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Detectives Investigating “Suspicious” Death of April Descartes, 39, in Palm Coast’s R-Section

| February 23, 2019

Flagler County Sheriff’s detectives, deputies and the Crime Scene Investigation units have been at 37 Robinson Drive since this morning, investigating the death of April Descartes, 39, who owned the house there.

Sheriff Fires Armor, Jail Health Provider at Center of Anthony Fennick’s Death, and Institutes Immediate Changes

| February 22, 2019

Sheriff Rick Staly is firing Armor Correctional Health and instituting a series of measures at the jail making family-inmate contact easier in critical times, and information more readily accessible.

In Re-Trial, Michael Bowling Is Found Guilty Of Molesting 15-Year-Old Girl at Sleep-Over

| February 22, 2019

Michael Bowling, 48, was found guilty at the end of a week-long trial of molesting a 15-year-old girl two years ago in a Mondex mobile home, when she’d been visiting his step-daughter.

Employees Will Sue Sheriff Over Sick Operations Center, and the Sheriff Is All For It

| February 22, 2019

The law firm representing 27 Flagler sheriff’s employees served the sheriff notice of a lawsuit for negligence over the Operations Center, a move Sheriff Rick Staly is supporting.

Suspected Armed Robbers Lead Volusia and Flagler Cops and K-9s on Chase, Ending in Arrests

| February 22, 2019

Jamier R. Scott and Darryl Duffy, both of them 29, both of them from Palatka, face armed robbery and other charges after their arrest off the Bimini Bar woods, with K-9s tracking them down.

An Angry Tom Bexley Freezes County’s Attempt To Cede 1st Floor of Courthouse to Sheriff

| February 21, 2019

Clerk of Court Tom Bexley was angered by a sheriff’s proposal, which the county would have had to approve, to use the first floor of the courthouse for the foreseeable future as the sheriff’s exile from the Operations Center continues.

Latest Twist in Bowling Molestation Trial: Defense Seeks to Impeach Its Own Witness

| February 21, 2019

The lawyer for Michael Bowling, accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl visiting his stepdaughter, is arguing that the two girls made up a story to keep one of them from returning to Kentucky.

A Boy Bullied at Rymfire Elementary Turns to Self-Harm on a School Bus. He’s 5 Years Old.

| February 21, 2019

The Rymfire Elementary student appeared to have attempted to choke himself, and told a deputy he was being bullied at school. Paramedics cleared him and he was turned over to his father.

Matanzas High Student, 16, Arrested Over School-Shooting Threat on Snapchat and Blames Bullying

| February 20, 2019

The 16-year-old Palm Coast girl allegedly made threats against other girls at school she claims had been bullying her, but she now faces a felony charge and expulsion from Matanzas High School.

Palm Coast’s Sean Farrelly, 47, Charged With Bribing and Doping 16-Year-Old Girl for Sex

| February 20, 2019

Sean Farrelly, who works in construction and excavation, was arrested on a charge of statutory rape and charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and is being held without bond at the county jail.

After Mistrial, Michael Bowling Is Again on Trial On Accusations He Molested Girl During Sleepover

| February 19, 2019

After December’s mistrial, Bunnell’s Michael Bowling, 48, was back on trial anew today, facing his accuser who says he molested her in a dark closet during a sleepover at her friend’s house.

County Rebuffs Sheriff’s Request for ‘Critical’ Evidence Storage Space in Latest Operations Center Snag

| February 19, 2019

County commissioners don’t want to spend money piecemeal on short-term solutions for the sheriff’s exile from the Operations Center, but the sheriff says space needs are critical.

Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year and Flagler Fire Truck Involved in 2 Separate Crashes in 4 Days

| February 19, 2019

Austin Chewning, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year, was involved in a crash in the Hammock Saturday. Firefighters on a tender truck were involved in a crash this morning on Education Way and U.S. 1 in Palm Coast. Two civilians were involved.

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

| February 18, 2019

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

Anthony Fennick’s Death and The Sheriff’s Green Roof Inn Smear

| February 17, 2019

Much is unknown in the death of inmate Anthony Fennick, but much is known, including the sheriff’s responsibility for hiring trouble-ridden Armor Health–and for showing inmates contempt from the outset with his “Green Roof Inn” sign.

Indian Trails Middle Student, 14, Arrested For Threatening Girl With a Gun in a Video Message

| February 16, 2019

The 14-year-old Indian Trails Middle School student made the threat in a video he recorded while holding a gun belonging to his parents. The incident took place off campus.

Thomas Rando, a Convicted Felon, Is Arrested in Crash Death of 10-Year-Old Hannah Beard

| February 15, 2019

Thomas Rando, a 32-year-old resident of 2551 North State Street in Bunnell, was arrested Thursday and charged with a felony count of driving on a suspended license and causing a death.

From Drug Court To Vigil For Anthony Fennick, an Unexplained Death Continues To Rattle

| February 14, 2019

A dusk vigil for Anthony Fennick, 23, who died Saturday after his health degraded at the Flagler jail, mixed celebration of his life with anger at his death, while Circuit Judge Terence Perkins this morning tried to address it in Drug Court.

Buddy Taylor Student, 13, Alleged Target of Bullying, Arrested For Threatening to Shoot Up School During Xbox Game

| February 14, 2019

The student was playing on Xbox Live with two friends when he made threats to bomb and shoot up the school as he was losing. He acknowledged anger issues but faces a felony.

Flagler’s Addiction Crisis Has a Treatment Problem: There’s Barely Any. Council Talks, With Little Action.

| February 13, 2019

In the opioid crisis, first responders are doing their part, only to see the same individuals adrift the moment they’re out of first responders’ hands: The front lines are meeting the challenge. The rear isn’t. 

Judge Denies End of Sex-Offender Probation For Ex-Matanzas Teacher Who Had Sex With Student

| February 13, 2019

James Wolfe was found guilty in April 2014 of engaging in unlawful sex with one of his students, who was 16 at the time, and whom he was coaching in cross-country. He was 30.

Dubai, a Police State, Hosts Flagler Sheriff, 8 Deputies and 60 Other Teams in SWAT Competition

| February 12, 2019

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly and eight members of the agency’s SWAT team are in Dubai on an all-expenses-paid trip through Feb. 14 for an international SWAT competition paid for by the UAE Interior Ministry.

Flagler Jail’s Private Provider Says Its Nurses Did Nothing Wrong in Fennick’s Death–and Asks for Reimbursements

| February 11, 2019

Armor Correctional Health relieved two nurses of duty at the Flagler jail at the sheriff’s request, placing them on administrative leave and asking the sheriff to pay their salaries and their replacements’ salaries.

Suspected Palm Coast Car Thief Takes Deputies on Chase Through Hospital Grounds Before He’s Tased

| February 11, 2019

Yuli Ilchenko, a 29, a resident of Prescott Lane in Palm Coast, led deputies on a brief car chase and a foot chase before he was wrestled to the ground and Tased, then slapped with four felonies and two misdemeanors.

A Woman Is Seriously Hurt When Car Crashes Through Guardrail and Into West Flagler Canal

| February 11, 2019

Jessica May, 34, was severely injured when she drove her car through a guardrail and went into a canal Sunday evening at State Road 100 and County Road 305.

Anthony Fennick Will Die Saturday Morning, Days After Degrading at Flagler Jail. Family Awaits Answers.

| February 8, 2019

The family of Anthony Fennick, 23, will gather around him Saturday morning, when his breathing machine will be disconnected. He was brain dead after suffering days of high fevers at the Flagler jail, where his care was neglected, his family says.

Man Who Threatened to Blow Up Sheriff’s Office and Kill the Sheriff Gets 3 Years in Prison

| February 7, 2019

The sentence against Raymond Crown of Palm Coast is a reflection of the vanished tolerance even in the judiciary for threats inspired by bombings or mass shootings.

Inmate At Flagler Jail Complains Of High Fevers For Days and Is Pacified. He’s Now Brain Dead.

| February 6, 2019

Anthony Fennick, 23, was at the jail on a minor drug charge, developed severe fevers, saw nurses but was not allowed to see a doctor, and on Monday went into cardiac arrest and lost all brain activity.

GPS Ankle Monitors Give Local Cops Stronger Means of Enforcing No-Contact Orders

| February 6, 2019

Alleged domestic violence and other offenders released from jail to await trial usually must stay away from their victims, but such no-contact orders were harder to enforce until GPS devices have been attached to the offenders.

Ollie North Patrols Flagler With Sheriff Staly, One of 5 Finalists for NRA’s Officer Of the Year

| February 5, 2019

Oliver North, the ex-felon of Iran-Contra fame and current NRA president, was in town to film footage with Sheriff Rick Staly, one of five nominees for the NRA’s Officer of the Year Award.

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