Henry Frederick's blog

DBPD Chief Michael Chitwood / Headline Surfer®SDPD Chief Ron Wright / Headline Surfer®State Attorney RJ Larizza / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- That a Daytona Beach cop and a South Daytona cop opened fire and killed a fleeing rape suspect in the rear of a South Daytona tanning salon a week ago is not something this media outlet is questioning.

To the contrary, based on 18 pages of documents released by the Daytona Beach Police Department on Monday, it appears the officers acted responsibly in using deadly force, feeling their lives were threatened by a suspect who had allegedly just raped a woman at gunpoint and raised the same weapon when confronted.

State Attorney RJ Larizza / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- As the chief law enforcer in Volusia County, I had faith State Attorney R.J. Larizza would get the job done in holding corrupt Volusia County officials accountable for alleged unlawful behavior, but I was wrong. Larizza's either unwilling or incapable. Either way, it doesn't matter, because his weak action against three members of the SEV ad authority and their director, complicit in violating Florida's Government in the Sunshine, renders the statute meaningless. 

ORLANDO -- The Daytona Beach News-Journal continued pushing its demonizing coverage of the two main players in the federal mortgage fraud trial in Orlando, James Sotolongo and Ramara Garrett, principals in Waverly Media, which is a competing advertising venue to the print media outlet.

The News-Journl continued interspersing names and events into its coverage Monday with the verdicts that were never even a part of the actual trial proceedings. 

Daytona Beach News-Journal indictment error / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- It is truly amazing how for more than a year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal has misled the public in its reporting of the accusations levied against Waverly Media principals Jim Sotolongo and Ramara Garrett.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Ever notice how everything in traditional print media is portrayed as bigger and better than before? How government leaders tout transparency yet don't return calls when it comes to answering questions about campaign contribution sources?

Over the next several days and weeks, it should become abundantly apparent how corrupt governance is at the county level and even among some municipal governments.

ORLANDO -- As a reporter who has spent the better part of his career covering cops and courts, I look forward to the opening statements because they help set the tone for the trial. Such is the case today in U.S. District Court in Orlando where three people are accused of defrauding banks and lending institutions in multi-million dollar mortgages for homes that ended up in foreclosure.

SANFORD -- Sometimes a person can only push himself so far without sleep and the body says no more. That was me.

A lack of sleep in my case leads to breathing problems with asthma and then everything stops, despite the best plans and promises made. There is a lot of news to catch up on. There always is. But there is only one of me. So I have to be realistic and pace myself. Because I didn't, Sunday was a disaster.

Hopefully, the medicines to open up the airwaves and some badly needed sleep well into the morning here will give me a chance to recover and catch up.

Cheyenne Drews in pictures, community teen blogger / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH -- Cheyenne Drews, 17, has been writing a community blog since she was in the eighth grade. In a matter of weeks, she'll be graduating from New Smyrna Beach High School and heading off to college at summer's end. 

DEBARY -- So Daytona Beach News-Journal, how does it feel? How does it feel to want? To have to strike out by writing a lame-o story with the grand dame of the Fab Four on the  CountyCouncil?

Dale Earnhardt Jr's famous tweet for his father after Daytona 500 win / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- The dramatic win by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in Sunday's Daytona 500 following a six-hour rain delay could not have come at a more opportune time for Daytona International Speedway, as well as the umbrella (no pun intended) sanctioning body known as NASCAR.

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