Investigative Reports: Sheriff Mike Chitwood's Internal Affairs - implications for morale, public safety & trust
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Within the next 72 hours, Headline Surfer will begin presenting an in-depth look at Michael Chitwood's first month as the elected top cop of Volusia County's largest law enforcement agency and why things are not as they appear inside the VCSO despite a steady dose of PR.
Central Fla Politician of the Year: Volusia Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis ran 1st-class operation while also campaigning for own post
DELAND, Fla. -- She had been mercilessly attacked by one of her opponents throughout the 2015 election cycle by one of her opponents, but Lisa Lewis never reacted to the mud slinging and she won the post outright in the Aug. 30 primary.
HOLIDAY DEATHS A MYSTERY: Scant few details as to why an Ormond Beach couple died outside their SUV on side of I-4 in DeLand with 3 small sons unharmed inside
DELAND, Fla. -- There are far more questions than answers to why an Ormond Beach husband and wife died shortly after they were found unconscious outside their maroon SUV on the side of I-4 eastbound with the flashers on, which drew the attention of a Florida trooper on New Year's Eve. A full 48 hours later there's absolutely nothing new as to how or why they died.
BREAKING NEWS: Volusia County high school graduation rates have improved, but still lower than those in neighboring Seminole, Orange, Brevard & Flagler counties
Thanksgiving holiday weekend turns deadly in DeLand house party: 2 shot to death; internet news outlet denied police incident report
DELAND, Fla. -- The DeLand Police Department is investigating an apparent shooting at what was described as a "large party" in a house in the 800 block of Valleydale Avenue where one person was pronounced dead on scene when DeLand cops arrived shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday and a second person died after multiple transports to the hospital overnight, a city spokesman said.
Sunshine State's Death Toll Mounting in Matthew's Wake: Daytona boy among 3 killed Monday in addition to 5 Floridians who perished in Friday's hurricane
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- How ironic that the parents of 9-year-old Jose Angel Barrios would learn well after the fact that thick grey-colored packing tape affixed to keep windows from breaking during Friday's crush of Hurricane Matthew -- would continue to hold the glass in place three days later as he lay lifeless on his bed in the family's home at 113 Mason Park Drive, the result of acute carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in another room being used because the electricity had not yet been restored, Daytona Beach cops said.