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Courtesy photo / Stetson University Dr. Anne Hallum is featured on CNN for her work with Guatemalan children in need following a mud slide.

DELAND -- Since 1992, Stetson University Political Science Professor Dr. Anne Hallum's non-profit, the Alliance for International Reforestation, has helped more than 2,000 rural Guatemalan families protect their homes and villages from deadly mudslides by planting trees on mountainsides.

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Courtesy photos VCBJ / Brian Keith Fender, 26, of DeLand, and Thomas Joseph Reynolds, 27 of DeLeon Springs, face felony and misdemeanor charges in the theft of copper near Lake George.

DELTONA -- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers patrolling Lake George Wildlife Management Area on Friday night caught a pair of Volusia County men stealing copper wire from a utility pole.

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DELAND. - The Stetson University School of Music will present concerts, recitals and opera theater in February, and the public is invited to attend. The schedule is as follows:

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Courtesy photos VCBJ / Kendell Ratley, 25, of DeLand (shown at far left), is charged with first-degre murder ( with a firearm) and armed robbery with a firearm in the Monday shooting of 22-year-old Erin Grey of Deltona.

Listen to the dramatic 911 call made by the victim's brother, Nicholas Gray, pleads with a dispatcher: "Please I don't want her to die" and he's heard pleading with his mortally wounded sister: "Erin, please don't leave me."

DELTONA -- Saying he's a good person who carries his Bible every day, a Deland man charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery this afternoon, told Volusia County Sheriff's investigators he accidentally shot and killed a Deltona woman in her garage.

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This news item was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith.

DeLand – The Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree sale on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 15, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.

A variety of trees will be available for homeowners to purchase. For more information, please call 386-789-1780.

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Willie Hicks, of DeLand, a 32-year-old convicted drug felon, is jailed on a first-degree murder charge in the throat-slashing death of Danielle Santangelo, 34, of Port Orange, whose body was found late Wednesday in her car in a wooded area near DeLand.

DELAND -- Danielle Santangelo, the murdered Port Orange woman whose body was found Wednesday in a wooded area near DeLand with her throat slashed had gone to see her killer after he apparently answered her personals ad in the Pennysaver, A Volusia County Sheriff's official said tonight.

The accused killer, 32-year-old Willie Hicks of DeLand, a convicted drug felon who has been in and out of prison, is charged with first-degree murder in the 34-year-old woman's slaying.

The investigation so far has revealed that Santangelo had placed an ad in the Pennysaver newspaper advertising herself as a 'girlfriend next door,'" Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said. "Hicks responded to the ad a day or two before she was reported missing; however, it's not known exactly what day they first talked on the phone. It's believed they met in person for the first time on Monday."

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DELAND -- The body of a woman found inside a car just Wednesday afternoon south of DeLand is likely that of a Port Orange woman reported missing two days earlier when she drove off from her home in her mother's car, local authorities said.

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Courtesy photos/VCBJ / Gloria Prinz, 33, of DeLand, as shown in far left mug shot, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 3, in New Smyrna Beach on charges of DUI and multiple counts of possessing prescription pills. Here she is in the smaller mug shot from her Oct. 16 arrest on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license and two counts of possession of schedule II substances.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- It looked like a pharmacy in the trunk of a DeLand woman’s car when a Volusia County Sheriff’s sergeant looked inside after pulling her over due to her erratic driving, an agency spokesman said. Gloria Prinz was arrested on several charges Wednesday afternoon to include DUI and possessing prescription drugs for sale when a traffic stop in New Smyrna Beach revealed nearly 1,000 prescription pills obtained from 16 different doctors.

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DELAND -- Dr. Roberta Favis, professor of art history and curator of the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection at Stetson University, will present a gallery talk Thursday, Nov. 11, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, 139 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. The talk is free and open to the public.

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DELAND -- The Friends of the Library will sell hardcover books and paperbacks in the DeLand Area Public Library auditorium from 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12; and 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

A pre-sale will be open for viewing at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, and buyers can purchase books at pre-sale prices from 4:30 - 7:15 p.m.

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