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Alleged Roma Court Academy Burglar Arrested, Had Left Home Over Stringent Rules

| January 20, 2017

Markell Peck, 21, told the sheriff’s office he was in and out of Roma Court Academy for several days over the holidays because he wouldn’t stay at his mother’s place.

5 Years in Prison for Rebecca Lawless in DUI Death of Diane Upton in SR100 Crash

| January 19, 2017

The five-year sentence is less than half the minimum required by law, but the judge agreed to the plea because Upton’s family, showing mercy, did not want Lawless more severely punished.

Man, 19, and 15-Year-Old Arrested Separately in Connection With Recent Palm Coast Burglaries

| January 18, 2017

Nasir Clark, a 19-year-old homeless man, and a 15-year-old resident of Big Bear Lane in Palm Coast were arrested Monday in connection with a string of burglaries, one of them occurring the day Sheriff Rick Staly was sworn in.

2 Killed in T-Bone Crash on Palm Coast Parkway; Felon Ran Red Light; Road Rage Possible Factor

| January 17, 2017

Two people were killed, including Terri Lynn Wickel, in a two-vehicle crash on Palm Coast Parkway at Pine Code Drive. Tyler L. Wilkinson is alleged to have blown through a red light.

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

| January 17, 2017

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

Sheriff’s Chief Cole Places 1st in Crimestoppers’ 5K

| January 16, 2017

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Chief Steve Cole, an avid runner and bicyclist, represented the Sheriff’s Office in Crimestoppers’ seventh Run to Stop Crime 5K race Saturday (Jan. 14) in Ormond Beach and placed first in his age group, 45-49.

Epic Theaters Evacuated After Gun Fears; Sheriff Warns: “This Is Not Going To Continue”

| January 14, 2017

A brawl and fear of a gun at Epic Theaters Friday night triggered a panic and a massive police response. No weapon was found, but Sheriff Rick Staly is demanding that Epic come up with a better security plan.

Explosion and Fire Flare in J.T.’s Seafood Shack’s Kitchen in Hammock Injure Two Employees

| January 14, 2017

The incident at J.T.’s Seafood Shack is believed to have been caused by a fire flare in the kitchen. Patrons were in the restaurant but were not affected.

Tyler M. Allen, 21, Is Killed, 2 Injured as Motorcycle Rams Car on Palm Coast Parkway Near Canopy Walk

| January 13, 2017

Tyler Allen, 21, of Palm Coast, was killed and two women, including county government spokeswoman Julie Murphy, were injured this evening as Allen, riding a motorcycle, slammed into the back of the car the women were driving.

3 Teens Linger in Jail Over Epic Theater Armed Robbery Allegation Even as Accuser, in Switch, Is Implicated

| January 12, 2017

The accuser who claimed three teens robbed him at gunpoint at Epic Theaters last Friday was in fact there to sell a gun, a FlaglerLive investigation reveals. Yet the three teens he accused are still in jail.

Two Suicides in 24 Hours in Flagler as County Officials Seek Renewed Focus on Mental Health

| January 11, 2017

Steven J. Fortier, 27, of Bunnell, was found dead in the Mondex Tuesday, and 73-year-old William Dessing took his own life Wednesday morning at his Flagler Beach home.

Three Teens Charged in Armed Robbery of 15 Year Old at Epic Theaters, Over a Belt

| January 10, 2017

Three teens, two of them students at Matanzas High School, were charged with armed robbery of an Indian Trails Middle School student at Epic Theaters in Palm Coast Friday evening.

Palm Coast Woman, 19, Arrested on Molestation Charges In 3rd Incident Involving Runaway Girls

| January 9, 2017

Maria Rose Howell, a 19-year-old resident of Biddle Place in Palm Coast who’d attended Matanzas High School, was booked at the Flagler County jail over the weekend on charges of molesting a 14-year-old girl she’d taken to Epic Theater for a date.

Crashes at Red-Light Camera Intersections Up 10%, Incapacitating Injuries Up 27%

| January 9, 2017

A new report by the Florida highway safety department shows crash increases that belie claims that red-light cameras have made intersections safer. Palm Coast’s cameras are set to come down this year.

72 Hours Into the Job, Sheriff Staly Calls His 1st News Conference to Highlight Burglary Busts

| January 7, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly said he took the first burglary on his watch “personally” as he described how deputies and detectives recovered and seized items from recent thefts.

16-Year-Old Kelvin Smith Had Been Pulled Over By Deputy 10 Minutes Before He Was Killed

| January 6, 2017

Kelvin Smith Jr., 16, of Palm Coast, killed by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bike on Old Kings Road on New Year’s Eve with a friend, had been pulled over with his friend by a deputy moments before the crash. The driver is still being sought.

Shoplifters Target Kohl’s in Palm Coast Twice in 2 Days; 4 Arrested, 3 Sought

| January 5, 2017

Kohl’s department store off Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast was twice the target of coordinated shoplifting sprees Tuesday and Wednesday, each time by suspects swiping either electronics or clothes.

Missing Palm Coast Man, 22, Considered Endangered, Is Found

| January 5, 2017

Ricardo Leon-Hernandez, a 22-year-old Palm Coast man has been reported missing since Jan. 3 from his R-Section home and may possibly be a danger to himself.

Bunnell Fire Chief Derek Fraser Will Resign, Reviving Talk of Department’s Future

| January 5, 2017

Derek Fraser worked for Bunnell for 25 years, nine of them as fire chief. In August he was put out for having to defend his job and his department before the city commission. A commissioner’s proposal to abolish the fire department is still on the table.

In Bizarre Move, Court Stops Prosecutors From Seeking Death Penalty, Then Rescinds Order

| January 5, 2017

The release of the Florida Supreme Court order, a mistake, according to a court spokesman, further muddled Florida’s embattled death penalty, on hold for nearly a year following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last January.

Roma Court Academy Burglar Uses Classroom to Shack Up for a Night

| January 4, 2017

A burglar at Roma Court Academy off Palm Coast Parkway stole money intended as Christmas presents and a computer tablet and used a classroom to sleep or take a nap sometime around Christmas.

Call Him Sheriff Staly: At Swearing-In, Veteran Cop Stresses Roots, Toughness and 2nd Chances

| January 3, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly was sworn-in this morning before a crowd of hundreds and makes pledges of toughness on “dirtbags” but also pledges of giving offenders better chances at self-improvement while focusing greater attention on juvenile-crime prevention.

In Reversal Over Accusations of Unethical Conduct, Flagler Judge Scott DuPont Now Says: “I Was Wrong”

| January 3, 2017

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont, who sits in Flagler and Putnam County court, faces accusations that he spread scandalous, unsubstantiated claims about his opponent in the last election, and now reversed course in an apologetic response.

Should Older Drivers Face Special Restrictions?

| January 2, 2017

Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver’s licenses for seniors or impose extra requirements — such as vision or road tests — for getting them renewed based solely on their advancing age.

Kelvin Smith, 16, Killed in Hit-and-Run As He Was Cycling on Old Kings Road in Palm Coast’s F-Section

| December 31, 2016

Kelvin Smith, 16, was killed this evening, New Year’s Eve, in an apparent hit-and-run as the boy was cycling on Old Kings Road near Palm Coast’s F-Section.

Fire Consumes Abandoned House on South Anderson in Bunnell and Is Termed Suspicious

| December 31, 2016

A fire consumed an abandoned house at 210 South Anderson Street in Bunnell Friday night. Bunnell Fire Chief Derek Fraser termed the fire suspicious, and the structure “an absolute total loss.”

Alyce Whitman, 63, Is Killed in Two-Car Collision at County Roads 304 and 305

| December 31, 2016

Alyce Whitman, a 63-year-old resident of Crescent City, was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of County Road 304 and County Road 305 at the southwest end of Flagler County.

Some Demotions and New Faces as Sheriff-Elect Rick Staly Outlines Agency Changes, But Greater Focus on Policing

| December 29, 2016

Incoming Sheriff Rick Staly announced an agency-wide reorganization this morning, with some demotions but no firings, and an attempt to adapt an existing organization to his vision rather than to reinvent the law enforcement wheel.

Striking at Balance of Powers, Florida Lawmaker Files Measures to Nullify Court Decisions

| December 28, 2016

Gonzalez’s bills are a reflection of the Legislature’s latest assault on judicial power. But taking aim at separation of powers considered fundamental, if not sacred, to American government may be more of a partisan than a realistic exercise.

Christmas Day Claim of Assault and False Imprisonment of Mother of 3 Lands Palm Coast Man in Jail

| December 28, 2016

Matthew Robert Johnson, a 30-year-old resident of 13 Collins Lane in Palm Coast, is alleged to have threatened the woman to kill her and her boyfriend and bury them both in the woods.

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