Volusia County, hit hardest in Florida by Hurricane Nicole, estimates damage at $481 million
Damages are estimated at more than $481 million in a central Florida coastal county where homes collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean following Hurricane Nicole last week. The damages from the category 1 storm in Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach, exceeded those from the much stronger Hurricane Ian, which caused $377 million in the county,sun-sentinel.com
Hurricane Warning Issued In Florida For Strengthening Tropical Storm Nicole
Tropical storm warnings are in effect south of Boca Raton to Hallandale Beach, Florida, and north of the Space Coast to Glynn County, Georgia, and extend inland in eastern Florida to include the Orlando metro area, where tropical storm conditions are expected. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera Islands in the Bahamas. In addition to the tropical storm warning, a hurricane watch remains in effect for eastern Florida north of the Space Coast to Ponte Vedra Beach and south of Boca Raton to Hallandale Beach, including Lake Okeechobee. This means tropical storm conditions are possible in these areas. This means inundation from storm surge is possible in these areas.thewestsidegazette.com
Hurricane watch: Subtropical storm eyes Florida, Bahamas
Subtropical Storm Nicole is now expected to become a hurricane over the Bahamas before hitting Florida’s east coast on Wednesday, just well enough after polls close to avoid disrupting voting on Election Day, forecasters said. A hurricane warning is in effect for northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.news.yahoo.com
Rescue Crews in Florida Find Fully Submerged House With Human Remains Inside
Joe Raedle/GettyRescue crews going house to house in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian have encountered harrowing scenes, including scores of stranded people and at least one house that was completely submerged with human remains inside.Kevin Guthrie, Florida’s emergency management director, said during a Friday morning press briefing that authorities are reviewing 21 fatalities to see if they’re related to the catastrophic hurricane. The death toll is expected to rise as many parts of Lee Conews.yahoo.com
Deputies shoot 14-year-old girl who pointed gun at them
Deputies in central Florida shot a 14-year-old girl who they say shot at them multiple times using a pump-action shotgun. The teen, who had run away from a juvenile group home with a 12-year-old boy, was in stable condition after surgery, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a news conference late Tuesday. An angry Chitwood said the assault on law enforcement officers by two armed children was “something I’ve never seen in 35 years in policing.”news.yahoo.com
‘Unbelievable:’ Children, 12 and 14, use AK-47, other guns in shooting rampage on Volusia deputies
Two foster children broke into a Volusia County home, Tuesday night, then used guns they found inside the residence -- including an AK-47 -- to repeatedly fire at deputies for about 30 minutes, according to sheriff’s officials.
Suspects open fire on deputies before car rolls over during Central Florida police chase
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Two men have been taken into custody after a high-speed chase on a Central Florida highway. Deputies in Volusia County said the driver of a Toyota Camry sped through the streets with four passengers. Hunter led authorities on a pursuit while another man in the vehicle shot a gun through their windshield. Deputies said they chased the suspect into the thick brush and shortly after Hunter emerged without further incident. Brown remained in the brush until he was apprehended by a K-9 unit, authorities said.
Tropical Storm Eta drops more rain on South Florida
There’s also a possible area of disturbance, Invest 98L, in the southwest Caribbean near where Eta formed. It has a 90% chance — up from 80% earlier Thursday — of developing into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, according to forecasters, but it’s not expected to move northward and threaten the U.S.sun-sentinel.com
Fight between neighbors over Trump-Biden yard signs leads to arrest
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A fight over the placement of political signs led to a man punching his neighbor in the face and then arrested for the assault, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Anthony “Tony” Vullo, 55, was charged with misdemeanor battery after Volusia County sheriff’s deputies say he punched his 48-year-old neighbor, Joseph Lebert, outside of their homes in DeBary on Aug. 17. Records show that a witness told Lebert that Vullo had taken a Biden sign from Liebert’s yard and tossed it across the yard, reported sister station WKMG. Vullo said he was upset that the placement of the sign blocked his Trump sign, according to the affidavit. Deputies said the victim had obvious signs of injury near his left eye but declined medical attention.
No social distancing here: Crowds pack Daytona Beach
Hundreds of people gathered at a popular Daytona Beach boardwalk during Memorial Day weekend and were seen partying and dancing despite social distancing restrictions imposed by the state, authorities said Sunday. Police responded, attempting to disperse the crowds along A1A in Daytona Beach that were there for an annual gathering not authorized by the local government this year. Officials said they were criticized for not making use of force against the crowds and declining to make arrests for social distancing violations. Coronavirus social distancing rules in the Florida state that people must be in groups of 10 or fewer. — Daytona Beach Police (@DaytonaBchPD) May 24, 2020In South Florida, Broward County and Miami-Dade County waited until after Memorial Day to open their beaches.
Justice Department Recognizes Florida Detectives with Missing Childrens Child Protection Award
The suspect, who admitted to victimizing at least three children, was with young children at the time of his arrest. The detectives received the Missing Childrens Child Protection Award, which was announced as part of the 37th annual commemoration of National Missing Childrens Day. This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of law enforcement officers who have made a significant investigative or program contribution to protecting children from abuse or victimization. The suspects phone revealed hundreds of pornographic images and videos, and the detectives arrested him for child molestation and possession of child pornography. The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.justice.gov
Volusia County releases video of chaotic street party during coronavirus pandemic
Published: May 19, 2020, 6:55 pm Updated: May 19, 2020, 7:01 pmDELAND, Fla. – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies are still dealing with the aftermath of a recent chaotic street party. Deputies reported there were about 3,000 people at the DeLand party despite the coronavirus pandemic. VIDEO WARNING: Strong languageVideo shows a crowd attacked the deputies with glass bottles, cups of alcohol and bar stools. None of the deputies or DeLand Police Department officers at the party were wearing personal protective equipment. According to the Florida Department of Health, 30 of the 612 coronavirus patients in Volusia County are dead.
Beaches eyed as United States takes steps toward reopening
People walk up and down Huntington City Beach during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., April 25, 2020. The United States on Friday recorded 36,491 new cases of COVID-19, a record daily high, according to a Reuters tally. Global deaths linked to the virus passed 200,000 on Saturday, more than one quarter of them in the United States, the tally shows. That wasnt supposed to happen.Overchuck said he fears the return of thousands of spring breakers and tourists who in normal times are drawn to Smyrna and other county beaches. The focus on testing comes as the crisis appears to be subsiding in New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, with hospitalizations falling to their lowest in three weeks.feeds.reuters.com
Officials report first COVID-19 case in Miami-Dade County, 5th case in Broward County
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health has announced three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida increasing the state’s cases to 31. One of the new cases is the first in Miami-Dade County, the other is the fifth case in Broward County, and the third is a man who traveled from New York to Volusia County and remains in isolation in St. Johns County. State official’s report on new positive cases:
Woman passed out on side of highway from heroin overdose
CNN(CNN) - A 12-year-old girl called police after her mother passed out from a heroin overdose on the side of the highway in Volusia County, Florida, on Thursday night. When deputies arrived, they found Smith unconscious with her 12-year-old daughter, a 7-year-old boy, a 1-year-old boy and two dogs in the minivan. "I honestly took heroin because my back was hurting," Smith, 28, told the officials. "It's not, but I had no pain pill and my back was hurting and I'm making a five-hour trip," she responded. She was charged with neglect but was not immediately booked into Volusia County Branch Jail pending her treatment at the hospital, police said.
Teacher fights to get job back after being caught mowing yard naked
PORT ORANGE, Floria - A Volusia County teacher who was caught on camera mowing his lawn while nude is fighting to get his job back, WESH reported. Albert said that when longtime teacher Brian Wheeler mowed the yard naked at his Port Orange home in 2017, he made a very poor decision. This is a man who has over two decades of history teaching children in our community and successfully teaching them, Albert said. Wheeler was working at Cypress Elementary in Port Orange when he was removed. According to Albert and the paperwork she showed us, Wheeler will be fined but will retain his teaching credential.
Sharks bite 3 people in 24 hours at same Florida beach
On Saturday, 20-year-old surfer Emily Comfort was bitten on her left hand and wrist, according to Volusia County Beach Safety. Less than 24 hours after the first two bites, 51-year-old Peter Bourbeau was standing in knee-deep water when his right foot was bitten by what he described as a 4-foot-shark, Volusia County Beach Safety said. According to the International Shark Attack File, Volusia County has recorded 303 shark attacks -- the most in the United States -- since 1882. The second closest is Brevard County, Florida, with 147. Of the 1,441 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in the United States since 1837, Florida dominates the list, with 828 recorded attacks.
2 people bitten by sharks minutes apart at Florida beach
Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesNEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - uthorities say two people were bitten by sharks minutes apart at the same Florida beach. Volusia County Beach safety officials told news outlets the two bites occurred Saturday afternoon at New Smyrna Beach. A short time later, a 21-year-old man was bitten on his right foot and was treated at the scene. In Miami-Dade County, a man was injured while fishing off Key Biscayne. The University of Floridas International Shark Attack file says there have been 17 suspected shark bites involving humans in the state this year.
Helicopter spots sharks feet away from swimmers at Daytona Beach
(CNN) - Some beachgoers frolicking in the Florida surf were shocked to find out that sharks were swimming just a few feet away. Fran Kumpf told CNN affiliate WESH that she saw a shark that appeared to be about 5 feet long on Monday at Daytona Beach. "These particular ones, they would never seek out people, but they might accidentally bite a person if they thought it was a bait fish," Naylor said. Tammy Malphurs told CNN. Volusia County, which includes Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, leads the US in shark bites.