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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

A Man Is Killed in Wreck at US1 and SR100 Following Traffic Stop by Police

| November 18, 2014

A man who was apparently evading police was killed after striking three vehicles at the intersection of State Road 100 and U.S. 1 in Bunnell this afternoon.

Ex-Felon Re-Arrested for Domestic Assault After Chasing After a Woman in Front of a Cop

| November 17, 2014

Brian Spencer, a 36-year-old ex-felon released less than two years ago from state prison after serving sentence for domestic battery by strangulation, was arrested again as he chased a woman on a Palm Coast street in the middle of the night–in front of a cop.

A Mother of 3 Is Shot in the Mondex in Murky Circumstances; Husband Jailed on Child Neglect Charges

| November 16, 2014

The victim, Tiffany Norman, has three young children, none older than 8 or 9. Circumstances of the shooting are murky: her husband or companion, Jonathan Canales, 27, has allegedly told police that Norman shot herself, but that remains unconfirmed.

Two Pit Bulls Attack and Injure 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy in Palm Coast’s Z-Section

| November 12, 2014

A 10-year-old autistic boy was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon with dog bites to both legs after he was chased and bitten by two pit bulls from his neighbors’ house on Zonal Court in Palm Coast.

Road Rage Bleeds Into Racial Confrontation On Belle Terre Parkway, and 3 Arrests

| November 12, 2014

Samantha Smith, 25, Zachary Parsley, 22, and Tyler Parsley, 23, face assault charges after confronting four young black men, allegedly fighting and threatening to kill them and repeatedly calling them niggers.

P-Section Confrontation: She Drives Her Car Into Him. He Shoots the Car. Both Arrested.

| November 9, 2014

Kurt Benjamin, 27, of 31 Poinsettia Lane, and Twila Woods, 30, of nearby Point Pleasant Lane, were both jailed on aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charges Sunday morning.

Street Fight Escalates in South Bunnell, Drawing 15 Sheriff’s Units and City Police

| November 4, 2014

A fight that began between students at a bus stop then drew in parents and escalated to include some 20 people and more than 100 “spectators” drew a large police response in South Bunnell late Tuesday afternoon into evening, and led to three injuries, though none were serious, police said.

Motorcyclist Richard K. Taylor of Palm Coast Killed in Head-On Collision With Pick-Up Truck on SR11

| November 4, 2014

Palm Coast’s Richard K. Taylor was killed this morning on State Road 11 when DeLand driver E. Gonzalez attempted to pass a car in his pick-up truck and ran head-on into Taylor’s motorcycle.

“Would You Like To Die Today?” Woman Tells Friend as She Crashes Jaguar on I-95 Near Palm Coast Parkway

| October 31, 2014

Lorita Glica, 50, of Palm Coast, was jailed on aggravated assault and other charges after allegedly intentionally driving her Jaguar into the trees on I-95 moments after she told a friend traveling wit her, and with whom she was having an argument: “Would you like to die today?”

Sheriff’s Office, In Echo of 2001 Violation, Keeps Secret the Hospitalization of Murder Suspect at FHF

| October 31, 2014

For two days, a murder suspect was under arrest in Flagler County but not at the jail. The Sheriff’s Office would not disclose his whereabouts–a dungeon-like disappearance that no law allows or protects.

Jared Parkey, Flagler Firefighter Shot in Road Rage Incident, Sentenced to 2 Years’ Probation

| October 28, 2014

Jared Parkey was twice shot on U.S. 1 by ex-Flagler Beach cop Nathaniel Juratovac last year. Juratovac is serving a 4-year prison sentence. Parkey had faced a felony charge and prison time before his plea.

Ex-Felon Accused of Bludgeoning Wife to Death in St. Pete Arrested in Palm Coast

| October 28, 2014

A blue Chevy Cavalier that police agencies across the state had been placed on alert for was found in the parking lot of the bowling alley on Old Kings Road in Palm Coast before dawn. The car owner had fled following a murder in St. Petersburg this morning.

24-Year-Old Woman Shot in Road Rage Incident on I-95, Suspects in Mercedes Flee

| October 24, 2014

The incident took place at 3:17 p.m. near mile marker 290, about a mile north of the intersection with Palm Coast Parkway, in the southbound lanes. The woman’s injury are not life-threatening.

2 Women Killed, 2 Seriously Hurt in 3-Vehicle Crash Termed “Horrific” on SR100 and CR305

| October 20, 2014

The third wreck involving fatalities in six days was triggered by a vehicle rear-ending another, and causing it to crash head-on into an oncoming car.

Man Dies in Early-Morning Fire
On Westmayer Place in Flagler Beach

| October 18, 2014

The double-wide trailer on Westmayer Place, a dirt road off of A1A at the north end of town, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene. It was the first death in a house fire in Flagler County since an elderly woman died at her home in Palm Coast almost two years ago.

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