A busy start to Memorial Day weekend leads Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies to handle 323 calls Friday into early Saturday morning, along with Ladies Night at the Green Roof Inn. Deputies made multiple arrests, including two arrests for subjects in possession of narcotics, an arrest of a thief providing false identification to deputies and one poison peddler – who are all spending their holiday weekend behind bars.

  L: 18-year-old Kylee Hudgins    C: 30-year-old Amber Bruder    R: 31-year-old Tyawana Whittle

Friday kicked off with “Ladies Night” at the Green Roof Inn after 18-year-old Kylee Hudgins and 30-year-old Amber Bruder were arrested for various drug-related charges.

Hudgins was stopped by deputies for a defaced license plate and upon approaching the vehicle, deputies’ detected an odor of marijuana leading to a probable cause search. During the search, deputies recovered 24 blue pills that were found to be Xanax. Hudgins was arrested for Possession of a Schedule IV Substance and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. She was released this morning on a $3,000 bond.

Deputies also responded to a “W” Section residence Friday afternoon in reference to a physical disturbance. Bruder had a local warrant for Violation of Probation for a prior domestic battery and was immediately arrested without incident. During a search, Bruder was found to be in possession of 6.8g of a white powdery substance that tested positive for Fentanyl. In addition to Bruder’s charge of Violation of Probation, she was also arrested for Possession of Fentanyl.

Dating back to 2013, Bruder has been arrested in Flagler County for Domestic Aggravated Battery, Criminal Mischief, Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm, Battery on Law Enforcement/EMT Officer, Domestic Battery and multiple arrests for Violation of Pretrial Release. As a frequent visitor at the Green Roof Inn, Bruder is currently being held on no bond.

Around 9 p.m., deputies responded to Walmart after the Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call about a theft. Responding deputies were advised that 31-year-old Tyawana Whittle was observed skip-scanning items at the self-checkout and caught placing unpaid merchandise into bags by a Walmart employee. When deputies questioned Whittle, she provided a driver’s license and social security number that could not be verified. Whittle finally provided accurate information and was arrested for Petit Theft, Providing a False Name/ID to Law Enforcement and Possession of a Fictitious Driver’s License. Whittle is currently residing at the Green Roof Inn on a $1,500 bond.

Early Saturday morning around 4 a.m., deputies were patrolling Seminole Woods when they observed a vehicle traveling 10mph slower than the speed limit. A traffic stop was conducted and deputies detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies discovered approximately 16g of Crack Cocaine, 4g of powder Cocaine, 2.4g of MDMA and 10g of Marijuana. The driver, identified as 44-year-old Thomas Graves, was arrested for Possession of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Due to Graves complaining of chest pains, he’s undergoing medical evaluations at Advent Health and upon release, he’ll be joining the festivities at the Green Roof Inn.

“This is one way to start Memorial Day weekend but not the recommended way,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This weekend is about remembering our fallen military heroes that gave their life so we could enjoy ours but some people forfeit their freedom when they violate the law. Here’s your reminder that we will be out, patrolling the roadways and waterways. Please remember to abide by the laws of the roads, practice boat safety, and always drive and boat sober. And if you see something, say something! Call us at 386-313-4911 to report suspicious activity.”

Melissa Morreale,Public Affairs Officer

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

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