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An Allegation of Rape On the Sands of Flagler Beach, But Beyond That, Mostly Blur

| October 26, 2017

A 26-year-old woman reported being raped the morning of Oct. 14 somewhere between South 4th and South 9th Streets, but evidence and alcohol-blurred memories are scant.

In Rare Case of Election Fraud, Palm Coast Felon Is Jailed For Casting Illegal Ballot

| October 25, 2017

Jennifer Scott, 52, of Palm Coast’s R Section, faces two felony counts for allegedly fraudulently voting in the 2016 election, but an official says the issue is extremely rare.

Behind the Man Facing Monstrous Allegations of Incest, A History of Disabilities, But Not Incompetence

| October 25, 2017

The mother of Paul Dykes, who goes on trial on charges of raping his own daughter next month, revealed in court today for the first time the personal history of the 20-year-old Palm Coast resident.

When Flagler’s Judicial System Makes a 10-Year Error In a 40-Year Prison Sentence

| October 24, 2017

William Copeland is serving 40 years for shooting his daughter’s grandfather in Palm Coast in 2011. The court made a 10-year error in one of his sentences.

At Hammock Beach Resort, A Woman Crashes A Wedding To Spy, And Violence Follows

| October 23, 2017

Shelby McDowell, 26, crashed the wedding to which her boyfriend was invited and found him dancing with another woman, so she allegedly attacked them both.

Don Guldenschuh Jr. of Bunnell, 26, Is Killed in Biketoberfest Crash

| October 23, 2017

Don Guldenschuh Jr., 26, was riding north on U.S. 1. when he lost control of his motorcycle as he took the on-ramp to I-95. He died at the scene.

Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Task Force’s Job Done, Attention Turns To Enacting Proposals

| October 20, 2017

Several proposals the domestic violence task force put forth area already being enacted but many more remain unfunded or not yet fully analyzed.

Paul Dykes Goes On Trial Over Accusations Of Child Rape and 21 Related Counts In November

| October 19, 2017

The trial of the Palm Coast 20-year-old will be the latest chapter in an extensive and lurid case that involves Dykes’s one-time girlfriend, Erin Vickers, 23, whom a jury found guilty a month ago of raping her 1-year-old daughter.

Stanley Wykretowicz Acquitted On Aggravated Child Abuse Charge, May Face Negligence

| October 18, 2017

The 42-year-old Palm Coast resident was looking at up to 30 years in prison had he been found guilty on a charge that he’d brutalized his 2-year-old niece. The defense said the girl was merely ill.

Woman Found Incapacitated For Days Next to 2 Dead Dogs In Her Palm Coast Home

| October 18, 2017

The 70-year-old woman was found in critical condition on the ground inside her home at at 25 Llama Trail in Palm Coast, next to two dead German shepherds.

Prosecution Stymied In Ex-Jail Guard’s Trial Over 2-Year-Old Girl’s Alleged Brutalization

| October 17, 2017

Stanley Wykretowicz, 41, was the sole caregiver to his 2-year-old niece when he brought her to Florida Hospital Flagler, comatose and bruised, but his lawyers say she was merely ill, not abused.

Two Flagler Rescue Crews and 11 Sheriff’s Deputies Heading to Alachua as Part of Emergency Over Supremacist’s Event

| October 17, 2017

Flagler County’s paramedics and deputies are part of a larger public safety response to prevent a Charlottesville-like degradation ahead of white supremacist Richard Spencer’s UF speech on Thursday.

Tip Leads Palm Coast Man Turned Fugitive on Molestation Charges To Be Re-Arrested in Las Vegas

| October 17, 2017

Flagler Sheriff’s Detective George Hristakopoulos contacted the Las Vegas Police Department on a tip that Bryan Loveland may be in the area going by a false name.

Flagler’s Domestic Violence Task Force Spurs Sheriff’s Action Ahead of Final Report’s Recommendations

| October 16, 2017

Flagler County now has its own “batterer-intervention program” and Sheriff Staly will devote a detective full-time to pursuing domestic violence cases as his task force prepares to submit its recommendations Friday.

How One City Gets Its Guns: Not Big Trafficking Rings, But Mostly Through Little Guys

| October 14, 2017

Unlike the drug trade — often dominated by powerful cartels or gangs — illegal gun markets operate more like the way teenagers get beer, “where every adult is potentially a source.”

Man Who Killed Himself at U.S. 1 BP Had Murdered His Step-Daughter Hours Earlier

| October 14, 2017

Edward Douglas Ratcliffe, 73, had murdered Amy Mitchell, 54, in Brevard before driving through Flagler and shooting himself outside a BP gas station on U.S. 1.

Palm Coast Spree: 7 Days, 7 Vehicle Thefts, 6 Stolen Guns, 2 Arrests, 3 Cars Recovered

| October 13, 2017

Thefts included the brazed theft of a pizza delivery man’s car as he was at the door of a house and six weapons stolen from a garage on Postman Lane.

Avoiding Death Penalty, Flagler Beach’s Bobby Gore Pleads to Manslaughter in Killing of His Son

| October 11, 2017

Bobby Gore, who shot his son in the back of the head during an argument in April, faces between eight and 15 years in prison, equivalent to a life sentence given his advanced age.

Charged As Adult, Devaughn Anderson, 17, Now Faces 1st Degree Felony Over Armed Robbery

| October 10, 2017

Devaughn Anderson, 17, was arrested two hours after he allegedly robbed a Circle K at gunpoint on Oct. 3. The 1st degree felony exposes him to up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Flier With Allusion To Vegas Massacre Slipped in W-Section Mailboxes; Alleged Machete Attack in R-Section

| October 9, 2017

The fliers make strange claims about a pedophile alert then mix incoherent conspiracies with equally strange images while referring to local and other landmarks.

State Awards Flagler Sheriff’s Office $158,000 To Pay For Three Victims’ Advocates

| October 9, 2017

Victim advocates work as a support system to victims, survivors, and their families following traumatic events. These professionals give emotional support and guidance during traumatic events.

Felon Accused of Stealing a Gun Then Texting Its Owner To Sell It Back To Him

| October 6, 2017

Palm Coast’s Charles Swindell, convicted of felonies four times before, is accused of stealing a gun then texting its owner for $250 to give it back.

Flagler’s Emergency Manager Resigns as Allegations Fly In Latest Shake-Up At Troubled County Division

| October 4, 2017

Steve Garten says he was pushed out after less than two years on the job, claiming micromanaging by County Administrator Craig Coffey, who defended his role in the shake-up.

Flagler Kills Pot Decriminalization Proposal, But Approves Medical Marijuana Zoning

| October 3, 2017

The end of the de-criminalization proposal is a reflection of a much harsher approach by the county commission and a new sheriff on marijuana matters.

An AK-47 Assault Rifle in a Child’s Closet Among Weapons Seized in R-Section Drug Raid: 2 Arrests

| October 2, 2017

Shawn Crawford, 35, and Tariq D. Khawaja, 27, were arrested this morning at 6B Ryall Lane in Palm Coast after a search allegedly uncovered illegal weapons, marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

Flagler Sheriff’s Detective Hristakopoulos Honored With Greatest Save Award For Closing Child-Sex Case

| September 29, 2017

The Greatest Save is a national award that recognizes police work that protects children from exploitation and trafficking. George Hristakopoulo’s investigation led to the arrest of a 51-year-old man accused of raping a 16 year old.

Sheriff and Bunnell Police Team Up With ATF In Illegal-Guns Sting: Half a Dozen Arrested

| September 29, 2017

Drive-by shootings spurred the Flagler Sheriff’s Office to instigate a four-month federal-state-local operation connecting drugs to illegal guns.

21-Year-Old Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison For Home-Invasion Killing In Palm Coast’s F-Section

| September 26, 2017

Carl Devore was sentenced for the death of his accomplice, who was shot in self-defense by a resident at the house Devore and his accomplice were invading in July 2016.

Man Accused of Attacking Girlfriend Then Pummeling Dog That Sought To Protect Her

| September 25, 2017

Steven R. Belisle, 27, of Central Avenue in Flagler Beach, faces two felony charges, including animal cruelty, after allegedly attacking a pit bull and its owner during an argument.

A 16-Year-Old Arrested in Connection With Fireworks Burglary and Misfire That Injured 2 Younger Boys in July

| September 21, 2017

DNA evidence collected at the burglarized fireworks shop led to Jovawn McClendon, a 16-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School, who now faces several charges.

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