West Volusia police news

West Volusia police news

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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DeLand Police are investigating a bank robbery at PNC Bank branch in the Victoria Park subdivision, according to city spokesman Chris Graham. Police responded shortly after 10 a.m. to the PNC Bank... + continue reading
Tapping into flower power — Frank and Kathy Palumbo, managers of the Clara Place apartment complex in south DeLand, personally landscape the entrances and common areas of the complex to kick off the apartments’ annual landscaping contest. Winners in the contest receive vouchers for rent.

Tapping into flower power — Frank and Kathy Palumbo, managers of the Clara Place apartment complex in south DeLand, personally landscape the entrances and common areas of the complex to kick off the apartments’ annual landscaping contest. Winners in the contest receive vouchers for rent.

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Monday, July 24, 2017
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One of the special draws for residents of DeLand’s Clara Place apartment complex is its participation with 29 other apartment complexes in an annual “Flower Power” landscaping... + continue reading
 Darius Matthews, 20 (left) of DeLand and David Leo Perkins III, 21, of Daytona Beach.

David Leo Perkins III, 21, of Daytona Beach (left) and Darius Matthews, 20, of DeLand and

Thursday, July 20, 2017
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DeLand Police officers and Volusia County sheriff's deputies arrested two men Thursday morning after an elderly female said she was carjacked in the parking lot of a Catholic church. Officers... + continue reading
Enjoying the cool water — Swimmers get a reprieve from hot summer temperatures Wednesday as they take a dip in the DeLeon Springs State Park swimming area. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill restaurant, currently in negotiations with the state over its future, can be seen in the background. 

Enjoying the cool water — Swimmers get a reprieve from hot summer temperatures Wednesday as they take a dip in the DeLeon Springs State Park swimming area. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill restaurant, currently in negotiations with the state over its future, can be seen in the background. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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An iconic eatery and tourist attraction at one of West Volusia’s natural wonders may remain open after all — but nothing is certain, yet. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill restaurant at... + continue reading
Quench your thirst — Among the renovations made at this Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. are the installation of new coolers and freezers for a wider array of drinks and food products. In addition, merchandise was reorganized, and the checkout area was reconfigured. The store is open seven days a week.

Quench your thirst — Among the renovations made at this Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. are the installation of new coolers and freezers for a wider array of drinks and food products. In addition, merchandise was reorganized, and the checkout area was reconfigured. The store is open seven days a week.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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After extensive renovations, the Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. in DeLand has reopened, with a ribbon-cutting and other festivities starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 22. The... + continue reading
Getting connected — AT&T Area Manager Alan Hill holds an outdoor-premises antenna. The equipment is mounted on residential or commercial structures to deliver fixed wireless internet. This technology is being provided to some customers in Northwest Volusia’s rural communities.  

Getting connected — AT&T Area Manager Alan Hill holds an outdoor-premises antenna. The equipment is mounted on residential or commercial structures to deliver fixed wireless internet. This technology is being provided to some customers in Northwest Volusia’s rural communities.  

PHOTO COURTESY AT&T

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Living on the outskirts has many advantages, but internet service often is not one of them. Seville is one of several rural areas in Florida whose residents have a tough time getting online. Now,... + continue reading
Top cop swears in — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger, who has been on the job for about a month, had his official public swearing-in ceremony at the July 17 meeting of the DeLand City Commission. City Clerk Julie Hennessy, at right, administered the oath of office, as several members of Umberger’s family, including his parents, two daughters and wife, looked on.

Top cop swears in — DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger, who has been on the job for about a month, had his official public swearing-in ceremony at the July 17 meeting of the DeLand City Commission. City Clerk Julie Hennessy, at right, administered the oath of office, as several members of Umberger’s family, including his parents, two daughters and wife, looked on.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Property owners within the city of DeLand should soon receive notices informing them of a planned property-tax increase, after the DeLand City Commission voted July 17 to approve a tentative tax rate... + continue reading

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Where it will be — City documents show the medical-marijuana dispensary will be in Suite 2 of Deltona Plaza, next door to the Good Eats Diner. Surterra Holdings Vice President Nicholas Monette said Surterra chose Deltona because it is situated between Orlando and Daytona Beach. 

Where it will be — City documents show the medical-marijuana dispensary will be in Suite 2 of Deltona Plaza, next door to the Good Eats Diner. Surterra Holdings Vice President Nicholas Monette said Surterra chose Deltona because it is situated between Orlando and Daytona Beach. 

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07/19/2017
Deltona may have West Volusia’s first medical-marijuana dispensary. The City Commission unanimously July 17 granted special permission for a Tampa company to open a cannabis dispensary in Deltona Plaza, one of the city’s oldest shopping centers and located along one of the city’s main corridors. The new business, to be... + continue reading
Scroll down for tips on how to avoid phone scams!

Scroll down for tips on how to avoid phone scams!

07/19/2017
Warning: Caller not actually from AT&T Rarely does Tracie Branz of DeLand engage with telemarketers, but a momentary blending of Branz’s curiosity and a caller’s slick delivery resulted in a Texas woman being arrested July 14. “I hate a thief,” Branz posted on Facebook that evening. Individuals gained access to... + continue reading
Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus

Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus

07/19/2017
The Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus was named the 2017 Outstanding Sustainability Project in the state by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) last month. To earn the award, the building competed against five others in the Sustainability category and was ultimately selected for its many... + continue reading

Sports

PHOTO COURTESY ELIZABETH STROPLE
Connor Painter, left, and McKenzie Bostic, right, are recognized as recipients of the DeLand High School annual Student-Athlete Leadership Award. DHS Athletic Directior Paul Ryder made the presentation at the Senior Awards Night Assembly. Bostic played both soccer and flag football, while Painter participated in golf as a Bulldog. 
During the recent DeLand High School Senior Award Assembly, many
PHOTO COURTESY JAMES LOWENSTEIN
The DeLand High School Bulldog track team recently presented letters and awards, with coach Chris Madzik, center, making the presentation. The Coaches Award went to four-year athlete Jeremy Wilson, left, who just missed going to state in the 300 hurdles. The Most Valuable Runner Award went to Tyler Rollins, who will extend his education and track career in the 800 meters at the University of North Florida. 
PHOTO COURTESY JAMES LOWENSTEIN
Award-winners — DeLand High School girls’ track team coach Jim Lowenstein announced that two sophomores are this year’s award-winners. At left, Amberleigh Sauer was named Most Valuable Player. She competed in the shot put and discus. Cheyenne Dunn, right, was named Most Valuable Sprinter. She advanced onto the regional meet as the district champion in the 400 meters. 

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07/24/2017
That’s entertainment Editor, The Beacon: Whether you are amused or offended by the many tweets emanating from the president’s account, you should bear in mind that it may be a smoke... + continue reading
Humanist perspective — Athena Jeanne Hale of DeLand, a member of the Central Florida Freethought Community, delivers an invocation to open the DeLand City Commission meeting July 5. The City of DeLand invites a broad diversity of spiritual leaders and others to open its meetings, which occur generally on the first and third Mondays of each month at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave., and are open to the public.

Humanist perspective — Athena Jeanne Hale of DeLand, a member of the Central Florida Freethought Community, delivers an invocation to open the DeLand City Commission meeting July 5. The City of DeLand invites a broad diversity of spiritual leaders and others to open its meetings, which occur generally on the first and third Mondays of each month at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave., and are open to the public.

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07/21/17

Business

Quench your thirst — Among the renovations made at this Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. are the installation of new coolers and freezers for a wider array of drinks and food products. In addition, merchandise was reorganized, and the checkout area was reconfigured. The store is open seven days a week.

Quench your thirst — Among the renovations made at this Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. are the installation of new coolers and freezers for a wider array of drinks and food products. In addition, merchandise was reorganized, and the checkout area was reconfigured. The store is open seven days a week.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

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07/19/2017
After extensive renovations, the Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. in DeLand has reopened, with a ribbon-cutting and other festivities starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 22. The... + continue reading
Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus

Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus

07/19/17
Accepting the award — From left are Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas; TSOLife founder and Chief Executive Officer David Sawyer; TSOLife Chief Operations Officer Stella Parris; TSOLife Director of Marketing Diana Dupre; and Rhys Williams, associate vice president, Division of Research at Florida Atlantic University and eMerge Americas’ Content Advisory Board member.

Accepting the award — From left are Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas; TSOLife founder and Chief Executive Officer David Sawyer; TSOLife Chief Operations Officer Stella Parris; TSOLife Director of Marketing Diana Dupre; and Rhys Williams, associate vice president, Division of Research at Florida Atlantic University and eMerge Americas’ Content Advisory Board member.

PHOTO COURTESY eMERGE AMERICAS 

07/12/17
Fairwinds’ new home — This former SunTrust building is the future home of Fairwinds Credit Union’s DeLand branch that will open sometime this fall. SunTrust closed its branch office at 302 E. New York Ave. in late January, and Fairwinds bought the property in late May.

Fairwinds’ new home — This former SunTrust building is the future home of Fairwinds Credit Union’s DeLand branch that will open sometime this fall. SunTrust closed its branch office at 302 E. New York Ave. in late January, and Fairwinds bought the property in late May.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

07/12/17

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05/08/2017
This video, from Volusia County Sheriff's Office body camera and helicopter footage, shows the apprehension of two burglary suspects. The suspects started hitting cell phone stores... + continue reading