The felon who robbed the DeBary Burger King last year was recently sentenced to more than a decade in prison.
Mathew H. Juan, 33, flashed a gun while robbing two employees at the restaurant at 305 Sunrise Blvd. before noon June 21, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
No one was hurt. The robber ran into the woods.
Minutes later, an Orange City police officer spotted his getaway vehicle – a silver Ford SUV – in the area of Saxon Boulevard and Threadgill Place in Orange City and conducted a traffic stop.
Deputies responded to the scene with two witnesses who identified Juan as the suspect. Deputies said they think he was homeless.
“Deputies also recovered cash from the wooded area near the Burger King where the SUV had been parked,” the Sheriff’s Office report said. “At the scene of the traffic stop, deputies noticed a piece greenery stuck to the back of the vehicle, as if it had been recently parked amid some brush and vegetation.”
Juan entered no-contest pleas to charges of robbery with a firearm/deadly weapon and false imprisonment.
Volusia County Circuit Judge James R. Clayton recently found him guilty and sentenced him to 12.5 years in state prison.
Clayton on Jan. 12 also declared Juan a habitual violent felon, meaning he’ll have to serve at least 10 years of his sentence.
Juan has a violent criminal past, both as a juvenile and an adult, records show.
Records show Juan served more than three years in state prison before he was released in December 2012.
He was adjudicated guilty in Volusia County in 2007 after pleading no contest to charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
Juan was accused of attacking his wife’s brother with a baseball bat in Edgewater.
He was placed on probation in the 2007 case but was charged the following year for violating his probation for allegedly attacking his wife.
A judge sentenced Juan to five years in prison with credit for 153 days in jail and five years of probation.
He entered the state prison system in March 2009 and left in December 2012.
The city’s insurance company resolved a lawsuit filed against Clint Johnson, meaning City Council members didn’t have to vote on a proposed $2,000 settlement.
Interim City Manager Ron McLemore announced the settlement Wednesday during the City Council meeting.
Additional details were not immediately available.
The agenda originally called for City Council members to vote on a $2,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by DeBary resident Colette Rowley against then mayor Johnson for an alleged verbal assault in 2015.
Rowley accused Johnson of a verbal assault and slander from an alleged confrontation June 24, 2015 at City Hall.
Rowley’s suit alleged Johnson told her to leave because she spreads lies about him on the internet.
As others watched at City Hall, the suit alleges, Johnson moved close to Rowley while telling her to go away.
The case was set for trial in February.
A majority on the City Council removed Johnson from office in August 2016, saying he violated the charter by telling staffers what to do.
Deputies uncovered a diverse hoard of illicit drugs – everything from psychedelic mushrooms to MDMA /ecstasy pills imprinted with monkey face designs – during a recent DeBary bust.
Joshua Kuzlik, 32, of DeBary was taken into custody and charged with:
making hash oil
possession of alprazolam
trafficking more than 400 grams of cocaine
armed trafficking of MDMA (10-200 grams)
possession of schedule I substances
possession of marijuana with intent to sell
possession of amphetamines
A detective got a tip on Friday that someone living in a house on
Colomba Road had a large amount of marijuana.
Two detectives knocked on the door at about 8 a.m. Friday. (Jan. 12).
“Detectives with the West Volusia Narcotics Task Force (WVNTF) performed surveillance of the residence and awaited the arrival of an occupant or for an occupant to emerge from the house,” a report said.
A man later identified as Kuzlik pulled into the driveway in a white van at about 2:25 p.m. and opened the garage door.
The detective could smell marijuana when he walked to the van to talk with Kuzlik, who was still sitting in the driver’s seat of the
van using his phone, a report from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
The officer could smell an “overwhelmingly noticeable odor of fresh/raw cannabis emitting from the garage.”
“Kuzlik was informed of the information received and he denied being in possession of any cannabis,” even after the detective said he could smell it.
Two other officers arrived and confirmed the odor. The detectives entered through the garage door to ensure no additional persons or hazards were inside.
“This was done to ensure the integrity of the residence and its contents as well as ensure the safety of law enforcement personnel at the scene while a search warrant was constructed,” the report said.
The officers found a large amount of marijuana and a “hand rolled marijuana cigar.”
After obtaining a search warrant, officers combed the property and found a variety of drugs.
It’s the only road along that route, serving existing and planned high-end subdivisions, and it links to the SunRail station at the southern end in DeBary’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) high-value growth zone.
Last spring, the City Council approved a quick-fix resurfacing plan for $183,000 for the worst sections of Fort Florida Road. The move came after sections of the road fell apart in places and a vehicle got snagged in a giant pothole.
Conditions have worsened in recent months, DeBary resident Karen Chasez said during a recent City Council meeting.
“There’s a liability to the city from these potholes, which are getting worse,” she said.
She cited construction traffic from expansions at two subdivisions – Riviera Bella and Springview – as well as Florida Power & Light’s work at the utility’s Konomac Lake – as key contributors to the problem.
Matt Boerger, growth management director, told City Council members DeBary staffers are constantly monitoring conditions on Fort Florida Road under a maintenance agreement with developer Jerome Henin.
Fort Florida Commons, owned by DeLand-based Empire Cattle Co., is proposing roughly 700 units on 278 acres south of Fort Florida Road and west of Barwick Road.
That subdivision, supported by landowner representative Steve Costa, is being called an “agrihood” because residents can grow their own vegetables in a community garden.
Fort Florida Road was paved about eight years ago using temporary asphalt meant to last roughly five to seven years.
The area is flat and the roadway lacks adequate drainage, allowing water to build up and soften the road’s base, undermining the foundation, the City Council was told last year.
The City Council took action earlier this month to fix a half-mile section of Fort Florida Road between U.S. 17-92 and Barwick Road under a unique partnership with Volusia County.
The county provides potable water, sanitary sewer and reclaimed water in DeBary.
The city and county will equally share the cost of design – $180,000 plus a $40,000 contingency – with DeBary’s share coming from its economic incentive fund, the City Council decided Jan. 3.
Construction costs are estimated at $2 million. The county would cover half of that for utilities, with a combination of city and developer funds paying for the other half, records say.
Normally, the developer picks up all of those costs. But that policy has hampered the development of this area in the past, according to city officials.
The new city and county partnership is intended to expedite development, road improvements and utility upgrades in that area.
“Word of this agreement has already attracted a quality developer to the Costa property located on Ft. Florida Road,” a city memo said.
At the Jan. 3 meeting, Costa praised city and county staffers for developing the cost-sharing agreement.
In the past, potential developers of Fort Florida Commons have been scared away by the upfront infrastructure costs.
Now, with the new agreement in place, Costa expects to worth with a new developer to move the project forward.
“I can tell you that the plans that we’re putting together are going to be phenomenal. It’s going to be something that everybody in the city of DeBary will be proud of,” Costa said. “It is putting the citizens first.”
DeBary critic Mort Culligan called the partnership a “$110,000 shakedown.”
“It benefits – to a large degree – developers,” he said.
McLemore defended the agreement, saying it would lure the kind of high-end development that would provide long-term and substantial growth of the tax base.
“You can work together to make things happen or you can just let happen what will,” McLemore said. “We’re not after growth. We’re after sustainable growth. We don’t want the low-hanging fruit…”
An Orange City woman who went missing this week was arrested for lying about being abducted, deputies say.
Erin Boyd, 31, is accused of two charges related to falsely reporting a crime, according to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
Her boyfriend reported her missing Sunday. She was found safe and alone at the Chimney Corner Motel in DeLand, according to Andrew Gant, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
“Initially, Boyd was evasive on the circumstances around her disappearance,” Gant said in a statement.
She pretended to she was being held hostage, even calling 911 while deputies were on the scene, Gant said.
While deputies were on scene at the motel, she called 911 from her room asking for deputies to let her out, as if she was being held against her will.
“She then attempted to report to a deputy on scene that she was intimidated into leaving home and coming to the motel, and that she had been deprived of her phone,” Gant added.
A deputy later found her phone in the motel-room toilet.
“Boyd alleged again Friday that she was imprisoned against her will, and her claim was disproved,” Gant said. “She is being charged with two misdemeanors: making a false report to law enforcement and making a false official statement.”
The water district will explain the cost-sharing program at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 at its headquarters in Palatka.
You can link to the meeting remotely via Bhttps://global.gotomeeting.com/join/403433773.
“State funds will cover 50 percent and the district will contribute 25 percent toward a program to replace septic tanks with more efficient systems for the removal of nitrates,” the district said in a news release. “With up to $1.5 million in funding available, this program is targeted for areas where extending sewer lines may not be feasible.”
Project Manager Carol Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-329-4816.
Project Management Bureau Chief Dale Jenkins at email@example.com or 386-312-2304.