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Fugitive Felon Leads Deputies On Chase Across Palm Coast Before K-9 Chomps Him to a Stop

| April 3, 2018

Richard Lawrence Knoblaugh, 37, took deputies from SR100 to Matanzas High before crashing his SUV in his own C-Section yard and falling to a K-9’s bite Monday evening.

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.

Attempted Suicide Leads to Baker Act, Then Arrest Over Gun Threat and Violence

| April 2, 2018

A 37-year-old resident of Rolling Sands Drive in Palm Coast faces two felony counts after he resisted an involuntary Baker Act following an attempted suicide.

Flagler Beach Drug House Busted, Filth Draws Code Enforcement, 5 Arrested, 3 Already Out

| March 30, 2018

The Paytas family members and associates at the 135 Oak Lane house in Flagler Beach have been subjects of drug busts before, and some of them have served prison time.

Traffic Stop Turns to Air, Foot and K-9 Chase Off State Road 100, Three Women, 2 Men Apprehended

| March 29, 2018

A traffic stop that began on State Road 100 near the city limit between Palm Coast and Bunnell late this morning has turned into a chase on foot, by air, and with K-9 units.

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.

Sheriff’s Jail Deputy Suspended After Reporting to Work Drunk; Supervisory Issues a Concern

| March 28, 2018

Flagler Sheriff’s detention deputy Mark Sousa’s alcohol test recorded him at 0.096 and 0.093 four hours into his shift–the four hours it took supervisors to react to an employee’s repeated request to intervene.

Driver Wanted in Monday’s Hit-and-Run Death Is Found: Was on Suspended License for DUI

| March 28, 2018

Bryan Brown, 60, of Ormond By the Sea, allegedly owned up to the crash after quick policing and reporting combined with the conscience of Brown’s employer.

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.

Mondex Man, 62, Held On $200,000 Bond on Charges Of Molesting Girls, 6 and 8

| March 27, 2018

Thomas Jay Binkley, a 62-year-old resident of Forest Park Street in Bunnell, allegedly confessed to molesting the girls, who were in his charge.

Youths’ Bizarre Story of Dead Baby in Hidden Trails Dumpster Yields Placenta, But No Baby

| March 27, 2018

Calling the discovery of a human placenta, but no baby, it a “mystery,” Sheriff Staly is asking the public’s help in determining the whereabouts and welfare of the newborn.

A Flagler Sheriff’s Employee Faces Grand Theft Charge, Again Implicating Courthouse Squad; Attorney Calls It “A Witch-Hunt”

| March 26, 2018

Nancy Birdsong, a 20-year civilian employee with the Flagler Sheriff’s Office, is the third courthouse-connected employee to face disciplinary action, and inquiries are not over.

Raymond Almodovar, Flagler School Bus Driver, Is Killed in Hit-and-Run on I-95; Driver of Jeep Sought

| March 26, 2018

Raymond Almodovar, a Flagler school district bus driver, was killed after his car was struck twice by two different vehicles on I-95 in a hit-and-run in Palm Coast.

Fuel Tanker Flips and Leaks 1,200 Gallons Before Spill Is Stopped at US1 and SR100 in Bunnell

| March 26, 2018

The fuel truck’s driver was hospitalized and state agencies were at the scene to evaluate the extent of the clean-up necessary as fuel went into a retention ditch and drainage.

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.

For Life-Sentenced Murderer Paul Miller, Unexpected Glimmer of Hope As His Counsel Is Questioned

| March 22, 2018

In a powerful argument based on new revelations that emerged today, Paul Miller’s attorney is arguing that the representation he got at trial was ineffective to the point that his conviction may never have happened.

Parent Faces Charges After Appearing to Instigate Fight Between 2 Indian Trails Middle School Boys

| March 21, 2018

Anthony Gardiner, a 34-year-old resident of Pam Coast’s B Section, was captured in several videos either instigating or intervening in a fight between two boys on a Belle Terre Parkway sidewalk.

Sheriff’s Chief Paul Bovino, Newly-Minted FBI Academy Graduate, On The Experience From Within

| March 21, 2018

Paul Bovino is among the more charismatic and intimidating members of the Sheriff’s Office, a cop’s cop with outsize stage presence and a love of the job that radiates in most things he says and does.

C.J. Nelson Exonerated of Felony Child Abuse Charge in Epic Confrontation, Faces
Sentence on Misdemeanors

| March 20, 2018

A jury found C.J. Nelson not guilty of felony child abuse in an incident in which he punched a 16-year-old girl, but found him guilty of two misdemeanor battery charges.

Sheriff Staly Orders Investigation Re-Opened in Flagler Courthouse Bailiffs’ Behavior

| March 20, 2018

Staly issued the order three days after a FlaglerLive story detailed allegations of racial and sexual improprieties involving courthouse deputies and staff.

Severe Weather and “A Few Tornadoes Possible” in Afternoon for Flagler-Palm Coast

| March 20, 2018

The National Weather Center’s prediction for today projects a potential for severe and damaging weather onto the entirety of Flagler.

Fleeing Man Who Overturned Truck on Palm Coast Parkway Is a Felon With History of Chases

| March 19, 2018

Brent Enfinger, fleeing cops since Volusia County, was at the wheel of a truck that overturned on Palm Coast Parkway Saturday when he got out and fled again before his arrest.

Levi Ovenshire, 19, Sentenced to 15 Years In Prison For Friend’s Attempted Murder in F-Section

| March 19, 2018

Levi Ovenshire, 19, shot 19-year-old Marco Salazar in the back as the two were hanging out at 13 Fulton Place in Palm Coast last June 24. Ovenshire later spoke as if he’d been hallucinating.

As in Flagler, Few Districts Embrace Arming “Marshals,” So Money May Shift to School Cops

| March 18, 2018

In Flagler County, Superintendent Jim Tager and the school board said they would not support arming anyone who is not, in essence, as trained as school deputies must be to carry a weapon.

Vehicle Chase Ends in Arrest Off Palm Coast Parkway After Pick-Up Overturns

| March 17, 2018

The driver of the pick-up fled on foot toward the Red Roof Inn but was apprehended by Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies within minutes.

Driver Plows Into 4 Bikers on U.S. 1 North of Matanzas Woods, 3 Are Hospitalized

| March 16, 2018

Two men and a woman were hospitalized, one of them airlifted as a trauma patient, after a car plowed into them as they rode south on U.S. 1 Friday afternoon.

Shake-Up in Chambers: At Flagler Courthouse, 3 Judges Intervene Over Allegations of Deputies’ Sexual and Racial Improprieties

| March 16, 2018

Two bailiffs have been disciplined and reassigned out of the courthouse, bailiffs have a new supervisor, and one judge’s administrative assistant lost her job as a judge’s assistant as a result of the alleged improprieties.

Palm Coast Man Faces Attempted Armed Carjacking Charge After Rushing C.O.P. With Knife

| March 15, 2018

Stephen Goldberg, 32, of Palm Coast’s E Section, allegedly brandished a knife and rushed a C.O.P. who was patrolling in her car near his house Thursday. He faces a slew of charges.

Behind Closed Doors, Palm Coast Council Was Willing To Risk Big Loss Against McDonald Until Judge and Adjuster Set It Straight

| March 15, 2018

Battles between Palm Coast government–the council and Jim Landon, the manager–and Dennis McDonald, the perennial critic, got so personal in a previous lawsuit, records show, that the city was willing to risk taxpayer money until it was forced to accept a settlement.

Sheriff Credits “Fugitive Friday” Video For Re-Arrest of Palm Coast Man He’d Arrested In May

| March 14, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly last August pulled over James Christopher Raposa for speeding. He was later placed on probation on an impaired driving charge, but violated probation.

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