Vehicle found abandoned in Sanford

Taxicab carjacked in Orange City / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer graphic / An alert cab driver used a little trickery on Sunday to escape from a gun-toting customers, but had his taxi stolen at the intersection of Volusia and Graves avenues in Orange City 8 a.m. Sunday as shown at left.

ORANGE CITY -- A taxi driver was held up at gunpoint early this morning and ordered to drive a man and woman to Orange city before he escaped at the intersection of Volusia and Graves avenues, A Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

The 2002 Dodge Caravan was later recovered abandoned in Sanford and the duo remain at large.

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Whereabouts unknown since Monday

Missing Deltona mom Tonia Schurman / Headline SurferMiising Deltona kids / Headline SurferMissing Deltona kids with fleeing mom / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Be on the lookout: If you see this Deltona woman, Tonia Schurman, or her three young children, an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, all shown here, or her youngest, a 4-month-old baby girl, then please call Volusia County Sheriff's deputies at 386-736-5999. If you can't remember the number, then dial 9-1-1. The mother is believed to be traveling in a black, 2003 Isuzu Ascender SUV, with Florida tag BKM195. 

DELTONA -- A 27-year-old Deltona mother who was court-ordered to relinquish parental rights to her three small children -- ages 8, 6 and 4 months -- and hand them over to DCF, instead has fled and Volusia County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding her and her kids, an agency official said this afternoon.


VCSO: Suspect driver and vehicle located this morning, but no charges yet

Murder locale in Deltona / Headline SurferDELTONA -- An apparent drug deal in Deltona went horribly wrong late Sunday afternoon, resulting in the death of an 18-year-old man who was dragged down the street by a fleeing motorist, an official with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

The victim was identified as Tristan De Joy, who witnesses reported walking late Sunday afternoon to the end of Sonnet Court, the same Deltona road where he lives. Next, a pickup truck was spotted driving to the end of the street, where De Joy was.


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.


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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.