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DAYTONA BEACH -- Sports cars from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will test on the new racing surface of Daytona International Speedway beginning Friday and running through the weekend in advance of the Rolex 24 At Daytona the weekend of Jan. 27-30.

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 DAYTONA BEACH -- Daytona International Speedway has hired Ryan Tolley as director of sales effective Feb. 7. Andrew Booth has been promoted to senior manager of media relations and Joann Mantovani has been promoted to senior manager of advertising and promotions.

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(Courtesy photo / DBPD). Freshlyn Marie Maddox, 14, has been reunited with her family on Christmas Eve, having been missing for a week after running away.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 14-year-old girl missing for a week has been found safe on Christmas Eve, police said.

Freshllyn Marie Maddox was found 7 p.m. at the Star homess shelter on Segrave Street about 7 p.m., police said.

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(Courtesy photo / DBPD). If you have seen missing 14-year-old Freshlyn Marie Maddox, please call Daytona Beach police at 386-671-5223. Please click the attachment below for further details.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 14-year-old last seen by her father six days ago is missing and Daytona Beach cops are seeking the public's help in finding her.

Here is what police said of the missing girl identified as Freshllyn Marie Maddox, who was last seen Friday, by her father, Maddox at home at 611 Aberdeen St.: "Maddox has never run away from home before but stated that she did not want to stay with her father. Her mother lives at 757 Iowa St. The family has checked some friends' residences and they advise they have not seen her and she has not taken her meds since she went missing."

She is African-American, 5 feet 2 and 115 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. No clothing description was provided.

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(Courtesy photo / orlandomagic.com) Vince Carter, whose road through baskettball started at Daytona Beach's Mainland High School, then the North Carolina ar Heels and into the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, the New Jersey and then a homecoming of sorts with the Orlando Magic, is now a member of the Phoenix Suns in a major blockbuster trade.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Orlando Magic have traded former Mainland High School star Vince Carter to the Phoenix Suns in a multi-player trade. Read more about it by clicking the link to SI.com: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/12/18/magic.trades.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 14 percent in November compared with the same month last year, according to VolusiaCounty officials.

During November 37,402 incoming and outgoing passengers traveled through Daytona Beach International Airport. This compares with 32,853 travelers recorded in November last year.

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(Courtesy photos) Lekeefe D. Lee, 25, of Daytona Beach, shown here far left, was found shot to death Friday night inside his car that had crashed into a FPL pole in the 700 block of Magnolia Avenue. Click on the attachment to read the police report, which indicates Lee, who was armed, was fleeing after ripping off the alleged gunman, 26-year-old Emanuel Laboy Rivera,  of $900 worth of pot.

DAYTONA BEACH -- In what Daytona Beach police are describing as a  drug deal gone bad, a 25-year-old city man was found shot to death in his car Friday night, having crashed into a pole after being shot two blocks away on Magnolia Avenue.

The gunman turned himself in and was charged with felony drug offenses, but police did not charge him in the homicide while their investigation continues.because he may have been defending himself.

Responding cops found LeKeefe D. Lee slumped in his car, having suffered a gunshot wound to the to the right side of his body below the armpit, apparently crashing the vehicle after being shot. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene inside the car.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The woman found dead Wednesday n the charred home destroyed by fire in the Daytona Highridge Estates subdivision just west of Daytona Beach has been identified as the homeowner, 54-year-old Lynda J. Thomas, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a wind-chill advisory from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday for Volusia County and several adjoining counties, creating temperatures in the 30s.

The winter-weather message follows:

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Editor's Note: Dale Smith contributed to this story.

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Donald Woulard, a 24-time convicted felon, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for kidnapping and sexual battery of a woman during a burglary of her home. Please click on the attachment to read further details of the crime.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A career criminal was sentenced today to life in prison with no hope for parole for rape and aggravated battery of a 26-year-old woman 13 months ago during a burglary.

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