ORMOND BEACH -- On Tuesday, neighborhoods throughout Ormond Beach are being invited to join forces with thousands of others in communities nationwide for the “Annual National Night Out” crime and drug abuse prevention event.

National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Ormond Beach Police Department, the Ormond Beach Police Athletic League, and the Department of Leisure Services, will involve over 9,800 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

Freddie Lee Giddens Jr.Freddie Lee Giddemns Jr. of Palm Coast will  spend the next 25 years in prison for a brutal prescription drug robbery of an Ormond Beach pharmacy last September. The minimum-mandatory sentence handed down would keep him behind bars until the age of 57.

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 32-year-old Palm Coast man convicted at trial in May of sticking a gun in the face of a phamacy tech in Ormond Beach for painkillers and other prescription drugs was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison that requires him to serve a mandatory minimum of 25 years behind bars.

Carl PersisDELAND -- In a surprising development today, Carl Persis resigned from his seat on the county council representing greater Ormond Beach, effective June 28, so he can continue his campaign for the office of Volusia County chair.

Because he's in the state's Deferred Retirement Option Program for early retirees from his tenure as principal with the Volusia County School District, he was required to have at least six months of separation from any other public service job, including elective office.

"I positioned myself for the 24/7 responsibilities for the chair's position by ending my service with Volusia County schools after 35 years," Persis said in a statement released by Volusia County government this afternoon.

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