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NEWS BRIEFS: Gas leak at jail prompts lockdown; no one injured

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The Flagler County jail was placed on lockdown after a natural gas leak was discovered just before 11 a.m. March 14.

The jail's 139 inmates were on lockdown for about two hours as the leak was investigated, according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office news release. No one was injured.

Firefighters and the jail's gas company supplier investigated the leak, which turned out to be coming from the jail's water heater system.

“I’m grateful that nobody was injured and that this incident occurred in an area that’s removed from the general inmate population,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “We have systems in place to make sure everyone remains safe.”

Deputy to sport Irish green while tracking speeders on St. Patrick’s Day

Road deputies will be stationed on State Road 100 near Colbert Lane on Friday, March 17, to watch for speeders, and they’ll be dressed in green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Motorists should be aware that deputies — including one dressed as a leprechaun — will be out in force in the area for traffic enforcement, especially going into the last weekend of Bike Week, according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office news release.

“Beware of the leprechaun,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “Don’t let him take your pot of gold. Once you see him, it will be too late.”

Periodic lane closures begin for westbound Matanzas Woods Parkway

Lane closures began March 13 on the westbound lane of Woods Parkway, west of Belle Terre Parkway, for construction of a city of Palm Coast wastewater collection project.

The periodic lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will continue for several months, according to a city of Palm Coast news release.

Construction crews will be installing the Matanzas Master Pump Station and a sewer force main to support new Wastewater Treatment Plant 2, which is currently under construction off U.S. 1 in northwestern Palm Coast.

For more information, call Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

Sheriff Rick Staly commends inmates who earn food handling certificates

When Scott Graves, 30, and Ryan Walker, 27, leave the Flagler County detention facility, they will have already taken a step toward getting a job in the food service industry, according to a news release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. 

Sheriff Rick Staly and Food Services Director Art Bordine congratulated the two trustees for earning their ServSafe Certificate, which certifies that they have met the requirements for food safety and sanitation. The certificates are a requirement for restaurant workers. 

“By getting this certificate, they can go out and get a job in food service,” Bordine said. In the jail, he said, "They deal with all facets of food coming in and going out."

Graves and Walker have both worked in the jail’s kitchen since December. To earn the certificate, they had to study a book and answer a 40-question test correctly. Both scored high, Bordine said.

Four trustees now work in the kitchen. To be eligible to work in the kitchen, an inmate must have already been sentenced or if he or she is awaiting trial, they can volunteer. In addition, they must pass medical tests and have a history of good behavior.

Wednesday, March 15, was the first presentation of the food handling certificates since Staly took office. “I congratulate both of you,” he told Graves and Walker. “We want to end the cycle of revolving doors here. This will help you find a job. I commend you for taking advantage of this opportunity.”

Staly noted that Walker is due to be released in a few months. “Hopefully this will help you become a productive member of society,” he said. “Stay true to yourselves. And stay true to not coming back to my Green Roof Inn.” 

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