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Weekend Roundup January 27-30

Weekend Roundup January 27-30

Several drunk drivers were among 7 arrests made last weekend by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) between 6am on January 27, 2023, and 6am on January 30, 2023. Over the weekend, deputies handled 868 calls for service along with 114 traffic stops. “Deputies were able to get several impaired drivers off Flagler County roadways this past weekend before they could hurt or kill anyone,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Thank you to the citizen who kept a drunk driver from continuing to operate his vehicle after he had already crashed several times, allowing deputies to place him under arrest.”

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Former BTMS Student Arrested for Sending Written Threats to Kill

Former BTMS Student Arrested for Sending Written Threats to Kill

A former Buddy Taylor Middle School student has been arrested after making written threats to kill another student. On Thursday, January 26, 2023, a student reported to BTMS school administration that a previous BTMS student had been threatening to shoot another student. The School Resource Deputy assigned to BTMS, SRD Williams, conducted interviews with involved students and was shown the threatening messages sent from the former student to a current student.

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UPDATE 3: FCSO Arrests Child Molester in Human Trafficking Investigation

UPDATE 3: FCSO Arrests Child Molester in Human Trafficking Investigation

On January 25, 2023, Peter Strickland pled guilty as charged to 26 felony counts and was sentenced to 25 years in Florida State Prison followed by 15 years of sex offender probation. He will also be designated a sex offender. The charges from the three different cases Strickland was sentenced to prison for include one count of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor, four counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery Sex Act 12 YOA but less than 16 YOA, 16 counts of Possession or Promotion of Certain Images of Child Pornography and five counts of Sexual Activities Involving Animals. “I’m thankful that our detectives and the State Attorney’s Office could bring this case to a close, especially during Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “This pervert will spend the next 25 years in prison where he can’t prey on any more young children. We also hope that knowing the offender will spend 25 years in prison will help the victims recover from their trauma and the innocence he took away from them.”

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Civilians, FCSO Employees Honored at FCSO’s Quarterly Awards Ceremony

Civilians, FCSO Employees Honored at FCSO’s Quarterly Awards Ceremony

Two civilians who fought the Smiles Nite Club shooter, a detective who stopped a wrong-way drunk driver, detention staff who saved several inmates attempting suicide, and the FCSO Emergency Response Team who deployed to Charlotte County after Hurricane Ian are among those honored during FCSO’s Fourth Quarter 2022 Awards Ceremony on January 26, 2023, at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Operations Center. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly awarded 17 Lifesaving Awards to employees and two citizens for their roles in saving the lives of others within the last three months. Sheriff Staly also awarded several individuals with Certificates of Commendation, Service Awards, Sheriff Citations, and Unit Citations, Distinguished Service Certificates, Distinguished Service Award Medals, Sheriff’s Citation Awards, and Specialty Service Awards as part of the ceremony. “The actions of these employees and citizens are in keeping with the highest traditions of law enforcement and public service,” Sheriff Staly stated. “I am proud to lead this team of professionals who protect and serve the residents and visitors of Flagler County with honor on a daily basis and recognize their dedication and service.” Four employees received Employee of the Month recognition, while 10 others were recognized for reaching years of service milestones from five to 25 years of service.

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Matanzas High School Bomb Threat Determined to be False Swatting Call

Matanzas High School Bomb Threat Determined to be False Swatting Call

At 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, an unidentified individual called the Matanzas High School front office and reported a bomb was on the campus of the school. School administrators placed the campus on a “Code Blue” lockdown and quickly notified FCSO Communications who relayed information to responding deputies.

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