Flagler County investigating fatal shooting of 16-year-old in Bunnell
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is taking over investing a homicide that happened Wednesday on South Anderson Street in Bunnell. On Wednesday evening, the sheriff’s office reported that Noah Smith, 16, had been shot. The Bunnell Police Department interim chief spoke with Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly Thursday evening requesting the sheriff’s office Major Case Unit lead the investigation, according to the news release. Together we will get justice for Noah and his family.”READ: Young Dolph murder suspect Justin Johnson booked into Memphis jailThe investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office by calling 386-313-4911, emailing TIPS@FlaglerSheriff.com, or calling CrimeStoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.wftv.com
Flagler County Fire Rescue holds traditional ‘push in’ ceremony for newest ambulance
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — Flagler County Fire Rescue hosted a traditional ‘push in’ ceremony of its newest rescue vehicle in Bunnell Saturday. A traditional “push in” ceremony is when firefighters push a new truck or “apparatus” into the fire station before it is officially put into service. Read: 16-year-old shot during violent night of Halloween celebrations, police sayThe tradition dates back to the 1800′s when fire departments used horse-drawn equipment to fight fires. After returning from a fire, crews had to unhook the equipment from the horses and then push the equipment back into the fire house by hand. Read: Missing child alert remains active for Sanford girl missing since 2006The new state of-the-art rescue vehicle will be housed at Fire Station 62 and serve the Bunnell area of Flagler county.wftv.com
Driven Out by Mold, Bunnell Again Vacates City Hall; Will Squat 2 Years While $7 Million Building Is Built on Commerce Blvd.
Now, the city is again vacating City Hall and putting the building up for sale as water intrusion and mold buildup has made it all but uninhabitable. That move started in March when customer service, utility billing and other services moved there, when the city was thinking of the move as temporary, and the City Hall problems as still repairable. The city experienced the same water-borne scenario in May 2009 when it was forced to vacate the old coquina-constructed city hall behind the old courthouse, also because of water intrusion. The city is hoping that the building sells so it can use the proceeds toward the new city hall. Robinson says that’s not her priority anyway, at the moment: the priority is to get City Hall and a watewater treatment plant built.flaglerlive.com
Traffic Alert: Brush fire in Volusia County impacting visibility on I-4 near DeLand
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Fire officials are working to contain a wildfire in Volusia County that’s affecting traffic on Interstate 4 and other nearby roads. According to the Florida Florida Service’s Bunnell district, the fire has grown to cover nearly 40 acres and is around 75 percent contained. The #Oldsawmillroadfire in Volusia County is now 75% contained! pic.twitter.com/kA4OajMW3n — FFS Bunnell (@FFS_Bunnell) May 19, 2021READ: Hurricane Preparedness Week: How you can prepare now for hurricane seasonIt’s located on Old Sawmill Road in DeLand near State Road 44, just east of the interstate. READ: Arson suspected in rapidly spreading Pacific Palisades brush fire; evacuations orderedThe Forestry Service says smoke is also impacting traffic on Kepler Road and State Road 92 in Volusia County.wftv.com
Recalling Unhappy History, Water Leaks at City Hall Again Cause Some of Bunnell’s City Offices to Relocate
The city needed just 5,000 square feet, but it took the rest, figuring it could expand over time. The property had once been that of a charter school that the school board had shut down for poor performance. Turns out Robinson may have been onto something: water leaks are causing the city’s Utility Billing and Community Development offices to relocate indefinitely. It was water leaks, Bunnell residents will recall, that forced the city to move out of its rustic but old Coquina City Hall on South Pine Street and East Court Avenue in 2009. “We’re having to do some construction or mitigation on some areas where we found some water leaks and so forth,” City Manager Alvin Jackson said today.flaglerlive.com
Bunnell City Commission Raises Its Lawyers’ Pay to $90,000 After Seven Years
The Bunnell City Commission for the first time in over seven years approved an amendment to its contract with its city attorneys of the Winter Park-based Vose Law Firm, raising the contract’s value to from $84,000 a year to $90,000 a year. “This is the first time we’ve even discussed with the attorneys’ firm any type of change,” Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson said. The city had long retained separate counsel to represent the city at its planning board, a role filled by Cino. One of the attorneys from the firm, either Nancy Ann Stuparich or John Cary, would represent the city at the planning board. The Vose firm attorneys have been attending planning board meetings for several months to get ready.flaglerlive.com
Nehemiah Gilyard, 18, a Student-Athlete at FPC, Is Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash on County Road 302
The site of the crash is about half a mile west of State Road 100. They reported that Gilyard was unconscious and entrapped, but moments later, they pronounced Gilyard deceased. School is off today in observance of Presidents’ Day, but the track team was scheduled for a morning practice. Nehemiah was a great kid on the track team, the football team,” his track coach, Dave Halliday, said this morning before practice. “Our staff and students are saddened by the news of the death of one of our students last night following a tragic accident.flaglerlive.com
Flagler Health Department Issues First Rabies Alert in 11 Years, for Bunnell and Southern Part of the County
The Flagler County Health Department, a state agency, today issued a rabies alert for Bunnell and the Korona community in response to a raccoon that tested positive on Tuesday (Feb. 9) after attacking a dog. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in parts of southern Flagler County. The last rabies alert the Flagler Health Department issued was in February 2010. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Flagler Animal Services at 386-246-8612. For further information on rabies, go here or call the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County at 386-437-7358, or 386-246-8612.flaglerlive.com
Rabid raccoon attacks dog in Flagler County
This is not the rabid raccoon in question, rather a generic picture of a raccoon. FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla – A rabid raccoon recently attacked a dog in Flagler County, prompting the health department to issue an alert for the Bunnell area. AdHealth officials provided the following advice for rabies prevention:All pets should have current rabies immunizations. If bitten or scratched by a suspected rabid animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water, seek medical attention and promptly report the incident to Florida Department of Health in Flagler County at 386-313-7101. Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com 4pm Trending newsletter, sent every weekday.
3 arrested, 1 sought in violent Bunnell home invasion
BUNNELL, Fla. – A person was pistol-whipped and robbed early Wednesday in an armed home invasion in Bunnell, police said. The attack was reported around 4 a.m. in the area of South Bacher Street. The invaders held the victim at gunpoint and took $2,205 in cash and two handguns before leaving in a dark blue Kia. Bunnell located the car in the 500 block of N. State Street, and a high-risk traffic stop was conducted, police said. Three of the four wanted in the case were arrested, and a search of the car led to the recovery of the stolen guns and cash, according to police.
Flagler County health officials share holiday COVID-19 testing schedule
FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Liza Collins, a travel nurse from Ville Platte, La., administers a COVID-19 test at the Rutherford County Health Department, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. As states rush to inoculate health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, only Tennessee has prioritized building its own emergency reserve of the coveted vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County has announced changes to its COVID-19 testing schedule during the holidays. According to a news release, the Health Department will offer COVID-19 testing three days a week starting Dec. 21 and resume testing five days a week on Jan. 4. The department will not offer any testing from Dec. 24-27 and Dec. 31 through Jan. 2. Appointments are still required for Cattleman’s Hall and testing across from 120 Airport Road is on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 75 people, according to the release.
Florida city offers ‘burglar box’ to help deter Christmas present thefts
BUNNELL, Fla. – Don’t let your new and exciting Christmas gifts become a burden and target for thieves. To help combat holiday theft, the city of Bunnell said it is making a “burglar box” available for those who need to dispose of gift boxes. The “burglar box” will allow you to take those empty boxes and dispose of them safely, keeping your new prized possession secure inside your home. The box is located on South Pine Street in the parking spaces behind the Coquina City Hall on 200 South Church Street. You can dispose of holiday gift boxes from now until Jan. 8, 2021.
Man accused of sinking car to commit insurance fraud, deputies find it three years later
BUNNELL, Fla. – The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man they say intentionally sank his car in order to file a false insurance claimAccording to deputies, in 2017, authorities responded to a stolen vehicle complaint in Bunnell. Shawn Barnes, 28, told deputies that his Fiat 500 had been stolen from his driveway overnight. “The witness stated that on December 29, 2017, Barnes and the witness were traveling together in the Fiat 500,” deputies said. In October, FCSO and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Dive Teams found the submerged car and removed it from the water. We’d like to again thank the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in retrieving the vehicle.”Barnes was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.
Florida General Election Results for Flagler County on Nov. 3, 2020
Find All Race Results HereBUNNELL, Fla. – Some of the key races in Flagler County include sheriff and Palm Coast mayor. Check out all the Flagler County races, including how residents voted for president, in the list below. Check all the races in Central Florida and statewide in the dropdown menu below, and get more information on the ClickOrlando.com Results 2020 page.
Plane makes emergency landing on Florida road
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – No one was injured when a pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on a road in Bunnell Wednesday afternoon, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the plane experienced some sort of engine failure and landed at about 12:45 p.m. on County Highway 205 near Espanola Cemetery. No one was injured and there was no damage to the cemetery. As of 1:30 p.m., the plane had been removed from the road and all lanes of the highway were open. The pilot was the sole occupant of the Cessna Skyhawk.