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PORT ORANGE -- Thr Florida Highway Patrol is looking for a motorist who ran over a motorcyclist Saturday night on Tomoka Farms Road and Country Circle Drive and failed to stop to help the victim who earlier crashed.

The victim was identified Sunday night as 67-year-old Randell Solana of Port Orange. Solana was riding his 2007 Harley-Davidson when for unkwown reasons he lost control of the motocycle. He was thrown from the bike which came to rest on the shoulder of the road while he lay prone in the southbound lane of Tomoka Farms Road. Then he was run over by a motorist who then fled, the FHP said of the 9:25 p.m. Saturday incident.

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Elbert HaleCourtesy photo /
Elbert Hale, shown here in a 2010 arrest mug shot, was charged Sunday with aggravated domestic battery after threatening his adult sister with an axe and then locking himself in a bedroom in the family's Port Orange home with a knife.
 

PORT ORANGE -- A 57-year-old man who allegedly threatened adult family members with an axe before barricading himself in a bedroom with a knife, was taken into custody after Port Orange police stormed the house on Hawks Ridge Road, an agency spokesman said.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at 11:45 a.m. to the residence about a domestic situation involving a man armed with a knife. After a police negotiator was unable to get the man to surrender on his own and nearby residents were safely evacuated, the police department's emergency response team -- similar to SWAT-- stormed the house at 749 Hawks Ridge Road just after 4 p.m. Elbert Hale was taken into custody without further incident.

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ORMOND BEACH -- The body of a man with "obvious signs of trauma" was found early this morning outside a residence at 788 Buena Vista Ave. and is being treated as a suspicious death, Ormond Beach police said.

Here is a synopsis of what led homicide investigators to the home at 12:40 a.m. as described by Ormond Beach police spokesman Lt. Kenny Hayes at 4:45 on this Friday morning: "Ormond Beach Police were dispatched to this location after a 9-1-1 call was placed by a female resident reporting a suspicious person in her yard. Two Ormond Beach police officers arrived and began checking the area."

Hayes continued, "They quickly discovered an unresponsive man lying in the side yard of the home. He was deceased and had obvious signs of trauma to his body. Investigators have determined that the man lived in an upstairs back apartment at the home. Family members are being notified and the victim’s identity will likely be released later this morning."

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Brian BouchardIsiah MitchellBrian Bouchard, 21, is accused of beating 14-month-old Isaiah Mitchell so badly he is on life support at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

EDGEWATER -- While a 14-month old baby remains on life support with head injuries, his alleged abuser's run from the law lasted a mere seven hours with the apprehension Thursday of 21-year-old Brian Bouchard.

Acting on a tip, Volusia County Sheriff's deputies stopped a car near Acee Drive and Tatum Boulevard in Edgewater at 10:30 p.m., agency spokesman Gary Davidson said.

"And sure enough, their suspect, 21-year-old Brian Bouchard, was a passenger in the vehicle," Davidson said.

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Woman in domestic argument tells police she saw several 'bright flashes' but was not struck

Timothy GriffithTimothy Griffith is charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing a gun in his New Smyrna Beach residence during an early Monday argument with a woman who was not struck by any bullets.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 26-year-old man was arrested early this morning on attempted murder charges after allegedly firing a handgun in his apartment during an argument with a 34-year-old woman.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Debra Gibson was a street walker with a record of petty crimes. James Desmond Booth was a convicted drug dealer. When their paths met again on Jan. 25, 2011, she was shot dead.

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Jamesand Tiffany PembertonCourtesy photo / Tiffany and James Pembertonlived in Daytona Beach about a year. Both were found dead Sunday in their Breakers apartment, victims of an apparent murder-suicide.

DAYTONA BEACH -- An Iraqi war veteran shot and killed his wife and then turned a rifle on himself in a murder-suicide over the weekend, Daytona Beach police said.

The wife was identified as Tiffany Pemberton, 25, and the husband, Jason Pemberton, 28. Both were found in their residence at 778 Jimmy Ann Drive No. 1614.

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Rogelio CastilloGeorge TorresRogelio Castillo, shown in the larger photo, was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder in the gunshot slaying of 17-year-old George Torres.

PIERSON -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrested a 25-year-old man early Monday morning on a first-degree murder warrant for Saturday night's shooting death in Seville.

Deputies had responded to 1898 Barton St. that night in response to a report of someone having been shot. Upon arrival they found 17-year-old George Torres outside on the ground where he had succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.

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Gerry BurkatovskyMichael ShafferDanny EdwardsGerry Burkatovsky, shown in the larger photo, is charged with murder in the throat-slash slayings of Michael Shaffer and Danny Edwards, whose bodies were dumped in Edgewater, according to law enforcement.

EDGEWATER -- Police Chief Dave Arcieri remembers the bodies like it was yesterday -- two stabbed men with slashed throats found in a remote area of the edge of the city near Interstate 95. It was obvious they were killed elsewhere and discarded here.

Buzzards flying overhead drew the attention of passersby on Opossum Road and the grisly find, which led to Edgewater police response.

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PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- A robber who implied he had a gun walked up to a teller on this busy Christmas eve shopping morning at the TD Bank, 1101 Dunlawton Ave., demanded money, and after getting it, walked right back out and drove off in a tan-colored 4-door car, Port Orange police said.

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