CRIME & SAFETY
FHP: Woman struck, killed in Volusia County
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — ABOVE: A look at the top stories. A pedestrian was killed in a Volusia County crash Friday night. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a vehicle driving on County Road 415 near Taylor Road hit a pedestrian around 7:20 p.m. The pedestrian, a 63-year-old Port Orange...
Sheriff's detectives: Winn Dixie employees illegally reduced retail prices for each other
Four employees of a Winn Dixie store in Deltona were accused of stealing from the business by overriding retail prices and selling merchandise to each other and other workers at a lower cost, Volusia County Sheriff's Office investigators said. The store incurred a total loss of $631.57, an arrest report...
Weekly Safety Report: Threats, Shootings, and Robbery Shake Volusia County, Florida
This week in Volusia County, Florida, several incidents occurred that raised concerns about safety in the area. These incidents include a teenager arrested for threatening to shoot up a church, a man sentenced to 45 years in prison for a shooting that left two teens injured, a robbery at gunpoint at a 7-Eleven, a guilty verdict in the murder of an 18-year-old, and the discovery of a woman's body in an apartment fire with signs of extreme violence. These incidents highlight the importance of maintaining vigilance and taking necessary precautions to ensure safety in the community.
Law enforcement spotted at Serene Pavers, NSB business accused of scamming customers
Serene Pavers & Stonescapes, Inc., a New Smyrna Beach business that closed in September without completing dozens of jobs for which it was paid, was the scene of a flurry of law enforcement activity Thursday morning. The News-Journal arrived just as Volusia County Sheriff's Office crime scene van and a handful of other...
Driver rams into Volusia County deputy's car, sheriff's office says
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a driver was arrested Thursday night. Deputies said they were trying to take a driver into custody who had felony warrants out of Seminole County. When deputies approached 21-year-old Timothy Chiles' vehicle, they said he didn't follow their commands...
High-Speed Chase Ends in Arrest: Volusia County Deputies Apprehend Fleeing Suspect
By Ciara Perez, News Reporter | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC News) Volusia County, Florida - Last night, a police chase ensued in DeLand after analysts at the Volusia County Crime Center alerted deputies to a vehicle whose owner had felony warrants out of Seminole County. The vehicle, spotted at a local gas station, belonged to 21-year-old Timothy Chiles Jr.
Weekly Safety Report: Robbery, Dangerous Neighborhoods, Stabbing, DUI Manslaughter, and Murder Shake Daytona Beach
In Daytona Beach, Florida, several incidents occurred this week that highlight safety concerns in the area. These incidents include a robbery at gunpoint at a 7-Eleven, the identification of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, a tragic case of a woman found dead in an apartment fire with multiple stab wounds, a WWE Hall of Famer sentenced to prison for DUI manslaughter charges, and a guilty verdict in the murder of an 18-year-old. These incidents underscore the need for increased vigilance and awareness of personal safety in Daytona Beach.
Florida mom stabbed 100 times, police say
Den'Jah "Nickie" Moore, a Florida mother who was found dead following a large fire at her Daytona Beach apartment reportedly had been stabbed approximately 100 times with a knife, according to a newly released arrest affidavit.
I-4 reopens after deadly crash near Deltona
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New Jersey man who threatened Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood sentenced to a year in prison
A New Jersey man who threatened Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood and whom the sheriff greeted at the airport in Sanford when he was extradited was sentenced Friday to 366 days in state prison. Richard Golden, 39, of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, was the first of a handful of men across the country and as...
Local Hero: Sgt. James Sharkey Honored for Orchestrating Volusia County's Largest Active Shooter Drill
Sergeant James Sharkey received a Commendation Certificate and plaque from Mayor Fred Cleveland and Chief of Police Eric Feldman. This was for his role in planning a major active shooter training exercise in Volusia County. The City Commission recognized him during their regular meeting on November 28. Sharkey, a retired SWAT commander, was selected due to his specific experience and skills.
Volusia County Sheriff's Office Launches App to Slash Emergency Response Times
In a landmark move to enhance public safety, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has introduced a revolutionary application that is set to dramatically reduce emergency response times. Sheriff Mike Chitwood has brought attention to the traditional lag inherent in the emergency response system, which typically sees a delay of three to six minutes from the moment a 911 call is made to when a deputy is dispatched. This cutting-edge app, now integral to deputies' laptops, is designed to cut down these critical minutes to mere seconds using real-time GPS tracking to alert deputies to emergencies in their immediate vicinity.
Victim of Daytona Beach fire identified, cause of blaze determined
A house fire that killed an elderly man and his pet dog in Daytona Beach on Hillcrest Drive was caused by an electrical short in an outlet near a Christmas tree, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office. Daytona Beach police on Wednesday identified the victim as Roy Gorski, 80.
Central Florida corrections officers ready to head to the picket lines
The Volusia County corrections officers say they are working with low pay and even lower staffing.
How to protect yourself from package, mail theft this holiday season
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The official start of the holiday shopping season has begun, meaning packages are coming, and thieves are on the lookout to take them. "Consumers are shopping or buying excessively because they're trying to get the presents out for the children, for the family, etc," said Erika Urdaneta, Better Business Bureau Central Florida.
WWE star Tammy Sytch speaks before sentencing
Former WWE star and Hall of Famer Tammy "Sunny" Sytch spoke Monday at her sentencing in a deadly DUI crash that killed a man in Volusia County. Sytch pleaded no contest to the charges. She told the judge that she was sorry, that the reality that a man died "haunts her daily," and asked that she be allowed to atone for her actions, while also helping teach the youth about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Experts warn of fire safety after man, dog die in Daytona Beach house fire caused by Christmas tree
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A man and a dog died in a house fire caused by a malfunctioning Christmas tree, according to the Daytona Beach Fire Department. This happened in the 1300 block of Hillcrest Drive on Monday morning. In the aftermath of the blaze, DBDF Lieutenant Antwan Lewis highlighted some tips for homeowners as it relates to decoration-related fire safety. One of the most important precautions he mentioned was using a power strip, rather than plugging the decorations straight into the wall outlet.