18-year-old accused of 2 Volusia County armed robberies, firing gun at store owner
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – An 18-year-old man faces charges after deputies say he confessed to two Volusia County area armed robberies, including one where he fired a gun toward a store employee. Deputies said that on Nov. 23 a robbery was reported at Kelly’s Food Mart at 1000 Derbyshire...
How much does Daytona Beach city manager make? More than Volusia County manager, Orlando mayor
DAYTONA BEACH — Daytona Beach City Manager Deric Feacher makes $285,681, a salary that exceeds the annual pay of Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald – who oversees a much larger budget and twice as many employees – as well as many other local government managers in Florida.
Search for man who broke into nail salons in Volusia leads to suspected double murderer
Volusia Sheriff’s Office detectives tracked a man believed to be responsible for break-ins at two Volusia County nail salons to Orange County, which led to the arrest of a fugitive wanted for a double murder in Georgia. Xavier Jones Jr., 21, of Orlando was taken into custody Monday in...
Suspect in Deltona salon burglaries arrested in Orlando with double murder suspect from Georgia
Volusia County deputies say their search for the person responsible for multiple break-ins at local nail salons also led to a fugitive wanted for murder.
Dec. 12 City Commission Meeting: Septic-to-Sewer Project on Mary Avenue and New Safety Officer at Sacred Heart School
The City Commission will hold a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting and their last regular meeting of 2023 on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The CRA meeting will discuss the possible hiring of Tetra Tech, Inc. for engineering services for a septic-to-sewer project, aiming to extend services to four addresses on Mary Avenue.
Cold front hits Daytona Beach area. How low will temps get this week?
Winter is almost here, and the expected stretches of cool weather are becoming more frequent — a welcome break from the sticky temps common in Volusia and Flagler counties. This week, a cold front will bring more low temperatures, while another is expected for next week as well, according to forecasters. ...
Orlando man nabbed after smash-and-grabs at 2 Central Florida nail salons, deputies say
DELTONA, Fla. - An Orlando man was arrested after he was identified as a burglar who broke into multiple nail salons in Central Florida last month, according to deputies. Xavier Jones Jr., 21, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and violation of probation after he allegedly smashed a nail salon's front door and grabbed the cash register on Nov. 22, according to the Volusia Sheriff's Office. After this alleged burglary at Spa Nail on Elkam Boulevard in Deltona, he allegedly committed a similar break-in at Premiere Nails on Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater.
‘Cautiously very good news:’ Experts say manatee conditions improving in Indian River Lagoon
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Manatee conditions are starting to show some signs of improvement in the Indian River Lagoon, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The organization announced this week it would be ending its temporary feeding program in Brevard County. Experts News 6 talked to...
Addressing Overcrowding: Volusia County's Educational Challenge Amidst Urbanization
The Volusia County School District is currently facing a significant challenge due to a recent population boom. Rapid urbanization has brought an influx of families to the area, leading to 16 schools operating beyond their capacity. The congestion around Blue Lake Elementary School during dismissal times is a clear indication of the immediate issues at hand.
Man nabbed after alleged smash-and-grabs
An Orlando man was arrested after he was identified as a burglar who broke in to multiple nail salons in Central Florida last month, according to deputies. Xavier Jones Jr., 21, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and violation of probation after he allegedly smashed a nail salon's front door and grabbed the cash register on Nov. 22, according to the Volusia Sheriff's Office.
‘Two-dollar flat rate:’ New rideshare service launches in Volusia County
DELAND, Fla. – A new ride service in Volusia County made its debut Tuesday with the goal of making traveling much easier and more affordable for residents and visitors. “There are no hidden fees. It’s a two-dollar flat rate,” said Ralf Heseler, the county’s Transit Planning Manager.
Volusia County Schools could rezone more than 950 students across 20 schools
Volusia County Schools is considering rezoning at least 951 students across the district next year to accommodate for overcrowding as eight schools currently exceed capacity. "In late 2022, the school board directed district staff to evaluate the growth areas across Volusia County to address the over-utilization and under-utilization of schools," said Danielle Johnson, Volusia's director of community information, in an email. "Staff assessed school enrollments, growth projections, demographics, permanent school capacities, specific academic programs and student...
Small Town Shaken by Gun Violence: The Tragic Case of Hector Hernandez Pasquale
The quiet streets of DeLand were rocked by a tragic event that has left the community in mourning and searching for answers. On an evening prior to December 3, 2023, 50-year-old Hector Hernandez Pasquale was found with fatal gunshot wounds on South Massachusetts Avenue. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office, under Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood, is actively investigating this heinous crime, with no suspects apprehended and an appeal to the public for any information.
Fentanyl doesn't discriminate as it continues to kill in the Daytona Beach area
Andre Boren is always looking for a message from his 17-year-old son. It could be anything out of the ordinary, like the way the light shines on his picture. Landon Boren died weeks shy of starting his senior year at DeLand High School after taking what he thought was cocaine but turned out to be fentanyl.
Letter to Volusia County Council: Keep publishing legal notices in the newspaper
Mr. Brower and fellow Volusia County Council Members,. Greetings and Happy Holidays to each of you and the county. I am just a taxpayer of Volusia County and have been for the past 15 years. It is with humor that I keep reading about how the County Council wants to save money by publishing some legal notices on the internet versus in our local newspaper.
Manatee Feeding Program in Volusia County Concludes as Indian River Lagoon Conditions Improve
Discover the encouraging news from the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, where improved conditions have led to the end of a manatee feeding program. With seagrass recovery and fewer manatee deaths, find out what's being done to further enhance this positive environmental change.
This Florida County Has the Most Racist! You Won’t Believe It!
Florida is known for its sunny beaches, diverse culture, and tourist attractions. But it is also home to some of the most hateful and racist groups in the country. According to a recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida has the second-highest number of known hate groups in the U.S., with 68 active groups as of 2021.
Surge in pickleball popularity brings new courts to West Volusia, Ormond Beach
As the popularity of pickleball continues to explode across the country, Volusia County residents now have new places to play in their backyard. Volusia County recently opened new pickleball courts in West Volusia and on the eastside in Ormond Beach. Two new courts opened at Chuck Lennon Park at 5000 Greenfield Dairy Road in DeLeon Springs in response to growing demand, Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Tim Baylie said. It's also a way to encourage people to get active and make connections.
Youth Crime in Focus: The Case of Cameo Reid and Its Implications for Community Safety
The arrest of 18-year-old Cameo Reid for armed robberies and attempted murder in Volusia County, Florida, is a stark reminder of the pressing issue of youth crime and its broader implications for community safety. On November 23, Reid's criminal activities escalated to a dangerous level when he robbed Kelly's Food Mart, firing a shot that narrowly missed the store owner. A second robbery followed, with Reid's identification facilitated by security footage. The discovery of a handgun in his home linked him to the crimes, leading to serious charges including attempted felony murder, and highlighting the challenges faced by the criminal justice system in addressing such offenses.
New public transportation rideshare option available in DeLand
A new transportation service is now available in DeLand. VoRide is the county’s new curb-to-curb rideshare initiative.