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DeBary man and quartet inducted into Hall of Fame

3 hours 5 min ago
DeBary resident Eddy Ryan and his quartet, The Easternaires, were inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame July 7, at the Society's International Convention in Orlando.From 1956 through 1976, The Easternaires competed over three decades, earning three medals in the International Quartet Contest, finishing in the top 10 nine times, and placing in the top twenty in every contest in which they competed. They were featured on national TV multiple times, appearing on the [...]

Around Town: Summer Bash and Yappy Hour, County seeks board applicants, music lecture and more

3 hours 5 min ago
Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership to meetThe Tobacco Free Volusia County Partnership will meet 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach. The meeting will be in room 516C and the public is encouraged to participate. To access the meeting via conference call (audio only), dial 1-888-670-3525, passcode 917 914 7160. For information, call Kristen Mialki at 386-274-0601 or Kristen.mialki@flhealth. [...]

Authorities: Prominent attorney Allan Ziffra arrested 2nd time on domestic violence charge

5 hours 49 min ago
A founding member of a prominent local law firm was arrested over the weekend on a domestic violence charge, the second such charge for the lawyer, court records show.Allan Ziffra, 54, was arrested Friday by Volusia deputies at his Spring Forest Drive home in New Smyrna Beach and charged with battery touch/strike, his arrest report shows.He was released on his own recognizance by a judge, according to court records.A Sheriff's Office report states that on Friday [...]

Daytona Shriners parade rolls in distinctive style

July 17, 2018 - 11:17pm
DAYTONA BEACH — Two hours before Tuesday’s Shriners parade was scheduled to start, Sarah Skaggs and friends were already ensconced in a prime viewing spot, folding chairs deployed on the sidewalk in front of Neptune’s Sports Pub & Café at State Road A1A and International Speedway Boulevard."We wanted to get a good spot," said Skaggs, 41, whose fiancé, Terry Joyce, is a member of the Hadi Shrine Temple [...]

LANE: Panhandling ordinance will cost Daytona more than spare change

July 17, 2018 - 10:50pm
Daytona Beach looks to hire an expert to write a panhandling ordinance. It needs one.

Volusia woman charged with child neglect after baby found alone in closed car

July 17, 2018 - 9:36pm
A woman was charged with child neglect Tuesday after a sheriff's official said an 8-month-old baby was found left alone in a closed car outside a business near Orange City.The baby boy was left in the back seat of a vehicle Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of Cosmo Prof at 2403 Enterprise Road near Orange City, said sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant."There is a baby in a car and we just opened the door but we don't know where the people are whose car it is," the caller to 9-1- [...]

Ex-local Rep. Dwayne Taylor loses appeal in wire fraud case

July 17, 2018 - 9:20pm
A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected an appeal by former state Rep. Dwayne Taylor, a Daytona Beach Democrat who was convicted last year on wire-fraud charges.Taylor was sentenced to 13 months in prison after being convicted on nine counts of wire fraud related to the personal use of campaign funds. It is illegal in Florida to use campaign contributions for normal living expenses.In the appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Taylor’s attorney contended that [...]

Prosecutor: Port Orange man on trial shot fiancee 4 times in back

July 17, 2018 - 7:47pm
DAYTONA BEACH — Jamal Kareem Davis is accused of killing his fiancee by shooting her four times in the back, and then calling his mother and saying, “I shot her,” a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.But his mother testified on Tuesday that she did not recall making that statement, even through prosecutors presented her with transcripts of the comments.The 37-year-old Davis faces a mandatory life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in the [...]

Hurricane Irma-damaged apartments, lives get fresh start at Family Renew in Daytona

July 17, 2018 - 6:42pm
DAYTONA BEACH — When Christina Alexa opened the door to her newly renovated Family Renew Community apartment, the smell of wood permeated the unit.It felt like a fresh start.She had just completed a drug treatment program and was ready for the hard work of rebuilding her life.“I sat on the couch and looked around like, ‘Oh my God, I have my own apartment and I have my kids,” said Alexa, 34. “Those are the things I’m grateful for. [...]

Deltona residents, commissioner call for manager's firing

July 17, 2018 - 6:40pm
DELTONA — Some residents and at least one city commissioner are calling for the city manager's termination after an attempt to trespass a resident from a city-owned building.A man in the back of the room during Monday night's City Commission meeting even shouted "lock her up."Jane Shang, the city manager, didn't address the comments during the meeting. She responded to an inquiry by email Tuesday afternoon: "I do not believe the small group of individuals reflects [...]

Beach Street, panhandling, taxes on Daytona commission agenda

July 17, 2018 - 6:31pm
Daytona Beach city commissioners will have their hands full at Wednesday night's meeting with a packed agenda.

Volusia County looks to fill advisory board vacancies

July 17, 2018 - 6:30pm
Want to have an influence on some key Volusia County issues without having to run for office?The Volusia County Council is seeking applicants for positions on 10 advisory boards that research and make recommendations on topics affecting the community.The advisory boards were established to give citizens input into what happens in their community and to advise the County Council on matters that affect residents and their county government. Applicants should have the [...]

Authorities: Parent faces charge after baby found in closed car

July 17, 2018 - 5:44pm
A parent is facing a child neglect charge after a sheriff's official said a baby was left inside a car Tuesday outside a hardware store near Orange City."There will be a child neglect charge," said Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant, adding he will later provide details of the incident.Dispatchers said someone called around 3:20 p.m. and reported that a baby was found inside a car outside Harbor Freight Tools, 2401 Enterprise Road.The caller said the car had [...]

2 missing Daytona men found dead in bodies of water; no foul play suspected

July 17, 2018 - 5:04pm
Police in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach do not suspect foul play in connection with the discovery of two men found dead in bodies of water in separate incidents but will continue to investigate.Ormond Beach police and state wildlife officers on Monday recovered the body of Brent Davis, 31, of Daytona Beach, from the Tomoka River, just 400 yards from where he was last seen in Ormond Beach.Davis went missing after walking to a boat dock near 5 Circle Oaks Trail in The Trails [...]

DeLand officer Rachel Riley fired for badmouthing department

July 17, 2018 - 1:46pm
A DeLand police officer who Internal Affairs investigators said bad-mouthed the department to new recruits was fired Monday.Rachel Riley, 30, a seven-year veteran of the department, was placed on paid administrative leave by Chief Jason Umberger on June 13."Effective July 16, 2018, your employment services with the City of DeLand are no longer required," City Manager Michael Pleus wrote to Riley.Riley, who had 26 complaints lodged against her during her career with the [...]

2 missing Daytona men dead in bodies of water; no foul play suspected

July 17, 2018 - 12:50pm
Police in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach do not suspect foul play in connection with the discovery of two men found dead in bodies of water in separate incidents but will continue to investigate.Ormond Beach police and state wildlife officers on Monday recovered the body of Brent Davis, 31, of Daytona Beach, from the Tomoka River, just 400 yards from where he was last seen in Ormond Beach.Davis went missing after walking to a boat dock near 5 Circle Oaks Trail in The Trails [...]

NSB utility commission to interview CEO hopefuls Thursday

July 17, 2018 - 12:09pm
The Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach will interview four finalists for the role of chief executive Thursday. Leaders are expected to whittle down the list once more before choosing the utility's next general manager.Utility commissioners recently chose five semi-finalists for the organization's top spot. Since then, one of the candidates withdrew from the list.Commission members will hear from the four remaining candidates: John “Jack" Walsh, [...]

Missing Daytona Beach man's body found in Ormond Beach river

July 17, 2018 - 11:36am
A missing Daytona Beach man was found dead Monday afternoon after investigators and state wildlife officers recovered his body from the Tomoka River, just 400 yards from where he was last seen in Ormond Beach.Brent Davis, 31, went missing after walking to a boat dock near 5 Circle Oaks Trail in The Trails subdivision around 2 a.m. Sunday.At the time, police ruled the disappearance “suspicious” but said there were no confirmed signs of foul play. On Wednesday, [...]

Port Orange police schedule DUI checkpoint on Dunlawton causeway

July 17, 2018 - 10:11am
Port Orange police plan to conduct the second in a series of grant-funded DUI checkpoints this weekend — this time near the Dunlawton bridge.The checkpoint is planned to begin at 10 p.m. July 20 and ending at 2 in the morning at 90 Dunlawton Ave.“It is the goal of POPD to reduce the number of instances of impaired driving and ensure the greatest level of safety for residents and visitors alike,” said police spokesman Officer Evan Doyle.The locations [...]

Trail of Death: Opioid overdoses rising in Volusia

July 17, 2018 - 9:46am
For 153 drug addicts in Volusia County last year, the final dose was fatal. This year may be worse.

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