Police advise Ormond resident against setting fires in his yard

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Nov. 28

Ants on fire

1:31 a.m. — First block of Ridgewood Avenue, Ormond Beach

Fire. A police officer responded to a call for backup after a fire was reported in a neighborhood. When the officer arrived, she saw that the brush fire had been partially extinguished, and a fellow officer was holding a fire extinguisher, according to a police report. 

An Ormond Beach resident whose property was impacted by the fire was speaking to other law enforcement officers on the scene and said that her neighbor often burns things in his yard.

Police spoke with the neighbor, a 69-year-old man, who said he had set fire to some wood because it had ants, but that he had put it out before going to bed at around 10 p.m. The man told police he always sets fires in his yard to get rid of "unwanted brush," the report states. 

Police told the man that it was against city ordinances to set fires in his yard and that the city's neighborhood improvement would be notified. "Oh, they are going to have a field day," the man told the reporting officer.

An email was filed the following day. 

Nov. 29

He bit what?

3:19 p.m. — 100 block of Wilmette Avenue, Ormond Beach

Animal bite. A 65-year-old Ormond Beach man notified the health department that a dog chewed off part of his right toe while he was sleeping.

The man, who has a medical condition that causes numbness in his feet, reported that he couldn't feel the bite until he woke up, according to a police incident report. 

Police made multiple attempts to speak with the man — including phone calls, voicemails, and visits to his home, where they left written messages — but aside from one voicemail received, they were unable to contact him.


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