One Daytona at Daytona International Speedway stalled / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Here we go again with it's bigger and better than ever. Yet another grandiose story in the Daytona Beach News-Journal with the same sleazy politicians and insiders being allowed to spin the news.

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Catherine Peavy of Osteen upset with Rails to Trails / Headline Surfer®Sheryl Manche / Headline Surfer®Geraldine Morgan Clinton / Headline Surfer®OSTEEN, Fla. -- The Sunday Conversation, the internet newspaper's multimedia online newsmaker feature, focuses on Volusia County's nearly $100 million Rails to Trails program and why residents in Osteen and nearby Oak Hill, like Catherine Peavy (shown here), Sheryl Manche & Geraldine Morgan Clinton are so dead set against it.
They are especially incensed that an obscure law -- the so-callled Murphy Act -- that goes back to FDR and the New Deal, is being utilized to take front yard acreage without a penny of compensation.
And lame-duck County Councilwoman Pat Northey, who identifies herself as the "Queen of the Trails," may have poured gasoline on the fire with an on-site visit two days after her election loss, after which she gloated on the dais about the construction zone.
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. -- Yellow flags flew today on the World's Most Famous Beach®. "We had no water rescues or other significant incidents," Beach Safety's Tamra Marris said of the rainy day Friday that put a "damper on Spring Break."

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Anthony DeFeo, combative with deputies responding to 9-1-1 call of suspicious person in Deltona roadway, screams: 'I'm gonna die tonight!'

Daytona Beach News-Jouyrnal reporter arrested for kicking deputy, VCSO, says / Headline Surfer®

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Anthony Defeo, a reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, is shown in a mug shot taken at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach shortly after his 12:37 a.m. Saturday arrest in Deltona.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter bonded out of the Volusia County Branch Jail this morning after he was arrested and booked on two felony charges for allegedly fighting with deputies while intoxicated -- including allegedly kicking one of them in the mid-section -- when they responded to a 9-1-1 call of a suspicious person in the middle of a road in Deltona.

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Photo for Headline Surfer® courtesy of Orlando Magic / Shaquille O'Neal is shown with Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins during his induction Friday into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic inducted perennial NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal into its Hall of Fame on Friday at the Amway Center before the current team took to the court against the Detroit Pistons.

O'Neal became the third inductee into the Magic Hall of Fame. In addition to the induction ceremony, O'Neal was honored during the Magic's matchup vs. the Pistons later in the evening.

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Robert Lee Craddock of Port Orange/Daytona Beach Shores, FL indicted by feds in BP Oil scheme / Headline Surfer®ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal grand jury has handed up an indictment charging 54-year-old Robert Lee Craddock of Port Orange with wire fraud arising out of a scheme to defraud the compensation fund established as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

If convicted, Craddock, who also may have a residence in Daytona Beach Shores, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Craddock that the Office of US Attorney A Lee Bentley, III, is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $135,153, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

According to the indictment, following the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was being leased by BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, Craddock submitted a claim to BP and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, an independent facility established by BP to compensate qualified claimants, for lost earnings purportedly related to the impact of the oil spill on his businesses.

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Overturned rig on I-95 south in Oak Hill causes havor for most of Thursday / Headline Surfer®I-95 as shown on DOT surveillance on Oak Hill from over-turned semi / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
This overturned semi, shown at left resulted in traffic snarling north on I-95 as the southbound lanes were closed for more than 6 hours shortly after the 9 a.m. Thursday accident near the Brevard County line as shown in this state DOT snapshot in the inset.

OAK HILL, Fla. -- Traffic has been flowing smoothly in both direction on Interstate 95, but that wasn't the case for the better part of the day when a tractor-trailer overturned on the south-bound side in Oak Hill and causing the south-bound lanes to be closed for more than 6 hours.

Show Me the Money: New Smyrna Beach PD: From evidence room scandal to accreditation / Headline Surfer®

Evidence room scandal leads to revolving door of top brass before positive changes take hold in municipal force

New Smyrna Beach Interim Police Chief Donna Lavallee please her agency is accredited / Headline Surfer®First in a series / Display photo for Headline Surfer®. /
Donna Lavallee, New Smyrna Beach PD interim police chief, places her agency's official patch on a Florida accreditation board in a recent ceremony in Daytona Beach, Florida.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- After a tough five months in leading the New Smyrna Beach police force as interim police chief, Donna Lavallee has reason to smile with pride and a sense of real achievement as she gives way to new top cop Mike Coffin on Tuesday.

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Fox Sports interviews Dale Earnhardt, Jr., reigning Daytona 500 champion during Wednesday's Media Day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com was denied media credentials for Speedweeks 2015 because of its exclusive coverage of the billionaire France Family's (and proxies ) of a quarter million bucks in the campaign coffers of politicians in hopes of obtaining $250 million in taxpayer subsidies. So the internet newspaper turned to YouTube to provide coverage of what drivers like 2014 Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to say.

Daytona's Bike Week: Only 1 fatal so far

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Bikers crowd Main Street in Daytona Beach at mid-week in Daytona Beach during the 10-day motorcycle rally.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week is coming to an end and so far attendance has been light and fatalities have been limited to one.

The "500,000 bikers" figure that the Daytona-area Chamber of Commerce and local media have used for years has been exaggerated for the better part of a decade now.

And this year, there hasn't even been half that number of visitors for the 10-day rally that ends Sunday.

And as a result, fatalities are down, too. The lone biker fatality occurred in Deltona, though because it occurred during Bike Week, it's considered part of the biker rally since it's in the same county.

A motorcyclist lost his life Monday afternoon in a collision with a school bus in Deltona. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

76. NSB cops: Dad shoots son on Father's Day

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Eugene Blackwell, Sr., charged with attempted murder in shooting of son / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Eugene Blackwell, Sr., 45, remains in jail on attempted murder charges in the shooting of his son, Eugene Blackwell, Jr.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A dad shot his 18-year-old son multiple times during a domestic dispute on Father’s Day, New Smyrna Beach cops said.

Eugene Blackwell Sr., 45, was arrested on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting his son, Eugene Blackwell Jr., 18, after a domestic argument turned violent, police said.

The victim was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center shortly after the 6:34 p.m. shooting. He underwent surgery at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for multiple gunshot wounds.

77. South Daytona cops: Man attacks ATM with hatchet

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YouTube download / Scene from movie, 'Burn After Reading' with scene starring Brad Pitt as dim-witted Chad Feldheimer, John Malkovich as Osbourne Cox and Frances McDormand s Linda Litzke. Warning: Video clip contains raw language.

Phillip Moore arrested om vandalism charges in 2014 for allegedly whacking an ATM with a hatchet / Headline Surfer®SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. -- "Appearances can be deceptive." So goes the one-liner in the comedy spoof on espionage in the 2008 movie, "Burn After Reading." Such a one-liner could apply to local resident Phillip Moore, who rides a biycle like the dim-witted Brad Pitt character, Chad Feldheimer.

78. Dr. Thomas Murphy, Chicago-area cardiac surgeon, who raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1999, dies

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Tom Murphy, Chicago-area heart surgeon who aced in Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1999, died Nov. 21 /  Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dr. Thomas Murphy, a Chicago-area cardiac surgeon who raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona, now known as the Rolex 24, at Daytona International Speedway, died Nov. 21. He was 80 years old.

Murphy was on the Specter Werks Sports Team that droves a Chevrolet Corvette and finished 28th overall in the 1999 Rolex 24 sports car endurance race. Other drivers on the team were Jeff Nowicki, Rick Mancuso and Mike Farmer. It was Murphy's lone time in the world class sports car race.

Remembrance of Murphy's run in the 1999 Daytona sports car endurance race and his death comes in at No. 78 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 stories of 2014.

79. Orlando Magic's out-of-shape 'Big Baby' Glenn Davis shipped off to Los Angeles Clippers

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Glen Davis leaves Orlando Magic and is signed by LA Clippers / Headline Surfer®

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic weren't going anywhere last season while the Los Angeles Clippers had a chance to come out of the Western conference for the NBA finals, which made for a new lease on life for "Big Baby" Glen Davis.

80. Sanford cops: Alleged chicken dinner for sex with undercover officer posing as a prostitute lands man in jail

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Sanford cops say Steve Torres tried to barter chicken for sex / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- A man who was cash-strapped offered an undercover woman police officer posing as a prostitute a chicken dinner and $3 n exchange for sex during a sting in early November, Sanford cop said.

Of the seven men arrested in the sex sting, the offer by 32-year-old Steven Torres of Melbourne was the lone barter offer leading to his arrest for solicitation of sex, police said.

The chicken for sex offer comes in at No. 80 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

81. Palm Coast man sentenced to life in prison for repeated raping of 11-year-old girl on her BR floor

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Shawn Whitt of Palm Coast sentenced to life in priso in 2014 for raping girl, 11 / Headline Surfer®BUNNELL, Fla. – A Palm Coast man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl was convicted after trial by a jury and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years on Sept. 17.

Shaun Everette Whitt, 32, was convicted of sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age, a first-degree capital felony, and engaging  in sexual conduct with a minor, a first-degree felony.

Assistant State Attorney Christina Opsahl prosecuted the case, outlining the frequent and repeated sexual abuse on the 11-year-old victim by Whitt during the previous year when she was 11 years old. Physical evidence in the victim's own bedroom and a medical examination presented at trial corroborated her claims that Whitt routinely forced himself on her when she as home alone while her mother was at work.

82. DeLand cops: Man drinking beer in middle of road at night run over and killed

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Locator of man struck & killed drinking beer on roadway in DeLand / Headline Surfer®DELAND, Fla. -- A man who stopped in the middle of the road to drink a beer the night of May 30, was struck and killed by a motorist in a Chevy Tahoe, DeLand cops said.

The victim, pronounced dead at the scene of the accident was identified three days later as 57-year-old Jorge Lewis Rivera of New Jersey.

Here's a synopsis of what happened as described by DeLand police: Witnesses told cops the man who may have been intoxicated, walked from a gas station on North Woodland Boulevard, crossed the concrete median and continued into the southbound lane. Then at 8:37 p.m. he stopped in the middle lane of traffic and began drinking a beer when he was struck by the passing motorist who didn't see him. 

 

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Kurt Busch: 'All I've got to do is go out there and do my job," at least that's what he says in the NASCAR PR video

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla -- NASCAR has put out a nw video featuring the re-instated Kurt Busch with the message: I just have to go out there and do my job."

What's the point? Why does he have to say it? Is it to convince himself? Convince NASCAR fans? Convince his team? Convince NASCAR? Or is this NASCAR PR? Or perhaps some combination of all of the above?

The age-old adage is yiu keep your mouth shut and you let your driving do your talking for you? He says the team has provided him with the cars. That his name is atop the door. So what?

Hasn't he always been among NASCAR's top-tier talents? He has a Sprint Cup championship to his credit. Dale Earnhrdt, Jr., is trying to garner his first campioship, though Junior has two Daytona 500 championships under his bert while Busch has none.

Busch maintains he was innocent of any wrongdoing that led to his championship. And that was re-empgasized by the [proesecutor's office in Delaware where cklaims of domestic abuse were lodged by his ex-girlfriend. And there was the injuction for protection that led to NASCAR suspending him and focing him to sit out the Daytona 500.

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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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.
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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OAK HILL, Fla. -- Elected officials from Oak Hill, Pierson, and Deltona were guests of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at its facility on Tiger Bay Road in Daytona Beach.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- The City of Edgewater has decided to tell us where we can and cannot park our cars on our own property.

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ESSEX, Vt.— We could inquire as to what Barack Obama’s presidency communicates in these years of brutal disappointment, and waning American entheos.

Orion lifts off from Cape Canaveral: 'New era in space'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- It's a new era in space flight with today's launch of the Orion spacecraft.

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HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame / Headline Surfer®

HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame entrants:

• Volusia Tax Reform (Margie Patchett, Maureen France, Ed Connor);
• Michael Politis, private attorney in Port Orange/DeLand;
• Ben Johnson, Volusia County sheriff;
• Joshua Wagner, Volusia County councilman;
• Nancy Epps, former Ponce Inlet mayor;
• Tia Linae McDonald, Edgewater model;
• Sheryl Manche, Osteen citizen watchdog;
• Webster Barnaby; former Deltona city commissioner;
• Josh Vedder, Volusia County k-9 deputy;
• Frank Bruno, former Volusia County chair;
• Bob Walker, Teamsters 385 business agent;
• Brad Sayre, New Smyrna Beach classic rock singer/guitarist;
• Jim Tager, Volusia County Asst. Superintendent of Schools;
• Roxanne Reynolds Hicks, of NewSmyrnaBeach.com;
• Catheline Family of NSB (Ray & Misty Burris Catheline & children, Nicholas, 7, and Olivia, 6);
• Jim Oddie, Wilbur by-the-Sea political consultant;
• Beu Sisters, New Smyrna Bweach recording artists;
• The Earnhardts (Dale Earnhardt, Sr; Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kerry Earnhardt, Kelly Earnhardt-Miller)
More names will be announced...

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Orlndo Magic star Victor Oladipo out with injury / Headline Surfer®Orlando Magic star Victor Oladipo out of action indefinitely with facial fracture

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Saturday.

Oladipo, 22, who was evaluated Thursday afternoon, underwent a corrective surgical procedure. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

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