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Sheriff Manfre Proposes De-Criminalizing Pot Possession; County Officials and State Attorney Open to Idea

| January 22, 2016

Following in the steps of three Florida counties and some 20 states, Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to replace criminal penalties for small amounts of pot with civil fines. State Attorney R.J. Larizza and county officials are willing to explore the new approach.

For One Rookie Deputy, 2 Totaled Patrol Cars and 2 Internal Investigations in 13 Months

| January 21, 2016

A just-completed internal investigation found Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Kuleski had been speeding and imprudent when he crashed and totaled his patrol car on White View Parkway in September. It was the latest in a series of issues for the rookie deputy.

Ex-Cop Larry Jones Will Challenge Sheriff Manfre for Democratic Nomination

| January 19, 2016

Larry Jones, who retired from the sheriff’s office in 2014, is the nionth candidate for sheriff in this year’s election, but only the second on the Democratic side.

Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy and SWAT Member Jonathon Duenas Escapes Blazing Patrol Car on CR35

| January 14, 2016

Deputy Jonathon Duenas was driving on CR 35 (off of SR 100), on the Westside of the county when a fire started in his patrol car’s trunk and quickly engulfed the vehicle. Duenas escaped with minor injuries.

The Palm Coast Fraternal Order of Police Furthers a Lie in a Protest at Epic Theaters

| January 6, 2016

The FOP’s protest was triggered by false claims that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had called cops “murderers.” The lie didn’t stop FOP organizers from going ahead with their plans or standing by their protest even when shown Tarantino’s actual words.

Billboard Aims to Stoke New Leads Into Suspicious Vanishing in May of George Contos

| January 5, 2016

Foul play is now suspected in the disappearance of Bunnell’s George Contos, 59, in May, as a billboard was unveiled by the sheriff’s office and Crime Stoppers to aid in tracking down his whereabouts.

Mom’s an ER Nurse But Baby Wouldn’t Let Her Get There as Deputies Assist in Home Birth

| December 22, 2015

Brittany Bowser, 25, gave birth to her son Jaxson in their Z-Section Palm Coast home 8 minutes after calling 911, with sheriff’s deputies assisting. Mom and son are fine, and eventually made it to Florida Hospital Flagler.

Sgt. Michael van Buren is Named Flagler County Deputy of the Year for 2nd Time

| December 17, 2015

Sgt. van Buren was cited for saving a 4-year-old child from a locked car in July heat and controlling and averting a suicide-by cop with an armed woman in Palm Coast in September.

Christmas With a Deputy Returns for 7th Year as 100-Child Convoy Targets Shopping Spree

| December 16, 2015

Since Sgt. Larry Jones (ret.) thought up the idea at his kitchen table in 2008, the number of poorer children getting to Christmas-shop with $150 with a cop has grown from 14 to 100.

Sheriff’s Lost Computer Files Are Recovered, But County Faces a $1.1 Million IT Fix

| December 8, 2015

Some $600,000 was budgeted ahead of the October crash. But $500,000 was not. The county commission will have to find that money. And that’s just for this year as the county and sheriff catch up on neglected information infrastructure.

Palm Coast Ties Emergency Communications System to Recent Crash–Falsely, County Says

| November 24, 2015

City Manager Jim Landon says he’s concerned about maintenance of the countywide 800 mhz communications system, suggesting it could crash as parts of the sheriff’s computer system recently did–an inaccurate suggestion that deflects from other problems, the county retorts.

Crime Rises 2.4% in Flagler in Mid-Year Report, First Increase Since 2009

| November 19, 2015

A spike in burglaries and larcenies sent Flagler County’s overall crime rate up 2.4 percent in the first six months of 2015, in contrast with crime in Florida as a whole, where it has fallen 2.2 percent.

Palm Coast Seeks to Bail on County-Wide Communications System It joined in 2009 in Latest Clash With Flagler

| November 19, 2015

Palm Coast and Flagler County governments are trading accusations of violating a 2009 agreement over the critical 800 mhz system as Palm Coast quit contributing its share of dollars to it and the county charges that the city is inventing an issue without a problem.

Sheriff Rethinks Joint IT Operations With County Amid Discord Over Computer Failure

| November 17, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to “transition” from the merger with the county’s IT operations less than two years after he and the county approved it as a signal of cooperation and efficiency.

Sheriff Reveals Breadth of Computer Failure and Safety Lapses, and Sharply Blames County

| November 13, 2015

Sheriff Manfre, in a terse letter to County Administrator Craig Coffey, says the failure was one of several, it jeopardized officer safety and may have wiped out 20 months of critical data, and he asks for answers.

Palm Coast Sheriff’s Precinct Cmdr. Mark Carman T-Boned in Cypress Edge Collision

| November 12, 2015

Mark Carman, the long-time captain–now commander–of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s Palm Coast Precinct, was t-boned by a 23-year-old driver but not seriously injured in a crash as he drove on Cypress Edge Drive last week.

Deputies’ Dispatching System Edging Back to Life, But Some Sheriff’s Data May Be Lost

| November 9, 2015

The CAD system went offline on Oct. 29 and had been only fitfully operational since after a server failure that may have erased significant data with it. CAD was offline again this morning, but was working this afternoon.

In Muted Appearance at Sheriff’s Opening, Gov. Scott Speaks of Unappreciated Police

| November 3, 2015

Scott, his energy more Carsonesque than usual was as if upstaged by the pride and eagerness of local officials reveling in the new operations center and framing the occasion in touching personal stories.

“Catastrophic Failure” in Sheriff’s Computer System Jeopardizing Records and Stalling Data

| November 3, 2015

Friday afternoon the server that runs the sheriff’s office’s computer assisted dispatching and stores massive amounts of data ran out of space and crashed. It is not expected to be back in full operation any time soon.

Sgt. Van Buren, Cited for Bravery in Suicide-by-Cop Attempt, Among 3 Honored

| October 30, 2015

Flagler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Van Buren was named Deputy of the Quarter for his bravery and conflict-resolution skills during a tense encounter with an armed woman in September. Detention Deputy Justin Bailey and Executive Assistant Sheri Gopie were also honored.

Gov. Scott, Back in Flagler for 7th Time, Will Open Sheriff’s New Operations Center Tuesday

| October 29, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott will mark the grand opening of the $5 million Sheriff’s Operations Center in downtown Bunnell, with numerous local elected officials at his side. He last visited Flagler more than a year ago, during a campaign stop.

For Flagler’s NAACP, More Trust Than Fear of Local Police as Body Cams Clip On

| October 28, 2015

Flagler NAACP members were mostly reassured by use-of-force evidence that, according to the Sheriff’s Office, has declined in Palm Coast, thanks in large part to police body cameras.

As Expected, Sheriff Jim Manfre Announces Run for Re-Election, and Draws Rivals’ Fire

| October 22, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre is the only Democrat in a race that’s drawn six Republicans so far, including ex-sheriff Don Fleming and ex-Undersheriff Rick Staly, both of whom took Thursday’s announcement as an opportunity to discredit Manfre’s record.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Accredited For Third Time

| October 12, 2015

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation awarded the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office its third re-accreditation since receiving initial accreditation in February 2005.

A Year Later, a Memorial to Deputy Delarosby Flickers Steps From Where He Took His Life

| October 7, 2015

A few dozen people gathered at Heroes Park Tuesday evening to mark the one-year anniversary of Deputy Joe Delarosby’s suicide there, recalling memories, saying prayers and singing Amazing Grace.

Cops as Pals: National Night Out at Palm Coast’s Town Center Tuesday Evening

| October 5, 2015

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting National Night Out at Palm Coast’s Central Park in Town Center, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free drug and crime-prevention awareness event features demonstrations, safety information, games, face painting, food and beverages, and entertainment.

Sheriff Shows Off New HQ to Public, But Commissioners Who Bought It Are No-Shows

| September 30, 2015

None of the four county commissioners who voted for the $6.5 million acquisition and transformation of the old Memorial Hospital into the sheriff’s operations center showed up at Wednesday’s open house.

Police Body Cams: Exemptions From Public-Record Disclosure Belie Intended Transparency

| September 26, 2015

Police body cams were intended to improve accountability and public access to cops’ work. Access exemptions in Florida and many other states are instead countering their intended purpose.

Sheriff Hires 13 Deputies, Underscoring Turnover of More Than 100 in Three Years

| September 22, 2015

Well over a third of the Flagler Sheriff’s 285 positions have turned over in Jim Manfre’s three-year tenure, while 85 percent of full-timers have less than 15 years’ service–and a third have less than three years.

Video In Suicide-By-Cop Attempt Shows Deputies’ Control of Hairtrigger Confrontation

| September 18, 2015

The eight-minute video of the confrontation, posted here, shows P-Section resident Stacy Culotta holding a gun and how Sgt. Van Buren and two other deputies eventually defused the situation.

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