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Woman sets house on fire, stabs off-duty Volusia County deputy, Edgewater police say
<p>A woman has been taken into custody after setting a home on fire and stabbing an off-duty Volusia County deputy, Edgewater police said.</p><p>Police responded at 4:19 p.m. Saturday to a fight in progress on Pine Tree Drive in Edgewater between Michael DeMalia and his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Bonin. Police said the fight was domestic in nature. DeMalia told News 6 the two hadn&#39;t been together for months, and Bonin showed up out of the blue.</p><p>DeMalia fled to the home of a nearby Volusia County sheriff&#39;s deputy, police said. Bonin arrived at the home of the off-duty deputy shortly thereafter and attempted to attack DeMalia again.</p><p>Police said the deputy intervened and while attempting to shield DeMalia from the attack was subsequently stabbed by Bonin. The Volusia County Sheriff&#39;s Office said the deputy took a knife to the lower back.</p><p>&quot;So [Capt. Williams] steps in between them, he realizes she&#39;s stabbing me,&quot; Sheriff Mike Chitwood explained. &quot;He gets a good couple shots in and then they&#39;re able to subdue her.&quot;</p><p>The deputy, identified by the Sheriff&#39;s Office as Capt. Cliff Williams, was taken to Florida Hospital in New Smyrna Beach with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Chitwood said Williams has already been released from the hospital.</p><p><img embed-content-articleid="602368515" embed-content-groupid="33113" embed-content-id="602368515" embed-content-imgalign="none" embed-content-index="0" embed-content-type="PHOTO" src="https://media.clickorlando.com/photo/2017/10/21/Edgewater%20fire%20scene%2010-21-17_1508643050021_10825415_ver1.0_160_90.jpg" style="width:100%;" /></p><p>Bonin also set fire to DeMalia&#39;s home, where the fight started, police said. The fire was extinguished by Edgewater Fire Rescue personnel.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m heartbroken. He didn&#39;t deserve this,&quot; said Jacqueline DeMalia, the sister of the victim.</p><p>Jacqueline DeMalia walked through the house with News 6, pointing out where Bonin allegedly set fire in several places and smashed the fish tanks.</p><p>&quot;They hadn&#39;t been together for quite a while, so I&#39;m not quite sure why she did all this,&quot; she said.</p><p><img embed-content-articleid="602379128" embed-content-groupid="33113" embed-content-id="602379128" embed-content-imgalign="none" embed-content-index="0" embed-content-type="PHOTO" src="https://media.clickorlando.com/photo/2017/10/22/Brittany%20Bonin_1508645144826_10825429_ver1.0_160_90.jpg" style="width:100%;" /></p><p>Edgewater police took Bonin into custody for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, police said. Bonin also faces charges including battery, aggravated assault (deadly weapon), arson and tampering with a witness.</p><p>Bonin&#39;s family told News 6 they are shocked over what happened and there are no excuses.</p><p>The Volusia County Sheriff&#39;s Office said Williams, who started with the Sheriff&#39;s Office in 1989 after serving in the United States Marine Corps, has a long history of service to the agency.</p><p>&quot;His career included assignments on road patrol, in the courthouse, as a recruiter, in internal affairs and as a watch commander,&quot; the Sheriff&#39;s Office said. &quot;He led the agency&#39;s Honor Guard, developed a boot camp program for juvenile offenders and served as assistant commander of District 6, headquartered in DeBary.&quot;</p><p>Williams retired in 2014, but came back in 2015 as director of the PAL program, the Sheriff&#39;s Office said.</p><p>In a statement, Chitwood said he was proud to hear that Williams had stepped in to help put a stop to the fight.</p><p>&quot;It just goes to show you are never truly off duty,&quot; Chitwood said. &quot;He took a knife wound that was meant for someone else because his instinct was to step in as a protector. I&#39;m not surprised he did -- he&#39;s proven and tough, and that&#39;s what our men and women are trained to do. I&#39;m just a little surprised the knife didn&#39;t bend when it hit him.&quot;</p><p>It&#39;s a sentiment shared by Michael DeMalia and all his family.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m grateful that he was there,&quot; Jacqueline DeMalia said. &quot;I think he saved my brother&#39;s life. If he wasn&#39;t there, I believe she would have stabbed my brother.&quot;</p><p>Edgewater police are still actively investigating the incident.</p><p>DeMalia&#39;s family are collecting donations to help Michael and his 18-month-old daughter, Madalana, get back on their feet. You can drop off or mail any donations to:</p><p>Jacqueline DeMalia<br /> 3315 Indian Palm Drive<br /> Edgewater, FL 32141</p>

Officials: Post-Irma food assistance line at Camping World Stadium suspended until further notice
<p>An Orange County center distributing food stamps to Hurricane Irma victims in Central Florida received such a large crowd&nbsp;Saturday that officials were forced to close the site&nbsp;early, the Department of Children and Families said.</p><p>Orange County families who signed&nbsp;up to receive help through the <strong><a href="https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/" target="_blank">Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program</a>&nbsp;</strong>were able to start receiving those benefits once Camping World Stadium&#39;s doors opened Saturday at 7 a.m.</p><p>Just after 9 a.m., officials told News 6 that parking lots were completely full and residents who were not already in line at that time could not receive benefits Saturday. Officials were asking people to go home until further notice or come back on a different day. Those already in line when the announcement to close early was made would receive benefits that day, officials said.</p><p><img embed-content-articleid="602217479" embed-content-groupid="33113" embed-content-id="602217479" embed-content-imgalign="none" embed-content-index="0" embed-content-type="PHOTO" src="https://media.clickorlando.com/photo/2017/10/21/cws_1508593541544_10823360_ver1.0_160_90.JPG" style="width:100%;" /></p><p>Crowds of people could be seen around the stadium and traffic was backed up to State Road 408 just 45 minutes after operations began.</p><p>Officials said they will re-evaluate the situation at 2 p.m. to decide whether they will allow more people to wait in line Saturday.</p><p>Orange County residents can receive assistance at Camping World Stadium&nbsp;Saturday through Wednesday. Residents with last names beginning with the letters A-F were invited to show up&nbsp;Saturday.</p><p>Seminole County residents were able to sign up for benefits at Orlando Live Events on U.S. Highway 17-92 in Casselberry&nbsp;starting Saturday.</p><p><img embed-content-articleid="602327353" embed-content-groupid="33113" embed-content-id="602330777" embed-content-imgalign="none" embed-content-index="0" embed-content-type="subStoryType" height="240px" src="https://media.clickorlando.com/photo/2017/10/21/Streets%20congested%20for%20food%20assistance_1508630591008_10823854_ver1.0_160_90.jpg" style="width:100%;" width="360px" /></p><p>Traffic filled the parking lot and was already spilling into a shopping center next door&nbsp;within hours of the site&#39;s&nbsp;opening.</p><p>Nearby business owners were upset over residents using their lots for parking.</p><p>Charlotte Kitz, the owner of Hair Handlers, told News 6 she was not notified about the parking situation for the relief program until six hours before it opened.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a wonderful thing that they&#39;re doing this, but it&#39;s really very dysfunctional and I don&#39;t think that it was organized very well,&quot; Kitz said.</p><p>Kitz&nbsp;said her employees spent the morning scrambling with buckets to save spots for their customers. She said that in addition to the negative financial effect it had on businesses, the cluster of vehicles in the parking lot was also a safety hazard.</p><p>&quot;If we have an emergency, there is no way they can get back here,&quot; Kitz&nbsp;said.&nbsp;&quot;We&#39;re trapped.&quot;</p><p>The government program distributes food stamps&nbsp;to help people recovering from Hurricane Irma.&nbsp;The assistance is based on income and the cost of damage.&nbsp;</p><p>Get full <a href="https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/siteLocations.shtml" target="_blank">details here</a>.</p>

2 dead in Orlando crash involving motorcycle, FHP says
<p>Two people were killed when a motorcycle collided with an SUV at an Orlando intersection Saturday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.</p><p>The crash happened around 1:50 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Underhill Road and Pinar Drive.</p><p>Troopers said the SUV was stopped at a red light on northbound Pinar Drive as a motorcycle was heading east on Lake Underhill Road; the light was green for traffic on Lake Underhill Road.</p><p>At some point, the SUV attempted to make a left turn to head west on Lake Underhill Road. Troopers said the SUV pulled out into the direct path of the motorcycle.</p><p>The front of the motorcycle struck the left side of the SUV, troopers said.</p><p>The operator and passenger on the motorcycle were pronounced dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol&#39;s report. The SUV&#39;s driver was not injured.</p><p>Troopers said the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.</p><p>Lake Underhill Road was closed following the crash, the FHP said.</p><p>A road maintenance crew was working near the intersection, troopers said.</p>

Man accused of stealing multiple trailers in Flagler County, deputies say
<p>A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with a string of recent trailer thefts, the Flagler County Sheriff&#39;s Office said.</p><p>Deputies said surveillance video showed Kelly Campanella&#39;s truck leaving a storage facility in Palm Coast earlier in the week with a trailer that was later reported stolen.</p><p>Investigators said they&nbsp;found seven trailers on Mahogany Boulevard in Bunnell Thursday morning that had been stolen.</p><p>Five of the trailers were returned to the owners shortly after and two were expected to be returned as soon as deputies were able to contact the owners, authorities said.</p><p>Deputies said Campanella is believed to be responsible for multiple trailer thefts, but did not say how many.</p><p>Campanella was booked into the Volusia County Jail Friday evening and was later released on a $10,000 bond, deputies said.</p>


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