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Flagler County News - News-Tribune

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Former Flagler deputy gets prison for robbery, fleeing

June 26, 2017 - 11:46pm
DAYTONA BEACH — A former Flagler County sheriff's deputy who faced up to life in prison for the robbery of a Daytona Beach convenience store was sentenced Monday to three years.Daniel Ruddell, 47, who police chased through three counties and shot at before his apprehension, was initially charged with robbery with a weapon, punishable by life. He also faced four counts of fleeing and eluding, for which he faced 15 years. But prosecutors agreed to reduce the [...]

Rain adds to dune erosion in Ormond-by-the-Sea

June 26, 2017 - 11:45pm
Nearly nine months after Hurricane Matthew ripped away dunes along the coast of Flagler County and northern Volusia County, Ormond-by-the-Sea residents are growing increasingly concerned as they watch the dunes continue to erode.“It almost looks like a front end loader went into it,” said Jim Albus, a semi-retired chemical engineer who lives across the street from the beach.An influx of rain in June has worsened the problem, prompting a Florida Department of [...]

Marina agreement hangs on one word

June 26, 2017 - 12:56pm
Flagler Beach city officials and the owner of a long-dormant marina are continuing to work out the details of an agreement that would allow the facility to reopen.

Ex-Flagler sheriff opens law practice in Palm Coast

June 25, 2017 - 9:47pm
Jim Manfre sat behind the marble desk inside his Palm Coast law office this week, sipping a cup of coffee as he reflected on his new life.The office represents a new chapter in the life of the former Flagler County sheriff, one through which he has lived before.Manfre announced the launch of his new law firm this month. The Law Offices of James L. Manfre opened May 1 in a workshare office within the West Point Plaza, 389 Palm Coast Parkway SW.“It’s been my [...]

Suspect at large after running over Flagler deputy's foot

June 25, 2017 - 6:02pm
A Flagler County deputy was hospitalized Saturday after his foot was run over by a suspect's car and the culprit remains at large, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Lee Belle III, 24, disobeyed Deputy Richard Petkovsek during a traffic stop, authorities said.Shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, Petkovsek pulled Belle over on 2nd Street South in Flagler Beach after he saw Belle’s vehicle run a [...]

List of Area Recreation Groups for Monday, June 26, 2017

June 25, 2017 - 2:49pm
Every Monday a list will appear in The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Featured this week is the list of 194 recreational groups in Volusia and Flagler counties.1. American Association of University Women: Provides scholarships to area women that are high school graduates. The AAUW was organized in 1881 to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. News Smyrna Beach — 386-423-5278; Daytona [...]

Area Road Work for Monday, June 26, 2017

June 25, 2017 - 2:45pm
Daytona Beach1. LPGA Boulevard from Jimmy Ann Drive to Derbyshire Road: Watch for slower traffic and some possible lane closures or shifts until this Summer. Signs in place.2. Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge (Orange Avenue Bridge): Closed for bridge replacement until further notice. Use International Speedway Boulevard Bridge as a detour.3. U.S. 92: There will be single lane closures possible along U.S. 92 between Beach Street and the bridge in [...]

List of Area Neighborhood Meetings

June 25, 2017 - 2:43pm
Beachside Neighborhood Watch/South Atlantic Neighborhood Watch (alternates monthly):July 6, (SANA), 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Club, 415 Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach Bellaire Community Group:July 20, 6:30 p.m. at Schnebly Recreation Center, 1101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Derbyshire Neighborhood Watch:July 3, 7 p.m. at Living Faith World Ministries, 950 Derbyshire Road, [...]

4 rare Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests on Volusia beaches

June 24, 2017 - 9:09pm
Summer Pesiri, a 17-year-old wildlife photographer, got one of the biggest thrills of her young life this week when she and her dad were able to watch an endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle crawl up onto the sand in Ormond Beach and dig a nest.“It was awesome,” said Pesiri, a senior at Mainland High School. “I’ve seen them hatch before, but I’ve never seen a mom come up and lay eggs.”Kemp's ridley turtles are one of the smallest and [...]

Suspect, 19, in custody after shooting and chase in Palm Coast

June 24, 2017 - 6:52pm
Deputies found a 19-year-old male lying in his garage with a bullet wound in his stomach Saturday afternoon and his suspected shooter was caught following an elaborate chase through Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.Levi Evan Ovenshire, 19, of 13 Fulton Place in Palm Coast, was arrested on a charge of aggravated fleeing and eluding after crashing his Honda sedan in some woods at the corner of Raleigh and Rae drives. More charges are forthcoming as the [...]

Flagler domestic violence cases rise in 2016

June 24, 2017 - 3:48pm
Flagler County saw an 8.1 percent increase in domestic violence last year, state crime figures showed this month.And this week, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will take its first steps in an initiative that Sheriff Rick Staly hopes will bring solutions to stem that growing problem.The Sheriff’s Office is hosting a domestic violence summit at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast.“This is not an easy fix, [...]

Flagler Beach OKs wastewater plant contract

June 24, 2017 - 3:01am
Flagler Beach City Commission awarded a contract Thursday to the second lowest bidder for repairs to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Flagler Beach pier to reopen Saturday

June 23, 2017 - 5:36pm
The Flagler Beach pier will reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday, according to city officials.

Four rare Kemp's ridley nests on Volusia beaches this summer

June 23, 2017 - 5:15pm
Summer Pesiri, a 17-year-old wildlife photographer, got one of the biggest thrills of her young life this week when she and her dad were able to watch an endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle crawl up onto the sand in Ormond Beach and dig a nest.“It was awesome,” said Pesiri, a senior at Mainland High School. “I’ve seen them hatch before, but I’ve never seen a mom come up and lay eggs.”Kemp's ridley turtles are one of the smallest and [...]

LOCAL SPIN: Changing landscape for entrepreneurs paves way for growth

June 23, 2017 - 1:35pm
According to a report on entrepreneurship activity by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Florida ranks third out of the 25 largest states for start-up activity. In addition to ranking high on the list of entrepreneurial states, the survival rate for businesses is also rising in the Sunshine State. While entrepreneurial activity spiked in the wake of the Great Recession as people lost jobs due to downsizing and workforce reductions, the pace of start-up activity has not slowed as [...]

Prosecutors will again seek death against Bunnell man in deadly kidnapping

June 23, 2017 - 12:29pm
DAYTONA BEACH — Prosecutors will again seek the death penalty against a Bunnell man who kidnapped, robbed and shot to death a Daytona Beach woman.Cornelius O. Baker, 29, gunned down Elizabeth Uptagrafft on Jan. 7, 2007, after abducting her from her living room then driving her in her own car to Flagler County. A jury recommended death for Baker by 9-3 vote in 2009 and Circuit Judge Kim C. Hammond imposed the sentence. [...]

2 pounds of pot, gun seized in Flagler Beach bust

June 23, 2017 - 10:20am
FLAGLER BEACH — Flagler County authorities on Wednesday arrested a Flagler Beach man after seizing nearly two pounds of cannabis that was found in his vehicle and a Flagler Beach apartment.Tyler Upson, 23, of Village Drive, was charged with possession of marijuana in connection with the incident. He was released on bail Thursday. According to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office news release, deputies and Flagler Beach police began surveilling an apartment complex on [...]

Deputies: Driver caught who fled after crashing near Waterfront Park

June 23, 2017 - 9:55am
PALM COAST — Flagler County deputies on Thursday captured a motorist who struck a sergeant's cruiser, sped off before crashing again near Waterfront Park in Palm Coast, ran into the woods and triggered a manhunt.Deputies reported on Facebook they had captured Sean Ryan Fitzpatrick, 29, after a six-hour manhunt down Colbert Lane, in Palm Coast.According to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Brittany Kershaw, Fitzpatrick crashed into the sergeant's car about 12:15 p.m. in [...]

Suspect sought near Daytona State in Palm Coast

June 22, 2017 - 6:45pm
Deputies: Driver fled after crashing near Waterfront Park

Judges address need for bench help in Flagler

June 22, 2017 - 6:39pm
Study deems Flagler County judge one of state's busiest

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