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War Of The Birds on Palm Coast’s Collingwood Lane Ends In Victory For Purple Martins

| January 31, 2018

Neighbors on Collingwood Lane have been suing and battling each other for four years over two dozen bird houses. A judge has ruled in favor of the birds.

Paul Dykes Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole 2 Times Over For Child Rape

| January 30, 2018

A jury had found Sykes guilty on 24 counts, including raping a 1-year-old, in December, making the life sentences mandatory, and leaving little room for the judge or lawyers to maneuver.

Bunnell Claims It Charged Man With 2nd Degree Murder in Death of Emanuel. Sheriff and State Attorney Know Nothing About It.

| January 29, 2018

The Bunnell city administration issued an announcement about the charge, but the State Attorney’s Office says the investigation is continuing, and the Sheriff’s Office says Thomas’s status has not changed.

For Kim Weeks, Nothing Left To Try Against 5 Remaining Felony Counts But a Trial

| January 29, 2018

A circuit judge has denied ex-Flagler Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks’s motion to throw out the search warrant that led to evidence of allegedly illegally recorded conversations.

Gala Raises $70,600 For Newly-Created Flagler Sheriff’s Employee Trust Fund

| January 28, 2018

Donations will support the well-being of sheriff’s employees and provide immediate financial assistance in emergencies not necessarily covered by insurance.

In the Name of the Father, the Son and Ammunition: Lawmakers Favor Guns in Churches

| January 25, 2018

The Florida House and Senate have started moving forward with measures that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the grounds of churches and other religious institutions that include schools.

Unusual Degree of Mayhem, But Also Success, Reflected in Sheriff’s Quarterly Awards

| January 25, 2018

An award ceremony seemed to reflect the particular vigor and style of policing Rick Staly ushered in just over a year ago, when he became sheriff.

Two Suicides, 2 Attempted, 5 Baker Acts Between Saturday and Monday in Palm Coast

| January 24, 2018

For the second time in three weeks, Flagler Sheriff’s deputies were confronted with a spike in mental health crises over 48 hours that underscored the county’s dearth of resources other than law enforcement.

Address Florida’s Deadly Rail Crossings Now, During 2018 Session

| January 23, 2018

Between 2011 and 2017, there were a total of 105 deaths on more than 350 miles of Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which also run through Bunnell. A rail safety bill needs legislative support.

Counterfeiters Among Us: Several Palm Coast Businesses Targets of Bogus $100 Bills

| January 23, 2018

Salsa’s, Domino’s, McDonald’s and a Mobil station were all targeted by a user of counterfeit bills, as was a man selling items on Craig’s List. The investigation is continuing.

From Ankle Monitors to a $165,000 Grant for an Extra Detective, Domestic Violence Initiative Keeps Momentum

| January 23, 2018

The Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Task Force, far from disbanding, is continuing its varied initiatives, though the incidence of domestic violence in the county appears to be spiking.

In Last-Minute Reversal, Judge Agrees To More Lenient Plea in Maria Howell Case

| January 22, 2018

After rejecting the deal last month, Circuit Judge Dennis Craig agreed to 18 months in prison for Maria Howell, who’d faced trial and possibly 15 years in prison over a molestation charge.

5-Hour Standoff With Woman Threatening Suicide Ends Peacefully on Point of Woods

| January 22, 2018

Kathryn Hunter, 39, girlfriend of a man who killed himself on Jan. 9, surrendered to deputies in mid-afternoon after SWAT team members entered her house. She will be Baker Acted.

Cops’ Stop and Frisk Is Cut Back. Crime Doesn’t Spike. It Tumbles.

| January 21, 2018

Police have radically cut back their controversial use of stop-and-frisk policies in New York. To the surprise of some, crime didn’t spike, but tumbled yet again.

Jimmie Brazell, 56, Struck and Killed As He Steps Out From Car On I-95 in Palm Coast

| January 21, 2018

Jimmie Brazell, 56, was killed by a passing car as he walked across I-95 in Palm Coast after an argument with his new bride, who had asked him to pull over.

Bobby Gore Sentenced to 15 Years In Shooting Death of His Son in Flagler Beach as Judge Rebukes “Family Culture” of Firearms

| January 19, 2018

Bobby Earl Gore, 74, shot his son Lucas, 31, last April at their Flagler Beach home, allegedly after Lucas had terrorized and humiliated him. A judge did not feel too much lenience was required in the sentence.

Strident Opposition to Roundabout at US1 and Old Dixie Even As Another Crash Results In Critical Injury

| January 19, 2018

There was no doubt as to the near-unanimity and depth of opposition to a roundabout at the intersection of US1 and Old Dixie by the end of a one-hour public hearing.

Roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Will Save Lives, But Resistance Is Expected

| January 18, 2018

Those used to roundabouts love them, those not hate them: traffic experts say the roundabout at US1 and Old Dixie can work well with good design and education.

Why Is Judge Craig Looking to Crucify Maria Howell?

| January 18, 2018

Twice prosecutors and the defense agreed to a deal in the molestation case involving Maria Howell. Twice Judge Craig rejected the deal. The case is now headed for trial.

Reckless Driving, a Crash in an R-Section Front Yard and a Chase Ends in 2 Arrests

| January 17, 2018

Jacquise D. Gaines Smith, 18, and Alvero Jackson, 23, were arrested in Palm Coast’s R-Section after a foot and air chase, after they fled the car they’d crashed in front yard.

Released From Jail on Jan. 9, Palm Coast Woman Found Dead In Her House 6 Days Later

| January 16, 2018

Drugs may have played a role in the death of Jessica Coubrough, 55, just days after she’d spent two months in jail, where she could not access drugs.

Michael Cummings Charged With Murder in Wife’s Death on Point Pleasant Thursday; Sheriff Describes “Brutal” Attack

| January 15, 2018

Michael Cummings was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife Faith Cummings Thursday in what the sheriff describes as a case of domestic violence that went out of control.

Michael Cummings Charged With Murder in Wife’s Death on Point Pleasant Thursday; Sheriff Describes “Brutal” Attack

| January 15, 2018

With autopsy results in, the death of 44-year-old Faith Cummings at her Palm Coast home last week is now considered very suspicious, and people of interests are being sought.

Husband’s Arrest Adds Troubling Details To Wife’s Untimely Death on Point Pleasant

| January 13, 2018

Used syringes were found in the house at 6 Point Pleasant Drive and Michael Cummings’s clothes were spotted with blood when he met a sheriff’s deputy. He was arrested for obstruction.

Sheriff’s Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death on Point Pleasant Drive in Palm Coast

| January 11, 2018

A woman in her 40s was reported dead this morning in her bathroom. Her husband was speaking with authorities, and the sheriff was at the scene, along with detectives.

Flagler’s Opioid Crisis Seen From Those Fighting It: A Severe Lack of Treatment Beds, Drug Court at Capacity, Jail as a Waiting Room

| January 10, 2018

The most comprehensive picture of the opioid crisis in Flagler County came to light today in a gathering of Flagler County judges, top cops, medical, social and government services. Here are the details.

Proposal To Toughen Penalties For Texting While Driving Gains on 1st Day

| January 9, 2018

With support from the House speaker, a proposal to make texting while driving a “primary” offense in Florida received unanimous support Tuesday from a House panel as the 2018 legislative session opened.

Prosecution Intends To Try Paul Dykes Twice More Even as He Faces Life in Prison

| January 9, 2018

Paul Dykes was found guilty of directing the rape of a 1-year-old child last month, but prosecutors want to try him two more times on related charges, they told a circuit judge today.

Man Takes His Own Life in a Car on SR100 as Sheriff’s Negotiators Were On Their Way

| January 9, 2018

A man took his own life by gunshot in a car on State Road 100’s westbound lanes, in front of the Mobil station and convenience store, at dawn Tuesday.

Jonathan Lord Takes Over Flagler’s Emergency Management as Its 6th Chief in 12 Years

| January 8, 2018

Jonathan Lord, 43, had for more than two years been deputy director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, overseeing the statewide response to Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew and Irma firsthand.

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