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Stephen Schoembs, 43, Celebrated Chef and Flagler Native, Found Dead at Walmart Parking Lot

| March 2, 2017

Stephen Schoembs had been reported missing the day before. The cause of death has not been determined. He was the executive chef at Hammock Dunes Club after a stint abroad.

Dog Gets Killed by Neighbor’s Dog. That Was Only Part of the Problem for Responding Deputies.

| March 1, 2017

A young Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy became the object of a woman’s aggression after cops had been called to the address over a disturbance with neighbors, and a dead dog.

Flagler Beach Police Department Now Permanent Site To Get Rid of Unwanted Prescription Drugs

| February 27, 2017

No questions asked: You don’t have to wait for drug take-back days to drop off your unwanted prescription drugs anymore. The department’s new Drug Collection Unit is accessible daily from 8 to 5.

Watch Out: Sheriff Staly Is Tonight’s Watch Commander on Flagler Streets

| February 27, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly has asked all his command staff to put in stints as shift commanders–including himself, so as to better understand the challenges of deputies and get a pulse of the streets.

“Mass Chaos” At Walmart Girl Scout Cookie Stand as Clash Turns Violent Over $20 Debt

| February 27, 2017

Palm Coast’s Daniel Kennedy, 18, and his 16-year-old brother, were arrested after destroying a Girl Scout cookie stand and allegedly attacking three people at Walmart Saturday when they were told they could not take cookies instead of money allegedly owed them.

Palm Coast Woman, 18, Charged With Home Invasion Robbery in Confrontation With Ex

| February 25, 2017

Armed with a knife, Kaitlin McBride, 18, of Zerington Court, had gone to her ex-boyfriend’s house at 3 a.m. today to claim a cat and a computer game, and surprised him in bed with another woman after going in allegedly uninvited.

Elderly Man Injured in Attack by Pit Bull Mix At Palm Coast’s Canopy Walk Dies

| February 24, 2017

James E. Bennett, 79, had been severely injured last Sunday and his 7-year-old Yorkshire killed Sunday in an attack by a Labrador-pit bull dog. He died of an apparent heart attack.

At Belle Terre Elementary, 60 Readers Get In Black History Groove With Ellington, Tar Beach and Even Cops

| February 23, 2017

Belle Terre Principal Terence Culver wanted to atone for ignoring Black History Month for five years by hosting a read-in featuring community leaders including the sheriff, many cops and firefighters, school board members, the Palm Coast mayor and many more.

Jury Finds Palm Coast’s John Schenone, 32, Guilty of Raping Girlfriend’s 11-Year-Old Daughter; Will Spend Life in Prison

| February 22, 2017

John Schenone, 32, had been the father figure to the girl and her mother’s live-in boyfriend for six years in Palm Coast’s W-Section, but had been assaulting the girl for a year.

“I Slam-Dunked Her To the Ground,” Palm Coast Man Says of Woman in Road Rage Incident

| February 22, 2017

Two Palm Coast residents dueled in a road-rage incident that started with mutual flipping near McDonald’s in Town Center, and ended with injuries and a jailing.

From Inside Charred Aftermath of Last Week’s 435-Acre Fire, A Cautionary Warning of Season Ahead

| February 21, 2017

In a tour of the forest partly charred in last week’s fire south of Bunnell, Florida Forest Service officials cautioned of a fire season ahead they expect will be more active because of drought and higher temperatures.

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.

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.

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