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School Shooting Survivors Demand Change in Tallahassee, But NRA-Backed Bills Only “Paused”

| February 21, 2018

Students turned into activists as they cried, pleaded and argued with lawmakers Wednesday in the state Capitol, but they made limited gains, if any, with pro-gun bills merely paused.

Gun Control Could Become a Key Issue in Florida’s Elections

| February 19, 2018

Major political donors on both sides plan to use support for “common-sense” legislation as a litmus test for candidates during the 2018 midterm elections.

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.

Florida Was Eyeing Fast-Tracking Concealed Weapon Licenses Without Background Checks

| February 15, 2018

A proposal that would allow some concealed-weapons license applications to be approved when background checks have not been completed was put on hold Thursday because of the deadly high-school shooting in Broward County.

Jealousy and Phones Trigger Violent Domestic Confrontations, 1 Gunshot and 3 Arrests

| February 1, 2018

Two men and a woman were jailed on felony charges stemming from separate, violent confrontations with their girlfriends or spouse after claims of infidelity.

Treating Domestic Violence As A Medical Problem

| January 29, 2018

Victims of domestic violence don’t typically volunteer the reason for their injuries, and doctors don’t always ask about abuse in the home. That failure of communication means the patients may miss out on the help they need.

From Ankle Monitors to a $165,000 Grant for an Extra Detective, Domestic Violence Initiative Keeps Momentum

| January 23, 2018

The Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Task Force, far from disbanding, is continuing its varied initiatives, though the incidence of domestic violence in the county appears to be spiking.

Flagler’s Opioid Crisis Seen From Those Fighting It: A Severe Lack of Treatment Beds, Drug Court at Capacity, Jail as a Waiting Room

| January 10, 2018

The most comprehensive picture of the opioid crisis in Flagler County came to light today in a gathering of Flagler County judges, top cops, medical, social and government services. Here are the details.

Florida Gun Store Burglaries, Often Brazen And Unresolved, Quadruple in 4 Years

| December 3, 2017

Weak security practices at many gun stores have made commercial burglaries an increasingly significant source of weapons for criminals in Florida and beyond.

82,000 Stolen Guns Are Missing in Florida, Feeding Traffic Among Drug Dealers and Felons

| December 2, 2017

Car burglaries are driving the epidemic as many gun owners leave their vehicles unlocked. Gun stores offer another easy target. Firearms stolen from these businesses during burglaries have more than quadrupled over the last five years.

Flagler Deputies’ Thanksgiving Break: A Half Dozen Domestic Violence Arrests

| November 27, 2017

Cases included a siblings’ brawl that turned into charges of felony child abuse and strangulation and the case of a repeat domestic-violence offender biting his wife on the head after she declines sex.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Florida’s Ban on Openly Carrying Firearms, Ending 6-Year Case

| November 27, 2017

State lawmakers have proposed measures that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms, but the proposals have not passed.

Truck Terror Attacks May Be a Sign of ISIS Weakness, But They’re Very Hard to Stop

| November 5, 2017

As ISIS loses territory on the battlefield, lone-actor assaults are expected to increase. The question for cities is what more can be done to protect against such attacks.

An Allegation of Rape On the Sands of Flagler Beach, But Beyond That, Mostly Blur

| October 26, 2017

A 26-year-old woman reported being raped the morning of Oct. 14 somewhere between South 4th and South 9th Streets, but evidence and alcohol-blurred memories are scant.

Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace

| October 21, 2017

the Rise Above Movement, one of whose men beat up protesters in Charlottesville, train to fight. They post their beatings online. And so far, they have little reason to fear the authorities.

Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Task Force’s Job Done, Attention Turns To Enacting Proposals

| October 20, 2017

Several proposals the domestic violence task force put forth area already being enacted but many more remain unfunded or not yet fully analyzed.

Flagler’s Domestic Violence Task Force Spurs Sheriff’s Action Ahead of Final Report’s Recommendations

| October 16, 2017

Flagler County now has its own “batterer-intervention program” and Sheriff Staly will devote a detective full-time to pursuing domestic violence cases as his task force prepares to submit its recommendations Friday.

Pride In “Our Country”? Count Me Out.

| October 8, 2017

There’s no contending with a president who speaks of his pride in this country in serial tweets even as his every other pronouncement is a cleave, a slur, a boast, a lie or a disgrace.

White Supremacists Joked About Using Cars To Run Over Opponents Before Charlottesville

| August 29, 2017

Leaked chat room conversations by white supremacists reveal expectations of violence — along with detailed planning and intelligence gathering on left-wing adversaries.

A New Generation of White Supremacists, Better Organized, Emerges in Charlottesville

| August 15, 2017

A group that included many people who were college-educated or ex-military displayed effective planning. “White people are pretty good at getting organized,” said one.

Florida Must Pay $1.1 Million In Legal Fees After Losing Battle in Glocks v. Docs Fight

| July 24, 2017

A federal court struck down a controversial state law, backed by the NRA, that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns.

A Rape Allegation at Heart of Divorce Between Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland And Sheriff’s Ex-Chief Deputy

| July 10, 2017

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland in court filings alleges ex-Flagler Sheriff Chief Deputy David O’Brien repeatedly raped her while she was unconscious in 2013, shortly before their separation.

Stark Revelations of a Broad Crisis at Domestic Violence Summit, and a Steep Challenge for Task Force

| June 28, 2017

A summit convened by Sheriff Staly produced an unrelenting kaleidoscope of perspectives on one of the most persistent criminal and behavioral problems in Flagler County. It’s now up to a task force to find solutions.

Bowlers Raise $2,200 for Domestic Violence Shelter as Government Demurs on Funding Request

| May 23, 2017

An official for the Family Life Center asking for a budget increase was told “we’ll see” by the County Commission, but a Palm Coast Yacht Club fundraiser netted $2,200.

Citing Chronic Crisis, Sheriff Plans Community Summit on Domestic Violence and Task Force

| May 18, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly intends to call a community summit followed by a task force that would have a few months to produce a set of recommendations to enact. Other domestic violence initiatives are ongoing.

Four Arrests in 4 Separate Violent Assaults in a 24-Hour Period Underscore Domestic Issues

| May 17, 2017

Andrew J. Krupp, 20, of Palm Coast, Qwajon R. Laster, 20, of Bunnell, Raymond Amara, 54, of Palm Coast, and Jacob Robertson of Flagler Beach were all arrested on felony charges stemming from violent confrontations.

2 Teens Face Felonies For Firing BB Gun at Full School Bus and Vehicles on Belle Terre

| April 13, 2017

There were 40 students returning from Bunnell Elementary when the school bus was the target of boys allegedly firing a BB and an air soft gun at the vehicle on Belle Terre Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

Florida House and Senate In Duel Over Shifting Stand Your Ground Burden to Prosecution

| April 10, 2017

The two chambers have approved different versions of a proposal (SB 128) intended to shift a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases from defendants to prosecutors in pre-trial hearings.

Senate Approves Stand Your Ground Change To Make It Easier For Shooters To Use Defense

| March 15, 2017

The bill would shift the burden from defendants to prosecutors in the pre-trial hearings, vastly strengthening defendants’ ability to use the defense, but at significant cost to prosecutors.

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