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Ex-Soccer Coach Sean Stern, Accused of Molesting 2 Teens, Turns Himself In, Held on $500,000 Bond

| December 2, 2016

Sean Stern worked for the now-defunct Professional Sports Pathways Academy in Palm Coast, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and in other local soccer programs.

Sheriff Meets With FPC and Matanzas Students On Timely Issues But Again Gives Neither Public Nor Press Notice

| December 1, 2016

It was the sixth time Sheriff Jim Manfre held “One Common Ground” meetings with community members, and the sixth time his office neglected to publicly notice the meetings or inform local media so they could be properly reported.

Flagler Circuit Judge Scott DuPont Faces Charges of “Recklessly” Spreading Baseless Claims About Opponent

| December 1, 2016

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont may face serious disciplinary action from the Florida Supreme Court if the Judicial Qualifications Commission recommends it after finding probable cause that he violated ethical rules in his latest election campaign.

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

| December 1, 2016

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

Enormous Debris Pile from Hurricane Matthew Inadvertently Catches Fire Off U.S. 1

| November 30, 2016

One of three of the nearly-20-foot-high piles of flammable debris collected over the past two months after Hurricane Matthew caught fire Tuesday morning and continues to burn today, though the fire consumed much of the pile.

18-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Accused of Molesting Girl, 12, On Bike Ride in R-Section

| November 29, 2016

Owen Parker, 18, faces a second degree felony charge of molesting a 12-year-old elementary-school girl as they were riding bikes near Rymfire Elementary earlier this month.

Nominating Commission Sends 3 Names to Scott for Next Supreme Court Appointment

| November 29, 2016

Fifth District Court of Appeal Chief Judge C. Alan Lawson, appellate Judge Wendy Berger and Orlando lawyer Dan Gerber made the final cut of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

3rd Set of Human Remains Found in 4 Months as Dune Erosion North of Varn Park Uncovers Bones

| November 28, 2016

For the third time since August, authorities in Flagler County have been led to what they believe to be human remains, this time apparently uncovered by beach erosion caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Staly Names Bisland Undersheriff as Transition Team, Including Big Donors, Gets to Work

| November 28, 2016

Jack Bisland, an investigator at the State Attorney’s office, had been Jim Manfre’s chief of investigations briefly in 2013, but the two men quickly parted ways.

In Month of Spiking Violence Against Police, 2 Palm Coast Men Arrested Separately For Threatening or Battering Cops

| November 28, 2016

Anthony Banks, 42, allegedly battered and threatened an FHP trooper following a car crash, and Jarret Register, 24, threatened to shoot a sheriff’s deputy in the chest after an altercation at Smiles bar. Both men were allegedly drunk.

Palm Coast Man With Long Criminal Record Charged With Arson at Fenimore Ln House Fire

| November 26, 2016

Vitaly Tsabak is accused of spending more than an hour stealing televisions, computers and other items from the house on Fenimore Lane in Palm Coast before setting it on fire Friday morning.

Crime Scene Declared at Suspicious Dawn Fire at Fenimore Lane House in Palm Coast

| November 25, 2016

A fire broke out at dawn in the living room of a duplex at 164 Fenimore Lane in Palm Coast this morning. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the living room. But it was almost immediately termed suspicious.

Human Remains Found in Wooded Area of Hunters Ridge, May Have Been There 1 or 2 Years

| November 23, 2016

A resident of Hunter’s Ridge, the sparse, isolated development straddling the Flagler-Volusia County line, found human remains while searching for his drone this morning, not far from his home on Ashford Lake Drive.

Flagler Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jamie Burnsed’s Family House Burns in Morning Blaze

| November 22, 2016

Jamie Burnsed, one of three battalion chiefs at Flagler County Fire Rescue, and one of its longest-serving firefighters, had lived at the property with his family for just about 10 years.

Palm Coast Man Charged With Felony Child Abuse For Allegedly Knocking 6-Year-Old Girl to Ground

| November 21, 2016

Richard Kenney, 33, was arrested after briefly resisting deputies, and charged with a felony count of child abuse and domestic battery after deputies learned he had allegedly slugged a 6-year-old girl hard enough to knock her to the floor, then slapping his wife or ex-wife.

Man Charged With 2 Counts of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide in Deaths of Kathleen and Carl Boos on A1A

| November 20, 2016

William G. Schwarz, 52, of Ormond Beach, is being held on $400,000 bond at the Flagler jail. His blood-alcohol level was 0.252 at the time of the March 11 wreck involvinf four cars near Painters Hill.

Two Kindergarten Students of Mixed Races Come Home From Imagine School With Swastikas on Their Skin

| November 18, 2016

School officials say clear video from the school bus captured the incident, in which a middle school student is said to have drawn swastikas on at least two kindergarteners’ skin. A motive has not been disclosed.

Michael Dunn’s Conviction Upheld In Racial Murder of Jordan Davis in Jacksonville in 2012

| November 17, 2016

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to rebut Michael Dunn’s claims of self-defense in the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Revered School District Administrator Is Baker Acted Outside Government Services Building

| November 17, 2016

Hearts are breaking at school district offices at the Government Services Building in the wake of an unsettling incident Wednesday afternoon involving Shawn Schmidli, one of the district’s most admired and prized administrators.

“Shoddy Police Work” Helps Bunnell Man Facing Life in Prison Turn Trial In His Favor

| November 16, 2016

Grant Gieger, 30, accused of armed burglary and other violent charges, was found guilty on minor charges instead as the case against him appeared to fall apart because of “shoddy police work,” according to his attorney.

Man Injures Flagler Beach Police Officer in Escape Attempt After Arrest

| November 16, 2016

David Scott, who’d been put on three years’ probation over a violent incident in February, smashed a patrol car’s window and injured a Flagler Beach police officer after an arrest over a probation violation.

Musical Chairs Continue as Flagler Will Have 5th Different Criminal Court Judge in 7 Years

| November 16, 2016

Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman, in Flagler less than a year, is being reassigned to Volusia County, and will be replaced by Judge Dennis Craig, a Flagler resident who’d previously presided over civil and family court law.

Bunnell Police Will Borrow $70,000 From Its Utility to Buy 2 Cop Cars as Department Grows

| November 15, 2016

The city will borrow $70,400 from its own water and sewer fund, buy two patrol cars from a Polk County dealer and repay the fund over five years from the general fund, at 1.5 percent interest.

Palm Coast Man Held on $100,000 Bond After He’s Caught in Live Facebook Video Brutalizing Girlfriend With Machete

| November 14, 2016

Ricardo Lazo, 46, of 600 Shady Oaks Drive in Palm Coast, is accused of beating his girlfriend with a machete and threatening her life. Parts of the confrontation were captured in a Facebook video chat by his son, who used the chat to get a friend to call 911.

Suspect Who Once Eluded SWAT Team Escapes Again and Jumps In Bunnell Water Tank

| November 10, 2016

Monti, 42, of Palm Coast, was being arrested on a domestic battery charge at the courthouse, where he was answering to another charge, when he fled police and jumped in a filtration tank at the Bunnell water plant.

Manfre and Staly Bury Hatchet: “He Will Add to Progress I’ve Made and Make the Place Better”

| November 10, 2016

Flagler County Sheriff-Elect Rick Staly met with Sheriff Jim Manfre Wednesday as the two men agreed to a transition plan while restoring what had previously been a cordial professional relationship.

Joel Fallon, Owner of Granny Nannies, and Co-Pilot Seriously Hurt in Plane Crash Over Plantation Bay

| November 9, 2016

Joel Fallon, owner of Granny Nannies of Flagler and St. Johns counties, was at the controls of a Beech single-engine plane built in 1969 with co-pilot Josh Rosa, owner of Flagler Air Exchange, a business at the Flagler County Airport.

Matanzas Student Arrested After Becoming Aggressive Toward School Deputy at Lunch

| November 8, 2016

An 18-year-old Matanzas High School student was arrested today at school after a lunch-hour confrontation that started with a student and escalated to involve school staffers and school resource deputies.

Three Men Burglarize AT&T Store Off Palm Coast Parkway, Crash and Evade Copter Search

| November 7, 2016

A Publix employee coming to work at 2:30 a.m. detected the burglars and called 911, but the three suspects got away after crashing their car, evading a more than half-hour search by air and ground in the C-Section.

Miles Smith, 32, Troubled W-Section Resident at Center of Dead Puppy Feud Last March, Found Dead

| November 7, 2016

The cause of death has not been determined. No firearm was involved. Last March Smith was at the center of a controversy involving the suspicious death of a puppy that had once belonged to his neighbors.

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