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Judge Reduces Supervision on Veteran Who Killed a Man Near Graham Swamp in 2006

| July 12, 2018

Brian Wothers, now 36, shot and killed 26-year-old Jeffrey Maxwell in Palm Coast and was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a bench trial, but had been confined to a state hospital.

19-Year-Old Originally Accused of Rape Pleads to Child Abuse, 1 Year in Jail and Probation

| July 10, 2018

Fredie Jiles Leon of Palm Coast originally faced two counts of raping a 13-year-old, but a series of mitigating circumstances led to the plea deal and 4 years’ probation.

For 21-Year-Old Who Brutalized Dog, 270 Days in Jail, 5 Years’ Probation, Lifetime Felon

| June 28, 2018

Brenden Geary, 21, left an 11-lb Yorkshire terrier unconscious after brutalizing her at a W-Section Palm Coast home in Palm Coast last March.

Supreme Court Orders Flagler’s Judge Scott DuPont Removed in Unanimous Decision

| June 26, 2018

Scott DuPont, who’d served on Flagler’s and Putnam’s civil benches since 2010, was investigated for improprieties on and off the bench.

Behind Campaign to ‘Save Cooper’ the Dangerous Dog, Broken Pledges on Both Sides and Palm Coast’s Arbitrary Calls

| June 18, 2018

Cooper’s owner broke a pledge to kill the dog, and the victim broke a pledge not to sue, while Palm Coast pursued euthanizing the dog but not charges against the owner, even though the law says it should do both.

Facing Life in Prison, George Wood Is Found Incompetent to Stand Trial; 2 Previous Guilty Verdicts In Question

| June 11, 2018

Palm Coast’s George Wood, 32, was headed for trial on an armed burglary charge that could lock him up for life, and was sentenced to 10 years in February in separate trials.

Life In Prison For William Schwarz, Drunk Driver Who Killed Kathy and Carl Boos in Flagler Beach

| June 1, 2018

The sentence against William Schwarz was extraordinarily harsh, but also driven by his very lengthy record of drunk driving and other criminal arrests.

Clarence Murphy Is Sentenced To Life In Prison, No Parole, In Murder of Cousin Ahmad Laster

| May 31, 2018

Clarence Murphy Jr. shot his cousin Ahmed Rashad Laster on Palm Coast’s Parkview Drive last September during an argument, and soon confessed.

Yes, You May Smoke It: Judge Rules Florida’s Ban on Smoking Medical Marijuana Unconstitutional

| May 28, 2018

Judge Karen Gievers found that a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 gives eligible patients the right to smoke the treatment in private.

Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison, F-Section Arsonist Leaves Judge Craig Puzzled By ‘Senselessness’

| May 24, 2018

Circuit Judge Dennis Craig spoke heartfully and at length of the senselessness of 29-year-old Vitaly Tsabak’s burning of a family home before sentencing him to what proved to be a remarkably lenient 20-year term.

Dorothy Singer Found Guilty of Murdering Her Husband Charles; She Is Immediately Sentenced To Life In Prison

| May 18, 2018

The jury did not buy Dorothy Singer’s claim of self-defense when contrasted with the huge web of lies she fabricated after killing her husband Charles in West Flagler.

Dorothy Singer Murder Trial Day 3: Unearthing Details of a Killing and Its Elaborate Cover-Up

| May 17, 2018

The prosecution today focused on the five shots that killed Charles Singer and the three months of cover-ups his wife Dorothy concocted until her arrest.

Lucille Horton Acquitted In Death of Husband In Grand Haven Vehicular Homicide Case

| May 16, 2018

Lucille Horton was accused of throwing off her husband Richard Resnicoff, who’d sat on her car’s trunk, during a domestic dispute in 2013, leading to Resnicoff’s death after he hit the pavement.

On Trial For Husband’s Murder, Dorothy Singer’s Own Words and Fabrications Dig Deep Grave

| May 15, 2018

Dorothy Singer, accused of murdering and burying her husband in their west-Flagler backyard, wove a web of lies to detectives and friends to explain her husband’s disappearance, as the jury heard today.

Dorothy Singer Murder Trial Starts Against Sharp Defense Objections Over Rules of Evidence

| May 14, 2018

The lawyer for Dorothy Singer filed a motion for an emergency stay with an appeals court after losing attempts to delay the trial over evidence being provided late.

Defense Calls For Judge Craig To Be Disqualified From Dorothy Singer Murder Trial Following String of Startling Statements

| May 11, 2018

Dorothy Singer is on trial Monday for allegedly murdering her husband Charles in West Flagler last year, but the defense claims the judge has made a series of statements that betray favoritism for the state.

5 Years in Prison for Allen D. Adams in DUI Death of Brittany Pitt on Old Dixie

| May 11, 2018

Allen Adams, 30, will serve a minimum of four years out of a possible five, 10 years’ probation and lose his driver’s license for life over the DUI death of Brittany Pitt, 26.

Grand Jury Indicts Michael Cummings For 1st Degree Murder in Death of Ex-Wife on Point Pleasant

| May 8, 2018

Michael Cummings had initially been charged with second-degree murder. Today’s grand jury indictment is a surprise, finding premeditation in the alleged killing.

Flagler Judge DuPont’s Fate in Supreme Court’s Hands As He Pleads For ‘Second Chance’

| May 4, 2018

Flagler and Putnam Circuit Judge Scott DuPont, facing removal, filed his last pleading before the Florida Supreme Court decides his fate in the next few weeks.

One Month in Jail, 2 Years’ Probation For Man Who Assaulted Teen at Epic Theater

| May 4, 2018

C.J. Nelson, the 40-year-old Palm Coast father of eight previously accused of child abuse, could have faced up to five years in prison before a jury convicted him on lesser charges.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Jury Seated in Kimberle Weeks Trial as Defense Wins Minor Victory Over Prosecution Tactic

| April 2, 2018

The week-long trial of ex-elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks began today with day-long jury selection. Weeks faces nine felony counts of allegedly illegally recording and disseminating communications.

Judge Craig Is Out, Judge Perkins Is In As Flagler’s Felony and Civil Benches Again Flip

| March 28, 2018

Circuit Judge Terence Perkins will replace Dennis Craig, who’s headed back to Volusia, becoming the sixth judge in eight years to preside over Flagler County’s felony court.

Unprecedented Flagler Forum With 7 Judges Has Some Make News and Others De-Mystify The Bench

| March 27, 2018

Seven local judges appeared at the Flagler Palm Coast Forum Tuesday evening, the Ed Fuller group devoted to civic and electoral discussions featuring candidates running for office.

As Judge DuPont Continues to Battle Removal, Zambrano Orders Flagler Bench Again Shuffled

| March 23, 2018

Flagler County will lose Family Judge R. Lee Smith to Putnam after less than two years and gain newly-minted Judge Chris France, among other changes caused by the DuPont affair.

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