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Officers: Flagler Beach man shaved kids' heads, beat them

FLAGLER BEACH — A Flagler Beach man was jailed Saturday when officers charged him with cruelty to a child without great harm after two children said he shaved and cut their hair, leaving cuts on their scalps and bruises on their faces, and beat them. Flagler Beach Police Department report that two children — a boy and a girl — told officers Jason E. Moffitt, 36, was not satisfied with how they… → Read More

Work begins on new Palm Coast Hobby Lobby store

PALM COAST - Construction and renovations began this past week on the new Hobby Lobby store at Island Walk in Palm Coast.Hiring will begin Tuesday for 35 to 50 jobs paying $15.35 per hour for full-time and $10.23 per hour for part-time associates, Hobby Lobby spokesman Bob Miller said Friday.The 46,000-square-foot building, formerly occupied by Publix at Palm Coast Parkway Northeast and Old… → Read More

Sea turtle released in Flagler after months of laser treatments

MARINELAND — It must have been disorienting for the patient — more than 200 people, almost as many cameras and phones snapping pictures, after a ride in a big plastic box inside a Jeep. This, after nearly six months in the hospital with anemia and following a series of laser surgeries to remove several large tumors. But finally, Cisco Kid, a juvenile green sea turtle, was done with the selfies… → Read More

Palm Coast city parks director quits

PALM COAST — A member of the City of Palm Coast's executive team has resigned as director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, the second high-level parks department manager to quit in the past two months. Parks director Luanne Santangelo declined to discuss Tuesday night why she is resigning, citing only "personal reasons." She did say she will be moving out of state. The department's… → Read More

Gator uses Palm Coast crosswalk 'like it was normal'

PALM COAST — Why did the alligator cross the road? Nobody knows, but it was careful to use the crosswalk. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office released a photo of a 5-foot-long alligator crossing the intersection of Cypress Point Parkway and Cypress Edge Drive about 9 a.m. Monday. Cpl. Kenny Goncalves said the alligator was sitting by the crosswalk and "suddenly scampered across the entire… → Read More

Firefighters battle 2 house fires, rescue woman in Flagler Beach

FLAGLER BEACH — Two house fires were reported in Flagler Beach over the weekend. One house was a total loss after an 800-degree blaze melted the back door and scorched the interior, while the second required firefighters to help rescue a woman who was inside. The first fire was Friday and the second was early Sunday morning, Flagler Beach Fire Department Lt. Stephen Cox. Cox and crew mates were… → Read More

Palm Coast mom remembers soldier son, a boxing champion

PALM COAST — Cathy Heighter Moore remembers vividly the weeks before her son was killed in action during the Iraq War.Army Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter was 6-foot-2, handsome, beautiful smile, an artist and a boxing champion. He graduated from Brentwood High School in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.But even in his early 20s, "that strapping young man" would crawl into bed with his mother and… → Read More

Officials: Paying attention can stave off boating fatalities, crashes

With more than 32,000 registered boats in Volusia and Flagler counties, a warm holiday weekend like Memorial Day can make it seem like every single one of them is out on the water, driving up the risk for accidents and other mishaps. Most of the problems can be avoided through simple vigilance, according to officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is… → Read More

Palm Coast man jailed after drug raid

PALM COAST — A man already on probation for a Bunnell kidnapping was nabbed in a drug raid in the P-section of Palm Coast, according to Flagler County Sheriff's Office reports. Deputies said they arrested James Paulk Jr., 39, after a search warrant was executed in the 80 block of Pine Haven Drive on Friday. Paulk Jr. was on felony probation on older Bunnell kidnaping charges, with probation to… → Read More

Future funding uncertain for victim advocates programs

On Feb. 21, 2012, Marilyn Canady got the news every parent dreads: Her son-in-law had shot her daughter Stefanie Merrill dead while she was giving the couple's daughter a bath. On that day, two things happened. Her life forever changed, and she unknowingly gained an extended family through the Flagler County Sheriff's Office victims advocates program, which also serves the Bunnell Police… → Read More

Palm Coast council OKs 2 new unisex bathrooms

The Palm Coast City Council's regular meeting began at 9 today and here three things worth noting. 1. POTTY BREAK The issue: New bathrooms are needed for the Indian Trails Sports Complex and the new site for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation. What happened: Council members approved paying to build bathrooms for both, including a single-stall unisex bathroom for each. What's next: Out with the… → Read More

Palm Coast to weigh European Village, fire station upgrades

The Palm Coast City Council will meet Tuesday morning to vote on several issues, including an updated plan for European Village that includes a sign, and a face-lift for a nearly 40-year-old fire station. Unisex bathrooms figure in, too.VILLAGE IN: City staff members say their plan for European Village dates back to 2002 and is written like the complex at 101 Palm Harbor Parkway hasn't even been… → Read More

Flagler sheriff turns over documents, will give deposition

PALM COAST — Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre has made voluminous documents available to the attorney for Linda Bolante, the former Sheriff's Office finance director who is suing Manfre under the Florida Whistle-blower's Act, and has consented to a video deposition, court records show. Circuit Court Judge Michael Orfinger ordered Manfre in March to turn over the documents, which Bolante's… → Read More

Flagler County, city leaders to discuss pot ticket possibility

PALM COAST — Flagler County officials are planning a meeting with city officials to discuss the feasibility of a local law that could give sheriff's deputies the option of writing a citation or arresting people caught with small amounts of pot. It's a topic of robust debate nationally with some states legalizing marijuana in defiance of federal law, the state of Florida OKing some medical… → Read More

Consultant: 7 new retailers considering Palm Coast

PALM COAST - Seven major retailers are interested in opening locations in Palm Coast and about 13 others are in the mix, a consultant told Palm Coast City Council members during a meeting Tuesday.Matt Tate of Buxton, a retail consultant, said the city has gotten interest from Save a Lot, BJ's Wholesale Club, Buffalo Wings and Rings, the clothing store Cato, Bed Bath and Beyond, LongHorn… → Read More

Flagler County judge's ex charged with DUI

PALM COAST — A retired Daytona Beach police officer who's also the former husband of a Flagler County judge was charged with driving under the influence early Monday morning in Flagler County. Michael Shane Stens, 44, of Palm Coast, was charged with DUI after Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies said they responded to a call and found his 2012 Prius in a swale and Stens not wearing any… → Read More

European Village in Palm Coast may get more upgrades

PALM COAST - After months of upgrades at European Village in Palm Coast, shop owners are looking forward to more.The complex is one of several in Flagler and Volusia counties to combine living spaces in and around shopping and restaurants. But unlike projects such as the upscale Wall Street Lofts condominium complex in downtown Daytona Beach, European Village needed some updating.Cue newly… → Read More

Flagler judge OKs delay of 76-year-old's murder trial

BUNNELL — Circuit Court Judge Matt Foxman has approved delaying the trial of a 76-year-old woman accused of killing her husband of four decades. A public defender for Anna Marie Pehota, a Hammock resident, wrote in a motion to the judge that he wanted his client's memory evaluated because of comments she made during a March 30 hearing to suppress her confession to police. Ray Warren, the… → Read More

Officials monitoring wildfire in Flagler County

FLAGLER COUNTY — Officials are monitoring a 35-acre wildfire in the Cody's Corner area of Flagler County that could affect driving conditions for the next few days. The Florida Highway Patrol on Monday morning advised drivers to use low-beams and slow down if visibility is reduced, especially in the vicinity of State Road 11 and County Road 304. FHP officials say drivers should use caution in… → Read More

Palm Coast firefighter, 31, has rank, honors

PALM COAST - She had more than 10 years of firefighting experience when she was promoted to lieutenant with the Palm Coast Fire Department in 2013.This year, she was named firefighter of the year.If she wanted to, she could retire in less than a decade. And she'd do so with a "Public Safety Firefighter of the Year 2016" award, presented during a city awards ceremony in February, on her… → Read More