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Ware set for Daytona 500 debut as he deals with mental health issues

DAYTONA BEACH — Cody Ware believes that reaching rock bottom is the best thing that ever happened to him. Ware, who makes his Daytona 500 debut Sunday, has long battled depression and anxiety. He first recognized an issue around the age of 17. In his worst personal struggles, the 23-year-old, third-


Motorcyclist dead after crash in Volusia County, officials say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A motorcyclist is dead after a crash Friday evening in Volusia County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash involving a motorcycle occurred at about 6:55 p.m. at Kennedy Parkway and U.S. 1.


Former Daytona Salvation Army counselor gets 20 years in prison for coercing sex

DAYTONA BEACH — A former clinical supervisor at the Salvation Army was sentenced to 20 years in prison and designated a sexual predator for coercing a woman undergoing drug rehabilitation there into performing oral sex on him.


Reports: Payless ShoeSource closing all 2,300 U.S. stores

Payless ShoeSource Inc., one of the country’s most recognizable discount shoe sellers, plans to shutter all of its U.S. stores when it files for bankruptcy later this month, according to a Reuters report.


Florida man got $980k tax refund, but he shouldn't have, feds say

A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. The IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Christopher Blanchett, who federal prosecutors said told a seven-digit lie on his 2016 income tax returns.


MARK LANE: Four years of I-95's orange barrels about to end

For four long years, I’ve avoided Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach. No more zipping over to points south. The widening and repositioning of lanes and reconfigured on- and off-ramps have been under construction since fall 2014. A long time.


Once a gay bar, NASCAR's beachside hotel birthplace is a renovated ode to the series' roots

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The Streamline Hotel, the place where NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. made the agreement to start the stock car series, is no longer the gay bar and drag show epicenter that it was five years ago.


Daytona Beach Gears Up for Legal Fight Over Panhandling Ordinance

As more than 100,000 tourists descend on Daytona Beach for Speed Week, the city is going through an unprecedented crackdown on panhandling. After months of debate, the Daytona Beach City Commission passed one of the strictest panhandling ordinances in the nation. The new ordinance basically allows n


2 Dead, 2 Wounded From Shooting at Florida Basketball Court

Authorities says two people were killed and two others were wounded from a gun fight at an outdoor basketball court in Florida. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted Friday that multiple people started shooting at each other Thursday night at a basketball court in a city park.


Florida DUI suspect heard on camera threatening black officer

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A Florida woman suspected of driving under the influence was heard on camera making racist threats toward a black police officer, according to body camera footage.


At Daytona, NASCAR's true fans are tired of the negativity

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It is late Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway. The air is cool and the beer is cold. But the temperatures of the men consuming those beverages are running plenty hot. Not too far away, in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series garage, teams are busy packing up for


Stores, restaurants ready to welcome race fans for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Around two dozen stores are now open at One Daytona in time for the Daytona 500. Last year, the entertainment center only had about a dozen stores open, but now there are double the restaurants and stores.


At least 1 dead, multiple people injured in Aurora shooting, city officials say

AURORA, ILLINOIS - City officials in Aurora, Illinois, say a shooter has been apprehended after a situation at an industrial park where four police officers were injured. Authorities will provide an update on the shooting after 6:30 p.m. Watch live in the video player at the top of this story.


Hickey on girl's neck leads to arrest of South Florida man

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A man accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl at a South Florida park last summer, giving her a hickey, was arrested on Valentine's Day. Terrence Wilkins, 28, faces a charge of lewd or lascivious battery on a 13-year-old girl.


Body of missing Brevard mom of 4 found in Osceola County

COCOA, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - The body of a missing Brevard County mother has been located in Osceola County, authorities say. Detectives and crime scene technicians were at a remote area near Nova Road and Deer Park Rd.,


Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 found in Florida high school

(WBBH) - Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 people, along with cocaine and marijuana, were found in a student's book bag at Florida's Lehigh Senior High School on Tuesday.


El Niño is here, what it means to Florida

El Niño spent the fall and early winter flirting with the Earth, warming up the equatorial Pacific but not making the connection with the atmosphere above. The coupling, however, is now complete, and the Climate Prediction Center declared Thursday that the global pattern often responsible for wetter


Snatch and dash: Purse snatching happened so fast that no one noticed it

Lunch at a Central Florida Panera Bread restaurant turned into a crime when an unsuspecting woman’s purse was grabbed from the back of her chair. The misdeed was fast and smooth. The victim didn’t notice it — nor did her companion at the other side of the table who was facing the purse snatchers who


Ormond man shoots himself in hand while cleaning gun, kills dog

The Ormond Beach man who accidentally shot himself in the hand and fatally wounded his dog while cleaning his gun earlier this week is doubting whether the dog is actually dead, he told The News-Journal on Thursday.


Jimmie Johnson accepts blame for spinning Kyle Busch at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson accepted blame for causing a second crash in five days at Daytona International Speedway, saying "everyone makes mistakes."