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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.

Accused Drunkard Driving Wrong Way on S.R. 100 Strikes Cruiser, Injures Deputy, and Flees

| June 9, 2014

Frederick Sell, an 83-year-old resident of 70 Town Court in Palm, Coast, was jailed over the weekend on charges of driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage after driving the wrong way on State Road 100 and crashing his car into Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy George Hristakopoulos’s cruiser.

Sheriff’s Memorial Day Weekend Enforcement Nets 295 Stops, 50 Citations and 17 Arrests

| May 29, 2014

The marine unit completed 19 stops on the Intracoastal Waterway, issued one ordinance violation to juveniles who were jumping off the Hammock Bridge and retrieved a jet ski which was adrift in the water.

New, Panopticon-Like 272-Bed Flagler County Jail Set to Lock Up First Inmate by Fall 2015

| May 21, 2014

The new county jail, estimated to cost less than $20 million, will be paired with renovated administrative spaces on land that may accommodate two additional “pods” totaling 500 more beds, should needs arise later this century.

Sheriff Manfre on Medical Marijuana: “I Am Receptive to the Arguments Favoring the Amendment’s Passage”

| May 9, 2014

“For me,” Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre writes, “it comes down to whether medical marijuana has a medically beneficial effect and if it could help my Mom or any of our loved ones from the debilitating side effects of radiation treatments or the other diseases it claims to affect.”

Certainties of the Annual Ceremony to Fallen Officers: Sorrowful Remembrance, and More Victims

| May 6, 2014

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s grounds Tuesday morning were the site of one the year’s most solemn public gatherings—the annual ceremony in memory of fallen law enforcement officers, locally and nationwide, with the latest Floridian law enforcement officer killed just last Saturday.

Federal Order Formalizes Agreement Between Flagler Sheriff and ACLU Ending Postcard-Only Mail at Jail

| May 2, 2014

Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre had nothing to do with a sadistic postcard-only mail policy at the Flagler County jail when he was targeted by an ACLU lawsuit charging First Amendment violations. A federal judge formalized the final settlement of that lawsuit on Thursday.

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