2016 ReWIND: Top 100 Stories for greater Daytona, Sanford & Orlando (11-15)

Headline Surfer photo illustration / Above is a collage of the images from stories 16-20 in the Headline Surfer countdown of the Top 100 local stories of 2016 in Central Florida.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is counting down the Top 100 stories of 2016 in the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando metro area otherwise known as the I-4 corridor of Central Florida through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. 

Among the top 5 contenders for the No. 1 story of the year in no particular order so as not to spoil the surprise: The Pulse gay nightclub terrorist massacre; the ugliness of the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; the continuing saga over homelessness in Daytona Beach; records tied or broken in NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Beach yet again leading Volusia County in homicides. 

So far Headline Surfer has presented recaps for stories ranked 16-100. Previous segments have come in story recaps of 10, but now that the countdown has arrived at the top 20, this current segment captures stories ranked 11-15. Then it will be 10-6, 5-2 and then No. 1 by itself. So without further delay, here are story recaps 11-15:

11. Prominent Daytona Beach merchant Paul Politis dies of cancer at age 51

Paul Polutis, Daytona Beach merchat dies at 51 on Feb. 2, 2016 / Headline SurferPaul Politis / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Beachside merchant Paul Politis was active in the business community for sevral decades, revolved around his AIA gift shop and a live little gator.

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A baby alligator lived in a large tank in the beachside sporting goods store he owned in the heart of the tourism district.

Every so often, he'd take it out of the tank and hold it in his hands to the delight of children and adults alike. The little gator, which was replaced by another little gator once it got too big to handle, was a reminder of his store's brand and of his favorite college sports teams -- the Florida Gators. 

Politis's life revolved around his family, his shop and his friends. But a return of cancer claimed Politis on Feb. 2, 2016, with his family by his side. He was 51 years old.

Politis's life revolved around his family, his shop and his friends. But a return of cancer claimed him for good on Feb. 2, 2016, with his family by his side. He was 51 years old.

Politis owned Gator Beach and Sport on Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach across from the towering Ocean Walk and was best known for his love of family, friends and his community.

He resided in Ormond Beach with his loving wife, Cindy and his cherished daughter, Audrey. He worked at his store every day side by side with his mother, Theodora.Other family members include his brother, Michael; his cousin, Anthony and family; brother-in-law Rick Wolff; nephew Ricky Wolff; also close friends the Ostrowsky's and the Paspalakis's. Wolff was credited by family anbd friends with being by his side.

Politis embraced life with a very straight forward demeanor, humor and sincere caring for others. He strived to make our community a better place to live.

A funeral service was held Feb. 5, at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 129 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach. Interment followed at Daytona Memorial Park.

12. Cruel Fate: Teddy, mini horse who loved his adopted home in Lake Helen, succumbs Christmas night after vicious attack by one or more dogs

Penny and Teddy in happier timwes on their farm in Lake Helen / Headline Surfer®Teddy, the mini horse from Lake Helen, did not sdurvive the bite marks / Headline Surfer®Penny, the full-size horse, and Teddy, the miniature horse, were inseparable on their Lake Helen farm for five years. But all that changed when Teddy was attacked by one of more dogs, possible pit bull or mixed breed, according to Lake Helen cops, on Dec. 16. Teddy died Christmas night.
 
LAKE HELEN, Fla. -- One of God's gentlest four-legged mammals who loved being on a farm is no longer among the living, thanks to one or more dogs that had gotten loose from a nearby locale and ripped open his muzzle    with bites that Lake Helen cops believe may be the handiwork of one or pit bulls or mix breeds based on the viciousness of the attack.

And so was the horrific and cruel fate suffered by Teddy, who died Christmas night, a Tuesday night, nine days after he was attacked. Nobody witnessed the attack, though Lake Helen police believe pit bulls or mixed dogs on the loose in this rural community nestled in Southwest Volusia could be responsible. An investigation is ongoing. 

The mini horse's owner AnnMarie Blair, of Lake Helen who spoke with WKMG Channel 6 Orlando, credited his barn mate, Penny, a regular size horse for using her hooves to kick at the attacking dogs, apparently scaring them off, otherwise Teddy might have died right there and then in the Dec. 16 attack. Penny had bite marks on her lower legs, a testament to using her hooves. The injuries she suffered are non-life-threatening.

"I would like to see that these dogs get quarantined,” the grieving owner told WKMG reporter Jennifer Ortega. “And the pet owner has to be responsible. Don't let it happen to anyone else's dog, cat, horse -- they don't need to go through what my family is going  through right now.”

AnnMair Blair of Lake Helen talks about fatal mauling of her mini horse / Headline Surfer®And so was the horrific and cruel fate suffered by Teddy, who died Christmas night Tuesday, night nine days after he was attacked. Nobody witnessed the attack, though Lake Helen police police believe pit bulls or mixed dogs on the loose in this rural community nestled in Southwest Volusia could be responsible. An investigation is ongoing. 

The mini horse's owner AnnMarie Blair, of Lake Helen, shown here, who spoke with WKMG Channel 6 Orlando, credited his barn mate, Penny, a regular size horse, also shown here,  for using her hooves to kick at the attacking dogs, apparently scaring them off, otherwise Teddy might have died right there and then in the Dec. 16 attack.

Penny had bite marks on her lower legs, a testament to using her hooves. The injuries she suffered are non-life threatening. 

"I would like to see that these dogs get quarantined,” the grieving owner told WKMG reporter Jennifer Ortega. “And the pet owner has to be responsible. Don't let it happen to anyone else's dog, cat, horse -- they don't need to go through what my family is going  through right now.”

Based on  the extent of Teddy's wounds, police believe pit bulls or mixed dogs could be responsible, but even if the culprits are rounded up, it's too late for Teddy, though the owner thanked the medical; personnel for doing what they could for him.

"Little Teddy could not fight any longer -- he passed away," wrote Blair, in an update on a GoFundMe page. "All the doctors and nurses at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala tried everything to save him. I wanted to thank the team for everything they did to save little Teddy last night. Little Teddy is no longer in pain or suffering."

So far, $2,085 or the original goal of $5,000 requested overall has been raised. Individual donations have ranged from $10 to $200.

Ken Sogan who donated 10 bucks, said of Teddy: "I am so sorry - but he is in heaven now!"

Marisel Smithe who gave $75, said: "Heartbreaking. Rest in peace, Teddy."

Cammie Miller, who donated $200, wrote of Teddy's demise: "Please know we care!!!"

Susan Brennan, who pledged $25 a week ago, wrote: "I'm so saddened by this. I hope Teddy makes a full recovery. Poor little guy."

Of the 49 total money donations, 18 have come since Teddy's death was announced in an update, like the $30 pledged by Adele McDonnell, who said in her message: "Rest in peace sweet Teddy. This is heartbreaking news. Prayers to your family, sweet angel."

Teddy was a rescue animal, who had enjoyed living in Lake Helen for the past five years with a regular-size horse named Penny. But Teddy's world was shattered on Dec. 16, when he was mauled by a pit bull with his stall mate, Penny and a flock of geese fighting off the dog.

Here is the preamble write-up verbatim the owner put on the GoFundMe page in the aftermath of the attack on Teddy when there was a slight hope he might survive the gruesome injuries:

Let me start with 5 years ago .I was just a little guy that didn't trust anyone because of my old owners. My forever family changed that for me . They welcomed me to their family with open hearts. They have rules on the farm some I don't like and some I can follow easy. My stall mate is one of my best friends her name Penny she is my hero she  saved my life with those annoying geese  Christmas and Ms. White that share our field. My life was complete and pretty great most people would say. Anyone that came to the Farm would give my kisses and say how handsome I was.

The opening description went into the attack, followed by this update on Teddy's care:

All the Doctors and Nurses and staff are taken good care of me but I have a lot of medical bills . I will need a lot of treatment for a while. Please know the pictures are not my best . I am on the med and getting better everyday. Mom can't wait to get me back home to hug and kiss me. I miss all of my friends on the farm mostly the goats that are next me and my stall mates you remember the super heroes . Mom says I will be beautiful to her.

If you want to make a donation to help pay Teddy's bills, here is the link to the GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/teddys-medical-bills​.

13. Seventh time in three years VCSO sworn personnel has resorted to use of deadly force

Volusia County Deputies inviolved in use of deadly force seven times in past 3 years / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer® / Volusia County Sheriff's personnel closed a stretch of SR 415 in Osteen in both directions well into Sunday after an armed motorist was shot to death late Saturday night by a sheriff's deputy under circumstances with vague details. In the inset is agency spokesman Gary Davidson who gave TV news interviews from the county administration building in DeLand on the latest deadly shooting.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A motorist was shot and killed by one of two deputies after he refused to put down a gun he reached for while seated in his car on the side of the road in the 1400 block of SR 415 in rural Osteen, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said, but a full 24 hours later on Sunday night, there were far more questions than answers as to the use of deadly force.

Questions such as the victim's name, age and home community, what specific type of gun he had, what kind of threatening or menacing actions he took to merit being shot to death or even what kind of car he was seated in before the deadly confrontation.

The shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday along the 1400-block of North State Road 415 in Osteen. "That’s where two deputies encountered what initially appeared to be an abandoned 2-door passenger car on the side of the road," agency spokesman Gary Davidson said in a press release emailed to Headline Surfer® and other Central Florida media outlets. "But when the deputies approached the vehicle, they saw a man in the driver’s seat."

Davidson continued. "Then they saw a handgun in the back seat, within reach of the occupant, with one deputy posted on each side of the car, they immediately ordered the man to remain still and not reach for the gun. But instead, he took off his shirt and draped it over the driver’s side window in an apparent attempt to obstruct the deputies’ view. "

Davidson added, "Moments later, the shirt started falling from the window and the man was in the back seat holding the gun. When he refused to put it down and fearing that he was about to shoot, Deputy Miguel Kent opened fire with his duty weapon at 10:57 p.m. and struck the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:10 p.m. and hasn’t been identified yet."

The sheriff's spokesman did not explain how much time had elapsed from the time the deputies saw the man inside as to how putting up a shirt to block the driver's side deputy would have prevented the other deputy from seeing what he was up to or if any attempt was made to try and open the car doors. Nor was it explained how he draped the shirt over the window unless it was partially rolled down. 

And Davidson did not say if the deputies explained whether the motorist even heard their commands. Davidson said Deputy Kent, 37 and with the VCSO since October 2003, has been placed on temporary leave with pay, which is standard procedure. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is responding to the scene to investigate, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.   Davidson did not say in the press release why the victim's name, age or home community was not released.

Nor did he provide the name of the second deputy nor whether he, too, drew his gun. The name of the  second deputy was released in response to an email request from Headline Surfer® as Deputy Djhon Knight. Subsequent requests for information and clarification on the circumstances by Headline Surfer® to Davidson and a second agency spokesman, Andrew Gant, went unanswered.

On the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the second deputy was described by a poster as a "trainee," which is plausible since road deputies typically drive alone on shift patrols.  

With this being the sixth deputy-involved use of deadly force, Davidson made himself available to Orlando TV news crews after the last killing.

One of Davidson's first statements before the TV cameras was "Certainly the last thing any law enforcement officer wants to do is take a life."

After a TV reporter set the scene for viewers where the motorist apparently reached for a gun," Davidson, a civilian PIO who reports to Sheriff Ben Johnson, continued, "At this point, it was either him or us. The deputy did exactly what he was trained to do. He did what he had to do to defend himself and the other deputy."

The same press release Davidson emailed to the media outlets  was posted on the VCSO Facebook page, prompting one angry poster, who identified himself as Paul Carpenter to write: Another murder! U can't be scared and shoot first! Any other person would be charged with murder. (Expletive) cowards. Sheriffs are not juries, u don't get to decide the fate of people's lives for the crimes they commit. Everyone has the right to due process!

14. Mori Hosseini makes the case for Embry-Riddle & Volusia County's future

Start-up business planned for Embry-Riddle business park / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer video / Mori Hosseini - ever the businessman - makes passionate pitch to Volusia County for public-private venture with Enbry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with up-front monies now with return on investment down the line with the prospect of higher paying jobs. Hosseini gets unanimous support. Labs for research would be expanded, and at left, start-up enterprises would be welcomed with start-up funds with the mandate up freont that they stay in Volusia County. 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Having already secured seven partnerships for its planned research park, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University administrators appeared Thursday in front of the Volusia County Council asking for $1.5 million and to purchase county-owned land for half its value adjacent to the Daytona Beach campus.

And they brought a businessman to make the pitch. Not just any every-day businessman, mind you, but one of the most powerful and passionate, who happens to be the chairman of the board for ERAU -- Mori Hosseini of ICI Homes.

 And Hosseini delivered a promise on their behalf: $1.8 billion value in economic development and creation of jobs with salaries as high as $100,000, as the return on their investment down the line. 

Hosseini said Volusia County was there for Embry-Riddle in moving from Ohio to Daytona Beach 50 years ago and now the county could help the university position itself for the future, beginning now.

"We are going to the next level," Hosseini said.

The $1.5 million would assist companies using the research park who need additional startup funds.

Rodney Cruise, ERAU's vice president for administration and planning, said the prerequisite for dispensing of the funds is that the businesses must stay and grow their enterprises here in Volusia County.

In addition to the $1.5 million requested from the county, Hosseini and Interim President Karen Holbrook asked to purchase county-owned land at the southeast corner of the intersection of Clyde Morris Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue that is adjacent to the campus. The land is valued at $800,000, but they want to purchase it for half that amount, considering the land is of little value otherwise to the county, which has used it to perform oil changes on vehicles, etc..

Embry-Riddle's vision for a research park started 11 years ago when it purchased land it purchased land, and having invested $2 million toward the project, Hosseini partnering up with the county could "foster the commercialization of new technologies and bring as many as 1,500 high-paying jobs to the area."

Here's a synopsis of what's in play: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex will bring together venture capitalists, scientists, students, faculty and engineers for research and development projects. The Mica complex — poised to anchor the west side of ERAU's 17-acre, roughly $32 million research park will include multiple high-tech labs allowing researchers to study everything from thermal energy to robotics.

With $4 million pledged for economic development, in the county's tentative budget of $849 million,  the $400,000 from the land sale would go into that fund, while the $1.5 million asked for would come out.

County Council members were unanimous in support of the plan. "We need to make sure we embrace Embry-Riddle," at-large Councilwoman Joyce Cusack said. "This is a part of a journey we must take to ensure our children's dreams become a reality." Councilwoman Deb Denys applauded it as "visionary," making clear for emphasis, "I'm tired of supporting minimum wage jobs. This is exactly what we should be supporting."

County Council members were unanimous in support of the plan: "We need to make sure we embrace Embry-Riddle," said at-large Councilwoman Joyce Cusack, shown far left. "This is a part of a journey we must take to ensure our children's dreams become a reality." 

Councilwoman Deb Denys, shown here right of colleague Joyce Cusack, applauded it as "visionary," making clear for emphasis, "I'm tired of supporting minimum wage jobs. This is exactly what we should be supporting."

15. Rare Occurrence: Three shark bite incidents in one day; 15 for the year

Beach Safety officials in Volusia County rescue distressed boaters in choppy ocean suf on Sept. 19, 2016 /  Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / A lone man on a boat was rescued by a beach patrol marine unit on Sunday, Sept. 18, as shown here where lifeguards dealt with three shark bites and a swimmer slightly injured when he was caught off guard by a large wave.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Things go a little rough along the World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona and further south in Daytona Beach Shores, Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna, in mid-September with the flying of the red flag that covered the entire weekend of of Sept. 18, considering a rare instance of three shark bite victims on the same day that Sunday near the South Jetty on the New Smyrna Beach side.

Plus there was the rescue of a man in a boat that was overwhelmed by choppy waters and a teen swimmer injured when he was caught by surprise by a strong wave that slammed him head first into the bottom was transported to the hospital as a precaution. The reg flag symbols high danger alert in the surf while yellow flag enciurages beach-goers to exercise caution in the water.

The shark trifecta, though far from a normal occurrence, happened to occur on a day where bait fish were plentiful. They in turn draw the typical 5- to 6-feet spinner sharks.

“It is out of the ordinary to have three people bitten back-to-back, but it’s not unheard of and has actually happened before. Capt. Tammra Marris, spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, told Headline Surfer. "Typically this doesn’t happen more than once or twice a year,”

It is out of the ordinary to have three people bitten back-to-back, but it’s not unheard of and has actually happened before," Capt. Tamra Marris, spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, told Headline Surfer. "Typically this doesn’t happen more than once or twice a year.”

The first bite happened at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday when a 43-year-old Longwood man was bitten near his ankle, Marris said. 

Then at 11 a.m., a 36-year-old Miami man was bitten on both hands. The final shark bite incident was reported at 1 p.m. when a 16-year-old New Smyrna Beach surfer was bitten on one of his inner thighs, which could have been worse had the bite occurred a little higher. The latter two shark-bite victims were transported to Bert Fish Medical Center for stitches.

As if the beach patrol units weren't busy enough, a teen swimmer in chest-deep water was injured when he was caught off guard by a large wave. Like two of the shark-bite victims, he too was transported for minor injuries. And a marine unit rescued a man in an overturned boat that took on water from the choppy waters on Sunday as well on Sunday afternoon with moderate to light crowds reported throughout the 49 miles of Volusia County shoreline.

For the year, Volusia County had 15 shark bite incidents, most of them in New Smyrna.

 

RECAP: 

2016 ReWIND: Top 100 Stories for greater Daytona, Sanford & Orlando (11-15)
Jan. 6, 2017
11. Prominent Daytona Beach merchant Paul Politis dies of cancer at age 51
12. Cruel Fate: Teddy, mini horse who loved his adopted home in Lake Helen, succumbs Christmas night after vicious attack by one or more dogs
13. Seventh time in three years VCSO sworn personnel has resorted to use of deadly force
14. Mori Hosseini makes the case for Embry-Riddle & Volusia County's future

15. Rare Occurrence: Three shark bite incidents in one day; 15 for the year

Jan. 5, 2017
16. Gov. Rick Scott appoints Daytona's Morteza 'Mori' Hosseini to University of Florida Board of Trustees
17. New reality in DeBary: Mayor Clint Johnson removed from office in August by municipal colleagues during lengthy hearing 
18. New Smyrna Beach cop whose boy was killed in car crash understands dad's anguish in son's Disney gator death 
19. Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett carjacked: 2 of 3 alleged culprits arrested after 20-block pursuit
20. Hope Place facility for homeless families & teens gets injection of city cash for Spring opening to delight of Forough Hosseini
 
Jan. 4, 2017
21. Daytona Beach Asst. City Manager Gary Shimun allegedly implicated in reverse prostitution sting; resigns from municipal post
22. South Daytona has no solid leads in early September gunshot slaying of man in middle of the street
23. RED FLAGGED: Lingering Concussion Puts Brakes On racing season for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
24. Headline Surfer Public Candidate Debates: Willie J. Kimmons a no-show vs. Billie Egger Wheeler for County Council Dist 2 seat25. Brad Keselowski wins crash-marred Coke Zero 400 under the lights at Daytona International Speedway 
26. Daytona cops investigating report State Rep-elect Patrick Henry's son seen with a gun too when he was pistol-whipped in front of his home
27. Two lovable dogs -- Boots , a collie border mix, & Buck, a Chihuahua, killed by Holly Hill neighbor's pit bulls 
28. Deltona's Paxton Lynch 26th pick in 1st round of NFL draft by quarterback-starved Denver Broncos
29. Volusia School Board's John Hill Ignites firestorm In pointing out No. of days teachers absent
30. VCSO: 3-year-old girl drowns in pond behind family's home in Deltona
 
Jan. 3, 2017
31. Parker the little doggie from Ormond Beach back home: 'We missed you Sweetheart!'
32. Feds: Former Longwood top cop Thomas Jackson sentenced to 4 years in prison for bribery conviction
33. Chase Elliott wins Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona​
34. Don Burnette wins Port Orange mayor's race in November following tough debate & 3-way primary
35. Funeral procession for k9 Forest killed in line of duty in Deltona
36. AJ Styles receives 'phenomenal' pop in WWE's Royal Rumble at Amway Arena in Orlando 
37. Three suicides occur within weeks of each other in greater Daytona with victims leaping from multi-story buildings
38. Anita Bradford romps to victory in race for district 2 seat on Deltona City Commission
39. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line had several eventful visits to Daytona Beach in 2016: Daytona 500, Country 500 Concert & Daytona State College Foundation Gala
40. David Fernandez, owner of Traders bar on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach dies
 
Jan. 3, 2017
41. Juan Pablo Montoya wins Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; 2nd year in a row he's taken checkered flag in opener
42. Volusia County high school graduation rates have improved, but still lower than those in neighboring Seminole & Orange counties
43. Blue Origin president implores 500-plus Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. Daytona campus grads to 'take that first step, ferociously'
44. Daytona Beach cops: New Smyrna Beach motorist involved in deadly collision with motorcyclist faces criminal charges of driving with suspended license
45. Attendance light along World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona & in NSB, though sharks plentiful Sunday near South Jetty where 3 surfers bitten
46. New brand for racing at Daytona & other tracks in 2017: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
47. Despite alleged Deltona Wal-Mart shoplifter digging key into scalp of Sheriff's k9 in nearby creek, suspect arrested
48. Tattoo You: Daytona Beach Shores babe marches to beat of different drummer
49. Big Fish Leaves Small Pond: Daytona Beach News-Journal's managing editor calls it quits
50. Jimmie Johnson wins record-tying 7th championship in season-ending race at Miami-Homestead; now in same company with Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt
 
Jan. 2, 2017
51. 22-year-old Brazilian racer 'Pipo' Derani wheels the No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda-powered Ligier to victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona
52. New Volusia County School Board Chair Melody Johnson wants to see district make the A-grade
53. DeLand man, 87, who suffered facial fractures in home invasion weeks earlier, succumbed to injuries
54. Port Orange man arrested on attempted murder charges after stabbing his parents during Thanksgiving after mom shushes him
55. Missouri parents here on Disney vacation killed in I-4 crash in DeLand leaving daughters who survived orphaned
56. Karen Holbrook hired as interim president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
57. Photo Opp - Daytona-area insurance exec Tony Grippa mugs it up with ex-GOP presidential candidate George Pataki
58. Chase Tramont After Port Orange Council win: 'I will represent you with great honesty and integrity'
59. Two killed in plane crash at Spruce Creek Fly-in community near Port Orange
60. VCSO: Creepy Clown pranks in Volusia County schools don't materialize
 
Jan. 1, 2017
61.  9/11 Twin Towers re-created at World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona
62. Dale Earnhardt Jr. to donate brain to science after passing
63. 39th anniversary of line-of-duty death of Seminole County sheriff's reserve deputy George Pfiel
64. Pete Dunn announces retirement as head coach of Stetson baseball
65. FDLE: 58-year-old Orlando man arrested on multiple kiddie porn charges
66. Fatal attack on dog in Port Orange waterway
67. World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona & New Smyrna devoid of Thanksgiving weekend crowds
68. New Smyrna Beach cops: Man stabbed in pre-dawn attempted robbery
69. First Christmas as Port Orange mayor a blessing for Don Burnette
70. New Smyrna Beach surfer/lensman Kem McNair captures scene setter with egret
 
Dec. 31, 2016
71. John Cooper, first to hold track posts as president at Indianapolis & later Daytona, has died
72. New Smyrna Beach cops: Man, 59, arrested after he's allegedly caught sexually assaulting 5-year-old boy
73. Changing of the Guard in Daytona, sort of: Dannette Henry sworn in as commissioner replacing 1 of 2 other Henrys 
74. Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis: Primary recount confirms Bill Hall new mayor of South Daytona
75. Orlando Magic acquire guard Jodie Meeks from Detroit Pistons
76. Student art adorns Daytona Beach International Airport cards for holidays
77. Volusia County school children & parents take part in International Walk/ Bike to School Day
78. New Smyrna Beach Fire Dept. contains 5-acre brush fire near Sugar Mill
79. Two incumbents return to Ponce Inlet Town Council
80. Two council incumbents had no challengers in Pierson
 
Dec. 30, 2016
81. Daytona cops: Mainland HS student struck & killed in crosswalk on way to school
82. New Smyrna Beach cops: NSBPD Inv. Brian Morris promoted to patrol sergeant
83. VCSO: Daytona Beach man suspected of robbing Deltona store fished out of Deltona pond 
84. Small plane crashes near New Smyrna Beach; pilot treated for minor injury
85. Govenor removes 'acting' from surgeon general title for Celeste Philip, ex-Volusia County deputy health exec
86. VCSO: Ocala man killed in Pierson after jumping from moving vehicle
87. Hundreds stung by jellyfish along World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona
88. New Smyrna Beach firefighters save house by limiting most of early morning blaze to garage
89. COMING OF AGE: Daytona State College’s Center for Women and Men celebrates 40th anniversary 
90. NSBFD: 3 cats rescued in New Smyrna Beach house fire
 
Dec. 30, 2016
91. Rare Kemp's ridley sea turtle rescued near Ponce Inlet recovers at Marine
92. New Smyrna Beach Finance Director Althea Philord-Bradley receives special award
93. Volusia County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Henderson graduates from FBI National Academy
94. Daytona Beach Shores Christmas Parade: Highlighted by Billie Wheeler on Facebook
95. Lake Helen's Vernon Burton retains zone 2 seat without opposition; Jim Connell wins zone 4 seat in Nov elections
96. Swimmer rescued in Daytona surf & dead manatee washes ashore in New Smyrna
97. Daytona Beach-based United Way selects 15 to lead strategies on programming & funding
98. Principals of the Year announced for Volusia County Schools
99. DeLand firefighters rescue cat from storm drain
100. State Attorney RJ Larizza returned to office without opposition
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.