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Archive for: April, 2012

Violent Crime Rise and Record Number of Aggravated Assaults Dim Flagler’s Overall Drop

| April 30, 2012

Although the overall crime rate declined 4.2 percent for the second successive year in 2011, violent crime increased in every single one of the four categories–rape, robbery, murder and aggravated assault, led by crime increase in Bunnell. The numbers will give fodder to Don Fleming and his opponents in this year’s race for sheriff.

In a Victory for State GOP, U.S. Justice Department and Florida Judge Approves Redistricting

| April 30, 2012

The approval from the federal government adds to the Florida Supreme Court’s approval of a Senate map on Friday, while a Leon County judge declined to set aside the state’s new congressional maps, saying opponents of the plans had not proven that the Legislature violated new anti-gerrymandering standards in the once-a-decade redistricting process.

Amid Children at Ralph Carter Park, a Brawl Escalates Into a Shooting and Arrest

| April 30, 2012

18-year-old Johnnie Thomas Jr. fired at least six shots from a .38-caliber gun Sunday evening as some 100 people played at Ralph carter Park. The previous evening, an 11-year-old boy was taken from the park’s basketball court against his will.

A Smoldering Flagler Beach Commission Punts To Voters on Bonfires After a Flagrant Debate

| April 30, 2012

The Flagler Beach City Commission voted 4-1 to let voters decide whether bonfires should be allowed on the city’s beaches after a meeting that featured embarrassing attacks, declaration and fracture.

Remembrances of Jonathan May’s Past: Flagler Youth Orchestra Tours in Founder’s Memory

| April 29, 2012

The Flagler Youth Orchestra on Saturday performed at three of Palm Coast’s assisted and independent living facilities in memory of Jonathan May, its founder and music director, who died in 2010.

Return of the Sea Turtles: Flagler’s First Sighting Renews a Million-Year Ritual

| April 28, 2012

The first sea turtle to scout for a nest on a Flagler beach did so Tuesday, renewing a ritual going back 200 million years. She scouted Columnist Frank Gromling’s beach backyard for her nursery. A report from the sands.

Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill Calling For Unlimited Tuition Increases at UF and Florida State

| April 28, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott’s tuition bill veto rejects pleas of higher education and business officials who said steeper tuition would make the schools more competitive. The veto underscores Scott’s emphasis on holding down the cost of living in the state.

Bob Tibbs, 70-Year-Old Flagler Moonshine Man, Is Arrested for His Whiskey Trade

| April 27, 2012

They call him Mr. Tibbs: Bob Tibbs, 70, of west Flagler, moonshine producer and shrimp peddler. He faces a third-degree felony for his illegal alcohol operation, which he says also helps him fuel his lawnmower.

Long-Time Bunnell Elementary Aide and Day Care Worker Arrested on Child Porn Charges

| April 27, 2012

Daniel Biles, 38, an school employee for two decades, was arrested at Bunnell Elementary Friday afternoon. Nine years ago, charges were dropped following an inconclusive investigation of lewd behavior toward juvenile boys. He was rehired after a paid suspension.

Flagler Supervisor of Elections Office Tops State Performance Rankings That Anger Others

| April 27, 2012

Other supervisors of elections are angry over the nature of the survey, calling it inaccurate, but Weeks is almost certain to use the results as vindication of her tenure after nearly four years of conflict with the Flagler County Commission over her budget and confrontational style.

In a Reversal, Flagler Beach Will Consider New Regulations for Roving Street Vendors

| April 26, 2012

Commissioners agreed unanimously Thursday evening to draft a new ordinance or licensing rules that would define where, how and how often roving vendors would be allowed to in the city.

Federal Judge Rules Gov. Rick Scott’s Random Drug-Testing of State Workers Unconstitutional

| April 26, 2012

Federal District Judge Ursula Ungaro found that Scott’s order requiring drug tests violates the Fourth Amendment, as there is no “compelling need for testing.” Scott said he’d appeal the ruling.

Loans and Self-Contributions Swell Big Money Pots in Flagler Sheriff’s and County Judge Races

| April 26, 2012

John Pollinger in the Flagler sheriff’s race and Melissa Moore Stens in the county judge race are leading in money raised so far, but largely on the strength of their own contributions. Almost $117,000 was raised by all candidates in 11 Flagler County races as of March 31.

“Corruption Risks” Cited at Enterprise Florida, the State’s Economic Development Agency

| April 26, 2012

Integrity Florida, a new watchdog group, faults Enterprise Flagler, the public-private partnership, for producing too few jobs while perks such as tax breaks and incentive grants went to corporations that paid to serve on the agency’s board.

Pick-Up vs. Minivan Smash-Up Hospitalizes Two and Shuts Traffic at SR100 and CR302

| April 25, 2012

The near-head-on-wreck at a notorious intersection closed traffic on State Road 100 for 75 minutes after 5:15 this afternoon as people were heading home, and Fire Flight evacuated a seriously 24-year-old Michele A. Brown of Bunnell.

Palm Coast’s Maria Berlatta, 17, Crashes Her Car Into a Bedroom Where a Woman Was Sleeping

| April 25, 2012

Maria Anne Berlatta, 17, was driving south on Palm Coast’s Cochise Ct. Tuesday evening when a deer ran across the road, sending Berlatta’s car across a yard and into the bedroom of a house where a woman was sleeping.

Republican vs. Republican: Judge Craig Denies GOP Insurgents’ Induction in Flagler’s REC

| April 25, 2012

It’s an unusual case, revealing of internal matters and disputes usually kept secret from the general public–and especially revealing of a deep strain coursing through Republican organizations across the country, not just in Flagler: tea party insurgents and other similar offshoots, who are overwhelmingly Republican, are upending the way traditional Republican organizations define themselves.

Arbor Day and 5K Run in Palm Coast, May 5

| April 25, 2012

Palm Coast’s 2012 Arbor Day event is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 in Central Park in Town Center, beginning at 9 a.m., with a 5K run at 8 a.m.

Flagler School District, in a Surprise, Votes to Place ½-Cent Sales Tax Redo on Aug. 14 Ballot

| April 24, 2012

The Flagler County School Board didn’t want its initiative lost in the clutter of the November ballot, or see it compete against the county’s and cities’ similar initiative, but primary turnout will be heavily Republican–an unhappy prospect for any tax initiative.

Signing For 3 More Years at City Market Place, Palm Coast Explores New City Hall Options

| April 24, 2012

Palm Coast city government’s new lease at City Market Place is considerably cheaper than the $20,000 a month it’s been paying since 2008, but council members are now talking about a lease-purchase deal for a new city hall at Town Center.

In a Defeat for Flagler and 16 Counties, Judge Rules For Travel Companies on Tourism Taxes

| April 24, 2012

Leon County Circuit Judge James Shelfer ruled in favor of the industry last week, going against Flagler and 16 other counties that argue they have lost out on millions of dollars in tourist-development taxes.

Ex-Patron at Flagler Beach’s Johnny D’s Is Jailed After Fighting Over Being Turned Away

| April 24, 2012

John Quesinberry, a self-employed 36-year-old, was told by Johnny D’s owner John Davis and manager Stephen Zelen that he wasn’t welcome there. A fight ensued, ending up with Quesinberry facing a battery charge on an elderly person.

Acknowledging Membership to Hammock Resort, Sheriff Says It Has “No Dollar Value”

| April 23, 2012

Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming said Hammock Beach Resort gave him a membership card years ago, but that he pays for all services and is not in breach of state ethics rules, though the membership is the subject of an ethics complaint.

Bunnell Welcomes Its Newest Police Chief as Jeff Hoffman Steps In and Arthur Jones Exits

| April 23, 2012

Jeff Hoffman, 41, a captain at the Daytona Beach Police Department, where he’s been for 21 years, was endorsed by a unanimous Bunnell City Commission. He starts work at the end of the month.

Don’t Flush ‘Em: Unwanted Prescription Drugs “Take Back” Day Saturday, April 28

| April 23, 2012

During the DEA-prescribed Take-Back Day, residents may discard their prescriptions at Publix Supermarket in Flagler Beach; the CVS at 5151 Belle Terre Parkway, or at the Flagler County Government Services Building on S.R. 100 in Bunnell.

Conner • Bosch Law, P.A.
(386) 445-9322
4488 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast

| April 23, 2012

Attorneys Timothy J. Conner and William J. Bosch of Conner Bosch Law in Palm Coast specialize in real estate, foreclosures, family law, divorce, child support and custody, adoptions, estate planning, probate and more.

It’s Not Just Politicians: Media Companies Lobby Against Transparency in Elections

| April 23, 2012

Many of the country’s biggest media companies, which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations, are flexing their muscle in Washington in a fight against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.

Flagler 911: Cemetery at Mother Seton is Vandalized, Pathways Academy Is Burglarized

| April 22, 2012

Break-in at Pathways Academy, vandalism at Mother Seton’s cemetery, and for 88-year-old Richard Deeves, a car wreck on April 6 was followed by his home being burglarized a few days later.

Mistaking His Girlfriend for a Hog, Man Shoots Her Through Both Legs; Gunshot Suicide in Bunnell

| April 22, 2012

52-year-old Lisa Simmons of Brandon was shot through the femur Saturday evening at the Cowart Hunting Camp off County Road 305 when her boyfriend mistook her for a hog.

American Soldiers Committing Atrocities: Placing the Blame Where It Belongs

| April 22, 2012

From posing with corpses of insurgents to going on murderous rampages, American soldiers’ atrocities in Afghanistan are becoming routine. Without absolving the military of its responsibilities, the real isn’t the soldiers’ alone.

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