News Paper Hides crime in Palm Coast!!??

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Anonymous

Port Orange, FL

#1 Aug 14, 2007
What is up with our lousy news paper or county officials hiding Palm Coast's crime rate??? You dont realize this until you are a victim, I know most people think this is some quiet community, but in fact we have a higher crime rate than cities that are much bigger. I think the county/city officials dont report most of the crimes just to get more people to move in, with what has happened economically here its no wonder people have stopped moving here, Palm Coast has nothing to offer, a lousy Wal Mart is not gonna bring people in, lousy outdoor strip malls are not gonna bring people in, our high crime rate that the city hides is not going to bring people in. I was a victim of a very serious crime and nothing but a sentence was printed about it in the paper and you really had to search to find it, and with all the home invasions that have been happening and these punk kids who think they are in a "Gang" making messes and "tagging" cars, and carjackings, this is starting to look like a Little New York, this place used to be nice.
Annie

Ferndale, FL

#2 Aug 15, 2007
Amen. Does the PD need over forty thousand dollars to insure our safety?

I'm surprised that they have acknowledged that people should lock their doors (although it seemed like they meant CAR doors). Everyone should be aware of the home invasions here. I never even heard of a home invasion until we moved here nine years ago.
armednready

Titusville, FL

#3 May 4, 2009
you dont have to read the papers to know that the only people who are safe are those that are armed and ready to defend themselves and family and property. Get a gun and be ready at all times to use it.
Hddog57

Wilmington, IL

#4 May 6, 2009
Annie wrote:
Amen. Does the PD need over forty thousand dollars to insure our safety?
I'm surprised that they have acknowledged that people should lock their doors (although it seemed like they meant CAR doors). Everyone should be aware of the home invasions here. I never even heard of a home invasion until we moved here nine years ago.
A nice shiny 45 caliber pistol will slow down a home invasion in a heartbeat. Come on in,let me introduce you to my friend
Lola

AOL

#5 May 6, 2009
Anonymous wrote:
What is up with our lousy news paper or county officials hiding Palm Coast's crime rate??? You dont realize this until you are a victim, I know most people think this is some quiet community, but in fact we have a higher crime rate than cities that are much bigger. I think the county/city officials dont report most of the crimes just to get more people to move in, with what has happened economically here its no wonder people have stopped moving here, Palm Coast has nothing to offer, a lousy Wal Mart is not gonna bring people in, lousy outdoor strip malls are not gonna bring people in, our high crime rate that the city hides is not going to bring people in. I was a victim of a very serious crime and nothing but a sentence was printed about it in the paper and you really had to search to find it, and with all the home invasions that have been happening and these punk kids who think they are in a "Gang" making messes and "tagging" cars, and carjackings, this is starting to look like a Little New York, this place used to be nice.
OMG!!!, YOU HAVE READ MY MIND.I left south florida due to the crap that moved there, New Yorker's going around everywhere saying "IN NEW YORK WE DO THINGS LIKE THIS" IN NEW YORK WE DO THINGS LIKE THAT." My husband a cop , was for sure gonna write a ticket when he heard in n.y we can bla bla bla. They turned south florida into new york with palm trees. Or they wouldn't speak english. i asked a wal mart cashier one day why do you have a vest that says on the back HOW CAN I HELP YOU? You can't even speak english. People please wake up don't let our home go down the same path. i promise you won't be happy.
blank

United States

#6 Aug 5, 2009
flagler county police encrypted their radios so news stations can never hear all the bad things happening in palm coast.
none

Palm Coast, FL

#7 Aug 5, 2009
I agree with the first post on here. Not until I was a crime victim was I informed that only 3 doors down from me live "Gang Members" who the cops have been watching for months. It would be nice to know when that type of activity is happening only 3 doors away. Maybe together as a neighborhood we could have watched each others backs and been more aware of whats happening and maybe could have prevented the break-in at my home and/or keep it from happening again.
jimmie

United States

#8 Aug 26, 2009
I would consider somethng like www.burglargard.com to help defend against home invasions. The company has installers nationwide.

Stay safe
Lola

AOL

#9 Aug 29, 2009
August 27, 2009

Palm Coast's vice-mayor pays up in hit-run accident

By FRANK FERNANDEZ
Staff Writer
PALM COAST -- One person who won't be voting for Palm Coast Vice Mayor Mary DiStefano in any future election is the man whose parked car she is accused of hitting before she drove off without leaving a note.

DiStefano reached a deferred prosecution agreement this month on a charge of "failure to fulfill duty upon damaging unattended property," a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or six months' probation.

Surveillance footage shows DiStefano pulling into a parking space June 15 and hitting a car in a shopping center parking lot, according to a police report. She got out, looked at the other car, then moved her car to another parking space before going inside to shop, the report said.

As part of the deal with prosecutors, DiStefano agreed to pay full restitution to the owner of the parked car. She also agreed to pay $100 to the State Attorney's Office for prosecution costs and $50 to the Flagler Sheriff's Office for investigation costs. If she fulfills those conditions by Oct. 7 and stays out of trouble, the charge will be dropped.

But DiStefano can forget about any votes from Raul Reyes, the owner of the 2007 Honda Civic she is accused of hitting with her 2006 Buick.

"I don't feel she should be in that position, City Council member, vice mayor," Reyes said in a phone interview Wednesday. "That's somebody you can't trust."

DiStefano said in a phone interview Wednesday that she wasn't thinking right the day of the accident because of news about her sister, who lives in Boise, Idaho.

"My mind was on my sister," DiStefano said "She had a stroke. I had to get home and pack. I just didn't think. I acknowledged my guilt, and I compensated him. I know I did wrong."

DiStefano then paraphrased a verse from the Bible: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Reyes said DiStefano paid him about $2,400. That includes about $1,800 for damages to his car and the rest for his time. But he said he is not happy with the agreement.

"Honestly, I don't think it's fair," Reyes said. "She paid the restitution. She paid what I asked. I feel now I should have asked for a lot more, being the position she's in and how she handled the situation."

Prosecutors considered that DiStefano, 72, had no prior criminal history and was making full restitution in offering her the deferred prosecution agreement, said Chris Kelly, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office. He said prosecutors also took into account DiStefano's age.

Reyes said he doesn't buy DiStefano's excuse that she was flustered.

"If I get flustered, I'm not going to go park somewhere else and finish my grocery shopping," Reyes said. "I'm going to go home and start shaking."

DiStefano said she only bought three things.

"I was in there for about 30 seconds," she said.

The deferred prosecution agreement "looks reasonable," George Dekle, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, wrote in an e-mail.

"Traffic cases are usually not very serious, and making the victim whole in a hit-and-run case is the main objective," Dekle wrote.

Dekle also said: "Of course, it isn't right to give a sweetheart deal to someone because they happen to be a public official. But it's also wrong to slam-dunk a public official with a more severe sentence than necessary in order to avoid looking like you're giving him a favorable disposition."

Reyes said he never really got an apology.

"I got excuses as to why it happened," Reyes said, "But not really an apology."

DiStefano said Wednesday: "I said I was sorry. I apologized profusely."

frank.fernandez@news-jrnl.com



none

Winter Haven, FL

#10 Sep 21, 2009
they do this because they want more people to come here on vacation or to live since this is still a place that needs lots of development and since the economy is so poor thank goodness that walmart is here taking away from small business owners and giving people part time jobs because nobody else is able to shop or have a shop. they will always tell you what is going to benefit them if they think crime will help them they will tell you about it. all for themselves oh but this isnt just palm coast its pretty much every where so just pick your spot.
mamma

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Sep 23, 2009
Yes, I understand there is crime in Plam Coast, however crime is everywhere now days. Every house owners should own a gun and be ready to defend their family and property. Come on over I will show you how to take care of those gang members
Don

AOL

#12 Dec 19, 2009
Hello,
My Son-in-law is thinking of moving to Palm Coarst. He said he is going to start a business. He also told me that crime was low and business was good. My daughter is all for it and looking forward to the move. My two grandsons, ages 12 and 16,are trying to make the best of the move. I have read the replys on the crime and unployment in Palm Coarst and it is different what my son-in-law is telling me. I do not want my family to move in a gang area and high crime rate location. So please give some information on Palm Coarst and what you think of moving two teen age kids to this area. Thank You,
lola

AOL

#13 Dec 19, 2009
Don, sorry to tell you ths but Palm Coast is NOT THE PLACE TO BE RIGHT NOW. many many business people sre starving. There are more places empty than full.As for the kids to see a movie you have to drive almost 30 miles to Daytona ot St. Aug. we have none here. Unless they like walking around wal mart or publix food store they won"t like it here. Due to so many houses empty, people started to rent them out. And that means there are people moving in here from less than great places, shall we say. I am afraid it might be a huge mistake. Palm Coast does not want people to know the truth . Real Estate friends of mine have gone back to school to learn something new. Nothing is moving here . I know a few people that even went to work as cashiers in stores part time just to make a few bucks.It"s just not a great place to move.They will be sorry.
ohrin

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#15 Dec 21, 2009
armednready wrote:
you dont have to read the papers to know that the only people who are safe are those that are armed and ready to defend themselves and family and property. Get a gun and be ready at all times to use it.
I agree because if the know that you are armed, they WILL think twice. I'm not a killer but don't make me!
bill

AOL

#16 Dec 26, 2009
Crime in Palm Coast exploding vs Florida as a who - 4/17/2007 3 4



Bill
Palm Coast, FL
The 2006 Crime Statistics were released by the State of Florida . The State as a whole dropped about 1 % The Flagler County/Palm Coast area increased 30%. I have lived here just over a year, and in that time I've seen a dramitic increase in gangs , crime , and drugs . I have personally contacted the Sherriff several times regareding drug use in public parks and have been told " just don't go there". That about sums up our Sherriffs attitude toward crime - ignore it and hope it goes away . This is not a family place .
aint worried

Osteen, FL

#17 Jan 3, 2010
alarms wont save you when your door gets kicked in. police need response time.so i trust in my ak 47 yep visit me anytime punks!
sorryImoved

Windermere, FL

#18 Jan 15, 2010
the police are a joke here. They drive through the neighborhood a couple of times a week but other than that they are just busy catching speeders. I'm sorry I moved here.
watching neighbor

United States

#19 May 15, 2010
i have lived in palm coast for a while now. I have seen what everyone here is talking about. the crime ,gangs, drugs, the only way to get rid of all of this is to stick together. form a nighborhood watch program and we all can watch each others backs. i myself with 3 tours of war and special forces would love to get envolved with my neighbors and keep our neighborhood safe
of this crap.
thats the only way !!
john

United States

#20 May 15, 2010
I saw a deer get hit early in the morning in the P section still suffering a sheriff came and shot him twice.
corey_978

Christmas, FL

#21 May 17, 2010
shoot him in the head, shoot him in the head, reload and, shoot him agean

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