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City manager and city attorney to meet privately with Angler's club -- Commissioner Plaskett will attend, but vows to keep quiet

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The way City Commissioner William Hathaway sees it, nothing will be lost by allowing City Attorney Frank Gummey and interim City Manager Khalid Resheidat to meet next week with members of the Angler's Club before the city spends money on outside counsel to investigate the legitimacy of a longstanding lease agreement for prime public waterfront property.
"If it blows up in our face, we re-group," Hathaway said earlier tonight.

NSB cops: Certainty that former FDLE attorney killed himself with a gun, but whether he suffocated his wife with a plastic bag remains a mystery

Courtesy photos. Stephen G. Brady, 58, was found shot to death Sept. 22, a victim of suicide, but whether he suffocated his 56-year-old wife, Pamela Brady, with a plastic bag in their New Smyrna Beach home or whether she did it herself, remains a mystery. The deaths came after he abruptly resigned from his job as a lawyer with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after a confrontation wth the husband of a co-worker he was having an affair with turned violent.

NSB city attorney to meet with attorney for Angler's Club to discuss legality of waterfront lease photo by Sera King. New Smyrna Beach City Attorney Frank Gummey told the City Commission it is his opinion that the city's 99-year lease with the Angler's Club is legally binding, regardless of whether it once had discriminatory membership policies and is not paying current fair-market value to use the municipal waterfront property.

Bike Week 2009: Third fatality reported near Oak Hill (story updates victim ID)

OAK HILL -- A dead biker was found just before 6 a.m. in a wooded area just south of the Oak Hill city limits, according to the authorities.

A search was under way three hours earlier after Ronald Courtney, 47, of New Smyrna Beach reportedly called a friend on his cell phone to report he had crashed and suffered a broken leg.

His motorcycle was found in 6 inches of water in a ditch, which eventually led searchers to his body in woods.

Two bikers dead so far in unofficial Bike Week count (story updates ID's)

So far, two bikers have died since Bike Week got under way Friday, but the Florida Highway Patrol has not yet determined whether these initial fatalities are related to the 10-day motorcycle rally centered in Volusia County.

David Pitt, 61, of Oviedo, was killed Sunday night while riding westbound on Interstate 4 in Volusia County about three miles west of the International Speedway Boulevard exit, when he suddenly fell off his 2006 Harley-Davidson and was run over by a car behind him, the highway patrol said today.

They're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack: Bike Week 2009 (See our video)

Hagood sent packing (see our video)

NSB tabs interim city manager

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Khalid Resheidat was appointed interim city manager tonight after the City Commission removed John Hagood from his post.

Traffic on stretch of North Dixie Freeway in NSB re-routed due to crash (updated) photo by Henry Frederick. This Mustang collided with a Buick LeSabre on North Dixie Freeway at Eleanor Avenue at 10:30 tonight. No one was seriously injured, but southbound Dixie Freeway traffic had to be re-routed by police west onto Eleanor Avenue while firefighters tended to the occupants of both vehicles.

Kosmas back in NSB to push Obama's stimulus package (see our video) video by Sera King. Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas returned from Washington to New Smyrna Beach where she presented information on President Obama's stimulus package to jumpstart the economy. She told about 60 local small business owners at a breakfast meeting Thursday at the Smyrna Yacht Club that Florida would receive $12 billion in funding.

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