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Masked man with knife robs NSB Sugar Creek Citgo


SugarCreek Citgo in New Smyrna BeachSugarCreek Citgo in New Smyrna photos by Henry Frederick / The Volusia County Sheriff's Office responded to a 9-1-1 call  of an armed robbery 1:44 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Creek Citgo on S.R. 44 near New Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A masked man armed with a large knife, possibly a machete, robbed the Sugar Creek Citgo on S.R. 44 near New Smyrna Beach this afternoon.

No one was injured during the hold-up, which is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were dispatched to the store after the Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting the robbery at 1:44 p.m.

Circuit judge denies appeal of convictions and death sentence for Deltona Xbox mass murderer

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Jerone HunterA ruling by Circuit Judge William Parsons, chief judge of the 7th judicial circuit, denied condemned death row murderer Jerone Hunter, shown here, a chance at having his death sentences set aside for his role in the 2004 Deltona Xbox murders of six people in a Telford Lane home, the largest mass murder case in Volusia County's history.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Mass murderer Jerone Hunter is not getting off Florida's death row anytime soon, if ever, after a circuit judge's ruling Wednesday that he failed to prove ineffective assistance of counsel at his capital murder trial six years ago.

BREAKING NEWS: Volusia County Sheriff's Office: Body found in Osteen

OSTEEN -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is on scene in Osteen investigating the
discovery of a body of an adult male with obvious trauma, agency spokesman Brandon Haught said.

The body was discovered in a wooded area near 1699 Osteen Maytown Road by a passerby. The Sheriff's Office was
notified at 5:34 p.m. and it was confirmed at 5:48 p.m. that the victim was dead.

The Sheriff's Office's Major Case unit is investigating this as a suspicious death. More information will be released as it becomes available, Haught said.

Sheriff's Office: New Smyrna Beach man arrested on charge of raping 9-month-old baby


Edwin WrenVCBJ mug / Edwin Wren, 19, is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail on charged with sexual battery of a child and aggravated child abuse, felonies that could net him life in prison if convicted.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 9-month-old baby girl discovered Thursday afternoon to be bleeding profusely from physical trauma to her body was sexually assaulted, Volusia County Sheriff's investigators have concluded.

That night, investigators rounded up a 19-year-old man who had been left to watch the baby. Edwin Wren is being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, facing charges of sexual battery on a person under the age of 12 and aggravated child abuse. Wren was living with the baby's parents, who sometimes left him to tend to the baby, according to the arrest report.

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