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Felony Counts Against Ex-Supervisor
Kim Weeks Back Up To 9 In Latest Twist

| February 22, 2018

Six weeks before trial, the prosecution has re-filed against ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks, bringing up the counts against her back to nine in a move to turn up the pressure and angle for a plea. Weeks is not biting.

With ‘Macbeth’ and Measureless Content, Palm Coast Arts Foundation and City Rep Theatre Launch Shakespeare In the Park

| February 22, 2018

It’s “Macbeth” time Thursday through Sunday as the Palm Coast Arts Foundation and City Repertory Theatre hope Shakespeare in the Park, in Town Center, becomes a local tradition.

In a First, Palm Coast Drug Dealer Is Indicted on 1st Degree Murder in Overdose Death of Savannah Deangelis

| February 21, 2018

Joseph Colon, 34, of Palm Coast, is accused of selling the heroin and fentanyl that killed Savannah Deangelis, 23, moments later at her Grand Haven home last October.

Anxious Morning of Gun Threats in Palm Coast Affecting 3 Schools, and a Demonstration by 200 Students at FPC

| February 21, 2018

A gun threat at FPC’s i3 Academy proved unfounded, Buddy Taylor and Wadsworth went on lockdown as deputies resolved another gun threat in Palm Coast’s P-Section, and 200 students at FPC demonstrated against gun violence.

“I’d Like To Stare At Him In the Eyes Now”
Serial Masked Armed Robber Sentenced To 30 Years as Victim Rebukes Him

| February 21, 2018

A Terranova Restaurant owner in court today told castigated Charles Rushing-Griffen for the way he’d stared at her while robbing her at gunpoint in December.

Mold Found In 2 Rooms at Sheriff’s Operations Center After 4 Employees Complain of Rashes

| February 20, 2018

The four employees were relocated and the concern prompted an environmental investigation of the old but renovated building and the closure of two rooms pending extensive clean-ups.

Matanzas High Students Developing Justice Academy For Aspiring Cops and Lawyers

| February 20, 2018

Matanzas High’s law and justice academy, developed by students with help from the sheriff’s office and others, mirrors the popular fire academy at Flagler Palm Coast High School.

2 Palm Coast Women in Separate Incidents Face Charges of Felony Child Abuse By Strangling

| February 20, 2018

Julie Bruce, 52, is accused of strangling an 8-year-old child, and Tina Seale, 40, is accused of strangling a 13 year old. Both women live in Palm Coast.

Witness Describes Disturbing Near-Miss Immediately Before Friday’s Crash That Killed 2 on SR100

| February 19, 2018

Patrick Spurgeon, a trucker, said the woman who slammed into a pick-up, triggering the fatal wreck Friday, had moments earlier passed him while a motorcyclist was passing from the other direction.

Flagler Sheriff and County Officials Worry That Prison Reforms Could Shift Inmates,
and Costs, to County

| February 19, 2018

A spate of criminal-justice reform bills in the Florida Senate has Flagler’s sheriff and a county commissioner worried about what that could mean for the local jail population and budgets.

Claiming “Nothing Will Be Done” On Guns Lets NRA Off the Hook, Overstating Its Strength

| February 19, 2018

NRA influence has limits, and there’s evidence it’s on the wane, but fatalism spares opponents of gun reform from even having to make their arguments for protecting the gun lobby.

Thoughts and Prayers, As Pointless as Outrage

| February 16, 2018

The ultimate, most pointless outrage is at lawmakers and gun freaks, one and the same, who stand in pools of blood as they tell us our gun epidemic has nothing to do with it.

Qualifications Commission Recommends Judge DuPont Removed, Calling Him “Reckless,” Untruthful and “Heavy Handed”

| February 16, 2018

Judge Scott DuPont serves on Flagler’s and Putnam’s civil benches, and was facing a series of accusations that he’d acted wrongfully and recklessly as a judge and a candidate.

Flagler Airport Chief Roy Sieger Calls Fuel Tax Cut Proposed By Renner Committee “Ridiculous,” and Loses

| February 15, 2018

Airport Director Sieger spoke before Paul Renner’s Ways and Means Committee, but Renner, the Palm Coast Republican, voted with the committee to approve the tax cut.

Palm Coast Man Arrested on Charges of Bathing Toddler in Boiling Water and Beating Him

| February 15, 2018

Deviaun A. Toler, 26, of 32 Westfield Lane in Palm Coast, was arrested this morning after an investigation alleges he bathed a child in boiling water and beat him with a switch and a belt.

Fugitive Who Taunted Sheriff on Facebook Is Arrested; Deputy Injured in Violent Struggle

| February 15, 2018

Leslie Pitter faces a first-degree felony after dislocating a deputy’s shoulder in an encounter that included his being tased, and fugitive Francisco Valdez was caught and jailed after taunting the sheriff’s Fugitive Frriday Bingo.

Florida Democrats Speak of Margaret Good’s Victory as a Sign of a Coming “Blue Wave”

| February 14, 2018

Margaret Good’s victory on Tuesday, winning a Florida House seat in Sarasota County, represents the 36th time a Republican seat has flipped Democratic since the 2016 election.

In a Flagler First, 16 Couples Marry, 5 Renew Vows in Mass Ceremony on Courthouse Steps

| February 14, 2018

A couple together 60 years were among those renewing vows in a ceremony led by Clerk of Court Tom Bexley and coinciding with Valentine’s Day.

Facing Deportation, an Undocumented Immigrant Held at Flagler Jail Changes His Plea at Last Minute

| February 14, 2018

The case of Palm Coast resident Filipino Francisco Justo underscores how the potential for deportation increases rather than decreases burdens on the judicial and penal systems.

Reducing Traffic Fines Part of Renner’s Tax Cut Push, But Local Revenue Would Fall

| February 13, 2018

Renner, a Palm Coast Republican, chairs the committee introducing a bill that would cut some traffic fines by 18 percent and provide a $332 million tax cut, but local government revenue would fall by $38 million.

Man at Flagler Jail Tries to Hang Himself, Fellow-Inmates and Deputies Rush To Save Him

| February 13, 2018

An inmate at the Flagler jail tied a bed sheet around a railing, then around his neck, and attempted suicide before inmates and deputies rushed to his rescue Tuesday.

Another Life Term For Paul Dykes as Lurid Child-Rape Case Ends, Absent Reversal on Appeal

| February 13, 2018

For Palm Coast’s Paul Dykes, 21, the most immediate challenge is to contend with a brutal prison culture that makes prey of child sexual predators.

Bill To Keep Florida On Year-Round Daylight-Saving Time Advances Easily

| February 12, 2018

A proposal to shift the Panhandle to Florida’s eastern time failed, but that of keeping the state on daylight saving keeps clearing committees with unanimity.

Palm Coast Residents Say They Like Their City But Less So Their Municipal Government

| February 12, 2018

In the latest survey of residents’ satisfaction, Palm Coast government and the direction of the city takes a significant hit, while services such as police and fire see great satisfaction.

Employee Who Reported Theft From Vacation-Rental Agency Is Herself Arrested For Theft

| February 12, 2018

Alena Borich reported last week to police that the Vacation Rental Pros office in Palm Coast where she works had been ransacked. Friday she was charged with grand theft after allegedly shoplifting from Kohl’s.

Should Plastic Bags Be Banned? State and Local Officials Have Different Answers

| February 11, 2018

Local governments, including Coral Gables in Florida, are banning single-use plastic bags, but state legislators are either questioning or banning the bans.

Military Inferiority Complex:
Dear Leader Wants A Parade

| February 9, 2018

The military doesn’t need parades. It needs to come home. Worshipping it in time of endlessly losing wars only locks and loads more cannon fodder.

Palm Coast Vacation Rental Agency Ransacked, Hammock Unit Used To Print Counterfeit Cash

| February 9, 2018

The Vacation Rental Pros office on Palm Coast’s Utility Drive was ransacked and keys to units stolen apparently by a tenant who used his unit possibly to print counterfeit currency.

At the Flagler County Art League:
Diana Gilson, Artist of the Year

| February 9, 2018

Abstratct-expressionist painter Diana Gilson–sailor, pianist, amateur linguist–is the Gariuolo Foundation’s 2017 Flagler CountyArtist of the Year, with an exhibit opening Saturday at the Flagler County Art League.

Campus ‘Free Speech’ Bill Is A Litigation Nightmare in the Making

| February 8, 2018

The inappropriately named “Campus Free Expression Act,” approved Tuesday by a 7-4 vote of the Florida Senate Education Committee, would offer students about as much freedom as a prison yard.

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