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NSB COPS: Thursday-Friday Police Patrols

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NSB 16-year-old runaway Tara Yunker found safe and secure by Melbourne police


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Missing since Friday when she left a note for her mother, 16-year-old runaway Tara Jean Yunker was found safe and secure at 5:28 tonight by Melbourne police.The news was met with joy by family and friends, close to 900 strong, who had put up a page on Facebook seeking help from the public in the way of tips and emotional support in the interim, especially concerned that being asthmatic she might have respiratory problems. Her reunion with her mother resulted in a flood of positive comments to the teen, her mother and extended family. One supporter wrote: "Thank God that she was found. Hopefully she's safe and healthy and realizes how many people love her."

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Tara Jean Yunker, the 16-year-old New Smyrna Beach girl missing since Friday when she left her mother a note and ran off has been safely found, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office confirmed just after 9 p.m.

She was found safe and secure by Melbourne police at 5:28 p.m., a sheriff's sergeant said, after reviewing police teletypes and speaking with other personnel who were able to verify the breaking news.

Votran to hold rider orientation for new 'flex service' in NSB


Courtesy photo / Volusia County. A Votran bus heads west on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach in this photo. The county came up with a "flex" schedule to lessen the blow of some routes eliminated for greater New Smyrna Beach resulting from budget cuts.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Votran’s new flex service will hit the roads in Southeast Volusia beginning Oct. 4. To ensure riders are prepared for the new “call-first” curb-to-curb, flexible transportation service, staff is hosting a rider orientation open house 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Brannon Center.

EDGEWATER COPS: Friday-Tuesday Police Patrols

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Center for Business Excellence topic of Wednesday "Lunch and Learn" series by SE Volusia Chamber

EDGEWATER -- The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce continues its "Lunch and Learn Series: Doing Business in Southeast Volusia" with a presentation Wednesday by Rick Fraser of the Center for Business Excellence.

The CBE is designed to be the premier organization for employment and training solutions to the businesses and workforce of Volusia and Flagler Counties.

Cudas play at Seabreeze on Friday


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Cudas football team (1-0) travels to Ormond Beach Friday to play Seabreeze. The game starts at 7 p.m.

The Cudas opened the 2010 season last Friday with a 21-0 win on the road against Pine Ridge in Deltona. Pine Ridge never got its offense rolling when it counted, with two costly turnovers, including a fumble on the Cudas' goal line in the second half.

Sheriff's Office searching for NSB teen girl


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Tara Jean Yunker, 16, of 2233 Juanita Drive, New Smyrna Beach, is missing and known to have abused prescription pills and alcohol, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a 16-year-old girl who has been missing since Friday. Tara Jean Yunker is not believed to be endangered, but is known to have abused prescription pills and alcohol, an agency spokesman said.

Yunker was discovered missing 6 p.m. Friday when a note left by her at her home at 2233 Juanita Drive, New Smyrna Beach indicated that she had run away.

NSB COPS: Tuesday-Wednesday Police Patrols

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NSB COPS: Monday-Tuesday Police Patrols

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Daytona Beach PD: Mainland High football coach John Maronto arrested in prostitution sting offered undercover cop $50 for sex; was former coach of NSB High

District 3 School Board candidates weigh in on high-profile case

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John Maronto, 68, head coach of the Mainland High School football team and former head coach for New Smyrna Beach High School in the mid 1990s,  was charged with solicitation to commit prostitution, during a Labor Day weekend crackdown on prostitution by Daytona Beach police. According to an arrest charging affidavit released by police Monday, Maronto, also a gym teacher at Mainland, told the undercover cop while seated in his vehicle at the corner of International Speedway Boulevard and A1A just after midnight Saturday that he wanted "sex" and offered $50 to pay for it. He was among six men caught up in the police sting. He and three others were arrested on the prostitution charge and two others on related drug charges.

Please click the attachment to read the police report (Editor's Warning: subject matter not suitable for minors):

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The arrest of Mainland High School head football coach John Maronto on a charge of soliciting a prostitute over the Labor Day weekend, has not gone unnoticed by the candidates for the district 3 School Board seat .

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