Month: January 2023

FCSO Weekend Arrest Summary

FCSO Weekend Arrest Summary

“Deputies were able to get several impaired drivers off Flagler County roadways this past weekend before they could hurt or kill anyone,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Thank you to the citizen who kept a drunk driver from continuing to operate his vehicle after he had already crashed several times, allowing deputies to place him under arrest.” FCSO made 7 arrests, 868 calls, and made 114 traffic stops. Friday afternoon, the Volusia County Sheriff's office attempted a traffic stop.  The driver, Zachary Teytelbaum, fled from VSO at high speeds, headed north on I-95. Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly made the arrest with…
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Flagler County Fire Rescue continues to provide mutual aid to Florida Forest Service, FDEP for 2-month Favoretta fire, dismantling pile to begin

Flagler County Fire Rescue continues to provide mutual aid to Florida Forest Service, FDEP for 2-month Favoretta fire, dismantling pile to begin

January 30, 2023 – Flagler County Fire Rescue continues to provide mutual aid to the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection – the lead response agencies – for an extremely dense mulch fire in Favoretta that has been burning for two months. The property owner has been dismantling the large pile to create smaller, less dense piles that will be easier to extinguish. The fire, which started at 1 acre, is now about 1/3 of an acre. “This is a very dangerous procedure – pulling apart this fire,” said Flagler County Fire Rescue Mike Tucker. “This fire…
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Flagler County takes a collaborative approach as it presents its 2023 legislative priorities to state delegation

Flagler County takes a collaborative approach as it presents its 2023 legislative priorities to state delegation

January 30, 2023 – Flagler County took a slightly different approach in presenting its 2023 legislative priorities to the state delegation – Senator Travis Hutson and House Speaker Paul Renner – in that it made the process more collaborative with its municipalities to ensure a unified approach that represents all its residents. Flagler created a single 36-page document that provides countywide appropriations and funding requests, as well as policy priorities. “As members of the Flagler County Legislative Delegation, Senator Hutson and I remain committed to representing the county’s interests in Tallahassee,” Renner said. “With committee weeks having already begun, we’ve been working closely…
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Flagler County Public Library mobile tech, computer classes available

Flagler County Public Library mobile tech, computer classes available

January 30, 2023 – Flagler County Public Library helps residents stay connected through a variety of free mobile technology and computer classes focused on teaching and improving the skills necessary to stay in touch remotely. “We learned the value and necessity of staying connected with one another during the pandemic, and the way we interact has changed,” said Chief of Special Projects and Library Director Holly Albanese. “We are happy to offer these classes to our residents because there now seems to be a universal expectation that everyone has some level of technical ability.” Assistant Library Director Joe Saloom teaches the…
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Flagler County renews ‘StormReady’ certification – reaffirming its commitment to community preparedness

Flagler County renews ‘StormReady’ certification – reaffirming its commitment to community preparedness

January 30, 2023 – Flagler County received notice Thursday (January 25) from the National Weather Service that its certification as a StormReady county has been renewed until April 2027. It is the seventh time the county has been re-certified since the program’s inception in 1999. “While being StormReady tends to tie into Emergency Management programs, it also has positive implications for all of our residents because it allows many of our homeowners to received automatic discounts on their flood insurance.” said Growth Management Director Adam Mengel. StormReady is a voluntary program that validates a community’s commitment to focus on communication, mitigation,…
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Flagler County Fire Department Hosts Fire Day with Local Homeschoolers

Flagler County Fire Department Hosts Fire Day with Local Homeschoolers

On Thursday January 26th, Flagler County Fire Department in coordination with the School of Life Homeschool group held a fire day. The event was geared towards everyone in attendance, both children and adults. The Fire department took advantage of the opportunity to speak with the large group of parents and children on fire, fire safety and what do to in a myriad of scenarios. The fire department also went into details involving the science of fire, how they control it, how to read the smoke and what happens if you don't handle the different types of fires properly. The firemen…
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Former BTMS Student Arrested for Sending Written Threats to Kill

Former BTMS Student Arrested for Sending Written Threats to Kill

After writing threats to kill another student, a former Buddy Taylor Middle School student was arrested. A student informed the BTMS administration on January 26, 2023, that a previous BTMS student had threatened to shoot another student. SRD Williams, the BTMS School Resource Deputy, interviewed the involved students and was shown the threatening messages the former student had sent to a current student. The former student was contacted by deputies at his residence, where he admitted to having sent the messages and gave them his phone as evidence. The student was taken into custody for making written threats to kill,…
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Sign up now for free yoga classes at the Flagler County Public Library – funded by the Friends of the Library

Sign up now for free yoga classes at the Flagler County Public Library – funded by the Friends of the Library

January 26, 2023 – Sign up now for free beginners yoga classes at the Flagler County Public Library. The first class will be held on February 3 and taught by a certified yoga instructor.   “Sign up periods begin two weeks before each class,” said Chief of Special Projects and Library Director Holly Albanese. “These are beginning classes, and we want to give everyone ample opportunity to participate.”   Classes will be taught by Certified Yoga Instructor Kari Craig from 4 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: February 3 (register now) February 17 (registration begins February 3) March 3…
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Child Molester Update #3, Sentenced to Prison.

Child Molester Update #3, Sentenced to Prison.

On July 6th, of 2022, FCSO was informed about a sex offense complaint at a group home where juveniles were involved. There was evidence discovered in the initial investigation that led FCSO detectives to believe this case involved human trafficking. Major Case Master Detective LaVerne and Detective First Class Butler took the case on and were able to determine that Peter James Strickland, a 32 year old Palm Coast resident, was "soliciting sex acts" from minors who were potentially as young as 13 years old. He was offering victims valuable items in return for sex acts and he was also…
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FCSO’s Quarterly Awards Ceremony; Honors Civilians and FCSO Employees

FCSO’s Quarterly Awards Ceremony; Honors Civilians and FCSO Employees

January 26th at 2pm the FCSO held their first quarterly awards ceremony at their new building. This was the first awards ceremony to be held in the new operations center.  Two civilians, a FCSO detective, the FCSO Emergency Response Team who deployed to Charlotte County were among the 17 Lifesaving Awards that Sheriff Rick Staly handed out.  Along with Employee of the Month Awards and Awards for Years of Service Milestones. Below is a summary of the event: Valerie Waine recieved a Certificate of Appreciation for her service as part of the Flagler Sheriff Citizen's Academy Alumni Association which she…
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