A Silver Alert has been issued for 86-year-old Palm Coast resident Daniel W. Fialkowski, who is driving a burgundy-colored 2006 Ford Escape with the Florida tag number DZEB44.
Fialkowski, who has been diagnosed with dementia, was last seen Wednesday, July 22, and had planned to go to Chicago, according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office news release. He is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 220 pounds, with white hair, glasses, brown eyes and a moustache.
The Sheriff's Office has asked anyone who sees him to contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.
Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies have contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and asked for a Silver Alert — a system that uses signs on Florida roadways to notify drivers of a missing person and the car they were last seen driving — and the FDLE has generated the alert for Fialkowski, according to the news release.
— Jonathan Simmons
IN BRIEF: FHP seeks witness to fatal U.S. 1 crash
The Florida Highway Patrol is trying to find a possible witness to a single-car crash on U.S. 1 that killed 21-year-old Palm Coast resident Tyler Tracy after midnight July 18.
A white passenger vehicle was traveling east on C.R. 304 at the time of the crash, according to an FHP news release, and it stopped in the intersection with U.S. 1 and then turned north on U.S. 1.
The FHP has asked anyone with any information about the possible witness or the crash to call the FHP at 904-359-6572 or to dial *FHP (*347) on a cell phone.
To view earlier coverage of the crash, click HERE.
— Jonathan Simmons
Flagler Sheriff reminds residents: Don't leave valuables in plain sight in parked cars
The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office:
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating at least three car break-ins that occurred at two beach approaches in Flagler County over the weekend.
As summer temperatures rise and people are on vacation or enjoying outdoor activities, they may not be thinking about preventing thefts from vehicles. But they should.
“While it’s vital to lock your vehicle and activate the alarm when you exit, it’s imperative that you make sure you’re not leaving valuables in plain sight,” Sheriff James L. Manfre said. “Just taking a few extra steps can make a big difference.”
In the weekend incidents, the vehicles were locked, but thieves smashed rear windoes and stole purses that were left in plain sight.
Thefts from vehicles have increased nearly 31.68% from January to June 2015, as compared to the same time period in 2014, preliminary statistics show.
Although thefts from vehicles have increased, violent crime continues to decrease. The FCSO has been tracking and investigating these thefts and has kept the community informed via news releases, community crime watch and social media.
We have also placed variable message sign boards in the hardest-hit areas to bring awareness about the increase in crime. However, the crimes continue to occur and we are asking for the community’s help in reducing the number of incidents.
To minimize your chances of becoming a victim, follow these crime prevention tips:
Remove all valuables from the interior of your vehicle. Cameras, computers, purses, money, wallets and other electronics should be locked in the trunk or secured out of sight. Remember, criminals are opportunists and if we take the opportunity away, they will also go away.
Always lock your vehicle and activate the alarm, if installed. Most of our cases are from unlocked vehicles.
Park in well-lit areas when possible.
Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.
For additional crime prevention tips, call the FCSO’s Community Outreach Unit at 386-586-2623.
Anyone with information about any crime that may have occurred in Flagler County is urged to contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 386-586-4801.
They can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.