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Does Diversifying Police Forces
Reduce Tensions? Not Necessarily.

| August 28, 2016

Beyond diversity, hiring officers who know and understand the community, asking officers to build better relationships with neighborhoods they serve, reducing officers’ use of aggressive arrest tactics and increasing officer training is shown to be more effective than changing the color of the ranks.

Nasty, Brutish and Shrill: Flagler Sheriff’s Race Tests Edge of the Believable as Attacks Multiply

| August 25, 2016

Rick Staly, one of six GOP candidates for sheriff, launched attacks on Don Fleming and Jim Manfre but reserved particular wrath for John Lamb, though claims in the shape of a smoking gun turn out to be more gossipy than substantive.

Two Wednesday Fires in Seminole Woods Now Suspected Acts of Arson By Youths

| August 25, 2016

A fire that was close to consuming a house on Sellner Place Wednesday, followed by another four hours later a few lots down, are now suspected to be the work of youths who set them intentionally.

51 Years Later, Honor Is Resurrected for Flagler Sheriff Homer Brooks’s Line-of-Duty Death

| August 25, 2016

Homer Brooks was first elected Flagler County Sheriff in 1956. A News-Journal reporter, Tony Holt, uncovered the circumstances of his death in 1965, leading the sheriff’s office to add Brooks’s name to the list of Flagler cops who died in the line of duty and honor Brooks today.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flagler Veterans Court Pitch Framed in Crude Attack on Court System by DeSantis Envoy

| August 17, 2016

Randall Stapleford, a part-time staffer for Rep. Ron DeSantis, questioned the veracity of a Flagler County judge and leveled repeated attacks at Chief Judge Terence Perkins for allegedly delaying information related to a potential veterans court during a Flagler County Commission workshop Monday.

Armed Robbery at Shell on Old Kings Is 3rd in 2 Months in Palm Coast

| August 16, 2016

A Palm Coast convenience store was again the target of an armed robbery, the third in two months, this time at the Shell gas station on Old Kings Road near Celico Way and the Staples shopping center.

Coby Allan Queen, 16, Missing From Seminole Woods Home Since Aug. 9

| August 16, 2016

Coby Queen’s backpack and bike were found at the Flagler Beach pier the evening of Aug. 9, when his friends told police he was seen with Josh LeMaster, who has a long arrest record in Flagler County.

Shandra Llewellyn, 40, Dies From Gunshot in Apparent Suicide on Palm Coast’s Llanes Place, 3rd in 4 Days

| August 15, 2016

Shandra Llewellyn, 40, was pronounced dead this evening just before 6:30 p.m. at 19 Llanes Place in Palm Coast, the second such self-inflicted shooting in the county in four days.

Woman Faces List of Charges, Including DUI, After Fleeing Cops, Crashing on I-95 and Attempting Escape

| August 15, 2016

The incident started at a Palm Coast convenience store, culminated in a crash on I-95 that closed the northbound lanes of the Interstate, and ended with an attempted escape at Florida Hospital Flagler.

Flagler Beach’s Nick Nelson, 28, Is Killed In Motorcycle Wreck on State Road A1A

| August 14, 2016

Nick Nelson, 28, had finished his shift at Captain’s BBQ at Bings Landin in Palm Coast’s Hammock when, hours later, he failed to negotiate a curve on State Road A1A and was thrown from his motorcycle.

Caitlin E. Ryone, 19, Is Dead In Mondex After Report of Gunshots; Sheriff’s Deputies Investigating

| August 11, 2016

Ryone, a 2014 graduate of Flagler Palm Coast High School, was found dead of a gunshot at 4664 Mahogany Boulevard in Daytona North, or the Mondex. The sheriff’s office is investigating to determine whether it is a suicide or a homicide.

Bunnell Commission Honors Two Boys, 10 And 12, For Helping Save 88-Year-Old Woman

| August 10, 2016

The Bunnell City Commission Monday evening awarded its Outstanding Citizen Award to two young city residents, Russell Rouson, 10, and Steven Dozier, 12, for alerting police and helping to save the life of an 88-year-old woman who had hurt herself in her home in June.

Key Flagler Panel Votes 7-5 To Endorse Pot Citation Proposal, But Split Reflects Hazy Fate

| August 10, 2016

The proposed ordinance to decriminalize some pot possession now goes to the county commission, Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach for approval, but it’s faced sustained opposition.

Masked Man Who Taunted Lamb at Sheriff’s Forum Is Unmasked as Whisenant Supporter

| August 9, 2016

Richard Rubin, a twice-arrested local resident and supporter of Mark Whisenant’s sheriff’s campaign, attempted to rattle candidate John Lamb Monday evening by riding masked and in camouflage and holding up a sign claiming Lamb and his family did not live in the county, a false claim.

Three Hurt, One Critical in Two-Vehicle Wreck on U.S. 1 and Wellfield Grade in Palm Coast

| August 9, 2016

Three people were hospitalized, one of them in critical condition, following a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 1 and Wellfield Grade in Palm Coast just before 5 p.m. today. Wellfield Grade is a short distance north of Palm Coast Parkway.

Belle Terre Swim Club’s Pool Office Burglarized, $75 Stolen

| August 9, 2016

When Robert Stump arrived for work at the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club in Palm Coast at 6 Monday morning, he found the door to the pool office kicked in, and $75 missing from the cash register. The cash register drawer was on the floor.

Investigation Into West Flagler Home Fire and Suicide Ends in “Undetermined” Conclusion

| August 8, 2016

“It appears that Kevin Clayton started the fire and then took his own life,” the fire investigation into the November fire concluded, but no actual cause or source of the fire was discovered.

My Mother, Stopped for Driving While Black

| August 7, 2016

The mistreatment of black people by police officers isn’t new, nor is it surprising, argues Milen Mehari. According to the Justice Department, black people are almost four times more likely than whites to experience the use of force during police encounters.

Public’s Help Sought in Locating Michael Adam Wolfe, 27, Missing and Endangered

| August 6, 2016

Michael Adam Wolfe, 27, was reported missing on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 8:26 p.m. from 66 Russell Drive in Palm Coast. He was last seen on Tuesday, Aug. 2, by his caregiver.

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