Gerry BurkatovskyMichael ShafferDanny EdwardsGerry Burkatovsky, shown in the larger photo, is charged with murder in the throat-slash slayings of Michael Shaffer and Danny Edwards, whose bodies were dumped in Edgewater, according to law enforcement.

EDGEWATER -- Police Chief Dave Arcieri remembers the bodies like it was yesterday -- two stabbed men with slashed throats found in a remote area of the edge of the city near Interstate 95. It was obvious they were killed elsewhere and discarded here.

Buzzards flying overhead drew the attention of passersby on Opossum Road and the grisly find, which led to Edgewater police response.


Multi-story presentation on police canines


NSBNews.net video and photos by Sera Frederick / Edgewater police have a new law officer to help take a bite out of crime: Karma, a Belgian malinois, partnered with officer John Tarr.

EDGEWATER -- An alleged burglar ran off after a woman in her home in the 3200 block of Umbrella Tree Drive saw him trying to open one of the windows, but after she called 9-1-1, the long paw of the law with sharp teeth caught up with him two blocks away.


NSBNews.net photo by Henry Frederick / A photo of Edgewater Councilman Ted Cooper is displayed on the dais in front of the chair he occupied in the council chambers, along with his name plate and flowers following his memorial service Tuesday.

EDGEWATER -- Myron Hammond returned to his creaky chair at his Edgewater Towing garage, jumping on the phone and choking back tears as he checked on parts for a customer.

Minutes earlier, he had returned from a memorial service for Councilman Ted Cooper, the silver-haired gentleman, whose life was cut short at 61 from a massive heart attack six days earlier. 


Edgewater had a fall festival on Saturday evening, Oct. 29, with a cool breeze and mostly starry skies making it a perfect atmosphere for wearing a costume or long sleeves. This is the second Halloween event in two years and it was held by New Smyrna Beach High School, the Edgewater Police Department and Southeast Volusia YMCA among other local sponsors.


Here is the latest weather forecast for Greater New Smyrna Beach from the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

EDGEWATER -- City officials reported one serious motor vehicle accident from Sunday's "no name storm" as some Orlando TV meteorologists have dubbed the low pressure system that dumped several inches of rain and brought wind gusts of up to 60 mph in some Volusia County coastal communities.

Throughout the day Sunday and into the morning hours of Columbus Day, there were sporadic power outages in small pockets throughout Edgewater, Fire Services spokeswoman Capt. Jill Danigel told NSBNews.net.

Two city lift stations were being run with generator power, 323 South Riverside Drive and 4409 Maple St. in Terra Mar Village, early Monday she said.



Myron Hammond

EDGEWATER -- Don't tell Myron Hammond of Edgewater Towing & Recovery that you can't fight city hall. He did and he won!


EDGEWATER -- The accidental drownings of eight small children so far this year across Volusia County are a vivid reminder of the importance of parental awareness and emergency life-saving training. With that in mind, Edgewater Fire Services, in conjunction with Edgewater Rotary Club, is holding an infant and child CPR class with an emphasis on drowning prevention on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The class begins at 9 a.m. and will go approximately three hours at the Edgewater Rotary facility, 2347 S. Ridgewood in the Pelican Plaza. There is no fee for the class, but size is limited to 30 so please register early by calling 386-424-2445.


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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but not when it comes to the pageantry career of Tia Winn McDonald, the 18-year-old Miss Teen Florida pageant winner, who competed for the national crown in Las Vegas.



NSBNews.net videos by Sera Frederick and Henry Frederick

EDGEWATER -- While 10,000 or so heads were craned to the brightened skies of red, blue and green and the "kaboom" sound, 3-year-old Carmine Smith was more focused on his sparkler as he twirled it around.



NSBNews.net file photo / Dr. Tom Omby, shown in this photo earlier this year in a Daytona Beach courtroom with then-Bert Fish Medical Center CEO Bob Williams, is among several members of the hospital district's board replaced by Gov. Rick Scott. Omby was chairman. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A metamorphosis of the Southeast Volusia Hospital District governing board is on the fast track with Gov. Scott on Wednesday announcing the immediate appointments of Joseph Benedict, Patrick E. Corbett, and Harold "Derwin" Smothers as members whose terms run through March 15, 2015.