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Not Wanting Jail Again, Palm Coast Ex-Con
Is Arrested Twice in 2 Days on 9 Charges

| December 22, 2014

Ryan Giovine had been to jail twice already this year, on a drug charge and a probation violation charge. He didn’t want to go back a third time this weekend. Instead, he ended up being jailed twice on a total of nine charges, including domestic violence battery, assault, burglary and probation violation.

Four Palm Coast Employees Pull Off Poetic Doe Rescue Trapped in Grand Haven Pond

| December 19, 2014

In Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon’s words (happy-face emoticon not included), “Santa will have all his reindeer this year,” thanks to four city employees who saved a doe from drowning in a coldish pond at Grand Haven Wednesday morning.

As Compliance Replaces Controversy, Sheriff Cautions of 2 DUI Checkpoints in Palm Coast

| December 18, 2014

The checkpoints, which must follow strict guidelines, will be located at Palm Coast Pkwy NW and Frontage Road as well as State Road 100, East of Old Kings Road.

Firing a “Sponge Grenade,” Flagler Deputies Defuse a Would-Be Suicide-By-Gun After Hours of Negotiations

| December 17, 2014

Flagler deputies after hours of negotiations near the Palm Harbor overpass in Palm Coast Wednesday morning stopped a man from killing himself with a .38 by firing so-called “less-lethal” munition.

Shirley Nethery, 77, Dies After Mistakenly Driving Her Car Down a Hammock Boat Ramp

| December 17, 2014

Shirley Nethery, a 77-year-old resident and former president of Surfside Estates in Beverley Beach, died Tuesday evening after driving her car down a boat ramp and into the the Intracoastal Waterway.

Ethics Commission Rejects Settlement With Sheriff Manfre, Reopening Case on All Charges

| December 16, 2014

Manfre’s practices and claims of innocence until cautioned otherwise came under withering criticism by several members of the commission, who voted 7-2 to further investigate all charges originally brought against him.

Weekend Domestic Violence: A Woman’s Teeth Knocked Out; Baseball Bat vs. Lexus

| December 15, 2014

Michael J. Ditaranto and Ralph Moreno, both Palm Coast residents, were jailed following separate incidents that resulted in one woman being hospitalized and a car being smashed up.

Woman’s Report of Armed Robbery Leads to SWAT’s Raid of 2 Homes Before Suspect Is Caught Elsewhere

| December 13, 2014

The alleged armed robbery of 23-year-old Nicole Rizzo on Bunnell’s South Chapel Street in early evening Friday led to the arrest of Charles Lenard “CJ” Phillips.

Yes, We’re Cops. And We’re Human Beings. But We Won’t Be Your Victims.

| December 12, 2014

In an impassioned response to acute criticism leveled at police after events in Ferguson and Staten Island, Jonathan Dopp, a sheriff’s deputy in Flagler County, presents law enforcement’s unapologetic perspective.

Ferguson Events and FSU Shooting Trigger Florida’s Third-Busiest Gun Shopping Day Ever

| December 11, 2014

The Nov. 28 purchases trailed only the sales for two days in December 2012, which came after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Cash, Crack, Pot and Pills: Drug Sweep in Palm Coast and Bunnell Yields 16 Arrests

| December 10, 2014

Most of the arrests were the result of under-cover drug buys conducted in November, leading to search and arrest warrants that SWAT teams and other cops served today. There were no arrests in Flagler Beach.

In Mass-Casualty Simulation, Flagler First Responders and Hospital Test Capabilities

| December 10, 2014

The simulation entailed a plane crash at the county airport and more than two dozen injuries as fuel and debris struck Hijackers’ Restaurant. The exercise unfolded in front of Florida Hospital Flagler’s Emergency Room.

4 Years In, Judge Dennis Craig Is Reassigned To Volusia and Replaced By Michael Orfinger

| December 10, 2014

Craig has been reassigned to the civil division in Daytona Beach. He will be replaced in Flagler by Michael Orfinger, who was elected to the bench after running unopposed last summer.

Palm Coast Council Weighing Suspending Red-Light Camera Program Entirely

| December 9, 2014

The Palm Coast City Council is considering suspending–but not ending–its red-light camera program until courts rule more conclusively on the legality of the system.

Citing New Evidence, Flagler Detectives Reopen Case of Robert Picard’s Disappearance in 1997

| December 9, 2014

Flagler County Sheriff’s detectives have reopened the 17-year-old case of Robert Patrick Picard, who went missing in western Flagler County in circumstances then-Sheriff Bob McCarthy called “suspicious.” The disappearance took place within days of the man’s trailer being burglarized by a man and three boys.

Flagler Opens 1st Secure Site For Supervised Children’s Visits in Sally’s Safe Haven

| December 8, 2014

It took three years and $400,000 from a federal grant, but on Monday county officials dedicated the safe haven in the old Bunnell Post office location, ensuring that parents don’t have to travel to Volusia or St. Johns to execute court-ordered, supervised children’s visitations.

In Reversal, Accused European Village Attacker Daniel Noble Found Competent to Stand Trial

| December 8, 2014

Daniel Noble appeared ready to shoot his Uzi-style assault weapon at a crowd at European Village in March before he was wrestled to the ground. After being deemed incompetent to stand trial three months ago, a judge ruled today that trial can proceed.

Eric Niemi Is Sentenced to Life in Prison, No Parole, for R-Section Murder of Leonard Lynn

| December 8, 2014

Niemi killed Leonard Lynn, his 72-year-old landlord, in a savage beating last year. The sentencing hearing reflected Niemi’s own demeanor: stark, almost shorn of emotions, dispirited, more matter-of-fact than anguished.

Cops Get Away With Murder Because They Know They Can. It’s America In Black and White.

| December 7, 2014

Resisting arrest is a cop’s license to kill: In retrospect there was little doubt that grand juries in Missouri and New York would let off the cops responsible for the killing of two unarmed black men.

Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy Byrne Injured During DUI Investigation of Bunnell Suspect

| December 5, 2014

Kevin Byrne, an eight-year veteran and a corporal with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was struck in the leg by a suspect’s car, which the suspect had left unsecured during a DUI investigation near Los Amigos on Nov. 30.

“I Didn’t Want To But It Had To Be Done”: Details Emerge in Husband’s Alleged Shooting of His Wife

| December 4, 2014

Jonathan Canales allegedly told his wife Tiffany Norman, just before shooting her in their Mondex home on Nov. 15, that he could kill her “and nobody would even know about it.”

Sgt. Larry Jones, One of Flagler Sheriff’s First Black Deputies, Retires After 30 Years

| December 4, 2014

Jones’s career has straddled the best and worst of the county’s history. When he was hired in October 1984, Jones was only the fifth African-American deputy hired in Flagler County, which only a few years earlier had been the last county to desegregate its schools in Florida.

3 Motorists Escape Serious Injury in SUV-vs-Trailer Wreck on I-95 Bridge Above SR100

| December 4, 2014

Palm Coast’s Matthew Reed escaped with minor injuries after carelessly rear-ending a pick-up truck’s trailer, a wreck that shut down a lane on I-95 at State Road 100 late Wednesday evening.

Bunnell Man With Early Dementia Is Scammed Out of $19,000 in Common Lottery Fraud

| December 3, 2014

The lottery fraud entails a caller claiming the victim has won $1 million but must send in $20,000 in separate payments below $10,000 each to claim the prize. The fraud has been flagged by the Florida Department of Financial Services.

Should Brandishing a Gun at Someone Who Cuts You Off in Traffic Be Considered Self-Defense?

| December 2, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court is considering a “stand your ground” case in which a man was charged with aggravated assault after brandishing a gun at a trucker during a confrontation on a state highway.

Jonathan Canales Charged With Attempted Murder in Shooting of His Wife 2 Weeks Ago

| December 2, 2014

Jonathan Canales was arrested for attempted first-degree murder after allegedly shooting his wife from behind as she ate dinner in the couple’s kitchen in the Mondex, moments after putting her three children to bed.

New Sheriff’s HQ Square Footage Grows By a Third Even as Construction Cost Falls to $4.2 Million

| December 2, 2014

Instead of a $6.2 million demolition and construction project, the lowest bid for the sheriff’s HQ came in at $4.2 million, with the sheriff gaining 9,000 more square feet in the bargain, for a total of 35,000 square feet.

Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Daily Incident Reports by Shift Commanders

| December 1, 2014

Daily Flagler county jail bookings and night shift and day shift commanders’ reports on Palm Coast-Flagler crime and other incidents investigated by Sheriff’s deputies, with archived history of reports.

Patron at Flagler’s Domestic Violence Shelter Arrested Over Assault on a Pregnant Woman

| December 1, 2014

A woman who’d been taking refuge at the Family Life Center in Bunnell was jailed after an alleged assault on an advocate and a pregnant woman there. Separately, two women were jailed following a fight in which one of them fabricated claims that she’d been stabbed.

In Palm Coast, Ferguson Unrest Echoes With Muted Anger and Calls For Responsibility

| November 26, 2014

Speakers at a quickly organized “call to action” by the Flagler NAACP Tuesday evening said the killing in Ferguson was no exception, but that change begins from within communities and with more accountability on all sides.

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