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Florida’s Year of Turbulence

| January 1, 2018

Scandal, storms and sniping were the hallmarks of 2017 in Florida, where political squalls and natural disasters created havoc in the Capitol and sent tremors through the Sunshine State.

Palm Coast Man Charged With Attempting to Electrocute His Wife 2 Days After Christmas

| December 29, 2017

In one of the strangest cases in recent memory, Michael S. Wilson, 32, is accused of rigging the front door of his wife’s house in Palm Coast’s W-Section with live electrical current.

Coffee Talk: Road Safety Focus of Inaugural Presentation in New Health Series

| December 28, 2017

Palm Coast and Florida Hospital Flagler are presenting a new talk series focused on health, starting Jan. 10 with a focus on pedestrian, bicyclist and driver safety.

2 Stolen Cars, Chase on SR100, and Arrest of 2 Teens, One With History of Car and Gun Thefts

| December 28, 2017

Sammy Rozier, 16, had been released from detention days earlier when he was rearrested Tuesday on charges of stealing a car and leading cops on a chase through Palm Coast and Bunnell.

Douglas C. Egan, 56, Takes His Own Life Near His Home in Seminole Woods

| December 27, 2017

Douglas Egan of 4 Seward Trail was found dead of a gunshot wound the afternoon of Christmas day. He had sent a text to his wife in New York the previous evening saying to call police.

Despite Compressed Sign-Up Period, ACA Enrollment Nearly Matches Last Year’s

| December 27, 2017

A day after Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” 8.8 million Americans had signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange in 2018.

Roger Teachworth, 60, of Palm Coast, Is Killed In a Freak Vehicle Accident in His Garage

| December 26, 2017

Roger Teachworth, a 60-year-old resident of 7 Biscay Lane Palm Coast, was pinned by his pick-up truck in his garage the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

Flagler County’s 911 System Getting a $270,000 Upgrade, Adding Voice and Text Messaging

| December 26, 2017

Texting abilities to 911 should be operational in Flagler County by the end of 2018. The grant was awarded by the state, with funding generated from a 40-cent statewide surcharge on phone lines.

Paul Deatherage, 31, Is Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on U.S. 1, North of Whiteview

| December 22, 2017

Paul Deatherage lost control of a Toyota pick-up, drifting into the median, over-correcting, and ending up in the shoulder before violently striking a tree. He was extricated but pronounced dead at the scene.

“You’re Getting Arrested by The Sheriff For That Kind of Driving,” Staly Tells 19 Year Old

| December 22, 2017

Jacob Reardon, who just months ago was cited for going 84 in a 40, was arrested by Sheriff Rick Staly Wednesday evening, going 112 on I-95. He was also charged with pot possession.

With Project Share, Flagler Beach Rotary Brings Christmas to 1,300 of the Region’s Neediest Children

| December 21, 2017

Project Share was born 18 years ago after Roseanne Stocker drove through rural areas of deep poverty and teamed up with her father to provide toys for 30 children. The project has grown every year since.

Palm Coast Man Accused Of Assaulting Deputy, Threaten His Life and Make Him “Disappear”

| December 21, 2017

A domestic situation on Palm Coast’s Postman lane had gone out of control when sheriff’s deputies arrived, with William Closson, 46, allegedly escalating a confrontation with a deputy.

Painters Hill and Hammock Dunes Property Owners Will Pay Extra Tax for Erosion Control

| December 20, 2017

The four taxing districts, made necessary by hurricanes, will levy surtaxes on property owners only in those areas to defray the cost of protective sand berms and a sea wall the county will build.

For Richard Westervelt, Long Series of Arrests and Evasions Ends in 5-Year Prison Term

| December 20, 2017

Circuit Judge Dennis Craig rejected a more lenient prison term for Richard Westervelt of Palm Coast, who’s been arrested 13 times and faced 44 felonies and misdemeanors since 2010.

Woody’s BBQ at Flagler Plaza Is Burglarized For First Time in 18 Years

| December 20, 2017

Two windows were smashed in in an apparent attempt to steal from the cash register, which was empty. Damage from the burglary was valued at almost $5,000, according to a sheriff’s report.

FPC Marks Football Team’s Perfect Season, a Superior Band for 15 Years, and a 14-Year-Old Champion

| December 19, 2017

The Flagler County School Board meeting Tuesday turned into an evening of celebrations of historic achievements for so many that the meeting had to be moved to the Flagler Auditorium.

District Picks 100 Parents to Pilot App That Monitors and Controls Their Child’s Computer

| December 19, 2017

Through a free app called Mosyle, parents will have the ability to control and lock down their child’s school issued device, with all parents given access by next fall.

Bunnell Man, 46, Accused of Raping Girl Since She was 8 and Molesting Another at Sleep-Over

| December 19, 2017

The alleged assaults came to light after a sleep-over involving a 15 year old girl who’d gone to Bowling’s house to see her 15-year-old friend in June 2016.

Overriding Medical Marijuana Users’ Pleas, and Voters, Flagler Commissioners Pass Dispensary Ban

| December 18, 2017

The 3-1 vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright Monday evening ends a year-long process that saw commissioners zigzag between approval and prohibition.

A Fifth of Old Kings Elementary Students Absent as School Grapples With Outbreak

| December 18, 2017

54 students were sent home Friday and at least 35 were sent home today after developing flu-like symptoms, but the outbreak appears limited to Old Kings Elementary.

Barney Davis, 56, Critically Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Seminole Woods By RaceTrac, Dies

| December 16, 2017

There was no contact between Barney Davis’s motorcycle and a van as Davis attempted evasive action after the van cut in front of him, FHP said.

Behind Pending Sale of Sea Ray, A Few Hints As to Why, None As To What Next

| December 15, 2017

Brunswick Corp. had noted a little disappointment with storm-related slowdowns at Sea Ray but explains its sale as a more strategic decision to focus more on different parts of its business.

Masked Gunman Robs Shell Station at Club House Drive, Suspect Arrested Within Hours

| December 15, 2017

Charles E. Rushing-Griffen, 27, was booked at the Flagler County jail at 5:23 this morning as the suspect in an armed robbery by a masked gunman at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

County And Bunnell Score Big Grants For Plantation Bay and Stormwater, Flagler Beach and Palm Coast Do Not

| December 14, 2017

Flagler County won a $500,000 grant for improvements to its Plantation Bay utility, Bunnell won $460,000 for stormwater and sewer improvements from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Bigamy Charge Revived Against Palm Coast Sex Offender With Long, Violent Criminal History

| December 14, 2017

Paul Stout, a Bunnell resident with a violent criminal history in three states, was rearrested on a bigamy charge he had first faced in 2013, when the State Attorney’s office dropped it.

Early Morning Fire on Wellstream Lane Makes Home Uninhabitable For Family of Five

| December 14, 2017

The fire broke out in the chimney at the 3,500-square-foot, two-level house at 68 Wellstream Lane in Palm Coast just before 1:30 this morning. It then spread to the roof.

Christmas With a Deputy Marks 10th Year By Increasing Shopping-Spree Sleighs to 125 Children

| December 13, 2017

This Friday 125 children will get to go on a Christmas shopping spree with a cop and a gift card at Target, getting there in a long convoy of cop cars, lights and sirens blaring.

Charges or Sanctions Against Judge Scott DuPont Up to Commission as Hearing Ends

| December 13, 2017

The final hearing in the year-long case alleging misconduct against Circuit Court Judge Scott DuPont ended Tuesday, with a decision expected sometime in the next two months.

FPL Customers Will be Billed $176 Million For Pollution Cleanup Following Leak at Utility

| December 13, 2017

All electricity customers in Flagler County are serviced by FPL and will see the cost, albeit modest, reflected in their bills even though the leak took place in South Florida.

25 Years Later, a Palm Coast Murder Is Relived in Flagler Courtroom as Killer Seeks Release

| December 12, 2017

Michael Renaud, now 44, was 17 when he murdered Margaret Rogers at a house on Point Pleasant Drive in Palm Coast in 1992. Today he was back in court, arguing for his early release.

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