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Doctor who worked at notorious treatment center pleads guilty

One of the three doctors accused of helping notorious drug treatment operator Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman commit millions of dollars in fraud pleaded guilty Thursday. Dr. Donald Willems, who was out on bond until he was caught last week prescribing drugs to himself, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He could spend up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled...
UPDATE: More young adults, retirees homeless in Palm Beach County

UPDATE: More young adults, retirees homeless in Palm Beach County

More people in Palm Beach County are homeless, although fewer of them are veterans and people who are “chronically” without a place to live, a recent county effort shows. The county identified 1,607 homeless people during its recent “Point-in-Time” count conducted over a 24-hour period in late January, an 11.5 increase over a similar count taken two years ago. The count is...
Dalia Dippolito lawyers seek contempt charge against prosecutors

Dalia Dippolito lawyers seek contempt charge against prosecutors

Less than a week after the judge issued a gag order against lawyers in Dalia Dippolito’s upcoming murder solicitation retrial, her attorneys are asking him to hold prosecutors in contempt for allowing Boynton Beach Police to keep a viral video from the case on the department’s YouTube page. Defense attorney Greg Rosenfeld on Tuesday filed a request for Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley to hold...
PBSO deputy pleads guilty to fraud charges in identity theft scam

PBSO deputy pleads guilty to fraud charges in identity theft scam

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy, who in December was named officer of the year for the Delray district, on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, admitting he used his access to law enforcement databases to propel an identity theft scheme. Frantz Felisma, 42, pleaded guilty to charges of credit card and identity theft fraud. Held without bond since he was arrested in December...
Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Turns out, blue skies, warm weather, palm trees and beaches are a bit of a draw. Palm Beach County’s population grew by nearly 22,000 people from July of 2015 to July of 2016, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. That growth put the county’s population at 1,443,810. Only four other counties in Florida — Orange, Hillsborough, Broward and Lee &mdash...
Tough times in retail? Not at Palm Beach Outlets, off-price malls

Tough times in retail? Not at Palm Beach Outlets, off-price malls

Online shopping and changing consumer tastes have roiled the retail landscape, but Palm Beach Outlets seems to be weathering the storm just fine. Reflecting the success of off-price shopping centers in general, Palm Beach Outlets boasts full parking lots, ringing cash registers and a near lack of empty space. “We are still thriving,” said Pam Rada, marketing director at Palm Beach Outlets...
County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a new zoning framework Thursday, smoothing the path for a pair of development projects that would add a combined 4,930 homes in the booming west-central corridor of the county. Approval of the new framework, which creates something called the Western Communities Residential Overlay, disappointed environmentalists and preservationists, who have argued that large-scale...
Large luxury yachts headline this year’s boat show in West Palm

Large luxury yachts headline this year’s boat show in West Palm

The four-day Palm Beach International BoatShow cruises into town on March 23, bringing a sea of yachts, boats and marine accessories worth more than $1.2 billion. The annual event, in its 32nd year, has grown to become one of the top boat shows in the United States, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront during the height of the county&rsquo...
UF student from Wellington gets ‘sweet’ trivia contest deal from ESPN

UF student from Wellington gets ‘sweet’ trivia contest deal from ESPN

Wellington resident and University of Florida student Paul Wassel III was sweating his Gators a little extra hard in their second round NCAA basketball tournament matchup against the University of Virginia. If the team advanced to the Sweet 16, Wassel and two fellow students would be flown to Chicago to compete for a share of $100,000 in Bracket Genius, a new ESPN general knowledge trivia show that...
He once lived behind a building. Now he’s getting a college degree.

He once lived behind a building. Now he’s getting a college degree.

Lanorris Lester isn’t sure about this. Even as he sits here, tie perfectly tied, pants perfectly pressed, ready to tell his story, his smile’s a little nervous, his laugh genuine though still a little hesitant. But here, in the comfort of the place he used to live, he feels somewhat comfortable talking about it, that pain that led Lester here and the things he learned that helped him move...
Cerabino: What does Enterprise Florida have to do with Lake O?

Cerabino: What does Enterprise Florida have to do with Lake O?

There’s a spillover. That’s the best way to explain the complicated web of politics surrounding Lake Okeechobee’s dirty water. There was a spillover crowd at Pahokee High School last Friday that had come to tell Florida Sen. President Joe Negron that they didn’t like his plan to convert 60,000 acres of farmland south of the lake into a water storage reservoir. The auditorium...
Look to Spo’s history as a player for the toughness that helped turn season around

Look to Spo’s history as a player for the toughness that helped turn season around

From 11-30 to the NBA playoffs is an incredible journey that the Miami Heat still haven’t completed, but the question is the same no matter how this turns out.
2017 NFL Mock Draft: Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad | Version 1.0

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad | Version 1.0

Missouri Tigers defensive end Charles Harris could be an excellent fit for the Miami Dolphins in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Kelly Slater wave pool creeps forward despite Jupiter Farms opposition

Kelly Slater wave pool creeps forward despite Jupiter Farms opposition

Jupiter Farms residents did all they could Thursday to wipe out the idea of a surfing ranch in western Palm Beach County, but the plan is still on the drawing board. Commissioners directed county staff to examine a possible land use change that would allow a firm affiliated with surfing legend Kelly Slater to build a surfing ranch with a 2,000-foot long wave pool at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce...
Did fan in Nolan Ryan jersey unknowingly sit next to real Nolan Ryan?

Did fan in Nolan Ryan jersey unknowingly sit next to real Nolan Ryan?

One of the most memorable images of spring training was snapped Wednesday morning on a back field at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. A Houston Astros fan wearing a retro rainbow-style Nolan Ryan jersey sat on a bench next to the real Nolan Ryan. Brian McTaggart, the Astros’ beat writer for mlb.com, snapped the photo and tweeted it out with a witty question: McTaggart’s...

Negron warns against Florida universities overusing online classes

One of the benefits of an expansion of online classes in Florida universities is that it gives students more flexibility in balancing their academic loads with extracurricular activities like jobs, student government or clubs. It has helped a University of Central Florida senior devote the majority of her time this spring to her extracurricular activity: serving as a member of the Florida House of...
NEW: Man resembling sexual predator seen near Jensen Beach park

NEW: Man resembling sexual predator seen near Jensen Beach park

A person resembling a violent sexual predator recently released from prison was spotted Wednesday near a Jensen Beach park, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. An anonymous caller reported that 65-year-old Ernest Eugene Reigh was near Indian Riverside Park, off Sewall’s Point Road about two miles north of the Hutchinson Island Causeway. The sheriff’s office has not confirmed...
Former Miami Marlin goes from baseball field to the porn industry

Former Miami Marlin goes from baseball field to the porn industry

Cullen McRae used to spend hours breaking down video of major-league baseball players. These days, he’s still focused on body parts in motion — but it’s a whole new ballgame. The former Miami Marlins video coordinator is a porn producer. He writes scripts, scouts talent and reviews scenes with rising stars in the adult film industry, like Abella Danger. “Baseball in a strange...
BREAKING: Pahokee man charged with murder in 1989 cold case

BREAKING: Pahokee man charged with murder in 1989 cold case

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that it has solved a 28-year-old murder case. Clarence Butler of Pahokee has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Simmie Harris. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Harris was stabbed multiple times in his apartment by Butler between July 4 and 5, 1989, PBSO said. The murder...
Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

A heavily lobbied proposal to knock down a Depression-era ban on liquor being sold alongside groceries narrowly survived the Senate on Thursday, after a passionate debate that included some opponents warning the change could make alcohol more accessible to — or even “kill” — children. The so-called “liquor wall” measure (SB 106), which must still get House...
First look: Fresh Nation café in Juno Beach

First look: Fresh Nation café in Juno Beach

Wander into Fresh Nation, the new health-conscious café tucked next to a gym in Juno Beach, and expect to be pleasantly surprised. This is not your standard smoothie-and-salad spot. It does not inflict acai on your breakfast or pre-workout meal. Sure, there are smoothies, salads and acai bowls, but these items share the menu with other, more complex and tempting dishes.  Not in the mood...
Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

A bill whose sponsor says it is aimed at protecting displays of religious faith in public schools passed the Senate on nearly party-line vote Thursday, while a more-limited version moved toward the House floor. The Senate voted 23-13 to approve its bill (SB 436), after a sometimes-emotional debate. Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, joined Republicans in voting for the legislation. RELATED: Complete Florida...
Obamacare: GOP splits derail House rewrite on law’s 7th anniversary

Obamacare: GOP splits derail House rewrite on law’s 7th anniversary

The House Republican plan to blow out the candles on Obamacare’s 7th birthday cake with a massive dismantling of the health law collapsed under splits within the party and failed to get to a vote Thursday. That disappointed repeal supporters in South Florida who want to see campaign pledges kept, while one Democrat said the real problem is a “sick and devastating” bill that...
WATCH: Man safe after dangling off Key Biscayne building

WATCH: Man safe after dangling off Key Biscayne building

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Fire rescue workers have reached the man and lowered him safely to the ground. Authorities are checking his condition. ORIGINAL STORY: A man was been seen hanging from the 12th floor of a building in Key Biscayne after scaffolding collapsed this afternoon. <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var...
Scavenger hunt for brightly painted rocks a hit in North Palm, Gardens

Scavenger hunt for brightly painted rocks a hit in North Palm, Gardens

Sometimes it only takes a simple treasure to brighten someone’s day. With pockets and purses full of colorfully-painted rocks, North Palm Beacher Kelley Vittum has gladdened the days of many children and adults alike. She’s a main contributor to a ‘NPB Rocks’ Facebook group. The concept is simple: paint and hide rocks painted with fun or even intricate designs. Take pictures...
Millions of dollars worth of ‘Lionel Messi’ cocaine seized

Millions of dollars worth of ‘Lionel Messi’ cocaine seized

Authorities who were seizing cocaine in Peru were in for a Messi situation. According to the Daily Mail, police in Peru seized a 1.4 kilogram shipment of cocaine which had the face of international soccer star and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi on the packaging.  With some packaging containing Messi’s signature “M” logo and a photo of the 29-year-old soccer star in a...
Superyacht Solandge sold, won’t appear as largest vessel at Palm Beach boat show

Superyacht Solandge sold, won’t appear as largest vessel at Palm Beach boat show

Solandge, which was to be the largest vessel on display at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, has turned out to be a no-show. That’s because the 279-foot yacht just sold for an undisclosed sum, according to an announcement today by Moran Yacht & Ship, the Fort Lauderdale brokerage that handled both sides of the sale. The deal closed Wednesday and the new owner has since taken...
BREAKING: Drug raid at home with 2-year-old child brings two arrests

BREAKING: Drug raid at home with 2-year-old child brings two arrests

A Port St. Lucie man and woman were arrested Thursday after detectives seized heroin, cocaine, marijuana and guns from their home, where they lived with a 2-year-old girl, a city police spokesman said. Police arrested Robert West and Jeanna Oakes, both 25, after conducting a search in the home, on the 500 block of Southwest Lakehurst Drive west of Southwest Airoso Boulevard. During the search, West...
Florida elephant ranch something you’ll never forget 

Florida elephant ranch something you’ll never forget 

If you’re in Florida, you might not have to travel too far to get the elephant experience of your dreams.  That’s because there’s an elephant ranch in the state that lets you get up close and personal with these majestic animals.  Two Tails Ranch is located near Gainesville and lets people feed, bathe and even ride one of its eight elephants.  The nonprofit ranch...
Experian ‘deceived’ customers with credit scores, fined $3 million

Experian ‘deceived’ customers with credit scores, fined $3 million

You think you are getting your “credit score.” But what if it is not really the score lenders actually use? A federal agency said Thursday it fined credit reporting firm Experian $3 million for passing off its own proprietary credit scoring model called a PLUS score as the real deal lenders use. Experian, based in California, is one of the nation’s three biggest credit reporting...
Florida teacher accused of sexual relationship with juvenile student

Florida teacher accused of sexual relationship with juvenile student

A 34-year-old female teacher at a Florida high school faces jail time over an alleged sexual relationship with a male student. Valerie Michelle Valvo, a teacher at Central High School in Brooksville, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student under age 17, according to Tampa Bay’s WFTS. Hernando County sheriff’s detectives received information about...
JUST IN: Florida man burns books, starts 400-acre wildfire 

JUST IN: Florida man burns books, starts 400-acre wildfire 

A Florida man accidentally started a 400-acre wildfire after he illegally burned paperback books, police said.  Firefighters have been working since Wednesday and now have 65 percent of it contained, WJAX reported.  Officials said two homes were destroyed, 10 were damaged, and 150 people are displaced.  Only minor injuries to emergency personal were reported, according to ...
Florida school employee accused of buying alcohol, partying with students

Florida school employee accused of buying alcohol, partying with students

An employee at a Florida high school is accused of buying alcohol for students and partying with them. According to WESH, Kyle Rentschler, 31, who served as the assistant athletic director at Tavares High School, is accused of buying alcohol and partying with minors after a parent found video of Rentschler drinking with students and informed a school administrator. The cellphone footage shows...
More millennials live with parents in South Fla. than anywhere else

More millennials live with parents in South Fla. than anywhere else

A new study suggest that millennials in South Florida live with their parents at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country. The study conducted by Abodo found that 44.8 percent of millennials in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area still live with their parents. That’s the highest percentage among the 40 metropolitan areas looked at by the study, and above the national...
Opinion: All Aboard Florida trying to keep Brightline’s future from dimming

Opinion: All Aboard Florida trying to keep Brightline’s future from dimming

Mike Reininger, Executive Director of Florida East Coast Industries (left) and Dennis Grady, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches (right) speak with the Post Editorial Board this morning.
Florida man stole from disabled woman, spent $9,000 at strip club

Florida man stole from disabled woman, spent $9,000 at strip club

A Florida man is accused of stealing $138,000 from a woman with mental disabilities, spending $9,000 at a strip club. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 48-year-old William Tideberg of Holiday convinced 69-year-old Maryanne Andersen, who suffers from a mental disability, to move in with him from out of state. Tideberg stole they money from Andersen before leaving her to live in a house without...
WATCH: Trump chicken balloons coming to America

WATCH: Trump chicken balloons coming to America

A huge Donald Trump chicken is expected to fly high at the Tax March in San Francisco.  The organizers of the march bought a 13-foot balloon, which taunts Donald Trump’s golden locks and hand gestures, from Chinese e-commerce site Aliababa, according to SF Gate. March organizers weren’t satisfied and scrambled to get money for an even bigger inflatable chicken by posting...
Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear

Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear

After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped. Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade. Launching a new airline takes lots of money and patience — one reason...
#TBT: When Donald Trump pumped gas in West Palm Beach

#TBT: When Donald Trump pumped gas in West Palm Beach

In my 35 years as a photojournalist, I have covered presidents since Ronald Reagan. But it was during a sticky July Monday morning in the mid-90s when I pulled out of the parking lot of The Palm Beach Post and encountered the future president of the United States. I was heading south on Dixie Highway in a Toyota Tercel that had out-lived its air-conditioning in search of a photo for the next...
WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

An iguana, later named Iggy, wanted to join the fun at the Miami Open Wednesday, but instead brought a match to a halt.  Iggy perched itself on the scoreboard during a match between Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesley, according to Sports Illustrated.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We've seen...
Traffic, crime and development top issues in Jupiter election runoff

Traffic, crime and development top issues in Jupiter election runoff

While waterfront development gets lots of attention in Jupiter, the two candidates facing off in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Town Council Second District seat say there are many other issues. Traffic, crime, the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center and the proposed six-story Fisherman’s Wharf project on the Intracoastal Waterway are some of the other issues voters want to discuss...

Jennifer Hudson will headline Boca West Foundation’s annual fundraising concert

Jennifer Hudson (Contributed by Boca West Foundation) BOCA RATON — The star of Academy Award-winning film “Dreamgirls” and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson will headline Boca West Foundation‘s annual “Concert for the Children” on Tuesday, April 4, according to the foundation.
JUST IN: PBSO wants clues in Cynthia Moffatt, Randi Gorenberg slayings

JUST IN: PBSO wants clues in Cynthia Moffatt, Randi Gorenberg slayings

Randi Gorenberg and Cynthia Moffett share an unfortunate anniversary — the two Palm Beach County women were killed on March 23, one year apart. The women are also linked in one other way — years after their murders, no suspect has been brought to justice. Moffett, 52, was shot to death March 23, 2006, during a robbery at the Forest Oaks Golf Club in suburban Lake Worth where she was employed...
WATCH: Florida mom fends off intruder with shotgun

WATCH: Florida mom fends off intruder with shotgun

Mothers are known for being over-protective when it comes to their children. However, did this Florida mom go too far when she used a shotgun to fend off an intruder?  A security camera captured a man trying to break into a Miami home occupied by a woman and her children, according to Morning Express with Robin Meade.  “They were afraid,” the mother told Morning Express...

'Whiskey and Wheaties Bill' narrowly passes Florida Senate

The liquor wall is closer to coming down in Florida. A proposal nicknamed the 'Whiskey and Wheaties Bill' (SB 106) allowing grocery stores, big box retailers and other stores to sell liquor in the same space as other products was approved by the Florida Senate in a 21-17 vote on Thursday. Currently, liquor must be sold in a side store which is separated by a wall. Sen. Anitere Flores, the Miami Republican...
JUST IN: Massage therapist accused of sexual battery on female client

JUST IN: Massage therapist accused of sexual battery on female client

The co-owner of a massage clinic was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly touched a female client inappropriately, Port St. Lucie police said. A woman told city police that Patrick Joseph Huff, 45, touched her in the groin area while giving her a massage Tuesday at Hands-On Therapeutic Massage, on Port St. Lucie Boulevard west of Florida’s Turnpike. Get the latest Breaking news from The Post...
Sales launched for The Metropolitan upscale condos planned for downtown Delray

Sales launched for The Metropolitan upscale condos planned for downtown Delray

The Morton Group, Inc. announced they will soon be starting construction on The Metropolitan in downtown Delray Beach.
JUST IN: Beyoncé slays while FaceTiming teen with cancer 

JUST IN: Beyoncé slays while FaceTiming teen with cancer 

Beyoncé slays on the red carpet, music scene and in life. Let’s be honest: She is known as the queen for many reasons beyond being flawless while carrying twins.  On Wednesday, Beyoncé surprised a teen battling rare form of cancer with a video call, according to the New York Daily News.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
From Pulse Nightclub shooting to local library, therapy bulldog helps

From Pulse Nightclub shooting to local library, therapy bulldog helps

Every Wednesday afternoon, Pearl the American Bulldog settles into a comfortable spot on the carpeted floor of a small room in the North Palm Beach Library and waits for the first of many young visitors. Toddlers and teenagers alike fawn over the mellow, 11-year-old giant. She doesn’t correct, just lays there patiently napping and offering the occasional handshake or, if you’re lucky,...
NEW: Florida cops caught sleeping on duty, sparks investigation

NEW: Florida cops caught sleeping on duty, sparks investigation

With spring breakers in the area, it seems like no one is sleeping. Well, except for two Miami Beach police officers, who were caught snoozing on the job.  Grettel Monge and Pedro Gonzalez, who were on duty, were shown in a photograph taken at 4:30 a.m. dozing in a patrol car with their heads back and mouths wide open, according to the Miami New Times. An anonymous person going...
LATEST: Woman accused of threatening elderly woman, grabbing officer

LATEST: Woman accused of threatening elderly woman, grabbing officer

A woman remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday after city police said she assaulted an 87-year-old woman outside an oceanfront condominium tower, then grabbed an officer by the crotch. Boca Raton police arrested Haelan Snow, 37, on Tuesday with charges of assault on a person 65 years and older, resisting an officer and battery on an officer. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach...
Mickey vs. the tax man: Disney, Universal fight tax bills

Mickey vs. the tax man: Disney, Universal fight tax bills

It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it. To cut tax bills in the tens of millions of dollars, the specialists at Orlando's famous theme parks have employed methods from the creative — placing cows on undeveloped land and claiming an agricultural...
NEW: Obamacare repeal vote canceled, what’s next? Ask Freedom Caucus

NEW: Obamacare repeal vote canceled, what’s next? Ask Freedom Caucus

A day that was supposed to be a defeat for Obamacare turned into a day in which the 2010 health care act got a win by default — at least for now. After a failed, 11th hour attempt to win needed support for their Obamacare repeal-and-replacement bill, House leaders postponed a long-awaited vote on the measure. In the wake of the cancellation of Thursday’s vote, the focus is on the Freedom...
Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States. The surprising arrest of the man, a hacker who holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, came after a trans-Atlantic investigation with the FBI and other international...
BREAKING: Overdose deaths drop sharply in Martin County this year

BREAKING: Overdose deaths drop sharply in Martin County this year

Following two major drug-enforcement efforts aimed at suspected sellers and distributors, Martin County has seen a sharp decline in recent overdose cases, sheriff’s officials said. The sheriff’s office reported fewer than 10 overdose calls in each of the last three months, following a spike in 2016 that reached as high as 29 in October. “We’re clearly seeing a downward trend...
NEW: Florida man accused of stomping woman unconscious over cigarettes

NEW: Florida man accused of stomping woman unconscious over cigarettes

A suburban Lake Worth man is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after he allegedly stomped a 60-year-old woman unconscious, according to an arrest report. The woman was picking cigarettes off her alleged attacker’s front yard when she was beaten, the report said. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Kory Richards, 30, is facing a charge of...
Debbie Reynolds' son says she prepared him for her death

Debbie Reynolds' son says she prepared him for her death

Todd Fisher says his mother, Debbie Reynolds, set him up "for her leaving the planet" the day his sister and Reynolds' daughter, Carrie Fisher, died in December. The 84-year-old Reynolds suffered a stroke and died one day after her 60-year-old daughter died following a heart attack. Todd Fisher tells Entertainment Tonight that his mother told him she wanted "to go be with Carrie"...
LATEST: Jealous ex-boyfriend accused of suburban Delray home invasion

LATEST: Jealous ex-boyfriend accused of suburban Delray home invasion

A 20-year-old suburban Boca Raton man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly broke into a suburban Delray Beach home armed with a knife and attempted to drag a resident out of the house, according to an arrest report. Marco Barreto is facing charges of home invasion with a weapon, aggravated assault with a weapon and battery. Because Barreto was on probation, he is being held in the Palm Beach County...
JUST IN: Jupiter hit-and-run ends with arrest on drug, driving charges

JUST IN: Jupiter hit-and-run ends with arrest on drug, driving charges

An investigation into a hit-and-run crash Tuesday led to the arrest of a 31-year-old Jupiter man on vehicle and drug charges. Police say Shawn Charles Smith fled in his van after rear-ending a car at about 1 p.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of West Indiantown Road, near Alternate State Road A1A. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The alleged victims told police Smith appeared...
Trump Jr. called a 'disgrace' for criticizing London mayor

Trump Jr. called a 'disgrace' for criticizing London mayor

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for a tweet sent in the hours after Wednesday's London attack that included a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city, but left out that Khan was noting that residents need to "be prepared" for such attacks. Trump Jr. tweeted : "You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living...
AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus

AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus

The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires. Treasury agents in recent months obtained information connected to Manafort's transactions from Cypriot authorities, according to a person familiar...
3 things you probably didn’t know about West Palm

3 things you probably didn’t know about West Palm

So how well do you know the city of West Palm Beach? Not as well as you might think. And it only takes one bike ride to figure this out. Thanks to Visit Palm Beach’s Downtown WPB guided bicycle tour, we know a few of West Palm’s sweet little secrets. You’ll have to take the tour to find out the rest. Mango Promenade Street is so narrow that cars can’t fit down it...
Typo or trick? Candidate says PBC teachers union ballot likens him to Trump

Typo or trick? Candidate says PBC teachers union ballot likens him to Trump

Only one of these men is Donald J., but the PBC teachers union ballot renamed candidate Donald Persson (right) as Donald J.
London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52

London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52

Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list. As millions of Londoners returned to work a day after a rampage that killed four victims and injured at least...

Florida cities among the biggest population gainers

Three metro areas in Florida were among the nation's 10 biggest gainers in the number of people moving there last year, and another three Florida metro areas were in the top 10 for overall growth rates. The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said the Tampa area had the nation's fourth-highest gain from people moving there last year. Some 58,000 new residents moved there. South Florida had the nation's...
UPDATE: Missing Martin County girl found, is safe

UPDATE: Missing Martin County girl found, is safe

9 a.m. UPDATE: Syam Soeng was found Thursday morning and is safe, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. Original post: A 16-year-old girl is missing from Martin County, according to the sheriff’s office. Syam Soeng was last seen near the Jensen Beach mall, also known as Treasure Coast Square, Wednesday afternoon wearing black shorts, black shoes and a black hoodie. The sheriff&rsquo...
Florida Senate aims to add grower licenses under its medical pot plan

Florida Senate aims to add grower licenses under its medical pot plan

More growers, access to treatment for snowbirds and greater flexibility in the relationship between patients and doctors are among the items likely to be included in a Senate proposal to carry out a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November to broadly legalize medical marijuana. The Senate Health Policy Committee held a workshop Wednesday on the implementation of Amendment 2, which garnered...
Wawa grub: Hoagies and home

Wawa grub: Hoagies and home

We may have made a rookie mistake at Wawa, the larger-than-life convenience store with the cult-like following. We may have called it a gas station. Not a good idea amid a gaggle of Wawa devotees. The family clad in bright-orange “Wawa Superfan” t-shirts at Wednesday’s pre-opening party in Palm Springs did not drive to the store from their Wellington home for gas. In fact, they&rsquo...
Florida House bill would let governor pick administrative judges

Florida House bill would let governor pick administrative judges

One case involved a tiny horse track where an employee waved a red rag to start a “race” between two aging nags. Another centered on whether pari-mutuels could continue to offer popular “designated-player” poker-style games at card rooms throughout the state. And a third focused on a dispute between a public hospital system and an industry giant over building a new medical...
NEW: West Palm Beach attorney elected Florida Bar president for 2018

NEW: West Palm Beach attorney elected Florida Bar president for 2018

West Palm Beach attorney Michelle Suskauer has been chosen to lead the Florida Bar starting in 2018. Suskauer, 50, is a criminal defense attorney. She is married to Judge Scott Suskauer of the 15th Circuit in Palm Beach County. Suskauer will be sworn in as president-elect at the Bar’s annual convention in Boca Raton on June 23. That same day, President-elect Michael J. Higer of Miami will become...
Liquor moves step closer to being sold in grocery, big-box stores

Liquor moves step closer to being sold in grocery, big-box stores

Florida’s decades-old prohibition on liquor being sold alongside groceries and other retail goods moved closer to repeal Wednesday as a massive lobbying battle continued. The so called “liquor wall” bill (HB 81) narrowly advanced out of the House Commerce Committee in a 15-13 vote — sending the measure to the House floor — after being amended to more closely resemble...
JUST IN: Southern Boulevard crash kills worker on road

JUST IN: Southern Boulevard crash kills worker on road

A 25-year-old man is dead after a crash on Southern Boulevard near West Palm Beach Wednesday morning, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Marquet Robinson, of West Palm Beach, was putting out traffic cones behind a work truck and trailer in the extreme right lane of eastbound Southern Boulevard, near Jog Road, just before 8 a.m. Investigators said the trailer had...
Hobe Sound wildfire threatens home; firefighters put it out

Hobe Sound wildfire threatens home; firefighters put it out

A home in Hobe Sound was saved by firefighters from a wildfire earlier this afternoon. The fire was in the vicinity of Federal Highway, south of Mariner Sands Road and north of Seabranch Boulevard. The home which was under threat was along Southeast Fiddlewood Lane. The fire, which was inside the gutters, was started due to pine needles and dead leaf litter. Firefighters with Martin County and Florida...
FREE JACK NICKLAUS ICE CREAM at Downtown Abacoa on Friday night!

FREE JACK NICKLAUS ICE CREAM at Downtown Abacoa on Friday night!

  A partnership between Downtown Abacoa and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation is being celebrated with free ice cream Friday night in Jupiter’s Abacoa. A new mini-golf course in Downtown Abacoa has been approved. The 100 free pints of Nicklaus ice cream are planned to be given away at Downtown Abacoa between 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Advanced registration with Downtown Abacoa...
Citing Palm Beach County, Nelson urges lawmakers to save funding for opioid epidemic

Citing Palm Beach County, Nelson urges lawmakers to save funding for opioid epidemic

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson took to the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues not to take up any legislation that would reduce money and efforts  to combat the nation’s growing opioid epidemic.
UPDATE: Girl, 2, dead after pulled from pool, no charges at this time

UPDATE: Girl, 2, dead after pulled from pool, no charges at this time

A 2-year-old girl is dead after she was found floating in a family pool in Port St. Lucie, according to city police. First responders were called to the 500 block of Seahouse Drive, just north of Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard and east of Florida’s Turnpike, to a drowning. The mother told investigators she had gone out to run errands and left her daughter, Mia Sanchez, with her father in...
TurtleFest is Saturday in Juno Beach

TurtleFest is Saturday in Juno Beach

The 14th Annual TurtleFest at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach is planned for Saturday, Mar. 25 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. About 10,000 people are expected at the LMC on the east side of U.S. 1 just north of Donald Ross Road. More info at marinelife.org/turtlefest. Activities include: raffles and ocean-friendly activities (including seaside yoga and...
Selling your home? PBC a seller’s market, yes, but not as lucrative

Selling your home? PBC a seller’s market, yes, but not as lucrative

Palm Beach County home prices held steady in February, a month when supply and demand continued to creep away from the dramatic seller’s market of recent years. The median price of houses sold by Realtors last month was $315,000, up 7 percent from a year ago but a level that has been essentially unchanged over the past 11 months, the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches said Wednesday. Realtors...
Race for rollout of self-driving cars in Florida is on

Race for rollout of self-driving cars in Florida is on

Now that self-driving cars are hitting the road for testing, the race to have a widespread roll-out in Florida is on. How and when that vision might become a reality was the central topic of a Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center on Wednesday morning. RELATED: Are self-driving cars the solution to Gardens’ traffic headaches? Connected vehicles...
More millenials live with parents in S. Florida than anywhere else

More millenials live with parents in S. Florida than anywhere else

A new study suggests that millennials in South Florida live with their parents at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country. >> Read more trending news The study conducted by Abodo found that 44.8 percent of millennials in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area still live with their parents. That’s the highest percentage among the 40 metropolitan areas looked at by the...
Gail Collins: Trump stays buggy

Gail Collins: Trump stays buggy

Whatever Donald Trump has, it’s spreading. We’ve got a president who makes things up — and won’t retract when he’s cornered. This week press secretary Sean Spicer followed the leader. He picked up Trump’s wiretap story and added a new exciting detail: Not only had Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower, he might have used British intelligence spies to do the dirty work...

POINT OF VIEW Does GOP health plan encourage personal responsibility?

The question about the Republican plan to alter the current state of the health care insurance system in the U.S. remains: How much is being repealed here? What we know is that it angered the party’s far-right members as it maintains vestiges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. It maintains: (1) pre-existing condition as no longer a disqualifier; (2) children keeping insurance under...

Letters Serve Palm Beach by widening bike lanes

Serve Palm Beach by widening bike lanes On Sunday morning there was a large cycling event along South Ocean Boulevard. As one pack of riders neared 3200 S. Ocean, there was a pileup that left bikes and riders on A1A and the grass berm. No vehicles were involved. I believe the bike lanes are so narrow that, as the bike packs grow larger, the danger increases. The original width was never generous and...
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Krauthammer: American democracy is not so decadent after all

Krauthammer: American democracy is not so decadent after all

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives. Let me explain. Donald Trump’s triumph last year was based on a frontal attack on the Washington “establishment,&rdquo...
Five top things to do on Saturday

Five top things to do on Saturday

1. ON A BOAT Palm Beach International Boat Show, West Palm Beach Waterfront One of the top five boat shows in the country, the event will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. The show, now in its 32nd year, will also feature seminars, kids fishing clinics, live music and more. The show continues 10 a.m. to 7 p.m...

Early, late scoring flurries carry Benjamin past Jupiter in lacrosse

A quick start, and a fast finish carried Benjamin to a 10-5 victory against Jupiter Thursday night in a boys lacrosse match at Jupiter Community Park. Peter Reed scored three goals to lead the Bucs (10-2), who dominated in the first and fourth quarters to earn the win. “We came out here and tried to just be really fundamental and execute,” Benjamin coach Shane Rye said. “I don&rsquo...
Man whose parents locked him away for 2 years wants them to stay in prison

Man whose parents locked him away for 2 years wants them to stay in prison

For two years, Mitch Comer’s mother and stepfather, Sheila Comer and Paul Comer, kept him locked inside a bedroom in his family’s rental home in Georgia. He was shut off from the outside world and even his two younger sisters until September 2012. By then, Comer, who was 18 at the time, was loaded on a bus and sent to Los Angeles with some cash and pamphlets from a homeless shelter....
Inmate accused of plotting murders of sexual assault victims

Inmate accused of plotting murders of sexual assault victims

An inmate in a Pennsylvania jail the Allegheny County Jail is accused of plotting the murders of five juveniles who accused him of sexual assault. Michael Scherbanic, 29, a prisoner in the Allegheny County Jail and is now charged with 27 new criminal counts, including solicitation to commit criminal homicide.  >> Read more trending news Allegheny County police said they uncovered an elaborate...
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