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Man Faces Felony Child Abuse Charge in Assault of Girl, 14, After Accosting Children at Bus Stop

| February 20, 2017

A man who children say had been accosting them at their Palm Coast bus stop was later charged with child abuse after slapping a 14-year-old girl on the butt. An investigation revealed other concerns.

Spencer Sarmento Back in Jail on Aggravated Assault Charge Stemming from Gun Argument

| February 17, 2017

Spencer Sarmento, the Mondex resident arrested 14 months ago for firing an assault weapon in the Mondex, was arrested again this morning after a confrontation in which his girlfriend refused to give him a gun.

For Palm Coast Man, Repeated Arrests Over Guns and Alcohol, Then a Death at the Hospital

| February 16, 2017

Theodore Vanbeveren, 61, had been at Florida Hospital Flagler for detox and had been cleared to be returned to the jail. Instead he had a heart attack and died, according to a sheriff’s report.

250 to 300-Acre Fire, Largest Since 2011, Burning Uncontained in Old Haw Creek Area

| February 15, 2017

County and state fire crews began battling the fire just before 3 p.m. The fire was still several miles from the nearest homes to the east but had grown rapidly.

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

| February 15, 2017

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

Man Responsible for McDonald’s Armed Robbery on SR100 in Palm Coast Sought in 2nd Incident

| February 14, 2017

Investigators believe the man who robbed the McDonald’s in Palm Coast on State Road 100 Saturday, wielding a silver blade, is the same man who robbed a CVS pharmacy in St. Augustine the next night.

Transportation Secretary Pledges Possible Traffic Light or Other Fixes at Dangerous US 1 Intersection

| February 10, 2017

The Florida Department of Transportation is considering a traffic light, speed limit reduction, rumble strips or even a roundabout at the intersection of US1 and Old Dixie Highway.

Safety Study on Deadly White Eagle Lounge Intersection Was Issued 7 Weeks Ago: No Traffic Light or Speed Limit Recommendations

| February 9, 2017

Some 207 crashes have been recorded in three years at or near US1 and Old Dixie Highway, but a state transportation department safety study issued in December recommended only cosmetic changes.

Flagler Beach Is Proposing Draconian Restrictions and Prohibitions on Drones

| February 9, 2017

Flagler Beach would even further than an Orlando ordinance that just passed, banning drones over public buildings, parks, assemblies and other places absent permission from the city.

Sheriff Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying 2 Alleged Shoplifters at Palm Coast’s Ulta Store

| February 8, 2017

Two suspects entered the Ulta cosmetics store at 5224 State Road 100 in Palm Coast Saturday (Feb. 4) and allegedly stole many bottles of nail polish, valued at more than $2,400.

Recurring Offender Richard Westervelt Again Arrested After Chase in Mondex

| February 8, 2017

Richard Westervelt has 11 bookings at the Flagler County jail since 2010, on charges that include battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding, illegally firing weapons and resisting arrest.

Five People Killed, 3 Hurt in 3-Vehicle Crash at White Eagle’s US1 Intersection With Old Dixie; Deadliest Crash in 6 Years

| February 7, 2017

Five people were killed in a three-vehicle crash late this morning (Feb. 5) at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1, by the White Eagle lounge, in Korona.

Proposal to Require Unanimity from Florida Juries in Death Penalty Cases Advances

| February 6, 2017

But efforts to broaden the legislation to address other issues involved in a series of court rulings that prompted this year’s measure appear, at least for now, to be doomed.

Palm Coast Man Accused of Murdering a Man in Daytona Before Fleeing to P-Section

| February 6, 2017

Dominic Neeley Jr., 21, was arrested at his home at 41 Peppercorn Lane in Palm Coast in early evening Sunday after a chase triggered by an alleged murder of a man and the shooting of a woman in Daytona Beach within the same hour.

Palm Coast Man Irate Over $128 Bill Jailed Over Allegedly Bashing Washing-Machine Repairman With Baseball Bat

| February 3, 2017

Norman Ferris, 56, ended up at a hospital after allegedly getting smashed in the face and back with a baseball bat by a man who didn’t want to pay the repair bill for his washing machine.

Cops’ Dash-Cam Video Evidence Gets Big Boost in 5-2 Ruling By Florida Supreme Court

| February 1, 2017

“We cannot expect officers to retain information as if he or she were a computer,” the court ruled, granting power to judges to review video evidence when available.

Tased and Detained, Felon 10 Times Over Escapes from Cop’s Car Before Chase and Arrest

| February 1, 2017

George Garland Wood, 31, of Bunnell, led cops on a chase after he was tased and after he managed to escape from a patrol car. He faces a half dozen charges, all but one felonies.

At Staly’s Sheriff’s Office, Deputies Speak of “Concerted Effort” to Raise Morale and Profile

| January 31, 2017

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies contacted independently of the sheriff’s own public relations efforts say the improved morale and more commanding leadership is sincere, though the changes are less fundamental than about attitudes.

Different Kind of Home Intrusion in Hammock: Intruder Apologizes (But Is Arrested)

| January 30, 2017

Benjamin Wytiaz, a man with a long arrest record in three other counties, startled a Hammock woman in her home as she was getting out of the bathroom, and was later arrested. He said he was looking for a place to sleep.

Olando Ellis, 63, Killed on I-95 Near Matanzas Exit When Semi Slams His Stalled Mercedes

| January 30, 2017

Olando Ellis’s car had stalled in the right-most southbound lane and lost all power and lights. He’d called 911 for help, then was struck and killed by the truck.

A Stolen Gun, A Cry for Help Over Crack, Then Surrender to Felony Charges

| January 27, 2017

Pamela Guth, a 54-year-old resident of Rose Petal Lane in Palm Coast, was arrested on two felony charges after turning herself in for stealing a gun to buy cocaine, and trying unsuccessfully to get the gun back.

Woman Stabs Husband in Self-Defense Near Dead Lake; He Faces Four Felony Counts

| January 26, 2017

Earnest E. Thomas, 27, was allegedly stabbed by his wife in a confrontation in front of their young children but had been allegedly assaulting, strangling and imprisoning her, and was charged with four felony counts.

Red Light Blown, 2 Seriously Hurt in T-Bone Crash on Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre

| January 25, 2017

A pre-dawn t-bone crash on Palm Coast Parkway–the second in nine days–sent two drivers to the hospital with serious injuries and resulted in a mangled delivery truck and a pick-up truck in a ditch.

Janis Washburn, 68, Found Dead in Intracoastal Near Hidden Treasures By Flagler Beach Bridge

| January 25, 2017

Janis Washburn, 68, of Palm Coast’s E-Section, was detected by a jogger on the Flagler Beach bridge just before 11 a.m. She had lived in Palm Coast since 2008.

Fourth Fatality in 8 Days On Palm Coast Parkway as 60-Year-Old Beverly Campbell Dies

| January 23, 2017

Beverly Ann Campbell, 60, had stopped near Florida Park Drive after her van struck a deer, and was rear-ended by 79-year-old Frank Mannarino, who told authorities Campbell’s van did not have its lights on.

All Storm Warnings and Watches Cancelled: “We’ve Dodged A Couple of Real Big Bullet”

| January 22, 2017

Much of Palm Coast and Flagler County have a 30 percent chance of experiencing a tornado, as half the county is in a high-risk zone for very severe weather Sunday evening. The weather system spawned tornadoes across the Deep South, killing at least 15 people so far.

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.

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