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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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DELAND -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the death of missing Port Orange woman Danielle Santangelo. Willie Hicks, 32, of DeLand, a convicted drug felon, was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with first-degree murder.

The 34-year-old woman was reported missing to the Port Orange Police Department Monday. Through their investigation, Port Orange investigators discovered the car Santangelo was last seen with -- a red 2007 Chrysler Sebring -- in a wooded area off of Darchelle Court and Cherry Street just south of DeLand at about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday.

A body of a woman was found inside and was later identified as Santangelo by means of a tattoo and her driver license photo.


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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 35 percent in October, compared with the same month last year.


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DAYTONA BEACH -- An 18-year-old Mainland High School football player was killed Saturday night after he lost control of his car on Nova Road while drag racing and flipped the vehicle which then crosse the median and collided with an oncoming vehicle, a police communications official confirmed early this morning.

Tevin Nathan Only, a senior and Daytona Beach resident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 8:30 p.m. crash.


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Thomas Rodosky, 58, of Edgewater, shown here on the far left, and Timothy Hubbell, 18, of Daytona Beach, are each charged with multiple counts of possession of online child pornography in unrelated cases. Rodosky was arrested Thursday and Hubbell, the day before.

EDGEWATER -- Volusia County Sheriff's sex crimes investigators armed with search warrants headed Thursday to the Edgewater home of 58-year-old Thomas Rodosky where they found numerous images of children engaged in sexual activity on a computer in his house, an agency spokesman said.


Biketoberfest fatalities
2010 deaths: 1
2005 deaths: 2
2000  deaths: 6


DAYTONA BEACH -- Biketoberfest 2010 roared out of Volusia County with one fatality -- that of a pregnant 21-year-old Port Orange woman Friday night.

Though tragic, the carnage was greatest in 2000 when six Biketoberfest-related fatalities occurred, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. And that was three times the number of deaths in 1999.


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Joshua Baldes, 27, of Daytona Beach, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and other felonies in a deadly crash that resulted from veering left and direcctly into the path of three motorcycles, killing a pregnant passenger on one of them Friday night in Daytona Beach, according to police.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 21-year-old pregnant Port Orange woman thrown from the back of a motorcycle Friday night is the first Biketoberfest-related fatality with the four-day rally that ends today.


DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 46 percent in September, compared with September 2009.

Airport officials attributed September’s traffic surge to competitive fares and increased capacity being offered by the airport’s two principal air carriers -- Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways.


DAYTONA BEACH -- A pilot's keen sense of smell was enough to do an emergency landing of a single-engine plane at Daytona Beach International Airport at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, officials there said, adding they had discovered a bird got caught in the engine.


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Andrew J. Riddener, 22, of Holly Hill, was found guilty of sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl and faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced next month. Click on the attachment to read the charging affidavits and police reports.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A jury deliberated for 1 ½ hours Thursday before finding Andrew J. Ridener guilty as charged to felony lewd or lascivious battery of a 12-year-old girl he met at at a local park and befriended as a youth minister.