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Is State Law Restricting Local Governments’ Gun-Safety Ordinances Constitutional? Judge Hears Arguments.

| June 6, 2019

Florida since 1987 has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are stricter than state firearms laws. But in 2011, lawmakers went further by approving a series of penalties that local governments and officials can face if they violate the prohibition.

Police Train to Be ‘Social Workers of Last Resort’ as Mental Health Calls Multiply

| June 2, 2019

Lacking proper mental health resources, families and community members across the country all too often call police to respond to someone having a mental health crisis.

Between Batterers’ Classes and Ankle Monitors, A Few Strides Against Domestic Violence in Flagler

| April 10, 2019

The latest update of the sheriff’s domestic violence task force pointed to a few gains but mostly through a more robust investigative and monitoring system, and the addition of anger management classes in Flagler.

Two Reasons Why I Won’t Report My Child Abuse

| March 15, 2019

“It always amazes me,” the author writes, “how people will call 911 simply because someone parked in the wrong spot or put the garbage out on the wrong night, yet they won’t get “involved” in possibly saving a child’s life or at a minimum their childhood.”

Florida Supreme Court Clears Cops to Use Stand Your Ground Defense in Shootings

| December 14, 2018

Stand your ground applies to “persons,” and “a law enforcement officer is a ‘person’ whether on duty or off, and irrespective of whether the officer is making an arrest,” the court ruled unanimously.

‘Culture Change’ Needed In Schools as Parkland Massacre Commission Finalizes Its Work

| December 12, 2018

The panel will ask the Legislature to impose sanctions if school districts failed to put into effect some of the school-safety measures, including measures already required by law, such as active-shooter drills.

Buddy Taylor Middle Student Arrested With Loaded Gun in Math Class; .45 Was Stolen From Unlocked Car on Point Pleasant

| December 7, 2018

A 14-year-old student was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to Buddy Taylor Middle School today. The gun had been reported stolen out of an unlocked car in Palm Coast in April.

Flagler-Palm Coast’s Crime Rate Falls Sharply in First 6 Months of 2018, Arrests Up 35%

| December 6, 2018

The drop in crime in Flagler and Palm Coast was reflected across almost every category and the addition of 23 new deputies led to a steep rise in arrests in the first six months of 2018.

ASPCA in Flagler Shows Lurid World of Animal Cruelty and Its Kin to Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

| November 16, 2018

The ASPCA, the Flagler Humane Society and other local agencies hosted a two-day training conference in Bunnell for cops and animal control officers from around the state to improve animal-abuse prosecutions.

Judge Clears Way For Local Governments to Challenge State Ban on Stricter Gun Restrictions

| October 23, 2018

Some 30 local Florida governments are challenging a state law that forbids cities and counties from passing stricter gun regulations than the state allows.

The Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade

| September 27, 2018

A few of us posted about sexual assault in general or about our own past assaults on our Facebook pages. Then the private messages began. The details are painful to talk about.

Open Court Proceedings Require NRA-Backed Gun Litigants To Be Named, Florida Argues

| September 26, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office is asking a federal appeals court to reject arguments that two 19-year-olds should be able to remain anonymous in a challenge to a new state gun law.

Stand Your Ground Vigilantes

| September 11, 2018

Instead of allowing the police to perform their jobs, some gunslingers hiding behind stand-your-ground laws take the responsibility of pursuing criminals upon themselves.

Schools Are Safer Than Your Home

| August 13, 2018

We’re making fortresses of the safest places in America, out of fear that one of those 120,000 schools might at some point be the target of a shooting.

School Massacre Commission Told Emergency Communications Problems Are Not Restricted To Broward

| July 11, 2018

Emergency calls from Parkland are shepherded by two separate communication centers, depending on whether the caller uses a cell phone or landline.

Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns

| July 1, 2018

The epidemic of gun violence that kills 96 people a day is focused on mental illness. But a little-known problem is what to do about firearms in homes of aging Americans with dementia.

For 21-Year-Old Who Brutalized Dog, 270 Days in Jail, 5 Years’ Probation, Lifetime Felon

| June 28, 2018

Brenden Geary, 21, left an 11-lb Yorkshire terrier unconscious after brutalizing her at a W-Section Palm Coast home in Palm Coast last March.

School Massacre Commission Hears Troubling Account Of Ineffective Database and Information-Sharing

| June 11, 2018

Panelists on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission discussed shortcomings in a database designed to capture information about troubled students.

Questioning War Is No Disrespect to Veterans. It’s a Civic Duty.

| June 5, 2018

Americans remain unconcerned about wars the U.S. is currently fighting (at last count, we’re bombing at least 7 countries) though they foot the bill both in tax dollars and lives.

Domestic Violence’s Overlooked Damage: Concussion And Brain Injury

| June 4, 2018

Survivors of domestic violence may be suffering largely in silence from the same traumatic brain injuries, memory loss and PTSD seen in veterans and athletes.

Court Largely Sides With Florida State In Weapons Dispute With Florida Carry

| May 29, 2018

An appeals court Friday backed Florida State University in much of a legal battle with a gun-rights group about weapons on campus, though the case goes back to circuit court.

Ranks of Notorious Hate Group Include Active-Duty Military With Advanced Weapons Training

| May 6, 2018

A Marine who took part in the violent assaults in Charlottesville last summer underscores involvement of current or former service members in white supremacist groups, long a concern.

Compromise Over School Deputies in Flagler, But Look Beyond False Security of “Hardening”

| May 3, 2018

There’s an effective way to end the stalemate between the Flagler Sheriff and the school board over deputies in schools without breaking the bank or compromising security.

Florida Woman Seeks Anonymity in NRA Lawsuit, Citing Potential Threats to Her Safety

| May 1, 2018

The woman wants to join the National Rifle Association’s challenge to a new Florida law that made it illegal to sell guns to anyone under age 21.

Shot By Shot Recreation of Cruz Rampage Through School Highlights Commission’s First Day

| April 24, 2018

The first meeting of a 16-member commission studying the Parkland school massacre included a chilling recreation of the shot by shot progression of Nikolas Cruz through the school.

16-Member Commission Will ‘Investigate System Failures’ in Parkland School Massacre

| April 23, 2018

The commission will review Florida’s policies for dealing with “active assailants” on school campuses, with a comparison to “best practices” policies around the nation.

Family Life Center Takes Over New But Familiar, More Visible Space: ‘We’re Here if You Need Us’

| April 23, 2018

The administrative offices of Flagler County’s shelter for victims of rape and domestic violence moved to where the sheriff’s detective bureau used to be on State Road 100.

It’s Up to Grown-Ups To Stop Bullying, Not Kids

| April 17, 2018

Speaking of her own experience with bullying, the author holds the adults who watched and did nothing far more responsible than those who perpetrated it.

Cities and Counties Pushing Back Against State Law Limiting Local Gun Regulations

| April 12, 2018

Local governments are challenging the 2011 “preemption” law, which bans them from imposing gun restrictions tougher than those in state laws.

Superintendents Say Money May Not Cover All School Resource Officers Despite $100 Million

| March 27, 2018

Superintendents are asking the state Board of Education for support in shifting money allocated to school marshals to the school resource officer program instead.

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