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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.

Palm Coast Suspends Part of Red-Light Camera Enforcement, But $158 Fines Still Being Issued

| November 25, 2014

While still issuing $158 fines for red-light violations, Palm Coast is for now no longer pursuing drivers who refuse to pay, so those drivers will not get the steeper $264 traffic citation. But those citations may be issued pending the outcome of a court case.

After “Doubling Down on Stupid,” Lakeland Is Forced to Pay $160,000 in Public Record Settlement

| November 24, 2014

A Lakeland resident filed the lawsuit against the city’s Police Department because the department insisted on illegally charging a flat $23.50 fee for routine requests instead of charging per page or for time worked.

For Shane Kitchens, Left in 30-Day Coma After Collision on A1A, a Painful Roll Back

| November 21, 2014

Shane Kitchens, the 37-year-old Flagler Beach business owner, was crossing A1A in August when a motorcycle struck him as if he wasn’t there. This is the story of his recovery since.

Said to Have Been Framed For Tampa Murder, Deaf Convict Felix Garcia Is Denied Release

| November 20, 2014

Felix Garcia’s supporters had hoped he would be released with time served, arguing that he’d been unable to understand the evidence against him during the murder trial and wasn’t given an interpreter.

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.

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.

Tornado Watch Cancelled for Flagler-Palm Coast, Schools Cancel Outdoor Activities, Games and Practices

| November 17, 2014

A broad band of severe weather is bearing down on Flagler County and Palm Coast, where a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 3 p.m., and a tornado watch will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

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.

Louis Prinzo, Responsible for Death of Lane Burnsed and Meredith Smith in ’12, Is Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

| November 14, 2014

Lane Burnsed, 18, and Meredith Smith, 17, were killed on July 26, 2012 in a 3-car wreck on I-95 triggered by Louis Prinzo.

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.

Cruel and Unusual: 2 Inmates Who Murdered as Juveniles Challenge Their Life Sentences

| November 8, 2014

Two inmates serving life in prison for murders committed as juveniles are challenging their sentences based on a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling that bans mandatory life sentences for juveniles.

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.

Flagler Beach Settles With Ex-Flagler Beach Firefighters, Retracting Firing and Paying $80,000 to Each

| November 6, 2014

Ex-Flagler Beach firefighters Jake Bissonnette and Shane Wood wrote resignation letters to replace their firing orders, but they will not be returning to work for the fire department.

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.

Escaped Convict Ronald McCoy Caught by West Palm Beach Police

| November 3, 2014

Ronald McCoy, an inmate with a very violent past who was serving two life terms on armed robbery convictions at a prison in Miami-Dade County, remains at large after his escape on Oct. 31.

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.

“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?”

FHP Warns of Extra Halloween Patrols and Cautions Trick and Treaters on Safety

| October 31, 2014

This weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol will join thousands of law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation in enforcing Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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.

Cyclist Seriously Hurt on Belle Terre, Then 3 Cars Crash in Opposite Direction at Ponce de Leon

| October 31, 2014

Belle Terre Parkway from Rymfire Drive north was shut down after 5:45 this morning after a car struck a cyclist about 75 yards north of the intersection with Ponce de Leon Drive. An unrelated three-car wreck then took place across the road.

Supreme Court Removes Leon County Judge For Running Religious Business Out of Her Chambers

| October 30, 2014

Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins was running a business called Gaza Road Ministries, used a judicial assistant and sold her own books to attorneys who appeared before her.

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.

From Heroes to Suspects and Back Again: All Charges Dropped For European Village Saviors

| October 29, 2014

The three young Palm Coast residents who stopped an Uzi-yielding assailant at European Village in March spent the next six months fighting bogus charges that they’d provoked a fight at Finn’s bar in Flagler Beach. All charges have been dropped.

Sanford, Ferguson, Tallahassee: When Cops Act Like Vigilantes

| October 28, 2014

When police from Sanford to Tallahassee protect themselves or FSU football players and sit on information that should be disclosed and vigorously pursued, they invite mistrust and charges of a cover-up.

Palm Coast Broods as Ruling Declares Key Step in Red-Light Camera Ticketing Illegal

| October 28, 2014

You may be better off not paying your red-light camera ticket in light of a court decision declaring issuance of those tickets illegal. Palm Coast is studying the ruling as its cameras continue to flash.

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