NEWS BRIEFS 12.9.2010

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Dec. 9, 2010

+ Man steals car, crashes into garage
An 18-year-old Palm Coast man was arrested for grand theft after he stole a vehicle from a driveway and then crashed into a garage.

Officials said William Phillips jumped into a running vehicle that was parked on Post Tree Lane around 6:16 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. The 23-year-old vehicle owner immediately reported it as stolen, and deputies located the vehicle, driven by Phillips, southbound on Belle Terre Parkway.

Deputies said Phillips turned onto Zebu Place, losing control of the vehicle, and then crashed into a garage of a home at 12 Zebu Place. Phillips then fled the scene, leaving behind his black slippers. He was later caught in a fenced yard on Zeda Place.

He is being held at the Flagler County Inmate Facility for a number of charges, as well as an outstanding Georgia warrant for failure to appear for an armed robbery charge.

+ Five killed, four injured in I-95 crash
Five adults were killed and four children were injured in a single-vehicle crash on I-95 around 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, two miles north of the Palm Coast Parkway exit.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, a blown left-rear tire caused the southbound 1999 Ford Expedition to spin out of control and collide with multiple trees.

The driver, Huge Campos-Leon, 18, and passengers Fidel Salgado, 36; Ana Lilia Figueroa-Garcia, 34; Maria Mercedez Corona-Leon, 28; and Maria Celia Leon de Corona, 48, were killed.

Four children, ages 5 to 11, were treated for minor injuries at Halifax and Florida Hospital Flagler.
All nine people were related to one another, and were traveling home to Eustis after attending a family reunion in North Carolina, according to FHP.

+ Correction
Luanne Santangelo is Palm Coast’s parks and recreation director.

+ Public Meetings
Palm Coast City Council — the next regular meeting is 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at city offices, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite B-106.

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+ Sheriff’s Office trust funds approved for $150,000
The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners approved $150,316 in law enforcement trust funds Monday, Dec. 6, at its regular meeting.

The County Commission approved big-ticket purchases, such as a boat, motor and trailer for $22,000 and more than $80,000 in funds to purchase a fingerprint station with one-year maintenance. Also, $15,000 was approved to be donated to the Flagler County Police Athletic League.

+ K-9 units sniff out burglar, leading to more findings
Nicholas Santos, 20, of 2 Filbert Lane, is charged with breaking into a home on Fischer Lane around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29. Deputies responded to the area of Filbert Lane following a report of two people wearing hooded sweatshirts and carrying a flat panel television.

Deputies discovered the Fischer Lane home had been entered and the house ransacked. The owners were away on vacation. K-9 Deputy Joseph Daily and Reno, along with Deputy Jonathan Welker and Blu’, were able to track Santos from the victim’s house to Santos’ backyard on Filbert Lane.

The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Crime Suppression Team responded to the residence to assist with the investigation. The homeowner gave permission to search the house, but deputies came up empty-handed.

Deputies determined that Santos traveled to a home on Firtree Lane, where the TV was discovered under a bed in a spare bedroom. A second search of Santos’ home resulted in the discovery of a game console, video games and jewelry taken from the Fischer Lane home.

Santos was charged with grand theft, tampering with evidence and criminal mischief.

The recovered stolen goods were valued at $1,500.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 313-4911 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-8477.

+ Suspect arrested for armed robbery of car wash
A Palm Coast man was arrested after robbing a victim at gunpoint, at a car wash.

Evan Massa, 27, of Palm Coast, was taken into custody the morning of Saturday, Dec. 4.

He was charged with armed robbery in connection with a robbery Friday, Dec. 3, at Parkway Self-Storage and Car Wash.

Massa is being held in the Flagler County Inmate Facility in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

+ Sheriff Fleming to host town hall meeting
Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming will be meeting to answer any questions posed by Flagler County residents 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Palm Coast Community Center.

+ U.S. Drought Monitor: Flagler rated ‘extreme’
According to a report released Nov. 30 by the U.S. Drought Monitor, Flagler County’s drought conditions have been rated as ‘extreme,’ the second-to-worst possible rating.

+ Burglar charges cell phone, is knocked out
After a burglar decided to charge his cell phone while snooping through someone’s vehicle, the burglar ended up unconscious and handcuffed.

Robert Thomas Combs, 22, of Palm Coast, was arrested and charged with burglary, trespass, violation of probation and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Deputies said that around 1:58 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Combs rode a bicycle to the victim’s home at Prager Place. There, he unplugged the outdoor Christmas lights and plugged in his cell phone to charge the battery. While waiting for his phone to charge, he went into the victim’s unlocked van and took several cigarette lighters, a cell phone charger, prescription pills and a cell phone case. Deputies found a mask inside the hood of Combs’ sweatshirt.

The victim said that as he pulled his car into the driveway, he saw Combs inside the van and asked him what he was doing. Combs swung at him, and a confrontation began. When deputies arrived, they found the victim and another person holding Combs down on the ground

Combs also has been charged with burglary, violation of probation, fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft in connection with another car break-in that occurred Saturday, Dec. 4, in Palm Coast.

Combs was being held in the Flagler County Inmate Facility on $11,000 bond on the charges. He is being held without bond on the two counts of violation of probation.

— Compiled by Andrew O’Brien