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TRAFFIC ALERT: Heavy police activity causes delays on westbound I-4 near DeLand

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Heavy law enforcement activity is causing delays on westbound I-4 shut down near DeLand. A live Florida Department of Transportation camera showed around 10 police cruisers surrounding a small transportation van.


DeLand Purple Heart recipient who fought in Vietnam War dies at 73

DeLAND, Fla. - A Purple Heart recipient from DeLand who fought in the Vietnam War died Friday at the age of 73. Charles Edward Williams was a man of many roles: a commander, deacon, engineer, husband and father.


Volusia deputies seek man accused of trying to force his way inside home

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Volusia County deputies say they're looking for a man who tried to force his way inside a home at gunpoint and also tried to enter a separate residence. A woman said she and her husband were at their home in the 600 block of Elgrove Drive in Deltona when someone knocked loudly


Dozens Arrested in Massive Sex Trafficking Busts in Florida

A massive sex trafficking bust spanning multiple Florida cities resulted in nearly 50 arrests and 175 warrants being issued, authorities said. Officials with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said 171 arrest warrants were issued this week, and at least 45 suspects were arrested as part of the


Florida governor suspends mayor over allegations of attempted murder

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has suspended the mayor of Port Richey, Fla., after he was arrested Friday on charges of practicing medicine without a license in addition to charges of attempted homicide for allegedly shooting at officers who came to arrest him.


DeLand police seek help in locating two shooting suspects

DeLand police are asking the community for help in locating two 18-year-old DeLand residents who are suspects in a shooting. During what police said appeared to be a botched robbery Jan. 23 in the 800 block of Longview Avenue in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood, two suspects allegedly fired shots a


Florida man's death was blamed on alligators at first, but his mom's determination led to the truth

It was a few days before Christmas 2000. A pre-dawn duck hunting trip was Mike Williams' time alone before a busy anniversary weekend with his wife, Denise. As he had done so many times before, Mike got up around 3 a.m. and left his home in Tallahassee, Florida, for Lake Seminole about an hour away.


FOODIE FILE: Buddha Bowls offers peace, love and açai

A new superfood cafe opened Jan. 30 at 117 W. Howry Ave. in DeLand, on the ground floor of DaVinci Design Studios. Price: Bowls are priced from $6.50 to $11; smoothies cost $4 or $5; extra toppings range from 50 cents to $2.


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida spa

JUPITER, Fla. - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was arrested on two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring, police said Friday.


Students get into fight with construction workers in Volusia County, school officials say

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Students from Seabreeze High School got into a fight with construction workers Wednesday afternoon, according to Volusia County Public Schools. School officials said they are looking into disciplinary action after fights occurred on campus and during an off-campus lunch where s


‘Patriot’ exhibit by Anthony Armstrong at Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University is hosting “Patriot,” an exhibit of paintings by DeLand resident Anthony Armstrong, in the Visual Arts Gallery at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.


Florida triple overdose: Body cameras show Narcan rescue

(WESH) A new video from deputies in Seminole County paints a picture of the overdose epidemic in Florida. The video shows three people suffering from symptoms of drug overdose at the same gas station.


Great white shark 'May' pings off Volusia County coast

She's still growing, but great white shark "Miss May" is already impressively large. And this week, she's been swimming off the coast of Volusia and Flagler counties. A week into a month-long expedition to tag white sharks off the North Florida and South Georgia coasts, the OCEARCH crew initially ta


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Family of paralyzed Oak Hill shooting victim hires attorney to find out how teen got gun

A local attorney representing the victim in a weekend Oak Hill shooting wants to know how the 15-year-old suspected in the attack gained access to a gun and fired it at an unarmed father, paralyzing him from the neck down.


Two Suspects Wanted For Attempted 1st Degree Murder

DeLand, FL – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating two suspects wanted for attempted first-degree murder. On January 24th, 25-year-old Dexter Chambers was shot after he said he confronted four men on the driveway of his home in the Candlelight Oaks subdivision.


Stetson unveils aquatic center for rowing teams, environmental labs

Stetson University’s rowing teams and its environmental institute have a new, $7 million home on the western shore of Lake Beresford, west of DeLand. School officials hosted a ribbon-cutting Feb. 14 for the two-story Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center. Sandra Stetson, the great-granddaughter of John B. S


Suspected Armed Robbers Lead Volusia and Flagler Cops and K-9s on Chase, Ending in Arrests

Late Wednesday night, two camouflage-masked men entered the 7-Eleven convenience store at 170 North Nova Road in Ormond Beach, one of them pointing a gun at the store clerk, the other carrying a duffel bag.


Daytona sunken sailboat has feds on the lookout for owner

DAYTONA BEACH — Monique is sunk and she is causing a disruption on the river. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping to track down the owner of a derelict 39-foot sailboat, named Monique II, that is obstructing boat travel in the Halifax River north of the Main Street Bridge.


Volusia County celebrates newest off-beach park in Ormond-by-the-Sea

While it officially opened to the public days earlier, Volusia County ceremoniously cut the ribbon Friday to its newest off-beach park in Ormond-by-the-Sea. Named after the Argosy Motel that once stood on the oceanfront property for more than six decades, Argosy Park features 42 parking spots, showe