Anthony DeFeo, combative with deputies responding to 9-1-1 call of suspicious person in Deltona roadway, screams: 'I'm gonna die tonight!'

Daytona Beach News-Jouyrnal reporter arrested for kicking deputy, VCSO, says / Headline Surfer®

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Anthony Defeo, a reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, is shown in a mug shot taken at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach shortly after his 12:37 a.m. Saturday arrest in Deltona.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter bonded out of the Volusia County Branch Jail this morning after he was arrested and booked on two felony charges for allegedly fighting with deputies while intoxicated -- including allegedly kicking one of them in the mid-section -- when they responded to a 9-1-1 call of a suspicious person in the middle of a road in Deltona.


Patrick Campbell escorted from FBI in Daytona by New Smyrna Beach cops chargd with murdering his grandmother / Headline Surfer®Patrick Campbell jail mug charged with 1st degree murder / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Patrick Campbell is escorted in handcuffs Thursday from the office of the FBI in Daytona Beach to a waiting New Smyrna Beach PD squad car and a short time later charged with first-degree murder in the bludgeoning of his 64-year-old grandmother, Darlene Robertson. Inset: Campbell's mugshot  is shown at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach where he's being held without bail.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The last place anyone perhaps might have thought a man wanted for questioning by New Smyrna Beach police in the bludgeoning death of his grandmother would re-surface within the next 48 hours would be the FBI in Daytona Beach. But that's exactly what Patrick Campbell did Thursday morning just before high noon.


Robert Lee Craddock of Port Orange/Daytona Beach Shores, FL indicted by feds in BP Oil scheme / Headline Surfer®ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal grand jury has handed up an indictment charging 54-year-old Robert Lee Craddock of Port Orange with wire fraud arising out of a scheme to defraud the compensation fund established as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

If convicted, Craddock, who also may have a residence in Daytona Beach Shores, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Craddock that the Office of US Attorney A Lee Bentley, III, is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $135,153, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

According to the indictment, following the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was being leased by BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, Craddock submitted a claim to BP and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, an independent facility established by BP to compensate qualified claimants, for lost earnings purportedly related to the impact of the oil spill on his businesses.


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Minnie the poodle survives behig thrown out of car allegedly by her owner on Xmas eve /  Headline Surfer®Mary Radford, 69, of New Smyrna Beach, charged with animal cruelty for allegedly throwing her poodlre out of her moving car / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
For the first time since she was allegedly tossed from a moving car like a bag of garbage onto the pavement by her owner, here for the first time is what Minnie the poodle looks like. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- By now you've probably heard about the 69-year-old woman who allegedly tried to ditch her pooch on Christmas Eve by throwing the gentle creature right out her driver's side door of her blue two-door Oldsmobile while she was passing through an intersection.

The story has been all over the news, even making the pages of the New York Daily News.


NSB cop shop / Headline SurferActing Police Chief Donna Lavallee / Headline Surfer®Acting Police Chief Donna Lavallee may be all smiles regarding steps towards accreditation in the New Smyrna Beach PD, but all is not hunky dory despite a PR statement from City Hall.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Amid the backdrop of the continuing fallout of the theft of items from the New Smyrna Beach Police Department uncovered two years ago and a revolving door of top cops in the interim, the office of City Manager Pamela Brangaccio put out a press release Friday announcing the police agency was moving towards accreditation.


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An empty house was the apparent location for the robbery of a Papa John's pizza deliveryman by eight teenage boys as  shown in this locator map, according to the Volusioa County Flagler Sheriff's Office.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Volusia County sheriff’s deputies tracked down and arrested eight juveniles in connection with the Wednesday afternoon robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Deltona, an agency spokesman said.

Deputies responded around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after the driver, Colton Reisner, of a local Papa John's, said he was robbed at a house at 1037 Abagail Drive.

Reisner didn’t report any weapons used in the robbery, or any money stolen. He said some of the teens snuck up and threw a blanket or sheet over his head when he knocked on the front door, then took off with pizza, chicken wings and soda. The house was vacant.


EDGEWATER, Fla. -- A 34-year-old man armed with a knife was shot in killed 1:30 this morning by two Edgewater cops who opened fire on him in the home he shared with his mother and her boyfriend after an attempt to subdue him with not one, but two tasers failed to stop his forward movement, Edgewater Police Chief Dave Arcieri told


Two eldest kids dead; third clinging to life in hospital

Sheriff Benjoihnson in Port Orange, Fla., at scene of murder-suicide / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson holds a press conference Friday outside a Port Orange-area home where a father shot his three children before killing himself. Only the youngest of the three children survived the bloodshed.

PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- A domestic quarrel between a married couple on the verge of divorce ended in bloodshed before dawn today in the Spruce Creek Farms subdivision after the wife ran out of the house and the husband taking aim at their three children -- killing two of them in the process -- before shooting himself to death.


Sheriff's spokesman: Ankle monitoring device found in Burger King bathroom

Andrew Rodriguez captured in Deltona after VCSO claimed he absconded from jail / Headline Surfer®DELTONA, Fla. -- The search has ended for an inmate who failed to return to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach after a court-authorized furlough to attend a funeral over the weekend.

Andrew Rodriguez, 27, was captured at 11:01 p.m. Monday after an anonymous call led Sheriff’s deputies to his whereabouts.

"Late Monday night, a tip received through Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida led deputies to the house on Evergreen Avenue," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer® this morning shortly after his capture.

"Just as deputies were heading into the house to search for Rodriguez, he bolted out of a side door and was quickly captured without offering resistance."


Ex-offender job training offered in DeLand / Headline Surfer®Krystal Brown, recent DeLand city commission candid organizing a job fair for ex-offenders / Headline Surfer®DELAND -- A community activist is leading a grassroots "goodwill job connection" seminar on Friday for those who have had brushes with the law and are having trouble finding employment.