Also in News Briefs: Sheriff Rick Staly requests traffic light at intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 after fatal crash; Flagler Beach Police Department warns of phone scam.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help to identify two people who were caught interfering with a video surveillance system on the same street and on the same night as a car break-in and a home burglary occurred.
The incidents all happened on Leader Drive in Palm Coast the night of Saturday, Feb. 4, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
Deputies received reports of a home burglary that night as well as a car break-in, and then got a report about a suspicious person.
In the suspicious person case, two people were visible on surveillance video approaching a house, and one of the two was shown tilting the surveillance cameras toward the ground so the cameras wouldn't show anything.
“If you know these individuals, please let us know," Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. "We cannot make a difference in our community without your help. Help us find these people a new place to stay.”
The Sheriff's Office has urged anyone with information to call Deputy Brad Stogdon at 386-313-4911, regarding case number 2017-10081. Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Sheriff Rick Staly requests traffic light at intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 after fatal crash
A day after a three-car crash at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 in Korona killed five people on Sunday, Feb. 5, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly wrote to the Florida Department of Transportation requesting a traffic light at the intersection.
In a Feb. 6 letter to Florida Department of Transportation Interim Secretary Rachel Cone, Staly referred to the crash the previous day, and wrote that Sheriff's Office deputies have handled 207 crashes — 147 of which were injury crashes — at or near that intersection over three years.
"My recommendation would be to install a fully functioning traffic signal along with signage north and south of the intersection on U.S. 1 warning drivers they are approaching a traffic signal," Staly wrote.
The intersection currently has flashing signals, but visibility is a problem, Staly wrote, and drivers tend to speed in that area.
"... The design of U.S. 1 has curves near the intersection in both directions resulting in reduced visibility of cars approaching the intersection from either the north or the south," Staly wrote. "While the speed limit is posted at 65 mph most cars exceed the posted speed limit. Just last week one of our deputies stopped a car traveling 100 mph because 'the driver was late to work.'"
That area of U.S. 1 is also part of a lengthy stretch of open highway — from from Seminole Woods Boulevard to Plantation Bay — that has no traffic control devices, Staly added.
To see Staly's full letter, click HERE.
Flagler Beach Police Department warns of phone scam targeting grandparents
A national phone scam is targeting grandparents, according to a news release from the Flagler Beach Police Department.
The scammer calls a target pretending to be the target's grandchild, often introducing himself or herself with something like, "It's me," "It's your grandson," or, "It's your favorite grandchild." But in some cases, the scammer might know the grandchild's name and some personal information.
The "grandchild" sounds frantic and distressed, may be calling from a noisy location, and claims to be in trouble while traveling outside the country — for instance, the "grandchild" might claim to have been arrested, to have had a car accident or to need emergency car repairs.
The "grandchild"/scammer then asks the target/grandparent to wire money immediately — by providing bank account routing numbers or sending money through Western Union or MoneyGram — to pay for car repairs, medical treatment or bail money.
The scammer usually asks for several thousand dollars, and may call back several hours or days later asking for more money. The "grandchild" might say he's embarrassed to be in trouble, and ask the target to keep it secret.
A variation of the scam involves two scammers: One scammer calls posing as the grandchild, and a second scammer calls posing as a law enforcement officer and tells the target about the "fines" or "bond money" the target is being asked to pay.
The Flagler Beach Police Department urges anyone who receives such a phone call to hang up and call another family member who can verify their grandchild's whereabouts, and to try calling their grandchild at their regular phone number. If in doubt, contact a local law enforcement agency.
There is usually no way to recover money after it has been wired. Scams targeting seniors can be reported to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Aging Fraud Hotline, at 1-855-303-9470.
Sheriff's Office offers new 'No Trespassing' signs
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is offering three different "no trespassing" signs for sale, each for $9, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
One is for construction sites, one is for commercial horticultural sites and the third is a general "no trespassing" sign for other property.
The signs can be bought in the the lobby of the Sheriff’s Operations Center, at 901 E. Moody Blvd. in Bunnell.
"No trespassing" signs can deter theft or vandalism, or liability if someone is injured on property on which the signs are posted.
Trespassing on property other than a structure or conveyance is a first-degree misdemeanor under state law, but becomes a third-degree felony when a sign is legally posted on a designated construction site or commercial property for horticulture products (Florida Statues 810.09) .
“It’s about giving people proper notice, with proper signage under the law,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the new release. “People need to be made aware of the circumstances when they come on property uninvited.”
For more information about the signs, call the Sheriff’s Operations Center at 386-437-4116 Monday through Friday during normal business hours.