The Voice of the Gem City

November 18, 2019



The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said 15 kilos of cocaine washed up on the beach on Surfview Drive in the Hammock area of Palm Coast Friday night.

The Sheriff’s Office released a photo of the drugs Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office says it responded to a call about an abandoned duffel bag. When deputies arrived they found the bag that was covered in barnacles and seaweed. Authorities say there were 15 individually wrapped packages. The bag also contained a large amount of sand and shells. The Sheriff’s Office says the bag appeared to have been in the ocean for some time.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said it let surrounding law enforcement agencies know about the narcotics so they could check their beaches as well.

you come across a suspicious package, call law enforcement immediately. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.


A St. Augustine man has been arrested in Virginia and accused of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Records show Romeo Langhorne, 30, has addresses in Rocky Mount, Virginia, and St. Augustine. As of Saturday, he was being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail, where he was booked Nov. 15.

According to the complaint, Langhorne has been directing an undercover FBI agent since February in the production of a video intended to provide instructions on how to acquire materials and create an explosive.

Langhorne first got the attention of law enforcement in 2014, the affidavit says, when he posted on Facebook images in support of ISIS.

The affidavit says Langhorne has a number of accounts on social media platforms and that he used those accounts to advertise his support of the terror group, including a cover image that reads “SEEKING TO KILL AND BE KILLED” and a picture of himself with his face covered in a red Arab headdress.



Police say an accused thief didn’t take his own advice.

A strange wardrobe choice from a thief, caught on tape. He has a sweatshirt with the word ‘Peace’ written on the back.

“There’s nothing peaceful there,” said Chef Steve LeClair, owner at Beachcomber restaurant.

Surveillance video shows two young guys walking up to LeClair’s restaurant, right along the ocean. One of the guys jumped the fence and broke into the cooler.

“He yanked open the lock. He grabbed a couple of six-packs of Modelo and just came over here and took off down the beach,” said LeClair.

Sure, it’s just some beer, but LeClair said it’s costing them around $500 in damage to fix everything.

“The police are on it,” said LeClair.

And so is LeClair.

He said this is the second time these thieves have broken into his restaurant. But he’s confident the police we’ll catch them.


Friday morning, Historic City News local reporters were informed that a St Johns County jury convicted Brad Timothy Germain of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.  Germain is a seven-time convicted felon. He has a history of committing aggravated assault as well as aggravated battery against law enforcement officers.

On March 26, 2019, police responded to a disturbance call at Germain’s residence. St. Johns County deputies attempted to contact Germain before he fled with a large pipe in his hands.

After Germain was detained and upon examination of the pipe, officers realized it was a homemade firearm with a 12-gauge shotgun shell inside. As the deputy unloaded the firearm, he realized the primer on the shotgun shell had been struck twice by the homemade firing pin.


The St. Johns County community has stepped in and they are helping to pay for The Arc of St Johns $1.8 million Safe Harbor hurricane shelter for people with disabilities. The St. Johns County community has donated $1.3 million in just six months toward the cost of building the shelter and classrooms.

Board member Andy Norman says most storm shelters get overcrowded and can’t accommodate residents with severe intellectual and medical challenges, like those who receive services from The Arc.




The National Weather Service Sunday morning issued a coastal flooding warning for Palm Coast and Flagler County east of I-95 and the entirety of the barrier island, including Flagler Beach.


A Coastal Flood Advisory remains posted for the St. Johns River Basin and the Intracoastal Waterway, where minor, nuisance-type tidal flooding will continue around the times of high tide.


There is also a high rip current risk, with breakers of 5 to 7 feet.






alatka, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County is encouraging Floridians to use Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services to “make a plan” to quit smoking for the American Cancer Society’s 44th annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21.


Tobacco Free Florida aims to educate Floridians on the various free quit resources available in the state and support them through the process – on the Great American Smokeout and year-round.



Most adult cigarette smokers say that they want to quit, but quitting smoking is hard and may require several attempts., Creating a quit plan and using proven-effective resources, like Tobacco Free Florida, can significantly increase your chances of quitting smoking for good. ,, Smokers can and do quit smoking. In fact, today there are more former smokers than current smokers in Florida.


Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way program offers free Phone Quit, Group Quit and Web Quit services, in addition to individual tools like texting support, a Quit Guide and helpful emails. Free nicotine replacement therapy – nicotine patches, gum or lozenges – are available to tobacco users who are 18 or older, if medically appropriate.










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