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Changes coming to Seabreeze High after week of fighting, security threats

A series of safety and security concerns at Seabreeze High School — including off-campus fights, a gun threat that kept 700 students home from school one day and an imposter on campus — is making the Volusia County school district take another close look at its security practices.


Ormond Beach painter chosen as cover artist for 14th-annual Wekiva Island Paint Out

Ormond Beach resident Scott Hiestand's life used to revolve around newspapers. He worked as a graphic artist for decades in publications like the St. Pete Times, Orlando Sentinel and the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Hiestand made infographics by day, but turned to his lifelong passion at the end of e


Ormond Beach police arrest 2 in connection to 7-Eleven armed robbery

ORMOND BEACH, Fl. - Two men were arrested after the robbery of a convenience store, according to the Ormond Beach Police Department. Officers were orginially dispatched out to a 7-Eleven store in the 100 block of North Nova Road on February 20 just after 11:30 p.m. in response to an armed robbery.


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


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.


VCSO: Man Charged In Rape Plot Had Child Porn

Ormond Beach, FL – A 37-year-old Ormond Beach man arrested earlier this month for plotting to rape a 3-year-old girl now faces more charges. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office announced those charges yesterday (February 22nd) against Lafe Best, saying he had at least 11 photos of young girls in sex


Impostor wearing suspicious jacket found at Daytona Beach high school

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An 18-year-old man is facing tresspassing charges after police say he was caught on the campus of Seabreeze High School. Investigators say Joshua Nankivell was caught on the campus of the Daytona Beach school Thursday, even though he's not a student.


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


Florida billionaire among men sought on charges of soliciting prostitution

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A billionaire is among the more than 100 men being sought on charges of soliciting prostitution in a major Florida operation targeting human trafficking. Florida Today reports John Childs, 77, is the subject of a warrant. He has not been arrested yet.


Ormond Beach Commission approves contentious car wash

Despite recommendations against the project from Ormond Beach staff, its own planning board, and an overwhelming number of people who decried it at a packed meeting Tuesday, city commissioners approved a car wash along Granada Boulevard.


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


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.


SC credit union armed robbery suspect arrested in Florida

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) -The suspect wanted in the Feb. 5 armed robbery of a South Carolina credit union has been arrested in Florida, according to jail logs. Samuel Neathery, 29, is currently booked in the Osceola County Jail on a fugitive warrant. Neathery currently has no bond and is scheduled to


The First-Ever All-Inclusive Resort in the Florida Keys Is Now Open (And It’s Just as Dreamy as You’d Expect)

Anyone who’s ever done the drive down the Overseas Highway knows the pure magic of the Florida Keys. Just a quick jaunt from Miami, the string of tropical islands boasts charming B&BS, towering palms, coral reefs, and striking 360-degree water views (AKA the makings of a dream beach vacation).


Have you seen this woman? Suspect is known to have at least 12 fake IDs

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. - If Keonna M. Ponder's face look familiar, it may be because it's been on at least 12 different IDs from multiple states, according to officials from the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.


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.


High Bacteria Level Leads To Daytona Swim Advisory

Daytona Beach, FL – If you want to take a dip in the ocean today, avoid the core tourist area of Daytona Beach. That’s the advice from Volusia County health officials as water testing reveals higher than normal levels of a bacteria normally found in bird waste.


Robbery Suspects Lead 4 Agencies On Chase Into Flagler

Ormond Beach, FL – Two armed robbery suspects end up behind bars after a chase involving four different agencies ends in a crash. Just after 11:30 last night (February 20th), officers with Ormond Beach Police Department responded to a 7-11 convenience store on North Nova Road by the Trails Shopping


Forest Acres manhunt suspect captured in Florida

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — The man who triggered a day-long manhunt in Forest Acres earlier this month has been captured in Florida. Samuel Levone Neathery was taken into custody in Osceola County, Florida, which is just south of Orlando and includes the town of Kissimmee. Details on how he was arrested w


Deputies release video of triple fentanyl overdose in Florida parking lot

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