NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Police search for missing 13-year-old girl, last seen Saturday
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — New Smyrna Beach police are searching for a missing 13-year-old girl. Police said L’Miyah Ferguson left her home after an argument with her mother on Saturday. Ferguson was last seen on the 500 block of Brooks Street at 6 a.m.She was last seen wearing a white tank top with a purple butterfly on it and black spandex shorts. Picture of Missing 13-year-old girl L'Miyah FergusonRead: Brian Laundrie died of self-inflicted gunshot wound, attorney saysAccording to police, it is believed that Ferguson left the house with her boyfriend, 14-year-old Temoaz Jones. Ferguson doesn’t have access to a vehicle or any other known method of transportation, police said.wftv.com
New Smyrna Beach police launch new program to help prevent package thefts during holidays
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — The New Smyrna Beach Police Department is launching a new program meant to help cut down on gifts being stolen over the holiday season. “What we’d like to do is thwart that...a little proactive police work here,” Chief Mike Coffin said. According to the police department, burglaries in New Smyrna Beach increased by 27-percent between October and December in 2019 compared to those committed between July and September of that year. Ensure... Posted by New Smyrna Beach Police Department on Wednesday, November 10, 2021READ: Two people rescued after SUV crashes into pondThat’s why, with the holidays approaching, Chief Coffin says they’re launching Operation “No Scrooge Behavior,” or NSB. “This really came from our staff here,” Chief Coffin said.wftv.com
Partly cloudy skies, comfortable temps for Tuesday
ORLANDO, Fla. — Temperatures are going to be comfortable again in Central Florida on Tuesday. Central Floridians can expect partly cloudy skies throughout the day. Daytime highs will reach the low 80s. A fall front is on its way to Central Florida. It will drop daytime highs into the low to mid 70s for the rest of the week.wftv.com
This eccentric Central Florida home comes with a mirror-finish piano, chrome bed
It takes quite a lot to be an eccentric in Florida. The state is louder, tackier and more sun-addled than just about anywhere else, coming out in the decor choices of millionaires and regular folks alike. Stepping away from the pool deck, there's a beautiful water feature and a lovely firepit surrounded by swings. The rooms sway wildly in theme and color palette, going from a pink-and-blue Warhol-inspired shoe closet to a modernist grey living room. An unmissable showpiece appears in the form of a mirrored piano, and a chrome bed in the master bedroom reads like the rich man's version of Kirk Van Houten's racecar bed.photos.orlandoweekly.com
9 Investigates: Condo Association sells unit after denying widow transfer of ownership
“When my husband saw this view, he knew he was buying this condo,” Cotton said. “It’s very common to have the right to deny transfers,” Board attorney Marlene Kirtland Kirian said. “I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but they’re following their right to do that,” Kirtland Kirian said. The letter Cotton received included $5000 in a deposit from the hopeful buyers. Kirtland Kirian says if this goes to court, the declarations make it clear the Association is within its right to do this, and she expects to prevail.wftv.com
LIVE UPDATES: Miya Marcano search continues in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — The search continues for a missing Orange County woman. Read updates below:Orange County deputies said they are pouring all possible resources into Miya Marcano’s disappearance. READ: Miya Marcano case: A timeline of her disappearance“At this time, we don’t believe there’s another person involved,” Mina said. READ: Search expands to Volusia County for missing 19-year-old Orange County womanLaw enforcement officers said Caballero was questioned at the apartment complex when deputies first arrived. READ: Suspect in Miya Marcano case previously accused of throwing weight through woman’s windowDeputies will search the New Smyrna Beach area on Friday after receiving a tip.wftv.com
Search expands to Volusia County for missing 19-year-old Orange County woman
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — The search for a missing woman in Orange County expanded on Thursday amid a new tip of her possible location to law enforcement. Family and friends of Miya Marcano are continuing to hold on to hope as the search for her continues into its sixth day. WATCH: FBI helping deputies investigate disappearance of 19-year-old Miya MarcanoOrange County deputies expanded their search to an area of New Smyrna Beach, near A-1-A. Activity in the search area grew rapidly Thursday afternoon as Orange County deputies swarmed the scene. WATCH: ‘Help us bring Miya home’: Investigators continue to search for missing 19-year-old in Orange CountyChannel 9 has a crew in New Smyrna Beach and will have continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
16-year-old surfer recovering after being bitten by shark at New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA. — A 16-year-old surfer is recovering after he was bitten by a shark in Volusia County. Doyle Nielsen told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he was surfing at New Smyrna Beach when a shark swam up behind him and bit his right arm. “Doyle was right in the middle of my frame and the shark just hit him,” Scribner told “Good Morning America.” “It was over in a matter of seconds ... it’s crazy how quickly it happened.”Nielsen told “Good Morning America” that the experience won’t stop him from surfing again in the future. “I’ll definitely be surfing again, but I know that it’ll affect my mindset,” he said. “I’ll be a little more cautious in the water.”Click here to read more.wftv.com
New Smyrna Beach home destroyed in early morning fire
New Smyrna Beach home destroyed in early morning fire (City of New Smyrna Beach Fire Department)NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — According to the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, crews responded to the home at 841 Cavedo Street just before 5:30 a.m.SEE: Tesla on autopilot crashes into FHP cruiser on I-4Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 3 New Smyrna Beach home destroyed in early morning fire Fire crews responded to the home at 841 Cavedo Street just before 5:30 a.m. (City of New Smyrna Beach Fire Department)Crews from the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, Volusia County Fire Rescue and the Edgewater Fire Rescue Department battled the blaze for about three hours before the all-clear was given. READ: Jason Raynor to be honored during race weekend at Daytona International SpeedwayFirefighters said all residents of the home were able to escape the fire and there were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown. See map of fire location below: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
New Smyrna Beach man attacks dog with machete, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A New Smyrna Beach man is charged with animal cruelty for allegedly attacking a dog with a machete. Deputies arrested Richard Nelson on Friday for providing false information to investigators. READ: Florida man arrested in cockpit of Coast Guard plane after crashing through airport fenceInvestigators said the incident happened July 9 in the backyard belonging to Nelson’s friend. At the time, Nelson told deputies he had slashed the dog because it was attacking him, a report shows. Animal Control took the dog and transported it for treatment of its injuries.wftv.com
FBI: 2 arrested for conspiracy to attack Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento
Two men were indicted in connection with conspiracy to attack the Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, the FBI's San Francisco office announced Thursday. Ian Rogers and Jarrod Copeland are accused of planning the attack "using incendiary devices," officials said. FBI officials said Copeland was arrested in Sacramento on Wednesday. Rogers was arrested in January and charged in federal court with stockpiling illegal weapons. See more in the video above.news.yahoo.com
12-year-old boy plans to surf again after undergoing multiple surgeries, blood transfusion from shark bite
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A 12-year-old boy from Cocoa Beach said he plans to surf again one day after recently being attacked by a shark. Jai Villamil was surfing in New Smyrna Beach on Monday when a shark bit him multiple times, he said. He said the shark bit him in the nerves, so he did not have any pain. READ: Man, boy bitten by sharks at New Smyrna BeachHe was with a friend who had just gotten of a wave and told him he had been bitten by a shark. READ: Stingray deaths at ZooTampa blamed on ‘supersaturation’Vilamil will be wheelchair-bound for at least six to eight months as he recovers.wftv.com
2 people, including 12-year-old boy, bitten by sharks at New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Two people, including a 12-year-old, were bitten by sharks on Monday at New Smyrna Beach, the Volusia County Beach Safety reported. A 12-year-old boy was standing in waist deep water after he jumped off his surfboard when he was bitten in the right calf, officials said. Beach safety officials said he was taken to a local hospital as a trauma alert. READ: Woman bitten on foot by shark while wading in water near Daytona Beach ShoresA 71-year-old man was also bitten by a shark. Beach safety also reported a drowning on Monday.wftv.com
Happening at 10:30 a.m.: Gov. DeSantis making announcement at local restaurant
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be in Central Florida on Wednesday to make an announcement at a local restaurant. DeSantis is set to speak at The Garlic in New Smyrna Beach at 10:30 a.m.Click here to watch the news conference live on WFTV.comREAD: Gov. DeSantis signs bill banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sportsClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Online scam artist arrested in Las Vegas after stealing from Volusia woman, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County Sheriff’s Office tracked down and helped bust an online scam artist who tricked an 80-year-old New Smyrna Beach-area woman into sending him $41,000. In January, the victim told deputies that a stranger claiming to be a computer expert in New York called and told her that hackers had accessed her computer and were stealing her information. Volusia sheriff detectives tracked the checks to the accounts where they were deposited, which belonged to a Jeffrey Sorgatz in Las Vegas. READ: Florida reports 3,977 new COVID-19 cases, 66 virus-related deaths on SaturdayHuffman worked with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to positively identify Sorgatz. Sorgatz was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas and is in custody there with no bond pending extradition to Volusia County.wftv.com
Multiple brush fires sending smoke into Brevard, Orange and Volusia counties
CHRISTMAS, Fla. – At least two brush fires are creating smoky conditions throughout Central Florida Thursday evening. Multiple agencies responded to a 30-acre brush fire along Samsula Drive in New Smyrna Beach Thursday evening, according to the Volusia County Professional Firefighters Association. “High Temperature index, winds and Low Relative Humidity is a recipe for brush fires tomorrow so be mindful of out door activities,” the association wrote on Facebook. To the southwest, Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the brush fire before 5 p.m. along North Fort Christmas Road. The blaze is about 4 to 5 acres with a few spot fires, according to fire rescue.
Off-duty Daytona Beach police officer accused of stabbing man at tavern
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach police officer is charged with attempted murder after he was accused of stabbing a 24-year-old man in front of a New Smyrna Beach tavern while off duty. New Smyrna Beach police said Shane Jackson, 50, along with the victim and several others were asked to leave Tayton O’Brians at 410 Flagler Ave. Wednesday around 11 p.m. When the arresting officers learned of Jackson’s employment, Daytona Beach Police Department was notified of his arrest. “Earlier today, I released a brief statement in reference to the early morning arrest of Daytona Beach Police Officer Shane Jackson. Shane Jackson has been terminated from employment with the Daytona Beach Police Department effective immediately.
New Smyrna Beach tag and title office temporarily closed due to COVID-19 case
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The New Smyrna Beach tag and title office will be closed through the weekend after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The office will reopen Monday for walk-ins and those with previously scheduled appointments. [TRENDING: 3 children, 2 adults killed in ‘horrific’ crash | Motorcyclist killed in crash -- with bear | $1,400 payments by this weekend?] “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to our citizens who planned to conduct business in the New Smyrna Beach location today. However we are following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”AdOfficials said in a news release that the office was cleaned and disinfected overnight after the employee tested positive.
New Smyrna Beach officers cleared in fatal shooting of man who fired at them
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Three New Smyrna Beach police officers and one Volusia County deputy have been cleared of wrongdoing in a shooting that left a 25-year-old man dead last year. Thomas is then accused of climbing onto the roof of a storage facility and firing at the officers below him. Corp. Ralph Hunnefeld, Officer David McCallister and Officer Margaret Deal of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department and Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brady Bergeron returned fire, killing Thomas. Graphic body camera video from Bergeron, available here, shows the deputy shooting at Thomas at least five times but it’s unknown how many times he was shot or where the bullets struck him. After the fatal shooting, the law enforcement officers involved were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
‘Cardiac event’ blamed for New Smyrna Speedway worker’s death, sheriff’s office says
Russel Crews, 59, died of a "cardiac event" according to preliminary autopsy results, sheriff's office saysNEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Preliminary autopsy results show a “cardiac event” is to blame for the death of a New Smyrna Speedway employee on Sunday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. [TRENDING: Speedway worker dies following altercation | Teacher accused of sex with student | Tom Brady wins Super Bowl No. 7]AdDeputies responded to the New Smyrna Speedway around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday after a call about a large fight between two race teams, investigators said. Witnesses at the scene said Crews went to break up the crowd and he became involved in the fight. Investigators said there are no criminal charges pending, but the case remains open until the final autopsy report is completed.
New Smyrna Speedway employee dies after fight between race teams
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – An employee at the New Smyrna Speedway died at AdventHealth from a medical episode after a reported fight between two race teams at the track, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said investigators responded to the New Smyrna Speedway around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday after a call of a large altercation between two race teams. — Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) February 7, 2021Racing reporter Matt Weaver said Crews died after he attempted to break up a second fight between two teams. While numerous sources have addressed the events and details... Posted by New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday, February 7, 2021Crews was rushed to AdventHealth. “He was a fun individual to be around, always very thoughtful,” Crews’ friend Mario Gosselin said.
Small business owners in New Smyrna Beach try to win over shoppers
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Snookie Suat showed off her latest pieces on Thursday, hoping to catch a customer’s eye at Halos & Dreams Bead Store. Suat’s store is one of the original shops still open on quaint Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. “Twenty years, a long time on this street,” Suat said. “Sometimes you look up at the street and there’s not a person on the street and that really hurts us really bad. So, we really need to get the people back on the street to help us this year,” Suat said.
‘I heard an explosion:’ Witnesses help passengers after small plane lands in pond in New Smyrna Beach
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A small plane landed in a pond in New Smyrna Beach Tuesday evening, according to Federal Aviation Authority officials. Kevin Huffman said he’s a family practice physician and was eating dinner with his daughter nearby when the plane went down. “I heard an explosion and I thought it was a car coming off the road, flipping into the water, but then we noticed it was an airplane,” Kevin Huffman said. ‘I heard an explosion:’ Witnesses help save passengers after small plane lands in pond in New Smyrna BeachHeidi Huffman said that she watched as the plane hit the water. The Huffmans said that several people in the area ran over to help, with Kevin Huffman getting into the water himself.
Man killed, officer wounded in New Smyrna Beach shooting, deputies say
A man was killed and a New Smyrna Beach police officer was wounded during a shooting on Saturday afternoon, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified as 25-year-old Matthew Thomas of Holly Hill by Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood. An armed suspect who fled from police this afternoon in Port Orange shot and wounded a New Smyrna Beach police officer... Posted by New Smyrna Beach Police Department on Saturday, November 21, 2020Thomas then drove towards New Smyrna Beach, where he crashed outside of a storage facility in the area of Turnbull Street and Industrial Park Avenue, deputies said. Thomas was later shot and killed by a New Smyrna Beach police officer and Volusia County deputy who returned fire, according to deputies. Deputies said the shooting was captured on a body camera and the footage could be made available Sunday morning.
Eta’s impacts to close New Smyrna Beach City Gym coronavirus testing site
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – New Smyrna Beach City officials are shutting down a local coronavirus testing site, ahead of Tropical Storm Eta’s landfall. The City Gym test site at 1000 Live Oak St. will be closed Thursday due to forecast impacts from the storm, according to a tweet from the city. The @FLSERT COVID-19 testing site in the City Gym at 1000 Live Oak St. will close Thursday, Nov. 12 due to forecast impacts from Tropical Storm Eta and reopen Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 a.m.For the latest updates on state-supported testing sites, visit https://t.co/ICyugZJsT2 https://t.co/Es59kt2zCS — City of New Smyrna Beach (@CityofNSB) November 11, 2020Eta is expected to make landfall along the west coast of Florida, with Central Florida feeling impacts of the storm Wednesday evening. For more information on state-supported testing sites, click here. Download WKMG’s Hurricane Tracker App on Apple apps here.
Workers at New Smyrna Beach City Hall exposed to COVID-19
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – City leaders in New Smyrna Beach have been forced to cancel all of the city’s commission meetings next week due to the coronavirus. Several employees at New Smyrna Beach’s City Hall were exposed to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19. City leaders said all of those workers are currently in quarantine. The commission meetings scheduled for Nov. 10 have been moved to the following Tuesday.
Florida General Election Results for Volusia County on Nov. 3, 2020
Find All Race Results HereDeLAND, Fla. – Some of the key races in Volusia County include state attorney and mayor in New Smyrna Beach, Orange City and Ormond Beach. Check out all the Volusia County races, including how residents voted for president, in the list below. Check all the races in Central Florida and statewide in the dropdown menu below, and get more information on the ClickOrlando.com Results 2020 page.
Teen sues Florida school district over his Trump elephant
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A high school student is suing his central Florida school district after his parking pass was revoked when he refused to remove a large elephant statue emboldened with the Trump name from the bed of his pickup truck. Tyler Maxwell, 18, told Fox 35 in Orlando that his grandfather gave him the elephant, which he bought from an old car dealership before the 2016 presidential election. “I’ve been pretty excited for the last four years to be able to vote,” Maxwell said. He told the television station that his father then drove to the school and asked for a reason in writing why his son could not leave the Trump elephant in his truck. He didn't get an answer in writing, so the son returned with the elephant to school the next day.
Fatal house fire investigated in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – At least one person was killed Wednesday when a New Smyrna Beach house caught fire, officials said. The fire happened in the 600 block of St. Andrews Circle. A photo released by firefighters shows smoke pouring from the roof of the home. The state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire. No other details have been released.
New Smyrna Beach couple found dead in murder-suicide, deputies say
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A couple was found dead Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide, according to officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to a home in the 800 block of Bluefish Avenue to do a well-being check on the couple and found the homeowner, Joseph Patti, 58, and resident Sherrie Bolin, 54, dead. Deputies said the preliminary investigation indicates their deaths were the result of a murder-suicide by gunshots. Autopsies will be conducted Monday to confirm the cause of death, authorities said. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish at 1-800-273-8255.
4 adults, 2 kids rescued from Disappearing Island in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. Six people, including two children, were rescued from Disappearing Island in New Smyrna Beach on Monday, according to a news release from the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guard Jacksonville Sector officials said the rescue took place around 7 p.m. on Monday, after the operator of a boat reported that he was aground and had left his family on the island. The mans wife, who was on Disappearing Island, contacted Station Ponce De Leon Inlet watchstanders saying it was getting dark, the children were possibly dehydrated and that the family could use assistance, according to the news release. A Coast Guard boat crew boat crew rescued the four adults and two children from Disappearing Island and safely transferred them to Swoop Site boat ramp, where they were reunited with their other family members, the release said. No one required medical attention, according to Coast Guard officials.
23-year-old man bitten by shark off New Smyrna Beach
A 23-year-old Orlando man was bitten on the foot by a shark Sunday off New Smyrna Beach, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. Authorities said the man was standing in chest-deep water when he was bitten on the foot. Officials said the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. Volusia County Beach Safety said it flew the red and purple flag Sunday. The purple flag was flown because of jellyfish spotted close to shore.
Woman bitten by shark twice while boogie boarding at New Smyrna Beach
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A woman at New Smyrna Beach was bitten by a shark Thursday. According to officials, a 50-year-old woman from Miami was boogie boarding when a shark bit her left leg. “She kicked at the shark and received a second bite on her ankle,” Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said. Officials were unable to find the shark after the encounter. “Both bites were non-life threatening and she was not transported to the hospital,” VCBSOR added.
Police: Edgewater man with empty beer bottles in car hits motorcyclist, flees
A New Smyrna Beach man struck a motorcyclist and fled but was followed by a witness who led police to him, authorities said. A New Smyrna Beach man struck a motorcyclist and fled but was followed by a witness who led police to him, authorities said. The officer saw two empty beer bottles in Krzyzaks car. According to the report, the windshield of Krzyzaks car was shattered and the top was torn from the frame. Krzyzak denied hitting the motorcyclist and said the top of the car was ripped off by a falling branch, the report said.news-journalonline.com
Mothers Day weekend: 14 Volusia beach ramps to open Saturday
Beginning Saturday, Volusia County beaches will be opening up 14 beach access ramps between Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach to a limited number of vehicles. DAYTONA BEACH Beach driving and parking will ramp up Saturday as 14 Volusia County beach approaches will open in time for Mothers Day weekend. Volusia County officials announced Friday that beaches Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach will open to a limited number of vehicles. It is very important for people to realize that the opening of the ramps is for beach parking and not for beach driving. "I think we should all be thankful that, 1) beach parking will once again be allowed," said Kavanaugh.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: Volusia diners return to restaurants under limited occupancy
Those tables are spaced at least eight feet apart, further than the required six feet, said general manager Jim Rushing. "We've completely closed our indoor dining room just to keep everybody outside, where we feel its most safe," Rushing said. Ron DeSantis banned sit-down dining at restaurants on March 20. They decided going out to eat was well worth the risk, though, because its something theyve missed being able to do. Theyve been ordering takeout just as often since restaurants closed their doors to sit-down dining.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus Volusia beaches reopening: Heres what you need to know
Volusia County reopens its beaches Saturday, with a few extra rules. If youre planning a trip to Volusia County beaches, which reopen Saturday to a wider array of activities, you should be aware of some social-distancing limitations. Heres a glance:BEACH DRIVING: Beach access for motor vehicles will remain limited to people with disabilities tags at three ramps, Williams Avenue in Daytona Beach, Dunlawton Boulevard in Daytona Beach Shores and Third Avenue in New Smyrna Beach. SMALL GROUPS: People may not congregate in groups of more than six people. [READ MORE: Volusia hotel reservations spike as beaches relax rules]news-journalonline.com
Volusia County: Heres what will reopen as Florida rolls back coronavirus closures
Volusia County leaders are scheduled to provide an update Wednesday on how COVID-19 has afflicted the area. Ron DeSantis issued a new executive order allowing some businesses to reopen with restrictions beginning May 4. Officials in Volusia County began rolling back some restrictions, including opening beach access, prior to the governors order. Below are the following Volusia County businesses and facilities that will reopen or operate under modified standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on May 4:Beaches: Volusia County has been gradually lifted restrictions on beach access since late April. Libraries: Volusia County libraries are currently operating on curbside pickup only which will continue but beginning May 4, nine of Volusia Countys libraries will begin offering public access to computers.
Coronavirus: Volusia beaches provide break from pandemic
While it certainly didnt feel like a normal day at the beach, locals up and down Volusia County still flocked to the coast on Saturday searching for any sense of normalcy during this coronavirus era. While lounging is still prohibited at Volusia County beaches, they are open to those who wish to exercise (walking, jogging, biking), fish, surf and swim. I saw the beach was open and just wanted to get out of the house. We just wanted to see something other than the walls of our house, Brown said as the two tossed a frisbee back and forth. Being here, it allows you to think just a little bit more positively it shows that things arent going to stay this way forever.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: NSBs Colors of Hunger program ramps up efforts during crisis
The organization is now handing out facemasks and hand sanitizer in response to the pandemic. More importantly, the program added two vital items to each bagged meal: facemasks, and hand sanitizer. Being able to get facemasks for protection and some hand sanitizer its keeping other people safe, too, not just them." Last month, the distillery began producing hand sanitizer in response to the pandemic, similar to what Holly Hills Copper Bottom Craft Distillery is doing. Owner Tom McPeek estimates theyve produced at least 1,800 gallons of hand sanitizer over the past five weeks.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: New Smyrna Beach shop donating monies from special tee to DeLand nonprofit
The Florida Local is a shop based in New Smyrna Beach that sells products sourced in Florida or made by artisans in the state. The shops DeLand vernacular shirt is now part of a fundraiser to help the MainStreet DeLand Association, a nonprofit, during the coronavirus pandemic. Whichever way you say it, theres a T-shirt that captures all three, and the company behind it is donating a portion of the proceeds to help the MainStreet DeLand Association during the coronavirus pandemic. The unisex version of the DeLand vernacular shirt is green with dark green writing. The Florida Local also sells a New Smyrna Beach vernacular shirt and donates $5 from each sale to the local nonprofit Foundation 37.news-journalonline.com
NSB moves to preserve more land over Turnbull Creek
NEW SMYRNA BEACH Now that the biggest target of the citys Turnbull Creek land acquisition program has been purchased 152 acres off Pioneer Trail the City Commission decided this week to try to acquire the next parcels on the Turnbull Land Preservation list. The six parcels are on the north and south sides of State Road 44 near where the historic creek runs under the busy road. North Florida Land Trust is a nonprofit that aims to protect natural resources, historic places, farms and ranches throughout North Florida. Last time around, when the city aimed to purchase the 152-acre parcel, The Trust for Public Land handled the negotiations. The Turnbull Creek watershed, nestled between the Mosquito Lagoon and Spruce Creek, includes a mix of hardwood upland forest, cabbage palm hammock, and forested wetlands and has historic significance.news-journalonline.com
NSB boat launches to reopen to locals after coronavirus closures
Several other coastal cities have left open their own launches but New Smyrna Beach close its boat launches to stem the tide of visitorsNew Smyrna Beach City Commissioners decided to re-open the citys boat launches this Friday to "locals" only after they were shuttered due to coronavirus concerns. While several other coastal cities have left open their own launches, New Smyrna Beach shuttered theirs March 27. The caveat, however, is this: The City Commission made the motion so that if City Manager Khalid Resheidat or Police Chief Mike Coffin thinks the launch opening isnt working out, the city manager can shut everything down. "The city manager is authorized to close boat ramps if crowd control and social distancing measures are not followed." New Smyrna Beach Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Kirk said the city will be monitoring license plates and citing violators.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: Sixth Volusia death announced; more than 1,000 new cases statewide
Volusia County cases by ZIP code ZIP code 32114, which includes all or parts of Daytona Beach, South Daytona and Holly Hill, has 12 cases. ZIP code 32174, which includes all or parts of Bunnell, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 27 cases. ZIP code 32176, which includes all or parts of Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 5 to 9. ZIP code 32724, which includes all or parts of Lake Helen, DeLand, DeLand Southwest, DeLeon Springs and North DeLand, has 12. Flagler County cases by ZIP code ZIP code 32110, which includes all or parts of Palm Coast and Bunnell, has less than 5.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: 2 new deaths in Volusia; 14 new cases in Volusia, 5 in Flagler; 1,128 new cases statewide
The Florida Department of Health reported 14 new coronavirus cases in Volusia County, five in Flagler County and 1,128 statewide. There were an additional 1,128 new coronavirus cases announced Thursday evening, including 14 in Volusia County and five in Flagler County. Volusia County cases by ZIP code ZIP code 32114, which includes all or parts of Daytona Beach, South Daytona and Holly Hill, has 12 cases. ZIP code 32176, which includes all or parts of Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 5 to 9. Flagler County cases by ZIP code ZIP code 32110, which includes all or parts of Palm Coast and Bunnell, has less than 5.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: 2 new deaths in Volusia; 14 new cases in Volusia, 1 in Flagler; 666 new cases statewide
The Florida Department of Health reported 14 new coronavirus cases in Volusia County, one in Flagler County and 666 statewide. In addition there are an additional 666 new coronavirus cases Thursday morning, including 14 in Volusia County and one in Flagler County. Volusia County cases by ZIP codeZIP code 32114, which includes all or parts of Daytona Beach, South Daytona and Holly Hill, has 12 cases. ZIP code 32118, which includes all or parts of Daytona Beach, South Daytona, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Daytona Beach Shores and Holly Hill, has less than 5. ZIP code 32176, which includes all or parts of Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 5 to 9.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: Over 1,000 new cases in Florida; 2 in Volusia, 1 in Flagler
The Florida Department of Health reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases statewide Wednesday evening. The Florida Department of Health reported 1,394 new coronavirus cases Wednesday evening, including two in Volusia County and one in Flagler County. Volusia County cases by ZIP codeZIP code 32114, which includes all or parts of Daytona Beach, South Daytona and Holly Hill, has 12 cases. ZIP code 32174, which includes all or parts of Bunnell, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 20 cases. ZIP code 32176, which includes all or parts of Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 5 to 9.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: Over 1,000 new cases in Florida overnight; none in Volusia/Flagler
The Florida Department of Health reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases statewide Wednesday morning. The Florida Department of Health reported 1,152 new coronavirus cases Wednesday morning, none of which were in Volusia or Flagler counties. Volusia County cases by ZIP code:ZIP code 32114, which includes all or parts of Daytona Beach, South Daytona and Holly Hill, has 12 cases. ZIP code 32174, which includes all or parts of Bunnell, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 20 cases. ZIP code 32176, which includes all or parts of Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, has 5 to 9.news-journalonline.com
NSB man found floating in ocean dies, official says
A 71-year-old New Smyrna Beach man found floating in the ocean on Monday afternoon died in the hospital, officials said. A 71-year-old New Smyrna Beach man found floating in the ocean on Monday afternoon died in the hospital, officials said. The rescuers started CPR on Bonaski, who was unresponsive, and he was taken to AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach where he was pronounced dead, Malphurs said. Malphurs said there were no witnesses, so it is unknown if the mans death is water-related or a medical incident. DON'T MISS AN EPISODE, SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Google Playnews-journalonline.com
Coronavirus: Plenty of people pack Volusia boat ramps, beaches, despite restrictions
New Smyrna Beach closed boat ramps to recreational boaters on Friday, and many Volusia County beach access parking lots had restricted access or were completely closed. Yet many of the boat ramps and parking lots that were still open Saturday were overflowing with visitors. At Port Orange Causeway Park off Dunlawton Avenue, parking lots were full with trucks and trailers. The boat ramp saw a steady influx of boats coming and going. Katie Vedder helped her husband launch their boat in windy conditions at the Port Orange boat ramp around 2 p.m. as they do nearly every week in the warmer months.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus worries cause NSB to close boat ramps to recreational fishing
The coronavirus-related motion stated that all New Smyrna Beach boat ramps will close starting Friday and remain closed until April 14th, with the exception of allowing commercial fishermen access. NEW SMYRNA BEACH The city will close boat ramps to recreational fishing starting Friday due to the increasing amount of coronavirus cases in the state. [CORONAVIRUS: U.S. tracking map]The motion that passed the commission 3-2 stated that all New Smyrna Beach boat ramps will close starting Friday and remain closed until April 14th, with the exception of allowing commercial fishermen access. Zone 2 Commissioner Jake Sachs voted no, insisting that boat ramps should be closed as soon as possible. He said it would be better for the ramps to close starting Wednesday.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus doesnt scare off golfers, but courses taking creative precautions
And that explains the pieces of swim noodles stuffed in cups at New Smyrna Beach's city golf course. As requested at courses around the globe these days, most local golfers are being asked to leave the flagsticks in the cups on every green. Everything seems to be closed except the golf course.So far, since the coronavirus began shuttering businesses, the only area golf course to close is Palm Harbor, the municipal course in Palm Coast. Municipal courses remain open in Daytona Beach, Port Orange (Cypress Head) and New Smyrna Beach, where, Wintz said, the numbers arent down dramatically from a normal busy March. If youre not locked up in your house, this is the best place you can be on the golf course and having fun.news-journalonline.com
Police: Deltona woman arrested after driving with kids over railroad tracks
The drivers recklessness resulted in her crashing on Florida East Coast Railway property, New Smyrna Beach police said. A Deltona woman was arrested after police said she drunkenly drove across multiple active railways with three children in her car. Tessa Beckner, 30, faces multiple charges in the New Smyrna Beach incident, including child neglect, trespassing, reckless driving and DUI with an unlawful blood alcohol level of 0.20 or higher. Beckner's reckless driving resulted in her crashing on Florida East Coast Railway property, according to a report from the New Smyrna Beach Police Department. She caused minor damage to the tracks, but ripped off the front bumper and grille of her black Nissan Altima.news-journalonline.com
Coronavirus or no, St. Patricks party a go in NSB; other events axed
New Smyrna Beach and the Flagler Tavern both agreed to put a 250-person cap on a St. Patricks Day party attendance. A few private events, including the popular St. Patricks Day festival at Flagler Tavern, that has a city-issued beer garden permit, will go on as planned. "Its basically a party at Flagler Tavern. Canceling the event would do nothing, because basically, people are going to show up at Flagler Tavern for Saint Patricks Day. That includes every city meeting, with the exception of the March 24 City Commission meeting, through the end of the month.news-journalonline.com
Beachside Publix Plaza in NSB evacuated due to bomb threat, police said
Publix Plaza in New Smyrna Beach evacuated. Due to a bomb threat, police are evacuating the Publix and some surrounding business in the shopping plaza at 709 E.Third Ave. in New Smyrna Beach. The threat was directed at Publix and was reported at 8:20 a.m., said Christopher Kirk, a spokesman for New Smyrna Beach Police. Check back for more information on this developing story. DON'T MISS AN EPISODE, SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Google Playnews-journalonline.com
Volusia sex offender round-up: 16 arrested for failing to register
More than a dozen sex offenders in Southeast Volusia were arrested after Volusia County deputies checked to make sure they had registered properly. More than a dozen sex offenders in Southeast Volusia whose victims were children were arrested after Volusia County deputies checked to make sure they had registered properly. Sex offenders are required to report any vehicles and license tags, addresses, phone numbers, and social media accounts, among other things. "In all, about 80 checks were made," said Volusia County Sheriffs Office spokesman Andrew Gant. " Marshals Service and Florida Department of Law Enforcement and focused on areas in Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill.news-journalonline.com
Beachside Publix Plaza in NSB back to normal after bomb threat, police said
Publix Plaza in New Smyrna Beach was evacuated after bomb threat. Person Baker Acted following threat. The beach side Publix Shopping Plaza in New Smyrna Beach is back to business as usual, and a person has been Baker Acted in relation to a bomb threat on Friday which forced an evacuation at the plaza, police said. The bomb threat was reported at 8:20 a.m. at the Publix, 709 E.Third Ave. in New Smyrna Beach. The threat was directed at the Publix and the shopping center was cleared at 10:46 a.m., said Christopher Kirk, a spokesman for New Smyrna Beach Police.news-journalonline.com
Police: Patient feeling neglected sets his AdventHealth NSB hospital bed on fire
Believing the hospital staff would not help him, the patient lit a plastic bag with a cigarette lighter and set his hospital bed on fire, police said. A man in a New Smyrna Beach hospital for respiratory problems set his bed on fire to get the attention of the medical staff he believed was ignoring him, authorities said. John David King, 75, of New Smyrna Beach, is charged with arson. Nurses became aware of the fire after another patient sharing the hospital room with King pushed the emergency button on his bed, investigators said. Hospital authorities said it will cost $4,000 to replace the hospital bed, police said.news-journalonline.com
Crowds enjoy the party at New Smyrna Beachs Art Fiesta
New Smyrna Beach hosted its 58th annual Art Fiesta over the weekend, a show that featured 230 artisans and crafters from around the country. Visitors to the show at Old Fort Park on Julia Street browsed the street and park while listening to musical entertainment throughout the weekend.news-journalonline.com
Crowds enjoy the party at New Smyrna Beachs Art Fiesta
New Smyrna Beach hosted its 58th annual Art Fiesta over the weekend, a show that featured 230 artisans and crafters from around the country. Visitors to the show at Old Fort Park on Julia Street browsed the street and park while listening to musical entertainment throughout the weekend.news-journalonline.com
FHP: 1 killed in head-on crash near NSB
A Port Orange man was killed Tuesday in a head-on crash on State Road 415 near New Smyrna Beach, authorities said. A Florida Highway Patrol report states that Marcus Breihan, 39, was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Tomoka Farms Road around 5:15 p.m.[READ MORE: Woman dies following Port Orange crash][READ MORE: Port Orange woman dies in crash on Tomoka Farms Road]A nouthbound SUV driven by Janice Van Blairicom, 72, of Deltona, saw the oncoming car and swerved to avoid it, but Breihand then crashed into the left side of her SUV and then head-first into the pickup following her, Montes said. The four occupants of the SUV were not injured, but driver James Martin, 66, was taken as a trauma alert to Halifax Health Medical Center, authorities said, and listed in serious condition. Van Blairicom was not injured the report stated, but Breihan was killed at the scene. DON'T MISS AN EPISODE, SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Google Playnews-journalonline.com
NSB rejects borrow pit project
New Smyrna Beach leaders quickly voted down the idea for an excavation area near State Road 44. NEW SMYRNA BEACH Residents came out in droves to voice disapproval of a plan for a borrow pit near State Road 44 and Interstate 95. The borrow pit was slated for the vacant, undeveloped property located on the South side of State Road 44 at Sugar Mill Drive. A borrow pit is a deep excavation of land similar to what is done for a storm water retention pond, except it's a little bit larger. In this case, whats proposed is it would be restored to look like a natural lake or a storm water pond, said Fields.news-journalonline.com
FPC wins Five Star wrestling tourney
FPC also scored a third place finish from 170 pound Garrick Schwartz, who was 2-1 and took third with a 8-1 win over New Smyrnas Thomas Connell. Although FPC had no placers in four weight classes, another factor that also weighed to its favor was the battle for team points. Culbreth wins at Clay RotaryMatanzas senior Shaun Culbreth won yet another tournament weight class title and scored 34 team points to lead the Pirates to a 13th place at the Clay Rotary Wrestling Invitational Friday and Saturday. Culbreth, the Pirates 126 pounder won 3-2 in the tournament final over Clays Riley Holton for his second tournament win in as many weeks. He took fourth after reaching the consolation final, but lost 10-9 in a bid for third place.news-journalonline.com
NSB police want to add drone aircraft
New Smyrna Beach police department emphasizes benefits to adding drones as policing tool. NEW SMYRNA BEACH New Smyrna Beach Police Department is looking to become the latest local law enforcement agency to fly drones in public safety and crime fighting situations. A drone can also help firefighters in communicate the locations of the the hottest parts of a fire. Drones aircraft are already at work elsewhere in Volusia County, for police in Daytona Beach and Holly Hill, and the Sheriffs Office. If the law enforcement agency first obtains a search warrant signed by a judge authorizing the use of a drone.news-journalonline.com
Pettis Park playground in NSB gets needed new equipment
Pettis Park playground is an "asset" to New Smyrna Beach community. NEW SMYRNA BEACH Pettis Park, the center of activity for children in the citys Historic Westside community, has a new playground where youngsters can climb, swing and slide. So having an upgrade to the park is encouraging families to start coming out again to the park," said Kim Brown, unit director for New Smyrna Beach Boys & Girls Club. In addition to the new playground, Pettis Park also has covered pavilions with cooking and restroom facilities, a multi-purpose field, double skate bowl, fitness stations and courts for basketball, pickleball, racketball and tennis. The others are at Manatee All Childrens Playground in Riverside Park, Buena Vista Park at the foot of the North Causeway bridge, and 27th Avenue Beachfront Park.news-journalonline.com
Bar fight death in New Smyrna brings manslaughter charge
Nathan John Green is accused of punching John Richard Krause several times in the face during the fight on July 5, 2017, in the parking lot of Merks Bar & Grlll in New Smyrna Beach. NEW SMYRNA BEACH About two months after Nathan John Green completed his probation in 2017, which included an anger management class for beating a man during a fight, Green pummeled another man outside a New Smyrna Beach bar, according to court documents. Green punched John Richard Krause several times in the face during the fight on July 5, 2017, in the parking lot of Merks Bar & Grlll, 193 N. Causeway, a report states. It says that Green punched Krause several times in the face, causing Krause to fall backward. In that fight, Green and two other men were accused of beating another man during a party at a house in New Smyrna Beach.news-journalonline.com
Deputies: Carbon monoxide poisoning may have killed elderly NSB couple
An elderly New Smyrna Beach couple found dead in their condo on Sunday possibly died of carbon monoxide poisoning, investigators with the Volusia County Sheriffs Office said. Firefighters performed a carbon monoxide check on the vehicle and detected levels high enough to incapacitate or kill, Gant said. While the official cause of death will be determined after an autopsy by the medical examiner, all indications at this time point to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a vehicle left running in the garage. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death if present in sufficient concentration in the ambient air, according to the Florida Department of Health. For information about carbon monoxide poisoning, including prevention methods, visit the Florida Department of Health at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/carbon-monoxide/index.html.news-journalonline.com
Fine artists flock to NSB for Images: A Festival of the Arts
Images: A Festival of the Arts brings 237 fine artists and their best selections to New Smyrna BeachNEW SMYRNA BEACH With crowds numbering in the tens of thousands, more than 200 fine artists, 100 local student artists, seven live entertainers and more, Images: A Festival of the Arts will burst with color and activity this weekend. [Go386: 9 things to do this weekend][PHOTOS: Images Festival of Arts in New Smyrna Beach]The 44th annual festival draws 237 fine artists from 32 states and Canada to set up booths at the scenic Riverside Park Friday through Sunday. "We liked him this year," said Nance Koch, festival coordinator. Judges Katherine Gibson and Lisa Johnson narrowed the 237 fine artists down from a pool of 600 applicants, Koch said. 83 in the country in 2019 for top outdoor fine art shows.news-journalonline.com