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.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 49-year-old surfer from Deltona is the first shark-bite victim of 2011, even if his puncture wounds are small, the Volusia County Beach Patrol said of the Friday incident while he was standing in 3 feet of water.

Ronald White refused transport to Bert Fish Medical Center following the 3:30 p.m. bite while he was returning to shore near the Beachway Avenue Approach.


Courtesy photo / Christopher Sponer of Deltona is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail after a failed robbery of a fast-food restaurant.

DELTONA -- A failed attempt to steal money early Saturday morning from the cash drawer of a Burger King in Deltona has landed a 42-year-old man in jail.

The attempted robbery was foiled by an employee who shoved the man’s hands away from the drawer and slammed it shut before the suspect could swipe the money. The accused, Christopher Sponer of Deltona, is facing charges of robbery by sudden snatching, grand theft of a motor vehicle and battery.

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Courtesy photo / Krirtophe Gonsaves allegedly stared down a 14-year-old girl and then fled in his van after she rejected his request for sex, which led to his arrest Thursday, Sheriff's officials said.

DELTONA -- Volusia County Sheriff's investigators arrested a Deltona man this afternoon after he was accused of following a 14-year-old girl and propositioning her for sex.