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Volusia County News - News-Journal

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Updated: 23 min 11 sec ago

Police: Man stabbed multiple times at DeLand home, airlifted to hospital

2 hours 27 min ago
A domestic dispute between an uncle and nephew left the younger man with multiple stab wounds at a home in DeLand on Tuesday night, police said.The incident occurred at 503 East Beresford Ave. and was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m."It was DV, uncle against nephew," said DeLand police Lt. Juan Millan. "The nephew was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center."The condition of the victim was not immediately known as crime scene investigators are still at the scene [...]

Armed robbery suspect shot by police in Daytona Walgreens

2 hours 50 min ago
DAYTONA BEACH — A gunman armed with an assault-style rifle jumped the pharmacy counter at the downtown Walgreens on Tuesday and appeared to be shooting up some drugs with a hypodermic needle when he was confronted by police.Louis Curler, 41, rose from behind the counter while still holding the rifle and then turned toward employees [...]

AROUND TOWN: Fun at the airport, beautification efforts, concerts and more

9 hours 23 min ago
Water Festival in DeLandThe Water Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, on West Indiana Avenue, DeLand. The free event is designed to make learning about local water issues entertaining for all ages. Activities will include a sidewalk chalk art exhibition with different chalk artists; photo opportunities with “mermaids;” and interactive displays and learning activities by the Zephyrhills WaterVentures Lab. Attendees will [...]

Coast Guard Auxiliary members honored

9 hours 23 min ago
Fifteen members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 44 Daytona Beach received the President’s Volunteer Service Award at a recent ceremony.• The Gold Medal recipients were: Division Vice Commander Zoraida Sorrentino; Flotilla Vice Commander Stephen Wyatt; Gretchen Bacon; William Benson; Stephen Brooks; Peter Christie; Roy Savoca; and William Sorrentino.• The Silver Medal recipients were: Gary Ford; David Gonzalez; Beth Lynn; Fredrick Pope; and Ronald [...]

Golf association donates to Atlantic High

9 hours 23 min ago
The Daytona Beach Junior Golf Association, Inc. (DBJGA) donated $1,000 to Atlantic High School’s golf program at the annual Zac Adrian Memorial Atlantic High School scholarship and fundraising golf tournament. Proceeds from the tournament provide college scholarships for golf team members as well as equipment for the team. This donation is made possible by the golfers who play in and sponsor the annual DBJGA, Inc. fundraiser, the Jane Cerrone Memorial Golf Tournament.

West Volusia mayors attending annual State of the Region

April 23, 2019 - 8:17pm
West Volusia's mayors will get together this Thursday for the annual State of the Region, put on by the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance.This year's event will be held in The Center at Center, 1640 Doctor Martin Luther King Blvd., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include DeBary Mayor Karen Chasez, DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, Deltona Mayor Heidi Herzberg, Lake Helen Mayor Daisy Raisler and Orange City Mayor Gary Blair.The mayors will discuss and answer questions [...]

B-CU taps University of Denver's Brent Chrite as 7th president

April 23, 2019 - 7:01pm
DAYTONA BEACH — After nearly two years without a permanent president Bethune-Cookman University has tapped Brent Chrite to lead the school.Chrite, who is dean of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, will become B-CU’s seventh president July 1. He’ll arrive at B-CU amid an unprecedented financial decline, ongoing [...]

Citrus Grove Elementary students wish for kindness, healing, friendship

April 23, 2019 - 6:15pm
On a breezy day in DeLand, strips of fabric swayed on the trees in Citrus Grove Elementary’s courtyard.At first glance, it’s just a pretty scene: different colored material dangled from the lowest limbs on the sparse trees. Some were tied to lines strung between the trunks. But upon closer inspection, carefully printed words were visible on each strip of fabric.“I wish everyone had a friend.”“I want a better world for my sister. [...]

MARK LANE: Officials get advice on Facebook — it's a sidewalk

April 23, 2019 - 3:38pm
Courts are saying that because public officials use social media as public forums, they can’t selectively lock people out.

Daytona's Museum of Arts & Sciences aiming for $10 million endowment

April 23, 2019 - 3:11pm
After sinking nearly $9 million into improvements at the Museum of Arts & Sciences over the past seven years, the Daytona Beach museum is kicking off a one-year campaign to raise $10 million for an operations and maintenance endowment.

Daytona police: Armed robbery suspect shot by police in Walgreens

April 23, 2019 - 2:57pm
DAYTONA BEACH — An armed man trying to rob the downtown Walgreens on Tuesday afternoon was shot by police when he raised a rifle, said Jakari Young Daytona Beach police deputy chief.The suspect opened fire at the Walgreens at International Speedway Boulevard and South Ridgewood Avenue around 12:58 p.m. and was shot, said Daytona Beach police Chief [...]

Daytona police: Robber opens fire in Walgreens, shot by police

April 23, 2019 - 12:48pm
DAYTONA BEACH — A man trying to rob the downtown Walgreens on Tuesday afternoon was shot by police in an exchange of gunfire, officials said.The suspect opened fire at the Walgreens at International Speedway Boulevard and South Ridgewood Avenue around 12:58 p.m. and was shot in the buttocks, said Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri."Nobody in the store was hit," Capri said. "He tried to rob the store and he was shot."This story is developing. Check back [...]

Police: DeLand man beats mother for $100 he loaned her, spits on officers

April 23, 2019 - 11:58am
A DeLand man was arrested for beating his mother who could not pay him back the $100 he loaned her when he asked for it, police said.Giovanni Bubenik, 23, also spit on a DeLand officer's cheek and on a corporal's ear as the lawmen escorted him to a patrol car, his arrest report shows.Bubenick was charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery bodily harm, and assault. He was in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Tuesday on $8,000 bail. [...]

Volusia union chief: Violence against teachers a 'dirty little secret'

April 23, 2019 - 5:41am
A Volusia County teacher filed a criminal complaint against a 9-year-old student who punched her last week, according to a report from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.What seems like an unusual step in an unusual situation is actually permitted in teachers' contracts — and it happens more than you might think.The third-grader at Woodward Avenue Elementary in DeLand threw a textbook on the ground and refused to pick it up after the teacher asked, the report [...]

AROUND TOWN: Earth Day celebrations, author talk, 5k and more

April 23, 2019 - 1:21am
Tryouts scheduled for Junior Lifeguard ProgramYouths ages 9 to 15 are invited to try out for Volusia County’s Junior Lifeguard Program starting May 4.Professional lifeguards will teach water safety and first-aid techniques during week-long camps in June and July. Junior lifeguards will also participate in daily team relays involving surfboard paddling, swimming, running and beach flags.The Junior Lifeguard Program is not a “learn-to- [...]

Pelican Bay Club donates to PACE

April 23, 2019 - 1:21am

Bowers wins golf trophy

April 23, 2019 - 1:21am
Simone Bowers won the New Smyrna Beach Women's Golf Association Club Championship trophy for 2018-19 season. New Smyrna Golf Club Pro Gary Wintz presented Bowers with the trophy at the club’s closing luncheon, which took place April 2 at the NSB Yacht Club. Those interested in joining the NSB Women's Golf Association should call the New Smyrna Golf Club at 386-410-2690.

Murder indictments issued in 2 Volusia drug overdoses

April 22, 2019 - 7:24pm
A grand jury indicted Sergio Perez, 43, of Deltona, with one count of first-degree murder and Melanie Cunningham, 27, of Deltona, with two counts of first-degree murder.

Hope is message of Volusia March of Dimes ambassador family

April 22, 2019 - 6:24pm
ORMOND BEACH — At age 2½, Scotty Cornelius is a blur of perpetual motion, gamboling fearlessly from one adventure to the next outside the Tomoka Outpost at Tomoka State Park.Sunlight shining on his haystack of golden hair, Scotty uncovers endless sources of fascination: blades of grass blowing in the breeze; the gentle rhythm and creaky charm of a porch swing; the mysterious rustle of a squirrel in the nearby brush.“He’s just a pinball at this [...]

Police: Volusia Mall worker spat on, attacked by group of 20 men in Daytona

April 22, 2019 - 4:34pm
DAYTONA BEACH — A group of young men attacked a Volusia Mall worker at the shopping center's main entrance and a nearly two-minute Facebook video of the beating shows a crowd of at least 20 people punching and kicking two people.[gh:iframe src="" width="100%" height="180" frameborder="0" title="9-1-1 call: Mob attacks Volusia Mall worker in [...]

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