Drivers on I-4 caught in crossfire when traffic backs up
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a shooting on I-4 near Lake Helen that left one vehicle damaged. According to the FHP, the shooting happened around 2:20 p.m. Sunday at mile marker 113 near Stewart and Orange Camp roads. AdThe pair saw all three vehicles pull over to the left lane when traffic started to slow down. As the couple watched the SUVs disappear in the distance, the man heard a large noise come from the back of his truck, an FHP report said. One man told authorities that he saw one of the men lean outside of the driver’s side window, make hand gestures and yell at him, the FHP report stated.
Man followed, raped woman at Colby-Alderman Park in Volusia, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Authorities are investigating a reported rape at a park in Lake Helen, according to the Volusia County Sheriffs Office. Deputies said the alleged incident took place early Sunday at Colby-Alderman Park off Massachusetts Street. The woman told deputies the man grabbed her by her neck, threatened and raped her before running off, investigators said in a news release. According to the woman, the man was described as white and 40-60 years old. Anyone with information about the man or the incident should contact the Volusia County Sheriffs Office.
Coronavirus: State now tracks cases by ZIP codes
On Sunday, the Cases by Zip Code figures from the state showed ZIP code 32724, which includes all or parts of Lake Helen, DeLand, DeLand Southwest, DeLeon Springs and North DeLand, with the highest cluster 25 cases. Next was ZIP code 32174 with 19 cases, ZIP code 32713 with 16 and 32725 with 15. Here are the ZIP codes of Volusia County and the breakdown of cases in those areas: ZIP code 32114, which includes all or parts of Daytona Beach, South Daytona and Holly Hill, has 11 cases. ZIP code 32174, which includes all or parts of Bunnell, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 19 cases. ZIP code 32176, which includes all or parts of Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has less than 5.news-journalonline.com
Lake Helen home to move after builder constructs on city land
A home builder will move an under-construction home in Lake Helen after accidentally building the house on city-owned land. LAKE HELEN Travis Martin of Trayton Homes informed the Lake Helen City Commission on Thursday of plans hes never before had to make. The builder accidentally constructed a home on city-owned land and plans to pick it up and move it. "The only positive of it is Ill actually get to see how they move a house," Martin said. The city-owned lot next to Melissa Park, 450 W. Ohio Ave., was deeded to Lake Helen by the county in 2016.news-journalonline.com
Uh Oh: Lake Helen home mistakenly built on city-owned land
LAKE HELEN, Fla. – A home that was built on city-owned land in Lake Helen by mistake could be moved, according to the builder. Instead, he said the home was built 60 feet to the west, which put it on park land owned by the City of Lake Helen. City of Lake Helen officials issued this Stop Work Order after a home was mistakenly built on city-owned property. (WKMG)On Thursday night, the city council met to discuss what to do with the home that was nearly finished. Lake Helen city council members met on Thursday to discuss a home that was mistakenly built on city-owned land.
Biologists to discuss Lake Helens namesake in workshop
The City of Lake Helen will host a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday during which biologists will discuss the work being done to take care of Lake Helen and combat invasive plants. The Lake Helen City Commission will host a workshop in collaboration with biologists to discuss the citys namesake body of water and the efforts being done to care for it. The commission decided it would be beneficial for the community to hear directly from experts after some Lake Helen residents raised concerns about the herbicides used to take down hydrilla and other invasive plants. Residents with the Committee to Save Lake Helen Lake have pointed out that removing the invasive plants by mechanical means alone would not suffice, and the herbicides being used by the FWC were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. The workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 327 S. Lakeview Drive.news-journalonline.com
Lake Helen reelects Mayor Daisy Raisler, newcomer Kelly Frasca elected commissioner
Lake Helen residents took to the polls Tuesday to elect a mayor and a commissioner for Zone 1. Lake Helen residents reelected Daisy Raisler as mayor. Vernon Burton, the current vice mayor and Raislers opponent, earned more than 31%. The annual salaries are $9,913.34 for the mayor, $7,690.85 for the vice mayor and $6,947.40 for commissioners. [READ MORE: Lake Helen budgets for another cop, raises for commissioners][READ MORE: Lake Helen candidates on collaboration]news-journalonline.com
Lake Helen Mayor Daisy Raisler: Flower signs anonymously planted
Lake Helen Mayor Daisy Raisler said she isnt behind the signs that bear the flower with which she shares her name. LAKE HELEN Usually, political signs follow a pattern. [READ MORE: Lake Helen commission candidates on collaboration]The incumbent, Daisy Raisler, said she cannot claim responsibility for the signs that feature the flower with which she shares her name. Mayor Raisler was asked to explain the anonymous sign during a forum hosted Tuesday night by the Lake Helen League for Better Living. There are some beautiful flower signs out there, and they are anonymous, Raisler said.news-journalonline.com
Meet Lake Helen mayoral, commission candidates Tuesday
The candidates for mayor of Lake Helen and commissioner of Zone 1 will be on hand for a forum Tuesday evening. Lake Helen residents are invited to a forum Tuesday evening to meet mayoral and commission candidates. The forum, hosted by the Lake Helen League for Better Living, will take place at Hopkins Hall, 192 Connecticut Ave. The candidates for commissioner of Zone 1 include Tom Wilson, the current commissioner, and Kelly Frasca, who previously worked as the citys events coordinator. For additional information, call Lake Helen City Hall at 386-228-2121.news-journalonline.com
Lake Helen budgets for another cop, raises for commission members
Lake Helen's 2019-20 fiscal year budget includes another police officer and raises for members of the City Commission. The residents of Lake Helen, a city of less than 3,000, will add a police officer to their force this next fiscal year. The position is included in the 2019-20 fiscal year budget, which was approved at $3,775,085 by a 4-1 vote with City Commissioner Rick Basso dissenting. Staff initially recommended a rate of $7.30 for the 2019-20 fiscal year. [READ MORE: Police: Lake Helen man in 'mother of Satan' bomb arrest bragged of explosives skills][READ MORE: 2019 holds big developments for cities in West Volusia]news-journalonline.com
FHP: Person killed in rollover crash near Lake Helen
A vehicle rollover with a fatality was reported near Lake Helen on Sunday afternoon, authorities said. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Kenneth Hensey, 54, of Fort Myers died in a wreck at North Prevatt Avenue and Tina Davis Drive. [READ MORE: Vehicle overturns and kills 1 in Ormond Beach]Hensey was southbound on Prevatt Avenue when his vehicle ran off the road, said FHP's Lt. Kim Montes. The 2017 Ford pickup hit a tree killing Hensey, Montes said. Last Sunday, one person was killed when a vehicle flipped over on U.S. 1 north of the Nova Road intersection in Ormond Beach.news-journalonline.com
Deltona City Manager Jane Shang, accused of voter fraud, does community service in Lake Helen
Lake Helen mayor questions why Shang was left alone in city's offices since she doesn't work there. Deltona City Manager Jane Shang had a variety of options when it came to ways she could fulfill the community service requirement of her deferred prosecution agreement, stemming from a charge of voter fraud. But Shang, who manages Volusia County's most populated city, has completed just over half of her required community service, 100 hours, helping Lake Helen, one of the county's least populated cities. Most of Shang's time, over 47 hours, has been spent digitizing Lake Helen's meeting minutes from 2000-2012, said Becky Witte, city administrator of Lake Helen. While Shang finished her work for Lake Helen, the Department of Corrections didn't respond as to whether or not she had completed additional service hours outside of Lake Helen.news-journalonline.com