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Investigated for Stalking, Man Is Accused of Raping 15-Year-Old Palm Coast Girl in Her Home

| October 13, 2014

James Russell Brink, 25, is being held at the Flagler County jail on $100,000 bond and is accused of traveling from Virginia to have sex with a 15-year-old Palm Coast girl he’d previously been accused of stalking in New York.

Flagler Beach Mayor Calls Special Meeting on Fire Truck Only To Be Outmaneuvered With Planned Vote

| October 13, 2014

Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher wanted a meeting to further investigate what she considers a dubious $600,000 fire truck buy. Instead, she got a meeting where the commission may finally vote to go ahead with the purchase this evening.

Sheriff’s Ex-Finance Director Sues, Claiming She Was Forced Out After Flagging “Inappropriate” Spending

| October 13, 2014

Ex-finance director Linda Bolante’s lawsuit focuses on dining and entertainment expenses Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre had to pay back after charging an agency credit card, following which, according to Bolante, she was forced to resign. The Sheriff’s Office “vigorously disputes” the claim that the two occurrences were related.

Indian Trails 7th Grader Shelby Anton, Winner of Statewide Essay Contest, Is Palm Coast Mayor for a Day

| October 12, 2014

Indian Trails 7th grader Shelby Anton took first place in Florida, out of some 1,500 entrants, in a Florida League of Cities contest that had her spend a day as a mayor, including chairing a city council meeting on Oct. 7.

“Thank You for Using Your Legs to Show Us What’s In Your Hearts,” Palm Coast Mayor Tells Pink Army

| October 12, 2014

This morning’s 5K Pink Army run for breast cancer awareness drew hundreds of runners, walkers and strollers of all ages and sizes who thronged Town Center just after dawn, for the cause.

“Barefoot in the Park” Inaugurates Flagler Playhouse’s New Season, and Renovated Digs

| October 11, 2014

Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” opens a new season for a Flagler Playhouse that benefited from a $150,000 state grant and used it to improve its stage’s wing space, provide better rest rooms and storage space.

Bruce Campbell Resigns As Flagler Beach City Manager

| October 10, 2014

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell on Friday told his staff he was resigning after three years on the job. He did not give any reasons.

A1A Pride Votes 7-3 to Reject Salamander Plan for 198-Room Hotel at Hammock Beach

| October 9, 2014

Today’s vote is only advisory ahead of action before the county’s planning board and the County Commission. But A1A’s membership represents a powerful constituency in the Hammock, as its previous displays of political muscle indicate.

“A Fitting Conclusion”: Family Speaks of Pilot Ray Miller’s Life of Adventure Before Crash

| October 9, 2014

Raymond Miller, the 77-year-old Palm Coast resident who crashed his plane in Pellicer Creek last week, had retired from the CIA but had never ended a life of globe-trotting adventure in which his age was a mere number. His family said his last flight was a fitting way to end a life.

Joseph Delarosby, Recently Retired Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy, Takes His Life at Palm Coast’s Heroes Park

| October 7, 2014

Joseph Delarosby, who’d served nearly 20 years as a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy and bailiff, committed suicide this morning at Heroes Park in Palm Coast. He had retired from the force only recently.

Florida Hospital Flagler To See Medicare Payments Reduced 0.37% Per Patient, one of 148 Penalized in State

| October 7, 2014

The penalty is intended to jolt hospitals to pay attention to what happens to their patients after they leave and reduce the rate of readmission of Medicare patients.

Robbery at Palm Coast Target Pharmacy Leads to Chase and Arrest at Integra Woods

| October 6, 2014

Michael Shudy, 34, of Palm Coast, was arrested on two robbery charges and a count of fleeing and eluding police after ordering a store clerk at Target’s pharmacy to hand over methadone.

Richard Mathews, Accused of Mercy Killing in Mother’s Death, Sentenced to Two Years

| October 6, 2014

Mary Shaw Mathews, 88, was found to have died by strangulation and over-medication on Feb. 21 at her Palm Coast home. Her son Richard told detectives that she had asked him to end her life as she had been suffering and declining fast. Today’s outcome reflected a judicial system grappling with the gray area between mercy killing, which is not allowed by law, and a form of induced death.

Pink Army’s Cancer-Whipping Flags Rise Over Flagler as Awareness Campaign Broadens

| October 6, 2014

At a flag-raising ceremony this morning, elected officials and Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison spoke of cancer’s toll and improvements in life expectancy thanks to awareness and early detection.

Flagler Beach Police Seeking Help Identifying Publix Liquor Thief

| October 6, 2014

The suspect stole some $400 worth of liquor from the Publix at 414 Beach Village Drive in Flagler Beach and drove off in a white hatchback vehicle of unknown make.

Recovery of Crashed Plane Again Suspended as Tides Interfere; Raymond Miller, Presumed Dead, Still Not Positively Identified

| October 5, 2014

Raymond A. Miller, 77, of Palm Coast, took off from Flagler County Airport in a Northeasterly direction Friday morning and never returned. Authorities are seeking the public’s help in any sighting as the search continues.

County Road 305 Culvert Replacements Will Not Be Completed Until 2015

| October 5, 2014

One culvert has been delayed by heavy rains and won’t be finished until October, two more won’t be done until January 2015, the county administration said.

Sheriff’s Apperson Honored for School Cop Services; Three Are Promoted

| October 5, 2014

Don Apperson, just reassigned, had served as the supervisor of the sheriff’s school cops for 13 years. Jen Taylor, Bernie Woodward and Laura Pazarena were all promoted.

FDLE Serves Search Warrant as Supervisor of Elections Weeks Is Now Formally Under Investigation

| October 3, 2014

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents this morning served a search warrant at Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks’s office. Agents were there several hours today.

Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy Tasers 80-Year-Old Man With Dementia: He Was Wielding a Knife

| October 3, 2014

A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday used his Taser stun gun against an 80-year-old man suffering from dementia as the man refused to put down a butcher knife as he sat in his back porch. The man had earlier allegedly threatened members of his family.

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.

A Cat in Flagler Beach Cashes in One of Nine Lives In Freakish Hitch With Garage Door

| October 2, 2014

Flagler Beach Police Sgt. David Arcieri noticed most of the cat screaming as it hung between a garage door and a house frame Wednesday afternoon. Arcieri initiated the rescue. The cat is back to its normal self, lording it over the block.

Everybody Needs a Little Raciness: City Rep Theatre Launches 4th Season With Joyful, Raunchy “Avenue Q”

| October 2, 2014

Nominated for six Tony awards and winner of three, “Avenue Q,” for the first time in Palm Coast, is a hilarious send-up of Seasame Street by way of hard-edged themes–racism, porn, suckiness–featuring puppets and songs. It’s all laughs.

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.

Flooding Damage to 36 Homeowners Totals $380,000 as Calm Returns to Region

| October 1, 2014

After two days of torrential rain in places and a maximum-recorded reading of 16 inches in central Palm Coast, two days of calm have restored normalcy to the city’s sewer system, lifting restrictions on water usage and ending cases of isolated flooding.

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.

Flagler Beach Attorney Scott Spradley Marks 25th Year With Pier-Timbred Gift to City Commission

| October 1, 2014

Flagler Beach attorney Scott Spradley will present a 6 foot by 3 foot photograph on canvass of the pier, which he took, to the City Commission on Oct. 9 as a gift marking his 25 years as a member of the Florida Bar.

Citing Racism, Ex-Manager Armando Martinez Files Discrimination Charge Against Bunnell

| September 30, 2014

Armando Martinez charges that when Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker spoke of not wanting another manager from Miami, he was discriminating against Martinez’s Cuban heritage. Tucker says he was merely opposing hiring another big-city manager.

More Land For Pops as City Embraces Partnership With Palm Coast Arts Foundation

| September 30, 2014

The city has agreed to lease the foundation–which is set to raise its first physical structure–even more land than it had before in Town Center and increasing the arts group’s space by about a third, and doubling the length of the $1-year-lease to 10 years.

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.

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