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Controversial Angler's Club lease to be discussed by NSB commission tonight

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bouchelle Island resident William Kolesczar said he will ask the New Smyrna Beach City Commission tonight to take legal action to invalidate the Angler's Club lease on the basis "it does not serve a public purpose."

"They have grounds to file a suit right now," Kolesczar said an hour before the scheduled 6:30 p.m. meeting in the DeBerry room on the third floor of the Utilities Commission Building, 200 Canal St.

NSB cops: 17-year-old boy shot in the back by pick-up truck driver at intersection of Mary and Myrtle avenues

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the back at the intersection of Mary and Myrtle avenues, early Sunday morning by a gunman driving a pick-up truck, New Smyrna Beach police said.

The juvenile was conscious when police and paramedics responded to the scene at 12:35 a.m., said police Sgt. Valerie Joyce. She said the wounded teen was transported to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. His medical condition was not released.

Trooper from NSB expected to remain in wheelchair 3 months after surgery for broken pelvis in I-4 accident

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The trooper from New Smyrna Beach who was struck by a passing motorist while dealing with a stopped vehicle on I-4 in DeBary on Thursday, is expected to be confined to a wheelchair for at least three months, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Trooper Rickie Zigler is recovering at Halifax Medical Center from surgery Friday on his broken pelvis and surgery the day of the accident for a broken wrist, said FHP spokeswoman Kim Miller.

Power outage caused by gusty winds darkens NSB Regional Shopping Center

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Today's gusting winds were blamed for a downed tree that damaged a power line and left the NSB Regional Shopping Center in the dark for about an hour, retailers and the Utilities Commission said.

"The wind took down a tree behind Publix and that damaged two of the three phases of a three-phase line," said Ellen Fisher, public information manager for the utility company.

Power went off at 12:30 p.m. affecting all of the stores in the city's largest plaza, including WalMart, where employees stood in front of doors, politely directing people away.

Sheriff's Office seeks public's help in locating Edgewater robbery suspect

Coutesy photo. The Volusia Sheriff's Office is looking for Edgewater resident Ryan James Carey, suspcted of robbing a 17-year-old boy in New Smyrna Beach.

EDGEWATER -- The Volusia Sheriff's Office has put out a publc plea to help duputies find Edgewater resident Ryan James Carey who was released from prison last month after serving time for burglary and grand theft.

Woman robbed of personal items at gunpoint after being approached in Walmart parking lot and ordered to drive with gunman

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A woman was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning after ordering her into her car in the parking lot at Walmart on State Road 44 and having an accomplice follow them to the 1900 block ofJungle Road where she was robbed of personal belongings, including her cell phone, New Smyrna Beach police said.

The robber and his accomplice then took off in the second car about 10:30 a.m., described as red and four-door, with a tag bearing 58239AM and an unknown state. That car headed west on S.R. 44 and the victim was not hurt, said police Sgt. Eugene Griffith.

Sheriff's deputies looking for man in attack on 16-year-old boy near NSB

Courtesy photo. Volusia Sheriff's deputies have a warrant for the arrest of this man, Robert Bittle, accused of robbing and beating a 16-year-old boy near New Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Volusia County Sheriff's investigators are seeking the public's help in locating a 20-year-old man charged with luring a teenager into the woods near New Smyrna Beach on Saturday and then beating and robbing the victim.

NSB water taxi fares to increase $3

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Taking advantage of New Smyrna Beach's scenic and environmental beauty, the city's water taxi service is increasing its fares from $12 to $15 as of Wednesday as it transitions from a grant-operated program to a community-backed entity.

The Marine Discovery's taxi off the North Causeway provides 45-minute trips on the Intracoastal waterway to Inlet Harbor in Ponce Inlet, where along the 12-mile route, seafarers get an up-close view of dolphins, birds and other acquatic life, as well as breath-taking vews of the shoreline

Maryland woman, 30, falls 8 stories to her death from Daytona Beach balcony; 2nd such victim in less than a week

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 30-year-old Maryland woman fell eight stories to her death overnight at a beachside hotel, becoming the second balcony-fall fatality in less than a week, Daytona Beach police said.

Heather Crawford of Frostburg, Md., who had rented a room with her boyfriend at the LaPlaya Resort, 2500 N. Atlantic Ave., was either standing or sitting on the railing of the balcony of just before 3 a.m. when she apparently fell to her death, according to police, who said no foul play is suspected.

Deltona toddler drowns in pool

DELTONA-- A 2-year-old Deltona girl drowned Friday evening in the family backyard pool while her mother was resting in bed and had thought she was with her, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

"The mother was resting in bed while her five other children, ages 8 to 14, were playing and cleaning house," Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said. "The mother told
Sheriff's investigators that she had the toddler in bed with her, but the girl apparently got up when the mother had fallen asleep.

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