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Term Limits for Supreme Court and Appellate Judges? Measure Moving Closer to Ballot

| January 24, 2016

Under the proposal, members of the Supreme Court and district courts of appeal would be limited to two full six-year terms. Judges currently have to retire in the election cycle after they turn 70 years old.

Authorities Looking for Escaped Convict Gary Bullock and Palm Coast Girlfriend

| January 23, 2016

Aiding in Bullock’s escape, Natasha Quigley stole money, blank checks and a gun from her parents’ home in Palm Coast before the pair absconded with a 3-year-old boy.

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.

4 Suspects Sought in Break-Ins and Theft of 19 Vehicles at Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn

| January 22, 2016

Five vehicles parked at the Holiday Inn Express in Palm Coast’s Flagler Plaza Drive and 13 vehicles parked at the nearby Hampton Inn, just off I-95, were burglarized overnight Wednesday, and one stolen from the Holiday Inn parking lot was later recovered in Orlando.

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.

Two Young Women’s Suicides, In Close Proximity, Stun and Mobilize Community

| January 21, 2016

Lindsay Brockhaus, 20, killed herself on Tuesday, a month after her friend Cora Ann Engel, 18, committed suicide by the same method, two years almost to the day after Dalton Coxwell, also a Matanzas High student, had killed himself the same way.

Fire Demolishes Family Home in Western Flagler After French Fries Are Left Unattended

| January 20, 2016

A house belonging to Caprice and Stephan Williams and their two teen-age sons at 5881 Logwood Lane in Bunnell was consumed by flames Saturday after Caprice briefly left the stove unattended to help a neighbor.

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.

Two Pit Bulls Shot Dead After Attacking And Killing Pony; Duane Weeks Cited

| January 19, 2016

Two pit bulls in the care of Duane Weeks savaged a neighbor’s pony and killed it before the neighbor shot the two dogs. Weeks agreed to $1,000 in restitution and was cited for letting his animals run loose.

Stacy Culotta, Who’d Sought Suicide-by-Cop, Pleads to 36 Months’ Probation

| January 19, 2016

Stacy Culotta is the 36-year-old Palm Coast P-Section woman who last September was at the center of an attempted suicide-by-cop. She’ll serve probation and forfeit all weapons but serve no jail time.

Vandalism Blamed for Emptying Plantation Bay’s Water Supply, Leaving Customers Dry

| January 18, 2016

The 1,600-odd customers of the Flagler County-owned Plantation Bay water utility woke up to dry faucets today as vandals were believed to have emptied the subdivision’s water tanks overnight.

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.

Couple on Palm Coast Parkway Threatened With Handgun in Apparent Road Rage Incident

| January 14, 2016

A 61-year-old Palm Coast resident and his wife were allegedly threatened with a gun in the culmination of an apparent road rage incident on Palm Coast Parkway Monday. Aggravated assault and battery charges are pending, but the perpetrator got away.

Jacqueline Costa, 49, Is Struck and Killed By an SUV on Mahogany Blvd. in The Mondex

| January 12, 2016

Jacqueline Costa, a 49-year-old resident of western Flagler County, was struck and killed this evening as she was crossing Mahogany Blvd. near her home in the Mondex.

Five New Flagler County Fire Rescue Firefighters Complete Orientation as Department Grows

| January 12, 2016

New firefighters – Thomas Cope, Cory Sattar, Michael Beaulieu and Andy Thomas, all hired in December, along with Marianne Huston, who was hired in September – were put through their paces last week, the first full week of the new year.

U.S. Supreme Court Declares Florida’s Death Penalty Scheme Unconstitutional

| January 12, 2016

The United States Supreme Court, in an emphatic ruling Tuesday, declared Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme to be a violation of the Sixth Amendment.

Palm Coast Couple Arrested for Sex in Joanne King Park After 12 Year Old Spots Them

| January 11, 2016

A 12-year-old boy told police he saw William J. Murphy, 37, and Connie Whitaker-Roberts, 33, having sex against a park bench at Joanne B. King Park in Bunnell Sunday afternoon. It is illegal to have sex in the park.

In Case Against Kimberle Weeks, Tactical Motions Lead to Likely Turning Point in March

| January 11, 2016

Ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks’s attorney wants three separate trials on 12 felony counts, and to suppress a search warrant–a motion which, if granted, would unravel the case against Weeks.

2 Killed, 2 from Palm Coast and Bunnell Injured in 2-Vehicle Wreck in Flagler Estates

| January 10, 2016

Katie Stecker, 19, of St. Augustine, and Victoria Sutton, 20, were killed, Dalton Edwards, 20, of Bunnell, was critically burned, Alexander Koufodontis, 21, of Palm Coast, sustained lesser injuries.

Sexual Predator With History of Exhibitionism to Minors Moves Into Palm Coast’s U-Section

| January 8, 2016

Robert S. Hampton was arrested for masturbating in front of middle school children and later imprisoned for trying to lure an 11-year-old girl to his SUV, with his pants unzipped.

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.

Sudden Resignation of Flagler Beach Firefighter Follows Allegations of “Unauthorized Absences”

| January 5, 2016

Clint Dixon, a firefighter for the past three years, resigned “for personal reasons” after confirming to his fire chief that he’d left his post a couple of times.

More Than 13,000 Rape Kits Remain Untested Statewide as Crime Labs Strain

| January 5, 2016

The report lists 15 kits from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office that were not submitted to FDLE, but no kits–submitted or unsubmitted–from the Bunnell and Flagler Beach police departments.

Palm Coast Man Arrested for Firing Gun at a Dictionary During a Fight With Girlfriend

| January 4, 2016

Arnold D. Boggs, 48, of Palm Coast, was arrested on four charges, two of them felonies, after he shot at an Encarta World English Dictionary during a fight with his girlfriend, who’d told him she was moving out.

Firefighters and Deputies Rescue Man From Submerged Car After 2-Vehicle Wreck at SR100 Exit Ramp

| January 2, 2016

A two-vehicle wreck at the northbound exit ramp of I-95 and State Road 100 ended with one of the two cars crashing into a retention pond and triggering a rescue of the driver by three Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies and four firefighters, who all dove into the 8-foot-deep waters.

Race Between 2 Boys “Testing Abilities” of Their BMWs Up Belle Terre Ends in Crash and Injury

| December 30, 2015

Steven Zapata, 17, and Brian D. Rodrigues, 18, both of Palm Coast, were racing their BMWs up Belle Terre Parkway when Zapata lost control and ended up smashing an FPL light pole and a fence before dropping into a ditch.

Florida Prisons, Already Censoring a News Publication, Now Seek to Censor Legal Brief

| December 30, 2015

The Florida Department of Corrections is seeking to block state and national media organizations from filing a brief in a legal battle about whether a publication should be barred from Florida’s prisons.

Push for Policing Reforms Expected in 2016 Legislative Sessions, But Not in Florida

| December 28, 2015

Passing more laws in 2016 will depend on politics — and the level of public outcry — in each state. The federal government has no jurisdiction over local policing, leaving state lawmakers are ultimately responsible for reforms.

Ex-Culture Writer for News-Journal, Now With FlaglerLive, Arrested on Christmas Eve

| December 28, 2015

Rick de Yampert, for 23 years a reporter and columnist covering arts and culture for the Daytona Beach News-Journal until his move to FlaglerLive this fall, was arrested on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment.

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