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DeSantis Keep Up ‘Momentum’ On Water Issues


Tallahassee, FL – During an appearance in Bonita Springs Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis encouraged advocates for clean water to keep pressing lawmakers to pass conservation measures in the upcoming 2020 legislative session. DeSantis, proudly noting that legislators this year exceeded his environmental funding request of $625 million by $55 million, said local voices are needed to maintain the “momentum” on ... Read More »

Child Abduction Quickly Thwarted By VCSO & Crime Center


Bonita Soto(Volusia County Sheriff’s Office) DeLeon Springs, FL – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is thanking their team in the Volusia County Crime Center (known as VC3) for their help in thwarting a child abduction. According to VCSO, deputies were alerted just before 10:30 this morning (August 21st) about the incident at a home off of Tomoka Woods Parkway. The ... Read More »

Church Service On Sunday To Raise Money For B-CU Scholarship Fund


Daytona Beach, FL – A Daytona Beach church pastor says it’s “on his heart” to hold a special service this Sunday for Bethune-Cookman University’s need-based scholarship fund this coming Sunday. Pastor Wendell Webster of Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church said that the University is very sacred to the community and it’s really important to him and members of his ... Read More »

TS Chantal Forms Off NE Coast, New Disturbance Near Florida


The latest advisory (As of 2 PM) from the National Hurricane Center(National Hurricane Center) Daytona Beach, FL – The third named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season forms miles off the northeast coast of the United States while another disturbance churns near the Bahamas. TS Chantal Advisory(National Hurricane Center) The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows that Tropical ... Read More »

DBPD Issues BOLO For Suspect In Shooting Incident


Daytona Beach, FL – Daytona Beach Police investigators are asking citizens to be on the lookout for a suspect in a shooting incident Tuesday morning on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. Public Information Officer Messod Bendayan said the incident happened near a car wash located near Garden Street at 10:52 a.m. Video shows a white Mitsubishi SUV traveling eastbound on ... Read More »

Safe Zone Still An Issue For First Step Shelter


Daytona Beach, FL – The anticipated opening of the First Step Shelter is set for October 1. Some Board members, including Chase Tramont, don’t think that is going to happen. He said that he’s walked through the building in the last week and even though he’s not a contractor, he doesn’t see the building being operational in less than six ... Read More »

Proposed Rural Area Special Exceptions Brings Out Opposition At VCC Meeting


DeLand, FL – Two property owners, one in Oak Hill and one in Ormond Beach, are both asking for special exceptions to build rural event centers on their respective properties. Residents from both areas were at yesterday’s Volusia County Council meeting, mostly to express their opposition to the rural event centers. The owner of what is already an operating rural ... Read More »

Largest Drug Bust In Flagler History Nets 40 Dealers


Bunnell, FL – It’s a banner day for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office after their largest drug bust in history, Operation Heat Wave, takes 40 different drug dealers off the street. And, according to FCSO, the fentanyl and heroin they took off the street was enough to kill 14,000 people. A variety of substances were seized, including over 28 grams ... Read More »

Seabreeze Student Arrested For Shooting Threat


Daytona Beach, FL – A 15-year-old Seabreeze High School Student is under arrest after he made shooting threats on a popular messaging platform. Last Thursday (August 15th), an agent with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force told investigators with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office that they were given an after-hours tip about a school shooting threat. The agent said that ... Read More »

Man Sexually Abused Girl While Living In Her Family’s Home


DeLand, FL – Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators say 37-year-old Scott McDermott is accused of sexually abusing a teen girl while he was living in her home. It started when she was learning to drive. Investigators say that McDermott told the girl she needed to learn to drive with distractions, touching her chest and lower body. He went on to force ... Read More »