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Deputy David Malta, Class of ’87, Is Latest Long-Timer to Retire from Sheriff’s Office

| April 26, 2016

David Malta, the latest in a long string of veterans who have left, retired or been forced out of the agency, started his career under Sheriff Bob McCarthy. His retirement was foreordained, however, because of a Florida Retirement System program he joined five years ago.

Sheriff Manfre Calls Ethics Case Against Him “Terrorism,” Vows to Fight To Supreme Court

| April 22, 2016

Calling the protracted ethics case against him “terrorism,” “nonsense” and politically motivated “slime” by two former colleagues, Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre this morning delivered his most detailed—and impassioned—defense of himself since the case against him began in 2014.

Despite Alarms, an Ex-Cop on Disability–and Supporter of the Sheriff–Is Hired As Deputy

| April 21, 2016

An internal investigative report had recommended against hiring ex-NAACP Vice President Eric Josey, a veteran of the NYPD on disability who had difficulties fulfilling basic training exercises. The Sheriff’s Office defends the hiring, while Josey calls criticism of his performance “embellished” and a political “firestorm.”

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Neat Reprimanded Over Errors in Cocaine Seizure That Affected Case

| April 18, 2016

Had Christopher Demon Lang’s lawyer not noticed that the cocaine amounts he was charged with possessing were higher than those found in his home, he could have faced a much stiffer prison sentence.

Deputy Responsible for False Arrest of Dakota Ward Is Suspended For 3 Days as Investigation Concludes

| April 15, 2016

James Gore, a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy who two weeks ago was disciplined in an unrelated matter, was suspended for three days without pay and charged with “unsatisfactory or incompetent performance” as a result of his investigation that led to the false arrest of an 18-year-old Bunnell resident late last month.

Ethics Commission Unanimously Approves $6,200 Fine Against Sheriff Manfre, and Public Censure

| April 15, 2016

State ethics commissioners voted without discussion to impose the fine and censure. Manfre has vowed to keep fighting the charges dating back to the early part of his tenure in 2013.

A Bunnell Man Is Falsely Arrested Over Name Error, and Case Proceeds Despite Corrections

| April 1, 2016

In a nightmare of the persistence of bureaucratic errors, Dakota Ward, 19, who’s never been in trouble, was confused with another man and falsely arrested on a battery charge last week. His case is still proceeding.

Hoax Call of Home Invasion and Shooting Draws Out SWAT and Anger on Ziegler Place

| March 30, 2016

An unsuspecting resident on Ziegler Place was frightened by the sudden appearance of armed police, the house’s door was battered down and damaged, and nothing amiss was inside, though the residents were left angry.

Sheriff Applauds New Law Regulating Police Authority to Seize Cash and Property

| March 17, 2016

“Civil asset forfeiture” is a controversial practice that gives police authority to seize cash, cars, homes or pother property suspected of use in a crime even absent an arrest. Florida just reformed the law to make forfeiture more difficult and accountable.

In Stunning Turnaround, Sheriff Manfre Says He Will Fight Ethics Fine and Censure After All

| March 11, 2016

After deciding last month to agree to a $6,200 fine and move on, Manfre now says he’s changed his mind, citing the disparity between his fine and that of his predecessor, Don Fleming, for what Manfre says were worse ethical lapses.

Sheriff’s Office Swears In 8 New Recruits, This Time With More Than Token Minorities

| March 3, 2016

Three of the eight new recruits sworn in Wednesday are black. In late September, 13 young deputies were sworn in, though not all made it, and attrition has continued.

2015 Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| March 1, 2016

Archived 2015 Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Ex-Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Pielarz Was Fired for “Arrogance” Before Arrest on Strangulation Charge

| February 27, 2016

Ex-deputy Patrick Pielarz had faced complaints from the public and counseling before he was fired for “arrogance” during his probation period. He was arrested after a violent confrontation with his girlfriend.

Dueling On, State Recommends $19,000 Fine and Public Reprimand Against Manfre, Who Maintains Innocence

| February 9, 2016

The dueling recommendations in the long-standing ethics case against Sheriff Manfre are awaiting an administrative law judge’s decision, further dragging on an issue that has clouded the sheriff’s term into his re-election year.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Van Buren Announces Retirement 7 Weeks After He’s Named Deputy of the Year

| February 4, 2016

Sgt. Michael van Buren had just ended one of his most decorated years since joining the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office 28 years ago. He is leaving to take a job in Palm Coast’s public works department and have more time with family.

Rookie Deputy’s Discipline for Latest Crash: 30 Days Without a Patrol Car and Reprimand

| January 28, 2016

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Kuleski will lose his patrol vehicle for 30 days and is the subject of written reprimand as a result of totaling a sheriff’s vehicle while on patrol last September, his second crash in four months.

Bomb Squad Detonates Suspicious Package in Mailbox on Prattwood Ln. in Palm Coast

| January 27, 2016

St. Johns County’s bomb squad was called in by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office this evening after a suspicious package was discovered in a mailbox on Pratwood Lane in Palm Coast.

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.

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.

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.

Mom’s an ER Nurse But Baby Wouldn’t Let Her Get There as Deputies Assist in Home Birth

| December 22, 2015

Brittany Bowser, 25, gave birth to her son Jaxson in their Z-Section Palm Coast home 8 minutes after calling 911, with sheriff’s deputies assisting. Mom and son are fine, and eventually made it to Florida Hospital Flagler.

Sgt. Michael van Buren is Named Flagler County Deputy of the Year for 2nd Time

| December 17, 2015

Sgt. van Buren was cited for saving a 4-year-old child from a locked car in July heat and controlling and averting a suicide-by cop with an armed woman in Palm Coast in September.

Sheriff Dispels Rumors of ISIS Targeting Palm Coast as FDLE Re-Launches See-Say Campaign

| December 11, 2015

The “If you See Something, Say Something” campaign–prompted by renewed but discredited rumors of Palm Coast being in ISIS’ crosshairs–is not, however, license for harassment, bias or vigilantism.

Sheriff’s Lost Computer Files Are Recovered, But County Faces a $1.1 Million IT Fix

| December 8, 2015

Some $600,000 was budgeted ahead of the October crash. But $500,000 was not. The county commission will have to find that money. And that’s just for this year as the county and sheriff catch up on neglected information infrastructure.

Ex-Deputy Ruddell, Who Filed Wage Suit Against Manfre, Arrested in 3-County Pursuit

| November 27, 2015

Daniel Ruddell, an ex-deputy who in February won a wage dispute with Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, was arrested in St. Johns County Thursday night after an alleged robbery in Daytona Beach and a pursuit through Volusia and Flagler counties that ended in a wreck on I-95.

Palm Coast Ties Emergency Communications System to Recent Crash–Falsely, County Says

| November 24, 2015

City Manager Jim Landon says he’s concerned about maintenance of the countywide 800 mhz communications system, suggesting it could crash as parts of the sheriff’s computer system recently did–an inaccurate suggestion that deflects from other problems, the county retorts.

Crime Rises 2.4% in Flagler in Mid-Year Report, First Increase Since 2009

| November 19, 2015

A spike in burglaries and larcenies sent Flagler County’s overall crime rate up 2.4 percent in the first six months of 2015, in contrast with crime in Florida as a whole, where it has fallen 2.2 percent.

Sheriff Rethinks Joint IT Operations With County Amid Discord Over Computer Failure

| November 17, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to “transition” from the merger with the county’s IT operations less than two years after he and the county approved it as a signal of cooperation and efficiency.

Sheriff Reveals Breadth of Computer Failure and Safety Lapses, and Sharply Blames County

| November 13, 2015

Sheriff Manfre, in a terse letter to County Administrator Craig Coffey, says the failure was one of several, it jeopardized officer safety and may have wiped out 20 months of critical data, and he asks for answers.

Palm Coast Sheriff’s Precinct Cmdr. Mark Carman T-Boned in Cypress Edge Collision

| November 12, 2015

Mark Carman, the long-time captain–now commander–of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s Palm Coast Precinct, was t-boned by a 23-year-old driver but not seriously injured in a crash as he drove on Cypress Edge Drive last week.

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