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Why Black America Fears the Police

| March 8, 2015

When shots were fired as a group of black friends walked along the beach, there was no rush to call 911. They feared what could happen if police came rushing into a group of people who, by virtue of their skin color, might be mistaken for suspects.

Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit Shifts From Harleys To BMWs For $115,000

| March 7, 2015

The 110-horesepower, 1200-cc motorcycle is a model especially modified for police use. Residents and visitors can expect to see the BMW motorcycles throughout Flagler County beginning this weekend.

FDLE Arrests 15 Floridians For Running Human-Trafficking Ring in Five Counties

| March 7, 2015

Women were forced to work as commercial sex slaves, performing sex acts on 25 to 45 men a day, six days a week. Victims ranged in age from 25 to 35. The investigation began in 2013 after the Collier County Sheriff’s Office discovered a human trafficking victim during a traffic stop.

Rash of Palm Coast Burglaries Targets Elderly and Jewelry in Sea Colony and Grand Haven

| March 6, 2015

In one case, a couple was burglarized of $50,000 worth of jewelry, with three other cases’ value adding up to more than $12,000. The thefts take place during relatively brief absences of the homeowners.

13-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Threatening To “Kill Everyone” At Calvary Christian Academy

| March 6, 2015

Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach, with some 60 to 70 students from Flagler County, was disrupted Wednesday by the girl’s threats, made in Instagram.

Lawmakers Looking to End Speed Traps and Limit Police Revenue From Speeding Tickets

| March 5, 2015

A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill banning police’s speeding-ticket quotas and limit law enforcement agencies’ revenue from tickets.

Remembrance Rescue Project’s 9/11 Memorial Firetruck in Palm Coast This Week

| March 4, 2015

The Remembrance Rescue Project combines the parts of two firetrucks that were at Ground Zero the day of the attacks on the Twin Towers in Manhattan.

13-Year-Old Indian Trails Boy Arrested on Knife Charge at School and Tied to Stolen Gun

| March 4, 2015

A 13-year-old Indian Trails Middle School student, on probation over a drug charge, was arrested Tuesday on a felony weapons possession charge for taking a knife to school after authorities discovered he had allegedly given a stolen .380 Glock 42 to a friend.

Road Rage on Belle Terre, Car Break-in at Cracker Barrel, Illegal Brass Knuckles and Drinking

| March 2, 2015

Weekend criminal activity in Palm Coast and Bunnell included a young mother and her children in their car being assaulted on Belle Terre Parkway, an underage drinking party at the Holiday Inn and other incidents.

In Fear of ATS: The Palm Coast City
Council’s Red-Light Camera Delusions

| March 1, 2015

After coming close to suspending its red-light camera [program, the Palm Coast City Council has retreated, again exposing a willingness to do its camera vendor’s bidding before looking after its residents’ interests.

Shackling Juveniles: Despite 2009 Court Decision, Practice Continues Away From Courtroom

| March 1, 2015

Florida’s Supreme Court found shackling juveniles “repugnant, degrading, humiliating, and contrary to the stated primary purposes of the juvenile justice system” in a 2009 decision barring the practice in courtrooms, but shackling carries on elsewhere.

Why Almost 1 in 4 Floridian Driver Has No Car Insurance: Poverty

| February 28, 2015

Florida’s poverty rate is 17 percent and 23.8 of its motorists are uninsured. Uninsured drivers face stiff fines in many states, but some that have such penalties on the books often fail to enforce them.

Good Samaritan Act Leads to Charges of Forgery, Grand Theft, Assault and a Stand-Off

| February 27, 2015

John Sole, a 31-year-old resident of Paul Lane in Palm Coast with a brief but recurring history of trouble with the law, became allegedly violent with his mother after she could not cash fraudulent checks.

Bi-Partisan Lawmakers Looking to Expunge Criminal Records of Non-Violent Juveniles

| February 27, 2015

An Orlando Senator is sponsoring a bill that would allow the expunging of records for minors who commit nonviolent misdemeanors and go on to complete diversion programs.

Palm Coast Man, 19, Charged With Raping 11-Year-Old Girl He Met on Facebook

| February 26, 2015

Karl Westgate, a 19-year-old resident of Palm Coast who became a father two months ago, faces a capital rape charge and other charges of possessing child pornography after exchanging nude pictures of himself and the girl with her.

Father Jailed on Felony Child Abuse After 15-Year-Old Films Beating and Abuse on Mac

| February 26, 2015

Anthony Schneider, 42, of Royal Leaf Lane in Palm Coast, represents the fourth arrest of a parent or guardian in Palm Coast this month over charges of violently abusing a child.

Edmon Welch Sentenced to Life in Prison For Home Invasion and Battery on 88 Year Old

| February 25, 2015

A jury had found Edmon N. Welch guilty of the home invasion and battery on Ray Mercer in August 2013. An accomplice Jody Medders, is already serving five years in prison.

Armed Car-Jacking in Bunnell Ends in Volusia With Arrest of Four Flagler Teens

| February 25, 2015

All four suspects are from Palm Coast and Bunnell, the youngest being 15. They were arrested after a pursuit involving four police agencies and Volusia County’s Air One helicopter.

Flagler Jail Inmates Charged With Lewdness For Masturbating During GED Class

| February 24, 2015

James Simmons, a 40-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s P-Section, is facing a series of felonies in other incidents, and now faces an additional third-degree felony.

Cyclist Susan Lantz, 62, of St. Augustine, Is Killed on A1A in Collision With a Car

| February 22, 2015

Susan Lantz, a 62-year-old resident of St. Augustine, was killed Sunday morning (Feb. 22) as she rode her bicycle on State Road A1A just north of Crescent Beach, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

After Just One Arrest in 4 Years on Prostitution-Related Charges, Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest 4 in 48 Hours

| February 20, 2015

Flagler sheriff’s detectives Wednesday and Thursday arrested two men for soliciting sex, a woman for prostituting herself, and a man for pimping another woman, to a group of men who turned out to be undercover detectives.

FHP Launches “Operation Race to Safety” on I-95, Targeting Aggressive Drivers

| February 19, 2015

Coinciding with races and the traffic they bring at the International Speedway, FHP will be conducting Operation Race to Safety between Thursday, February 19 and Sunday February 22, 2015.

Appeal Court Upholds Florida’s Ban on Open-Carry, But Case Appears Headed For Supremes

| February 18, 2015

Dale Norman, a resident of St. Lucie County, was arrested at gunpoint for carrying an openly visible handgun in a holster, on his hip. Florida Carry Inc. took his case and has been fighting his conviction since.

Sheriff Manfre Agrees to $183,000 Settlement Over Wage Dispute With 155 Deputies

| February 18, 2015

The settlement will award an average of $487 in back pay to 104 current and former road deputies, and an average of $1,670 to current and former corrections deputies, ending one of three major legal matters burdening the sheriff’s office.

Facing Trial Over Brutalizing 2 Year Old, Ex-Cop Is Charged With Torture of Daughter, 14

| February 18, 2015

Stanley Wykretowicz, 38, and Cherrie Retamozzo, 33, residents of Palm Coast, were jailed on a charge of willfully torturing Wykretowicz’s daughter. He faces an additional charge of battery by strangulation.

15-Year-Old Girl Reports Rapes and Abuse By Her Guardian’s Husband Over Several Years

| February 17, 2015

Esteban Alejandro Rodriguez, a 30-year-old resident of Brunswick Lane in Palm Coast, is at the county jail on $260,000 bond following allegations of rape and abuse by a 15-year-old girl in his care over the past several years.

18-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Tased
And Arrested After Yelling Match

| February 17, 2015

Qyontae Billy Sampson had been arguing with his girlfriend, but not physically, and did not comply when police tried to handcuff him, triggering a brief pursuit and arrest on three charges, including battery on a police officer.

Palm Coast City Attorney Bill Reischmann Thanks Responders After Car Wreck

| February 17, 2015

Palm Coast City Attorney Bill Reischmann was involved in a two-vehicle crash at Palm Coast Parkway and Clubhouse Drive on Feb. 3, as he was driving to a city council meeting.

On Flagler Roads, Cyclists Share Some Blame For Wrecks; Legislator Files Protective Bill

| February 16, 2015

A proposed bill to strengthen protections for cyclists drew mixed reviews from a Flagler County commissioner and a Florida Highway Patrol homicide investigator, who both pointed at cyclists’ responsibilities on the road.

Counties Withhold Payments to State as Dispute Over Juvenile Costs Flares Again

| February 13, 2015

After the failure of a legislative compromise last year, some counties are withholding their share of the costs from the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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