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Freddie Giddens, Ormond Beach Pharmacy Robber, Sentenced to a Minimum of 25 Years

| July 25, 2012

Freddie Giddens, Kenneth Jenkins, and Thavelin Watson took part in a Sept. 6 armed robbery in Ormond Beach, and were caught after a police chase through Palm Coast that ended in the Z Section.

Drug War Collusion: Top Cops, Lapdog Press, And the Art of Tax-Funded Campaigning

| July 15, 2012

With State Attorney R.J. Larizza, Flagler Sheriff Don Fleming and Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy in starring roles (all three are running for re-election next month), Wednesday was the latest shameless example of local and state police using a minor drug sweep for maximum political effect, at taxpayers’ expense.

Court Hearing Arguments in a Case That May Determine Legality of Sweepstakes Gambling

| November 15, 2011

Allied Veterans is asking the 1st District Court of Appeal to let the lawsuit move forward, as the non-profit organization seeks a declaration that it offers legal sweepstakes games at the cafes — and not illegal gambling, as critics allege.

Flagler’s State Lawmakers Lend an Ear to Local Pleas in Annual Wish-Listing Ritual

| October 13, 2011

Gambling regulations, state dollars for Flagler’s roads, warnings against the unintended consequences of state budget cuts and numerous more local concerns busied the nearly two-hour meeting between Flagler’s state lawmakers and local politicians, organizations and citizens.

With Pill Mills and “Internet Cafes” in Sight, Palm Coast Prepares Stricter Regulations

| August 30, 2011

The Palm Coast City Council holds little hope for state law to crack down on gambling posing as Internet cafes, which are proliferating in the city, so it’ll regulate them through zoning laws. It’s doing the same for pain clinics, once moratoriums on both types of businesses expire.

From Nursing Homes to Medicaid to Pill Mills, Florida Re-Writes Austere Health Rules

| May 10, 2011

Health care reform opt-out, broad abortion restrictions, managed care for 2.8 million Floridians, less care for patients in nursing homes, Healthy Start slashed: Florida redrew the state’s health care map in the 2011 legislative session.

Popping Again: Drug Database and Pill-Mill Regulations Return From the Dead

| April 12, 2011

Taken for dead only weeks ago, a revised bill that would preserve many pill-mill regulations, ban doctors from dispensing some pills and require permitting process for pharmacies cleared a Florida House committee Tuesday.

Gov. Scott Vows to End “Oxycontin Express,” Yet Legislature Weakens Pill Mill Regulations

| March 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott gave no details on his assault on the “Oxycontin Express,” and a Senate committee approved eliminating a ban on doctors dispensing more than a three-day supply of drugs to patients who pay with cash or credit cards.

Florida’s Drug Database Targeted for Destruction as Lawmakers Swallow Pill Mills

| February 26, 2011

Florida’s drug database, even if caopable of fighting pill mills, is “Big Brother” to Rob Schenck, Republican House Health and Human Services Chairman. Others are joining him to do away with the drug database.

So Much for Pill-Mill Policing: Citing Privacy, Florida Verges Away From Abusers’ Database

| February 9, 2011

The matter is of immediate relevance in Flagler County, where local governments passed ordinances imposing moratoriums on new pain clinics while awaiting stronger state regulations. The state’s direction would effectively invalidate the moratoriums’ justification.

Pill Mill Regulation Price Tag in Florida: $65 Million; Medicine Board Approves New Rules

| January 26, 2011

The $65 million cost of the proposed pill mill rules would be due to urine test requirements on patients and other minor costs that would be spread out among 1,300 pain management clinics and tens of thousands of patients.

Legislators Bash Pill Mill Crackdown Delays They — and Gov. Rick Scott — Provoked

| January 13, 2011

Florida senators are complaining about the state department of health’s slow implementation of pill mill crackdowns. But the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott are to blame for the delays.

How Sheriff Fleming and FDLE Are Manipulating Press and Public Over Pill Mills

| December 21, 2010

Sheriff Don Fleming on Tuesday led one of of three simultaneous news conferences on prescription-drug related arrests in 10 northeast Florida counties. It was more hype than news, much of it recycled.

How Tallahassee’s Addiction to Cost-Benefit Analyses Delays Pill Mills Crackdown

| December 17, 2010

Why are pill mills still proliferating despite new rules? More than 600 regulatory rules are on hold throughout state government because a new law requires every single one of them to be analyzed for jobs gained or lost.

Pill Mills vs. Pain Management in Flagler: The Difference From the Doctors’ Perspective

| December 11, 2010

Kavita Sharma, one of four physicians at a pain management practice in Palm Coast’s Town Center, explains the differences and telltale signs between legitimate pain management and the kind of pill mills that are spreading in Florida.

Don’t Call Them Pill Mills: Palm Coast’s Pain Management Practices Recoil at Bad Rap

| November 22, 2010

When Flagler Sheriff Don Fleming described three local pain management practices as “pill mills,” their doctors and practitioners were stunned and explained: Pill mills are a problem. Pain management clinics are not.

Armed Robber Takes Hundreds of Oxycodone Pills from Winn Dixie Pharmacy on SR 100

| November 22, 2010

The robber, who used yellow gloves at the Winn Dixie pharmacy, handed the pharmacist a note just before noon Sunday, demanding the pills. He walked out the front door and drove off in a dark vehicle.

Sheriff Calls for 1-Year Pill-Mill Freeze in Flagler Through County and City Ordinances

| November 11, 2010

Citing three pill mills already in Flagler County, Sheriff Fleming is asking the county commission and the cities to adopt ordinances stopping pill mills until the state strengthens its regulations.

The Live Wire, Sept. 28: War Crimes, Pill Mills, Confederates and God

| September 28, 2010

US soldiers as murderers, Florida pill mills poisoning the South, Bertrand Russell on God, tales from Fatland, folding up the Confederacy, and more.

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