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Debris contractor ditches Volusia County, cities

As Volusia County officials watched Hurricane Irma head in their direction Sept. 8, they activated their contracted hauler in anticipation of the debris that would soon begin piling up in front of homes. But the County Manager's Office received an unexpected response from AshBritt Environmental, Dep

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 01:02:30

Homicide investigation underway at Daytona Beach Shores hotel

Police are investigating a homicide Friday at a hotel in Daytona Beach Shores. The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public safety said a 34-year-old woman was found dead inside a room at the Hawaiian Inn on South Atlantic Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. First responders attempted to resuscitate the

WESH - 2017-09-22 14:41:00

Authorities: Woman found slain in Daytona Beach Shores hotel

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES - A 34-year-old woman died Friday morning at a Daytona Beach Shores hotel and authorities said they are investigating the case as a homicide. Shortly before 5:30 a.m., Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety officers responded to the Hawaiian Inn, 2301 S. Atlantic Ave., and encounter

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 16:21:57

Daytona Beach Shores homicide victim identified

Authorities have identified the woman who was found slain Friday morning inside a Daytona Beach Shores hotel room. Olympia Cerruti, 34, was the victim of a homicide that was called in shortly before 5:30 a.m. at the Hawaiian Inn, 2301 S. Atlantic Ave., police said. Lt. Michael Fowler, a spokesman fo

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 19:03:04

Beach Street: At Irma's Ground Zero, shop owners show grit to rebound

DAYTONA BEACH - Like a guard keeping watch over his shop and the city, Julian May scooted a chair up to the glass door of his antique store on Beach Street and waited out Hurricane Irma. What happened over the next 10 hours between Sept. 10 and 11 was a phenomenon so rare that it hasn't happened to

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 20:58:27

Irma damages exceed $450 million

The damage toll from Hurricane Irma continued to mount in Volusia and Flagler counties this week, as property appraisers' employees in both counties completed their final assessments. In the two counties, 7,407 properties were affected in some way by the storm, totaling $451,114,015 in damages. That

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 00:25:23

LETTERS: "How many more studies, committees and specifics do we need?"

Make a road map for change Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry wants specifics to make real changes on Main Street. Here are two specific recommendations by The Urban Land Institute in 2004 that were completely ignored: First, the city should establish a parking authority. According to the report: "T

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 08:01:00

Lane: After Irma's floods, downtown working to come back

It seemed like downtown Daytona was just starting to feel on the upswing. And then came Hurricane Irma. Mark Lane @othermarklane It seemed like downtown Daytona was just starting to feel on the upswing. Some new places had recently opened. Brown & Brown Insurance, with some fanfare, announced plans

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 20:58:11

YMCA presents Ormond Beach's new dog park

YMCA presented the plans for the first dog park in town during a groundbreaking ceremony held at the construction site on Saturday, Sept. 23. "This is the next part of our exciting project, and without the city and the county and private donors, this would not have been possible," said Teresa Rand,

ORMONDBEACHOBSERVER.COM - 2017-09-23 16:15:29

Teen, 17, arrested following Dollar General robbery in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH - A 17-year-old male was arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a Dollar General store. The store at 825 W. International Speedway Blvd. was held up around 10 p.m. Tuesday by two males with guns, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department. There were three victims in the

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 00:02:52

Festivals and more: 12 entertainment options for the week ahead

Festivals celebrating everything from the area's diverse cultures to the pastime of fishing are on the schedule for cities from Deltona to New Smyrna Beach. The events join concerts at the Daytona Beach Bandshell and plays at area theaters as entertainment options for the weekend and week ahead. Her

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 14:40:00

Irma doesn't change Brown & Brown building plans in downtown Daytona Beach

Brown & Brown Chairman of the Board J. Hyatt Brown said his insurance company's plans to build a new 10-story headquarters on the north end of Beach Street are as solid as they were before the ferocious storm hit. DAYTONA BEACH - As Hurricane Irma blasted through downtown in the predawn darkness Sep

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 21:12:26

LETTERS: "There were traffic jams .., for their selfies, Instagram and Facebook posts.'

'Disaster tourists' added to pain, mess "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Charles Dickens' words ran through my head after the storm passed. Neighbors were helping and checking on neighbors as we started to assess the damage Hurricane Irma brought to our little world of Orange

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 08:01:00

Daytona armory, Navy annex buildings to be razed

City commissioners decided at their meeting Wednesday night to demolish the 26,000-square-foot building used by the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve troops until 2013 and old Navy annex buildings. DAYTONA BEACH - By the beginning of next year, the red brick Armed Forces Reserve Center that's bee

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 03:13:03

Water spouts sprout off Ormond Beach, Daytona coasts

Several waterspouts were spotted off Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach Friday morning. Timothy Sedlock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, said deepening moisture, "along with a very weak wind profile, has made conditions favorable for water spout development, not to mentio

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 16:04:11

Police make arrests in 2016 DeLand shootings that killed 2, wounded 1

DELAND - Police announced the arrest of two people in the killings of two men in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood last year after an argument over a minor car accident. Charlie Martin, 20, of DeLand, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Jevon L. Dennis, 22, of D

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 18:33:03

Two arrested in 2016 Candlelight Oaks killings

Charles Martin IV, 20 (left), of DeLand, and Jevon L. Dennis, 22, of Deltona DeLand police have arrested two men in connection with a 2016 shooting at a party in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood that left two people dead and one injured. Charles Martin IV, 20, of DeLand, and Jevon L. Dennis, 22, o

THE DELAND-DELTONA BEACON - 2017-09-21 20:30:40

St. Vincent de Paul hosts fundraiser to help needy through 'Nearly New' Thrift Shop

Flagler Beach's St. Vincent de Paul hosted a dinner and show fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 22 at Santa Maria del Mar Parish Hall and Church to raise about $15,000 to support poor and suffering families in Flagler County, as well as those affected by Hurricane Irma. "Our 'One Vision' and 'One Hope' is

PALMCOASTOBSERVER.COM - 2017-09-23 18:14:22

Palm Coast woman found guilty of raping 1-year-old daughter

A Flagler County jury took just 20 minutes Sept. 20 to find Erin Vickers, 23, guilty of raping her one-year-old daughter. Vickers was convicted of capital sexual battery and promoting sexual performance by a child after a three-day trial presided over by Judge Dennis Craig. She has not yet been sent

PALMCOASTOBSERVER.COM - 2017-09-21 18:13:57

After 10 days without power, Deltona couple welcome normalcy

DELTONA - After going out Wednesday morning for some coffee and A/C, Troy Shimkus and his partner returned home to an unexpected, but beautiful sight. Their electricity was in the process of being repaired, 10 days after Hurricane Irma hit Florida and knocked out power throughout the state to over 6

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 01:28:38