News – New Smyrna Beach Weather http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 18:37:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/default.png News – New Smyrna Beach Weather http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/ 32 32 Recount in State House District 29 primary shows fewer votes, same result http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/recount-in-state-house-district-29-primary-shows-fewer-votes-same-result/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 12:53:55 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/recount-in-state-house-district-29-primary-shows-fewer-votes-same-result/ VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida. – Recounts in the very thin primary races for State House District 29 and Ponce Inlet City Council Seat 4 resulted in no change in either end result and the sorting of a handful of votes for GOP candidates, Volusia County Elections Supervisor Lisa Lewis announced Friday. Although both races were re-evaluated […]]]>

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida. – Recounts in the very thin primary races for State House District 29 and Ponce Inlet City Council Seat 4 resulted in no change in either end result and the sorting of a handful of votes for GOP candidates, Volusia County Elections Supervisor Lisa Lewis announced Friday.

Although both races were re-evaluated with an automatic recount, Lewis said a manual recount was also conducted in the District 29 race. The automatic recount was ordered due to the fact that the margins in both races were less than or equal to 0.5% of total votes, and manual recounts are incentivized to throw over/under votes when the results of an automatic recount show less than 0.25% margin of defeat, according to Lewis.

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Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis recounted the votes Friday for State House District 29 and Ponce Inlet City Council Seat 4.

Preliminary results from the District 29 race indicated that Rep. Webster Barnaby received 7,454 votes (50.09%) while Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff received 7,428 (49.91%). After Friday’s recounts, in which more than 15,000 ballots were reshuffled, Lewis said Barnaby received 7,450 votes (50.11%) and Fetterhoff 7,420 (49.89%), four and four respectively. eight votes less.

“These results demanded a recount since Mr. Barnaby and Ms. Fetterhoff were 0.18% apart,” Lewis said in a statement.

Rep. Barnaby will face Democrat Rick Karl in the November general election. He posted a statement on Facebook Saturday morning addressing Volusia County voters, who he said honored him with their support and deserved his representation.

For Ponce Inlet Seat 4, election night results showed David Israel received 813 votes (49.82%) and Joe Villanella received 819 (50.18%); according to Lewis, the tabs for Israel or Villanella remained the same in the recount.

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“Although the process was tedious and time consuming, I am pleased to present the results which could not have been achieved without the dedicated members of the solicitation committee and my staff. I also want to thank the candidates for their patience during the recount,” Lewis said in a statement.

District 29 represents most of Volusia County, including DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen, and Osteen. Fetterhoff once represented a neighborhood that stretched from Daytona Beach and South Daytona west to DeLand and Orange City. The Barnaby neighborhood, meanwhile, stretched from Oak Hill south of New Smyrna Beach to Deltona, Orange City, and DeBary.

The new District 29, however, encompasses much of central Volusia County. It includes DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen and Osteen. The rest of Volusia County is in Districts 27, 28, and 30.

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Patrick Inks 20 to 2022 Southeast Firefighting Recruiting Class http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/patrick-inks-20-to-2022-southeast-firefighting-recruiting-class/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/patrick-inks-20-to-2022-southeast-firefighting-recruiting-class/ VSN (admin) Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2022 – 1:30 PM LAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University Wrestling Coach Patrick Travis released its 2022 recruiting class this afternoon. The class includes four two-time state champions and 14 wrestlers who have ranked in their state at least once. “The mix of talented young guys and proven transfers […]]]>

VSN (admin) Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2022 – 1:30 PM


LAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University Wrestling Coach Patrick Travis released its 2022 recruiting class this afternoon.

The class includes four two-time state champions and 14 wrestlers who have ranked in their state at least once.

“The mix of talented young guys and proven transfers in this class really got me excited for the future of the Fire Wrestling program,” said Patrick. “This class is packed with talent and a number of guys that I believe will have an immediate impact on the intensity of our room and the culture of our program.”

Seven wrestlers from Florida remain in the state to wrestle the Rouge et Noir, including Master’s Academy’s Michael Shannon who won a state title and placed third. The Fire also added Ralph Sanchez who placed fourth and third during his Apopka career.

Southeastern also picked up two-time Georgia State Champion Andrew Voiles from Alexander High School and Colorado State Champion Karter Johnson from Ponderosa High School.

Patrick also added three state placers from his home state of Washington, led by two-time champion and two-time runner-up Nathan Gregory of Deer Park. Additionally, Isaac Lopez of Burlington-Edison High School was a three-time finalist and two-time champion before beginning his career at Clackamas Community College.

Along with Lopez, the Fire added three more transfers to their roster. Tehran Piza was twice state qualified while at Jensen Beach High School and is coming to SEU from Lander University. Liam Leckie arrives in the Southeast after spending time at Sacramento City College, and three-time NJCAA All-American Parker Dobrocky joins the Rochester Community and Technical College Fire.

Douglas peppers comes to the Southeast as a graduate transfer from Brewton-Parker where he was an NAIA national qualifier.

“Each of these young men has shown their desire to succeed at a high level in the classroom and on the mat and I look forward to seeing them continue to develop here at SEU,” said Patrick.

Southeastern will open its 2022-23 season on October 20e with its annual red and black double before hosting St. Andrews for the regular season opener on October 28e.

Fire Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2022
Dylan Bard (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield HS)

  • PA Region Usher
  • PA Section Champion

Jackson Crawford (Richmond Hill, FL/Richmond Hill HS)

  • 3x GA state qualification
  • 2x GA State Placer

Parker Dobrocky (Anoka, MN/Anoka HS/Rochester Community & Technical College)

  • Transfer from Rochester Community & Technical College
  • 3x NJCAA All-American (4th, 3rd, 6th)

Leonard Feliciano (Naples, FL/Palmetto Ridge HS)

Nathan Gregory (Deer Park, WA / Deer Park HS)

  • 4x WA State Placer (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd)
  • 4x WA State Finalist
  • 2x WA State Champion

Collin Jack (Federal Way, WA/Decatur HS)

  • 2x WA State Placer (2nd, 4th)
  • WA State Finalist

Karter Johnson (Parker, CO/Ponderosa HS)

  • 4x CO status qualifier
  • 3x CO State Placer (4th, 4th, 1st)
  • CO State Champion

Blaine Jones (Brandon, FL/Brandon HS)

  • 2x FL state qualification
  • FL State Underwriter (5th)

Christian Just (Boeblingen, Germany/Stuttgart HS)

  • 2x European finalist
  • European champion

Joseph Kindred (Locust Grove, GA/Strong Rock Christian)

  • 3x GA state qualification
  • 2x GA State Placer (5th, 3rd)

Liam Leckie (Sacramento, CA/Vista del Lago HS/Sacramento City College)

  • Transfer from Sacramento City College
  • CCCAA State Qualifier

Isaac Lopez (Burlington, WA/Burlington-Edison HS/Clackamas Community College)

  • Transfer from Clackamas Community College
  • 4x WA State Placer
  • 3x WA State Finalist
  • 2x WA State Champion

Drake McMinn (Leesburg, GA/HS of Lee County)

  • 4x GA state qualification
  • 3x GA State Placer (6th, 4th, 2nd)
  • GA State Finalist

Douglas peppers (Jefferson, GA/Social Circle HS/Brewton-Parker College)

  • Brewton-Parker College Graduate Transfer
  • NAIA National Qualification
  • 2x GA State Champion

Tehran Piza (Jensen Beach, FL/Jensen Beach HS/Lander University)

  • Transfer from Lander University
  • 2x FL state qualification
  • FL State Underwriter (5th)

Ralph Sanchez (Orlando, FL/Apopka HS)

  • 2x FL state qualification
  • 2x FL State Placer (4th, 3rd)

Michael Shannon (New Smyrna Beach, Florida / The Master’s Academy)

  • 3x FL state qualification
  • 2x FL State Placer (3rd, 1st)
  • Florida State Champion

Kai Shultz (Claremore, OK/Claremore HS)

  • 3x OK status qualifier
  • 3x OK Status Placer (3rd, 4th, 2nd)

Rocco Vargas (Orlando, FL/Apopka HS)

Andrew Sails (Villa Rica, GA/Alexander, HS)

  • 3x GA State Placer (1st, 1st, 2nd)
  • 3x GA State Finalist
  • 2x GA State Champion

Southeastern University Wrestling The Sun Conference Recruitment

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08/25/2022 | Local surfer Bren advances in national contest http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/08-25-2022-local-surfer-bren-advances-in-national-contest/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/08-25-2022-local-surfer-bren-advances-in-national-contest/ Local surfer Gavin Bren finished first in the under-12 division of the Rip Curl Grom Search event in Florida last week. With the win, Bren advances to the Rip Curl Grom Search National Championships in California in December. Photo submitted OCEAN CITY – Local surfer Gavin Bren caused a stir last week at a Rip […]]]>


Local surfer Gavin Bren finished first in the under-12 division of the Rip Curl Grom Search event in Florida last week. With the win, Bren advances to the Rip Curl Grom Search National Championships in California in December. Photo submitted

OCEAN CITY – Local surfer Gavin Bren caused a stir last week at a Rip Curl Grom Search qualifying event in New Smyrna, Fla., winning his division to qualify for Race to the Ranch and the National Finals later this year.

The Rip Curl Grom Search series is back for the 22ndn/a times this year and the final event in the four contest series was held in New Smyrna, Florida last week. Local surfer Gavin Bren, no stranger to victory on the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) circuit, took first place in the under-12 bracket to advance and have the opportunity to compete at the 2022 Race to the Ranch National Finals where qualifiers will compete in the Grom North American Research Championships in Lemoore, CA. in December.

Bren finished first in the under-12 division and won $500 in prize money plus gifts from host Rip Curl. With the win, he advances to the Rip Curl Grom Search National Finals later this year. Last week’s qualifying event in New Smyrna, Florida was the last in the series. Bren and the other winners now move on to the Rip Curl Grom Search event at Lemoore Ranch, CA. Scheduled for December 17 with the national championships in play.

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Motorcycle crashes into fire truck in Daytona Beach, police say http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/motorcycle-crashes-into-fire-truck-in-daytona-beach-police-say/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/motorcycle-crashes-into-fire-truck-in-daytona-beach-police-say/ DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. – A motorcyclist ran a red light and rammed a fire truck in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, police say. The Daytona Beach Police Department said the accident happened on Clyde Morris Boulevard near Mayberry Avenue near the Halifax Hospital. [TRENDING: Here’s a list of DeSantis-backed school board candidates who won election night […]]]>

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. – A motorcyclist ran a red light and rammed a fire truck in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, police say.

The Daytona Beach Police Department said the accident happened on Clyde Morris Boulevard near Mayberry Avenue near the Halifax Hospital.

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The department said the motorcyclist struck the front driver’s side of the fire truck as it turned onto a green arrow.

Police said firefighters got out of the truck to help the motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, and transported him to hospital in Halifax on a trauma alert.

Firefighters were not injured in the crash, police said.

No further details have been released.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as we receive it.

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PROSPECT – Mrs. Anna M. Logue, 65, of Prospect, wife of Edward Logue, died on Wednesday August 3, 2022 at Autumn Lake Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Waterbury. Anna was born on November 27, 1956, the daughter of the late Bronis and Isabella (Maclina) Vitkauskas. Anna was a graduate of Wilby High School and […]]]>

PROSPECT – Mrs. Anna M. Logue, 65, of Prospect, wife of Edward Logue, died on Wednesday August 3, 2022 at Autumn Lake Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Waterbury. Anna was born on November 27, 1956, the daughter of the late Bronis and Isabella (Maclina) Vitkauskas.

Anna was a graduate of Wilby High School and a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in Waterbury. She was an accomplished seamstress and worked at Waterbury Garment for many years, as well as a housekeeper at residence halls. Anna had a good heart and a love for animals. She was a caregiver to all, especially her four-legged son Barney, who she will miss dearly.

In addition to her husband Ed, Anna leaves behind her daughter, Sheri (Heaton) Love of Winsted, and son, Robert Heaton Jr., all of Winsted; his grandson, Jesse Boutin Jr. of Harwinton; his sisters, Mary Vitkauskas of Oakville, Cathy (Vitkauskas) Diehl and her husband, Michael, of East Haven, and Betty Vitkauskas of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; his brothers, Allen Vitkauskas of Edgewater, Florida, John Vitkauskas and Amy of Port Orange, Florida; as well as many nephews, nieces and dear friends.

A Christian burial mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, 4 Union City Road, Prospect, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. Visitation was held at Prospect Memorial / The Palmerie Family Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Road, Prospect, which is honored to serve the Logue family.

You are invited to share a fond memory, photo and words of comfort for Anna’s family at prospectmemorial.com.

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Two days, two fatalities New Smyrna Beach | WNDB http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/two-days-two-fatalities-new-smyrna-beach-wndb/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 19:44:20 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/two-days-two-fatalities-new-smyrna-beach-wndb/ Chris Golon NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida – The town of New Smyrna Beach was the scene of two fatal car crashes over the weekend. A 70-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man died in the two crashes that occurred less than 20 hours apart. The first accident occurred Saturday evening around 11:30 p.m. A 70-year-old New […]]]>

Chris Golon

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida – The town of New Smyrna Beach was the scene of two fatal car crashes over the weekend. A 70-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man died in the two crashes that occurred less than 20 hours apart.

The first accident occurred Saturday evening around 11:30 p.m. A 70-year-old New Smyrna Beach woman was heading east on SR-44 when she was hit head-on by a car traveling in the wrong lane. She was in her van and was near Taganana Drive when the accident happened. Responders took the woman to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona, where she would sadly succumb to her injuries.

The driver of the other car was a 27-year-old man from Pierson, who was seriously injured in the crash and was also taken to Halifax Health Daytona. Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the circumstances of the crash, including why the man was in the wrong lane of traffic.

The second crash happened around 6:33 p.m. Sunday evening. The 43-year-old Daytona Beach man was driving on southbound US-1 according to the report, when he veered off the road and hit several trees. He was taken to Halifax Health Daytona where he died of his injuries.

The crash happened near Harbor Rd. It remains unclear what caused the man to veer off the road, but like the accident hours earlier, the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating to try to clarify things.

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CAROLE LYNN KINNEY | News, Sports, Jobs http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/carole-lynn-kinney-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 05:47:49 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/carole-lynn-kinney-news-sports-jobs/ Born at her home in Richmond, January 2, 1947, and died August 3, 2022, at the Carriage Inn in Steubenville, daughter of Harold Walter and Mildred McNinch Kinney. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her son Richard, an infant grandson, Harold, an infant great-granddaughter, Alessia, and a sister, Glenda. Surviving is daughter […]]]>

Born at her home in Richmond, January 2, 1947, and died August 3, 2022, at the Carriage Inn in Steubenville, daughter of Harold Walter and Mildred McNinch Kinney.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her son Richard, an infant grandson, Harold, an infant great-granddaughter, Alessia, and a sister, Glenda.

Surviving is daughter Trina (fiancé James) Thweatt (Yuma, AZ), son, Harold L. (Kathy) Adams (Richmond), two adopted granddaughters, Rachel (fiancé Eric) Kinney (Adamsville, OH) and Kari A Kinney (companion Ashlie Pasco) Toronto, Ohio. Seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one daughter-in-law.

Siblings include H. Lee Kinney (Cross Creek Twp), James C. Kinney (Cheryl) Richmond, Sharon K. Reynolds (fiancé Mark) Snellville, GA, and Janeen G. Kinney, (New Smyrna Beach, FL), an aunt, Florence L. Kinney (Sarasota, Florida) and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, including five double first cousins ​​in Florida.

She was a member of the Steubenville Greek Orthodox congregation, where she was employed as church secretary for several years. She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 740, Richmond.

There is no service, rather a family reunion. Burial United Presbyterian Cemetery, Richmond. Donations to: Richmond American Legion, 141 Legion Street, Richmond, OH 43944.

Arrangements made by Everhart-Bove Funeral Home www.everhart-bovefuneralhomes.com

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Third Suspect Arrested in Claymont Murder Case, Victim ID – First Status Update http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/third-suspect-arrested-in-claymont-murder-case-victim-id-first-status-update/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/third-suspect-arrested-in-claymont-murder-case-victim-id-first-status-update/ Delaware State Police have arrested a third suspect in a homicide investigation that began in July in the Claymont area, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Leonard DeMalto. DeMalto said on July 23, 2022, Delaware State Police responded to Claymont Auto Repair located at 3506 Philadelphia Pike regarding a serious assault. The inquest was […]]]>

Delaware State Police have arrested a third suspect in a homicide investigation that began in July in the Claymont area, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

DeMalto said on July 23, 2022, Delaware State Police responded to Claymont Auto Repair located at 3506 Philadelphia Pike regarding a serious assault. The inquest was ruled a homicide when the victim, identified as Kevin Goodson, 56, of Claymont, was later found dead on Citisteel USA property.

Through investigative means, detectives from the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit have identified three suspects involved in this incident. On July 28, 2022, Justin Locke, 20, of Claymont, DE, was arrested and charged with first degree assault, first degree kidnapping and second degree conspiracy. Locke was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace of Court No. 2 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility on $1,000,000 cash bond. On July 28, 2022, 22-year-old Jeffrey Labarge of Claymont, DE was arrested and charged with first degree assault, first degree kidnapping and second degree conspiracy. Labarge was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 11 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Facility on $1,000,000 cash bond.

On August 3, 2022, Locke was charged with first degree murder. He was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 2 and given an additional cash bond of $1,000,000 for this charge. He remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

On August 3, 2022, Labarge was charged with first degree murder. He was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 2 and given an additional cash bond of $1,000,000 for this charge. He remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

On August 3, 2022, the third suspect, identified as Tyler Simpson, 22, of Wilmington, DE, was apprehended in Chester, Pennsylvania. He awaits extradition to Delaware for first degree murder, first degree assault, first degree kidnapping and second degree conspiracy.

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Delaware State Police have arrested a third suspect in a homicide investigation that began in July in the Claymont area, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

Delaware State Police arrested 20-year-old Justin Locke and 22-year-old Jeffrey Labarge, both of Claymont, DE for 1st degree assault after an incident last weekend, according to the police officer. public information, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at approximately 11:41 p.m., the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit began investigating a felony assault at the Claymont Auto Repair located in the 3500 block from Philadelphia Pike to Claymont.

Due to the suspicious circumstances of the original investigation, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit began assisting in the investigation. During this joint investigation, it was determined that three subjects attacked a 56-year-old Claymont man in the Claymont Auto Repair area while the victim was walking south along the sidewalk, according to Hatchell.

Hatchell said after the assault, the three assailants left the victim lying motionless on the parking lot floor, where the victim remained for more than 25 minutes. A vehicle then stopped in the same parking lot and subjects were observed loading the victim into the back of an SUV. A passing motorist saw the men loading the victim into the SUV and called 911 to report the suspicious activity.

Three persons of interest, Justin Locke, Jeffrey Labarge and Tyler Simpson, and the suspect vehicle were identified through various investigative leads, but there were no immediate reports of a victim of assault or a missing person, according to Hatchell.

As investigators continued to work on the investigation, additional information was obtained that helped law enforcement identify potential search areas in the Claymont area for the unidentified assault victim. Through these steps, the body of a deceased white male was located on Citisteel USA property, located north of the scene of the assault. Following an autopsy of the victim, his manner of death was qualified as homicide. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.

During the week of July 25, Delaware State Police apprehended two of the three identified suspects. On July 28, 2022, Justin Locke, was arrested for 1st degree assault, 1st degree kidnapping and 2nd degree conspiracy, arraigned before Justice of the Peace #2 and committed to Delaware Corrections on cash bond of $1,000,000. On Thursday, July 28, 2022, Jeffrey Labarge was apprehended by Delaware State Police and arrested for 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Kidnapping, and 2nd Degree Conspiracy, arraigned in Peace Court No. 11 and incarcerated at Delaware Corrections on $1,000,000 cash bond.

Locke and Labarge, who are currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections, will be charged with first degree murder. Impeachment information will be forthcoming.

The third suspect, 22-year-old Tyler Simpson of Wilmington, DE, remains pending on charges of 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault, 1st degree kidnapping and 2nd degree conspiracy.

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Florida man on trial for murder of 16-year-old Justis Marie Garrett http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/florida-man-on-trial-for-murder-of-16-year-old-justis-marie-garrett/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 21:12:38 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/florida-man-on-trial-for-murder-of-16-year-old-justis-marie-garrett/ On April 13, 2018, Robert Kern Jr. was due to drive his girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter, Justis Marie Garrett, to Mount Dora High School, a 15-20 minute drive from his home in Sorrento. But instead of heading west toward the school, Kern drove east toward Volusia County, Assistant District Attorney Megan Upchurch told a jury Wednesday […]]]>

On April 13, 2018, Robert Kern Jr. was due to drive his girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter, Justis Marie Garrett, to Mount Dora High School, a 15-20 minute drive from his home in Sorrento.

But instead of heading west toward the school, Kern drove east toward Volusia County, Assistant District Attorney Megan Upchurch told a jury Wednesday in her opening statement.

“At this point we know that Justis is losing access to his phone,” Upchurch said. “She’s either drugged, incapacitated and/or, with threats or violence, taken care of because there’s no communication from her phone.”

Kern took Garrett to some woods, raped her and killed her, said Upchurch, who is pursuing the case with Assistant District Attorney Jason Lewis.

Garrett’s body was found several days later on a dirt trail in a heavily wooded area off the service and gas roads in DeLand.

Kern, 43, stands trial, charged with first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence of Garrett’s murder. Kern faces mandatory life in prison if convicted on the count of murder.

Kern, a handyman, was arrested in February 2019 in Suffolk County, New York. He is being held without bail at the Volusia County Jail.

Circuit Judge Dawn Nichols is presiding over the trial at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.

Kern, wearing a mask, sat quietly at the defense table. His lawyers, deputy public defenders Adam Dala and Cameron Brown, reserved an opening statement on Wednesday.

Prosecutors aren’t sure exactly how Garrett was killed, but the medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide.

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Garrett was attending New Smyrna Beach High School until the family moved to Sorrento in Lake County several months before she was killed. They left New Smyrna Beach because the house they were renting had been sold.

Garrett’s mother, Danielle Pratt, was still working at the Courtyard Grill in New Smyrna Beach, commuting from Sorrento.

Upchurch told jurors that in the weeks leading up to the murder, Kern created a fake social media profile and messaged Garrett.

After raping and killing Garrett, Kern returned to Lake County and the Mount Dora High School area, where he turned off Garrett’s phone and got rid of it, Upchurch said. The phone was never recovered.

Kern returned to the site where Garrett’s body was on Monday, April 16, 2018, Upchurch said. He spent an hour there, Upchurch said.

Bleach was later found on parts of Garrett’s remains and his shoes, prosecutors said.

Two days later, on April 18, 2018, a man who belonged to a tracking-centric social group found the decomposing and partially skeletal remains of Garrett.

Investigators located signs of bleach on Garrett’s jeans and on his tennis shoes, Upchurch said.

Garrett’s mother testifies

Garrett’s mother, Danielle Pratt, testified Wednesday that Kern, who she started dating in October 2017, was her boyfriend at the time. She said Kern lived with her mother in a mobile home park in Sanford.

Pratt testified that on April 13, 2018, a Friday, she needed to get Garrett’s then 5-year-old sister ready for elementary school. Pratt said Garrett had fallen asleep again, so she was late and would miss the school bus.

Pratt said she asked Garrett to message Kern to come to school, but then Kern drove to their house.

Pratt said she said goodbye to her daughter as she drove off with Kern in her old model blue Ford Explorer.

She said that was the last time she saw her daughter alive.

Pratt said Garrett had just received an iPhone 8 as a birthday present in March; she took the phone everywhere and had various social media accounts, like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook.

Garrett posted a photo of herself in her bedroom on Snapchat at 6:48 a.m. on April 13, 2018.

“This is the last outgoing social media or phone activity from Justis Garrett,” Upchurch said. “Her story shows that, like any 16-year-old, she is an avid user of her phone and social media.”

But after getting into the SUV with Kern that morning, she never posted again, Upchurch said.

And Garrett had been wearing a pair of black Nikes she had bought a month or two earlier.

Upchurch asked how she deals with shoes.

“Like gold,” Pratt said, wiping his eyes.

Pratt said her daughter never ran away and loved going to school.

When she did not hear from her daughter the next day, Pratt reported her missing to the Mount Dora Police Department.

Pratt had wanted to contact the police earlier, but Kern had talked her out of it, Upchurch told jurors.

Pratt testified that she initially told police she was with Kern and that the two dropped Garrett off at Mount Dora High School on April 13.

Pratt told Upchurch she did it because Kern had a suspended driver’s license.

Pratt said she drove around looking for her daughter, went to her friend’s house and handed out flyers to try to find her. She tried to contact her through her iPhone, but it went straight to voicemail.

Lewis called Catherine Slack, vice principal of Mount Dora High School, to the stand. Slack testified that at the request of the police, she checked the video cameras in the student drop-off area and did not see a blue Ford Explorer, like the one Kern drove.

When questioned by Lewis, DeLand police evidence technician Carol Hunter testified that a balaclava and drawstring were tied around Garrett’s remains.

Medical Examiner James Fulcher testified that he could not tell if Garrett had been strangled because a key bone was missing from her neck along with other tissue. He said he couldn’t determine what killed her because of the decomposition.

Fulcher also said Garrett’s nose was fractured. But he couldn’t say how it happened.

Dala asked him if it was possible that Garrett died of some kind of heart attack. Fulcher said it was possible, but unlikely given his age.

Lewis then asked Fulcher if it was likely that someone who died of a heart attack or other natural cause would be found in the woods with their pants down and bleach on some part of their body. .

Fulcher said no.

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Firefighters battle the Vantage Freeway blaze in Kittitas County http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/firefighters-battle-the-vantage-freeway-blaze-in-kittitas-county/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 16:47:19 +0000 http://www.newsmyrnabeachweather.com/firefighters-battle-the-vantage-freeway-blaze-in-kittitas-county/ Firefighters battle flames from the Vantage Highway Fire as the blaze continues to grow in Kittitas County. On Monday, state fire assistance was mobilized as part of the Washington State Fire Department Resource Mobilization Plan to support local firefighters working to contain the blaze under a red flag warning that lasts until 9 p.m. Tuesday […]]]>

Firefighters battle flames from the Vantage Highway Fire as the blaze continues to grow in Kittitas County. On Monday, state fire assistance was mobilized as part of the Washington State Fire Department Resource Mobilization Plan to support local firefighters working to contain the blaze under a red flag warning that lasts until 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The fire should grow quickly in the hot, dry heat

Numbers change quickly, but at last check the fire was 8,000 acres at 10% contained. Fire officials said “Fire activity is expected to resume around noon, and you can see a column forming as temperatures and wind speeds increase and humidity levels decrease.” The town of Vantage is currently on a Level 2 Evacuation Advisory – BE READY to go and watch for changes. Vantage Highway is closed from Park Creek Road to Recreation Drive. Ginkgo State Park is closed. Power was temporarily interrupted for safety reasons and due to infrastructure damage.

The fire broke out on Monday afternoon

Firefighters say the Vantage Freeway fire started around 1 p.m. Monday. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
A state press release says;
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray remains activated at Level 2 to help coordinate state assistance for the Vantage Freeway fire. Mobilization specialists from the Office of Fire Protection will support local resources and mutual aid resources by providing strike teams. State Fire Marshal’s Office staff are working remotely to coordinate the dispatch of resources.

Kittitas High School is the incident command post for the Southeast Washington State Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team, which works with the State Patrol Fire Marshal’s Office. of Washington for this state mobilization response.

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