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Volusia County News - News-Journal

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Around Town

4 hours 5 min ago
Tomoka Poets open micThe Tomoka Poets will host a poetry open mic for all poets and poetry lovers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1900 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. All poets are welcome to bring their poems. The featured poet will be Jesse Owens of Daytona Beach. For information, call 386-441-1839.

Inmate claims Luis Toledo confessed to killing Deltona family

5 hours 4 min ago
A man accused of punching and killing a woman in a bar is claiming that Luis Toledo told him in a jailhouse confession details about how he beat his wife to death, strangled her children then buried their bodies, court records show.Michael Lamothe told investigators Toledo told him and another inmate that he "beat the crap" out of his wife, Yessenia Suarez, in their Deltona home, then choked and broke the necks of her children Thalia Otto, 9, and Michael Otto, 8.The bodies [...]

Donations sought after daughter of Daytona officer killed in crash

6 hours 58 min ago
The 22-year-old daughter of a Daytona Beach police officer who was killed in a car crash has had a GoFundMe page set up in her honor to help her family pay funeral expenses and other costs. Shelby Skinner of Ormond Beach was on vacation in Denver when she died in a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 11. Her father is Gerald Skinner Jr., an officer who has been with the Daytona Beach Police Department for 15 years. According to her obituary, Shelby Skinner graduated in [...]

More than 100 gather in Daytona for United Against Hate rally

August 18, 2017 - 11:18pm
Her 5-year-old boy in her arms, Samantha Rochester said that she immediately cried after she saw images of white nationalists rallying in Charlottesville, Va. "I don't know why there is so much hate," she said. "It hurts my heart to think that people are still like that." Rochester was among more than 100 people who stood at a Beach Street intersection Friday night for the United Against Hate rally.Similar marches and demonstrations have been held [...]

Harvey moves swiftly westward, storm to the east bears watching in Florida

August 18, 2017 - 9:34pm
Tropical Storm Harvey is barreling westward in the Caribbean, with 40 mph winds just barely strong enough to qualify as a tropical storm. But, a the tropical wave coming along behind it bears watching in Florida.On Friday evening,  Harvey was about 130 miles west-southwest of St. Lucia and about 405 miles south-southeast of San Juan Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center stated. Harvey, moving westward at 21 mph, is forecast to move over or near the over the Central [...]

Confederate plaques removed from Daytona Beach park

August 18, 2017 - 9:32pm
The city made its decision to take down the markers one week after a deadly clash in Virginia over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

B-CU vice president tapped to lead Virginia Union University

August 18, 2017 - 6:58pm
A Bethune-Cookman University vice president has been tapped to lead Virginia Union University, which in hiring Hakim Lucas, cited B-CU's recent accomplishments during his tenure — while apparently overlooking the recent turmoil that resulted in a new president and an internal review of school's finances.In hiring Lucas as its 13th president, VUU cited his experience in fundraising and student retention. Under Lucas, B-CU's endowment increased by 53 percent, a press release from [...]

ERAU president sets out to enhance campus life, boost support

August 18, 2017 - 6:13pm
Even in the void of a full student body in the waning weeks of summer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campus is buzzing with a busy schedule.Buildings are making their way skyward; a wind tunnel facility, a research hangar and more business startups are helping to round out the school’s research park; and new president Barry Butler is preparing to welcome students back.When classes resume Aug. 28, it will be the first time in three years that students will [...]

Unincorporated Volusia County open for medical pot dispensaries

August 18, 2017 - 5:56pm
The Volusia County Council has given the green light to medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.With little discussion, Volusia joins Edgewater, Deltona and Flagler Beach in allowing dispensaries to operate. Meanwhile, Daytona Beach and Port Orange are among cities that have considered stricter regulation rules. Seventy-one percent of Floridians voted in November to allow medical cannabis. The state and cities have shaped laws and rules to steer [...]

Donations sought for daughter of officer killed in crash

August 18, 2017 - 2:31pm
The 22-year-old daughter of a Daytona Beach police officer who was killed in a car crash has had a GoFundMe page set up in her honor to help her family pay funeral expenses and other costs. Shelby Skinner, of Ormond Beach, was on vacation in Denver when she died in a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 11. Her father is Gerald Skinner Jr., an officer who has been with the Daytona Beach Police Department for 15 years. According to her obituary, Shelby Skinner graduated in [...]

3 Things to Do Saturday

August 18, 2017 - 2:19pm
Take a cruise through DeLand, party the night away or congratulate volunteers ...

Volusia Sheriff's Office getting more body cameras, stun guns

August 18, 2017 - 2:08pm
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will receive 42 additional body cameras and about 200 new stun guns at a cost of more than $500,000 after the Volusia County Council approved the purchase Thursday.The new body cameras bring the agency’s total to 267. The deputies’ union, however, has criticized their implementation in the past, and they posted to the union’s Facebook page shortly after the purchase approval, saying that absent from the County Council's [...]

Student safety a concern as Volusia, Flagler schools empty during solar eclipse

August 18, 2017 - 1:28pm
As excitement for Monday’s solar eclipse radiates throughout Volusia County, concerns about student safety are also flaring up among teachers and parents with school bells sending students on their way home during the height of the solar event.While Volusia County School District officials weighed all options for their more than 63,000 students, spokeswoman Nancy Wait said the district decided to follow the approach of many other Florida school districts and release their [...]

Daytona Beach removes Confederate markers

August 18, 2017 - 11:57am
DAYTONA BEACH — Three plaques commemorating Confederate soldiers were removed Friday morning from Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach, less than a day after Mayor Derrick Henry told a News-Journal reporter that such memorials should be removed from city property.Two of the plaques contained the names of soldiers from east Volusia County who fought for the South in the Civil War. The other plaque was part of a small monument, and attached to a rectangular pink stone next [...]

Around Town

August 18, 2017 - 3:01am
Community Church GriefShare sessionLifepoint Community Church, 1747 W. New York Ave., DeLand, will host a Grief Share session at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. GriefShare is designed by experts to assist in grief recovery. The session will be held in Classroom 1 of the church. For information, call the church at 386-738-5000 or email

Tropical Storm Harvey forms east of Lesser Antilles

August 18, 2017 - 12:51am
Tropical Storm Harvey formed Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles, becoming the eighth named storm of the 2017 hurricane season.Another system that Floridians might need to keep an eye on next week is also being watched by specialists with the National Hurricane Center. Meanwhile, Hurricane Gert is now post-tropical cyclone Gert and is moving away from the United States in the North Atlantic.The hurricane center confirmed [...]

Manatee rescued after getting hit by boat in Port Orange

August 18, 2017 - 12:08am
A female manatee that had been struck by a boat was rescued from the Halifax River near the Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange on Thursday and taken to a manatee rehabilitation center at SeaWorld Orlando.The manatee will be treated at the park's critical care facility, said Nadia Gordon, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a SeaWorld official. An eyewitness to the rescue, David Alexander, said he was told the manatee had an injury [...]

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