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August 2018 Blog Archive

Detectives Believe Body Found in Daytona is that of Murder Suspect Fri, Aug 31, 2018 Port Orange, FL -  Port Orange Police Detectives located a body they believe to be that of Thomas “Tommy” McMullen, the prime suspect in the murder of Port Orange resident Diana Kessler.  “Earlier today, at approxima... Read More

Reward Offered for Information Leading to Capture of Murder Suspect Thu, Aug 30, 2018 Port Orange, FL - There is now a reward, up to $5000.00, available through Crime Stoppers regarding the whereabouts of Thomas “Tommy” McMullen, the suspect in the death of Port Orange resident Diana Kessler. Kessler, 32, was killed Monda... Read More

Person of Interest Officially Named Suspect in Port Orange Woman’s Murder Wed, Aug 29, 2018 Port Orange, FL - Thomas “Tommy” McMullen, 37, has officially been named the prime suspect in the vicious murder of Port Orange resident Diana Kessler, 32. A report released by Port Orange Police Wednesday afternoon cites preliminary aut... Read More

Police Release Crime Scene Report from Port Orange Homicide Wed, Aug 29, 2018 Port Orange, FL - The picture is becoming clearer in the death of a 32-year-old Port Orange woman -- what is not clear is a motive in her killing. Port Orange Police received a call just before 9:00 p.m. on Monday, August 27th for a “CPR in pr... Read More

Police Seeking Person of Interest in Port Orange Death Tue, Aug 28, 2018 Police responded to a call around 9 p.m. last night and discovered a deceased female in the home located at 5939 Hatteras Drive. County records show the home is owned by Thomas and Linda McMullen.   Police have identified the victim as Diana M... Read More

City Budget Workshop Ends with Tentative Support of Ambulance Purchase Mon, Aug 27, 2018 Port Orange, FL - Facing a tax increase of at least nine percent, members of the City Council seemed to be willing to entertain a double-digit hike to fund the purchase of a used ambulance and the hiring of four personnel to better respond to em... Read More

County Law Enforcement Makes Arrests in Sex Offense Sting Fri, Aug 24, 2018 Port Orange, FL - The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of eight men, ranging in age from 40 to 80 years old, for alleged engagement in a variety of public sex acts, and for specifically exposing themselves to an undercover c... Read More

Debate Continues to Surround Proposed Port Orange Cell Tower Thu, Aug 23, 2018 Port Orange, FL - The pressure is on, and the issue is a complicated one, but what is clear is how Port Orange residents and the Port Orange City Council members feel about the proposed monopole cell phone tower that, if a Change of Use land pet... Read More

Port Orange Tattoo Parlor Files Fraud Report for Incident with Suspected Scammers Wed, Aug 22, 2018 Port Orange, FL – A local tattoo parlor has filed a fraud report following an incident with possible scammers posing as charity collection volunteers. The Port Orange Police Department (POPD) were called by employees of Port Orange Tattoo and ... Read More

Residents Plan Show of Force in Opposition to Proposed Cell Tower at tonight’s City Council Meeting Tue, Aug 21, 2018 Port Orange, FL - More than 100 pages were submitted by a galvanized contingent of area residents as supporting documentation to refute the need for a proposed cell tower near the Countryside subdivision of Port Orange. If attendance at last month&r... Read More

Parks and Rec Department to Host Pop-Up Park Event Tue, Aug 21, 2018 Port Orange, FL - On August 24th, Port Orange’s Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Pop-Up Park event at Riverwalk Park from 6 PM - 8 PM. Free hotdogs, chips, and a drink will be provided to the first 100 people to attend. The ev... Read More

County School Board Approves Donations to Local Schools Fri, Aug 17, 2018 At the most recent Volusia County School Board meeting, held August 14, 2018, the Board approved donations made to several county schools totaling nearly $100,000. Port Orange schools received $17, 375 of the $95,498.33 in donated funds. Port Orange... Read More

Volusia Schools Celebrate First Day with Introduction of Guardian Program Mon, Aug 13, 2018 Doors were opened, bells rang, and more than 63,000 thousand students returned to school in Volusia County for the 2019-2019 school year. New to schools this year is the presence of a Sheriff’s Deputy or School Guardian at every school. Previo... Read More

United Way Seeking Reading Volunteers for New School Year Fri, Aug 10, 2018 Port Orange, FL - A child who starts behind, stays behind and may never graduate from high school – that’s the challenge facing the United Way and specifically the ReadingPal program, which pairs volunteers with children who are just lear... Read More

City Council Continues to Discuss Designated Port Orange Ambulance Fri, Aug 10, 2018 Port Orange, FL - During a City Council meeting on August 7, 2018 two citizens discussed the ambulance issue that has become a popular topic in Port Orange in recent weeks, which allowed several City Council members to discuss their thoughts on the i... Read More

Council Awards City Facility Landscaping Contract to Local, Lowest Bidder Thu, Aug 09, 2018 Port Orange, FL - At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting much discussion focused on the large contract up for bid that covers the landscaping and mowing of Port Orange City facilities and other areas detailed in the specific contract. The con... Read More

School Board to Consider Youth Mental Health Training for All District Staff Wed, Aug 08, 2018 Port Orange, FL – When the Volusia County School Board meets next week, many action items could result in direct benefits to the 63,000 students in the county’s public schools, specifically a motion for Board Member consent to apply for g... Read More

Fire Chief Urges Addressing Ambulance Shortage
Fire Chief Urges Addressing Ambulance Shortage Mon, Aug 06, 2018 Port Orange, FL - Volusia County has an ambulance shortage according to Port Orange Fire Chief Ken Fustin. In fact, he’s never seen one quite like this county’s problem and he’s spent many years working in fire departments. Other c... Read More

Statewide Back-to-School Tax Holiday Kicks Off Today
Statewide Back-to-School Tax Holiday Kicks Off Today Fri, Aug 03, 2018 Port Orange, FL - The school bell will be ringing soon, and parents have the opportunity this weekend to purchase a variety of supplies and clothing tax free. The tax-free holiday on school supplies started several years ago and was signed into law a... Read More