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A man found dead in a pond in Deltona is a Seminole County resident, a Volusia County sheriff's spokesman said Sunday. Donald Cornelius Smith, 43, of Sanford, was discovered in the water behind the Publix grocery at Saxon Crossing, off of Saxon Boulevard near Interstate 4, sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant said.


The Smiling Bison, an Orlando eatery known for an impressive menu featuring house-made charcuterie and locally-sourced ingredients, is adding a second location in Sanford. Chef Josh Oakley -- a veteran of local hot spots such as the Enzian Theater in Maitland and The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park -- told me he signed a lease in the heart of the historic district.


Shantell Williams, proprietor of the award-winning Shantell's Soul Food Cafe in Sanford, has announced that her restaurant will serve its last meals on July 20. Located at 417 S. Sanford Ave., Shantell's Cafe has been a focal point in the expanded renovations in the historic district of this riverfront Seminole County town.


Police say two 24-year-old men led officers on a multi-county, high-speed chase Wednesday night that ended when they crashed the stolen vehicle they were driving into a yard. Brandon Dontae Washington and Dontavious Rashad Watkins were arrested after bailing out of the stolen Kia Soul when it crashed into the yard of a house on Whittner Way in Sanford, according to an arrest report.


Two people were arrested Thursday in connection with the chase, which ended on Whitner Way, east of State Road 417 and north of Lake Mary Boulevard in Sanford. According to Sanford police, around midnight officers spotted a white Kia Sol believed to involved in an armed robbery earlier this week.


Channel 9 found out a lack of special equipment at some Seminole County fire stations could have residents waiting longer for help if their house or business catches fire. Channel 9's Angela Jacobs learned there are only a handful of tower trucks in the county that are equipped with extending ladders meant to help fight fires in big buildings or houses.


Public confidence in Florida's legal system begins with judges. Nothing is more corrosive to that confidence than those men and women in black robes who mete out justice to others yet can't follow their own rules.


An old swap meet that touts itself as "America's largest flea market" could soon become one of Central Florida's largest redevelopments - starting with new multifamily for-sale homes.


A SunRail train struck a Chrysler 300 that had been driven around a stop arm this morning, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.SunRail reported delays due to "police activity," on its Twitter account.The northbound train was carrying nine passengers, and no one was hurt, Sgt. Kim Montes of the FHP said.


There is a lot going on this week, June 29 - July 5 in Orlando music. Aside from the regular choice selections, there are quite a few Independence Day celebrations taking place on Friday and Saturday featuring live music and fireworks.


Brodeur, 40, of Sanford, is the president and CEO of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Florida House of Representatives, District 28. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning June 26, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016.


The new sanctuary at the Spring Meadows Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sanford, Florida, came with the sonic challenge of keeping the reflective surfaces in the fan-shaped 1,000-seat hall, with its hardwood panels and stone walls, from overwhelming the intelligibility of the message from the 72-foot-wide raised platform at the church's front. The solution was a RoomMatch loudspeaker system from Bose Professional, in conjunction with some adroit application of acoustical treatments.


Two men were injured early Wednesday when a Jeep struck a bear and overturned on Interstate 4 in Sanford, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The FHP said the driver, Lloyd McFarland, 21, of Apopka, and his passenger, Cederick Richmond, 24, of Plymouth, were taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.


Several construction companies - including one in Jacksonville - were awarded a design-bid-build contract for East Coast Marine Corps Installation projects. Hager Construction Co., based out of Jacksonville, was one of the six companies to be included in a $90 million total contract.


The Florida Lottery announces that Charles Turner, 52, of Sanford, claimed a $1 million prize in the 100X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Turner chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $731,217.80.




SANFORD, Fla. "" Prosecutors on Thursday filed an attempted murder charge against Matthew Apperson, the Winter Springs man who shot at George Zimmerman last month.

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