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Man Arrested After Lockdown At DeLand Middle

DeLand Middle School (Google Maps) DeLand, FL – A Volusia County middle school is back to normal after police arrest a man near the campus, causing a brief lockdown. It happened around this morning (April 4th) near DeLand Middle School, according to Volusia County Schools spokesperson Kelly Schulz. “At approximately 8:57 this morning, Deland Middle staff was alerted to a ... Read More »

Florida Senate Passes $90.3 Billion Spending Plan

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a $90.3 billion state spending plan for next fiscal year, despite concerns about the federal government’s failure to provide anticipated relief after Hurricane Michael. Senate Democrats also raised alarms about mental-health funding for students and redirecting money from large teaching hospitals to for-profit facilities, but in the end, they lent ... Read More »

Florida Lawmakers Support Harsher Penalties For Harming Police Animals

Tallahassee, FL – People who injure or kill dogs or horses that work with police officers and other first responders would face stiffer penalties, under a measure unanimously approved Wednesday by the Florida Senate. Sponsor Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, said the bill (SB 96) is in response to the death of Fang, a 3-year-old member of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office ... Read More »

Joe’s Crab Shack Working On Daytona Pier Expansion

Daytona Beach, FL – City officials tentatively agree on an amendment that could give a popular seafood restaurant an additional 6,000 square feet for business. Joe’s Crab Shack has been a staple to the Daytona Beach Pier since the Landry’s Inc. owned chain opened its doors in 2012. Since then, the restaurant occupied a combined total of 25,859 square feet, ... Read More »

Volusia Falls, Flagler Rises in Health Rankings

Volusia County, FL – When it comes to the healthiest counties in the state, new data shows one county is dropping in the ranks while the other rises. That’s according to data from the Florida Department of Health in Volusia and Flagler and CountyHealthRankings.org (Operated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). FDOH Volusia/Flagler use local data and statistics while CHR ... Read More »

Daytona Hosts Beijing Pro Softball Team

The Beijing Shougang Eagles with Tortugas Staff & City Officials Daytona Beach, FL – With almost 24 hours left until their opening day, the Daytona Tortugas announce an international team will be calling the Jack home. And it’s all thanks to a partnership between the team and the Chinese Softball Association. BREAKING: The Daytona Tortugas have reached an agreement with ... Read More »

House Pitches Tax Holidays, Lease Tax Cut

Bryan Avila R-Miami Springs Tallahassee, FL – A tax-cut package centered on reducing a lease tax paid on commercial property was unveiled Tuesday by the Florida House. The $102.4 million package, which will get its first hearing next week, also includes a three-day back-to-school sales tax “holidayâ€� on clothes, school supplies and computers and a seven-day tax “holiday’ on hurricane ... Read More »

House Looks For Medical Marijuana Changes

Tallahassee, FL – Veterans would get free medical-marijuana identification cards, the level of THC would be capped in weed for smoking, and it would be harder for sick children to get full-strength medical pot, under a House proposal slated for its first vetting Wednesday. The legislation, proposed by House Health & Human Services Chairman Ray Rodrigues, also would set limits ... Read More »

70-Year-Old Deltona Man Charged With Child Molestation

Deltona, FL – A 70-year-old Deltona man is in the Volusia County Jail charged with the lewd and lascivious molestation of a person under the age of 12. The charges come after a male teenager recently reported being Patrick Renner’s victim seven to eight years ago. The teen also stated that within the last week he observed Renner possessing child ... Read More »

Florida National Guard Leader Named Amid Sex Probe

James O. Eifert (Department of Defense) Tallahassee, FL – Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert was named Tuesday to take command of the Florida National Guard, which is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct within the ranks that go back a decade. In announcing Eifert as his appointee, Gov. Ron DeSantis said if the allegations reported by the Tampa Bay Times are ... Read More »