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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.

Motorist with gun shot and killed by troopers in Ormond Beach following chase

ORMOND BEACH -- An Ormond Beach motorist who engaged Florida Highway Patrol troopers on a chase at speeds of up to 120, initially south of Edgewater on Interstate 95, was shot and killed in Ormond Beach by four troopers this morning after pointing a gun at them, according to the highway patrol.

Two killed in plane crash west of New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office located the wreckage earlier this morning of a small plane that crashed in the woods near Lake Ashby east of Deltona and west of New Smyrna Beach. The two occupants, believed to be a flight instructor and a student pilot, died in the crash. Their identities have not been confirmed yet.

The plane, a single-engine Cirrus, is believed to have departed Tuesday afternoon from Orlando Sanford International Airport. Authorities in Seminole County launched

More on John Hagood's Ouster: Watch our video of the City Commission action Tuesday and read an update from Thursday's follow-up meeting video by Sera King. Watch our video of Tuesday night's action regarding the issue of the city manager along with an update from Thursday night's city meeting. 

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