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Agency: Office of Beach Safety Ocean Rescue (Former Beach Patrol)
Annual Budget: $7.2 million
No. of Sworn Personnel: 81
No. of Lifeguards:
Age of Lifeguards:
Age 16:
Age 17:
18 and older:
Editor's Note: Waiting on Volusia County government to fill in the blanks

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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — Two brothers from Tampa swimming in an area where no lifeguards were stationed got caught in the surf and on of them had to be pulled ashore unconscious by a friend but the victim died a short time later at the hospital, Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials said.

The drowning occurred in the 3100 block of Atlantic Ave, just before the transport of the unconcious swimmer just after 11 a.m. on this Memorial Day weekend Sunday with the beaches packed.

The brother who survived refused medical treatment.

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Scott Dixon wins pole for the 2015 Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The last time Scott Dixon captured the pole in 2008, he won the Indianapolis 500. Here in 2015, in the 99th running of the Indy 500, Dixon again has the pole the pole in 2008, Scott Dixon has the pole for Sunday's 99th running of the running of the open-wheel race, the single-greatest racing event globally.

Here is the line-up of the Indy 500 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 02:38.7579 (226.760)

2. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 02:39.0458 (226.350)

3. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 02:39.1900 (226.145)

4. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 02:39.6428 (225.503)

5. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 02:39.6439 (225.502)

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PALM COAST, Fla. -- A 42-year-old Palm Coast man accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer has been incarcerated since his arrest Tuesday, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

 

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Lois 'Darlene' Laibl-Crowe of Paltka, FL, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to state board for the blind / Headline Surfer®Photo for HeadlineSurfer.com /
Lois 'Darlene' Laible-Crowe, shown here at left, has plenty of experience as an advocate for deaf and blind persons, which is why she was tabbed to serve on a state board by the governor.

PALATKA, Fla. -- Lois "Darlene" Laibl-Crowe, 56, of Palatka, who previously worked at the Helen Keller National Center in 2001, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Laibl-Crowe's appointment, which took effect April 7, runs through July 31, 2016. She was the program coordinator for the Florida Deaf Blind Association from 2011 to 2014. The Putnam County resident graduated from Palatka South HS in 1976.

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Kyle Busch critically injured in Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway Feb 21 / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headlime Surfer® /
Kyle Busch is tended to by NASCAR track employees after crashing into a concrete wall durin the Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 21, 2015, and suffering a broken leg and foot. Busch was forced to mis the Daytona 500 the next day as well as subdequent races in both the XFinity and Sprint Cup series, until the Winston All-Star weekend races.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Three months after suffering a broken leg and foot in the Feb. 21 Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway that forced Kyle Busch to missthe next day's Daytona 500 and half a dozen subsequent races, the driver was finally back to racing over the weekend.

But Speedway officials here had yet to say anything about the promised safer barrier improvements pledged following the accident.

An email sent on May 12 by Headline Surfer® to Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III and to track spokesman Andrew Booth went unanswered. However, the Speedway finally addressed the issue through a published story Monday in the Daytona Beach News-Journal stating work would begin that day on installing safer barriers in the location where Busch was injured.

Here is what News-Journal columnist Ken Willis reported in a story headlined, "DIS: Work begins on safety initiatives in wake of Busch crash:

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Julia T. Burk, 4, of Deltona, FL is reported missing / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Julia T. Burk, 14, of Deltona, shown here, was discovered missing Tuesday morning, but reunited with her family a short time later.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies have located a 14-year-old girl and reunited her with her Deltona family, an agency spokesman said.

Julia T. Burk was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Monday at her family’s house on Cherokee Pride Trail, before she was reported missing this morning, but there was good news after all for the 5 foot-3 teen.

"Julia was located safe and sound just a few minutes after we put out the news alert," Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant told Headline Surfer® this afternoon.

"Julia was located safe and sound just a few minutes after we put out the news alert," Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant told Headline Surfer® this afternoon.

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Julia T. Burk, 4, of Deltona, FL is reported missing / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Julia T. Burk, 14, of Deltona, shown here, is asked to immediately dial 9-1-1 and ask for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and possibly endangered 14-year-old Deltona girl who was last seen at her home Monday night, an agency spokesman said.

Julia T. Burk was last seen around 10:30 p.m. at her family’s house on Cherokee Pride Trail.

"She is believed to be on foot," Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant told Headline Surfer®. "Her clothing description is unknown. Her family reported her missing at about 6 a.m. Tuesday after waking up and discovering she was gone."

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Volusia County Councilman Joshua Wagner defends his votes to take cars off the beach and his support of of a retail outlet's request for taxpayer assistance to locate a high-end retail otlet mall off Interstate 95.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County Councilman Joshua Wagner clearly understands his votes in three separate ordinances to further restrict beach driving onthe World's Most Famous Beach® was not popular with constituents, but what he believes was best for business.

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Which side of County Councilman Josh Wagner is real: Stoic or smiling? Is he two-faced as some of his critics now charge in the wake of his votes to further restrict beach driving?

DAYTONA BEACH -- Did County Council's Joshua Wagner sell out the public and its love of driving on the World's Most Famous Beach in favor of the influential insiders who bankrolled his re-election campaign in 2012?

Headline Surfer® has the exclusive interview with Wagner tonight in The Sunday Conversation, the multi-media video show, taped from the Frank T. Bruno County Council chambers in DeLand immediately after historic 6-1 votes that will take cars off the beach behind two luxury hotels.

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Live stream of IndyCar practice session Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Practice session for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.