Larry Briggene Batson, a 41-year-old resident of 31 Ebb Tide Drive in Palm Coast, had allegedly pulled a gun on his wife because she would not turn the car around so he could go fetch his dog.
Thomas Myers, of Blare Drive in Palm Coast, was arrested on a felony child abuse charge and two misdemeanor counts of assault and booked at the Flagler County jail on $4,500 bond.
Even as the sheriff stresses de-escalation before arrests, ordinary family members are losing tempers and acting violently at home in collateral consequences of the coronavirus emergency, as this weekend’s repeated examples from Palm Coast illustrate.
Gary Hills, 68, of 71 Sandy Beach Walk in north Flagler, had allegedly held his wife hostage overnight after beating her, holding a gun to her head and threatening to kill her, the dog and himself, before shooting himself just as deputies were knocking at his door Wednesday morning.
Travis Montrell Williams, 40, is accused of going to his ex-girlfriend’s workplace at an assisted living facility in Palm Coast and threatening her life over the food stamps card she had. The sheriff assisted in the arrest.
The trial judge admonished the families of both Brandi Celenza and Keith Johansen after a hearing where he’d ruled on admitting or limiting variously disturbing evidence-and prohibiting prejudicial courtroom antics in the gallery.
Trish Giaccone, who heads Flagler County’s shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence, issued a pair of letters supporting the ongoing investigations in the state domestic violence agency’s spending and pledging transparency.
The governor asked state Inspector General Melinda Miguel to investigate the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s “exorbitant compensation payouts” and “abuse of state dollars” to determine if any criminal wrongdoing has occurred at the organization.
Ramon Pardo, 45, faces a felony child abuse charge after school authorities alerted DCF of bruising on his 10-year-old son’s body, the result of a “spanking” with a belt because the child had allegedly lied.
Days from his trial on a first-degree murder charge, Michael Cummings, 48, pleaded to second degree murder in the death of Faith Cummings, 44, at their Point Pleasant home in Palm Coast in January 2018.