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After Victim Testifies of Being Raped, James McDevitt Is Sentenced To 40 Years in Prison

| May 29, 2015

James McDevitt, the 23-year-old man who pleaded guilty to raping a woman in Flagler Beach in June 2013, was sentenced today to 40 years in prison Friday. He will be on probation for 20years, and will be branded a sexual predator for the rest of his life.

Sheriff’s Office Puts Up Reward in Search for George Contos, 58, Who Disappeared in Suspicious Circumstances May 9

| May 29, 2015

George Contos, a 58-year-old Bunnell resident and a diabetic with a prosthetic leg, went missing on May 9. His car has been recovered. The disappearance is now considered suspicious, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Weekend Briefing: Growing Energy at Belle Terre, McDevitt Rape Sentencing, Spying in Orange County Schools

| May 29, 2015

Teacher of the Year Ed Wolff showcases the Growing Energy garden at Belle Terre Elementary, Orange County public schools begin tracking students’ social media wholesale, James McDevitt is sentenced in court Friday morning for a 2013 rape.

With Florida Overdue for a Hit, Hurricane Season Begins on a Tide of Pessimism

| May 28, 2015

NOAA predicts a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with between six to 11 tropical storms, but Florida’s insurance officials say the state’s nine straight hurricane-free seasons can;t last much longer.

What Florida’s Republicans Can Teach Its Diminishing Democrats

| May 28, 2015

The GOP’s brilliance lay in its rebooted website’s recognition that most voters are sick and tired of political parties, platforms, issues and agendas. So instead, it focuses on action, action, action, argues Daniel Tilson.

Behind Friday’s McDevitt Sentencing For Rape, the 911 Call That Told a Harrowing Story

| May 28, 2015

Published here for the first time, the 9-minute 911 call from Rob Tier described what Tier, a Flagler Beach pastor, at one point termed a rape as the dispatcher repeatedly kept him from intervening. Tier’s house is across the street from the scene of the rape.

Palm Coast Wants Protection From Extortionist Lawsuits Over Public Record Requests

| May 28, 2015

Palm Coast and the Florida League of Cities are seeking a change in law that would protect local governments from opportunistic groups more individuals who sue governments and companies over public record violations.

Fight at Matanzas High School Sends a 15-Year-Old Student to the Hospital

| May 28, 2015

Charges are pending against a 14-year-old Matanzas High School student after he allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old boy who was making fun of him and his family.

Thursday Briefing: FPC Graduates, FCC Wants Broadband for the Poor, FAO Schwartz Closes

| May 28, 2015

FPC’s graduation is at the Ocean Center tonight at 7 p.m., NOAA predicts six to 11 named storms this hurricane season, and how the GOP is miscalculating in Florida.

In Split Decision, Sheriff’s Sergeant Fired 2 Years Ago Ordered Reinstated, With 9 Months’ Back Pay

| May 27, 2015

Sheriff Manfre fired Sgt. Chris Ragazzo 2 years ago for accessing police databases for personal business. An arbitrator today ruled the firing was disproportionate to the offense and did not follow due process.

Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

| May 27, 2015

Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore, with the prevention of disastrous climate change tied to immediate health benefits and health cost savings from the reduction of air pollution.

Proposals: Scrap Hospital Regulatory Process, Give Some Nurses More Power to Prescribe Drugs

| May 27, 2015

House Republicans filed six bills Wednesday that delve into hot-button issues such as getting rid of a regulatory process for new or expanded hospitals and allowing advanced-registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances.

Island Grille Restaurant Opens in Flagler Beach, Resurrecting Blue in Silver Mist

| May 27, 2015

The Island Grille opened May 27 where Blue Restaurant used to be, with chef Gary Maresca back in the kitchen and a team of four co-owners promising gastronomy and success.

Ratty Old Kings Road Will Be Resurfaced South of Palm Coast Parkway, Among Other Streets

| May 27, 2015

The resurfacing of Old Kings Road means that a projected list of three dozen Palm Coast streets was scaled back to two dozen, to keep within the year’s $1.2 million paving budget.

Wednesday Briefing: Salvo’s JJ and Petra Call It a Match, Construction Updates, Nebraska Kills Death

| May 27, 2015

Salvo Art’s JJ Graham capped a show opening with a wedding proposal, Flagler schools’ mentor program marks 10 years, the Nebraska Legislature may override a veto and end the death penalty.

Senate Leaders Propose Compromise in Budget Impasse, Gov. Scott and House Reject It

| May 26, 2015

Scott and House Republicans have repeatedly said they have no interest in using Medicaid expansion funds from Obamacare to close a $2.2 billion budget gap and insure more Floridians.

Palm Coast Man Faces Charges of “Branding” 11-Year-Old Boy With Burning Metal Object

| May 26, 2015

Charles Swindell, 45, who faces child abuse and assault charges, had been on probation for threatening to burn his mother’s house–and her. His father had previously perished in a house fire.

Palm Coast Council Members Cautiously Discuss Their Low Salaries, But No Raise Yet

| May 26, 2015

Palm Coast council members earn the same as Bunnell commission members: $9,600 a year, even though Palm Coast has 30 times the population of Bunnell.

15 Years After Palm Coast Double Murder, David Snelgrove Is Back in Court, Contesting Death Sentence

| May 26, 2015

Snelgrove has twice been sentenced to death for for the murders of Glyn Fowler, 84, and his wife, Vivian, 79, in their Bannbury Lane home in Palm Coast in June 2000. He’s arguing ineffective representation.

Tuesday Briefing: Murderer David Snelgrove Back in Flagler, De Niro’s Warning to Graduating Actors, Paving Old Kings

| May 26, 2015

Murderer David Snelgrove, sentenced in the double-murder in Flagler in 2000 of two elderly people, is back in court before Judge Walsh today. Rober De Niro tells it like it is to graduating actors.

The Fundamentalists Next Door

| May 24, 2015

It is up to the citizens of Flagler County–no matter your political persuasion or your party affiliation, your social views and religious beliefs–not to allow the voices of ignorance and intolerance decide what information you are permitted to consume.

Assisted Suicide In Your Back Yard: More Prevalent Than You Think

| May 23, 2015

People don’t talk about it, but assisted suicide happens in states where it’s not legal. Just over 3 percent of U.S. doctors said they have written a prescription for life-ending medication, and almost 5 percent reported giving a patient a lethal injection.

Kimberle Weeks Secret Recordings Tapped Into Her Personal Life, Including a Funeral Director

| May 22, 2015

FDLE investigation details revealed today show Weeks, the former Flagler elections supervisor, obsessively recording officials, at least one reporter, and others in her personal life, and editing the results.

R.J. Larizza Says No Charges Against Sheriff’s Deputy in Second Fatal Shooting in 2 Years

| May 22, 2015

State Attorney R.J. Larizza said today no charges will be filed against Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy Joel Hernandez, who shot and killed a man who was allegedly reaching for a gun while sitting in his car at a towing yard in Daytona Beach in September 2014.

Flagler Unemployment, Down to 6.1%, Continues Sharp Recovery Over Last 12 Months

| May 22, 2015

There were in fact 87 fewer Flagler residents with jobs in April than in March, though the number of Flagler residents on the unemployment rolls also declined, by 219, to 2,616.

Weekend Briefing: Memorial Day Commemorations, Losing Iraq, Gay Eire, Keurig Horrors, Teens Fly

| May 22, 2015

Memorial Day commemorations in Palm Coast, Flagler and Flagler Beach on Monday, Ireland votes on gay marriage, ISIS clobbers Ramadi, Milan Kundera raises questions.

Feds’ $1 Billion Pledge Cuts Florida Health Deficit in Half, Easing Legislative Standoff

| May 21, 2015

If Florida has to instead offset the remaining $1.2 billion deficit for low-income healthcare with tax revenues, that could eat into funding for other priorities, like public education and tax cuts.

Milissa Holland, Now a Republican, Files to Run for Palm Coast Mayor to Succeed Netts

| May 21, 2015

Milissa Holland, the two-time Flagler County Commissioner who narrowly lost a bid for the state House in 2012, filed today to run for Palm Coast mayor in 2016.

In LL-Section Fire, Puppy Rescue Gets All the Attention as a Father of 6 Struggles in ICU

| May 21, 2015

Tuesday’s fire in the LL-Section left a 37-year-old father of 6 in the ICU since and split his children to relatives’ homes, but all the attention–and an award–has gone to firefighters’ rescue of two puppies and four older dogs.

Reagan Republican Richter Sends Sexually Offensive Email to Local Media, and Warning to FlaglerLive

| May 21, 2015

Mark Richter, a member of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies of Flagler County, narrowly lost in the Republican primary for Flagler County Commission in 2014.

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