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20. Bruce Rossmeyer dies in Wyoming motorcycle crash -- owned New Smyrna Harley-Davidson, Destination Daytona

Posted Thu, 2009-07-30 20:43

Courtesy photo (far left). Bruce Rossmeyer, shown here in a studio shoot, was killed Thursday while riding his Harley on a Wyoming roadway on his way to the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota. photo by Sera Frederick. Bruce Rossmeyer's New Smyrna Harley-Davidson on State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach as shown in this photo taken 11 p.m. Thursday. He owned the Harley dealership in his namesake on Beach Street in Daytona Beach as well as Destination Daytona off Interstate 95 near Ormond Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bruce Rossmeyer, owner of the New Smyrna Beach Harley-Davidson dealership, among myriad bike shops he owned, died today on his Harley when he tried to pass a pick-up truck pulling a camper that was turning left on a Wyoming highway while on his way to the Stugis motorcycle rally in South Dakota. He was 66.

21. NSB salon owner charged in fatal hit-and-run: She told cops knowing what happened "gnawed" at her

Originally posted Sat, 2009-07-25 03:30

Courtesy photos/NSB Police Department mugshots.

New Smyrna Beach police reported Friday that Jana Calisse Grant, 47, of 1811 Rendy Road, and owner of Rivendell Salon at 515 Canal St., was arrested on felony charges of failing to stop and remain at an accident involving death and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in the Nov. 1, 2008, death of Glenn Scott Grant, 42, of Port Orange, struck and killed on the North Causeway at 12:30 a.m. According to the police charging affidavit, Grant not only failed to stop and render aid or report the accident, but initially lied to police, saying she struck a deer, before admitting she knew from media reports what she had done and failed to come forward, instead going to a car wash to have the victim's blood washed off her damaged Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. Grant also admitted to police that she drank wine that Halloween night at a party, which was corroborated by a friend and that she confided to yet another friend that very morning what had happened and he encouraged her to get a lawyer. The police charging affidavit states Grant was previously convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.

Editor's Note: Some of the details of the crime scene in this story may be graphic for some readers.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Glenn Scott Gagnon, 42, died on the side of the roadway on the North Causeway just after 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 1. The vehicle that struck him never stopped.

22. Mark Rakowski 'out' as development services director and Carol Hargy tenders resignation as personnel director

Editor's Note: Carol Hargy changed her mind and was rehired two days later (see follow-up story below).

Posted Mon, 2009-11-23 15:27 photos by Sera Frederick. Mark Rakowski, (far left photo) development services director, is out of a job, and Carol Hargy, (near left photo) personnel services director, has tendered her resignation for a job in Jacksonville.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Two major players in city administration are leaving the employ at City Hall: Carol Hargy, personnel director, is leaving voluntarily, but Mark Rakowski, the development services director, is out of a job involuntarily.

23. City Commission adopts fiscal 2010 budget with raiding of reserves

Originally posted Wed, 2009-09-30 23:29
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The City Commission approved its own spending plan tonight for fiscal 2010 by raiding the reserves of $969,000 from the city's $10 million reserves to support the proposed $21 million budget.

24. Grand jury indicts Edgewater man in hog-tie killing of roommate

Originally posted Wed, 2009-08-26 20:52

Courtesy photo/Volusia Jail mug. A Volusia County grand jury handed up an indictmentin August charging Joseph Edward Jordan, 39, with first-degree murder and robbery in the June 29, hog-tied beating death of his Edgewater roommate, 50-year-old Keith Cope. 

EDGEWATER -- He was hogtied and left for dead. And that's exactly what happened to 50-year-old Keith Cope. He died two weeks later at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. A Volusia Grand jury earlier today returned an indictment of first-degree murder and robbery against his roommate, 39-year-old Joseph Edward Jordan, said Assistant State Attorney Christopher Kelly on behalf of State Attorney R.J. Larizza.

25. Kosmas explains her vote against Obama's health-care plan

Editor's note: Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas received criticism from supporters and foes alike for her vote against health-care legislation pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who supported such negative votes for those in swing districts because she had enough secured votes to secure passage. Kosmas later defended her vote in an op-ed piece in Florida Today.

Originally posted Sat, 2009-11-07 23:39

Washington, DC -- After carefully reviewing the House health care reform bill, HR 3962, Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, D-New Smyrna Beach, issued the following statement:

26. Accused killer of elderly NSB woman ruled competent to stand trial 7 years later

Posted Thu, 2009-07-02 03:57
DAYTONA BEACH -- Sharon Hanson has waited seven long years for her mother's accused killer to stand trial, and thanks to a circuit judge's ruling Wednesday that the accused is now competent to stand trial, that could happen as early as next month.

27. NSB man dies in mobile-home fire (and fatal fire earlier in the year in Edgewater; NSB woman rescued by firefighters)

Originally posted Sun, 2009-08-09 10:53 photos by Henry Frederick. Robert Schaedel, 68, of 2864 Red Oak Circle in the Redlands retirement mobile home community, off U.S. in New Smyrna Beach, was killed Saturday when his residence caught fire.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 68-year-old resident of the Redlands senior mobile-home park off U.S. 1, died Saturday in a blaze that fully engulfed his residence, officials said. Robert Schaedel died in the 3:11 p.m. fire, but his wife, Mildred, who escaped the flames after trying to fight the fire, was treated at the scene for minor unspecified injuries.

28. Sexual predator arrested after hanging around for two days at Chisholm Elementary with a gun claiming to be a DEA agent

Originally posted Fri, 2009-09-11 00:24

Courtesy photo/NSB police. Kareen Walshaed McNeal, 28, of New Smyrna Beach, a registered sexual predator, was arrested Thursday on charges of imperonating a law enforcement officer and carring a firearm on school property after he was seen the last couple of days at Chisholm Elementary School carrying a handgun and claiming to be a federal drug agent, police said.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A tip led to the arrest Thursday of a 28-year-old registered sexual predator seen hanging around the Chisholm Elementary School on Ronnoc Lane and armed with what appeared to be a handgun and claiming to be a federal drug enforcement agent, New Smyrna Beach police said.

29. NSB City Commission approves funding for conversion of old high school into Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center

Originally posted Wed, 2009-11-25 00:24 NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Two major things were accomplished tonight with a unanimous vote by the City Commission to spend $130,000: All but two of the buildings that housed the former high school could be razed and at least two community groups could have a new home.