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(Courtesy photos) Lekeefe D. Lee, 25, of Daytona Beach, shown here far left, was found shot to death Friday night inside his car that had crashed into a FPL pole in the 700 block of Magnolia Avenue. Click on the attachment to read the police report, which indicates Lee, who was armed, was fleeing after ripping off the alleged gunman, 26-year-old Emanuel Laboy Rivera,  of $900 worth of pot.

DAYTONA BEACH -- In what Daytona Beach police are describing as a  drug deal gone bad, a 25-year-old city man was found shot to death in his car Friday night, having crashed into a pole after being shot two blocks away on Magnolia Avenue.

The gunman turned himself in and was charged with felony drug offenses, but police did not charge him in the homicide while their investigation continues.because he may have been defending himself.

Responding cops found LeKeefe D. Lee slumped in his car, having suffered a gunshot wound to the to the right side of his body below the armpit, apparently crashing the vehicle after being shot. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene inside the car.

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(Photo by Dale Smith). Glenn Storch, local attorney for the developers of the proposed Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, asks the CRA for a six-month extension to secure funding., pushing groundbreaking on the $15 million project until July 2011 at the earliest.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The attorney of HiHo, LLC, developers of the proposed Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue, received unanimous approval from the Community Redevelopment Agency for a six month extension in order to secure funding for the $15 million project.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The woman found dead Wednesday n the charred home destroyed by fire in the Daytona Highridge Estates subdivision just west of Daytona Beach has been identified as the homeowner, 54-year-old Lynda J. Thomas, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

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DELAND – Nineteen consent agenda items will precede public hearings on zoning changes and a proposal from Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson on an ordinance that would provide tougher county regulations on secondary metals recyclers when the Volusia County Council meets Thursday.

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(photos by Dale Smith). The Flagler Avenue Boardwalk design may change if the city commission approves removing the end structure like this one. The boardwalk has two, 35-foot-long extensions from the main structure. Removal of them would provide for better visibility. In the smaller photo, the copula has been a roosting place for pigeons over the years. Looking straight up, one can see why pigeons favor the inside.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The question of what to do with the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk became somewhat clearer Wednesday when the Community Redevelopment Agency members approved what they think is the best way to fix and preserve the structure.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Volusia County sheriff's investigators along with county firefighters were on the scene of a house fire just west of Daytona Beach Wednesday afternoon where the body of a woman was found inside the charred home in the Daytona Highridge Estates subdivision.

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(photos by Dale Smith). The empty lot at Flagler and Cooper avenues will be turned into an ice skating rink during the upcoming Winter Festival, sponsored by The Hospitality Group, comprised of merchants of Flagler Avenue.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The jet stream from Canada has dipped so low they’ll be ice skating on Flagler Avenue. Ok, maybe not the actual frozen stuff, but there will be artificial ice for everyone to glide around on.

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(Video by Sera Frederick). The 2010 New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade draws several thousand people with plenty of candy for the little ones.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Everyone loves a parade, especially a Christmas one and what better place than here in New Smyrna Beach where several thousand people lined the streets from the beachside to the mainland downtown.

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(Photos by Dale Smith) Linda Davis models evening wear from Thrifty Threads, 217 Canal St., during the Girls Night Out segment of Christmas on Canal. In the group photo, participants salute the audience.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Fashion comes in all styles and sizes. From the elegant and the sophisticated, to the practical, whimsical, and yes, even the silliest. But no matter what was worn, the models wowed the audience during the Girls Night Out fashion show that is a part of Christmas on Canal.

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South Daytona Fire Chief Tad Derr expands his emergency services experience with two new appointments.

SOUTH DAYTONA -- On January 1, South Daytona Fire Chief Tad Derr will assume the role of president of the Volusia County Fire Chiefs’ Association. In addition, he was recently appointed vice chair of Daytona State College Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.

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