Stetson's Lindsey CaughelFor the second time in as many days, the Stetson Hatters got solid starting pitching from starter Lindsey Cauhel (5-2) and just enough offensive production Saturday to defeat visiting Lipscomb Bison at Melching Field in DeLand.

DELAND -- Stetson pitcher Lindsey Caughel faced the minimum through five innings as the Hatters took a 4-2 victory from the Bison at home earlier today.

Caughel allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings of work with one walk and seven strikeouts. The victory moved Stetson (25-13 overall, 8-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference) past Lipscomb (17-22, 9-8) into fourth place in the league race. In order to hold that spot, the Hatters will have to complete the series sweep on Sunday. The final game of the weekend is set for an 11 a.m. start.


DELAND -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office has launched a murder investigation after a 59-year-old woman was found dead in her home near DeLand late Friday night with obvious signs of fresh trauma to her body.

Sheriff's deputies interviewed a "person of interest" in the killing who knew the victim, but he was released, agency spokesman Gary Davidson said this evening.

Deputies were dispatched to the victim's residence at 88 Melodie Lane just north of DeLand after receiving a 9-1-1 call at 10:35 p.m. Friday reporting that Margaret Gee had been found unresponsive and not breathing.


EDGEWATER -- A 41-year-old Edgewater woman was killed Thursday night when she lost control of her SUV, which left the roadway on East New York Avenue and overturned several times, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Deborah Bennett, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her 2002 Isuzu while the sport utility vehicle was overturning. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:10 p.m. single-vehicle accident near the intersection of East New York Avenue and Damascus Road just outside DeLand, said Sgt. Kim Montes, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Bennett was travelling west in the outside lane when for unknown resons she left the roadway to the right, and overcorrected, which resulted in the SUV overturning, Montes said. A traffic homice investigation is ongoing, including whether alcohol may have been a factor, she added.


DELAND -- A Volusia County Sheriff's deputy has been placed on suspension as a result his arrest early Sunday morning by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office for battery, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Michael Stott, 56, was off-duty at the time of the incident, Haught said in a press release to the media via e-mail at 11:12 a.m. The release said Stott works in the DeLand Courthouse and has been employed with the Sheriff's Office for 15 years. is awaiting a police report with details.

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Photos for Headline Surfer / Mario Simoes fired several shots into the law practice he owned with his estranged wife, Kimberly Simoes before leadng DeLand cops and Sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase that culminated in his crashing his car and use of deadly force by two deputies and one DeLand cop, who collectively fired in excess of 20 rounds killing him.


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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood was universally condemned by five leading former county leaders contacted by Headline Surfer for their reaction to the elected lawman's pointed description of County Manager Jim Dinneen as a "lying sack of (expletive)" in a story published Wednesday in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.


Newsmakers of the Year: Forough Hosseini, Mark Geallis & Jim Dinneen / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos & videos / Shown Above, Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen, Halifax Urban Ministries Executive Director Mark Geallis and ICI Homes   executive & entrepreneur Forough Hosseini, the big 3 movers & shakers behind Hope Place.