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Florida Continues to Suppress Lethal-Injection Records in Face of Challenge by Death Row Inmates

| August 24, 2016

Lawyers for seven Death Row inmates and the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona in June filed a subpoena seeking years of records related to Florida’s triple-drug lethal injection protocol, including the types of drugs purchased, the strengths and amounts of the drugs, the expiration dates of the drugs and the names of suppliers.

State Ethics Commission Will Hear Flagler’s Claim to Recoup Fees From Serial Complainers

| August 24, 2016

It’s an unusual case: county government is seeking to recoup money spent to defend against the ethics cases filed against county commissioners and the county attorney by Kim Weeks, Mark Richter Jr. and Dennis McDonald.

“A Very Good Save”: Firefighters Beat Back Wildfire Within Inches of a House in Seminole Woods

| August 24, 2016

The fire had burned into the eaves of the house at 7 Sellner Place when firefighters arrived, positioned themselves between it and the house, and beat it back this afternoon. The fire burned the entire neighboring, empty lot.

Flagler Beach Commission Considers Biggest Tax Hike Since Recession, and New Fire Costs

| August 24, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission is considering a budget that would significantly raise taxes while restoring such positions as the fire and police chief, positions eliminated three years ago.

From Charlie Brown to Signs of Intelligent Life, City Rep Launches Next to Normal 6th Season

| August 24, 2016

Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theater is opening its sixth season with its usual mixture of daring, squirm-inducing and mainstream fare, with such uncommon works as “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” the musical “John and Jen,” Jean Anouilh’s “The Waltz of the Toreadors” and the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Wednesday Briefing: More Early Voting, Hosseini’s ICI Homes Lands in Town Center, Cops Like SUVs, Messing With Muslims

| August 24, 2016

An arresting statement by Judge Foxman at a sentencing, keep voting, ICI homes places parcels under contract in Town Center, Black Lives Matter still, how New York cops regularly violate rules in investigations of Muslim groups.

Devil’s Gambit: Sacrificing All Else to Ensure Trump Picks for the Supreme Court

| August 23, 2016

To some Republicans, keeping Hillary Clinton from appointing new justices is worth letting everything else go to hell. The government, the country, maybe the world and certainly the court.

Publix Campaign Politics

| August 23, 2016

Publix contributed at least $306,000 from Aug. 1 to Aug. 12, the latest information posted on the state Division of Elections website. Of that amount, $250,000 went to Florida Chamber of Commerce political committees.

Zaire Roberts, 17, Gets 7 Years in Prison in Shooting of Phillip Haire in Palm Coast Last Summer

| August 23, 2016

Zaire Roberts was 16 and Phillip Haire 18 when they got in a fistfight on an L-Section street in Palm Coast and Roberts shot Haire twice in July 2015. Haire today pleaded for mercy on behalf of Roberts.

“Opt Out” Movement in the Balance as Judge Weighs Whether Tests Can Decide 3rd Grade Promotion

| August 23, 2016

The parents of the students involved in the case told their children to “minimally participate” in the Florida Standards Assessment for third grade by filling in their names, breaking the seals on the tests and then refusing to answer any questions.

For Bunnell’s Tucker, Sharp Loss on Firehouse Consolidation Signals Return to Minority

| August 23, 2016

Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker’s proposal to fold the Bunnell Fire Department into the county and shift savings to the city’s police department was rebuked Monday, and Tucker’s role on the commission appears to return to where it had been years ago: as a dissenter.

Tuesday Briefing: Youth Orchestra Recruiting, Zaire Roberts Sentencing, Solar’s Amendment 4, Shield Laws

| August 23, 2016

The Flagler Youth Orchestra recruits at Wadsworth and Belle Terre Elementaries with its quartet, Zaire Roberts is sentenced for the shooting of Phillip Haire in 2015, a primer on shield laws for journalists.

Three Arrested in Palm Coast Are Tied to String of 11 B-Section Car Burglaries

| August 22, 2016

Palm Coast has been the target of several burglary sprees. In this case, the alleged burglars are believed to have committed their spree in their own neighborhood.

Despite $1.65 Billion Profit in 2015, FPL Seeks 23% Rate Increase Over Next Three Years

| August 22, 2016

The proposal would increase the monthly base rate for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from $57 to about $70 by 2020. The Public Service Commission would have to approve.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| August 22, 2016

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Al Jones, Former County Commissioner
and Breakfast Club Impresario, Dies at 87

| August 22, 2016

Al Jones was one of the most influential non-elected politicians and GOP officials in Flagler County for 25 years as his monthly breakfast became the essential stopping point for most of those hoping to be—or to remain—politicians.

Richard Gordon Dies By Gunshot in Palm Coast’s L Section, 4th Apparent Suicide in 11 Days, 3rd By Firearm

| August 22, 2016

The numbers are startling for Flagler County, which has averaged a total of 15 suicides per year over the past 10 years. The latest suicide took place just after 8 a.m. at 56 Londonderry Drive in Palm Coast.

Monday Briefing: Future of Bunnell’s Fire Department, Stamps and Coins, Bad Bail, Good Burkinis, Mozart’s 27th

| August 22, 2016

Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker tries again to convince his colleagues to let Flagler County absorb the Bunnell Volunteer Fire Department, the burkini is making waves, FPL tries for another rate hike.

Fresh From DNC Controversy, Florida’s Wasserman Schultz Faces Rare Primary Battle

| August 21, 2016

In heavily Democratic Broward, Tim Canova has the backing of Bernie Sanders, Wasserman Schultz is supported by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

John Timoney, 1948-2016
A Good Cop

| August 21, 2016

John Timoney, who served as the top cop in Philadelphia and Miami, where he radically reduced police shootings, was a good cop. No small thing in America, in 2016.

Un-American Activities

| August 20, 2016

Before Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” there was Extreme Vetter Pat McCarran, the Nevada Senator whose name graces some of America’s most xeonopbic, repressive and largely unconstitutional laws. Trump is channeling him.

A Misuse of Copyrighted Material in the Sheriff’s Campaign

| August 20, 2016

A mailer from the Rick Staly campaign used a portrait of John Lamb from Lamb’s Live Interview, without permission. Staly and Lamb are among the six Republican candidates running for sheriff.

Long-Time Jeweler Robert Zetrouer Sentenced to 25 Years for Raping Child He Blamed

| August 19, 2016

Palm Coast Jeweler Robert Zetrouer, 65, blamed the 13-year-old girl he raped and claimed he assaulted her only to prepare her for boys: that evidence was revealed today just before he was sentenced to what amounts to a life sentence in prison.

Attorneys For Kimberle Weeks Will Seek to Dismiss All Felony Charges in Latest Maneuver

| August 19, 2016

In the latest pre-trial in the case of Kimberle Weeks, who faces nine felony counts over allegedly secret recordings, her lawyer said he’d be seeking a dismissal of all charges, but that motion won’t be heard until the end of November.

Weekend Briefing: Shock of Syria Again, Kim Weeks in Court, Surfers for Autism, Lochte’s Lie, Trump’s Health

| August 19, 2016

Ex-elections supervisor Kim Weeks is in court for a pre-trial again, Robert Zetrouer, accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, is expected to be sentenced, the 7th annual Surfing for Autism day is Saturday, reading between the lines of Trump’s health.

Citizens Insurance May See 6.8% Rate Hike as Water-Damage Claims Spike

| August 18, 2016

In Flagler County, 2 percent of all insured properties were insured by Citizens, or $265.7 million worth of property. That’s less than the 5 percent of properties insured statewide by Citizens.

Hikers, Campers, and the Limits of Leave No Trace

| August 18, 2016

Leave No Trace seems to extend only to the easily visible: trash, toilet paper, bodily functions, and so forth. Anything you can’t see with the naked eye — like sweat, detergent, sunblock, mosquito repellent, pesticides, and other chemicals — seems to get a pass.

Palm Coast Man Accused of Abusing 8-Year-Old After Taunting He’d Feed Him to Alligators

| August 18, 2016

Dereck Alan Dunn, a 28-year-old resident of Kings Colony Court in Palm Coast, is facing a felony child abuse charge after local school officials found evidence of physical abuse on an 8-year-old boy’s face, arms, legs and behind.

Judge Allows European Village Shooter Daniel Noble to Seek Help in Indiana Pending Trial

| August 18, 2016

Daniel Noble, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, brandished an assault weapon and fired two shots at European Village before being wrestled to the ground in 2014. He’s been in treatment since, awaiting trial on assault charges.

Thomas Dougherty, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 18, 2016

Thomas Dougherty is the only NPA candidate for Flagler County Sheriff in the Nov. 8th general elections. He’ll face the winners the the Republican and Democratic primaries, but his self-funded run is limited.

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