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Sheriff: DeLand police officer likely shot suspect who fired at deputy

November 20, 2018 - 7:38pm
DAYTONA BEACH — Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a press conference Tuesday that he believes it was a DeLand police officer who shot a suspect who had opened fire on a deputy.Dillon Parker, 33, of DeLand, was shot after he led deputies on a chase and then fired on a deputy Monday, police said. DeLand Police Cpl. Anthony Tagle and sheriff’s deputy Wesley Blum both returned fire, striking Parker once in the chest and once in the thigh, Chitwood said.No [...]

Rain chances rising as busy holiday weekend arrives in Daytona Beach

November 20, 2018 - 7:18pm
Get ready for a soggy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thousands of visitors flocking to the Daytona Turkey Run at Daytona International Speedway and the crowds taking advantage of Black Friday sales may be dodging showers and sidestepping puddles.After nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain on Tuesday, Wednesday's forecast is beautiful, with a high of 74.But as the 45th annual Turkey Run gets started on Thanksgiving, rain chances return to 30 percent, the National Weather [...]

Something to say to lawmakers? Volusia meeting set

November 20, 2018 - 6:01pm
The Volusia County legislative delegation is hosting a public meeting to hear residents' concerns ahead of the 2019 session.The meeting is from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Daytona Beach Commission Chambers, 301 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach. Anyone looking to be placed on the agenda to share testimony on issues, legislation, local bills and appropriations must contact Lynnette Phillips at 386-238-4865 prior to Dec. 7.The delegation consists of Sens. David Simmons, [...]

Sheriff says he believes DeLand police officer shot suspect who had fired at deputy

November 20, 2018 - 2:39pm
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a press conference on Tuesday that he believes it was a DeLand police officer who shot a suspect who had opened fire on a deputy.Dillon Parker, 33, of DeLand, was shot after he led deputies on a chase and then opened fire on them on Monday, police said. Deputy Wesley Blum and DeLand police Cpl. Anthony Tagle returned fire, striking Parker once in the chest and once in the thigh, Chitwood said. [...]

After tense year, Volusia Superintendent Tom Russell looking ahead

November 20, 2018 - 1:46pm
Tom Russell walks.Every morning starting at 4 a.m., the superintendent of Volusia County Schools walks around his DeLand neighborhood. He thinks. He prays.“I do a lot of contemplating,” he said of the 90-minute block that starts each of his days.Lately, he’s had a lot to think about. [...]

LANE: Celebrating Thanksgiving like there's no December

November 20, 2018 - 1:43pm
A day that draws people together, requires no cards, and involves spending only on perishables and travel is good all on its own.

Volusia swears in new School Board members

November 20, 2018 - 1:35pm
With two new members come a few more changes to the Volusia County School Board — mainly, a shift in the timing of its meetings.Ruben Colon and Jamie Haynes were sworn in Tuesday for their four-year terms as the board members representing West Volusia. Linda Cuthbert also took the oath of office for her second term.[READ MORE: [...]

Press conference on officer-involved shooting at 1 p.m. today

November 20, 2018 - 12:47pm
A man wounded during a gun battle with law enforcement is believed to be in critical condition, a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Tuesday.Dillon Parker, 33, of DeLand, who was wanted on a charge of attempted murder, fled from and then fired on sheriff’s deputies and a DeLand Police officer Monday afternoon. Deputy Wesley Blum and DeLand police Cpl. Anthony Tagle returned fire, striking Parker once in the chest and once in the thigh, Volusia [...]

Rain moves across the area

November 20, 2018 - 11:33am
A storm with the potential for developing funnel clouds triggered a weather advisory early Tuesday in southern Volusia County as rain moved in across the area.Winds in excess of 40 mph and torrential rain moved from Seminole into Brevard and Volusia counties, but no funnel clouds had been reported as of 11:30 a.m.Rain spread across the area early Tuesday and will keep temperatures cool throughout the day. A high of 72 is forecast.Scattered rain chances are forecast [...]

Funnel cloud possible in Southeast Volusia

November 20, 2018 - 10:40am
A storm with the potential for developing funnel clouds is moving toward the southern end of Volusia County and has triggered a weather warning Tuesday morning from the National Weather Service.A strong thunderstorm was near Geneva at 9:48, moving east at 25 mph, the Weather Service said. Winds in excess of 40 mph were possible. Torrential rainfall was falling with the storm, which was capable of producing a brief, small tornado. Residents of Maytown and Mims were advised to move [...]

AROUND TOWN: Toy drives, Teddy Bear Brunch, veteran scholarships and more

November 20, 2018 - 2:01am
Operation Changing Lives launches 11th annual Toy DriveOperation Changing Lives recently kicked off its annual toy drive to help low-income families who struggle to give Christmas gifts to their children. The program is now in its 11th year and during that time, the staff at Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates has partnered with more than 10 local schools and their guidance counselors to identify those kids in need and spread the holiday spirit. [...]

Donation for Seabreeze band trip to London

November 20, 2018 - 2:01am

Daytona Writers Guild

November 20, 2018 - 2:01am

Man shot by police after chase was suspect in DeLeon Springs shooting

November 19, 2018 - 8:49pm
A DeLand police officer driving to the gym for a workout came upon deputies in the midst of a gunfight with a suspect wanted in the shooting of a man in DeLeon Springs earlier this month.DeLand police Cpl. Tony Tagle pulled over, pulled out his rifle and shot at Dillon Parker who was blasting away at deputies after a chase that came to end on U.S. Highway 17 in DeLeon Springs, the Sheriff's Office said."DeLand PD [...]

Man shot by police after chase was suspect in prior shooting

November 19, 2018 - 8:10pm
A DeLand Police officer driving to the gym for a workout came upon deputies in the midst of a gunfight with a suspect wanted in the shooting of a man in DeLeon Springs earlier this month.DeLand police Cpl. Tony Tagle pulled over, pulled out his rifle and shot at Dillon Parker who was blasting away at deputies after a chase that came to end on U.S. 17 in DeLeon Springs, the Sheriff's Office said."DeLand PD officer makes [...]

Volusia County's sales tax talks return

November 19, 2018 - 5:27pm
With the Volusia County Council set to vote next month on higher impact fees — a move officials say will generate extra revenue for road fixes around new development but not enough to cover all the county's needs — talks of creating another money source have returned to the forefront.South Daytona City Manager Joe Yarbrough told a group of city and county leaders Monday it's time to resume working toward getting a half-cent sales tax referendum [...]

Person reportedly shot by police after chase; officer grazed by bullet, reports say

November 19, 2018 - 4:22pm
A person has been shot by police following a chase in western Volusia County, according to scanner traffic.And preliminary reports indicate a law enforcement officer was grazed by abullet at the scene.A Volusia County Sheriff's deputy and DeLand Police officer were involved in the shooting, according to the Sheriff's Office.The shooting occurred in the area of of the 3894 N. U.S. 17, the Sheriff's Office said.At least three shots were fired, according to [...]

Man accused of producing "mother of satan" bomb chemicals going back to jail

November 19, 2018 - 4:07pm
Jared Coburn, the Lake Helen man accused of producing the feared "mother of satan" bomb chemicals, is going back to jail after testimony that he threatened his ex-girlfriend and had been accused of harming a cat in the past.Last week, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Coburn, 37, was found with the chemical triacetone triperoxide, which is known as TATP, popular with terrorists and nicknamed by al-Qaida as the “mother of satan” because it is a highly [...]

Shoe repair shop endures with service, style and respect

November 19, 2018 - 3:00pm
ORMOND BEACH — In the age of smart phones and artificial intelligence, the notion of shoe repair seems positively ancient, a skill to be demonstrated next to the blacksmith shop in some historic village.Not so, says Ira Freedman, the gregarious patriarch of Ira & Son Shoe Repair, a fixture for more than 30 years in the Rivergate Plaza at the corner of Nova Road and Granada Boulevard. To Freedman, 66, the notion of saving soles is progressive, an environmentally [...]

B-CU reveals new details on president search

November 19, 2018 - 2:59pm
After a lengthy and largely private process that left students and faculty in the dark over their school's future, new details have emerged on what Bethune-Cookman University is looking for in its next leader and when it plans to hire its seventh president.Nearly a year and half since Edison Jackson's abrupt retirement amid a swirl of controversy, a posting on the university’s website offers a glimpse into the search for his replacement. According to B-CU’s presidential [...]

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