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DeBary’s 2017 top stories: Irma, crime and medical marijuana

Crime, business and city government issues topped DeBary Life’s most popular stories in 2017.

Hurricane Irma

  • Hurricane Irma‘s impact, causing downed power lines and snapping tons of branches in September, also was a top issue for readers of the 4-year-old local news blog. The city’s rapid-response cleanup may end up costing local taxpayers $1 million, though city administrators pledged to get as much money from FEMA as possible.

Business, traffic

Hawthorne Landing makes big news

  • One of the biggest city-government stories this year was the September approval of a 289-unit apartment complex — the first project for DeBary’s transit-oriented development district. Construction on  could begin in spring 2018 with completion set for summer 2019,  said David McDaniel, president of Integra Land Development.  The project,  also called Integra 289 Exchange, is planned on 16 acres southeast of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Dirksen Drive on land commonly known as the Costa property.

Big crime stories

  • The fatal stabbing of Lisa Bresie in her Lantana Drive home and the November arrest of her former boyfriend, Anton Sanders, of Sanford.
  • Christopher Langer


    Also in November, readers on stories about Christopher Langer, who is accused of keeping bomb-making materials and bottles of urine in his parents’ home in Saxon Woods.

  • The arrest of DeBary resident Clay Curtsinger in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s ex in Orange County also was a top story.

More big city news

The approval of an ordinance in December allowing medical marijuana dispensaries under certain conditions in DeBary rounded out DeBary Life’s top 10 list.

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Daraja Adero Tinsley: DeBary suspect has criminal past

Daraja Adero Tinsley, a suspected Ormond Beach cell-phone store robber caught in DeBary last week after a chase, has been accused of similar crimes in the past, records show.

Tinsley was charged in 2015, along with 15 others, in a high-profile crackdown of two Orlando street gangs targeting cell-phone stores.

The gangs, One-Way Boyz and Young Cutthroats, stole phones and other devices tethered to displays, according to Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

The suspects involved in the AT&T robbery at  Slayton Wireless at 374 W. Granada Boulevard on Aug. 29 allegedly pushed a clerk and ripped phones off a display.


Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood spotted their getaway car and law enforcers chased it until it crashed in DeBary.

Tinsley ran but was eventually taken down by a K-9 unit. The other two suspects — Wendell Harp, 18, and Sheldric J. Slater, 19 — gave up. No previous criminal charges in Florida could be found Saturday for Harp and  Slater.

Tinsley, however, was on community supervision for the 2015 case when he was arrested in DeBary.

Records in Orange County show an arrest affidavit for violation of probation was filed for Tinsley in that case.

Tinsley was charged with one count of racketeering and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering on Nov.  4, 2015. At the time, Bondi’s office said Tinsley and each of the other co-defendants faced as much as 60 years in prison.

Tinsley pleaded no contest on May 12, 2016 and was found guilty of both charges.  He was sentenced to four years of community supervision, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Records show he was previously sentenced to two years of community supervision for crimes in Polk County including burglary and trespassing.

He was sentenced in July 2014 to two years of community supervision for a grand theft charge in Orange County, records show.

In his most recent case, Tinsley is charged with fleeing, resisting an officer without violence, grand theft, robbery and grand theft valued at $300 or more but less than $5,000.

Harp is charged with grand theft valued at $300 or more but less than $5,000 and robbery.

Slater is charged with grand theft valued at $300 or more but less than $5,000, robbery and giving a false name to law enforcement.


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DeBary car-burglary suspects took Facebook selfie, records say


After a rash of car burglaries in DeBary, a band of suspects posed for pictures with two stolen pickups, records allege. Then one suspect uploaded the image to his Facebook account, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

But that wasn’t the only clue that led investigators to suspect LeRoy Pendelton.

Fingerprints Pendelton left behind on burglarized cars in DeBary and a stolen truck linked him to the crimes, deputies say.

Investigators even found Pendelton’s prints on a container of Nabisco Mini Chips Ahoy Go Packs. The container was found in the center console of a Chevrolet Silverado stolen in DeBary,  records show.

Pendelton, 20, and other suspects, all from the Sanford area, are suspected in a rash of car burglaries in DeBary Golf and Country Club and the Glen Abbey community early April 21.

At least one handgun was stolen from a vehicle during the crime spree.

Records show Pendelton was cooperative when he was interviewed by a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office investigator at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, the jail in Seminole County.

He said at least three other suspects were involved.

“When asked how many vehicle burglaries Pendleton thought he did himself, he stated, “too many.”

He also said he broke into cars because he was hungry and needed money for food.

On April 20, Pendleton and another man broke into multiple vehicles in the Tuscany at Lake Mary subdivision and stole a Ford Explorer, records allege.

Then they drove to DeBary in the stolen vehicle to burglarize cars and steal the Chevrolet Silverado, records allege.

Pendleton said three others were involved – two men he named and a third only identified as a “tag-a-long.” Arrest records could not be found Friday.

A different suspect, the man who allegedly stole a pickup in Lake Mary with Pendleton, has been linked to the theft of DeBary City Council member Stephen Bacon’s Chevrolet Corvette from the gated River Oaks subdivision.

Details of that case were not immediately available Friday.

Bacon’s convertible was stolen April 20 and recovered roughly two hours later behind an abandoned house in Sanford.

Pendleton is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on a $140,000 bond. He has been charged with burglary while armed with a firearm, three charges of burglary of a conveyance and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

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