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DELAND, Fla. -- An 87-year-old man injured earlier this month during a home invasion of his home near DeLand by a lone burglar that left him clinging to life with multiple fractures to his face and head died today, a spokesman for Sheriff Ben Johnson said.

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Seminole County Sheriff-Elect Dennis Lemma / Headline SurferHenry Frederick interviews Seminole County Sheriff-Elect Dennis Lemma / Headline Surfer®Editor's Note: The Interview
The main bar Headline Surfer® multimedia 'Sunday Conversation' on-camera interview with Seminole County Sheriff-Elect Dennis Lemma will be published shortly.
What follows is a sidebar bio summary on Lemma, who is shown in the display image in uniform here.

SANFORD, Fla. -- Dennis Lemma was appointed Sheriff-Elect of Seminole County on June 24, when he stood alone in submitting qualifying papers by noon of that Friday Friday's deadline to run in the 2016 elections.

An earlier opponent dropped out and when all was said and done, Lemma had no opposition.

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SANFORD -- Respondents to an InstaPoll on Headline Surfer are in a virtual deadlock as to whether the charge of second-degree murder for Trayvon Martin is appropriate. The poll was created 8:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, asking: Do you agree with the 2nd degree murder charge against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's death?

To the first choice: Yes, he committed a crime and must be held accountable, 401 or 50% chose that choice.

In the second choice, No, he was standing his ground and his actions were lawful, 399 or 50% chose that choice.

The Headline Surfer Install Poll was created 8:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. It will be closed once the 1,000th vote has been cast.

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EDGEWATER -- I am confused about why the police did not arrest Trayvon Martin’s (alleged) killer.

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SANFORD, Fla. -- Sanford Police investigators said they have arrested Joseph A. Irwin for the gunshot-homicide of James Gilson, after an argument over a cigar turned deadly several hours before sunrise today.

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SANFORD, Fla. -- Seminole County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Allen Pendergrass for his involvement in an armed carjacking incident  in which a large kitchen knife was used to steal a car during a test drive, but he didn't get vey far. When law enforcement caught up with him he got a ride to jail.

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SANFORD, Fla. -- Anfernee Pritchard was arrested on a felony charge of robbery with a weapon in connection with the June 27, robbery of the Chase Bank branch, Sanford cops said.

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SANFORD, Fla. -- If you think a thunderstorm is scary, consider the impact on your pets, especially dogs, when lighting fireworks during this Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Photos for Headline Surfer / The SCSO's 'Wrangler' is shown above in the inset and below in a display image with another horse, partially obscured in this still image. Sheriff Dennis Lemma recognized Wrangler's human partner, Deputy Molly Smith with a special award for bring comfort to a cancer-stricken elderly woman in her final hours as she arranged to have the horse at her bedside for a respite from impending death, truly a touching gesture. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
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SANFORD, Fla. -- Sanford Police were notified just before 8 a.m today that Brandon D. Christian, 8 years old, died at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, due to multiple gunshot injuries suffered in Monday's mass shooting that also resulted in the death of his mother, allegedly by her boyfriend, who, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, turned the home into a veritable bloodbath.

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