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Price For Sheriff’s New Palm Coast Precinct Property Drops, But Renovation Costs Soar

| July 16, 2018

The county paid $832,500 for the property, $42,500 less than projected, but it will pay $230,000 to renovate, up from the $100,000 initially projected.

Call Him Sheriff Staly: At Swearing-In, Veteran Cop Stresses Roots, Toughness and 2nd Chances

| January 3, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly was sworn-in this morning before a crowd of hundreds and makes pledges of toughness on “dirtbags” but also pledges of giving offenders better chances at self-improvement while focusing greater attention on juvenile-crime prevention.

Some Demotions and New Faces as Sheriff-Elect Rick Staly Outlines Agency Changes, But Greater Focus on Policing

| December 29, 2016

Incoming Sheriff Rick Staly announced an agency-wide reorganization this morning, with some demotions but no firings, and an attempt to adapt an existing organization to his vision rather than to reinvent the law enforcement wheel.

Thomas Dougherty, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| November 2, 2016

Thomas Dougherty is a non-party affiliated candidate for Flagler County Sheriff in the Nov. 8th general elections. He’s facing Republican Rick Staly and Democrat Larry Jones.

Flagler’s Primary Results: Shocks, Coronations and Probabilities

| August 31, 2016

There were one or two shocks in the Flagler primary election results, not least of them another dismal turnout, but for the most part the numebrs produced expected winners and losers. Here’s a full analysis.

Palm Coast Woman Charged in DUI Manslaughter Was Stopped Moments Before the Crash, and Released

| October 23, 2015

Rebecca Lawless, 26, charged in the death of Diane Upton, had been stopped by a deputy shortly before at another location and allowed to leave even though she was determined to be drunk.

Sheriff Hires 13 Deputies, Underscoring Turnover of More Than 100 in Three Years

| September 22, 2015

Well over a third of the Flagler Sheriff’s 285 positions have turned over in Jim Manfre’s three-year tenure, while 85 percent of full-timers have less than 15 years’ service–and a third have less than three years.

Jailhouse Porn
Fort Apache: Flagler

| August 8, 2015

There’s nothing to be proud of in the pornography of incarceration: Flagler had no reason to triple the size of its jail other than to amplify an indefensible architecture of disproportionate punishment.

A Day After an Embarrassing Revelation About His Lacking Gun Qualification, Sheriff Manfre Passes 2 Tests

| August 1, 2014

Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre secured his gun qualification today but only after an embarrassing revelation that he’d gone a year and a half without it, though he is not required by law to have it.

Sheriff’s Memorial Day Weekend Enforcement Nets 295 Stops, 50 Citations and 17 Arrests

| May 29, 2014

The marine unit completed 19 stops on the Intracoastal Waterway, issued one ordinance violation to juveniles who were jumping off the Hammock Bridge and retrieved a jet ski which was adrift in the water.

Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Council More PR Than Input as Few Citizens and Board Members Show Up

| March 21, 2014

Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre created the Citizens Advisory Council to give residents’ complaints about the Sheriff’s Office a way to be heard directly and transparently. But two of the three council meetings were not advertised and none of the meetings has produced much more than PR for the sheriff.

Baker Acts, Age and Social Responsibility: Sheriff Manfre’s Alert to Emerging Perils and Possible Solutions

| February 24, 2014

In a broad-ranging discussion before the Palm Coast City Council, Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre described a deteriorating mental health landscape affected by age and other stresses, but also pointed to mental health courts and other ways to address the growing problem without turning to cops and jails.

Sheriff Pleads Long Punishment For Old Nemesis: Andrew Rulon Is Sentenced to 8 Years

| January 14, 2014

Andrew Rulon, 41, of Palm Coast, had served seven years in prison when arrested on armed robbery charges during Jim Manfre’s first stint as sheriff in 2004. In an unusual move, Manfre appeared in court Monday to plead for a long sentence on drug and burglary charges against Rulon, who was released from prison in 2010.

Long-Time Sheriff’s PIO Debbie Johnson Fired as Part of Continuing Restructuring

| January 9, 2014

Manfre said the changes continue to reflect the modernization of the agency and its restructuring from eight years under the previous sheriff that Manfre has not shied from criticizing, from a managerial and law enforcement perspective.

Sheriff Says Conversation With Flagler Beach Manager on Key Police Changes “Never Happened”

| June 27, 2013

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell told his city commission last week that Sheriff Manfre and Bunnell City Manager Armando Martinez had no problems with Campbell’s proposal to eliminate the police and fire chiefs’ positions. Martinez and Manfre dispute that, with Manfre sternly saying that he never had a conversation about the changes with Campbell.

Holland-Hutson Money Race Still Lopsided; Manfre Doubles Take, Closing Fleming Gap

| October 8, 2012

The last two weeks of September saw Travis Hutson add almost as much money to his treasure chest–$13,000–as Milissa Holland raised in the entire election cycle ($15,502). Sheriff Candidate Jim Manfre has raised $19,000 to incumbent Don Fleming’s $24,000.

In Flagler’s Elections, Some Coffers Are Depleted, Some Rich in Out-Of-County Donors

| September 21, 2012

The biggest contrast s in the Frank Meeker-Abby Romaine race for the Flagler County Commission, with almost 80 percent of Meeker’s money coming from out of the county, and 100 percent of Romaine’s coming from within it.

In Two Key Flagler County Races, Candidates Swell Their Coffers With Their Own Money

| August 13, 2012

As the primary campaign culminates with Tuesday’s vote, the races for Flagler County Court Judge and Flagler County Sheriff have overwhelmed all others in money raised and spent, but with notable exceptions, candidates’ own money talked loudest.

Ray Stevens, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 6, 2012

Ray Stevens is one of five candidates for Flagler County Sheriff in the Aug. 14 primary–three Republicans, two Democrats. The winners of the two primaries will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. Here’s the Live Interview.

John Pollinger, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 6, 2012

John Pollinger, a Republican, is one of five candidates for Flagler County Sheriff in the Aug. 14 primary–three Republicans, two Democrats. The winners of the two primaries will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. Here’s the Live Interview.

Jim Manfre, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 6, 2012

Jim Manfre is one of five candidates for Flagler County Sheriff in the Aug. 14 primary–three Republicans, two Democrats. The winners of the two primaries will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. Here’s the Live Interview.

Don Fleming, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 6, 2012

Don Fleming is one of five candidates for Flagler County Sheriff in the Aug. 14 primary–three Republicans, two Democrats. The winners of the two primaries will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. Here’s the Live Interview.

Karl Tozzi, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 6, 2012

Karl Tozzi is one of five candidates for Flagler County Sheriff in the Aug. 14 primary–three Republicans, two Democrats. The winners of the two primaries will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. Here’s the Live Interview.

John Pollinger Responds to His Critics

| July 15, 2012

John Pollinger, a candidate for Flagler County Sheriff, has been criticized over his last months as Middletown, N.J., police chief and his tenure as post commander of the American Legion in Palm Coast. He tells his side.

Flagler’s Sheriff and Judge Candidates Rub Elbows Raw at Long NAACP Forum

| June 27, 2012

The revealing moments were less in what the candidates said than in how they said it, or in how they waited to say something. The crowd of 200 was relaxed and riveted. Many of the candidates were stiff, fidgety and tense.

Bed Soars: At Flagler County Jail, a Daily “Shell Game” Balancing Risk With Overcrowding

| April 19, 2012

A tour of the Flagler County jail reveals the sort of calculations jail staff must make every day to fit close to 150 inmates in a facility built for 132 as the sheriff and the county commission try to convince other governments–and voters–that money is needed to expand.

Sheriff Fleming, Under Oath, Contradicts His Own Records in Hit-and-Run Case

| March 2, 2012

Sheriff Fleming followed his under-oath interview with the Florida Highway Patrol with a written statement the next day that changed his story for a fourth time regarding his phone calls to and from John Fischer, the school board member and husband of the woman charged in a hit-and-run fatality on Nov. 10.

In a Response, Jim Manfre Recasts Sheriff Fleming’s 8 Years in Harsh Terms

| March 1, 2012

Responding to Sheriff Don Fleming’s earlier criticism, Jim Manfre, a candidate for sheriff, calls Fleming a liar while assailing him over employment lawsuits, issues at the jail and other matters.

Responding to Criticism, Sheriff Fleming Calls ex-Sheriff Manfre a “Legend In His Own Mind”

| February 23, 2012

The two sheriffs have a long history of rivalry and mutual criticism dating back to 2004, when Don Fleming replaced Jim Manfre. In 2008, Fleming defeated Manfre by less than a 2 percent margin.

He’s Back: Sensing a Weakened Don Fleming, Jim Manfre Is Running for Sheriff a 4th Time

| February 21, 2012

Jim Manfre was Flagler County sheriff from 2001 to 2005, and lost to Sheriff Fleming in 2008 by a thin margin. The recent controversy over Fleming’s handling of a fatal road accident spurred Manfre to become the fourth candidate against the incumbent.

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