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Clarity on Shooting Death of Brandi Celenza in F-Section May Take Weeks, Possibly Months

| April 24, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly said it could be months before the case of 25-year-old Brandi Celenza’s death by gunshot is resolved. But the sheriff said he is confident of a resolution.

Sticking With Motorola, Flagler Rejects Bid Protest Over $14.8 Million Contract For Emergency Communications

| April 23, 2018

The Flagler County Commission in a special meeting today rejected Communications International’s protest over a bid that went to Motorola to build critical emergency communications infrastructure.

Two Flagler School Buses Involved In Minor Incidents In Thursday’s Afternoon Runs

| April 20, 2018

Neither incident was serious, but at least one of them led to inaccurate rumors on social media that a weapon was involved: it never was.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings, Crime and Incident Reports for Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell

| April 20, 2018

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

AR-15s in Flagler Schools, Traffic Cops in Mustangs, New Marine Unit: Sheriff Staly’s State of Policing

| April 19, 2018

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly spoke to some 75 people Thursday on a re-energized state of policing in Palm Coast and the county, summing up initiatives and coming developments.

Spirit Ride’s Coffin Honoring Fallen Tow Operators and Other Emergency Responders Makes Ceremonial Stop in Bunnell

| April 19, 2018

The ceremonial casket is part of American Towman’s Spirit Ride pilgrimage through 200 cities across the country to bring attention to the dangers emergency responders face every day.

A Palm Coast Resident Says “School Shooting” In a Facebook Video That Has Nothing To Do with School Shootings. Cops Show Up.

| April 18, 2018

Tony Lagano, 35, was upset over a family court issue and alluded to a school shooting in a sarcastic Facebook video last week, only to be visited by sheriff’s deputies.

Matanzas High School Girl Reports Being Raped By Another Juvenile at Her Home

| April 18, 2018

An investigation is ongoing into the allegation of a rape of a 16-year-old girl after the alleged perpetrator asked to meet the girl to “catch up.”

Flagler School Board Wants To Snoop on Students’ Social Media, And Maybe Yours. Wrong Move.

| April 16, 2018

The School Board is set to contract with Social Sentinel, a company that will troll social media accounts across Flagler for $18,500 and issue “alerts” to select officials. It’s an inappropriate move down a slippery slope.

Ballot Proposal Would Ensure Crime Victims Have Their Say in Plea Agreements and Sentencing

| April 16, 2018

The proposal, which will need support from 60 percent of voters in November, would seek to ensure the rights of victims to receive information and provide input during criminal cases.

Man Killed, Woman Critical in Head-On I-95 Collision North of Palm Coast Parkway

| April 16, 2018

A man was killed early this morning and a woman is in critical condition following a head-on collision on I-95, just north of the interchange with Palm Coast Parkway..

7 New Sheriff’s Deputies, 143% Cost Increase as Outline of Flagler’s School Safety Takes Shape

| April 13, 2018

Sheriff Staly and Superintendent Tager are negotiating an increase of the school deputies’ program to $1.8 million split 50-50, with the schools’ share paid by the state and the sheriff’s by the County Commission.

Flagler Judge Scott DuPont Called “Unfit,” “Outrageous,” “Disturbing,” “Beyond Reckless” and Contemptuous of Law

| April 13, 2018

A devastating 21-page opinion by a disciplinary judicial commission repeats in harsher language a call for Judge Scott DuPont’s removal, a recommendation going before the Supreme Court.

West Flagler Man Faces Kidnapping and Assault Charges Involving Woman Picked Up in Daytona

| April 12, 2018

Jesse Alan Pack is accused of kidnapping a woman in Daytona Beach and driving her to Flagler, where she reported escaping on County Road 200 near U.S. 1.

Pick-Up Flips on Old Kings, Driver Arrested For DUI, Palm Coast Firefighter Injured

| April 12, 2018

Lt. Brian Mugford of the Palm Coast Fire Department injured his foot when looking for other patients: the driver of the pick-up had falsely claimed someone else had been driving, and had run off.

Sheriff Staly’s Heimlich Saves Elected Party Official’s Life at Candidate Forum

| April 12, 2018

Sharon Demers, an elected Republican state committeewoman and a former candidate for school board, was choking when Staly successfully executed a Heimlich maneuver on her.

Man, 59, Critical After He Was Found Submerged in a U-Section Swale as Children Returned From School

| April 11, 2018

David A. Niesse is in critical condition after he was found face-down in a waterlogged swale in front of his Palm Coast house, a scene that left a busload of Imagine School students shaken Tuesday.

20 Years in Prison for Ex-Soccer Coach Who Molested Boys at Palm Coast Academy; He Faces New Rape Charge

| April 11, 2018

Sean Stern was a program director at Palm Coast’s ex-Sports Pathways soccer academy for boys and girls, where he molested at least three boys over many months.

Trump Picks 5th District Court of Appeal’s Wendy Berger for Central Florida Federal Court

| April 10, 2018

Wendy Berger serves on the Daytona Beach-based 5th DCA and was a Jeb Bush aide. Trump nominated her to the federal bench’s Middle District of Florida.

Flagler Approves $14.8 Million Next-Gen Emergency Communication System, But Faces Bid Protest

| April 9, 2018

Motorola won the $14.8 million contract to upgrade the emergency communications system every local first responder and other workers depend on, but Flagler faces a protest from CI, the other bidder and provider of the existing system.

Flagler Sheriff’s Corporal Counseled Over Racial Slur, Latest Revelation Since November

| April 9, 2018

James Miley, a Flagler County Sheriff’s corporal, was counseled verbally in February after a deputy reported that Miley had used a racial slur while referring to a Latino subordinate.

Addiction Drug Vivitrol’s Side Effect: More Overdoses?

| April 9, 2018

Researchers suggest people getting Vivitrol shots may be more susceptible to a fatal overdose if they halt the regimen early and resume using opiates.

Gunshot Kills Brandi Celenza, 25, on Palm Coast’s Felter Ln. in “Definitely Suspicious” Incident

| April 7, 2018

Brandi Celenza, 25, died of a gunshot today at 23 Felter Lane in Palm Coast in what authorities at the scene are describing as a suspicious incident–for now.

Sheriff Staly, FHP’s Pete Young and 2 Lesser Lights Compete For Fastest Lawman On The Draw

| April 6, 2018

The Law Enforcement Shootout on April 15 at the Ag Museum features defending Champion Staly against FHP’s Pete Young, Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood and Putnam Sheriff “Gator” Deloach.

30-Acre Brushfire Shuts Down I-95 in Volusia Again; Florida Forest Service Marks Wildfire Awareness Week

| April 6, 2018

FHP shut down I-95 from mile marker 257 to 261 in both directions as a 30-acre fire jumped the interstate, forcing firefighters to battle the blaze from both sides.

Paul Miller Loses Latest Appeal of Life Sentence for Dana Mulhall’s Murder in Flagler Beach

| April 6, 2018

Circuit Judge Dennis Craig ruled that even if a use-of-force expert had been heard at trial, the jury would not have found grounds for self-defense and convicted Miller, now 70, of murdering Dana Mulhall.

Jury Finds Ex-Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks Guilty On All 7 Felony Counts of Illegally Recording Others

| April 5, 2018

Former Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks was found guilty on felony counts that she illegally recorded other officials during her tenure.

Flagman Is Struck and Killed By Van on Colbert Lane Repaving Project, Near Waterfront Park

| April 4, 2018

A flagman working for Halifax Paving on the Colbert Lane resurfacing project in Palm Coast was struck by a work van this afternoon, and later died at the scene.

Kimberle Weeks Trial Day 3: Defense Opts Against Putting On a Case, Relying on Outlier Theory Instead

| April 4, 2018

In an echo of Kimberle Weeks’s own irreverence toward established law, her lawyers are arguing an untested and unusual interpretation of what amounts to a public meeting: all conversations between public officials involving public business.

Trial Day 2: Jury Hears Kim Weeks Insult Secretary of State and Others As Ken Detzner Sat in Witness Box

| April 3, 2018

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner was a star witness for the prosecution today, saying Kim Weeks recorded him without his permission. he then heard her call him a “dumb bastard.”

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