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FLAGLER COURTHOUSE WORKERS FORCED TO MOVE

Workers in an 80-year-old portion of the Flagler County Courthouse are moving to newer offices in the building because of possible structural problems in the roof.

Workers in the offices of County Clerk Gail Wadsworth and County Judge Sharon Atack as well as related offices began moving Tuesday to a portion of the building built in 1985.

The move was prompted after an inspection of leaks revealed possible structural problems in the 1926 courthouse.

The county had already planned to replace the building's roof this year and discovered the problems when beginning that work.

Space is available in the 1985 addition after several county offices relocated to the county's newly opened Government Services Building.

A new judicial center will be completed this summer and all court related functions will move there, according to the county.

Dana Treen

INMATE'S FAMILY SETTLES SUIT OVER BEATING DEATH

MIAMI -- The family of an inmate who died after a confrontation with corrections officers have finalized a $737,500 settlement over a lawsuit against the former state prisons chief and the guards.

Relatives of Frank Valdes finished the settlement Thursday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, said their attorney, Guy Rubin. He said Tuesday the settlement includes attorney's fees and court costs.

Rubin said the family was glad the process was over, but felt the state's response was "too little, too late."

"They're happy that it's over," Rubin said. "They are thrilled that they prevailed and that justice found its way through the labyrinth of the court system and finally after seven years, is upon us. …

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