Palm Coast Data, one of the county’s three largest private employers, was the target of a bomb threat Friday morning, three months after the building was evacuated because of a suspicious white powder. The threat, by a caller from a landline in Canada, proved less than credible, and the building was not evacuated.
The threat was called in at 10:30 a.m. by a man who referred to “the honor and freedom of Americans and Canadians,” according to a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s incident report. The man was on the phone with a 20-year-old Palm Coast Data employee when he asked for the location of the company. He was told it was in Palm Coast. He then asked that the employee take down his email address and forward it to the publishers Down East magazine. (Palm Coast Data is a subscription fulfillment center.) The employee told him she could not do that. The man became angry and said, “How about I blow up your business in Palm Coast, Florida?”
The employee put the man on hold. He soon hung up. His phone number was recorded. The company has a protocol for bomb threats, but company administrators determined that since the caller had identified his whereabouts (Calgary, Alberta), no evacuation was necessary. The company administration had learned that before deputies arrived at the Palm Coast Data location on Commerce Boulevard, the caller had placed calls to two other publications, though this was the first time he’d made threats, the incident report states.
Several sheriff’s office deputies responded to the call, which was logged as a “non-specific bomb threat.”
Flagler Beach Resident Arrested on Charge of Assaulting Police
Daniel E. Everett, a 22-year-old resident of 2245 South Central Avenue in Flagler Beach, was arrested Sunday evening on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer and disorderly intoxication after he allegedly caused a disturbance, accosted an employee and scared patrons at the Taco Shop on 101 North State Road A1A.
Everett, who’s been booked on minor charges at the Flagler County Jail about a dozen times in the last few years, was arrested on identical charges in 2011 and was found guilty on both and sentenced to a year’s probation. He subsequently violated his probation.
Sunday evening, Everett was first reported to be walking through Finn’s parking lot with a 24-pack of beer, “dropping cans everywhere,” his arrest report states. He then asked the owner of the Taco Shop if he could walk through the establishment to make it to North 2nd Street. The owner allowed him to do so, but once inside, Everett allegedly accosted an employee and asked her for a hug. She rebuffed him. He then allegedly caused a scene, making patrons fearful. The owner asked him to leave. On his way out. Everett dropped his alcohol. The owner tried to help him. Everett “became aggressive” as if to fight the owner, who, after warning him, pinned Everett to the ground, pending police’s arrival.
Once secured in the Flagler Beach police officer’s patrol car, Everett, his arrest report states, started kicking the window and front cage window of the vehicle and spitting on the windows while making threats against the police officer, telling her, “I know where you live.” The behavior continued after the officer took Everett to Florida Hospital Flagler, where he refused treatment. Everett remained at the jail Monday evening, on $1,250 bond.
Just after midnight this morning a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the B Section, following up on a car break-in in the neighborhood, when the deputy saw a car parked in front of 31 Burning Bush Drive, in the median. The car immediately turned off its headlights. Three men exited the car, including one the officer recognized from previous encounters. The men went to the 31 Burning Bush house, ignoring the deputy’s order to stop. One of them men went into the house from the front door. Two others went toward the back of the house.
Making contact with a woman who opened the door at the address, the woman said she and a friend had just returned home but had no knowledge of the men the deputy was referring to. She declined the deputy’s request to check the house.
The deputy checked the vehicle and found that it belonged to a resident on Barrington Drive, who confirmed that his vehicle was indeed stolen from his driveway. The vehicle owner responded to the scene and took possession of the car a silver Ford Expedition.