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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.
Mainland High School football coach John Maronto resigns; two days after release of video alleging solicitation of sex with an undercover cop posing as a prostitute
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.
Volusia Honor Air Flight to soar Saturday from Daytona Beach International Airport to Washington D.C.; Congreswoman Suzanne Kosmas to join veterans during visit
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.
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.
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.
Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
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.
NSBNEWS.net video by Multimedia Editor Sera Frederick.
Chad Schilsky, 26, a New Smyrna Beach native and proprietor of That's Amore restaurant on the beachside off Flagler Avenue, is the newest member of the Community Redevelopment Agency. As if that's not enough excitement, the former Cudas quarterback and college graduate, who last month celebrated the one-year anniversary of the pizzeria he opened with twin brothers, Vincenzo and Pietro Capuano, is engaged to be married to Tamara Valencia.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Chad Schilsky has the boyish look like he could step back on the field and quarterback the 'Cudas. But at 26, this native son is all grown up and an entrepreneur with a restaurant that has proven popular 13 months after opening, even in this sluggish economy.
State Attorney's Office releases audio and video evidence in support of Daytona Beach P.D.'s prostitution arrest of Mainland H.S. football coach John Maronto; a former head coach at NSB High
The State Attorney's Office released its video and audio evidence against embattled Mainland High School football coach John Maronto to the media after NSBNEWS.net and other news organizations sought the digital evidence under Florida's freedom of information statutes. Maronto, 68, of Daytona Beach Shores, was arrested by Daytona Beach police two weekends ago during an undercover prostitution sting on the beachside. Maronto, the winningest football coach in Volusia County, held that position for New Smyrna Beach High in the mid 1990s. He's been allowed to continue coaching and teaching a gym class by Volusia County School District Superintendent Margaret Smith despite the misdemeanor arrest that has drawn widespread media coverage. After the 2 p.m. release of the electronic evidence, school district spokeswoman Nancy Wait said school officials were waiting for release of the video as well and would reassess the stuation.
DAYTONA BEACH -- In a frainy DVD video and accompanying audio, embattled Mainland High School football coach John Maronto is heard telling an undercover female cop he believes is a prostitute that he's "married," though it's his night out and he's looking for "sex" and willing to pay "fifty" for it, even asking the woman to get in his car.