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Smoke In Cabin and Rear-End Crash Sideline Full Greyhound Bus at SR100 in Palm Coast

| May 22, 2019

A woman was hospitalized and several people aboard a Greyhound bus complained of injuries and smoke discomfort after the bus began to fill with smoke on I-95 in Palm Coast, then was rear-ended by another car

For Bruce Haughton, the Price of Failing to Die in a Double-Suicide Is a Criminal Charge

| May 21, 2019

Prosecutors are not disputing that Bruce Haughton, 54, wanted to die, only that when he failed in his suicide attempt, he became an accessory in the death by suicide of Kathryn Goddard, a claim he disputes.

County Orders Space Reallocation For Sheriff at Courthouse; ‘We’re Going to Stand Our Ground,’ Bexley Says

| May 21, 2019

The County Commission acting as landlord is directing its administrator to come up with the necessary additional space for the sheriff at the courthouse, where Clerk Tom Bexley says it’s useless to try.

Sheriff’s Beachside Substation Is Renamed in Honor of Grady Prather Jr., Who Started Marine Unit

| May 21, 2019

The late Capt. Grady Prather Jr. had launched the Flagler sheriff’s marine unit, which was disbanded after his retirement in 2008, but was revived last year. Prather died in 2009.

In Rare Assisted Suicide Trial in Flagler, Jurors Weigh Sympathy For Desperation Against an Unforgiving Law

| May 20, 2019

Bruce Horton, 54, became an accused criminal when he failed to die along with Katherine Goddard in Palm Coast’s R-Section two years ago as the two had made a pact to die together. He’s on trial this week.

With Conservatives In Control of Supreme Court, A 2016 Decision Reducing Death Sentences Is In Jeopardy

| May 20, 2019

The court has begun the process of reconsidering whether changes to Florida’s death penalty-sentencing system should continue being applied retroactively to cases dating to 2002.

Sheriff’s Precinct on Utility Drive? Palm Coast Explores Bailing Out County’s Search for Space

| May 17, 2019

City, county and sheriff’s officials spent Thursday exploring various buildings, among them Palm Coast’s Utility Department building off Old Kings Road, as potential sites for the sheriff’s Palm Coast precinct.

Fired Employee Suspected of Burying $1 Million Worth of Equipment in Pond at US1 Construction Site

| May 17, 2019

The four small bulldozers and excavator are valued at over $1 million, and were were submerged in a pond to which a water pump had also been vandalized, preventing it from working.

Court Orders 4 of 18 Animals Returned to Owners at W-Section Home, With Probation-Like Conditions

| May 17, 2019

A county court order returned four of 18 animals to Mackenzie and Staci Steele, with the rest distributed between four other parties. The Steels must abide by strict conditions and still face a criminal charge.

County’s Intention To Seek Damages Over Sears Building Fiasco Belies Cozy Relations With Broker in Run-Up to Sale

| May 16, 2019

Flagler County today sent letters of intent to sue for damages to the parties involved in the purchase of the mold-infested Sears building, including the real estate broker the county had a very close relationship with for years.

Stabbing Involving 2 Buddy Taylor Middle School Students Just Off the Bus Leads to Charges

| May 16, 2019

A Buddy Taylor Middle School student stabbed another during a fight immediately after the two students got off their school bus Wednesday afternoon near the corner of Chapel and Hope Streets in Bunnell.

An Inside Look at Sheriff’s Confidential Weekly ‘Crimemaps’ Strategy Planning With Command Staff

| May 16, 2019

Every Wednesday, the sheriff and his command and other top staffers meet to map out the coming week’s crime-fighting focuses, analyzing trends, hot spots and raw intelligence. This week, reporters were invited to witness the session.

Deputies Seized Weapon and Drugs From a Bunnell House on Tuesday. Today, The House Burned.

| May 15, 2019

The duplex at 502 East Drain Street in Bunnell was the scene of a drug raid Tuesday, and a house fire today. Both times, the house was unoccupied. A fire marshal was investigating the case.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: County’s Just-Acquired Sears Building for Sheriff Has Water Intrusion and ‘Substantial Mold’

| May 15, 2019

Flagler County officials discovered today the $1.1 million Sears building they just agreed to buy is plagued by water intrusion and “substantial mold,” just like the sheriff’s Operations Center in Bunnell.

16-Year-Old Girl Who Made Bigoted Threats About FPC Teacher Is Arrested

| May 14, 2019

The State Attorney is charging the girl with a count of written threats to kill, a felony, following a December incident in which the girl exchanged hateful and allegedly threatening messages about her teacher with another student.

Florida Considers Prison Guards as Immigration Enforcers; Counties May Be Next

| May 14, 2019

The state request to launch the federal immigration enforcement program, known as 287(g), came as Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed local governments to implement the program at county jails.

A Memorial for Fallen Deputies Lifts Blue Lights In Shadow of Flagler Sheriff’s Catacomb

| May 14, 2019

The doors to the Sherif’s Operations Center in Bunnell were kept locked Monday evening, and at times, as the crowd held its bluish candles aloft, it looked as if the building too was being memorialized.

Faith-Based Southern Correctional Medicine Will Be New Health Provider at Flagler Jail

| May 13, 2019

Southern Correctional Medicine replaces Armor Correctional Health after a breakdown in relations between the sheriff and the company following the death of inmate Anthony Fennick in February.

Days After Release From Jail, Frequent Felon Robert Brandon Is Accused of Assaulting Same Man

| May 13, 2019

Robert Brandon of Palm Coast spent four months in jail for assaulting Frank Rodriguez. Days after his release, he is accused of again landing Rodriguez in the hospital after an assault.

T-Bone Crash At CR302 and 305 Leaves 18-Year-Old Brandon Schwartz in Critical Condition

| May 12, 2019

Brandon Taylor Schwartz, 18, of Ormond Beach, in critical condition after a t-bone crash at the intersection of County Road 302 and County Road 305 in west Flagler.

Community Paramedic: How Flagler Fire Rescue’s Caryn Prather Brought Back House Calls

| May 12, 2019

Flaglere County Fire Rescue’s Prather’s made nearly 500 house calls last year, serving a client base started with people who were frequent users of the 9-1-1 system for non-emergency medical needs and transportation to the hospital. Since its inception, these calls have decreased by 80 percent.

Photographic Tour of Courthouse Illustrates Crunch and Tensions Between Sheriff and Clerk Staffs

| May 10, 2019

Here’s the first detailed, photographic illustration of the space issues the sheriff, the clerk and county officials have been wrestling with over the past months at the county courthouse as the three sides try to reach an understanding on future space use.

Homeless Man Known as Marc Smith, 45, Found Dead Near Flagler Plaza Parking Lot

| May 10, 2019

Marc Smith had been living in a lesser-known homeless camp off Old Kings Road and frequently sat beneath the State Road 100 I-95 overpass, where he was recently captured in an image.

Drug Raid in Palm Coast’s P-Section Leads to 2 Arrests and Children Briefly in DCF’s Custody

| May 9, 2019

Cory P. Waring Jr., 23, and Mia E. Lindsay, 42, were arrested at 82 Pine Circle Drive in Palm Coast this morning following a drug raid executed by the Flagler County Sheriff’s SWAT team.

Federal Lawsuit Targets Florida Prisons Over ‘Deliberately Indifferent’ Use of Solitary Confinement

| May 8, 2019

Florida’s prison system is “widely overusing” the practice of solitary confinement to manage inmates, sometimes locking them up in cells that are no bigger than a parking spaces over often-minor infractions, according to a federal lawsuit.

An Alleged Abuser Tracks His Victim Near Domestic Violence Shelter Before Arrest

| May 8, 2019

Dominic Petrillo, 53, is accused of pulling a shotgun on the alleged victim, beating her, then call, text and repeatedly drive by the Family Life Center where she’d taken refuge, before his arrest Tuesday.

Joe Mullins Wants Cities and the County to Draft Homeless ‘Legislation,’ But He’s ‘Out on a Limb’

| May 8, 2019

Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins is pressing the county administrator to develop an ordinance regulating homeless panhandling and tent-pitching with city managers, but none of the local governments other than Bunnell have discussed such policies.

Faced With ‘Disgraceful’ Rent Increase at City Marketplace, Sheriff Will Move Palm Coast District Office to Old Sears Building

| May 7, 2019

It’s only the latest example of the county’s largely self-inflicted and costly turmoil over land and building projects gone awry, going back to the Eden-gone-Hades of the old Memorial hospital and conversion into a sheriff’s operations center in 2013.

County Considers Nuclear Option: Forcing Clerk To Cede Space to Sheriff at Courthouse

| May 6, 2019

With Clerk of Court Tom Bexley and Sheriff Rick Staly at an impasse over space needs at the courthouse, commissioners are raising the possibility that they will force Bexley to give ground.

Retired Cop Whose Car ‘Reeks of Booze’ Flashes Badge at Flagler Deputy, and Is Arrested for DUI and Drugs

| May 6, 2019

Brenton M. Hodge was in a traffic crash at US1 and Seminole Woods when, asked about smelling of alcohol, he flashed his retired-cop badge, but Flagler Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Weaver would have none of it.

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