Bones found by fernery worker in DeLeon Springs; Volusia County Sheriff's Office excludes internet news outlet from email media alert

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DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. -- A fernery worker discovered bones that appeared to be human, a Volusia County Sheriff's official said in a press release.

Sheriff’s deputies responded around 10:47 a.m. Wednesday to a fernery off the 4500 block of Daugharty Road after a worker reported discovering some bones on the property," VCSO spokesman Andrew Gant said in the press release posted on the agency's website. "The bones appeared to be human remains, but confirmation and identification will depend on a closer examination by the medical examiner."

Headline Surfer was excluded from the VCSO email media alert sent out by Gant to other media outlets before the information was posted online. Rookie Sheriff Mike Chitwood has excluded Headline Surfer from email media alerts since he took office Jan. 1. He has also banned Headline Surfer from VCSO press conferences and refuses to issue press credentials as well. 

Chitwood's draconian media restrictions, which single out Headline Surfer, are punishment for reporting that he hired his campaign manager, Janelle Holman, for a public relations post at a salary of $54,000, almost $20,000 more than a starting deputy's pay. She was hired and started on the job on Jan. 1, even though he had 50 deputy openings.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.