Hazel RobbinsIf you have seen the woman in this photo, identified as Hazel Robbins of Deltona, the Volusia County Sheriff's Ofiice wants you to call 9-1-1.

DELTONA -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 86-year-old Hazel Robbins who wandered away from her home this morning.

Robbins was reported missing by her son at 10:16 a.m.

According to the son, Robbins -- who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and congestive heart failure -- was home at 6 a.m., but walked away from their residence at 1107 Hastings Drive sometime afterwards.

The son called the Sheriff's Office after he drove around the neighborhood and couldn't find his mother.

"More than a dozen patrol deputies, assisted by a K-9 unit, investigators and Sheriff's Office helicopter, are searching for Robbins and checking area businesses, parks and cab companies," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told


DELTONA -- Come enjoy the hauntingly good music of Jim Nelson “The Entertainer” as the city celebrates the Deltona Parks & Recreation Senior Halloween Costume Ball, 5-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 at the Lakeshore Community Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive.

Wear your best costume as prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in a costume contest. Tickets are $2 at the door, but the sinister snacks are free. Door prizes will be awarded and photographers from the photo department at Walgreens will take pictures available for purchase at Walgreens the next day.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Are you ready for some football? Well, if you're a Cudas fan, you'll have to wait until Saturday because tonight's game against Pine Ridge is cancelled because of heavy rain over the best two days that has drenched the field at New Smyrna Beach Stadium. Instead the 7 p.m. game with Pine Ridge will be played at Pine Ridge Stadium in Deltona. In the meantime, you can enjoy highlights from New Smyrna Beach High's home opener against Astronaut of Titusville.


DELTONA -- A special breakfast to celebrate Deltona Seniors will be held 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at the Deltona Community Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive.

The Senior Citizen Celebration Breakfast, sponsored by Deltona Parks & Recreation, is only $2.50 per person and includes eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.


DELTONA -- The obvious question as to how a 1-year-old Deltona boy ended up in the bottom of a family pool with such a tragic ending has been answered: "The mother was in the kitchen preparing dinner and lost sight of the child briefly," Volusia Country Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told

The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the drowning of the baby, identified as Chase Wilson.

Davidson said he did not have the mother's name or those of other immediate family members readily available and that the circumstances surrounding the drowning were explained to him by one of the investigators.

The baby is the youngest of what are now six small-child pool drowning fatalities in Volusia County this year.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 754 Leeward Drive after receiving a 911 call at 5:18 p.m. reporting that the baby had been found at the bottom of the pool. The victim wasn't breathing when he was removed from the pool. The mother and father and a grandparent were at the house at the time of the incident, Davidson said.


DELTONA -- A 1-year-old boy drowned in a backyard swimming pool late this afternoon in Deltona. He is the youngest of six pre-school-age children to die in pool drownings this year in Volusia County.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 754 Leeward Drive after receiving a 911 call at 5:18 p.m. reporting that the baby had been found at the bottom of the pool, agency spokesman Gary Davidson said.

The baby, Chase Wilson, wasn’t breathing when he was removed from the pool. The child’s mother and father and a grandparent were at the house at the time of the incident, Davidson said.

"A Sheriff’s Office telecommunicator coached a frantic family member over the phone on CPR procedures while help was quickly sent to the house," Davidson said.


Gustavo DominguezCourtesy photo / Deltona resident Gustavo Dominguez, who has a lengthy arrest record, is being held on $10,000 bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail on a kidnapping charge.

DELTONA -- Volusia County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday afternoon who wandered onto the grounds of a daycare center in Deltona and briefly grabbed a 5-year-old girl.

Workers at the center, DTA Academy on Providence Boulevard, immediately realized what was happening and quickly got the girl away from the stranger.


DELTONA -- The body found in the charred remains of minivan rental found early Thursday on a dirt trail in a wooded area off Lake Helen Osteen Road is that of a man and the case is being investigated as a possible homicide.

"The Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy on Thursday, but has not ruled on the cause of death," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. "The victim is an adult male who has not yet been positively identified. However, it isn't the person who rented the minivan, as investigators have located him safe and sound."


DELTONA -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation after a body was found inside a burning vehicle in woods down a dirt trail off of Lake Helen Osteen Road near Haulover Boulevard early this morning.

The initial call about the fire came in from a resident at about 12:10 a.m. Thursday leading to the grisly discovery of the body, Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.


George Trovato of Port Orange and file photo / George Trovato, shown here at a Republican Club luncheon in New Smyrna Beach last year,  set a controversial precedent over where a city attorney lives when he was with Deltona before he was fired and ran unsecuccessfully for a seat on the Volusia County Council in November against winner Joie Alexander. The issue of residency may have led to the resignation of current City Attorney Gary Cooney.

DELTONA -- With controversy surrounding where his primary residence is, Gary Cooney has tendered his resignation as city attorney, effective June 19. He makes $132,500 annually.

Cooney, a former city attorney in Mount Dora, has a residence in Lake County, in addition to a condo he bought in March 2010, in Deltona after accepting the job here. He sent his resignation in an April 18 e-mail memo to the city, but did not get into the residency issue, which has dogged him in recent weeks with some residents questioning his primary residence, even after officials said they were satisfied he met residency requirements.