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Deputies Searching For Man Who “Possibly Assaulted” 8th Grader Walking Home from Indian Trails

| January 29, 2015

The subject is described as a white male, 30-40 years of age, large build with brown hair (possibly balding) and brown eyes.

What’s the Definition of Sexual Intercourse? Florida Supreme Court Justices Will Decide.

| January 29, 2015

The question stems from charges filed in 2011 against Gary Debaun under a law that requires HIV-infected people to inform potential sexual partners about the disease before having sexual intercourse. Debaun was accused of not providing the information to a male sexual partner.

Sheriff Manfre Will Ask For 5% Pay Raise For Ranks, First Substantial Increase in 6 Years

| January 29, 2015

Flagler Sheriff’s deputies finally got a 1 percent raise promised them since October but embargoed for disputed reasons as Sheriff Jim Manfre on Thursday said he’d move forward with a request for the first substantial raises in six years come budget season.

Ex-Felon Arrested in Palm Coast’s P-Section For Owning Assault Rifle and Selling Pot

| January 29, 2015

Anthony DiBella, 55, of 23 Pilgrim Drive in Palm Coast, was arrested this morning for selling marijuana out of his garage and owning an assault rifle despite a felony conviction for robbery in 1980.

Previously Accused of Bigamy, Palm Coast Man Is Arrested on Child Porn Possession Charges

| January 29, 2015

Paul Wayne Stout, a 47-year-old resident of Patchogue Place in Palm Coast, was arrested Wednesday after an FDLE investigation dating back to last summer.

Experts Were Wrong on Oil Prices. They’re Just As Wrong to Deride Solar Energy’s Viability.

| January 28, 2015

Researchers mistakenly said that solar and wind power wouldn’t be competitive with dirty-energy options by now, just as predictions of peak oil or high oil prices proved wrong, writes Emily Schwartz.

Hearing to Decide Fate of Salamander’s 198-Room Hotel in the Hammock Set for Monday

| January 28, 2015

But the county administration has asked for a delay in a hearing, originally scheduled for the same day, on a proposed short-term ordinance that has also divided the Hammock community.

Without Evidence, Bondi Blames Governor’s Staff For FDLE Chief’s Firing as Scott Calls Bailey a Liar

| January 28, 2015

Bondi acknowledged she had no proof to back her opinion and had not discussed the matter with Scott on a controversy that has inundated the governor’s administration as Scott begins his second term.

For Flagler and Palm Coast Officials, Mandatory Ethics Class Puts Primer on Common Sense

| January 28, 2015

The session produced discussion, questions and derision that revealed the gulf between what the law requires and what officials tend to know, with lacking agreement on what even common sense might mean.

State Ethics Panel Ratifies $2,500 Fine on Flagler Commissioner Revels Over 2 Violations

| January 28, 2015

The Florida Commission on Ethics Friday unanimously approved a $2,500 fine on Flagler County Commissioner Barbara Revels over two violations of the state ethics law, stemming from Revels’s role in the county’s purchase of the old Memorial hospital in Bunnell.

More States Lean Toward Medicaid Expansion, But Florida Remains a Holdout

| January 28, 2015

The biggest nonexpansion states are Florida and Texas, where expansion would add a total of 2.6 million uninsured residents to the Medicaid rolls. But both the Florida and Texas legislatures are dominated by Republicans, and expansion remains a long shot.

For Black Students in Flagler Schools, Some Progress But “Systemic Bias” and Startling Disparities Persist

| January 27, 2015

Amir Whittaker, a staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, presented a report card on the school district’s treatment of black students, acknowledging some progress but pointing out enduring racism, especially in suspensions.

GOP Primary: Paul Renner Wins For House, Travis Hutson Wins For Senate

| January 27, 2015

Paul Renner beat REonald Sanchez and Danielle Anderson in the House race, Hutson beat Ronald Doc Renuart and Dennis McDonald in the Senate race.

Flagler’s 911 System Goes Dark For 24 Minutes Tuesday as Back-Up Also Fails, Missing 10 Calls

| January 27, 2015

Flagler County’s 911 system failed at 11:30 Tuesday morning and the back-up didn’t kick-in as technicians were working on a major upgrade of the system at the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

FPL Reports 2014 Profits of $1.52 Billion as It Announces Solar Power Expansion

| January 27, 2015

FPL, which provides electricity to most residences and businesses in Palm Coast and Flagler County, reported net income, or profits, last year of $1.52 billion, or $3.45 a share, up from $1.35 billion, or $3.16 a share, in 2013.

An Election For Republicans Only That Will Likely Decide Flagler’s House and Senate Seats

| January 27, 2015

The election is nevertheless likely to decide Flagler’s representation in both chambers of the Legislature, as the winners are facing relatively weak candidates in the April 7 general election.

Florida Republican Files Bill to Extend Medical Pot Access to AIDS, Cancer and Other Ills

| January 26, 2015

The proposal (SB 528), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, includes a detailed regulatory structure that would place requirements on patients, doctors, growers and retail stores. Patients could only get “medical-grade” marijuana if their physicians sign off on the need.

70-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Critical After His Car Overturns Into Ditch on Belle Terre

| January 26, 2015

Victor Jesus Ortiz, 70, of Palm Coast, was in critical condition Monday evening after he lost control of his car, swerved, and overturned in shallow ditch on Belle Terre Parkway, just south of the Palm Coast Fire Department’s Station 25.

Edmon Welch Found Guilty of Home Invasion and Battery on 88 Year Old, Faces Life in Prison

| January 26, 2015

A jury on Friday found Edmon N. Welch guilty of the home invasion and battery on Ray Mercer in August 2013. An accomplice Jody Medders, is already serving five years in prison.

For Palm Coast, Florida Park Drive’s Heavy Traffic Is an Old Bane Without Ready Solutions

| January 26, 2015

Residents along Florida Park Drive have complained year after year about the heavy traffic, the noise and the pollution, but Palm Coast officials say there’s little they can do legally to alleviate an old ITT mistake.

Heroin Overdoses Spike After Florida
Cracks Down on Prescription Pill Abuse

| January 26, 2015

Five years ago, Florida was the prescription drug capital of the U.S. Seven people died every day from overdoses. The state cracked down, but this year, heroin overdose deaths are expected to be double those number four years before.

No Surprise: Florida’s Economic Development Agency Wants Tax Subsidies for Daytona Speedway, Jaguars and 2 Other Sports Venues

| January 25, 2015

Daytona International Speedway is seeking $3 million a year for 30 years to subsidize its operations, the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars have asked for $1 million a year for three decades.

FBI Agents Interview 2 Palm Coast Employees In Inquiry Over Tony Capela Issues

| January 23, 2015

Palm Coast officials downplayed a 90-minute interview by two FBI agents of a public works division manager Wednesday and a briefer interview with the public works director, saying it’s related to settled matters in connection with ex-streets superintendent Tony Capela.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to 7.6%, Lowest Since April 2008, as State and Nation Improve

| January 23, 2015

Flagler County’s better numbers in December are clouded by the fact that they are not do to healthier job creation, but rather to a decreasing in the county’s labor force.

Second Armed Robbery in 2 Days Hits Palm Coast Store, This Time at 7-11 Near Starbucks

| January 23, 2015

Thursday evening’s robbery took place at the Mobil station and 7-11 convenience store on Palm Coast Parkway, near Starbucks and Old Kings Road. No one was hurt. The robber escaped with about $94 in cash.

Flagler Youth Orchestra Returns to United Methodist Church’s Concert Series Saturday

| January 23, 2015

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s 30-piece Harmony ensemble return for their annual performance in the Palm Coast United Methodist Church’s Concert Series Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m.

Isolating Scott, Florida Cabinet May Seek Investigation of FDLE Chief’s Abrupt Exit

| January 23, 2015

Longtime Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey left his job abruptly in December. The departure touched off a controversy this month after Bailey disclosed that he was forced out of the job and made potentially damaging allegations about the actions of Scott and the governor’s aides.

Publix at Palm Coast’s Town Center Is Target of an Armed Robbery Wednesday Evening

| January 22, 2015

The Publix store at Palm Coast’s Town Center was robbed late Wednesday evening by a man claiming to be dying of AIDS and feared to be armed. No one was injured, but the robber got away and has not been located.

Teen Who Twice Fled Home Returns; Stepfather Opts to Drop Charge Against Him

| January 22, 2015

Dawson Blaine King, a 15-year-old resident of 47 Westmount Lane in Palm Coast who’d gone missing on Jan. 15, was brought home only to get into a fight with his parents and run away again late Tuesday night.

Last of Seven Bridges on County Road 305 Is Completed and Re-Opens to Traffic

| January 22, 2015

Construction began on the bridge June 23, 2014. The total cost of construction is approximately $2.5 million paid for by a State Department of Transportation grant.

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