Volusia oceanfront property owners face rebuilding deadline before turtle nesting season
With sea turtle nesting season starting on May 1 in Volusia County—where cleanup and reconstruction from last year’s hurricanes is still going on—that could mean a big problem for oceanfront property owners who haven’t started work yet.
Vandals cause $1 million in damage to Volusia dam system installed after hurricanes, officials say
An experimental system in Volusia County that was installed to serve as a temporary sea wall and reinforce the coastline after hurricanes was vandalized, according to Florida’s emergency management team.
WATCH: Shocking drone video shows crumbling beachside Florida homes devastated by Nicole
It may take days for the full scope of damage left by Hurricane Nicole to be fully seen, but the picture is coming into sharp focus for communities like Daytona Beach Shores where drone video shows a strong of homes crumbling into the ocean.
Nicole forces 15 Daytona Beach Shores condo complexes to evacuate as storm threatens collapse
Daytona Beach Shores police and Volusia County deputies are going door-to-door inside 12 condo complexes and one hotel along the beach that are under threat of collapse due to the powerful storm surge caused by Tropical Storm Nicole.
Dozens of trucks towed, hundreds of citations issued in Daytona Beach Shores truck meet, officials say
A truck meet over the weekend in Daytona Beach resulted in 688 issued traffic citations and 46 trucks towed, as well as multiple misdemeanor and felony arrests, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.
Stetson student arrested after ‘joke’ post threatening explosion with White House coordinates, police say
A Stetson University student is accused of threatening to blow up a bomb at coordinates linked to the White House, in a social media post the student claims was just a "joke," investigators said.
Man arrested 1 month after crashing into motorcyclist at 94 mph in Volusia, officials say
A man visiting Daytona Beach Shores on vacation in July was arrested over one month after he took his girlfriend’s son’s vehicle for a drive reaching speeds up to 106 mph and fatally hitting a motorcyclist, according to Daytona Beach Shores officials.
Florida man accused of stealing gator from golf course, threw it around to teach ‘it a lesson’
A Florida man who stole an alligator from a minature-golf course, swung it around by its tail and threw it into the air claimed he was teaching the reptile “a lesson,” according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.
Man accused of slashing 40 tires in Daytona Beach arrested
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A day after releasing surveillance video showing a man slashing vehicle tires at a motel in Daytona Beach Shores, police said they have identified the man in the video and he is in custody. Jessica Long, with the Daytona Beach Shores Police Department, confirmed that the suspect, Thomas Richards, was identified and arrested Thursday afternoon. Richards is accused of targeting around 40 vehicles at seven area hotels and a beach parking lot overnight into Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, Long shared video recorded on Grand Prix Motel surveillance showing a man with dark, shoulder-length hair wearing a white shirt and light-colored shorts appearing to stab at three vehicle’s tires in the parking lot. Thomas Richards (Volusia County Jail)Daytona Beach Shores police said they believe the same person is behind about 40 other vehicles also with slashed tires discovered Wednesday morning.
VIDEO: Tire slasher targets dozens of vehicles at 7 Daytona Beach hotels
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One-by-one, surveillance video shows a man slashing three vehicle’s tires at the Grand Prix Motel in Daytona Beach overnight. Daytona Beach Shores police said they believe the same person is behind about 40 other vehicles also with slashed tires discovered Wednesday morning. “We started getting calls about people coming out from the hotels having flat tires,” Long said. One-by-one, surveillance video shows a man slashing three vehicle’s tires at the Grand Prix Motel in Daytona Beach overnight. Anyone with information is asked to call Daytona Beach police or Crimeline.
Pedestrian hit, killed in Daytona Beach Shores
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – A pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday night in Daytona Beach Shores, police said. The fatal crash was reported on South Atlantic Avenue near Dundee Road. Police said the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Details about the wreck have not been released.
Video: Florida driver crashes into cop car during DUI traffic stop, police say
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – A driver was so drunk that he backed into a patrol car during a DUI traffic stop and then denied ever doing it, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety. Records show an officer spotted a green Honda going 54 mph in a 35 mph zone and pulled the driver over around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. The driver of the Honda, 33-year-old Siang Thang, seemed “in a daze” and wasn’t initially responsive when the officer ordered him out of the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Records show Thang admitted to speeding but denied crashing into the patrol vehicle and seemed surprised when he saw the vehicle’s damage. A field sobriety test was conducted, which he failed, although he was able to recite the alphabet, the affidavit said.
‘I’m going to kill you:' Man rams car, tries to run over woman in Daytona Beach Shores, police say
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – Bystanders who heard a woman screaming for her life Sunday night in Daytona Beach Shores quickly called 911 and the suspect was arrested, according to Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety said. Officials received several 911 calls Sunday around 9:30 p.m. from the 2200 block of South Atlantic Avenue. Callers described a vehicle repeatedly ramming into another vehicle and a woman screaming for help. Video from bystanders shows what happened after the suspect rammed the victims' in their car. Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety thanked the people who called 911 and captured video showing Henderson’s alleged actions.
Guitar instructor accused of molesting 14-year-old girl may have other victims
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A guitar instructor is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety. David Benjamin, 68, of Daytona Beach Shores, was arrested Tuesday and is facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and false imprisonment. “We are aware Benjamin owns other residences in the area, including apartments at Castaways Beach Resort," according to a news release. Officials said if you have reason to believe your child was in contact with Benjamin and may be a victim to call investigators immediately. The suspect is currently in custody at the Volusia County jail with a bond of $30,000.
Teenage swimmer gets caught in rip current at Volusia County beach
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – A teenage swimmer was rescued Friday afternoon after he got caught in a rip current in Daytona Beach Shores, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. Officials said it was red flag conditions and the 17-year-old boy was swimming in an unguarded area at about noon when he started to struggle. As of 5 p.m., the boy was still receiving treatment. His condition is unknown. For tips on how to stay safe when dealing with rip currents, click here.
Man accused of rupturing spleen of victim who bumped into him while playing pool
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – A man got so upset that another man bumped him while playing pool that he attacked the victim from behind, rupturing the victim’s spleen and fracturing multiple ribs, according to Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department. The 65-year-old victim said he didn’t know why Kress hit him and his only explanation was that he might have bumped into him while he was drinking and playing pool. Records show the victim suffered a rupture spleen, which had to be surgically removed, and five fractured ribs. When he was interviewed on Sept. 29, Kress said the victim was intoxicated and as a result, lost his balance and “landed” on him, records show. He denied causing the serious injuries the victim suffered but admitted that he left the bar because he was afraid he would be arrested.
Tourist reports possible shark bite in Daytona Beach Shores
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – A tourist was possibly bitten by a shark Wednesday in Daytona Beach Shores, marking the third such incident in a two-day period. The victim, 48-year-old Eric Bowman, said he was swimming in waist-deep water at about 3:20 p.m. when he felt something bite his left foot then let go immediately after, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. On Tuesday, a 25-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark on his arm in Melbourne Beach. A few hours later, a shark bit a 15-year-old surfer on his hand in Ponce Inlet. The man required hospitalization while the teen did not.
Video: Drunk driver crashes into parked patrol car, police say
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. A driver who admitted to drinking multiple glasses of wine along with her prescription medication crashed into a parked patrol car as two teenage girls were standing outside of it, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department. Officers were speaking with two teenage girls involved in a retail theft on Atlantic Avenue around 2:45 a.m. Monday when a white Volkswagen crashed into the parked patrol car, records show. Body camera video from the incident shows one of the girls who was leaned against the hood of the patrol car fell to the concrete as a result of the crash. A blood alcohol content test performed at 5:02 a.m. yielded results of 0.113 and a second test performed a few minutes later yielded results of 0.116, according to the affidavit. Police said the patrol car was totaled.
Video: Driver flees crash scene after being pulled from burning vehicle, police say
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. A woman who was pulled from her burning vehicle during the aftermath of a crash fled from the scene before first responders could speak with her, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department. Video released from the department shows a Jeep with its front end smashed and a second vehicle nearby engulfed in flames. Officer Castellano immediately ran over to the burning vehicle to verify that no one else was trapped inside. The man who had been driving the Jeep, Jacob McRae, told police that the other vehicle pulled in front of him. After the crash, the other vehicle burst into flames as the driver was trapped inside.
Suspect arrested in social distancing attack at Florida Publix, police say
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. A man accused of punching an elderly man after the victim asked the suspects girlfriend to social distance while in line at Publix has been arrested, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Police Department. Police first publicized the attack on Monday by releasing photos to the media in attempt to identify the culprit. During the confrontation, Capozzi punched the victim in the chest, causing him to fall onto the asphalt, according to the report. Police said Capozzi then saw the victim parked in front of his Cadillac so he approached and asked, Whats your problem? Im going to say that because this was a confrontation that should not have happened, Dembinsky said.
Suspect in social distancing attack at Florida Publix turns himself in, police say
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. A man accused of punching an elderly shopper after a coronavirus social distancing confrontation at a Florida Publix has turned himself in to authorities, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Police Department. Officers distributed video Monday of a man wanted in connection with the attack and the woman he was with at the store on South Atlantic Avenue. As of now, no charges have been filed but authorities said Monday that the culprit could face a charge aggravated battery on the elderly. The names of the man and woman involved have not been released. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Daytona Beach Shores Police Department at 386-763-5347.
Florida man punches elderly victim for holding up the line after social distancing confrontation at Publix, police say
Officers responded to the grocery store chain on 3044 South Atlantic Ave. after the victim filed a report at the police department. The man says he was shopping at Publix and waiting in line at the register when a woman he did not know got in line behind him. Once at his car, a man approached the victim saying derogatory words, claiming the victim had held up the grocery line. Police say they were able to review surveillance video from inside the store and to get a description of the woman waiting in line behind the victim. Investigators say Publix does not have any footage from the incident in the parking lot.
Silver Alert: Missing Daytona Beach Shores woman found safe
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – UPDATE: A missing 79-year-old Daytona Beach Shores woman has been found safe, officials said Wednesday. ORIGINAL STORY: Officials in Volusia County have issued a silver alert and are asking for the community’s help in finding a missing Daytona Beach Shores woman who has dementia. Officials said Albringo has dementia and may be trying to go to California. According to a news release, Albringo was last seen driving a light-to-medium blue Suburu Forester with a Florida Gators license plate of HRT2T. Anyone with information about Albringo’s whereabouts is asked to call the Volusia County nonemergency line at 386-248-1777.