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At Flagler’s 1st-Ever Suicide Town Hall, Hope and Resolve Confront Grim Void of
Mental Health Services

| May 24, 2019

Personal stories of confronting suicide, including that of Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, combined with an assessment of Flagler’s grim mental health landscape to show the county’s growing awareness and resolve not to remain entirely at the mercy of circumstances.

Prosecution Questions If Accused Murderer Joey Bova Is Insane Or Just Playing The System

| May 24, 2019

Joseph Bova is accused of murdering Mobilmart store clerk Zuheily Rosado in 2013, but has been seesawing between competence and incompetence since, delaying trial. He appears to be sliding back into incompetence for the third time.

400,000 Florida Children Need Mental Health Services. More Than Half Get None.

| May 23, 2019

220,000 children across the state, or about one child in every classroom, get no mental health treatment for lack of providers. Florida has one psychiatrist who treats children and adolescents for every 100,000 children.

Medicaid Expansion in Florida Would Improve Maternal and Child Health and Reduce Racial Disparities

| May 22, 2019

States like Florida that refuse to expand Medicaid are missing an opportunity to address racial disparities in maternal health and improve child health care, according to a report released Wednesday.

Bruce Haughton Is Found Guilty of Assisted Suicide in Death of Katherine Goddard in R-Section

| May 22, 2019

Bruce Haughton, 54, and Katherine Goddard, 52, his girlfriend of 16 years, attempted to jointly kill themselves in their Palm Coast home’s garage in 2017. She died. He lived. Then he was criminally charged.

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again: Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct Will Return to Former Space On Old Kings Road

| May 22, 2019

The space at 17 Old Kings Road is 2,000 square feet, or 1,000 square feet less than the space at City Marketplace. But it’s $3,500 a month.

For Bruce Haughton, the Price of Failing to Die in a Double-Suicide Is a Criminal Charge

| May 21, 2019

Prosecutors are not disputing that Bruce Haughton, 54, wanted to die, only that when he failed in his suicide attempt, he became an accessory in the death by suicide of Kathryn Goddard, a claim he disputes.

7 Ballot Proposals To Watch Even as Florida Law Makes Citizens’ Initiatives Harder

| May 21, 2019

Amid the likely changes, petition signatures have continued pouring into the state Division of Elections in recent weeks, with two initiatives ready for Supreme Court review and others nearing that initial threshold.

Amy Fulmer, FPC Teacher and Formality Singers Director, is New Flagler Auditorium Chief

| May 21, 2019

FPC teacher and Formality Singers director Amy Fulmer replaces Lisa McDevitt, whose 16-year tenure at the auditorium was cut short by illness and her death in January.

In Rare Assisted Suicide Trial in Flagler, Jurors Weigh Sympathy For Desperation Against an Unforgiving Law

| May 20, 2019

Bruce Horton, 54, became an accused criminal when he failed to die along with Katherine Goddard in Palm Coast’s R-Section two years ago as the two had made a pact to die together. He’s on trial this week.

With Conservatives In Control of Supreme Court, A 2016 Decision Reducing Death Sentences Is In Jeopardy

| May 20, 2019

The court has begun the process of reconsidering whether changes to Florida’s death penalty-sentencing system should continue being applied retroactively to cases dating to 2002.

Flagler County Readies to Approve $6 Million Fix of Plantation Bay Utility, Borrowing $3.8 Million

| May 20, 2019

County officials say the entire cost will be borne through Plantation Bay’s utility system and its rate-payers, without affecting county taxpayers at large.

What Two Florida Counties’ Elections Supervisors Were Hacked by Russians? FBI Won’t Say, Upsetting Lawmakers.

| May 19, 2019

The FBI has maintained there is no evidence that votes or voter information were altered in the hacking. But such assurances have drawn questions.

Sheriff’s Precinct on Utility Drive? Palm Coast Explores Bailing Out County’s Search for Space

| May 17, 2019

City, county and sheriff’s officials spent Thursday exploring various buildings, among them Palm Coast’s Utility Department building off Old Kings Road, as potential sites for the sheriff’s Palm Coast precinct.

Court Orders 4 of 18 Animals Returned to Owners at W-Section Home, With Probation-Like Conditions

| May 17, 2019

A county court order returned four of 18 animals to Mackenzie and Staci Steele, with the rest distributed between four other parties. The Steels must abide by strict conditions and still face a criminal charge.

DeSantis Says ‘We Don’t Want’ Migrants Federal Government Plans to Send to Florida

| May 17, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection could start sending about 135 migrants awaiting asylum hearings twice a week to Palm Beach and Broward counties, to alleviate overcrowding in border facilities.

County’s Intention To Seek Damages Over Sears Building Fiasco Belies Cozy Relations With Broker in Run-Up to Sale

| May 16, 2019

Flagler County today sent letters of intent to sue for damages to the parties involved in the purchase of the mold-infested Sears building, including the real estate broker the county had a very close relationship with for years.

An Inside Look at Sheriff’s Confidential Weekly ‘Crimemaps’ Strategy Planning With Command Staff

| May 16, 2019

Every Wednesday, the sheriff and his command and other top staffers meet to map out the coming week’s crime-fighting focuses, analyzing trends, hot spots and raw intelligence. This week, reporters were invited to witness the session.

FPL Will Use Tax Savings To Cover Hurricane Repair Costs Rather Than Lower Customers’ Bills

| May 15, 2019

The issue involves hundreds of millions of dollars a year in savings from a federal tax overhaul and an estimated $1.3 billion in costs of restoring power after the 2017 hurricane.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: County’s Just-Acquired Sears Building for Sheriff Has Water Intrusion and ‘Substantial Mold’

| May 15, 2019

Flagler County officials discovered today the $1.1 million Sears building they just agreed to buy is plagued by water intrusion and “substantial mold,” just like the sheriff’s Operations Center in Bunnell.

Flagler School Board Considers Rezoning, Creating 6-8 Middle Schools or K-8 Centers

| May 14, 2019

The Flagler School Board is considering options for its nine schools that may include sending all sixth graders to middle schools, converting all elementary and middle schools into K-8 centers, rezoning, or elements of all three.

Florida Considers Prison Guards as Immigration Enforcers; Counties May Be Next

| May 14, 2019

The state request to launch the federal immigration enforcement program, known as 287(g), came as Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed local governments to implement the program at county jails.

A Memorial for Fallen Deputies Lifts Blue Lights In Shadow of Flagler Sheriff’s Catacomb

| May 14, 2019

The doors to the Sherif’s Operations Center in Bunnell were kept locked Monday evening, and at times, as the crowd held its bluish candles aloft, it looked as if the building too was being memorialized.

Faith-Based Southern Correctional Medicine Will Be New Health Provider at Flagler Jail

| May 13, 2019

Southern Correctional Medicine replaces Armor Correctional Health after a breakdown in relations between the sheriff and the company following the death of inmate Anthony Fennick in February.

Tom Bexley: There Really Is No More Room For Sheriff’s Operations in the Courthouse

| May 13, 2019

Flagler County Clerk of Court Tom Bexley, weighing in on the space issues with sheriff’s operations at the courthouse, says clerk operations would be fragmented and jeopardized if further accommodations were made.

Days After Release From Jail, Frequent Felon Robert Brandon Is Accused of Assaulting Same Man

| May 13, 2019

Robert Brandon of Palm Coast spent four months in jail for assaulting Frank Rodriguez. Days after his release, he is accused of again landing Rodriguez in the hospital after an assault.

81% of Voters Reject Denver Initiative That Would Have Given Homeless Camping Rights Anywhere

| May 13, 2019

While supporters said the measure would shield Denver’s estimated 3,445 people experiencing homelessness from unfair citations and arrests, it faced fierce opposition from businesses and environmental and social service organizations.

Siding With Environmentalists, DeSantis Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Bans on Plastic Straws

| May 12, 2019

In his first veto, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked local governments from banning plastic straws.

Community Paramedic: How Flagler Fire Rescue’s Caryn Prather Brought Back House Calls

| May 12, 2019

Flaglere County Fire Rescue’s Prather’s made nearly 500 house calls last year, serving a client base started with people who were frequent users of the 9-1-1 system for non-emergency medical needs and transportation to the hospital. Since its inception, these calls have decreased by 80 percent.

Photographic Tour of Courthouse Illustrates Crunch and Tensions Between Sheriff and Clerk Staffs

| May 10, 2019

Here’s the first detailed, photographic illustration of the space issues the sheriff, the clerk and county officials have been wrestling with over the past months at the county courthouse as the three sides try to reach an understanding on future space use.

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