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Volusia County News - News-Journal

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Music video spotlights New Smyrna cold case killing of Jennifer Duffy

4 hours 35 min ago
The trauma from learning his friend had been slain in her bed by an intruder has never gone away — even after 26 years.A feeling of despair burrowed deep inside David Kinsler until one day last year, sadness sprang out of him while he was listening to a song in his car.The tune he was hearing for the first time conjured memories of Jennifer Duffy, who was slain in her New Smyrna Beach home one morning during the summer of 1991. The wait for an arrest hasn't ended. [...]

Deltona dental clinic worker charged with stealing $18,000

October 20, 2017 - 11:00pm
A receptionist at a Deltona dental clinic was arrested Friday night on charges she stole thousands of dollars in cash payments from the business’ customers since the beginning of last year.Lucina Rodriguez, 52, of Deltona was charged with two counts of grand theft in the case, which involved 30 missing bank deposits totaling more than $18,000 in cash collected from customers at Dental Care of Deltona, according to a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. [...]

2 dead in motorcycle wreck on Tomoka Farms Road near Daytona

October 20, 2017 - 10:11pm
Troopers said two people died and one was hospitalized following a motorcycle crash in the area of Tomoka Farms Road and West International Speedway Boulevard.The Florida Highway Patrol was dispatched at 3:38 p.m. and encountered three damaged motorcycles, troopers said.Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and one was transported by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center, said Sgt. Kim Montes, a FHP spokeswoman.Their names were not available as of Friday [...]

Biketoberfest at full throttle

October 20, 2017 - 7:25pm
Editor's note: As Biketoberfest enters Day 3 of its 25th year "Chrome" celebration, staff writer Nikki Ross and veteran photographer Jim Tiller headed to Main Street in downtown Daytona Beach on Friday to capture the sights and sounds of the fall bike event, which lasts through Sunday. 'I love people and bikes and I just enjoy life'Nancy Jermyn waits near her bike that’s decorated with an “Aruba” license plate in front of [...]

Marketing firm to refund West Volusia Hospital Authority for advertising

October 20, 2017 - 6:15pm
DELAND — The West Volusia Hospital Authority Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to recoup about $21,000 from the marketing company that was hired to boost the agency’s image with the local public.The finer points of the agreement came under some scrutiny after the hospital authority’s client rolls became flooded with more and more participants in the last year. The DeLand firm Hill and Hollis Enterprises was to produce two video commercials and bus bench [...]

DeLand man, 69, accused of sexually abusing teen girl for years

October 20, 2017 - 5:28pm
A 69-year-old DeLand man was arrested on accusations he bribed an underage girl with gifts in exchange for sexual favors, and abused her for at least three years.The investigation into Wayne Hess, 69, began in early July when the Volusia County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Florida Department of Children and Families and discovered that a 15-year-old girl who was staying at the University Behavioral Center in Orlando had disclosed the abuse to staff members there, according to [...]

Nice weekend ahead but next week may dip into the 50s

October 20, 2017 - 4:38pm
While beautiful weather is forecast for Biketoberfest and other local weekend activities on Saturday, rain may set in on Sunday ahead of a cold front forecast to send temperatures down into the 50s on Wednesday night.But, if a winter season outlook released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accurate, the forecast for the South in the months ahead is warmer and drier than normal.The fall season’s first significant cold front is forecast [...]

Goodyear settles with Volusia for fatal 2014 accident

October 20, 2017 - 4:07pm
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to pay Volusia County $85,000 to replace a dump truck that blew a front wheel in 2014, crashed into an oncoming vehicle and killed a mother and her infant son.It's the latest settlement to come out of a tragedy that entangled the county, the tire giant and the family of the victims, Victoria Angelique Potter, 21, and her 10-week-old son, Terry William Peterson of Lake County, in years of litigation, court proceedings and [...]

'One great destination': Bikers, vendors roll into area for Biketoberfest

October 20, 2017 - 8:27am
ORMOND BEACH — Accessorized with a colorful umbrella-hat, vendor Annette Bates folded up a large sheet of plastic that had been shielding her hand-crafted jewelry and souvenirs from pesky rain sprinkles on Thursday at her Biketoberfest merchandise booth at Destination Daytona."If the weather holds out, there should be lots of people," said Bates, who traveled with her business partner, Joe Levy, from Sacramento, California, to sell [...]

Jackyl, Selwyn Birchwood among Biketoberfest concerts

October 20, 2017 - 8:20am
The Biketoberfest roar of motorcycles and rock 'n' roll is expected to be joined by an unlikely instrument: a chainsaw."What's a more definitive instrument for rock 'n' roll," said Jesse James Dupree, the lead singer of Jackyl. "It’s loud. It’s aggressive. It’s destructive."The chainsaw tunes are part of the band's 1992 song "The Lumberjack." [...]

Volusia: Yes to Brown & Brown, no to DeLand RaceTrac

October 19, 2017 - 10:39pm
DELAND — An insurance giant got its development wishes for Daytona Beach fulfilled Thursday while a mega gas station chain's request for a new convenience store at a busy DeLand intersection was denied by a narrow vote.The Volusia County Council unanimously approved $5.4 million in incentives to Brown & Brown Insurance to help the company build a 10-story headquarters on Beach Street. The council, in a separate decision that generated a lot of public participation, [...]

East Volusia county services relocated post-Hurricane Irma

October 19, 2017 - 8:54pm
DELAND — Some county government services in Daytona Beach are resuming at different locations after Hurricane Irma forced the closure of the Volusia County Administration Building, officials announced Thursday.That building, 250 N. Beach St., was flooded causing major damage. The county does not know how much it will take to fix it and when — or even if — it will reopen.In the meantime, a Tag and Title branch will open Monday in the west concourse of the [...]

New charges filed in DeLand hit-and-run wreck that killed motorcyclist

October 19, 2017 - 8:53pm
A DeLand man arrested this summer on allegations of leaving the scene of a fatal crash police said he caused had new charges filed against him this week.Douglas Fischer, 40, originally was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, but the new counts filed against him Wednesday were DUI causing death and tampering with physical evidence.The latter charge was related to an attempt to destroy or conceal a glove that was worn by the 32-year-old motorcyclist Bobby [...]

Portion of Old New York Avenue near DeLand to close this weekend

October 19, 2017 - 8:15pm
Railroad crossing and roadway repair will take place this weekend at Old New York Avenue near DeLand, state transportation officials said.The project is aimed to improve safety and mobility, according to the Florida Department of Transportation and its SunRail team.Old New York Avenue will be closed at the railroad crossing near the Amtrak Station. The road closure will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and last until 5 a.m. Monday, officials said.Access to local businesses near [...]

'She died looking at me. Begging for air,' Luis Toledo confessed

October 19, 2017 - 8:09pm
ST. AUGUSTINE — Luis Toledo started crying in a police interview and exclaimed his wife grabbed him from behind during an argument and that’s when he struck her in the throat, killing her.Toledo demonstrated in the video a short, quick karate-chop style strike.“She died looking at me,” Toledo said and cried. "Begging for air."Toledo, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Yessenia Suarez, 28, and two counts of [...]

Daytona Beach OKs money for Brown & Brown

October 19, 2017 - 8:07pm
At their meeting Wednesday night, city commissioners voted unanimously to give Brown & Brown $4.5 million for infrastructure improvements and another $1.08 million in property tax abatement over 10 years that will help the company qualify for a state job creation tax credit.

Lane: False alarm on the clown menace. This time.

October 19, 2017 - 6:47pm
Trigger warning: This story contains multiple references to clowns.

Deltona boy reports clown thrashing as deputies offer a serious warning

October 19, 2017 - 6:14pm
Attention bad clowns out there, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has a pre-Halloween message for you:"Warning to evil clowns and anyone considering creepy clown activity: We will not be there to save you if your intended target defends himself or herself, and you may face other penalties as well."The alert was issued after deputies said a clown jumped out from behind a light pole and some bushes in [...]

Felon Michael Boland gets 30 years for crimes against Volusia runaway girls

October 19, 2017 - 5:34pm
DAYTONA BEACH — A South Daytona man who had sex with a teenage girl and harbored three teenagers who had run away from foster care was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in state prison.The sentence means longtime Volusia County felon Michael Boland will be in his late 90s when he is eligible for release. He is now a designated sex offender.Circuit Judge Leah Case’s courtroom audience, which included family members of victims and the parents of a 19-year-old woman who [...]

Archaeologists open New Smyrna Beach institute Saturday

October 19, 2017 - 4:34pm
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — The preservation of the city's past is getting a push forward with a new research institute opening this weekend and researchers are inviting the public to get involved.Archaeologists Rebecca Harris and Kate Wright believe citizens should be more involved in archaeology — from learning how digs are conducted to analyzing results. They've formed The Smyrnéa Archaeological Research Institute, a first-of-its-kind center for learning about local [...]

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