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CodeRed System Credited With Locating Missing 16-Year-Old With Special Needs

| March 31, 2015

Within a quarter hour of a CodeRed alert that went out to 15,214 subscribers Monday evening, a 16-year-old boy with the mental capacity of a 6 year old who’d gone missing was located in the W Section.

My Surprise Visit From FDLE

| March 31, 2015

FDLE interprets Beatles lyrics as a threat on Gov. Rick Scott, and Daniel Tilson, the columnist, gets a call investigating his intentions. He wonders if this is the way FDLE operates under Rick Swearingen, Scott’s hand-picked replacement of Gerald Bailey.

An Arrest for Child Neglect and Battery; Shots on Old Dixie; $250,000 Yacht Burns on Cimarron Drive

| March 30, 2015

A 1-year-old child left unattended was rescued from choking on a cigarette butt; a suspected backyard gun range of the sort the Legislature just refused to let local governments regulate may have been the source of a “stray” bullet that found its way into a 67-year-old man’s residence off Old Dixie Highway.

Flagler Emergency Services Broadening Dollars Available to Homeowners and Governments For Disaster Preparation

| March 30, 2015

While Flagler Emergency Services has brought in more than $1 million in grants and subsidies in the past year, division director Kevin Guthrie is concerned that not enough local government agencies are aware of the dollars available, or the need to be involved to tap into the money.

Deadliest State: Florida Roads Have Highest Bicyclist Fatality Rate in The Nation

| March 30, 2015

Florida spent decades building roads designed to move commuters from homes in sprawling suburbs as fast as possible. Conventional wisdom says these roads were built for speed, not bicycles.

Drugs, Weapons and Child Porn Lead to 3 Separate Arrests in Palm Coast and Bunnell

| March 27, 2015

The Palm Coast teen had transmitted items flagged as child porn by the social media site Whisper, then was found to have 10 short videos of explicit sexual acts between adult men and pre-pubescent girls.

Palm Coast “Watchdogs” and Attorney Ordered to Pay County $3,100 Over Frivolous Suit

| March 27, 2015

Eight weeks ago, Orfinger found in favor of Palm Coast government, ordering the same attorney–Josh Knight–and a different client–Dennis McDonald–to pay Palm Coast $15,900 as a result of a frivolous suit the city fought off.

Palm Coast Teen Critical After Motorcycle Wreck On Lakeview Blvd.

| March 27, 2015

A Palm Coast teen was critically injured in a motorcycle wreck at the intersection of Lakeview Boulevard and Laramie Drive in north Palm Coast just after noon today.

Blairsville Resident Missing Since March 16 Located Near Publix on Belle Terre

| March 27, 2015

A tipster said he recognized Vickers from his image posted on FlaglerLive. Stephen Vickers, a 50-year-old Palm Coast resident of Blairsville Drive, had been last seen at his Blairsville home on March 16.

Sheriff Names Jeff Hoffman Chief Deputy, Eliminating Undersheriff Position

| March 26, 2015

The promotion follows the recent announcement that Undersheriff Rick Staly will retire next month. The sheriff also announced the promotions of Jason Neat and Jon Welker to Sergeant.

10-Year-Old Palm Coast Girl Charged With Criminal Mischief After Starting Garage Fire

| March 26, 2015

The fire and damage at 2 Blaine Court in Palm Coast could have been far worse than it turned out, as the girl had been playing with matches next to a container of gasoline.

Two Palm Coast Residents Arrested in Bizarre Tale of Violent Assault on Pair of Contractors

| March 25, 2015

Joseph D. Patten and Russell Cade of Palm Coast are accused of violently assaulting a pair of contractors Cade had summoned for an estimate on bathroom repairs at his house. Both men have arrest records, including, in Cade’s case, a conviction for sexually abusing a child in 2000.

Two Palm Coast Servicemen On ISIS Kill List, But Sheriff’s Office Notes “No Credible Threat”

| March 25, 2015

Palm Coast, St. Augustine and “Saint John” are among the 55 cities in the United States where ISIS, or Islamic State, has placed named members of the U.S. military on an alleged “kill list” for their role in attacks on ISIS in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Pursuit of Vehicle Connected to Homicide Ends in Flagler As Car Plunges Into Wooded Ditch on I-95

| March 24, 2015

The pursued vehicle had been stolen in connection with a homicide in West Columbia, South Carolina. One occupant was in critical condition, the other was in custody.

Larrys’ Guns and Ammo in Heart Of Bunnell Is Target of a Night Burglary

| March 23, 2015

Burglars got away with at least five shotguns, gaining access to the store by way of a ceiling vent and the attic before cops responded to a store alarm.

Weekend Blotter: Palm Coast Man Accused of Assaulting Girlfriend With 4.5-Foot Sword

| March 23, 2015

Charles Meyers, a 28-year-old resident of Palm Coast, is accused of wielding the sword at his girlfriend after a night out at a bar. Also, a disturbance at the Windsor assisted living facility, and more break-ins at fitness centers’ parking lots.

Another Pot Grow House Busted in Palm Coast As Critics and Lawmakers Press Legalization

| March 20, 2015

Some 28 marijuana plants were seized at a house at 17 Rocking Lane in Palm Coast. As the Sheriff’s Office announced the seizure and arrest of the resident at the house, Ray Strack, a former federal narcotics interdiction agent, was speaking on WNZF about the inanity of the war on marijuana.

Two Teens and Adult Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash and Roll-Over on Belle Terre at Point Pleasant

| March 20, 2015

Morning rush-hour traffic snarled at Belle Terre Parkway and Point Pleasant Friday after four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of Belle Terre.

A Bottle Of Cadillac Cologne Is Mistaken For a Gun, and Cory Tanner Is Shot Dead

| March 19, 2015

An FDLE report detailing the shooting death by U.S. Marshals of Cory Tanner, 24, in Espanola last August describe his last moments as he rushed out toward marshals, inexplicably holding a bottle of Cadillac cologne in one hand. Marshals mistook it for a gun and fired five or six shots.

Yes, It’s Retroactive: Florida Supreme Court Rules All Lifers Sentenced as Juveniles Must Be Resentenced

| March 19, 2015

The justices ordered lower Florida courts to apply a 2014 law to inmates who, as juveniles, were sentenced in the past either to life in prison or to terms that would have effectively kept them behind bars until they die. Two of the inmates were convicted of murder.

Rear-End Collision at Whiteview and Belle Terre Sends 3 to Hospital

| March 19, 2015

One of the three people injured was a child. The intersection is equipped with a red-light camera, though it’s not clear in this case if it was a factor in the rear-end collision.

School Bus On Its Way to Buddy Taylor Middle Strikes Jogger on Sesame Blvd. in Palm Coast

| March 18, 2015

The school bus’ jutting side mirror is believed to have struck the jogger around 6:26 this morning. The victim was evacuated to Halifax hospital. The students on the bus were taken to school on a different bus.

Another Accidental Shooting in Palm Coast; A Stabbing in Bunnell; An Arrest For Fake ID

| March 18, 2015

The shooting took place in the Hammock after a man, fearing that a prowler he’d shooed off was going to return, was cleaning his gun, and the gun went off.

Undersheriff Rick Staly Resigns,
Fueling Speculation About 2016

| March 17, 2015

The resignation, framed as a retirement, is likely to fuel speculation that Staly–a registered Republican–may be preparing a run for the sheriff’s office in less than two years.

Firefighter John Keppler Jr. Is Flagler’s Only Line-of-Duty Death. Florida and U.S. Honor Him. Flagler Does Not.

| March 16, 2015

Even as John Keppler Jr., who died in 2002, is being honored Tuesday in Tallahassee, Flagler County refuses to recognize his line-of-duty death–a recognition Keppler has received from two state memorials and one national memorial.

Claiming He Wasn’t Driving, Man Is Arrested For DUI After Injuring Biker in a Wreck

| March 16, 2015

The wreck, which resulted in a head injury for a biker, took place outside the White Eagle Lounge, when witnesses told police Raymond Albinger, 54, jumped out of the truck he was driving and threw out a cooler from the bed of the truck into the bushes.

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule Florida’s Cavalier Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

| March 15, 2015

In 27 of the 31 death penalty states, the jury’s decision to impose life imprisonment is final and may not be disturbed by the trial judge under any circumstances. But not in Florida.

Flagler Sheriff Warns of Phone Scammers Impersonating Deputies

| March 14, 2015

The scam involves an individual posing as a sheriff’s lieutenant and claiming to victims that they have to pay up for missing a grand jury appointment.

Citing Taxes, Palm Coast Says County Owes City a Fire Truck to Help Mend Aging Fleet

| March 12, 2015

The council heard an unusual proposal from council member Jason DeLorenzo that would reopen old wounds with the county as Palm Coast looks to simultaneously replace three fire engines that have more than 30 years’ service.

Two Bikers Trauma-Evacuated After Wreck in Downtown Bunnell Shuts Down U.S. 1

| March 12, 2015

A man and a woman, neither wearing helmets, were evacuated to Halifax hospital’s trauma unit with head injuries after the single-bike wreck at U.S. 1 and East Booe Street at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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