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Sheriff’s Deputies Looking For Palm Coast Man Who Ran Over Deputy’s Foot and Fled Traffic Stop

| June 25, 2017

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for Jimmie Lee Belle III, a 24-year-old resident of 30 Ryker Lane in Palm Coast, after he ran over a deputy’s foot and fled during a traffic stop Saturday (June 24).

19-Year-Old Shot In Palm Coast’s F Section, Suspect Caught After Chase in R-Section

| June 24, 2017

The suspect, Levi Evan Ovenshire, 19, fled in a car after the shooting at 12 Fulton Place, and was apprehended after 21-minute a chase through the R Section.

Brandon Hubbert Acquitted of Armed Robbery at Palm Coast Staples as Evidence Falters

| June 23, 2017

A jury took barely 20 minutes to acquit Brandon J. Hubbert of Bunnell, who’d faced between 10 years and life in prison had he been found guilty of a 2015 armed robbery at Staples off Old Kings Road.

6-Hour Manhunt Ends On Palm Coast Parkway
As Felon, Just Out of Prison, Is Caught

| June 22, 2017

The man had just served 96 months in prison, and was heard saying he doesn’t want to go back. The crash with the deputy was not serious, but he later crashed his truck more severely.

In Rare Joint Appearance, Flagler’s 3 Judges Speak Candidly About the Job’s Challenges On and Off Bench

| June 22, 2017

Circuit Court judges Dennis Craig and R. Lee Smith and County Court Melissa Moore-Stens spoke of personal and professional challenges and addressed the Flagler bench’s workload.

Citizens’ Review Panel May Not Force Testimony From Cops, Florida Supreme Court Rules

| June 22, 2017

The case stemmed from a complaint filed in 2009 alleging misconduct by a cop during a traffic stop. The Miami police department’s internal affairs division found insufficient evidence of misconduct.

Flagler’s Oddly Sunny Hurricane Matthew After-Action Report Draws Criticism From Its Own Emergency Staff

| June 21, 2017

The much-anticipated report was written by the administration, not the emergency management staff, and conveys more of an error-prone, fluffy public relations approach than rigorous and factual analysis.

Same Driver, 2 Successive Hit-and-Run Crashes on Palm Coast Parkway

| June 21, 2017

Daniel Reyes, 27, ran into the woods after a second crash that caused his Chevrolet to roll over off Palm Coast Parkway on Monday afternoon.

Where It’s Legal, Pot Leads To Fewer Traffic Stops, But Racial Disparities Remain

| June 21, 2017

The drop means fewer interactions between police and drivers, potentially limiting dangerous clashes. But black and Hispanic drivers are still searched at higher rates than white motorists.

Court Allows ACLU’s Public Record Fight Over Police Tracking of Cell Phones

| June 20, 2017

The ACLU requested the records from Jackson as part of a broader inquiry in 2014 into the Sarasota Police Department’s use of what are known as “Stingray” tracking devices.

Felony Charge Against Palm Coast Man Accused of Ordering Dog to Brutalize a Neighbor

| June 19, 2017

John A. Benedetto, 37, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon–his dog–after allegedly ordering it to attack his neighbor, who was trying to stop Benedetto’s argument with two women.

Flagler Sheriff Arrests 5 Unlicensed Contractors in Sting Operation, Files Charges On 5 More

| June 16, 2017

The Sheriff’s Office set up a sting operation at a house in Palm Coast’s C-Section, where the five contractors had come back to collect their deposits. Volusia County conducted a similar sting.

Man Provokes Head-On Collision Then Stabs Himself in Suicide Attempt on Flagler Beach’s A1A

| June 15, 2017

Keefe Crawford, 37, intentionally plowed his SUV into a car driven by Lisa Osborne, with passenger Michael Osborne, before Crawford then stabbed himself several times. All survived.

Ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks Rejects Plea Deal as Lawyer, Her 4th, Sets for Trial

| June 15, 2017

The deal would have spared Kimberle Weeks prison on felony charges that she illegally recorded conversations, but would have meant probation, according to Kevin Kulik, her latest lawyer.

Flagler-Palm Coast’s Crime Rate Falls Modestly in 2016, But Domestic Violence Up 8.1%

| June 14, 2017

The crime rate has been relatively flat for the past three years, and significantly down from previous years even as the county has been growing by about 2,000 people a year since the end of the recession.

Jody Hyde Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in DUI Death of 2 Women on County Road 304

| June 14, 2017

Jody Allen Hyde, 28, had originally pleaded not guilty in the drunk-driving deaths of Elizabeth Jean Alley, 45, and Vada Stafford Delk, 72, on County Road 304 the night of October 20, 2014.

Saturday From Hell: 3 Stabbings, 8 Arrests Across Flagler As Domestic Violence Stresses Sheriff’s Initiative

| June 13, 2017

Sheriff’s deputies in Palm Coast and police in Flagler Beach and Bunnell were seemingly overrun with violent incidents in barely a 24-hour period this weekend, two weeks from a domestic-violence summit.

A 26-Year-Old Iraq War Veteran In 3rd Suicide in 5 Days in Palm Coast

| June 13, 2017

Justus Albert Leach, A 26-year-old Army veteran of the Iraq war, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his backyard at 71 Ft. Caroline Lane Sunday.

Palm Coast’s Daniel Torres, 37, Killed In Head-On Crash on Old Kings Road

| June 10, 2017

Daniel G. Torres, 37, of Palm Coast, was killed in a head-on collision as he drove the wrong way south on Old King’s Road near Palm Coast Parkway early this morning. Two people in the other vehicle were injured.

A Man Is Found Dead at Palm Coast’s Abandoned Players Club in Apparent Suicide

| June 9, 2017

Clifford D. Van Gorden, a 92-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s C Section, was found by the club’s old tennis courts with a gunshot wound to the head. He had left a note and was suffering from cancer.

From Valor to Badabing and הכלב הרע, Sheriff’s K-9-Naming Turns Into Onomastic Fiesta

| June 7, 2017

When the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office asked for suggestions to name its newest K-9, it was flooded with what turned into a mirror of community desires, values, humor and sense of history. Valor won.

In Blow to Collective Bargaining, Court Upholds Scott Veto of Firefighters’ Pay Raises

| June 6, 2017

Scott’s decision to veto the $1.57 million for state firefighters, including employees who fight forest fires, had drawn criticism even from Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam.

Flagler County’s Burn Ban Will Be Rescinded Monday, Thanks to Steady Rainfall

| June 6, 2017

Recent rainfall and the prediction for more in coming days mean that Flagler County’s burn ban will expire on Monday, though restrictions have already eased. The burn ban has been in place since May 1.

Armed Home Invasion Robbery Targets Couple and 7-Year-Old Child in Palm Coast’s R Section

| June 5, 2017

The couple and the 7 year old were ordered to the ground at gunpoint after a 45-year-old man was pistol-whipped for not immediately complying.

Scott Vetoes Money for Flagler’s 2nd County Judge, Bunnell Bypass, Flagler Beach Sewers

| June 3, 2017

The more than $300 million in vetoes are to make up for money restored to Visit Florida, economic development, and a bump in per-student funding.

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.

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