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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sheriff Jim Manfre Faces $1,500 Fine in Ethics Violation as Report Details Travel, Gift and Spending Lapses

| November 25, 2014

The Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that Sheriff Jim Manfre violated ethics laws on three counts, but in an agreement, Manfre conceded to one violation and got two other charges dismissed.

Even As Lawsuit Gets in the Way, Sheriff and Union Agree that “Substantial” Raises Are Due

| November 19, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies and other employees have been without a serious raise in five years and the sheriff and union are at a negotiating impasse, but both sides are attempting to reach agreement on a small prize: a 1 percent raise the county commission pledged employees this year.

Sheriff Manfre Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Unpaid Wages, Jeopardizing Raise for Troops

| November 8, 2014

Four ex-deputies have sued Sheriff Jim Manfre in federal court over briefings they were forced to attend without being paid, causing the Sheriff to shelve a 1 percent raise previously due the agency’s employees.

Two Deputies Save a Deer That May Have Been Hanging From a Fence for Hours

| November 3, 2014

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Agricultural and Ranch Deputy Steve Williams and Sergeant Mike Lutz saved a deer hanging by its hind leg on a 6-foot fence at 26 Winchester Road.

Flagler Detention Deputy of the Year Twice Reprimanded for Sexual Improprieties With Inmates in Last 2 Years

| October 29, 2014

Deputy Randy Stephen Vickers was disciplined in May for having a relationship with a repeat offender and inmate and two years ago for asking an inmate, jokingly, if she’d like to be sexually assaulted.

A Community Bids Former Deputy Joe Delarosby Farewell, Mixing Anger With Remembrance

| October 14, 2014

Services for Joseph Delarosby, the sheriff’s deputy edged into retirement 7 weeks before he killed himself on Oct. 7, included a stunning public rebuke of Sheriff Manfre by Delarosby’s father.

Sheriff’s Ex-Finance Director Sues, Claiming She Was Forced Out After Flagging “Inappropriate” Spending

| October 13, 2014

Ex-finance director Linda Bolante’s lawsuit focuses on dining and entertainment expenses Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre had to pay back after charging an agency credit card, following which, according to Bolante, she was forced to resign. The Sheriff’s Office “vigorously disputes” the claim that the two occurrences were related.

Joseph Delarosby, Recently Retired Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy, Takes His Life at Palm Coast’s Heroes Park

| October 7, 2014

Joseph Delarosby, who’d served nearly 20 years as a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy and bailiff, committed suicide this morning at Heroes Park in Palm Coast. He had retired from the force only recently.

Sheriff’s Apperson Honored for School Cop Services; Three Are Promoted

| October 5, 2014

Don Apperson, just reassigned, had served as the supervisor of the sheriff’s school cops for 13 years. Jen Taylor, Bernie Woodward and Laura Pazarena were all promoted.

In Sgt. Frank Celico’s Memory: 3rd Annual Ride to Remember Scheduled for Oct. 25

| October 3, 2014

The Ride to Remember gathers bikers for a long ride through the county to commemorate Celico’s memory and raise funds for the foundation, which provides bike helmets and bikes to Flagler children.

After Flagrant Dog Attack, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Cole Appeals for More Responsibility From Pet Owners

| September 23, 2014

Cmdr. Steve Cole, attacked and injured by a dog Monday as he jogged along Matanzas Woods Parkway, says the consequences could have been far worse had the dog attacked a child, an elderly person or a woman, all of whom are always on trails.

Sgt. Frank Celico’s Name Added to Memorial In 9/11 Commemoration at Heroes Park

| September 11, 2014

During the early morning ceremony at Heroes Park, Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts spoke of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks of 9/11 at Ground Zero and has come to symbolize resilience and rebirth at the site.

Sheriff’s Deputies Never Wrote an Incident Report After Fatally Shooting Palm Coast Man

| August 22, 2014

Details of the December 2012 fatal shooting of 32-year-old Troy Gordon on Brownstone Lane in Palm Coast, at a time when Don Fleming was still sheriff, emerged in a court case today that revealed how a union could trump sheriff’s policy even in grave shooting incidents.

A Day After an Embarrassing Revelation About His Lacking Gun Qualification, Sheriff Manfre Passes 2 Tests

| August 1, 2014

Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre secured his gun qualification today but only after an embarrassing revelation that he’d gone a year and a half without it, though he is not required by law to have it.

All Flagler Elementary Schools Will Have School Cops This Year, Even as SRD Total Won’t Change

| July 17, 2014

The Flagler School district approved a plan that spreads its five full-time School Resource Deputies between 11 schools, reducing FPC’s cops to one full-timer, with the other dividing time between three elementary schools, and cops at two middle schools covering an elementary school each.

Flagler Sheriff Deputy Williams Rescues Sandhill Crane Struck by a Car

| July 11, 2014

Agricultural and Ranch Deputy Steve Williams responded to Grand Reserve Drive in Bunnell on Friday morning after the Sheriff’s Office received a call of an injured bird with a possible broken leg after being hit by a car.

Sheriff’s Rookie Deputy Mark Sousa Severely Injured in Motorcycle Wreck on Palm Harbor Parkway

| July 9, 2014

Mark Sousa, a Flagler County Sheriff’s detention deputy for the past year, was severely injured on July 5 when the motorcycle he was riding off duty swerved off of Palm harbor Parkway and ejected him. The wreck took place at 1:34 a.m. Sousa was not wearing a helmet.

Divided and in Crisis, Bunnell Begins Deep Cuts to Close $844,000 Gap But Police Department Survives, For Now

| July 8, 2014

The Bunnell City Commission in a tension-filled, four=-hour meeting Monday voted 3-2 to eliminate code enforcement and the humane society, among a list of cuts, but delay eliminating the police and grants department for two weeks, giving department heads time to make their case for survival.

New Flagler Jail and Sheriff’s HQ Cost Estimates Stun Officials, Who Call It “A Setback”

| July 7, 2014

Construction cost estimates for the new jail came in at $22 million, far more than the county’s plan for $14 to $15 million, while the Sheriff’s Operations Center at the old Memorial Hospital came in at $6.2 million, instead of around $5 million.

PAL and Flagler County’s Firefighters’ Union Donate $1,000 to Grace Community Food Pantry

| June 28, 2014

The Flagler County Sheriffs Office PAL and the Flagler County Professional Firefighters’ Association teamed up to donate $1,000 to Pastor Charles Silano’s Grace Community Food Pantry.

Jane Carman, Wife of Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct Commander, Found Dead at Her Home

| June 27, 2014

Jane Carman, the 56-year-old wife of Mark Carman, commander of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Palm Coast precinct, was found dead on a bedroom floor at her home Sunday morning. The cause of death was attributed to aspiration, or choking, according to a Flagler County Sheriff’s report.

City Markeplace Landlord Stuns Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct With 212% Fee Increase

| June 19, 2014

While increasing rent a modest 3%, John C. Bills Properties told the Sheriff’s Office this month that its CAM fee would increase from $420 a month to $1,313 a month, and that the fee would be retroactive to January, adding another $5,400 charge, which a sheriff’s attorney finds inappropriate.

County Taxes To Increase Some in a $68.6M Budget That Sheds Austerity for Investment

| June 16, 2014

Flagler County’s 2014-15 budget, led by a $600,000 increase in the sheriff’s costs, is a reflection of a more relaxed, less financially pressured budget season, and a willingness among commissioners to replace years of austerity with increased investment in the government infrastructure.

Flagler Sheriff’s Office Calling For Volunteers to Beef Up Its Citizens Observer Patrol (COP)

| June 10, 2014

Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre is looking to expand the Citizens Observer Patrol, known as COP, to increase its corps of 52 volunteers. The Sheriff’s Office is also looking for donations of boats to improve its marine patrol division.

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