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Palm Coast Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charge in Death of a Dog Left to Perish in a Storm

| June 30, 2014

Bryan Leonard, a 25-year-old Palm Coast resident, faces two related animal-cruelty charges in the death of a pit bull called Roscoe who was discovered leashed and dead from choking on an island near Bings Landing in May.

Florida Justice Barbara Pariente’s Crusade: Jurors Need Help Understanding that Eyewitness Testimony Is Unreliable

| June 28, 2014

Justice Pariente noted that the Innocence Commission analyzed wrongful convictions and highlighted eyewitness misidentification, which has been a factor in 75 percent of convictions later exonerated through DNA evidence nationally.

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.

As Florida Eases Harsh Approach, Study Shows Locking Up Juveniles Makes Them Likelier Adult Criminals

| June 27, 2014

Between fiscal year 2010-11 and fiscal year 2012-13, juvenile arrests in Florida declined 23 percent and felony juvenile arrests declined 17 percent, while transfers to adult court declined 36 percent.

St. Johns Jury Recommends Death for Kentrell Johnson in FSU Student Vincent Binder’s Murder

| June 26, 2014

Vincent Binder’s mutilated body was found in a St. Augustine field in April 2010, weeks after he was murdered by three convicts escaped from a Louisiana prison. Two were sentenced to death, one tio life in prison.

Brief Standoff on Filbert Lane Ends in Man’s Arrest on Assault and Strangulation Charges

| June 26, 2014

Matthew Degraw has three arrests in the last 15 months in Flagler County, all for battery or domestic violence. On Wednesday, Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies had to establish a perimeter around his house at 22 Filbert Lane in Palm Coast in a brief stand-off as he refused to come out, and was known to have weapons in his possession inside.

Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Case For a New $600,000 Truck Draws Key Support

| June 24, 2014

A town hall meeting designed to give the fire department its say drew no ire or passions but rather some critical questions and some support for the proposed buy.

At Flagler Drug Court Graduation, Gratefulness Humbled By Clean Living’s Demands

| June 24, 2014

Graduating in a ceremony at the Flagler County Courthouse Friday, drug court participants–most had suffered of prescription-drug abuse–spoke of lives changed by the demanding program, which keeps two-thirds of participants from re-offending.

Palm Coast Man Jailed on Charges of Marital Rape and Aggravated Assault

| June 23, 2014

Peter Jamwant of Birchwood Drive in Palm Coast was booked at the Flagler County jail on a county of sex battery, or rape, aggravated assault and battery after allegedly victimizing his 56-year-old wife in the middle of February, according to his arrest report. Bond was set at $315,000. Jamwant posted bail.

Don’t Buy The Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Deceptions: City Doesn’t Need New Aerial Fire Truck

| June 21, 2014

The Flagler Beach Fire Department is veiling its unwise request for a new $600,000 fire truck under the guise of “fire safety equipment,” a deception–and a purchase, with money the city cannot afford–residents should reject, argues Rick Blehumeur.

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.

John Ruthell Henry Is Executed, 18th Inmate Put to Death on Rick Scott’s Watch

| June 19, 2014

No other first-term governor has signed the execution warrants of so many inmates since Florida re-instituted the death penalty in 1976. Since then, the state has executed 87 inmates. One in five of those has been executed on Scott’s watch, in less than four years.

Sex Offender Arrested For Exposure as Waterfront Park Picks Up Where Graham Swamp Left Off

| June 18, 2014

Ashley Levern Mitchell, 49, of 12 Bridgehaven Drive in Palm Coast, a registered sex offender from exposing himself to a teen 12 years ago, was arrested at Waterfront Park for allegedly repeatedly exposing himself to a biker at various spots in the park.

Tracy Morgan, Truck Wrecks, and Politicians Willing To Make Our Roads More Dangerous

| June 17, 2014

If you spend much time on the Interstate, you undoubtedly have seen the aftermath of horrific crashes like the one that occurred earlier this month on I-95 at the Flagler-St. Johns County line. That wreck was typical of the carnage that results from an 18-wheeler plowing into stopped cars, either because of the truck driver’s inattention or fatigue.

Flagler Sheriff Warns of Persistent IRS Phone Scam

| June 17, 2014

Immigrants are frequently targeted. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile – apparently to scare their potential victims.

Palm Coast On Red-Light Camera
Ticket Refunds: Don’t Hold Your Breath

| June 17, 2014

While the Palm Coast City Council took no responsibility for instituting a red-light camera program the Supreme Court declared illegal, the city attorney laid out arguments that could keep the city from reimbursing $1.2 million in illegally levied fines before July 2010. But the city is taking a wait-and-see attitude.

Armed With Assault Rifle, Palm Coast Man Jailed After Threatening to Kill an Ex and Her Boyfriend

| June 16, 2014

Andrew Dandurand of Palm Coast is being held on $500,000 bond after his arrest Sunday after he eluded cops on U.S. 1 in St, Johns County. A loaded assault rifle was in his pick-up truck. He’d threatened to kill an ex-gilfriend, her boyfriend and himself.

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.

Another Pit Bull Blamed in Mondex Attack, This Time on a 1-Year-Old Girl

| June 13, 2014

A pit bull mix is blamed in an attack on a 1-year-old Bunnell girl who ended up with deep bite punctures and gashes on her face Thursday as she played in her front yard Thursday.

In a Stinging Defeat for Palm Coast Government, Supreme Court Rules Pre-2010 Red-Light Cameras Illegal

| June 12, 2014

Palm Coast is on the hook for $1.19 million in fines it illegally imposed on drivers between 2007 and 2010, when it ran 10 red-light cameras outside state law. The Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 today that such schemes were not permissible. Palm Coast was sued but refused to settle, as did American Traffic Solutions, its contractor. So the city may now have to pay up.

Rescued from Surf in Flagler Beach and Revived, Sylvio Thibodeau, 88, Dies at Hospital

| June 11, 2014

Sylvio Thibodeau, for two decades a resident of Palm Coast, was an avid swimmer and biker. On June 5 he was at the beach with his daughter when he swam too far and disappeared from view, was brought back to shore by a lifeguard and given CPR, but died later at Florida Hospital Flagler.

Palm Coast Council Looks to Regulate Potential Medical Pot, But in a Cloud of Misinformation

| June 10, 2014

Saying he wants to be “pro-active,” Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts wants to explore regulations of potential medical pot dispensaries, should medical marijuana be legalized by Amendment 2, similar to those Palm Coast imposed on pill mills and intenet cafes. But those regulations will be primarily in the Department of Health’s hands, possibly pre-empting cities from such regulatory powers.

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.

Flagler Beach Fire Department Makes Pitch For $600,000 Fire Truck, Igniting Questions

| June 9, 2014

City Commission Chairman Kim Carney has predicted last year that the fire department would soon be asking for a new fire truck, and is raising questions about its proposed financing, including taking more than $300,000 from the city’s infrastructure fund.

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.

Impasse Developing Between State and Counties Over Juvenile Detention Costs

| June 9, 2014

A years-long dispute over how to split the costs of detaining youthful offenders appears no closer to being settled after the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice held a rule-making hearing Friday with representatives of more than three dozen Florida counties, including Flagler.

ACLU Sues Sarasota Police For Access To Records On Cell Phone “Stingray” Tracking Program

| June 8, 2014

The ACLU of Florida has been seeking public records for several months now from about 30 police departments and sheriffs’ offices all over Florida in an effort to access whether or not police are not trampling on privacy rights.

Dewey B. Thompson Is Killed in a Single-Car Wreck Behind Public Library in Bunnell

| June 5, 2014

Dewey Bernard Thompson, a 49-year-old resident of Bunnell, was killed early Thursday morning when he passed out at the wheel of his car, sending it crashing in the parking lot of the Bunnell branch of the Flagler County Public Library.

Bunnell and Christian Ministry Locked in Federal Battle Over a Recovery Home for Addicts

| June 5, 2014

Bunnell city government passed an ordinance to prevent Open Door Ministry from opening an addicts-recovery center at the south end of town. The ministry sued in federal court, citing discrimination.

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