Weather for Volusia CountyExpect more thunderstorms over the next 18 hours before sunny skies return Tuesday to greater Daytona Beach, according to the National Weather Service. The weather as shown at left is as of Sunday night.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for the Volusia County cities of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Orange City, Lake Helen and Deltona until 9 p.m.

The advisory was issued at 6:58 p.m. from the National Weather Service in Melboune, following a fast-moving thunderstorm.


Limo service worker may have had financial issues

Deltona resident James Sheaffer missing / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of 36-year-old James Sheaffer of Deltona shown here at left, is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-860-7030.

DELTONA -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a Deltona man who went missing under suspicious circumstances April 2 and hasn't been seen since.

James Sheaffer, 36, who works for a limousine service, was last seen at the business getting into an unknown man's vehicle, Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught told Headline Surfer this afternoon.

"The men then drove away in a black passenger car, leaving Sheaffer's vehicle behind," the sheriff's spokesman said. "He did not return to work for his next assignment and his live-in girlfriend and family members haven't heard from him.


David Williams Deltona burglary suspect / Headline SurferDeltona burglary locator Addison and Hemingway / Headline SurferDavid Williams, 41, of Deltona, was arrested on burglary-related charges in conection with a residential burglary on Addison Street near Hemingway Drive in the vicinity of Addison Street and Hemingway Drive as shown in the locator map. 

DELTONA -- It was shortly after 4 in the morning morning when a resident spotted a suspicious sight -- two people walking down the street, pushing a shopping cart loaded with various items.


Deltona home invasion suspect Scott Barkley / Headline SurferDeLand home invasion locale / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Scott Barkley of DeLtona is the sixth and final suspect aarrested for his alleged role in the armed invasion of a DeLand-area home at 1302 9th Ave. as shown in this locator map.

DELAND -- Sheriff's deputies apprehended a sixth and final suspect wanted in connection with a Feb. 25 armed home invasion outside the DeLand city limits.

"Volusia County Sheriff's deputies located 19-year-old Scott Barkley at his Deltona home (Tuesday) morning and arrested him without incident," Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said.


Deltona High School handgun / HeadlineSurfer.comTwo students are in juvenile cstody after bringing a loaded hangun onto the campus.

DELTONA -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrested two Deltona High School students late Thursday afternoon after a school administrator found a loaded gun in one of the student's backpack. A campus advisor was the first to spot the suspicious activity, at first thinking that he might have witnessed a drug transaction.

Because of his suspicious behavior, 16-year-old Erick Graham was escorted to the dean's office, Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. "But instead of drugs, a search of Graham's backpack turned up a loaded .25-caliber handgun tucked in a sock. The gun had one bullet in the magazine."

The Sheriff's Office's school resource deputy assigned to the school was called in to investigate, Davidson said.

"Upon questioning by the deputy, Graham initially denied knowing anything about the gun or how it ended up in his backpack," Davidson said.


Preliminary investigation: Speeding may have been a factor in fatality

Deltona motorcycle fatality locator / Headline SurferThe map shows the location of the 12:30 p.m. Tuesday Deltona fatality.

DELTONA -- A 20-year-old DeBary man became Volusia County's first highway fatality of the new year when he lost control of his motorcyle on DeBary Avenue near the intersection of Providence Boulevard and struck a stop sign before crashing the bike, a Sheriff's spokesman said.


This guest blog is written exclusiveby for Headline Surfer
by dist. 5 Volusia Conty Council member Pat Northey of Deltona 

Let our New Years resolution be this, we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word -- Goran Persson

DELTONA -- As we welcome in the new year, I want to take this opportunity to wish you the very best for 2013.

Let us take a moment to celebrate all that is good and right with our country, our county and our cities. And reflect on the challenges and opportunities that will come our way this year.


Nancy SchleicherHeadline Surfer endorsement: Nancy Schleicher

DELTONA -- Admittedly, we know very little about the inner political workings in Deltona municipal government, but after reviewing the candidacies of the candidates for the non-partisan dist. 4 city commission seat, we believe Nancy Schleicher is well versed on the issues and has continued her commitment to monitoring public meetings despite coming up short in a previous run for office.

Schleicher, 65, a Democrat and retired school teacher with 33 years in the Deltona public schools, lost to Paul Treusch in 2007, and since then has attended every city commission meeting and it shows in her knowledge of topics like upgrading sewers, looking at CRA districts and code enforcement issues in a city that has seen tremendous growth in the last two decades. Her list of civic achievements is unparalleled in Deltona.


Webster Barnaby of Deltona

DELTONA -- Webster Barnaby wants to bring "integrity, jobs and prosperity" to the table as his platform as district 2 Deltona Commissioner. We believe he will try and do just that.

Barnaby, a man of Christian faith, makes no bones about his intentions on his campaign website putting his community and family at the forefront of his candidacy: "I am a real person that truly loves Deltona. I have lived here for over 21 years. Over 25 years married with a wonderful wife and 2 great children. My daughter is at the University of Florida and my son is serving our country at the United States Naval Academy. I have served for 3 years as the PTA president for Trinity Christian Academy. I am member of the Board of Directors for Trinity Assembly of God."


If you see this child, Adriel Thomas, reported missing in Deltona by his mother, please call 9-1-1.

DELTONA -- A 12-year-old Deltona boy, who has a history of being a runaway has been missing since Tuesday evening, Volusia Conty Sheriff's officials said this afternoon.

Adriel Thomas had left a friend's house and was supposed to ride his bicycle three blocks back to his home. But about two hours later when Thomas had still not arrived home, his mother called the Sheriff's Office for help.

"Thomas has run away in the past, but never at night and he had never been gone for long," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. "His mother said that Thomas had been upset recently because she had turned off his cell phone service."

Deputies responded to the boy's home, 665 Wing Terrace, after his mother had called at about 9:26 p.m. She said that Thomas had been at a friend's house in the 1100 block of Whitewood Drive and had left there to return home on his bike at about 7 p.m.