Legal sources: Clear cut conflict of interest for jurist who may be forced to recuse himself from presiding at trial that begins Tuesday

US District Judge Roy Dalton bio / Headline Surfer®US Disrict Judge Roty B. Dalton, Jr. / Headline Surfer®Ramara Garrett and James Sotolongo / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / The big question heading into the trial for Jim Sotolongo and Ramara Garret, shown in the inset, is whether U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr., shown at far left, will be presiding.

ORLANDO -- Before he was nominated by President Obama and his appointed ratified by the U.S. Senate in 2011 for a federal judgeship in the Middle District of Florida, Roy B. Dalton, Jr.,was a member of the board of trustees for the Orlando-based Seaside National Bank& Trust for four years before laving to assume his position on the bench.


Waverly Media bench ads dot Volusia County landscape as shown here at Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange, FL / Headline Surfer®Waverly Media / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Waverly Media park bench ads like this one at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange, dot the landscape in Volusia County.

DAYTONA BEACH -- No matter where you drive along the major roadways in the county, invariably you are going to see more than a few of those eye-catching park bench ads.

Such is the successful advertising medium of Waverly Media, which literally has hundreds of benches dotting the landscape that is home to the world's most famous beach, the Daytona 500 and Florida's first 24/7 internet newspaper,


Party Lines Political Banner / Headline Surfer®Volusia County petition drive organizer & Democrat Ellen Juliano to Attorney General Pam Bondi: 'Put that in your pipe and smoke it'

Medical marijuana goes to Florida voters / Headline Surfer®TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's top court today signed off on the wording of a medical marijuana ballot question that asks Sunshine State voters voters to join nearly two dozen across the country in legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes.

Democrat Ellen Juliano of Deltona, medical marijuana supporter, was pleased with ballot ruling / Headline Surfer® The news was met with excitement by Deltona Democratic Party insider Ellen Juliano, herself a cancer survivor, and a key local organizer in the petition drive to get the medical marijuana ballot initiative drive, who had a personal message for the state attorney general: "Put that in pipe ands smoke it, Pam Bondi!"


Jeni & Billy folk duo to perform in Oak Hill and Deltona Feb. 8, 9 / Headline Surfer®

Headline Surfer® graphic / Jeni & Billy, the folk singing duo, are shown in this YouTube video upload from a performance in Oak Hill on Jan. 20.

OAK HILL, Fla. -- Folk musicians Jeni & Billy will bring the high lonesome harmonies of the Appalachian Mountains in a return visit to Volusia County's smallest incorporated city 13 months from their last stop here.

They will perform at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, at VIA Hall, 126 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill, at noon Saturday, Feb. 8. They will perform 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9,  at the Deltona Library.


Sheriff's spokesman: Mother told deputies she fell asleep and when she woke up her worst fear was realized

Drowning locator of boy, 4, in Deltona / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic / A 4-year-old boy drowned in the family's backyard pool Sunday afternoon on South Fairbairn Drive in Deltona as shown in this locator map.

DELTONA, Fla. -- A mother's worst fear was realized when she awoke from a nap and found her 4-year-old boy face down in the bottom of the family pool late this afternoon, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Deputies were dispatched to a home on South Fairbairn Drive after receiving a 9-1-1 call at 4:19 p.m. "The boy’s mother told the Sheriff’s Office that she fell asleep, and when she awoke and started looking for her son, she found him at the bottom of the pool," agency spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer®.

Sheriff's investigators did not release the name of the mother or the child.


Entrant Webster Barnaby incensed with what he sees as patently racist comment to 'minimize' his candidacy and that of County Council at-large incumbent Joyce Cusack

Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Northey statementWebster BarnabyJoyce Cusack ;/  Headline Surfer®DELTONA -- One day after Headline Surfer® broke the story that highly-respected Deltona City Commissioner Webster Barnaby had entered the race to challenge Volusia County Council at-large incumbent Joyce Cusack, the Daytona Beach Beach News-Journal was playing catch-up on the newest entrant, but it's a quote attributed to the third candidate in the race that is a major whopper.


Homicide may be result of stray bullet; investigators interviewing possible gunman

Fatal shooting scene in Deltona on Christmas 2013 / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® locator / 3220 Cadehill Drive in Deltona as shown in this snapshot graphic is the locale of a fatal shooting this Wednesday morning.

DELTONA -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after gunfire this Christmas morning that claimed the life of a 69-year-old man shot in the chest. His name has not been released.

"Deputies are investigating to determine whether a stray bullet may have caused the death," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer®.

Deputies were dispatched to 3220 Cadehill Drive after the Sheriff’s Office’s Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call at 10:02 a.m. that a man had been shot.

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Rich Gailey, Fred Lowry, perceived frontrunners to succeed term-limited Pat Northey

Deltona County Council candidate Andy Ferrari / Headline Surfer®Rich Gailey running again for County Council Deltona / Headline Surfer®Fred Lowry, Jr. running for County Council Deltona / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer ® / Andy Ferrari, far left, is the newest announced candidate for the Volusia County Council representing Southwest Volusia county. Rich Gailey and Fred Lowry, Jr, (l to r) and Donald Mair (not shown) are the others.

DELTONA -- A fourth candidate has entered the field to run in the 2014 elections for the district 5 seat on the Volusia County Council representing the Deltona area with incumbent Pat Northey term-limited and instead challenging at-large Council member Joyce Cusack of DeLand. 



DELTONA -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a mother and her two children who are considered missing and endangered under suspicious circumstances stemming from a domestic violence situation in Lake Mary involving her husband who has since been apprehended and jailed in Daytona Beach.


Deltona man shot in home / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer graphic / A man living at 3222 Roland Drive in Deltona, as shown here in this locator map, was shot inside his residence and two men suspected in the shooting are at large.

DELTONA -- A Deltona man was airlifted by helicopter to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with a non-life threatening bullet wound to his head after he was confronted by two men inside his residence just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a Volusia County Sheriff''s official said.