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Police search for suspect in hit-and-run death of toddler

Jul. 19, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a toddler was killed in a hit-and-run crash in a central Florida parking lot. Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri says they're searching for 29-year-old Earnest Ponder who was last seen running from the scene on Thursday night. Capri tells news outlets it appears...

Robbery suspect walks out of trial while jury deliberates

Jul. 18, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An armed-robbery defendant walked out of his trial just moments before a Florida jury found him guilty. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 29-year-old Antonio Jama Gearing had been released on $75,000 bail so he was free to move about the Daytona Beach courtroom Tuesday....

Florida dad says he tossed boy in ocean to teach him to swim

Jul. 17, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 37-year-old Florida man is accused of throwing his 5-year-old son into the Atlantic Ocean and then doing back flips off a city pier as the boy struggled in the water. An arrest report says that when Daytona Beach police arrested John Bloodsworth on child abuse charges Monday...

Florida man accused of fatally shooting stepfather

Jul. 15, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old man fatally shot his stepfather during an argument at a central Florida apartment complex. DeLand police Lt. Juan Millan tells news outlets that police arrested Alonzo Harkness in nearby Daytona Beach on Sunday, hours after the 60-year-old stepfather was...

16-year-old charged with killing teen over $120 in weed

Jul. 14, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies have charged a 16-year-old Florida teen with killing a 17-year-old over $120 worth of marijuana. Flagler County Sheriff's officials say the teens arranged the meet-up to exchange the drugs on Snapchat. The two met Friday night and the suspect fatally shot Elijah...

Column: Spire played the game right and got a NASCAR win

Jul. 8, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When Furniture Row Racing decided to fold, team owner Barney Visser enlisted an industry agency to help him sell off his assets. Visser wanted Spire Sports and Entertainment to sell the charters he owned that guaranteed entry into the top racing series in the United States. Spire...

Big rain and big wreck lead to Haley's 1st career Cup win

Jul. 7, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Teeth chattering, hands shaking, stomach churning, Justin Haley anxiously waited for NASCAR to pull the plug on a rain-wrecked weekend at Daytona International Speedway. A 500-1 longshot making just his third career Cup start, Haley won the rain-postponed, rain-shortened race at...

The Latest: Haley wins rain-shortened Cup race at Daytona

Jul. 7, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Daytona (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Justin Haley has won the rain-shortened Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, his first at NASCAR's top level. Haley took the lead under caution — Kurt Busch surrendered the top spot when he...

Rain postpones NASCAR's final holiday visit to Daytona

Jul. 6, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rain spoiled one of NASCAR's last great traditions when Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway was postponed because of persistent poor weather. The race will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, which helps NBC avoid a head-to-head conflict with the final game of the...

The Latest: Rain postpones NASCAR race at Daytona a day

Jul. 6, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night's NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been postponed because of inclement weather. The 400-mile race is now scheduled to be take place Sunday, with...