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Tony Owens, 21, of New Smyrna Beach, wanted on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Cliff Dallas Baker, 26, of Oak Hill, early Saturday, was apprehended at the Wal-Mart later that night at the Wal-Mart in Ormond Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The 21-year-old New Smyrnan wanted on a first-degree murder warrant in the early Saturday morning shooting death of an Oak Hill man in the 600 block of Greenlawn Street was apprehended without incident later that night at the Wal-Mart in Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach police said.

Tony Owens was being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A single-engine plane registered in New Smyrna Beach that took off from Edgewater's small airport crashed in Georgia Friday night, killing two of three people on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Andrew J. Riddener, 22, of Holly Hill, was found guilty of sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl and faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced next month. Click on the attachment to read the charging affidavits and police reports.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A jury deliberated for 1 ½ hours Thursday before finding Andrew J. Ridener guilty as charged to felony lewd or lascivious battery of a 12-year-old girl he met at at a local park and befriended as a youth minister.

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The video and audio evidence against Mainland High School football Coach John Maronto released Monday by the State Attorney's Office leads to Volusia County's winningest coach stepping down today, though his criminal defense attorneys maintain his innocence. Maronto was scheduled to take his Mainland squad in two weeks to play at New Smyrna Beach against his former team, the Barracudas. He was New Smyrna Beach's coach in the mid 1990s.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Mainland High School football coach John Maronto abruptly resigned today, two days after release of a Daytona Beach police surveillance video by the State Attorney's Office that accuses him of soliciting sex from an undercover Daytona Beach female cop posing as a prostitute during the Labor Day weekend.

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -- A low cost pet shop clinic to benefit the Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ormond Beach Police Department, 170 W. Granada Blvd.

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DELAND -- The DeLand Area Public Library will offer free craft sessions for adults from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesdays of the month from October through March.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- One hundred World War II veterans and their escorts will board a US Airways’ Airbus charter plane at Daytona Beach International Airport bound for Washington, D.C., at 6:26 a.m. Saturday. The group is the sixth from Central Florida to travel to the nation’s capital through the Volusia Honor Air program, which is organized by the Rotary Clubs in DeLand.

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SAMSULA -- School supporters and parents are organizing the third annual Fall Festival Fundraiser to benefit Samsula Academy. The event, hosted at SNPJ Lodge, 421 N. Samsula Drive is slated to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Festivities include music, game booths and food.

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SOUTH DAYTONA -- Residents are invited to clean out their medicine cabinet in an environmentally friendly way that also reduces the risk of prescription drugs being consumed inappropriately, said a spokeswoman for South Daytona.

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Video and photos by Multimedia Editor Sera Frederick.

Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas returns home Monday from Washington D.C. to announce to a jubilant crowd of supporters in New Smyrna Beach's Memorial Park that she has received a major endorsement from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. See our exclusive coverage in the video above and story and photos below.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas didn't pull any punches in pledging to continue fighting for to strengthen and protect Social Security and Medicare as she accepted the endorsement Monday from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

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