Volusia deputy finds dagger hidden in man’s shoe during courthouse security screening
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A DeBary man was charged Friday after deputies say he was caught trying to enter the Volusia County Courthouse with a dagger hidden in his shoe. READ: Volusia County reports first confirmed case of monkeypoxAccording to the Sheriff’s Office, when Irvine walked through the metal detector it gave an alert in the area of his feet. Irvine was asked to walk through a second time and the metal detector alerted around his feet again. Once the shoes were fed through the machine, Volusia County Deputy Trevor Gamble was able to see the dagger hidden in the sole of Irvine’s right shoe. Irvine was charged with carrying a concealed weapon into the courthouse, a misdemeanor.wftv.com
DeBary officials look to address panhandling issues with new ordinance
Debary officials look to address panhandling issues with new ordinance (WFTV)DEBARY, Fla. — DeBary resident Kerstin Rhoads said she has seen an influx of people lately begging for money in parking lots and at street corners. Now, city leaders have passed an ordinance that does not ban panhandling but does put restrictions on some of the actions associated with it, to help residents feel safe. “The DeBary ordinance approaches the issue a little differently,” Walters said. Walters points to the fact that the city ordinance doesn’t outlaw panhandling. “The courts have held the First Amendment protects annoying speech.wftv.com
Caught on camera: Arsonist firebombs several cars in DeBary neighborhood
Video: Caught on camera: Arsonist firebombs several cars in DeBary neighborhood Volusia County deputies are searching for an arsonist recorded on video setting fire to several cars Friday morning. (WFTV)DEBERY, Fla. — Volusia County deputies are searching for an arsonist recorded on video setting fire to several cars Friday morning. WATCH: Man befriended victim, shared soda and cigarettes, before deadly shooting outside IHOP, deputies sayDeputies released video showing a person throwing firebombs into several cars around 4:45 a.m. on Oak Springs Court. WATCH: Volusia County Beach Safety considering using drones for search and rescueDeputies said no injuries were reported in the incident. WATCH: Sanford carjacking suspects crash into family’s minivan while running from Volusia deputiesAnyone with information on the fires is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at 386-248-1777 or Crimestoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).wftv.com
Man accused of murder at DeBary IHOP to make 1st appearance
Video: Man accused of murder at DeBary IHOP to make 1st appearance (Q McCray, WFTV.com)DEBARY, Fla. — A man accused of murder was arrested overnight. Sammy McKnight Jr. is behind bars and facing a second-degree murder charge. He was arrested after being on the run from law enforcement officers since Friday. IHOP shooting suspect (Volusia County Jail)READ: Gunman at large after fight leads to shooting outside IHOP in DeBary, deputies sayChitwood also thanked the tipster who recognized McKnight and dialed 911. Chitwood said he plans to give the $5,000 reward to the tipster himself.wftv.com
Gunman & Victim identified in fatal shooting at DeBary IHOP
Video: Gunman at large after fight leads to shooting outside IHOP in DeBary, deputies say Volusia County deputies said someone was shot Friday evening after a fight outside of an IHOP restaurant. (WFTV)DEBERY, Fla. — The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has identified the gunman and victim in a shooting at a DeBary IHOP on Friday evening. READ: Gunman at large after fight leads to shooting outside IHOP in DeBary, deputies sayDeputies said the shooting happened at around 6:30 p.m. at the IHOP on Dirksen Drive in DeBary. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 3 Gunman & Victim identified in fatal shooting at DeBary IHOP Gunman & Victim identified in fatal shooting at DeBary IHOP (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)Investigators released images of McKnight’s car a light blue or gray 2007 Cadillac CTS with Florida tag LNI-T47. Gunman at large after fight leads to shooting outside IHOP in DeBery, deputies sayClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
2 hurt in boat crash on St. Johns River in Volusia County
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Two people were hurt in a boat crash in Volusia County over the weekend. The boats crashed around 10 a.m. Sunday on the St. Johns River near the Highbanks Marina in DeBary. READ: Woman ‘swinging a knife’ climbs through drive-thru window to rob Taco Bell, police sayBoth people were taken to a hospital. Eyewitness News is working to get an update on their condition. READ: Florida gas prices fall again — but don’t get used to itSee a map of the scene below.wftv.com
SunRail extends train schedule for spring break
ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re off enjoying spring break in Central Florida this weekend, you have an extra way to get around. SunRail is celebrating spring break by offering an extended train schedule from now through Friday. The rail system is offering an additional southbound train leaving DeBary at 10 p.m. making all stops until it reaches Poinciana at 11:28 p.m.“We are always looking for new ways to meet the needs of our community,” said SunRail Chief Operations Officer Charles “Mike” Heffinger in a statement. As part of the SunRail and Orlando Magic partnership, all Magic ticket holders can ride SunRail for free to and from games by showing their ticket to SunRail Conductors. READ: Pedestrian hit, killed by Brightline train in South FloridaClick here for the full schedule.wftv.com
2 lanes on I-4 remain closed for emergency roadwork
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Two lanes of eastbound Interstate 4 are still closed on Wednesday morning for emergency roadwork. The left and middle lane near mile marker 108 in DeBary were closed late Tuesday morning while crews repaired a bridge deck where a hole formed in the middle of a roadway. READ: Traffic alert: 2 lanes along I-4 closed for emergency roadway repairs in Volusia CountyThe Florida Department of Transportation said the repairs aren’t going to be done until late Wednesday morning. Traffic anchor Alexa Lorenzo is going over ways to get around the roadwork if it’s part of your commute. READ: I-4 express lanes: What you need to knowClick here to watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News This Morning for alternate routes.wftv.com
Son accused of killing mother in her DeBary home
DEBARY, Fla. — A 30-year-old man is accused of killing his mother in DeBary on Wednesday. Volusia County deputies said David Rivera, 30, was arrested late Wednesday after his mother, Belgica Rivera, 55, was found dead in her home on Sunrise Boulevard. Read: School bus driver accused of driving 4 times over the legal limit with students aboardAfter taking David Rivera into custody, deputies said they noticed dried blood on his clothes that matched his mother’s blood. Deputies said David Rivera’s previous arrests include one that stemmed from a 2016 incident involving his mother. After an argument, deputies said, he climbed a tree and killed one of his mother’s dogs by hanging it.wftv.com
Suspicious death of woman underway investigation in DeBary
DeBARY, Fla. — Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a woman who was found dead in her DeBary home Wednesday afternoon. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. UPDATE: Man shot in Daytona Beach officer-involved shooting dies, police sayNo preliminary cause of death has been officially determined. Deputies said the incident does not appear to involve a random act or threat to the community at large. READ: Police: Man fatally shot along Titusville bike trail, assailant at largeThe investigation is active and ongoing.wftv.com
Black bear killed after attacking woman in DeBary, FWC says
DEBARY, Fla. — A DeBary woman is recovering after she was hurt in a bear attack Thursday night, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). FWC said they responded along with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office around 9 p.m. after reports of the attack. READ: 9 things to do this weekend: MLK events, EPCOT International Festival of the Arts begins and moreA woman was found injured, and an adult female black bear with yearlings was found in a tree nearby, FWC said. Officials said FWC biologists shot the adult bear in the tree with a dart, and humanely killed it per FWC policy to protect public safety. 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
Volusia leaders look to address increase in mental health, behavioral issues in middle schoolers
DEBARY, Fla. — DeBary city leaders, Volusia County school district members, the sheriff’s office and parents met Wednesday night to discuss a rise in mental health, drug use and violent crimes among middle schoolers. At the meeting, the main idea came down to resources and getting children into the right programs whether it be sports, academics or mental health. During the just over half-an-hour-long discussion, parents, educators and law enforcement all weighed in on some of the concerns they’ve seen among middle school students and the effects the pandemic has had on them. READ: Volusia County nursing assistant accused of sexually abusing patient with dementiaParents said they want to see focus on counseling and mental health. “Sometimes they don’t have anybody to talk to at home.”Sandi Jackson, with SMA Healthcare, who has more than 20 years of experience working with adolescents and mental health, said social media is a major factor.wftv.com
Volusia County nursing assistant accused of sexually abusing patient with dementia
Roger Pratt A certified nursing assistant is accused of sexually abusing a patient with dementia at a rehab center in DeBary. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A certified nursing assistant is accused of sexually abusing a patient with dementia at a rehab center in Debary. Volusia County deputies arrested Roger Pratt, 72, on Wednesday after a staff member at Debary Health and Rehabilitation Center said they saw him abuse the patient and kiss her twice on the mouth. The woman involved told deputies she is one of the patients Pratt deals with, but could not recall what happened during the incident hours earlier. Deputies took Pratt into custody and transported him to the Volusia County Branch Jail where he was released on $15,000 bail.wftv.com
Another victim comes forward in DeBary man’s stalking investigation, Volusia deputies say
A DeBary man recently arrested for violating his probation following a 2017 attempted kidnapping is now facing additional charges after allegedly stalking another jogger in October, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Volusia County man faces more charges after another woman comes forward about alleged stalking
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Volusia County man has been charged with stalking after another jogger came forward, saying he followed her in DeBary in October, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies said Jonathan Buchanan was arrested Tuesday on a criminal traffic violation and violation of probation. Investigators said they arrested him after a 35-year-old woman told deputies that a man followed her in a car Monday while she was jogging in DeBary. READ: Deputies: Man who tried to kidnap girl in 2017 might be stalking women in Volusia CountySee video of his initial arrest below:Deputies said the second jogger came forward after seeing a Facebook post on Buchanan’s arrest. Buchanan, who was already in custody following his arrest Tuesday, is now also being charged with simple stalking and an additional violation of probation.wftv.com
Volusia County Parks and Recreation organizing winter break camp for kids
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Division is organizing a winter break camp for local kids between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Are you looking for an affordable, safe and fun winter break camp option for your kids? Volusia County’s Parks,... Posted by County of Volusia on Monday, November 29, 2021The camp will take place at Gemini Springs Park in DeBaryKids will have the opportunity to enjoy supervised activities, indoor and outdoor games, field trips, and arts and crafts. READ: 9 things to know about KrampusnachtThe field trips include visits to the Freedom Playground and the Central Florida Zoo. For more information, call Volusia County Recreation Superintendent Matt Coleman at (386) 736-5953.wftv.com
DeBary mayor asks sheriff’s office to intervene in growing fights, meth use among middle schoolers
DeBARY, Fla. — Fights and threats on campus and disrespectful behavior among middle school children have DeBary’s mayor looking to take action. She’s asking the sheriff’s office to come before the city council to discuss what can be done. But Chasez wants to work with the school and the sheriff’s office to see if more can be done. READ: Deputies arrest 13-year-old Umatilla Middle School student for school shooting threatThere have been more counselors available to students, less unsupervised movement through school buildings and restorative practices. The mayor said she is having the sheriff’s office come to the city council meeting Dec. 15 to discuss the problems.wftv.com
14-year-old boy accused of shooting man in leg during attempted drug deal
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A 14-year-old boy is accused of shooting a 20-year-old man in the leg in DeBary on Thursday after an attempted drug deal.
Deputies said the 14-year-old is charged with attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a juvenile -- second offense -- and violation of juvenile probation he received for his previous firearm possession charge in February.
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DeBary live-in caretaker accused of abusing disabled man under his care
DEBARY, FLA. — Volusia County deputies arrested a man over the weekend, accusing him of abusing an elderly man under his care. Deputies say 49-year-old Ryan Ganim has spent the last seven years as a live-in caretaker with power of attorney over a local couple in their seventies. Our deputies arrested the live-in caretaker of a disabled DeBary couple after the husband reported being battered and threatened by Ryan Ganim. Instead, deputies say the victim crawled out of the back of the house and walked to a neighbor’s house to call for help. Ganim was ultimately arrested and charged with abuse of an elderly or disabled adult and false imprisonment.wftv.com
Deputy-involved shooting under investigation in Volusia County
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a deputy-involved shooting Thursday night. It happened in the 100 block of Tanglewood Road in DeBary. Deputies are on scene of a deputy-involved shooting at 120 Tanglewood Road, DeBary. — Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) June 11, 2021READ: 2 men arrested in connection with deadly shooting of Titusville manThe subject was wounded but is expected to survive, according to the Sheriff’s Office. See a map of the scene below:Deputies are on scene of a deputy-involved shooting at 120 Tanglewood Road, DeBary.wftv.com
Volusia County deputies search for answers after skeletal remains found at a park
DEBARY, Fla. — Investigators with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office have a mystery on their hands after finding skeletal remains at a local park. The remains were found near a trail at Gemini Springs Park in Debary, just west of Lake Monroe. Read: 2 dead, at least 20 wounded in shooting outside Miami banquet hallThe bones were found Friday night, near the parking lot off of Dirksen Road. A deputy was posted overnight and on Saturday as detectives collected the bones and turned them over to the medical examiner. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office called this an active investigation and they plan to meet with the medical examiner on Tuesday.wftv.com
DeBary plans 2021 July Fourth celebration as COVID-19 vaccination numbers go up
DEBARY, Fla. – Like most cities, DeBary canceled last year’s Fourth of July celebration because of the pandemic but this year city leaders said they’re bringing it back. Despite the pandemic, the city has still held popular events, some at limited capacity and others with normal size crowds. Each year the city spends about $35,000 on the event and a citizens’ group raises money for the rest. Ad“We have credit for that towards this year because we did not use the fireworks,” said Chasez. Monitoring the pandemic trends, she said they will determine whether all vendors can be there this year.
DeLand man faces new charges following teen’s disappearance, return home
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man arrested in November following the disappearance and return home of a DeBary 15-year-old girl is facing new charges after further investigation, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. According to the arrest report, the girl’s father previously reported Maldonado to DeLand police for having an unauthorized relationship with his 15-year-old daughter. The teen told detectives she first met Maldonado on social media in July, according to the report. After the teen’s safe return, Maldonado was charged with interfering with child custody as well as lewd and lascivious molestation. Volusia County Jail records show he was booked into the facility on Monday.
DeBary man, 77, killed in head-on crash identified
DeBARY, Fla. – Sheriff’s officials on Monday identified a 77-year-old DeBary man who was killed last week in a head-on crash with a dump truck. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Edward Romaine died in the wreck, which happened around 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Fort Florida Road and 15th Street in DeBary. Deputies said Romaine was driving a pickup truck that struck a dump truck. Romaine was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The driver of the dump truck was not injured.
Recount on DeBary referendum finds difference of 3 votes
DEBARY, Fla. – The results from a recount on a DeBary for a referendum about budget and extension of the borrowing period found only a difference of a few votes in an already tight decision, according to the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections. Election officials said the first unofficial results showed 49.92% were in favor of approving the referendum and 50.08% were against the referendum. The recount found 5,874 “no” votes (49.94%( and 5,859 “yes” votes (50.06%), a difference of only 15 votes. The Supervisor of Elections said Florida Statue calls for a machine recount if the difference is .5% or less. After the machine recount if there is a .25% or less difference, the next recount will be manual.
Volusia County teen returns home safe, convicted felon arrested, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Volusia County deputies said a 15-year-old girl who went missing from her DeBary home early Monday morning has returned home safe and sound. The girl had last been seen around 4:15 a.m. Monday at her home on Craycroft Avenue, deputies said. Maldonado was found at his DeLand home Monday afternoon and arrested on charges of interfering with child custody. Authorities said Tuesday that Maldonado has also been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation. Maldonado is in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail with a bond of $7,500.
DeBary man, 64, struck, killed crossing Orange County road
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A 64-year-old DeBary man was struck and killed Tuesday morning while crossing an Orange County road, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The fatal wreck was reported at 6:05 a.m. on Goldenrod Road near Colonial Drive. Florida Highway Patrol said a 46-year-old Celebration woman was driving an SUV north on Goldenrod when she hit the man, who was not in a crosswalk or at an intersection. The man was taken to AdventHealth East Hospital, where he died, the FHP said. The woman, who was wearing a seat belt, was not hurt, according to troopers.
The Original Anthony's Pizzeria is coming to College Park, replacing Due Amici
click to enlarge Chirag KabrawalaDue AmiciGuess what, College Park? Due Amici, the Italian joint that aroused mixed feelings in me , has closed and is about to get replaced by ...... another Italian joint.Yes, the Original Anthony's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant has moved into the space that was long occupied by Kingfish Grill on Edgewater Drive and will serve the same dishes that all the gazillion other Original Anthony's Pizzeria & Restaurant outlets from DeBary to Kissimmee serve.There are no less than five Italian restaurants along Edgewater Drive, three – Trevi Pasta, Armando's and Adriatico – within mere feet ofAnthony's; Ragazzi's and Tornatore's are about a mile away.Oh, there's a Papa John's too.Anthony's will open this Monday.orlandoweekly.com
Volusia County man charged with father’s murder 8 years later
VOLUSIA County, Fla. – Nearly eight years after a 67-year-old DeBary man was found floating in the St. Johns River, his son has been charged with his murder, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives said Remus Jr. told people different stories about where his father was after he was dead as Remus Jr. continued to frequently visit the victim’s home. While Remus Jr. was a person of interest in the case, the Sheriff’s Office did not have enough evidence to arrest him until recently. As a result, Amrhine received a warrant to arrest 51-year-old Remus Jr. this week. Remus Jr. was booked into the Volusia County Jail Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder.
Volusia County deputies locate missing 82-year-old woman
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Update 1:52 p.m.Marjorie Lawson Byron was found safe in DeBary, officials said. Original StoryThe Volusia Sheriff’s Office is asking for the publics’ help as they try to locate a missing 82-year-old DeBary woman. According to officials, Marjorie Lawson Byron was last seen at her home on Seminole Drive late Saturday night. Deputies said Byron is about 5′2″ with grey/white hair and a thin build. Byron experiences memory loss and may not be able to answer questions,” deputies said.
Possible sinkhole opens up on private DeBary property, city officials say
Possible sinkhole opens up on private DeBary property, city officials sayDEBARY, Fla. – Portions of a road along a private DeBary property have sloughed off in what city officials said has the “characteristics” of a sinkhole, according to a news release. The depression occurred in the area of the DeBary Villas Apartments in the North Charles Richard Beall Boulevard area. City officials said that no homes or residents are in any danger from the depression. “While it does have characteristics of a sinkhole, without having a geotechnical firm evaluate the site, it cannot be confirmed,” city officials said. “As it is on private property, it would be up to the property owners to obtain a geotechnical firm to evaluate.”City officials said they would continue to monitor the depression and take appropriate action as necessary.
Video: Ticked off Turkey chases Amazon delivery driver away from DeBary home
DeBARY, Fla. One Amazon delivery driver says his friends always joked hed be one of the drivers that ends up on TV one day and due to a recent unusual wild experience thats coming true. Gary Cervera, who usually delivers on his routes in the Sanford area, was making deliveries in DeBary Saturday when he came across a ticked off turkey. The driver noticed two turkeys walking alongside a house where he had to make a delivery but he didnt think much of them even when one got closer. After dropping off the package, the delivery driver said he took out his phone and started walking faster only for the turkey to pick up speed as well. This is certainly one delivery Cervera will likely never forget.
Teens lead authorities on chase through Volusia County after attempted burglary, police say
According to a news release, Orange City Police Sergeant Jason Ward observed three subjects attempting to break into the store. Once the subjects noticed law enforcement vehicles, they got into a Black Nissan Altima and fled the scene driving southbound on North Volusia Avenue. Orange City Police Officers with the assistance of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office successfully deployed spike strips near the intersection of Enterprise Road and South Volusia Avenue. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and deployed a police K-9, a news release said. “The investigation also revealed the Nissan Altima was reported stolen out of Orange County on May 18,” officials said.
Railroad crossing work scheduled in DeBary
Work on railroad crossings in DeBary begins this weekend, and detours will be in place for motorists, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Crews will begin working on the Barwick Road crossing at 9 p.m. Saturday, and a detour will be at Fort Florida and Barwick roads, per the FDOT. The work is scheduled to be finished by 1 p.m. Sunday. At 9 p.m. Sunday crews will begin working on the crossing at Fort Florida, and a detour will be at Barwick, according to the FDOT. The work is scheduled to be completed by 1 p.m. Monday.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City having toilet paper handout events
Hundreds of West Volusia residents received rolls of toilet paper for free earlier this week and another event is coming up next week, courtesy of the Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City. In total, Benfield said the Rotary Club purchased 3,552 rolls of commercial toilet paper. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has created a nationwide shortfall of toilet paper. Compared to two-ply, virgin-fiber retail toilet paper, commercial toilet paper is often one ply of recycled fiber. Benfield said the Rotary Club plans to hold another giveaway from 4-7 p.m. on April 22 at Orange City United Methodist Church, 396 E. University Ave.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: Deputies investigate threatening calls to store employee where DeBary man coughed on cashier
The worker at Harbor Freight Tools said that on Wednesday she received two phone calls from an unknown man. Volusia County sheriff sdeputies are investigating threatening calls made to an employee of a hardware store in Orange City where a DeBary man was accused of coughing on a cashier while making fun of the coronavirus social distancing measures, authorities said. Canfora was arrested on Tuesday for coughing on a cashier at Harbor Freight Hardware near Orange City, investigators said. Volusia County deputies said on Tuesday, Canfora intentionally coughed on a retail store employee, claiming social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic is "getting out of hand." On Wednesday, when deputies contacted Canfora, he denied making the threatening and intimidating calls to the hardware store employee.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: DeBary man charged with aggravated assault after intentionally coughing on store employee
Volusia County Sheriffs Office deputies arrested a DeBary man Tuesday on a charge of aggravated assault after he intentionally coughed on a retail store employee, claiming social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic is "getting out of hand." Christopher Canfora, 49, was arrested shortly before 3 p.m. at his home in DeBary. The employee said Canfora remarked, "This is all getting out of hand," and intentionally coughed on her and the register. When deputies arrived at Canforas home, he denied coughing on anyone and said he did not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Canfora was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail where he was being held on $5,000 bond Tuesday night.news-journalonline.com
DeBary woman killed in crash, official says
A DeBary woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Friday on Dirksen Drive, according to a release from the Volusia County Sheriffs Office. A DeBary woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Friday on Dirksen Drive, according to a release from the Volusia County Sheriffs Office. Yvonne E. Walters, 63, was driving a black Isuzu SUV westbound in the 200 block of Dirksen just before 3 p.m. when witnesses say the SUV drifted across the painted median off the left side of the road and hit a tree, said Sheriffs Office spokesman Andrew Gant. [READ MORE: DeBary woman killed in Seminole County crash]No other vehicles were involved, Gant said. Walters was the sole occupant of the vehicle.news-journalonline.com
Mom and baby meet dispatcher who helped with DeBary gas station birth
Volusia County dispatcher meets baby she helped bring into the world when she got a call from a nervous father that his wife was giving birth inside their car parked at DeBary gas station. It was not exactly how Renee Wonder had planned to give birth to her third child: in the front seat of her car parked at a DeBary gas station with her nervous husband relaying instructions from a 9-1-1 dispatcher. [READ MORE: Deputies: A mother on the way to the hospital gave birth to a boy at gas station instead]The family was driving from DeBary to a hospital in Altamonte Springs about 4 a.m. Monday when the baby decided he wasnt waiting. The father, Jonas Wonder, pulled into a gas station at 399 S. Charles R. Beall Blvd. She said she was glad mother and baby were OK and back home, and was pleased to hold the baby she helped bring into the world.news-journalonline.com
Will DeBary prehistoric landmark go extinct?
DEBARY, Fla. – A prehistoric landmark could be moving out of DeBary to make room for new development. The Clayton & Sons salvage yard is up for sale along US-17-92 near the SunRail Station. Clayton & Sons have been in business since 1972, but it’s the large T-Rex outside that has become a community staple. DeBary residents are concerned that with the sale of Clayton & Sons, a prehistoric landmark will go extinct. Beaulieu wants customers to know that the salvage yard will remain open during the sale.
Deputies: A mother on the way to the hospital gave birth to a boy at gas station instead
A woman rushing to the hospital early Tuesday to have her baby did not arrive in time and the baby was born at a DeBary gas station, officials said. A woman rushing to the hospital early Tuesday to have her baby did not arrive in time and the baby was born at a DeBary gas station, officials said. The baby boy was born around 4 a.m. in the parking lot of a gas station at 399 S. Charles R. Beall Blvd., said sheriffs spokesman Andrew Gant. "Im actually driving to the hospital, my wife is about to have our baby," the father told a dispatcher. The dispatcher told the father to pull over, which he did into the parking lot of the DeBary gas station.news-journalonline.com
DeBary woman killed in Seminole County crash
A DeBary woman was killed when a car traveling next to her on State Road 417 in Sanford swerved into hers, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. A DeBary woman was killed when a car traveling next to her on State Road 417 in Sanford swerved into hers, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The collision caused Caterine Nettis vehicle to flip several times, the report stated. According to the report, Daniel Dullum, 33, of Altamonte Springs was traveling north on SR-417 in the left lane near the Interstate 4 on-ramp around 9 a.m. Thursday. Netti was traveling north in the right lane when Dullum swerved to the right and the rear of his 2002 Toyota pickup struck the left side of Nettis 2016 Chevy Spark.news-journalonline.com
Man, woman killed in DeBary RV fire
ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A man and woman were killed early Monday in an RV fire in DeBary, officials said. The double fatal fire was reported at 4:17 a.m. at the Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort at 488 W. Highbanks Road. According to Volusia County fire officials, Allan Gower, 72, and Teresa Gower, 69, Kentucky residents who often spend the winter months in DeBary, were pulled from the RV and taken to area hospitals. Allan Gower was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, and Teresa Gower was taken to AdventHealth Fish Memorial in Orange City. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives.
Missing DeBary man with dementia found safe in Jacksonville
DeBARY, Fla. – An 86-year-old DeBary man with dementia who went missing Saturday night has been found safe in Jacksonville, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Officials said a statewide Silver Alert was activated for William Eugene Hamilton, 86, who left his home in the 500 block of Quail Down Drive at about 12:20 p.m. Saturday. The Silver Alert has since been rescinded. Photo of vehicle William Hamilton was driving. (Courtesy: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)Hamilton was expected to be driving to Orange City, where he often visits businesses, but he had not returned home, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Volusia deputies searching for missing DeBary man
A statewide Silver Alert has been activated for a DeBary man who is missing and endangered and was last seen Saturday afternoon, the Volusia County Sheriffs Office said in a news release. William Eugene Hamilton, 86, left his home at 509 Quail Down Drive at 12:20 p.m. Hamilton has dementia and was last seen wearing a blue plaid shirt, khaki pants and black shoes. He was expected to be driving to Orange City, where he often visits businesses, but he has not returned home. Volusia sheriffs detectives are on the lookout for him and the Seminole County Sheriffs Office has been alerted.news-journalonline.com
DeBary man injured in house fire dies
The 27-year-old DeBary man suffered injuries in the Lake Drive house fire reported around 2 a.m. Monday. A DeBary man injured in a house fire has died, Volusia County sheriffs officials said. Jamie Garrett, 27, suffered injuries in the Lake Drive house fire reported around 2 a.m. Monday, sheriffs spokeswoman Laura Williams wrote in a statement released Tuesday. Initially, both Garrett and his grandmother got out of the burning house. The Bureau of Fire, Arson and Explosives is investigating the cause of the fire, Williams said.news-journalonline.com
Man dies after running back into burning DeBary home
DeBARY, Fla. – A man was critically injured and later died early Monday in a house fire in DeBary, officials said. According to fire officials, a woman and her grandson were in the house when the fire started in the garage. The woman told Volusia County deputies she smelled something burning and went to the garage where she found her grandson and a cloud of smoke. It was already in the attic.”Deputies say the grandmother and her grandson managed to make it out of the house. The woman ran to a neighbor’s home to call for help.
After fraudulent charge discovered, AR-15 rifle parts arrive at DeBary womans door
The bank told the DeBary resident that a fraudulent payment was successfully processed so she canceled her credit card, then the AR-15 rifle parts showed up,A DeBary woman got a package she didnt order and was surprised to find parts for an AR-15 rifle in the box. Volusia County Sheriffs Office investigators said the 69-year-old woman was notified by her bank on Dec. 4 that someone had attempted some fraudulent charges on her bank-issued credit card but that they were canceled, a report shows. The woman thought that that was the end of the issue but on Saturday, a package addressed to her was delivered to her home by UPS. The woman opened the package to find that the box was full of AR-15 rifle parts, deputies said. The report has the information of the sender redacted but deputies said the woman will be returning the parts for the high-powered rifle, deputies said.news-journalonline.com
Man living in DeBary storage unit fatally shoots friend, deputies say
DeBARY, Fla. – A man was arrested on murder charges Sunday after investigators say he fatally shot his friend in the DeBary storage unit where the suspect was living, deputies said. According to deputies, the victim’s girlfriend called 911 and said she witnessed her boyfriend being shot and killed. The woman told investigators Rivera shot her boyfriend in the head three times while they were sitting inside the storage unit. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said Rivera was living in the storage unit. Investigators said they believe Rivera was hiding out in the storage unit since October to avoid arrest.
DeBary shooting leaves 1 dead, Sheriffs Office says
A man was shot and killed Sunday night in DeBary, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. A man was shot and killed Sunday night in DeBary, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. The shooting was reported just after 7:15 a.m. at 333 E. Highbanks Road, according to a release from Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant. "All parties are being interviewed now," Gant said. [READ MORE: DeBary father shoots, kills adult son in argument over car]No further information was made available, but check back for more updates.news-journalonline.com
Burger King employee stabbed in Daytona Beach; police searching for suspect
Police are searching for a suspect who stabbed a Burger King employee Sunday afternoon. Police are searching for a suspect who stabbed a Burger King employee Sunday afternoon. Few details have been released, but Daytona Beach Police spokesman Messod Bendayan said in an email that they received a call at 4:21 p.m. about the incident at 825 North Nova Road. The caller said the employee suffered lacerations to the face and fingers, Bendayan said. Persons with information may text "CRIMES" (274637) with a cellphone or log on to www.dbpd.us and click on Anonymous Web Tips.news-journalonline.com
Man living in storage unit charged with DeBary killing, Sheriffs Office says
A man was shot and killed Sunday night in DeBary, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. A man who served 26 years man wanted for violating parole related to a previous murder conviction who was living in a storage unit in DeBary has been charged with first-degree murder in a shooting Sunday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Julio Rivera, 48, was living in storage unit #12 at 333 E. Highbanks Road, where the shooting happened, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant. When Rivera arrived back at the storage unit, he was arrested by deputies responding to the scene. "Its believed he had been staying in the DeBary storage unit since October in an effort to avoid arrest on that warrant," Gant said."news-journalonline.com
DeBary shooting leaves 1 dead, Sheriffs Office says
A man was shot and killed Sunday night in DeBary, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. A man was shot and killed Sunday night in DeBary, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. The shooting was reported just after 7:15 p.m. at 333 E. Highbanks Road, according to a release from Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant. [READ MORE: DeBary father shoots, kills adult son in argument over car]No further information was made available, but check back for more updates. Editors note: The shooting was reported just after 7:15 p.m., and not as originally reported.news-journalonline.com
Father fatally shoots son during fight in DeBary, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A father fatally shot his son during a fight at the family's home in DeBary, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office said Joseph Johnson, 62, didn't want his son driving a vehicle that was jointly owned by Cory Johnson and his mother. Around 4 p.m., a dispatcher got a call from Joseph Johnson saying he shot his 32-year-old son during a physical fight, Chitwood said. Cory Johnson died at the home. "It tears at your heart a little bit because you know that something bad happened," neighbor Mike McCurdy said.
Father shoots son in DeBary in argument over car, deputies say
A man previously arrested for domestic violence against his daughter in Brevard County shot his son dead in DeBary on Monday in an argument over a car, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. The father, Joseph Johnson, 62, called 9-1-1 around 4:37 p.m. and said he had shot his son, Cory Johnson 32, Chitwood said. [READ MORE: 1 dead in DeBary shooting]According to Chitwood, deputies were initially called to 15 Hollow Pine Drive around 3 p.m. on Monday regarding the dispute over the car. The son wanted to use the car, telling his parents his name was on the car and was entitled to use it, Chitwood said. An hour after deputies left, the father called and said there was a disturbance and that he had shot his son.news-journalonline.com
Fatal shooting report in Volusia County, deputies say
Kat Wilcox/PexelsVOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A gunman is being interviewed after a fatal shooting in DeBary on Monday afternoon, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said the shooting happened after a disturbance around 4:30 p.m. on Hollow Pine Drive. Investigators said the shooter remained at the scene and is being interviewed. Authorities have not released details about who was killed or what led to the shooting. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood is expected to provide an update around 7 p.m.
Missing bling: Tourist loses wedding ring in Florida
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A tourist lost her wedding ring while visiting Florida and now, deputies are hoping residents will say "I do" to helping the woman get it back. Volusia County deputies tweeted Wednesday that a woman who was visiting DeBary from Georgia lost her bling during a recent trip. Pictures show a silver ring with a princess cut diamond from Harry Ritchie's. Anyone who sees the ring is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at 386-668-3830 so deputies can reunite it with the owner. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Porch pirate teen caught on video stealing Amazon package from DeBary home, deputies say
Volusia County Sheriff's deputies are asking the public's help in identifying a teen seen on video stealing an Amazon package from a DeBary doorstep. Volusia County Sheriff's deputies are asking the public's help in identifying a teen seen on video stealing an Amazon package from a DeBary doorstep. In the video, the teen can be seen walking up to the residence holding a clipboard, knocking on the door, then bending over to pick up a yellow Amazon package and place it under the papers she is carrying before walking away. Deputies say the victim identified the teen as the same one who came to his door a week before, on Sept. 19, soliciting for a school fundraiser. Crime Stoppers tips may be eligible for a reward.news-journalonline.com
Volusia, Flagler, cities collecting $200 million more in taxes than 6 years ago
For many cities reliant upon property taxes in Florida, the lowered values through the Great Recession left "a big hole to dig out of," Auxier said. DeBary will be collecting $7 million in property taxes for the budget year that starts on Oct. 1. And unlike Volusia County, which manages its entire beach, Flagler Beach is responsible for its portion of beach, Carney said. Property taxes per personAnother way of evaluating property taxes is to divide the amount a community collects by its total population. Volusia County Property Appraiser Larry Bartlett said better roads and cleaner water didn't suddenly become unpopular.news-journalonline.com
DeBary raising taxes to tackle stormwater issues
DeBary's 2019-20 fiscal year budget comes with a tax increase to address, primarily, stormwater projects. DEBARY In an effort to start critical stormwater projects sooner rather than later, the City Council voted to raise taxes for fiscal year 2019-20 with an assurance from the city manager that the rate would be lowered next time. The tax rate, $3.50 per $1,000 of taxable property value, was approved Wednesday night with a 4-1 vote. "The fact of the matter is stormwater issues affect everybody in some way or another," Essrick said. "Recently, roads have crumbled, pipes have broken, streets have been closed, and the city is just a crisis away from disaster."news-journalonline.com
Florida deputy helps reunite lost dog with owner more than a year later
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - It's true that every dog has its day, even if it takes some extra time. Now, he's on his way to being reunited with his owner thanks in part to a Volusia County deputy. Others chimed in saying that Mace's owner put up flyers but never found her dog, even after recent sightings in the DeBary area. Matusick was able to contact Mace's owner, who provided pictures she had of the same dog. "Thanks to Deputy Matusick and everyone who helped keep Mace safe and return him to his rightful owner.
Volusia deputy saves American flag after storm rips it from flagpole
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A downtown DeBary restaurant is thanking a deputy for saving its American flag after a storm. The Genuine Bistro and Lounge on Highbanks Road said its 12 x 8 foot U.S. flag was ripped off the flagpole during a storm. A Volusia County deputy stopped in at the restaurant after midnight. Camera footage shows the deputy pick up the flag, fold it and bring it inside. Thank you for the kind words, the Volusia County Sheriffs Office posted on social media.
Osteen man charged with inappropriately touching child
Osteen man, who worked security at DeBary golf course, charged with inappropriate touching. Detectives ask if anyone has been a victim of inappropriate touching to contact them. A 34-year-old Osteen man hired by the DeBary Golf and Country Club Homeowner's Association as a nighttime security worker has been charged with with inappropriately touching a child under 16 years of age and detectives believe there may be additional victims, according to a statement from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The victim, who was known to Cobb, told her mother over the weekend that Cobb has been touching her inappropriately since November 2018. Anyone who may have been a victim of Cobb or any similar case is urged to call the Child Exploitation Unit at 386-323-3574.news-journalonline.com
Part of Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary closing next week for repairs
A portion of Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary will be closed Monday through Friday, according to a city notice. Crews will close Sunrise between Sepp and Fraser roads for work on a culvert repair. Residents will still be able to access their homes, and detours will be in place for motorists. Inclement weather or other circumstances may result in a change of the work schedule. For more information, call City Hall at 386-601-0207.news-journalonline.com
43-year-old DeBary woman killed in crash
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a 43-year-old woman is dead after a crash in DeBary on Wednesday. The Sheriff's Office said the preliminary investigation shows she turned her Lexus into the path of a Ford truck. The truck collided with the Lexus, according to investigators. The victim was not wearing her seat belt, according to the Sheriff's Office. The driver of the Ford was not injured in the crash, according to investigators.
DeBary man charged with murder pleads, gets 5 years for woman's fentanyl death
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said last year after the indictment that the delay caused Barretts overdose death. Romaine was the second person locally charged in a drug overdose death and the second person to enter a plea in such a case. [READ MORE: Flagler drug dealer faces murder charge in overdose death.] In February 2018, Colon was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Savannah DeAngelis, a Palm Coast resident who died in November 2017. Melanie Cunningham, 28, of Deltona is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.news-journalonline.com