Daytona Beach Shores residents worry about demolition timeline for abandoned resort
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — The Treasure Island Resort in Daytona Beach Shores has been abandoned since 2004 and labeled an eyesore by some as it’s fallen into disarray. However, some neighbors say the work has been sporadic and inconsistent, and they worry it will not get done in time for hurricane season. READ: Resort near Walt Disney World sells for $121MCity officials expect the resort to be demolished by June 2. READ: Ida retired as hurricane name by World Meteorological OrganizationSome residents have expressed concerns if the demolition isn’t done in time for hurricane season. Daytona Beach police searching for stolen Great Dane puppyClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Thursday’s forecast: Another breezy, nice day in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — We’ll have another breezy and nice day in Central Florida on Thursday. Daytime highs will be in the 70s and low 80s. We’ll warm up through the weekend, with highs in the mid-80s. What’s next for Reedy CreekThe rain chance will stay minimal this weekend and next week at 20%. The rip current risk will remain high at our beaches.wftv.com
Firefighters: High-rise catches fire after electric scooter battery explodes
(Matthew Gush/Getty Images/iStockphoto)DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — A high-rise hotel and condominium was evacuated early Monday due to a fire, Daytona Beach Fire Department said. Firefighters said the Hawaiian Inn Beach Resort at 2301 South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores caught fire just after 1 a.m. The five-story commercial hotel and condominium had smoke and flames coming from the south stairwell balcony on the third floor, firefighters said. According to firefighters, occupants were evacuated from portions of the third floor due to smoke conditions. They said the battery pack released dark smoke and caught a phone book on fire.wftv.com
Daytona Beach Shores police receive martial arts training to help reduce use-of-force injuries
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — One central Florida police department is turning to martial arts to reduce injuries to its officers and the public when things get physical. It’s the same outcome Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety wants. Here is a small clip from a recent training session at the gym. “Jujitsu is not relying on anything other than the officer and the technique,” Captain Michael Fowler with Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety said. “But also you need to get better in the social interaction and de-escalation.”READ: Astra rocket launch: Payloads were ‘not delivered to orbit’Daytona Beach Shores wants to see the program expand to other departments across the state if it is successful.wftv.com
Daytona Beach Shores hires new city manager
Kurt Swartzlander The city of Daytona Beach Shores announced this week that it has hired a new city manager. (Daytona Beach Shores)DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — The city of Daytona Beach Shores announced this week that it has hired a new city manager. Officials said Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Kurt Swartzlander was selected by the City Council on Tuesday as the next city manager, effective July 2022. Swartzlander will succeed longtime City Manager Michael Booker, who has announced he will retire this summer after 22 years. The city said Swartzlander came to Daytona Beach Shores four years ago as finance director and has also served as assistant city manager since last spring.wftv.com
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.
Woman arrested after hit-and-run crash in Daytona Beach Shores, police say
Woman arrested after hit-and-run crash in Daytona Beach Shores, police sayDAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — A woman was arrested Friday after a hit-and-run crash in Daytona Beach Shores, police said. According to a report, the car struck a light post then slammed into the bus sign where the two pedestrians were standing. The crash caused the man to suffer a serious head injury and he was taken to a hospital, where he remains hospitalized. READ: Cocoa police search for hit-and-run driver who left man for dead after crashPolice said a tip led to Meyers’ location and she was arrested at a restaurant in Daytona Beach. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Daytona Beach Shores police identify driver in hit & run crash that injured couple at bus stop
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety has identified a woman they say caused a chain-reaction crash that injured a married couple as they waited at a bus stop, then left the scene. Hit and run with one pedestrian seriously injured... Posted by Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety on Wednesday, January 19, 2022The impact of the crash forced the sedan to go into a spin and hit a light post, then the Votran bus sign where the married couple was waiting for the bus. WATCH: ‘I got attacked by a bear’: Man fights off bear at Daytona Beach homeThe man was taken to the hospital where he remains. Police say Meyers continued driving northbound after the collision. They’re asking anyone with information on where to find her to call 9-1-1 or contact Daytona Beach Department of Public Safety Sgt.wftv.com
‘He’s just special’: Meet Hunter, a therapy dog helping local first responders manage stress
Hunter, a therapy dog with the department, helps first responders manage stress that comes with the job. READ: Coin, 3 books, envelope found in time capsule under Robert E. Lee statueHunter is a station dog that lives there 24/7. “He’s brought our morale from zero back to 100.”Meet Hunter, a therapy dog helping first responders manage stress (WFTV.com News Staff)A morale boost they desperately needed after the agency suffered a devastating loss. “We’re extremely proud to have this dog,” Dembinsky said. Meet Hunter, a therapy dog helping first responders manage stress (WFTV.com News Staff)Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Cool start, partly cloudy conditions to start workweek
ORLANDO, Fla. — Monday will start off with cooler temperatures. Here’s what to expect:READ: Coronavirus: CDC issues new 2021 holiday COVID-19 guidanceTemperatures will start out in the low 60s. It will be partly cloudy throughout the day. Daytime highs will be in the low 80s. ©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
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 tries to throw live gator onto building's roof
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — (AP) — A Florida man told police officers he was “teaching it a lesson" when he tried to throw a live alligator he had stolen from a miniature golf course onto the roof of a beachside cocktail lounge, authorities said. The 32-year-old man was arrested early Thursday when Daytona Beach Shores police officers spotted him attempting to throw the gator onto the roof of a cocktail lounge located just off Highway A1A, according to a police report. The man from Homestead, Florida was taken into custody and charged with possession and injury of an alligator, unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling, theft and criminal mischief. The man told officers that he had stolen the gator from an enclosure at a nearby miniature golf course. An online court docket showed no attorney for the man, who remained in jail Friday morning.wftv.com
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.
Afternoon thunderstorms likely for parts of Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — There’s a chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms for Tuesday as hurricane season officially begins. Tuesday’s forecast will feature a mix of sun and clouds. There’s a 30% chance of storms. Only a few storms will pop up Tuesday but we’ll see a better chance of afternoon storms later this week. Hurricane season goes until Nov. 30.wftv.com
Woman bitten on foot by shark while wading in water near Daytona Beach Shores
A 21-year-old woman from Oregon was bitten by a shark Thursday morning, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. READ: Woman, 64, bitten by shark while sitting atop a paddle board in New Smyrna BeachThe woman was wading in about 4 feet of water when she was bitten on the foot, officials said. Shark bites 21 Oregon woman in the foot in the 2000 Blk of Daytona Beach Shores. She was wading in about 4 feet of water at the time — Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) May 6, 2021According to beach safety, her lacerations were non-life-threatening. READ: Man bitten by shark near Disney’s Vero Beach ResortThe woman was not taken to a hospital and the shark was not seen.wftv.com
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.
Man accused of beating pregnant woman, hurting dog arrested
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. - A man accused of beating a pregnant woman and injuring her dog has been booked into jail. Jeremy Brandon Riley, 33, was considered armed and dangerous, according to a post from the public safety department. Police said Riley severely battered the victim Sunday and took her cellphone as she was trying to call 911 for help. He fled the residence with the woman's cellphone, at which time she went to a convenience store to call for help, according to authorities. Riley is charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment, tampering with evidence, grand theft and cruelty to animals.
Biketoberfest hotel bookings slow due to Hurricane Dorian, business owner says
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. - Sun Viking Lodge owner Gary Brown said Biketoberfest is one of the busiest times of the year for his hotel. However, this year he noticed reservations were slower this time around and believes Hurricane Dorian has something to do with it. "I think it's a lingering thing in a lot of the bikers' minds that there might be a hurricane this year, so it's affected us," Brown said. Brown said Labor Day weekend was fully booked before Dorian approached the coast but mandatory evacuations changed that. Brown believes not all rooms will sell out but is confident more bikers will be coming in the next two days which could increase bookings.
Daytona Beach Shores officers share video of arrest of man who ran from investigator
PHOTO CREDIT:DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. - The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety shared video of an arrest of a man who ran from officers. The Department of Public Safety said the man knew he had a suspended license. Video posted by the police shows it appears the officer deployed a Taser during the arrest. Officers said the suspect was taken into custody with minor injuries and no one else was hurt. Authorities are reminding everyone to not drive on a suspended license and to not run from police.
Daytona Beach Shores to offer incentives to end blight along A1A
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES A series of proposals aimed at helping fill vacant buildings and empty lots along the citys stretch of State Road A1A were unanimously passed in a final vote by the City Council on Tuesday. In 2018, a News-Journal investigation documented 213 vacant lots, buildings and storefronts along State Road A1A in Volusia County, 27 of which were in Daytona Beach Shores. [READ MORE: Daytona Beach Shores could offer business incentives to fill empty lots, buildings][READ MORE: Daytona Beach Shores votes to offer business incentives to fill empty lots, buildings]Also during Tuesday's meeting, the City Council voted to offer grants to businesses to help spruce up their facades. In addition, the city will offer a lease-subsidy program to help new businesses get off the ground. Finally, the city will create an economic development agency to help attract new businesses and foster existing ones.news-journalonline.com
Daytona Beach Shores votes to offer business incentives to fill empty lots, buildings
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES A five-part proposal aimed at filling vacant buildings and lots along the city's stretch of State Road A1A passed unanimously during its first round of voting at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. "The whole council and city staff were delighted with the support we got from the residents," said Councilman Richard Frizalone, who presented the proposals to the City Council. [READ MORE: Daytona Beach Shores could offer business incentives to fill empty lots, buildings]Two changes were made during the meeting. "We want to take the sketches of what the developers want to build to the residents and get their support." The proposals will be voted on again at the City Council meeting July 9, although Frizalone is confident it will again pass.news-journalonline.com