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Woman At Center of Suicide-By-Cop Attempt in 2015 Kills Herself With a Gun Halloween Night

| November 2, 2016

Palm Coast’s Stacy Culotta is the 37-year-old Palm Coast resident who 13 months ago had attempted suicide-by-cop as she pointed a gun at three Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies in her yard at 8 Pine Brook Drive.

Arson and Insurance Fraud Charges Over Blaze on Woodstone Lane Lead to Arrest–4 Years Later

| November 1, 2016

Harold J. Pizzetta, now 58, was arrested on arson and insurance fraud charges Sunday night in Palm Coast, four years to the day when he allegedly set his opwn house aflame to keep it from benefiting his ex-wife.

At Flagler’s Emergency Operations, Key Employee’s Firing Exposes Broader Turmoil

| October 31, 2016

The firing of Jennifer Stagg, for more than six years a senior preparedness planner at Flagler County Emergency Services, caused Kevin Guthrie, her former boss, to launch a campaign on her behalf, causing 31 people to turn up at her termination hearing this morning. The hearing will resume Wednesday.

Ex-Palm Coast Soccer Academy Coach Arrested on Molestation Charges Involving Two Boys

| October 28, 2016

Sean Stern, the former program director at the recently defunct Palm Coast’s Professional Sports Pathways, a specialized soccer academy for youths, was arrested Thursday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation charges.

A 5-Year-Old Cat Is Shot in the Face, Another Disappears as Owner Fears Malice

| October 27, 2016

The cat was found motionless on the owner’s driveway on Laguna Trail, two weeks after another of the owner’s cats had disappeared. There is little question that the cats have been the target of cruelty.

Hammock Man Who’d Attacked 2 Ex-Roommates With Rifle and Hammer Sentenced to 10 Years

| October 25, 2016

Paul Hillman, 44, had attacked George Carnarius, 64, calling him “the devil,” and Linda Warrell, 55, in the Shady Lane house they’d all shared until July 2015. But Warrell had urged against sending him to prison, saying–as the court agreed–that he suffers from a mental illness.

In DUI Case that Killed Michelle Roberts on Belle Terre, an Unprecedented Offer to Avoid Prison Is Rejected

| October 25, 2016

Richard Kelley, who was driving with Roberts and her daughter when they wrecked in January 2014 at Pine Grove, wants the offer further sweetened to a deal that would still let him eventually drive again. It was not his first DUI charge, and he was driving on a revoked license.

39-Year-Old Man Punches and Knocks Down 16-Year-Old Disabled Girl at Epic Theater

| October 24, 2016

A by-stander’s cellphone video that captured part of the confrontation on video shows the girl falling to the ground after C.J. Nelson, a 39-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s P-Section, allegedly punched her.

Fully-Loaded Car Carrier Overturns on Old Kings Road, 3 People Involved, None Hurt

| October 22, 2016

Palm Coast physician Lydia Kefalidou narrowly missed getting crushed by the trailer as she managed to veer off the road, crashing her car against a guard rail to avoid colliding with the auto transport.

Sheriff Marks First Year in Operations Center, Citing Savings and Convenience

| October 21, 2016

By moving from the old building, which was built when Flagler County had just 25,000 residents, the office save $100,000 a year in lease payments. And the new operations center came in $200,000 under budget at $4.7 million. The facility was designed to actually add 9,000 square feet – from 25,000 to 34,000 square feet.

13-Year-Old Girl Finds Burglar In B-Section House and Helps Lead to His and His Brother’s Arrest

| October 18, 2016

David Willett, 30 and his brother Alex Hagget, 25, both of Palm Coast, had allegedly planned a burglary on Birchwood Drive when the girl found Willett coming out of her brother’s bedroom as she came home from school Monday.

Down to Three, Flagler Sheriff’s Candidates Differ on Style and Command in Last Forum Before Election

| October 17, 2016

The forum featured the GOP’s Rick Staly, Democrat Larry Jones and Independent Thomas Dougherty. There were no fireworks, as at primary forums, but the differences between the three were sharp.

Florida Supreme Court in Seminal Decision Rules Death Penalty Verdicts Must Be Unanimous

| October 14, 2016

The court’s 5-2 decision, which will immediately affect 40 inmates and many of the 385 others on death row, ends Florida’s status as an outlier state where non-unanimous death penalty recommendations were allowed.

Life, and Death, Go On: A Suicide in Flagler Beach, a 14 Year Old Stabs a Man, 21, in The Mondex

| October 11, 2016

Alf Peter Olsen, 53, hung himself in his garage in Flagler Beach hours before Hurricane Matthew arrived. Donald Mays III, 21, was stabbed twice and required evacuation by air to Halifax hospital a day after the storm.

Weeks Era Aftershocks: Ex-Employee Sues Elections Supervisor Lenhart Over Discrimination Claims

| October 4, 2016

Darlene Walker, formerly ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks’s deputy, claims Kaiti Lenhart fired her in 2015 after she returned from a medical leave because of her age and her disability.

Clown Hoax Warps As One Is Allegedly Spotted in Palm Coast’s W-Section

| September 30, 2016

The clown in Palm Coast was allegedly spotted in a backyard on Woodlyn Lane, holding balloons, and deputies later had to provide escorts to two buses through the neighborhood.

Palm Coast Man, Now 20, Accused of Molesting 2 Girls When He Was 16

| September 30, 2016

L’Darius Smith, 20, a former FPC football player, is accused of molesting two girls, 8 and 9, four years ago, and threatening them that he’d harm their mother if they did not comply.

Cops as Pals: National Night Out at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach Tuesday Evening

| September 29, 2016

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting National Night Out at Veterans Park Tuesday in Flagler Beach, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free drug and crime-prevention awareness event features demonstrations, safety information, games, face painting, food and beverages, and entertainment.

Court Sees No Crime in Sarasota High Student’s Tweeted Threats to “Shoot Up” His School

| September 29, 2016

A 16-year-old high school student who repeatedly threatened on Twitter to shoot up his school in Sarasota did not commit a crime because his threats were not directed at anyone in particular, the second District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.

Mid-Morning Fire Guts Half a House on South Central in Flagler Beach as 2 Residents Escape

| September 29, 2016

Pat Bauvi, 57, and his son Zach were in separate parts of the house at 1915 South Central Avenue when the fire broke out. They were able to get out. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Chase Through P, R and W Sections and Around School Buses Ends in Arrest of Teen

| September 28, 2016

School buses were unloading students as a 16 year old at the wheel of a Toyota sped through three neighborhoods, caused one crash, nearly caused two others, and was finally arrested in the W Section.

Harrison Wilker, 18, of St. Augustine, Killed in Crash on State Road 16

| September 28, 2016

Harrison Wilker, 18, of St. Augustine, was killed early this morning in a single-vehicle crash on State Road 16 near Masters Drive in St. Augustine, the Florida Highway Patrol report.

Organized Thieves With Taste for Champagne Target 3 Publix Stores in Palm Coast

| September 27, 2016

Three times in a single day last week, thieves working in concert struck at three different Palm Coast Publix stores to steal wines and champagnes. They’ve been getting away with plenty of both, in one case stealing nearly $3,000 worth of bottles.

Back-Up City: Palm Coast Will Buy Its Third Fire Truck in 2 Years, for Total of $774,034

| September 27, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council is expected to approve the third truck, for $259,678, next week, maintaining a fleet of front-line and back-up trucks throughout the city. The council approved two of the three pumper trucks last spring, for $513,356.

10-Year-Old Boy Is First Cyclist Injured in Crash With Car Since Last School-Year’s Rash

| September 27, 2016

Matthew Bell, 10, was struck by a Massey Services company vehicle speeding on Emerald Lake Drive in Palm Coast after Bell was unable to stop his bike from crossing from a sidewalk into the road.

Palm Coast Man Accused of Battering Mother Sends Deputy to Hospital With Eye Injury

| September 26, 2016

Cid Elliot Ramirez, a 47-year-old Palm Coast man is being held without bond at the Flagler County jail on more than half a dozen charges, including battery on his 74-year-old mother and assault on a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy, who sustained injuries to his eye and scratches to the face.

A 3-Year-Old Boy Attending Roma Court Academy Wanders Into Traffic as Staff Is Oblivious

| September 23, 2016

Staff at Roma Court Academy had no idea the boy had wandered off the property until a Chinese delivery driver and another driver saw him in traffic on Palm Coast Parkway.

In a Telling Surprise, Cops and 5 Public-Sector Unions Endorse Staly for Sheriff Over Jones

| September 23, 2016

It is actually an endorsement from all six county public sector unions, so Staly is now backed by cops, teachers, school service employees, county and Palm Coast firefighters, and Palm Coast’s blue-collar workers, representing in all a block of 2,000 employees and many more family members, friends and neighbors.

3 Hurt, 1 Critical in Two-Vehicle Collision on Belle Terre Near Wadsworth Elementary

| September 22, 2016

The wreck involved a black Ford pick-up truck owned by Del Castillo Home and Lawn Service, the Palm Coast-based lawn and pest-control company, and a white BMW 335i driven by a Palm Coast resident.

Ex-Palm Coast Staples Employee Arrested For Armed Robbery and Assault at the Store

| September 22, 2016

27-year-old Brandon Hubbert had worked at the Palm Coast Staples a few years ago and allegedly used that experience to hide in the store until after closing time last September then assault a supervisor and rob him of about $1,500.

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