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James Taylor Is Sentenced to Life In Prison on Molestation Charge; Appeal Immediately Filed

| June 2, 2017

Attorneys for James Taylor, 39, of Palm Coast and Gainesville, said his trial was unfair and prejudicial in several regards, and the act itself no evidence of molestation.

Palm Coast Parkway Crash Slings Van Into Pond, SUV Overturns, 4 Hospitalized

| June 1, 2017

Two vans collided on Palm Coast Parkway shortly after 5 p.m. today, sending one van into a deep pond and overturning the other. Four people, including two children, were hospitalized, none with life-threatening injuries.

Two 16 Year Olds Arrested in “Crime Spree”; Cops Searching For Blue-Mohawk Man

| June 1, 2017

Tyrekk Reed, a student at Buddy Taylor Middle School, and Kenderrick Morton, both 16, were arrested Wednesday as detectives continue to look for additional suspects in what they’re calling a crime spree.

Palm Coast Man Accused of Threatening 17-Year-Old With Gun Arrested for 5th Time in 8 Months

| May 31, 2017

Anthony Eason, a 35-year-old resident of Port Echo Lane in Palm Coast with a history of arrests involving weapons, threats of using weapons, domestic violence and hiding from police, was again arrested Sunday, hiding in his bedroom.

Bloods Gang Leader Brandon Washington Back in Flagler, Contesting Life Sentence

| May 30, 2017

Brandon Washington was accused of leading a Bloods-affiliated gang in Palm Coast until his arrest in 2008 sentencing to four life terms without parole in 2011.

European Village Shooter Facing Up to 35 Years in Prison Is Termed an “American Hero” and Gets 7 Years’ Probation

| May 30, 2017

Daniel Noble fired two shots from an assault rifle at European Village before being wrestled to the ground by three men in December 2014. His attorney pointed to his Iraq War service for leniency.

J. Marie Battenhouse, 19, Is Killed in I-95 Crash; Former Matanzas Student Is 20th Death on Flagler Roads This Year

| May 28, 2017

Jirawadee Marie Battenhouse, a 19-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s C Section, died early Saturday morning (May 27) as a result of her injuries, hours after a two-vehicle crash on I-95 near Palm Coast Parkway.

3 Flagler Jail Deputies Quit While Under Investigation for Sexual and Other Misconduct

| May 26, 2017

No charges will be filed against Bradley Gilyard, Julio Vazquez and Jonathon Vitale, who resigned before facing disciplinary action that may have included getting fired.

Palm Coast Woman Facing Murder Charge in Death of Her Husband Is Found Dead

| May 26, 2017

Jan E. Sochalski was facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of her husband Henry last May. She was accused of suffocating him in his hospital bed.

In Flagler and Palm Coast, Hate Crimes Are a Rarity Even as State and National Stats Soar

| May 25, 2017

Officials and experts cite many reasons why reported hate crimes are rare: there may be more harmony locally, but also more subjectivity, under-reporting and lack of awareness when hate crimes are committed.

Florida Hospital Flagler Honors County’s First Responders

| May 25, 2017

This week, May21-27, is the 43rd Annual National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week.

Flagler Beach Pier Cleared for July 4 Fireworks, Which Will Go Off Even If Burn Ban Persists

| May 24, 2017

Flagler County Fire Chief has cleared the July 4 fireworks for takeoff while an engineering firm certified the Flagler Beach pier’s safety for the event.

Palm Coast Man Faces Felony for Interfering in Custody of Missing Girl, 17

| May 24, 2017

Christopher McMurphy faces a 3rd-degree felony charge following accusations that he interfered with the custody of a 17-year-old girl reported missing on May 21.

Sheriff’s “Taxi-Patrol Car” Cautions Against Drunk Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

| May 24, 2017

More than 400 deaths and 47,000 injuries are projected on U.S. roads over the Memorial Day weekend, prompting police agencies to heighten awareness campaigns.

Sheriff’s Request for 15 New Deputies Adds to Budget “Challenges” as Local Governments Begin to Haggle

| May 23, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly wants 10 new deputies from the county and five from Palm Coast. County government is facing $9 million in “challenges” as budget season launched this week.

A Man Is Killed in Fiery Morning Crash On Old Kings Road South of Graham Swamp

| May 21, 2017

Joshue Rafael Venegas, 30, of Palm Coast, killed was speeding north at 3 a.m. on Old Kings Road, clipping a pick-up truck with three occupants before losing control.

Game Over: Lawmakers, Not Voters, Decide Whether To Allow Slot Machines, High Court Rules

| May 20, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court squashed a broad expansion of slot machines in at least eight counties, saying the decision to allow pari-mutuels to add the lucrative games rests with the Legislature, not voters.

For Overworked County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, $150,000 Worth of Help May Be Coming

| May 19, 2017

Flagler County is not getting an additional county judge, but the money appropriated will pay for the equivalent of 428 days of service by retired judges brought back on a per-day basis to handle cases.

The Solemn and the Symbolic Mark Flagler Sheriff’s Ceremony Commemorating Fallen

| May 19, 2017

In a departure from previous ceremonies, Thursday’s commemoration included a march and a riderless horse, symbolizing fallen officers, and the unveiling of a Wall of Heroes.

Citing Chronic Crisis, Sheriff Plans Community Summit on Domestic Violence and Task Force

| May 18, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly intends to call a community summit followed by a task force that would have a few months to produce a set of recommendations to enact. Other domestic violence initiatives are ongoing.

Flagler Grand Jury Indictments: Gore and Singer May Face Death Penalty, Haire Life in Prison

| May 18, 2017

Dorothy Singer, accused of killing her husband, and Bobby Gore, accused of killing his son, may face the death penalty, and Phillip Haire, accused of shooting at a cop and his parents, may never see freedom again, if convicted.

Four Arrests in 4 Separate Violent Assaults in a 24-Hour Period Underscore Domestic Issues

| May 17, 2017

Andrew J. Krupp, 20, of Palm Coast, Qwajon R. Laster, 20, of Bunnell, Raymond Amara, 54, of Palm Coast, and Jacob Robertson of Flagler Beach were all arrested on felony charges stemming from violent confrontations.

Sheriff Warns Against Misleading Medical Pot Scams “Popping Up All Over Palm Coast”

| May 16, 2017

Yard signs in Palm Coast have popped up advertising “legal” weed, but the signs are scams, and a further reflecting of the confusion caused by lawmakers’ inability to agree to rules on medical pot, enabling scammers to fill voids.

Palm Coast Man Accused of Drugging and Raping 13-Year-Old Girl

| May 15, 2017

Fredie Jiles Leon, who goes by the name of Fredie Leon, an 18-year-old resident of 5 Whittier Lane in Palm Coast, was arrested Thursday (May 11) on two counts of raping a 13-year-old girl after allegedly drugging her.

Cyclist Critical After He is Struck By Vehicle on Belle Terre and SR100 in Apparent Hit and Run

| May 13, 2017

Kerry Milich, A cyclist, 57, was struck by a car at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and State Road 100 just after 4 p.m. Michael Bailey, the driver of the car, left the scene but was later located. 

Wildfire Smoke Shrouds Flagler-Palm Coast From West as Officials Declare Fire Warning

| May 12, 2017

A Red Flag Warning signaling a high-fire danger is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. today, and a 300-acre fire in Crescent City was sending thick smoke over Flagler-Palm Coast today, flooding the 911 center with worried callers.

Supreme Court Orders New Sentencing of Palm Coast Double-Murderer on Death Row

| May 12, 2017

David Snelgrove has twice been sentenced to death for the murders of Glyn Fowler, 84, and his wife, Vivian, 79, on Bannbury Lane in Palm Coast in late June 2000, but never unanimously.

Just Back from Open-Heart Surgery, Palm Coast Man Is Accused of Threatening His Wife With a Gun

| May 12, 2017

William J. De Perrio, a 67-year-old resident of Easton Place in Palm Coast, allegedly pointed a gun at his wife’s head as she was trying to help him with his medication and threatened to kill her.

Deputy Richard Petkovsek Is CrimeStoppers’ Flagler Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

| May 12, 2017

Richard Petkovsek, with the sheriff’s office just three years, was recognized for bravery, selflessness and an act of humanitarianism toward a homeless man.

Decriminalized Pot-Possession Program Will Advance in Flagler, But With Little Support From Sheriff

| May 10, 2017

The proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot possession in Flagler County has been in limbo for almost a year after a key judicial and law enforcement panel approved it last year, before the election.

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