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Tuesday Briefing: Copeland’s New Sentence, Humanitarian of the Year Nominations, Rymfire Morning Mile

| October 24, 2017

A jury found William Copeland guilty of shooting three times through the back-patio bay window of Accursio Venezia's home, striking Venezia below the chest as he stood in the kitchen of his Leidel Drive house in Palm Coast on May 18, 2011. Copeland is now seeking a modification of his 40-year prison sentence. (© FlaglerLive)

A jury found William Copeland guilty of shooting three times through the back-patio bay window of Accursio Venezia’s home, striking Venezia below the chest as he stood in the kitchen of his Leidel Drive house in Palm Coast on May 18, 2011. Copeland is now seeking a modification of his 40-year prison sentence. (© FlaglerLive)

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“He tried to make love to me and I shot him.”

–Bette Davis as Leslie Crosbie in “The Letter,” the 1940 movie.

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

In Court: William Copeland, convicted in 2011 in the attempted murder of Accursio Venezia at Venezia’s house on Leidel Drive in Palm Cast, and sentenced to 40 years in prison, seeks a modification of his sentence in a hearing before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse at 9 this morning. A jury found him guilty in a November 2012 trial. See the background story here.

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. Click on the image for larger view. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

Navy Bombing in the Ocala National Forest: Navy training schedules indicate that inert and live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest this week. Bombings at times can be heard in Flagler-Palm Coast. The bombings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Inert, 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Inert, 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Inert and Live.
During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise <http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/bear/wise/neighborhood/> measures. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.

The Bunnell Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. The board will hear a request to allow vehicles to back into a public street to obtain egress from 501 E. Lambert St. It will also hear a Special Exception Request to allow a long-term foster home with up to 10 residents at 904 E. Moody Blvd.

Rymfire Elementary Morning Mile Kick-Off party, 8:1- a.m. at the school’s big gym: Families, teachers and students are invited to the kick-off of the school’s morning mile, with complimentary breakfast for all those in attendance, prizes for children and walking.

Announcements:

Humanitarian of the Year Nominations Sought: There are many Flagler County citizens who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the needs of our community. This year, Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House will present the 2nd Annual Humanitarian and we are seeking nominees from within our county. The deadline for submissions is November 10th, please complete this nomination form and e-mail it to administrator@almhhi.org or mail: Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House, Inc., P.O. Box 354925, Palm Coast, FL 32135. The award is sponsored by: Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House Inc., Inspiration of Hope Community Resources, and Community Partnership for Children (Flagler). This award will be presented during the “A Christmas to Remember” celebration for children in foster care and other children under the dependency court system. The event will be held December 16, 2017, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds.

What Should the Humanitarian Look Like: A humanitarian endeavors to improve human conditions and quality of life through selfless service, while supporting and contributing to the basic human dignity of those in need. This award will recognize a local individual who has distinguished themselves through humanitarian activities in Flagler County. The Humanitarian should exhibit various characteristics that set themselves above what may be characterized as ordinary. These characteristics may include many hours of service without expectation of remuneration; services provided equally, impartially and neutrally; Service that embraces a common moral compass such as integrity, justice, honesty, responsibility, compassion and dedication; Embraces human diversity; and serves to improve the lives of those in need.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

VACATION RENTALS ON AGENDA: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will finish a workshop about state and local regulation of vacation-rental properties. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

DIRECT PRIMARY CARE EYED: The Senate Health Policy Committee will consider a bill (SB 80), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would clear the way for doctors and patients to enter into “direct primary care” agreements. Under direct primary-care agreements, patients would make regular payments to physicians to cover routine care, cutting out the role of insurers. The bill would make clear that the agreements are not insurance and are not subject to regulation under insurance laws. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

GALVANO GETS DESIGNATION: Senate Republicans will hold a caucus meeting to formally designate Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, as their choice to become Senate president after the 2018 elections. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

MEDICAID DENTAL SERVICES DISCUSSED: The House Health & Human Services Committee will discuss issues related to children’s dental services in the Medicaid program. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING TARGETED: The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee will take up a bill (SB 90), filed by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, that would make texting while driving a primary offense. Currently, texting while driving is a “secondary” offense, meaning that law enforcement cannot pull over motorists for texting at the wheel. The law can only be enforced when police stop motorists for other reasons such as speeding. (Tuesday, 3 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

CHILD MARRIAGES AT ISSUE: The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a proposal (SB 140), filed by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, that would ban the issuance of marriage licenses to people under age 18. (Tuesday, 3 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATORS CONSIDER EVERS HIGHWAY: The Senate Transportation Committee will take up a bill (SB 358), filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, that would name a stretch of road in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties as “Senator Greg Evers Memorial Highway.” Evers, a former Republican senator and House member, died Aug. 21 in a single-vehicle accident near his home in Okaloosa County. (Tuesday, 3 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNF TRUSTEES MEET: The University of North Florida Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., University of North Florida, Student Union, Jacksonville.)

ELECTION RESULTS CERTIFIED: The state Elections Canvassing Commission will certify the results of Oct. 10 special elections in House District 44 and House District 58. Republican Bobby Olszewski won a special general election in Orange County’s District 44, while Republican Lawrence McClure won a GOP primary in Hillsborough County’s District 58. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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July 19: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, 9 to 1 p.m. at South 6th Street on the Beach in Flagler Beach.
July 19: The Flagler Beach Charter Review Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
July 19: Dive-in Movies, 8 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Just bring your swimsuit and enjoy the show! Dive-in movie nights at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center provides a unique outdoor movie viewing experience for the entire family. Be sure to grab your favorite snack, sit back and enjoy the show! Food and snacks will be available for purchase. This month features “Incredibles 2” (PG). More info: 386-986-4741 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.
July 20: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flagler Beach Fishing Pier. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
July 20: Youth Fishing Derby, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road, Palm Coast. Come out to Waterfront Park for a day of family fun, food, and catch-and-release fishing. Youth will be eligible for various prizes based on different categories such as longest fish, heaviest fish, most fish, smallest fish and others. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Any adult actively assisting a youth must have a fishing license. For ages 15 and under. Free and registration is encouraged but not required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20: Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel, while you tour your community’s Fire Station and equipment, at Flagler County Fire Station 92 at the county airport, 130 Airport Rd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, personnel from Florida Forest Service and Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to explain and assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs. For more information please contact Chief Fire Marshall (386) 313-4258
July 20-21: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 8 a.m-12p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The Junior Lifeguard Camp offers step-by-step lifeguarding skill development. Learn water safety, lifeguard rescues, and First Aid CPR/AED in a weekend camp. Class attendees will receive a CPR mask, Red Cross whistle and T-shirt. For ages 11-15 years. $70/session. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 20-21: "Sleeping Beauty," at the Daytona Playhouse, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $13, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $7. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
July 22: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
July 22: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 23: Flagler County is hosting a ceremonial signing of its beach renourishment agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Government Services Building. Commission Chair Donald O’Brien and Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Andrew Kelly will make a few opening comments about the 2.6 mile 10-foot dune and beach profile extension in Flagler Beach. They, along with County Attorney Al Hadeed, will sign four copies of the final agreement. The 50-year, $100 million project is largely unfunded but will depend on Flagler County to secure half the money. The federal government would assume the other half. It applies to only 2.6 miles of beach in Flagler Beach. See: "Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money."
July 23: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
July 24: A meeting of Facing Grief Together, formerly known as Compassionate Friends, is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Facing Grief Together, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about Facing Grief Together, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
July 25: common ground breakfastCarolyn Gosselin, Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is the featured speaker at the Flagler Chamber's Common Ground breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Palm Coast Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Town Court. Registration is required by July 19. Members can preregister for $25, Guests and future members can attend for $35. No walk-ups.
July 27: Tour de Palm Coast: Ride along the scenic route of St. Joe Walkway on this free tour. The tour will begin leaving promptly at 8 a.m. from the Palm Coast Community Center. Riders are encouraged to bring water, and all riders must wear a helmet.
July 27: First Aid and CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. This class is a seven-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with registration required by 9 a.m. June 27. Register at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
July 27: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Coast Area Council invites you to a small business development workshop. With Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Director of the SBA North Florida District, a leading expert in developing small businesses as guest speaker. 5 to 7 p.m., The Windsor of Palm Coast, 50 Town Ct, Palm Coast. Chamber Member: $15 per person, Guest and Future Chamber Member: $25 per person. Contact Melinda Rivera at 386-437-0106 or send her an email at melinda@flaglerchamber.org.
July 29-Aug. 2: Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, 8 a.m-5 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Love art? Come enjoy a week where you can let your creative side take flight. Campers will spend their days creating, drawing, sketching, painting and more! Of course, we’ll go to the pool and play some games, too. Lunch is provided at no extra charge by the Flagler County School District. For grades 6-8 (grade just completed). $80/entire week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
July 29: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 31: james mcdevittAn evidentiary hearing twice postponed is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the case of James McDevitt, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence in the 2015 rape of a woman in Flagler Beach, has been postponed to July 31. McDevitt pleaded guilty to the rape charge, but is now claiming ineffective counsel by two successive lawyers and is seeking to have the conviction and sentence vacated. The hearing is before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Perkins has reserved one hour for the hearing. The hearing had originally been scheduled for early April. McDevitt's lawyer asked for it to be rescheduled because of an emergency family issue (regarding the lawyer's family). It was again postponed to May 17. McDevitt has been at the Flagler County jail since April 4, awaiting the proceeding. He is normally incarcerated at Taylor prison in Perry, in Florida's Big Bend area. See details here.

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