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In Sgt. Frank Celico’s Memory: 3rd Annual Ride to Remember Scheduled for Oct. 25

| October 3, 2014

The Ride to Remember gathers bikers for a long ride through the county to commemorate Celico’s memory and raise funds for the foundation, which provides bike helmets and bikes to Flagler children.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Florida Lawyer’s Appeal of Ban on Judicial Candidates’ Campaign Solicitations

| October 2, 2014

Lanell Williams-Yulee was disciplined by the Florida Bar for violating a rule barring judicial candidates from soliciting money when running for judgeships. The U.S. Supreme Court may reverse that rule, affecting 30 states where similar bans are in place.

A Car Wreck at Publix Escalates Into Battery On a Cop and Hostility at Hospital’s ER

| October 2, 2014

Richard Westervelt, a 23-year-old ex-felon–he was released from state prison two years ago–ran from the scene after a car wreck near Publix Tuesday night, then continued battling a cop at the scene and at the hospital before he was restrained in irons and arrested.

Michael Dunn Is Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Shooting of Jordan Davis as Jury Rejects Self-Defense Claim

| October 1, 2014

Michael Dunn murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville the day after Thanksgiving 2012, in a case that again put the focus on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and racial implications.

39-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Accused of Raping “Physically Impaired” Woman, 21

| October 1, 2014

The case rests on DNA evidence tying Gavin to semen from a rape kit the alleged Palm Coast victim completed two days after the incident, the details of which she does not recall.

Sheriff Don Eslinger, “Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot” Chief, Defines Opposition to Amendment 2

| September 30, 2014

Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger has been leading the campaign against Amendment 2, the proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. He calls it “flawed.”

“Sexsomnia” Case: Man Convicted of Molesting 7-Year-Old Girl Is Sentenced to 30 Years

| September 29, 2014

Caleb Ruh, a 29-year-old Flagler County man accused two years ago of molesting a 7-year-old girl in his care, claimed he was asleep at the time. He faces life in prison when sentenmced on Sept. 29.

Palm Coast Man Accused of Kicking and Killing Playful Puppy For Interrupting Masturbation

| September 29, 2014

Wesley Jackson, 28, who has a history of abuse and criminal charges, was at his girlfriend’s empty house trying to pleasure himself at the computer when Little Man, the puppy, kept jumping on his leg, trying to be playful. It was the dog’s last leap.

34 Homes Report Damage in Latest Flooding Totals as Rain Resumes; Graham Swamp Overflows

| September 29, 2014

After 36 hours of calm, the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory, in effect until 1:30 p.m., and a flood watch through this evening for Palm Coast, Bunnell, Flagler Beach and the rest of Flagler County, with rain aggravating flood-prone conditions from the weekend.

FDLE Looking Into Alleged Secret Taping and Sunshine Violation by Elections Supervisor

| September 29, 2014

It’s the first step to an investigation of Kimberle Weeks, if laws are found to have been broken. It takes place on the heels of withering criticism of Weeks’s methods and questions by the county commission chairman about the integrity of the elections she is supervising.

Family Life Center Appoints Jodi Lodolce and Laura Perkins to Board; Seeking 2 More Members

| September 29, 2014

The two new members join an 11-member board. The Family Life Center is seeking two additional board members. Those interested should contact Trish Giaccone at 386/437-7747.

15 Inches of Rain In Heart of Palm Coast; B-Section Pounded; Wastewater Systems Strained

| September 27, 2014

15 inches of rainfall had been reported at Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway by 9:35 this morning, with the third flood warning issued in 18 hours, valid through 1:15 p.m.

Palm Coast Flooding Closes a Few Streets in B and W Sections; Damage Minimal So Far; Flood Warning Extended

| September 26, 2014

Damage has been minimal and no injuries related to flooding have been reported, though lightning struck a house and triggered a house fire–the location has not been specified–and a person was struck by lightning.

“You Are the Shining Stars,” Flagler’s Drug Court Graduates Are Told at Inspirational Ceremony

| September 26, 2014

Five graduates joined today the 101 who have graduated from Flagler County Drug Court at a ceremony before Judge J. David Walsh, where emotions, celebrations and relief gripped much of the full house.

Gangs’ Links to Crooked Guards, Targeted Killing, Money Laundering: Details Emerge in Florida Prison Crisis

| September 25, 2014

Two former prison sergeants are awaiting trial after being accused of ordering an inmate to be killed to protect the guards’ role as kingpins of an institution-wide gang operation.

73-Year-Old Man Robbed at Best Western Off Old Kings Road; Detectives Seek Help

| September 25, 2014

Debary residents Herman and Judith Reimers, 73 and 71, were staying at the Best Western off of Old Kings Road on Sept. 22, when an alleged assailant claiming to be a TV repairman went with Herman to his room and robbed him of his wallet.

Palm Coast’s Jessica Dow Nash, 31, Critical After Crashing Into FHP Troopers’ Cruisers

| September 24, 2014

Jessica Dow Nash, a 31-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s F Section, crashed into a BMW and an FHP patrol car as FHP was investigating another crash early this morning just north of the Flagler-St. Johns County line.

Pit Bull Tased Then Euthanized After Attacking 3 People in P-Section; 3rd Incident in 3 Days

| September 24, 2014

In an incident that culminated in a third attack caught on video, the pit bull was briefly neutralized with a Taser dart before an animal control officer removed the dog from the scene and three people were hospitalized.

After Flagrant Dog Attack, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Cole Appeals for More Responsibility From Pet Owners

| September 23, 2014

Cmdr. Steve Cole, attacked and injured by a dog Monday as he jogged along Matanzas Woods Parkway, says the consequences could have been far worse had the dog attacked a child, an elderly person or a woman, all of whom are always on trails.

Facebook “Relationship” Status Between Man, 21, and 15-Year-Old Palm Coast Girl, Leads to Statutory Rape Charge

| September 23, 2014

Tavarez Calloway met the girl at the Flagler County Fair then was allowed to move in when he had no other place to go, as long as the cpouple did not date, according to what a parent told police.

Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston Gets State Safety Award For Using Drunk Buster Impairment Goggles

| September 23, 2014

The statewide award is presented each year by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for an outstanding program in Florida promoting highway safety.

Palm Coast Woman Fires Handgun at Charging Pit Bull as She Walks Her Dog in B-Section

| September 22, 2014

A 25-year-old woman walking her dog on her own property on Palm Coast’s Belvedere Lane when she fired her 38-mm handgun at a neighborhood pit bull that was charging her. The dog was not injured, but it quickly retreated.

Domestic Violence: Challenges Go Beyond A Brute’s Fists or White, Middle-Class Women

| September 22, 2014

Because the movement to help battered women largely has been driven by white, middle-class women, the attention has generally been on generic domestic violence, with absent attention to the nuances of race and class.

Department of Corrections Fires 32 More, Including 3 Guards Involved In Gassing Death of Inmate

| September 20, 2014

All of the workers fired were on administrative leave pending a review launched earlier this summer. The housecleaning is part of the secretary’s attempt to salvage the reputation of the beleaguered agency in the wake of reports of widespread abuse and corruption, whistleblower complaints and federal investigations surrounding prisoner deaths.

17-Year-Old Runaway Palm Coast Girl Found Unresponsive at Bunnell’s Budget Motel

| September 18, 2014

A 17-year-old Palm Coast girl reported missing Saturday was found unconscious in a motel room Monday morning, where she’d checked in with a 27-year-old the night before, in a case Bunnell police terms “suspicious.” The girl was still in a coma Wednesday at a hospital in Jacksonville.

Two Flagler Estate Residents Face 39 Counts Of Animal Cruelty Each After Foul Discovery

| September 18, 2014

A circuit judge ordered the St. Johns sheriff’s office to take possession of 17 cows, nine pigs, 11 goats and two horses found in neglectful conditions. The animals are to be auctioned.

Shaun Whitt of Palm Coast Is Sentenced to Life in Prison For Serial Rapes of 11-Year-Old Girl

| September 17, 2014

Shaun Whitt, formerly of Palm Coast’s F-Section, would assault the girl in her bedroom for more than two years after she turned 11, after her mother would go to work. He denied the allegations.

Palm Coast Boy, 9, Faces Battery and Molestation Charges After “Playing Around” With 11-Year-Old Girl

| September 16, 2014

The 9-year-old boy is accused of grabbing the girl’s breasts from behind, asking her to “give me a hug or I’ll rape you,” and hitting her with a flip-flop when she got away from him.

Judge Raul Zambrano Sentences Kentrell Johnson to Death For FSU Student Vincent Binder’s Murder

| September 16, 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 to life in prison.

Weekend Violence: An Arrest Over Child Abuse, Another From a Baseball-Bat Assault

| September 15, 2014

Jolynn Martin, 29, of Bunnell, was arrested following a violent argument with two adults, one of whom was holding a 2-year-old girl, who allegedly got punched. Martin Wright, 54, of Bunnell, was arrested for allegedly taking a baseball bat to another man’s head in an argument.

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