DELAND, Fla. -- The way School Board member Melody McSorley Johnson sees it, colleague John Hill's public demand for the firing of the superintendent of schools before speaking to her privately, may not have been in good taste, but she was quick to add "the handwriting was on the wall" regarding Margaret Smith's decision to retire as soon as today.


Pizza deliveryman robbed locator in Deltona / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /
An empty house was the apparent location for the robbery of a Papa John's pizza deliveryman by eight teenage boys as  shown in this locator map, according to the Volusioa County Flagler Sheriff's Office.

DELTONA, Fla. -- Volusia County sheriff’s deputies tracked down and arrested eight juveniles in connection with the Wednesday afternoon robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Deltona, an agency spokesman said.

Deputies responded around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after the driver, Colton Reisner, of a local Papa John's, said he was robbed at a house at 1037 Abagail Drive.

Reisner didn’t report any weapons used in the robbery, or any money stolen. He said some of the teens snuck up and threw a blanket or sheet over his head when he knocked on the front door, then took off with pizza, chicken wings and soda. The house was vacant.


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Citizen watchdog Morton Culligan / Headline Surfer®Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Editor's Note: Morton Culligan of DeBary, a citizen watchdog (shown here at far left), who often appears at Volusia County Council meetings, and an attendee at a public candidate debate for the at-large County Council seat at the Oak Hill City Hall back in June for which candidate Pat Northey (shown here far right) was a no-show, wrote the following after Thursday'sCounty Council meeting and sent it to local media outlets. Culligan was reacting to Councilman Joshua Wagner's criticism of Northey for the mailer on County Council at-large incumbent Joyce Cusack (shown here in the middle). Culligan's reference to 'Fast Freddy' is Fred Lowry, candidate for the district 5 seat Northey now holds, but is term-limited in, which is why she's challenging Cusack. Lowry is battling fellow candidate Rich Gailey of DeBary, who won the August primary:

DELAND, Fla. -- Whats next? Big Spat at Volusia Council meeting. Pat Northey slips back into the gutter -- again.


Charise Torres, 17, of Enterprise, reported as a runaway / Headline Surfer®Teen girl hasn't been seen or heard from since Saturday

Photo for Headline Surfer® / If you see this girl, 17-year-old Charise Torres, reported missing from a children's home in Enterprise since Saturday, please call the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at 386-689-2830.

ENTERPRISE, Fla. -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding 17-year-old runaway Charise Torres.

Charise took off on Saturday night from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise and hasn't been seen or heard from since by her caregivers, authorities said.

"While she isn’t believed to be in any danger, Charise is on medication for a diagnosed medical condition," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer® on Tuesday. "Because of her condition, authorities are anxious to find Charise to make sure she’s O.K. and receives necessary medical care."


Sheriff's spokesman: Ankle monitoring device found in Burger King bathroom

Andrew Rodriguez captured in Deltona after VCSO claimed he absconded from jail / Headline Surfer®DELTONA, Fla. -- The search has ended for an inmate who failed to return to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach after a court-authorized furlough to attend a funeral over the weekend.

Andrew Rodriguez, 27, was captured at 11:01 p.m. Monday after an anonymous call led Sheriff’s deputies to his whereabouts.

"Late Monday night, a tip received through Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida led deputies to the house on Evergreen Avenue," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer® this morning shortly after his capture.

"Just as deputies were heading into the house to search for Rodriguez, he bolted out of a side door and was quickly captured without offering resistance."


The Sunday Conversation: At-large County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®

Incumbent has never lost an election & plans to keep that streak intact Nov. 4

Volusia County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- At-large Councilwoman Joyce Cusack knew the so-called Waverly investigation was a farce -- a certifiable "witchhunt" -- from the onset pushed by the likes of her opponent, district 5 term-limited Councilwoman Patricia Northey.


Drowning locator foe 20-month-old baby in Deltiona pool on Labor Day / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic / Labor Day turned tragic with the drowing of a 20-month-old boy in  swimming pool on Ferendina Drive in Deltona as shown in this locator map.

DELTONA -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office received a frantic 911 call at 7:45 p.m. about a lifeless baby boy, only 20 months old, being pulled out of a relatives' swimming pool at a in thre 1300 block of  Ferendina Drive on this Labor Day evening.

"Adults at the scene were attempting CPR while awaiting the arrival of deputies and paramedics, but they reported that the child wasn’t responding," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer®. "Emergency units began arriving at the house about two minutes after the call was received."


Campaign over for Deltona City commissioner Webster Barnaby

DAYTONA BEACH -- The recount for the at-large county council primary between Webster Barnaby and Pat Northey is over. And now so is the campaign of Barnaby as Northey moves on to a November showdown with incumbent Joyce Cusack.


Comeback over for Phil Giorno with third place finish

Rich Gailey wins Aug. 26 primary for Volusia County Council / Headline Surfer®Rich Gailey wins Aug, 26 primary / Headline Surfer®Fred Lowry, Jr. finishes 2nd in Aug. 26 primary for County Council district 5 / Headline Surfer®Phil Giorno finishers 3rd in Aug. 26 primary for Country Council dis 5 / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic / At left are the results of the Aug. 26 primary for the Volusia County Council District 5 seat showing Rich Gailey with the win, Fred Lowry, Jr., finishing second and Phil Giorno finishing third and out of the running, and all three shown from left to right. Gailey and Lowry will square off in November.

DELTONA -- Rich Gailey won Tuesday's primary for the County Council District 5 seat on the County Council, but not by enough to avoid a Nov. 4 runoff with second-place finisher Fred Lowry, Jr.

For Phil Giorno, who finished a distant third, a comeback on the dais didn't materialize and hid campaign is now over.


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Ex-County Chair Phil Giorno worth consideration

Rich Gailey of DeBary for County Council / Headlne Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo / Rich Gailey, candidate for Volusia County Council district 5, is endorsed by Headline Surfer® with fellow candidate Phil Giorno of Deltona recognized as an alternate endorsement by the award-wining 24/7 internet newspaper.

DELTONA -- The maturation Rich Gailey has shown since his initial run two years ago against an entrenched incumbent has been truly amazing.

And Gailey's hard work on the campaign trail brings hope for the folks of Deltona, DeBary, Enterprise and Osteen in reversing what has been an abysmal two years under term-limited incumbent in Patricia Northey.

And this endorsement is as much about the past as it is the future. Gailey is that future and his presence on the county dais is desperately needed now.