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In Latest Reversal, Sheriff Manfre Does Not Appeal Ethics Judgment as Deadline Passes

| May 24, 2016

That means Manfre will concede to a $6,200 fine and a public reprimand and censure that the ethics commission approved on April 15, thus finally ending a saga that began two years ago and has severely damaged his chances for re-election.

Retired Deputy Edward Lueck Gets 15 Years in Prison Over Child Sex Assaults

| May 24, 2016

The victim was 5 years old at the time of the crimes, and was a neighbor of Lueck’s, who is a 69-year-old retired Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy.

NRA Pressuring Gov. Scott to Block Rep. Charles McBurney’s Bench Bid

| May 24, 2016

McBurney, R-Jacksonville, angered Second Amendment advocates during this year’s legislative session when his committee did not move forward with a measure tied to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

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

| May 24, 2016

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

Ex-Traffic Homicide Prosecutor Ray Lee Smith Joins Flagler Bench as Family Law Judge

| May 23, 2016

Smith, 43, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident, will preside over family law cases. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge J. David Walsh earlier this year.

Former Shooting Victim Philip Haire Back in Jail on Assault Charge

| May 23, 2016

Phillip Haire, 19, of Palm Coast’s L Section, was shot last July near his home. He was arrested in March over a shooting incident on Belle Terre Parkway, and again arrested last week on a domestic assault charge.

Looking for Her Dog, Tamera Pizzo, 56, Is Killed by SUV on A1A in Flagler Beach

| May 20, 2016

Tamera L. Pizzo was killed by a passing car as she tried to cross South Ocean Shore Boulevard (State Road A1A) in Flagler Beach, just south of South 26th Street Friday evening.

“I’m Dead, I’m Dead,” Handcuffed and Repeatedly Tased Man Says Just Before Dying

| May 20, 2016

Chase Sherman was in handcuffs, in the back seat of his when he was Tased 15 times by Georgia police though he was unarmed, and his parents had called 911 to come help.

At Sheriff’s Ceremony for Fallen Officers, a Call For Self-Reflection About Tradition of Service

| May 19, 2016

So far this year, 35 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty, 17 of them by gunfire, 14 of them in vehicle-related deaths, two of them by heart attacks. Two of those deaths took place in Florida.

Deaf Hammock Man Accused of Exposing Himself to 8-Year-Old Girl

| May 18, 2016

Mark Hall, 60, is accused of exposing himself to the girl, a neighbor, and motioning her to come over to him. He appeared confused when deputies investigated the case.

Media Groups Shut Out of Federal Lawsuit Over Prison Newspaper Ban

| May 18, 2016

A federal appeals court has turned down a request by media groups to file a friend-of-the-court brief in a dispute about whether the Florida Department of Corrections can ban a publication from the state’s prisons.

Flagler’s Pot De-Criminalization Proposal Wilts, But Narrower Version Still Possible

| May 17, 2016

A work group meeting Tuesday to craft an ordinance raised more questions and objections than showed agreement, though the proposal is still moving forward in a much narrower version, and has many hurdles yet to cross.

Ormond Beach’s Robert Harris, 18, Killed in Train Collision on a Trestle Off U.S. 1

| May 16, 2016

Robert M. Harris, a resident of Ormond Beach, who turned 18 two weeks ago, was killed in a collision with a Florida East Coast train on a trestle behind the River Grille restaurant near U.S. Highway 1 Sunday evening.

Brittany Pitt, 26, Is 6th Person Killed on Flagler Roads in a Week, 2nd in Motorcycle Wreck

| May 14, 2016

Brittany Lee Pitt, 26, fell off the motorcycle she was riding on Old Dixie Highway as Allen David Adams attempted to steer the bike away from traffic after violating a car’s right of way early Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Armed Woman Detained After Tense Encounter With Cops at European Village Bar

| May 13, 2016

A woman who threatened to kill herself at Cork and Pint Bar had a .38-caliber gun loaded with hollow-point ammunition, which she had shown two people. She was Baker Acted.

License for Probable Cause: Justices Rule You May Be Pulled Over For Any Visible Tag Issue

| May 13, 2016

Florida Justices, in a 5-2 decision, rejected an appeal from a driver stopped by Orlando police because a tag light and wires were hanging over the license plate on a vehicle he was driving.

No Arrests, But Sheriff Seeks to Cash In On 2 Tractors and Trailer Seized in Chop-Shop Raid

| May 12, 2016

Charges have yet to be filed in the March chop-shop raid on Sawgrass Road, but the sheriff is moving forward with forfeiture of several big vehicles and a stash of equipment seized from the search.

Buddy Taylor Student Suspended 10 Days For Burning Another’s Hair In SnapChat Stint

| May 12, 2016

The 14-year-old student wanted to see the younger student’s reaction so it could be filmed and texted on SnapChat, and later punched his victim to the ground for snitching on him.

Flagler Takes 1st Step To Pot Decriminalization With Broad Agreement on Principle, Less So on Details

| May 11, 2016

All of Flagler’s major law enforcement and government agencies agree that marijuana decriminalization for first-time offenders is a good idea. The county next will develop an ordinance all can agree on. That step may be more difficult.

Danielle Basciano, Formerly of Tomoka Correctional, Joins Flagler Jail Staff

| May 11, 2016

With the swearing-in of Basciano, the inmate facility has 48 sworn deputies and three vacant positions, for a total of 51 sworn positions.

Biker Thomas Dolan of Palm Coast Is Killed in Collision Near White Eagle Lounge on US1

| May 11, 2016

Thomas Dolan, a 59-year-old resident of Palm Coast, was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a driver pulling out of the White Eagle Lounge on U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway.

City Will Spend $100,000 to Renovate Fire Station 22, Its Oldest, on Palm Coast Parkway

| May 10, 2016

The city considered demolishing and rebuilding the station in the past, or closing and moving it, but for it says renovation is the best option, keeping open the possibility of a new station on Colbert Lane in the future.

Dacotah Clarke Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison Over Armed Robbery

| May 10, 2016

Dacotah Clarke, 19, was sentenced Monday to 15 months in state prison by Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman after pleading guilty to armed robbery on Sept. 5 in Flagler Beach.

South Florida Judge Declares State’s New Death Penalty Law Unconstitutional

| May 9, 2016

While the decision is not necessarily controlling in Flagler County and the rest of Florida, it again muddies the fate of a law barely eight weeks old, and further sheds a harsh light on Florida’s outlier system of executions.

Palm Coast’s Patricia Darvish, 50, Is Found in Flagler Beach Surf, an Apparent Suicide

| May 9, 2016

Early Sunday morning a Turtle Patrol making its rounds in Flagler Beach located Patricia Darvish, 50, in the water, still clothed. She was pulled from the surf and was pronounced dead at the scene.

2 Teens Among Four Killed, 3 Injured, “Multiple Ejections” in I-95 Wreck Just South of Flagler-St. Johns County Line

| May 7, 2016

The year’s deadliest crash in Flagler County killed four people and injured several just after 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95.

Frequent-Flying Miscreants Bill Westervelt And Jerry Falls Back in Jail on Grand Theft

| May 6, 2016

William Westervelt and Jerry Falls, among the most frequent inmates at the Flagler jail, now faces charges of grand theft, burglary and dealing in stolen property, the latest of dozens of charges between them going back a few years.

On Eric Drive, No Recourse After a Dog Is Maimed in Hit-and-Run and Near-Miss for Owner

| May 5, 2016

Angela diBella was walking her two dogs on April 28 in the E Section when an oblivious driver car struck her 10-year-old Shih Tsu, which had to be euthanized less than 90 minutes later. There are no penalties for drivers’ negligence in such cases.

A Lockdown in Putnam Ripples to Anger in Palm Coast and a Man’s Arrest in Shooting

| May 4, 2016

Gregory J. Marr was arrested after shooting his gun in the canal off Chelsea Court in Palm Coast and allegedly pointing it at his wife, whom he’d been unable to reach after a murder at her health care facility triggered a lockdown.

Flagler County Quietly Scraps Plan for 3 New Emergency Communications Towers, For Now

| May 3, 2016

After the Flagler County Commission voted down a planned 350-foot tower on John Anderson Highway, NexTower, which would have built three towers, pulled out of the deal entirely, returning the county’s planning for its emergency infrastructure’s backbone to close to near zero.

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