Oak Hill Vice Mayor Jeff Bracy accused of making death threats to reporter / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- I was subjected to death threats over the phone from a Volusia County politician 40 miles away who wanted a story I had planned to publish deep-sixed or as he put it, "I'll drive over there to Sanford and hunt your mother (expletive) ass down and I will shoot you until you are no longer breathing -- until you are dead. Don't write that story. I mean it.

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Frank Bruno, 1st inductee into HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He was the countywide face of politics for 20-plus years, his last eight as the 1st-ever elected county chair, before he stepped off the dais in 2012. So, it is only fitting that Frank Bruno is the internet newspaper's first inductee for the inaugural Class of 2015-'16 HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame. Here are some of the 100 individuals or entities to be inducted: • Teamsters 385 biz agent Bob Walker • Sheriff Ben Johnson • WWE's Kevin Nash • Vol. Tax Reform (M Patchett, M France, E Connor) • attorney Michael Politis • pol consultant Jim Oddie • model Tia L McDonald • ex-Deltona Cmsr Web Barnaby • AS Root • k-9 Dep Josh Vedder • Beu Sisters • Cty Council's Josh Wagner • Daytona Mayor Derrick Henry • NSB Mayor Jim Hathaway • DBPD Chief Mike Chitwood • Catheline Family • Nancy Epps • Daytona City Mgr. Jim Chisholm • Daytona PIO Susan Cerbone • Sheryl Manche; • Cty Council's Joyce Cusack • Paul Politis.
New Book: Creepy Ass Cracker: SANFORD, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com Publisher Henry Frederick has written his first book, "Creepy Ass Cracker" (842 pages, Xlibris), which hits bookstores early next year. It focuses on the sensational trial that led to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the gunshot slaying of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, but the meaning of the book's title may end up surprising you. Frederick won journalism awards for his Miami interview with Trayvon's parents; later for his trial reports at the Seminole County courthouse. Among other award-winning judicial assignments: • Witnessing execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos; • Teresa Earnhardt's civil trial keeping husband Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos sealed after the Daytona 500 fatality; • Texas Motor Speedway's legal fight to force NASCAR to provide 2nd race date. Frederick has appeared on Oxygen network's "Snapped," & Discovery Channel's "Deadly Affairs" on sultry convicted murderer Virginia Larzelere who got off death row years after her dentist-husband's slaying.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County Beach Safety crews were forced to frequently close beach access ramps in Daytona and New Smyrna on Saturday "due to capacity in the core areas" with the larger crowds here on Easter weekend, agency spokeswoman Tamra Marris told Headline Surfer®.

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Blue Origin not coming to Oak Hill / Headline Surfer®OAK HILL, Fla. -- Volusia County Chair Jason Davis said despite a second and final vote tonight by the Oak Hill City Commission on a land-use change from mixed use to manufacturing for a rocket-rebuilding plant shrouded in secrecy for weeks, tonight's expected final approval is all for naught.

That's because the project dubbed codename "Panther" that has been touted for location at the city' former dump, is headed to Brevard County's Cape Canaversl, home of NASA..

"That project is long gone," Davis reiterated to Headline Surfer this afternnon. "That ship sailed long ago to Brevard at NASA. t's a done deal." 

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Orange flames arw visible in the raw video of the fire scene, which left a family homeless Wednesday in Volusia Couhty's southern-most coastal city.

OAK HILL, Fla. -- It took 18 firefighters from Volusia County, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Brevard County a couple hours to full extinguish a two-story wood-framed home at 212 Gaines St., early on this Wednesday afternoon that left a family homeless.

An adult female was in the home at the time, but was able to get escape the flames without any injuries, but the house was completely destroyed by the fire, which was visible to responding firefighters.

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Greg Anglin of Brevard County, a veteran firefighter and fire services administrator,will take over as chief of New Smyrna Beach next month with an annual salary of $90,000.
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida native has been selected as New Smyrna Beach’s next fire chief.

The City Commission is expected to confirm Greg Anglin to lead the department at its next regular meeting, Tuesday, April 28, in City Hall Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Ave.

“We received 42 applications from around the country including many very strong candidates,” New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio told Headline Surfer®. “The interview panel and I feel Chief Anglin has the expertise and leadership skills to fit well internally with the department and in our community.”

58. DeLand mayoral candidate Pat Johnson: Daytona Beach News-Journal portraying hm as slick used car salesman

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DELAND -- The way Pat Johnson saw it, the Daytona Beach News-Journal's incessant use of a black and white photo of him in casual dress was indicative of the negative image the print newspaper was creating to protect the interests of the entrenched incumbent, Bob Apgar, in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 26 primary.

59. VCSO: Ormond Beach woman tells neighbor fatal shooting of husband Easter morning inside home accidental

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The early Easter morning shooting death of Sanford Olson at his residence at 7 Seabreeze Drive in Ormond by-the-Sea as shown in this locator map, apparently was apparently accidental at the hands of his wife, though Volusia County Sheriff's investigators haven't said so either way.

ORMOND BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office's Major Case Unit has not said definitively that the early Easter Sunday morning shooing death of a 55-year-old man in Ormond-by-the-Sea apparently at the hands of his wife was aciidental as she told a neighbor.

The victim's wife was being interviewed about the death at 7 Seabreeze Drive after receiving a call at 2:52 a.m. about a shooting that had happened. When they arrived on scene, deputies discovered he had been shot to death.

60. NSB cops: Man killed, several injured when elderly woman backs car into medical building

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Car inside building in NSB / Headline Surfer®Janet Spurgeon, 78, transported to Bert Fish MC after crashing car into med. bldg. / Headline Surfer® Photos for Headline Surfer® / Janet Spurgeon is transported to Bert Fish Medical Center with minor injuries after backing her car into the medical building at 600 Palmetto Ave. A patient inside was killed and two others injured.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Police remain baffled as to why a 78-year-old woman backed her Chevy Malibu 40 feet into a medical buildingthe afternoon of Feb. 5, killing one man and injuring two others.

"It's bizarre," then-police spokesman Sgt. Eugene Griffith told Headline Surfer®. "We're still trying to determine exactly what happened. Apparently, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, but it remains under investigation as to why."

61. Daytona Beach Shores cops: St. Augustine man killed in fiery car crash caused by excessive speed

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Michael Viola of St. Augustine killed in speeding wreck in Daytona Beach Shores, FL / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Michael Viola, 48, of St. Augustine, was killed in a fiery crash after going airborne. Excessive speed was cited as the reason for the deadly crash.

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. -- Traffic homicide investigators to this day aren't sure why a St. Augustine motorist was driving at speeds of up to 110 mph on April 25, when he crashed his Toyota hatchback leading to a fiery explosion and his death.

The driver crossed into the northbound lanes, struck a curb and became airborne -- then collided with a light pole 13 feet above ground. This led to a fiery explosion with the driver inside.

62. VCSO: Hillsborough appliance theft suspects tracked to Deltona & nabbed with U-Haul truck

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Evan Parkes, Adrain Higgins, Alexander McKinnie and Jermaine Johnson, were all allegedly involved in the theft of household appliances emanating from Hillsborough County and ending in Deltona as shown with their jail mugs here at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. 

DELTONA, Fla. -- Deputies gave an assist to investigators in Hillsborough County two days before Thanksgiving after a group of theft suspects drove a stolen U-Haul truck full of stolen appliances from Tampa to a residence in Deltona, according to a spokesman for Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.

Hillsborough deputies investigating a break-in at 13523 Staghorn Road near Citrus Park determined that appliances taken from the home had been moved to Avon Park in a stolen U-Haul truck.

63. Deltona man kicked out of Planet Fitness in Orange City after complaints about his anti-abortion T-shirts

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Mike Amaroso of Deltona in abortion controversy / Headline Surfer®Abortion controversy at gymn in Orange City / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Mike Amoroso holds up one of his anti-abortion shirts that got him kicked out of a Planet Fitness that had him featured in a WFTV news report that went viral.

ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- A 70-year-old pro-life supporter from Deltona was reportedly kicked out of the Planet Fitness in Orange City twice for wearing T-shirts with anti-abortion messages that drew complaints from several other patrons, according to a story published in November by WFTV in Orlando.

Among the slogans on the T-shirts worn by Mike Amoroso and deemed offensive by some at the workout facility: "Abortion Stops a Beating Heart" and "Pray to End Abortion."

64. Orlando Magic sign free agent Ben Gordon

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Hoping to get more offensive punch for the 2014-'15 NBA season, the Orlando Magic turned to free agent shooting guard Ben Gordon.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic signed free agent guard Ben Gordon, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced July 11, and per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Ben (Gordon) brings valuable experience to our team,” Hennigan said of the signing. “His competitiveness and ability to score and stretch the floor adds versatility to our backcourt and overall roster. We are excited to welcome Ben to the Orlando Magic family.”

65. Pace car catches fire during Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

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Chevy SS pace car catches fire with 20 laps to go in in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona as shown in screen shot and in the video on Feb. 18.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Maybe it was the full moon. Whatever the reason, one of the most bizarre scenes in in the lst 20 years took place on the track at Daytona Internationl Speedway during the final stage of the Spint Unlimited: The pace car caught fire.

66. VCSO: Pot grow operation discovered after Deltona house fire; occupant arrested

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Francisco Quintana, 41, was arrested in early December after firefighters putting out a fire Kingway Drive home, found marijuana plants inside.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Deltona firefighters and state fire marshals investigating a Dec. 3 house fire in Deltona discovered a marijuana grow operation inside, and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrested the man who lives there.

The 12:45 p.m. fire that Wednesday at 519 W. Kingway Drive in Deltona was first reported around 12:45 p.m., aheavily damaged the home, but after it was extinguished, firefighters and state investigators discovered several marijuana plants and cultivation equipment.

67. Couple with young children living with woman's corpse in Holly Hill given prison sentences; house demolished

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Nicole Scalise and Todd LaDuke, since sent to prison, squatted in a Holly Hill home for at least a month with their two young boys and the corpse of the homeowner, Tiffany Kain, (shown below) but told law enforcement they didn't know her boy was in a locked bedroom. They were arrested on Halloween 2013, when cops found the body, and the house was torn down in January 2014. 

Tiffany Kain / Headline Surfer®HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- Like a scene out of a horror movie, a Holly Hill married couple raised their 4- and 6-year-old boys in the same house with a corpse until Halloween 2013, when cops moved in with warrants for their arrests on drug charges -- at that time unaware the body was in the residence as well.

68. Danny Eslick triumphs in Daytona 200 sport bike race

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Pole-winner Danny Eslick (Riders Discount/Triumph) is interviewed before the 2014 Daytona 200, and then proceeds to go on to race in a dominating way, by winning and giving Triumph its first Daytona 200 victory since Gary Nixon in 1967. Watch the entire race here.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated the 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway, winning from the pole.

 

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In memoriam: Steve Byrnes among the best & brightest of NASCAR media personalities at Daytona & other tracks

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Video 1: NASCAR Race Hub remembers the life and career of Steve Byrnes, who died at the age of 56 after a long bout with cancer. Full Episode - April 21, 2015.
Video 2: Favorite memories of Steve Byrnes - NASCAR Race Hub - April 22, 2015.
 
Photos for Headline Surfer® / Steve Byrnes' motorsports broadcasting career is wrapped around NASCAR and tracks like Daytona International Speedway and star drivers such as Tony Stewart.

Steve Byrnes / Headline Sufer®Steve Byrnes with Tony Stewart / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In thinking of NASCAR beat writers and analysts names like ESPN's Bob Pockrass, the Daytona Beach News-Journal's Godwin Kelly and the AP's Jenna Fryer come to mind.

Whether doing a feature profile on a driver, reporting on penalties handed out following a race or even daily tweets on any number of subjects, these three come to mind.

On the television side, analysts and reporters like Dr. Jerry Punch, Jaimie Little and even Alan Bestwick who switched to IndyCar Racing with ESPN come to mind.

An analyst who could match wits with the best of the names listed above, was Steve Byrnes, the soft-spoken FOX Sports NASCAR analyst who died Tuesday, April 21, after a courageous fight with cancer. He was 56 years old.

JD Gibbs, son of racing team owner Joe Gibbs, having difficulty with brain function

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JD Gibbs with NASCAR racing owner Joe Gibbs / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Wednesday that president J.D. Gibbs, son of the team owner, is starting treatment for symptoms affecting areas of brain function.
The son of JGR founder Joe Gibbs underwent a series of tests after experiencing a gradual onset of symptoms that includes speech and processing issues. As a result, his race track presence will be limited.

Tampa Rays pitcher Alex Cobb named 'honorary starter' for 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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Tampa Rays pitcher Alex Cobb to be honorary starter for March 29 Grand Prix of St. Pete / Headline Surfer®Grand Prix of St.Pete / Headline Surfer®ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is trading in his fastball for the fast lane to serve as the honorary starter for the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season-opening Verizon IndyCar Series race, which begins at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 29.

993. Carlos Pardo declared winner posthumously after crashing into barrier in NASCAR Mexican race in 2009

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Multimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
Carlos Pardo was killed in a NASCAR-sanctioned race in Mexico in 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Carlos Pardo, 33, a driver in NASCAR's Corona Series in Mexico, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, after crashing while leading on the final laps during a race held at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed Amozoc in the Mexican state of Pueblo.

994. Formula One driver Alex Caffi survives horrific crash in 1991 Monaco Grand Prix practice run

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WORST of the Worst motorsports crashes / Headline Surfer®
Multimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
Alex Caffi survives massive crash in 1991 Monaco GP practice / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Alex Caffi's 1991 season in Formula 1 driving was dreadful, punctuated by a bad wreck in a practice run for the Monaco Grand Prix that saw his Footwork Porsche shattered in a collision, though somehow he escaped serious injury.

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Edgewater police Sgt Robert Hazelwood pins firefighter promotion bage on NSB firefighter-son, Brandon Hazelwood / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Edgewater Police Sgt. Robert Hazelwood 'pins' a promotion badge on his New Smyrna Beach firefighter-son, Brandon Hazelwood, at New Smyrna Beach City Hall.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A firefighter received a promotional pin from his police officer-father during a ceremony before the City Commission, showing a penchant for public safety runs in the Hazelwood family.

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