William Paul HillCourtesy photo / William Paul Hill, who was shot and killed Sunday by Lake County deputies near DeLand, served 14 months in prison for dealing cocaine before his release in May 2003, as shown in his Florida Deparment of Corrections mugshot.

DELAND -- A 45-year-old ex-con wanted on suspicion of domestic battery with his wife was shot and killed this afternoon by Lake County Sheriff's deputies after emerging from a home near DeLand with a handgun he pulled out from behind.

William Paul Hill continued walking toward the deputies despite their demand that he drop the weapon and they opened fire on him. The gunman's wife had told deputies the day before that he went on a rampage while high on drugs, destroying furniture and making it clear he was not going back to prison. Deputies found seven long guns and 450 rounds of ammunition there, but learned from the battered spouse that two handguns were missing.

"They ordered him to show his hands at which time he reached back and had the gun out," Lake County Sheriff's Lt. John Herrell told "The deputies were in fear for their lives and shots were fired and he fell."

Herrell said he couldn't comment how many of the five deputies fired their guns


DELAND -- The Friends of the Library will sell hardcover books and paperbacks in the DeLand Regional Library auditorium from 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; and 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

A pre-sale will be open for viewing at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, and buyers can purchase books at pre-sale prices from 4 - 7:15 p.m.

Hardbacks will be sold for $1 each, large paperbacks for 50 cents, and small paperbacks and magazines for 25 cents.


DELAND -- The School District of Volusia County will hold a union negotiation meeting with the Volusia Teachers Organization at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor conference room at the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara Avenue, DeLand.


New Smyrna Beach weather forecastCourtesy graphic / Rain could be the biggest weapon deployed by firefighters today in quelling the local wild fires, including the biggest -- the Maytown Road Fire that straddles Oak Hill and Osteen with 2,397 acres burned since June 13. That fire is 90 percent contained. Click on the attachment below to see the spate of wild fires across the Sunshine State.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Volusia County Council has extended the declaration of local emergency for seven days.


OAK HILL -- Firefighters from Division of Forestry, Volusia County Fire Services and additional task force teams of city firefighters are working six active fires throughout the county this morning, including a 35-acre fire in Oak Hill near Volco and Beacon Light roads.

Crews remained on scene overnight, with mop up operations expected to continue at all locations throughout the day today, Volusia County spokeswoman Joanne Megley said, adding, of the Oak Hill fire in particular, "There were a number of homes threatened, but no evacuations were ordered."


DELAND -- Division of Forestry crews have contained the brush fire at Clark Bay Road and East International Speedway Boulevard in DeLand. The fire, reported at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, topped out at 15 acres.

Eight new brush fires were reported in Volusia County on Sunday and all are contained, Volusia County spokeswoman Pat Kuehn said. 


Courtesy photo / Circuit Judge returns for a second stint as chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit that includes Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

DELAND -- Circuit Judge William A. Parsons will lead the Seventh Judicial Circuit as chief judge beginning July 1. Elected by the 42 circuit and county court judges in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, Parsons will have administrative supervision over all courts in the 7th Judicial circuit which includes Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties, during his two-year term.


Courtesy photo / Thick smoke billows from a wild fire off a muddy dirt road in DeLand near Daytona Park Estates subdivision where a dozen homes were briefly evacuated earlier in the week.

DELAND -- With growing concern about the extreme dry conditions, the spate of wild fires and a forecast that calls for less than normal rainfall, Volusia County Fire Chief Joseph Pozzo has been authorized to enact a fireworks ban that begins Monday in the unincorporated areas of Volusia County and the cities of Lake Helen, Oak Hill and Pierson, which are part of the county’s unified fire district.


PIERSON -- Firefighters from four agencies continued to make progress Sunday on three brush fires that started in West Volusia the day before.

The Pierson fire, near the intersection Bell Fountaine Avenue and Carruthers Lane, grew to 243 acres and is 80 percent contained. Volusia County Fire Services was assisted by the Firewalkers, a multi-agency team of firefighters who specialize in brush fires, in this rural fire.


Stetson University student Jason Sauter and his girlfriend, Nancy Vidarte.Courtesy photo / Stetson student Jason Sauter and his girlfriend, Nancy Vidarte, will report on the Royal wedding for CNN.

DELAND -- Stetson University student Jason Sauter isn't necessarily a big fan of the Royal Wedding, but his girlfriend is, and he won a CNN contest to cover it. And she's going with him.

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