injured from a gunshot wound, said Police Chief Steve Aldrich   Read More ...
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Volusia County doubling beach parking fees
Volusia County doubling beach parking fees WEBVTT CLAIRE: IN VOLUSIA COUNTY, TBEACH IS THIS AREA'S THEME PARK,THE ATTRACTION THAT DRAWSVISITORS.COUNTY LEADERS BELIEVE DRIVINGON THE BEACH, PARKING DOWN HEREIS AN ASSET THEY SHOULD PAY MOREFOR.EVEN ON A CHILLY, WINDY DAY,TOURISTS WERE LINED UP TO DRIVEON THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUSBEACH, MOST AGREEING THE $10 DFEE WAS REASONABLE, BUT DOUBLETHE PRICE WOULD HAVE SOMETHINKING TWICE   Read More ...
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Volusia council approves daily beach toll hike
Dustin Wyatt @Dustin_WyattNJ Out-of-town beachgoers will pay more to drive on Volusia County's hard-packed sand next year, but they may not have to wait as long at the tollbooths. The County Council Thursday, without public participation, approved doubling the price of daily beach driving passes from $10 to $20 in order to open seven additional ramps, place more workers at tollbooths, install lanes for passholders only and launch new efforts to keep the beach clean   Read More ...
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Volusia County's leaders go 'over the edge' for a good cause
Jim Abbott @JimAbbottwrites DAYTONA BEACH — Don’t look down. That advice, emblazoned on a handmade poster on the glass wall of the International Motorsports Center, was among the words of encouragement offered to more than a dozen volunteers who rappelled eight floors on the building’s northwest side on Thursday to benefit children with special health needs. At least one of the 18 participants, made up of an assortment of area business and civic leaders, didn’t need the tip   Read More ...
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Deltona shooting victim charged with felony firearm possession
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter An 18-year-old who was shot and injured inside a Deltona home more than three weeks ago has been arrested after investigators uncovered images of the convicted felon holding two firearms, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Stevie Knight, 18, was charged with one count of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a delinquent or felon, authorities said   Read More ...
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2 News investigates gun control for the mentally ill
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A veteran battling mental illness shoots up his own yard -- and he's no stranger to deputies. Greg Fox talks exclusively with the veteran and with a sheriff who says Florida law needs to change to protect the public. "The person said, 'I'm going to kill you' over 40 times. So my reaction there is, naturally, grab my gun and kill you," said Vietnam veteran Herb Tipton   Read More ...
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Police searching for Oak Hill man who fled Winter Haven crash scene
Eric Pera @ciapastryboy WINTER HAVEN — A search is underway for a Volusia County man suspected of leaving the scene of an Oct. 31 crash in Winter Haven that left a woman injured and trapped in her car. An arrest warrant has been issued for David Ellis Jr., 41, of Oak Hill. Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Ellis was eastbound on Havendale Boulevard when he turned into the path of a westbound Nissan Maxima at 5:34 p   Read More ...
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Guns to be returned to family of W. Volusia man who shot at imagined intruders
Seth Robbins @SethRobbinsDBNJ The family of a Volusia County veteran charged with recklessly firing a rifle at imagined intruders will take control of his nearly two dozen weapons, which are now being held in evidence at the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Mike Chitwood said that the family of Herbert Tipton is in negotiations to take custody of the arsenal and that the weapons will not be returned to Tipton   Read More ...
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AT&T 9-1-1 cell phone service out in parts of DeLand
Seth Robbins @SethRobbinsDBNJ AT&T cell phone users in the DeLand area may be unable to contact 9-1-1 due to a service interruption, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says. The outage reportedly affects users within an approximately mile-and-a-half radius of a tower in the DeLand area. Service should be unaffected for AT&T users in all other areas. While AT&T is working to resolve the issue, affected customers should have alternative means of contacting 9-1-1 in an emergency — another cell or landline phone may be the only way to make the call, said Andrew Gant, Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman   Read More ...
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Family of W. Volusia man who shot at imagined intruders will take custody of guns
Seth Robbins @SethRobbinsDBNJ The family of a Volusia County veteran charged with recklessly firing a rifle at imagined intruders will take control of his nearly two dozen weapons, which are now being held in evidence at the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Mike Chitwood said that the family of Herbert Tipton is in negotiations to take custody of the arsenal and that the weapons will not be returned to Tipton   Read More ...
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'A Special Kind of Evil.' Veteran Shot Dead on Veterans Day While Trying to Help Stranger
A 60-year-old Army veteran in Florida was shot and killed on Veterans Day after he apparently stopped to help a stranger who was having car trouble, authorities said. Detectives believe Carlos Cruz Echevarria — who went by Carlos Cruz — was fatally shot Saturday near his home in Deltona, Fla. after he approached a suspect who was trying to get a car freed from a ditch, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office   Read More ...
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'He could have blown up the block': police discover booby-trapped SpongeBob lunchbox
"My adult son is drunk, he's boisterous, he's knocking furniture down, he's just out of control," Scott Langer told the 911 dispatcher, according to a recording. "There's a whole coffee table full of 12-ounce beer cans, plus he's probably had I'm guessing a quarter of a 1.75 liter bottle of tequila. So he's had a lot to drink." But the Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputies who walked through the door of the suburban home in DeBary, Florida, on Sunday were facing more than the usual drunk and disorderly conduct   Read More ...
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Eying politics, John Morgan wants to answer 'God whispers'
Mark Harper @markharper36 John Morgan agrees with Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Trump Republican, on at least one issue, and has plenty of cannon fodder for the Democratic candidates for Florida governor. Last week, after speaking to the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County, the "For the People" attorney who's also mulling a run, sat down at The News-Journal. Here is an edited transcript of the discussion, including his ties to Volusia, his career and why his thoughts have turned to politics   Read More ...
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$10,000 reward offered for arrest in killing of veteran at Deltona crash
Casmira Harrison @casmiraDBNJPatricio G. Balona @PBalonaNJ When a 60-year-old veteran saw a car crash into a ditch near his Deltona home on Veterans Day, he went to give aid — only to be gunned down by the car's occupants and have his truck stolen and torched, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Monday. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing of Carlos Cruz Echevarria, an Army veteran who was shot to death on Saturday   Read More ...
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Veteran shot to death trying to help at crash in Deltona
Patricio G. Balona @PBalonaNJ When a 60-year-old veteran saw a car crash into a ditch near his Deltona home on Veterans Day, he went to give aid — only to be gunned down by the car's occupants and have his truck stolen and torched, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Monday. Carlos Cruz Echevarria, an Army veteran, was shot to death on Saturday, Chitwood said   Read More ...
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DeBary man arrested after argument leads to discovery of explosive devices, deputies say
C. A. Bridges @cabridges When an intoxicated man fighting with his parents Sunday told them he had an explosive device, it prompted a bomb squad response that lasted through the night and into Monday morning, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's office. Christopher S. Langer, 31, had been arguing with his parents at around 4 p.m. when he told them he had put an explosive substance inside a grenade, according to Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant   Read More ...
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City of Edgewater investigates texts of 2 cops who've resigned
Casmira Harrison @casmiraDBNJ EDGEWATER — The city of Edgewater immediately forced the resignations of two police officers last month after learning of text messages that Police Chief David Arcieri said were offensive. Det. Sgt. Matthew Snyder and officer William Tyler Wetherell resigned Oct. 11, according to documents requested by The News-Journal. However, Arcieri and other city officials would not confirm their names or provide details of what was said in the texts, which they refused to release citing an ongoing internal investigation   Read More ...
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VCSO investigating shooting death in Deltona
Staff Report The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a male victim found beside a vehicle Saturday night in Deltona, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Deputies responded to the intersection of Malaga Avenue and Puritan Street in Deltona just before 8 p.m. after a caller reported a car was stuck in a ditch and a man was lying on the ground behind it   Read More ...
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Daytona Beach man killed after walking into I-4 traffic
Staff Report A pedestrian was hit and killed Saturday night on Interstate 4 in Volusia County, according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol. The victim, a 57-year-old man from Daytona Beach, was not identified, pending notification of relatives. According to the release, the man was in the median on I-4 near mile marker 118 at 8:55 p   Read More ...
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Fugitive who had been on the run since 2012 was living in Lake Helen
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter The man accused of defrauding victims for more than $500,000 across six counties was living the entire time in Lake Helen under an alias, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Julian Rutland, 34, was arrested Sept. 5 while waiting in line inside a Deltona retailer. Authorities said Rutland had been on the run for more than five years while continuing to steal   Read More ...
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Driver, 3 cows killed after Volusia County crash, FHP says
Driver, 3 cows killed after Volusia County crash, FHP says VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A driver and three cows are dead after a crash on State Route 40 and Seymour Road in Volusia County, according to troopers. The Florida Highway Patrol said Lawrence Allegro, 61, was driving eastbound on State Route 40 Friday night when he struck one of three cows that escaped an enclosure   Read More ...
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Daytona Beach couple arrested on drug, child abuse charges
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter DAYTONA BEACH — A man and woman were arrested on child abuse and various drug charges after a search warrant uncovered cocaine, syringes, marijuana and paraphernalia scattered throughout their home, police said. When police executed their search warrant Thursday afternoon, they discovered three children in the house, including an infant who was found in a crib in the master bedroom, according to an arrest report   Read More ...
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Meatballs with fishhooks left at Florida dog park, deputies say
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating after balls of raw meat with fishhooks embedded in them were left at a dog park Ormond Beach, Florida, reports CBS affiliate WKMG. Deputies responded to the park Tuesday afternoon after Rita Michelini's mini schnauzer Buddy ate some of the meat, she told the station. "He's my life, he's my baby, he's my child   Read More ...
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Future artificial reefs open for tours in Ponce Inlet
Dinah Voyles Pulver @DinahVP PONCE INLET — A pair of aging ships — the Lady Philomena and the Everglades — have one final voyage over the next week or so, a trip nine miles east of Daytona Beach where they’ll be sunk to the bottom of the big blue. But before the 150-foot steel vessel and the 90-foot tug become the newest additions to Volusia County’s growing artificial reef network, the ships will be open for public tours on Saturday and Sunday   Read More ...
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Volusia school leaders turn to chamber in fight for more funding
Erica Breunlin @EricaBreunlin Even as School Board Chairwoman Melody Johnson prepares to pass her board baton onto a colleague next week, she’s still leading the district’s fight against a controversial funding formula that has cost Volusia County $140 million over the past 13 years. Her latest battle cry about the district cost differential fell on the ears of Volusia County business representatives Wednesday morning during an Eggs & Issues breakfast forum organized by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce   Read More ...
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Volusia school district names 5 Teacher of the Year finalists
Erica Breunlin @EricaBreunlin The Volusia County school district named on Wednesday five finalists in the 2019 Teacher of the Year awards program: Christopher Gibbs, second grade, Turie T. Small Elementary; Nicole Grebosz, technology special area (K-5), Citrus Grove Elementary; William Lastowski, science, University High; Beth Ann Provenzano, school counselor, Silver Sands Middle; Julie Wilson, AP psychology and American Sign Language, Seabreeze High   Read More ...
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Deputies looking for man who offered candy to kids in Ormond Beach
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter Deputies are investigating a report of a man in a pickup offering kids candy in the area of Hand Avenue in Ormond Beach. The incident occurred Sunday morning in the 1300 block of Hand Avenue, where two children said a man in a gray, early 2000s Nissan pickup offered them candy, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office   Read More ...
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Meatballs stuffed with fishing hooks found at Florida dog park
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is warning pet owners who go to Bicentennial Park to be careful. They say that on Tuesday, one of their deputies responded to report of contaminated meat found in the dog park. The deputy found balls of meat with small fish hooks embedded inside them. One dog was even found eating one, says police. That dog was taken to the vet with two of the meatballs   Read More ...
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Fishhooks found in meatballs at Florida dog park
(AP) - Authorities say meatballs containing fishhooks were found at a Florida dog park. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted on its official Facebook page that the potentially deadly meatballs were discovered Tuesday at Bicentennial Park in Ormond Beach. A resident told officials that she had found five meatballs in the small dog park and that someone else had taken their dog to an animal hospital, along with two other meatballs   Read More ...
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Car burglary gang plaguing Volusia County
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter Vehicle burglaries have become more common than ever courtesy of a gang of a half-dozen or so culprits traveling between Daytona Beach and DeBary — sometimes in a stolen car — to prowl for more targets. During the past couple weeks the crew has burglarized 40 or more vehicles, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Local law enforcement officers have said they remain astounded at the number of people who not only leave their vehicle doors unlocked, but also keep firearms inside those unlocked cars   Read More ...
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Meat with fish hooks found at Bicentennial dog park
Tony Holt @TonyCrimeWriter A dog owner visiting Bicentennial Park in Ormond-by-the-Sea found balls of meat with fish hooks inside and her dog was taken to the emergency vet after it had consumed some of the meat, deputies said. The dog was safe and an X-ray revealed it had not ingested any of the hooks, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office   Read More ...
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Lake Helen elects Raisler to succeed Snowden as mayor
Mark Harper @markharper36 Daisy Raisler was elected mayor of Lake Helen, winning with 58 percent of the votes in Volusia County's only election Tuesday. Raisler, 54, is program director at the Healthy Hands Foundation and previously worked as a Miami-Dade police officer. She defeated Joe Hammett in a race to replace outgoing Buddy Snowden, who had been mayor for the previous eight years   Read More ...
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Votran buses to run on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's
Clayton Park @ClaytonPark3 DAYTONA BEACH — Hospitality and retail workers in Volusia County are getting an early Christmas present. For the first time ever, Votran, the county's public transportation service, will operate buses on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. That decision will affect thousands of workers, not only at area hotels and retail stores, but also restaurants, movie theaters, hospitals and other businesses open on those holidays, said Bob Davis, president and CEO of the Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County   Read More ...
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New hotel planned for Daytona Beach Shores' Treasure Island site
Jim Abbott @JimAbbottwrites DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — If a new owner's plans become reality, a 4-star hotel could be open by spring 2019 on the site of former Treasure Island Resort, a gutted, abandoned eyesore and lingering reminder of the effect of hurricanes and recession on the area's beachside tourism industry, according to a source close to the project. The Jaymor Group, based in Ontario, purchased the former Treasure Island Resort, as well as neighboring property once home to the Sunny Shore Resort, from Philadelphia-based RAIT Financial Trust for $15   Read More ...
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