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Florida doctors wary of proposed painkiller prescription limits

Florida doctors wary of proposed painkiller prescription limits

Surgeons complain it’s too restrictive for patients who undergo major heart surgery or hip replacement. Emergency room doctors gripe they don’t have the time or resources to comply. And pharmacists say it needs to be tweaked. But the litany of suggestions offered by health care professionals over the past few weeks has done nothing to persuade key lawmakers to change a sweeping measure...
Florida House committee eyes menu of potential tax cuts

Florida House committee eyes menu of potential tax cuts

A further reduction in a business-lease taxes, lifting sales taxes on diapers and aircraft and holding sales-tax “holidays” were among proposals that a key House committee heard Monday as lawmakers start to put together a tax-cut package for the coming year. The measures presented to the House Ways & Means Committee had already been submitted as individual bills and, if all were approved...
NEW: Brightline adds safety features at crossings

NEW: Brightline adds safety features at crossings

Brightline has positioned large electronic signs at several busy rail crossings along its route to warn the public that its new express trains move faster than other rail traffic and to urge people to stay off the tracks when the guard gates go down. Brightline officials said they plan to put 20 signs at crossings between the company’s two stations in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale...
NEW: Martin sheriff’s officers back at work after shooting at suspects

NEW: Martin sheriff’s officers back at work after shooting at suspects

Two Martin County sheriff’s lieutenants fired gunshots Saturday at a vehicle speeding away from an apparent car burglary in Stuart, Sheriff William Snyder said Monday. No one was hit, and the lieutenants have returned to work, Snyder said at an afternoon news conference at the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office did not identify the lieutenants Monday. Three people — all...
Palm Beach Co. gas average soars 9 cents in last week

Palm Beach Co. gas average soars 9 cents in last week

Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular gasoline climbed 9 cents in the past week, and the state’s average rose 10 cents, marking the highest January prices since 2014. The county’s average stood at $2.66 Monday, and Florida average was $2.54, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Motorists who shop around will find a gap of as much 84 cents from the highest to...
Cerabino: Get your résumé on track as a Brightline ‘safety ambassador’

Cerabino: Get your résumé on track as a Brightline ‘safety ambassador’

News item: Brightline, the new commuter rail service in South Florida, said it will hire “safety ambassadors” to stand at railroad intersections to advise pedestrians, cyclists and motorists not to cross the tracks once the gates go down and the lights flash to signal an approaching train. Yes, I worked for a new higher-speed commuter rail service in South Florida called Brightline...
LATEST: Infections concern doctors of badly burned Fort Pierce girl

LATEST: Infections concern doctors of badly burned Fort Pierce girl

A 14-year-old girl burned over 95 percent of her body during a New Year’s Eve bonfire near Fort Pierce was set to undergo her latest surgery Monday while doctors expressed concern regarding the growing risk of infection, according to a Facebook page run by family members and providing updates on the teenager’s condition. Layne Chesney remains in critical but stable condition at Kendall...
Jupiter Island sees rare armed robbery

Jupiter Island sees rare armed robbery

Jupiter Island, that tony strip of mansions that counts Tiger Woods and billionaire John Malone among its homeowners, experienced a rare violent crime this weekend. The Jupiter Island Public Safety Department said two young men wearing masks and “armed with an undetermined type handgun” robbed a Jupiter Island residence early Saturday. Related: Cable billionaire pays $38 million for Jupiter...
S. Florida among ‘overvalued’ housing markets to make first cut for Amazon’s HQ2

S. Florida among ‘overvalued’ housing markets to make first cut for Amazon’s HQ2

As Amazon decides which of 20 metro areas to name the home of its second headquarters, how heavily will it weigh housing costs? That’s an open question, but the ecommerce giant seems not to be turned off by frothy housing markets. More than half of the 20 finalists -- including South Florida -- have home prices that are “overvalued,” according to CoreLogic. Just two...
Trump in Palm Beach: Anniversary goes on without president at Mar-a-Lago

Trump in Palm Beach: Anniversary goes on without president at Mar-a-Lago

Despite President Trump ending up not leaving Washington -- he decided to stay in the nation’s capital as the government shutdown began Friday night -- a party in honor of his first anniversary as president went on as planned Saturday night at his home in Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago. Partygoers submitted a few Instagram images of the event: <div></div><br><blockquote...
Riviera man arrested in Martin County, deputies say

Riviera man arrested in Martin County, deputies say

A Riviera Beach man was arrested in Martin County on Saturday after attempting to flee during a controlled narcotics buy, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. Moab Abrams, 23, was arrested for possession of hydromorphone and possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell. Deputies say Abrams was arrested in the parking lot of a CVS after attempting to flee. He is being held on $40...
Accident that killed Port St. Lucie woman, 23, being investigated

Accident that killed Port St. Lucie woman, 23, being investigated

A crash that took the life of a Port St. Lucie woman early Saturday morning is still under investigation. Police say 23-year-old Alexis Etheridge was turning onto the 600 block of Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard shortly after 2 a.m. when her car was T-boned on the left side by another car. She died at the scene. The other driver, Charles Moreno, 22, of Pt. St. Lucie was driving at a high rate of...
UPDATE: All northbound Turnpike lanes reopen in Palm City

UPDATE: All northbound Turnpike lanes reopen in Palm City

Update 6:25 p.m.: All northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike have reopened, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. Update 6:15 p.m.: One lane of northbound Florida’s Turnpike has reopened as authorities continue to investigate a rollover crash in Palm City, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that one person sustained minor injuries. Original...
Palm Beach developer admits to lying to bankroll Vero condo project

Palm Beach developer admits to lying to bankroll Vero condo project

A 74-year-old developer who operated from offices in Palm Beach faces a possible five-year prison sentence after admitting to a federal judge on Thursday that he submitted phony documents to banks to keep an oceanfront condominium project in Vero Beach afloat. Once facing eight counts of bank fraud, George Heaton pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit the offense...
NEW: Martin deputies arrest Miami-Dade trio on burglary charges

NEW: Martin deputies arrest Miami-Dade trio on burglary charges

Three Miami-Dade County residents were booked into the Martin County Jail early Thursday after they allegedly were caught with various burglary tools and a map of local marinas. Martin County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Damian Llanes, 29, Xiomara Alfaro-Porto, 22 and Yovany Valera-Gonzalez, 19, following a traffic stop Wednesday night in the Golden Gate area of Stuart. The three were...
UPDATE: Palm City man, 85, found unharmed

UPDATE: Palm City man, 85, found unharmed

Update 3:55 p.m.: Ambroise Searle has been found unharmed, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. Original story: An 85-year-old Palm City man has gone missing and authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding him. A Silver Alert was issued for Ambroise Gary Searle. He left his home in Palm City at about 6 p.m. Thursday to go to Port St. Lucie. According to the sheriff&rsquo...
Lawmakers grill water manager on start of Lake Okeechobee reservoir

Lawmakers grill water manager on start of Lake Okeechobee reservoir

A multi-billion-dollar reservoir construction plan to protect Treasure Coast waterways got a boost Wednesday from the House Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee but not before legislators grilled the South Florida Water Management District’s executive director on a start time for the project. Committee members approved a bill that would let the state Department of Environmental Protection...
NEW: FHP troopers to carry Narcan

NEW: FHP troopers to carry Narcan

Citing South Florida’s growing opioid epidemic, the Florida Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that it has issued the life-saving heroin overdose antidote Narcan to troopers in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Troopers from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Broward and Indian River counties began carrying Narcan this week, FHP officials said. The agency joins other law-enforcement agencies...
West Palm Beach man files suit in drowning death of 3-year-old son

West Palm Beach man files suit in drowning death of 3-year-old son

Dougie Staniewicz and Braden Geving, two cherub-cheeked, 3-year-old half-brothers, awoke from a nap in October at their Fort Pierce home and wandered outside, opening a sliding glass door then stepping through an unlocked pool gate. Alexander Geving, Dougie’s stepfather and Braden’s biological father, woke up from his own nap to find both boys floating at the bottom of the pool...
Palm Beach Gardens Elementary wins district’s Technology Challenge

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary wins district’s Technology Challenge

SUNCOAST HIGH The school is partnering with Southeast Honor Flight to offer a Virtual Honor Flight for veterans on Saturday. The veteran roster includes 25 World War II veterans, 24 Korean War veterans and a Vietnam veteran. Student videographers traveled to Washington, D.C. last year on an Honor Flight and captured the day on video to create a virtual experience of visiting the memorials from a veteran&rsquo...
Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The following nine Gator athletes will be inducted into Palm Beach Gardens High School’s Sports Hall of Fame at its annual ceremony March 4 at 4 p.m.: Terrance Allen (basketball), Brittany Bowles and Shelby Tournier (softball), Pat Spirelli (wrestling), Chris Volstad (baseball), Fiona MacPherson Barkley, Leonard Harrison, Ricardo King (multiple sports) and coach Mike...
North blotter: Drinking ‘too many doubles’ leads dine-and-dash pair into trouble

North blotter: Drinking ‘too many doubles’ leads dine-and-dash pair into trouble

NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE THEFT After consuming over $120 worth of food and beverages at an establishment in the 400 block of U.S. 1, two men decided to leave without paying. Both were extremely intoxicated and did not get far. One man passed out in front of the establishment and the other was found conscious in the northeast corner of the parking lot. After being medically cleared, both men were arrested...
BookMania! back at Jensen Beach High with more authors, panels

BookMania! back at Jensen Beach High with more authors, panels

Panels at this year’s BookMania! event will have a little something for lovers of all things literary. From a focus on family writing teams to espionage to “A Dog’s Tale,” people will find something for all interests. Martin County’s deputy library director Richard Reilly said that this year’s event, which is March 3 at Jensen Beach High School, will be bigger because...
NEW: Man’s death near Port St. Lucie may not be from hit-and-run

NEW: Man’s death near Port St. Lucie may not be from hit-and-run

When Danilo Bicalho Dos Reis was found in the street just north of Port St. Lucie on Dec. 30, investigators believed he was hit and killed by a car. Now, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said that may not be the whole story. On Dec. 30, the 35-year-old was hit on the 300 block of Northwest Airoso Boulevard, east of Florida’s Turnpike and north of Northeast Prima Vista Boulevard. The...
Florida bill increases women’s non-hospital options for labor, delivery

Florida bill increases women’s non-hospital options for labor, delivery

Women with low-risk pregnancies would not have to deliver at hospitals to get epidurals or to have cesarean sections, under legislation overwhelmingly approved by a House panel Tuesday despite safety concerns raised by Florida hospitals. Bill sponsor MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, touted the proposal (HB 1099) as a potential way to help lower health-care costs while giving pregnant women more choices...
Bill hikes pension contributions for state agencies, local governments

Bill hikes pension contributions for state agencies, local governments

Florida counties would have to contribute an additional $66 million to the state pension fund in the new budget year, according to legislation that has started moving in the Senate. As a result of a decrease in the assumed rate of investment return on the $160 billion pension fund, counties, school boards, state agencies, universities, state colleges and other government entities will have to increase...
FPL: Customers won’t pay surcharge for Irma costs due to tax reform

FPL: Customers won’t pay surcharge for Irma costs due to tax reform

Thanks to federal tax savings for Florida Power & Light, its customers will not face increased rates for Hurricane Irma-related restoration costs, company officials said Tuesday. Instead of charging customers a storm surcharge, FPL will apply the savings resulting from the new federal tax law toward the $1.3 billion restoration cost of the hurricane that struck in September. Each of FPL’s 4...
BREAKING: Teen says Snapchat threat to Florida high school was a joke

BREAKING: Teen says Snapchat threat to Florida high school was a joke

A 14-year-old Treasure Coast High School student posted a picture of a BB gun late Monday on Snapchat in what appeared to be a threat to the school, Port St. Lucie police said. Authorities learned of the reported threat to the Port St. Lucie school at about 10 p.m. Sunday. When they met with the teen and his parents in a Port St. Lucie home, the teen swore the Snapchat picture — a social media...
Cerabino: For Brightline, it’s a time for many to try rail

Cerabino: For Brightline, it’s a time for many to try rail

Roger and Mary Hansen were among the curious. The Wellington retirees had friends, Tom and Wanda Werneking, visiting from The Villages, a Central Florida retirement community. “We usually go to the fair, but we thought we’d try the train today,” Roger Hansen said. So the four friends made an outing of the area’s new train service, Brightline, by catching a noon train from the...
Trump in Palm Beach: President back in Washington after protests near Mar-a-Lago

Trump in Palm Beach: President back in Washington after protests near Mar-a-Lago

Update 3:03 p.m. President Trump did not tweet about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today but did re-tweet a White House tweet with comments from the president about Dr. King. Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump family members also tweeted today.   Update 1:55 p.m.: Trump has arrived back at Mar-a-Lago and is expected to leave for PBIA in a couple hours.  Update 1:40 p.m.: ...
Trump’s Sunday in Palm Beach: Golf, private dinner with Rep. McCarthy

Trump’s Sunday in Palm Beach: Golf, private dinner with Rep. McCarthy

“I’m ready, willing and able to make a deal on DACA, but the Democrats aren’t willing,” President Donald Trump said Sunday night to reporters in West Palm Beach. The black-suited Trump stopped to answer a few questions as he entered his Trump International Golf Club. He was speaking about the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program, which helps young undocumented immigrants...
Trump in Palm Beach: “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump tells reporters

Trump in Palm Beach: “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump tells reporters

Update 8:47 p.m.: The president’s motorcade left Trump International Golf Club and headed back to Mar-a-Lago. Update 8:15 p.m.: The president took questions from reporters before dining with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. The president was quick to blame Democrats when asked about a possible, bipartisan agreement on DACA, an...
Beautiful day for train ride: The curious come out to take Brightline

Beautiful day for train ride: The curious come out to take Brightline

Brightline’s second day of operation Sunday attracted lots of families, singles and others looking for an outing on the chilly, windy day that was too cold for the beach. A steady stream of people entered the station at 260 Quadrille Plaza Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, hoping to buy a tickets at $10 apiece one way to Fort Lauderdale. Some weren’t planning to take the 38-minute trip...
JUST IN: Armed robbery at Jupiter gas station early this morning

JUST IN: Armed robbery at Jupiter gas station early this morning

Police are looking for an unidentified man after a Shell gas station on Indiantown Road in Jupiter was robbed early this morning. The man, approximately 5-foot-6 in his 30s, displayed a firearm and demanded money from the employee at the gas station at 6812 W. Indiantown Road, just east of I-95, around 1:21 a.m. After receiving the money, he fled the area on foot. The man’s was partially covered...
Editorial: Opioid-addicted babies collateral damage in drug epidemic

Editorial: Opioid-addicted babies collateral damage in drug epidemic

The most tragic, innocent casualties of the opioid crisis are lying in bassinets in hospitals like St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Screaming babies, bodies trembling from withdrawal, born to opioid-addicted mothers. Maybe they’re not as headline-grabbing as tales of children discovered in the backseats of cars with their parents passed out from drug overdoses in the front...
Christie commentary: Brightline shines light on what could be in SoFla

Christie commentary: Brightline shines light on what could be in SoFla

It’s one smooth ride. And yes, it’s fast. Nearly six years in the making, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline finally began limited service on Saturday. But I joined a gaggle of reporters, and business and government VIPs Friday morning for a test run. And once the four-car Brightline Green train got underway (about 10 minutes late), it was hard for me not to think of the travel possibilities...
Today’s forecast: Cool, sunny, breezy

Today’s forecast: Cool, sunny, breezy

Sunday is forecast to be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s, the NWS forecast says. The northerly winds will increase to 11 to 16 mph into the overnight hours. It will cool down again Sunday night under mostly cloudy skies with lows in the mid-50s expected. Looking ahead to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it should be partly sunny with highs around 70. The evening is not expected to be as chilly...
Trump in Palm Beach: President rips Democrats, briefed on Hawaii missile mishap

Trump in Palm Beach: President rips Democrats, briefed on Hawaii missile mishap

Tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago estate and from his motorcade on the way to his golf club on Saturday, President Donald Trump tried to regain the initiative in immigration talks with Democrats after his vulgar disparagement of Haiti and Africa caused an international uproar. The president, spending the three-day Martin Luther King Day weekend at his tropical White House, was also briefed on...
Happy rails to you: Brightline high-speed trains roll into action

Happy rails to you: Brightline high-speed trains roll into action

Over, almost before it began. That’s how it felt as Brightline’s first train pulled into Fort Lauderdale, a quick 35 minutes after rolling out of downtown West Palm Beach. Barely had the seat-back trays come down, laptops opened, Wifi connected and snack-and-beverage cart made the rounds, then the destination city skyline came into sight and it was time to de-train. “It’s...
Trump in Palm Beach: President briefed on Hawaii’s ballistic missile scare

Trump in Palm Beach: President briefed on Hawaii’s ballistic missile scare

  UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: From the White House regarding the false-alarm ballistic missile warning in Hawaii. UPDATE 2:26 p.m. Apparently, the president did a lot of work on the golf course this morning. No word on when and where he learned about false-alarm ballistic missile warning in Hawaii and his reaction. UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: The president has finished golfing and is headed back to Mar-a-Lago. UPDATE...
UPDATE: Boynton Beach Police identify woman fatally struck by Brightline train 

UPDATE: Boynton Beach Police identify woman fatally struck by Brightline train 

UPDATE 9:10 a.m.: Boynton Beach Police said Melissa Lavell, 32, was fatally struck by the Brightline train Friday night.  Witnesses told police that Lavell appeared to be crossing the tracks after the guard rails were in the down position in an attempt to make it across before the train came.  The train was traveling north on the Florida East Coast Railway when it struck the woman at 6:25...
BREAKING: Police investigating after body found at Jupiter Inlet

BREAKING: Police investigating after body found at Jupiter Inlet

Town Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found at the Jupiter Inlet, a spokesman said.  Police were called to the inlet at about 6:15 a.m., said police spokesman Officer Adam Brown.  He said it does not appear foul play was involved.
Florida House targets stadiums, cameras, car insurance

Florida House targets stadiums, cameras, car insurance

A measure intended to keep professional sports teams from building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land and a separate proposal to repeal Florida’s red-light camera law were among numerous bills set up Thursday for House votes. The House also teed up proposals that would place new lobbying restrictions on state and local lawmakers as they leave office (HB 5 and HB 7003) and eliminate...
Port St. Lucie man wins $1,000 a week for life from Florida Lottery

Port St. Lucie man wins $1,000 a week for life from Florida Lottery

A Port St. Lucie man has won the $1,000-a-week-for-life prize from the Florida Lottery.  Victor Franzese, however, opted to take the one-time, lump sum payment of $1 million. Franzese bought the Cash4Life ticket at the Stuart Publix at 900 Northeast Ocean Blvd.; the retailer will receive a $2,000 commission for selling the ticket. Franzese could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. ...
UPDATE: West Palm man shot in Stuart; sheriff questions suspect

UPDATE: West Palm man shot in Stuart; sheriff questions suspect

One West Palm Beach man was repeatedly shot and another detained Friday afternoon in Stuart, Martin County Sheriff’s Office authorities said. The injured man, identified as 55-year-old Eduard Figuero Bello, was taken to a trauma center. He was in critical but stable condition Friday evening, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators said at 5 p.m. Friday that they were questioning a 27-year-old...
Baer, Mast raise big bucks in close-watched Florida congressional race

Baer, Mast raise big bucks in close-watched Florida congressional race

Attorney Lauren Baer has now raised $575,000 in her bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in what will be one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country this year. Mast, R-Palm City, has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, a factor Democrats hope will weaken him with voters in District 18, which includes northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Although the...
Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirement unlikely in Florida

Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirement unlikely in Florida

While the Trump administration signaled willingness this week to allow work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Florida Legislature is unlikely to move ahead with such a mandate this year. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, told The News Service of Florida on Wednesday that the state’s $26 billion Medicaid program is comprised mostly of children and seniors and that...
JUST IN: 15-year-old girl missing from Fort Pierce since December

JUST IN: 15-year-old girl missing from Fort Pierce since December

Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl has not been seen since December in Fort Pierce. Idalyiz “Nena” Vasquez was last seen December 29 at Maravilla Park, just south of Virginia Avenue and west of U.S. 1. She was last seen wearing white sneakers and black T-shirt with “Siggno” printed on it. Vasquez is described as 5 foot 3 inches tall and weights about 120 pounds...
LATEST: Woman pulled over with two kids, cocaine, marijuana in car

LATEST: Woman pulled over with two kids, cocaine, marijuana in car

A Greenacres woman found with two children, a pound of cocaine, 11 pounds of marijauna and other drugs in her car is facing charges after she was arrested Monday evening in Port St. Lucie, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Sharymar Santana faces several drug-related charges, among them possession of cocaine, possession of hash oil and distribution of cocaine. At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, an FHP...
New tax law could mean lower FPL rates

New tax law could mean lower FPL rates

Across the country, electric utilities in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and Washington, D.C., and elsewhere have announced they will pass on their corporate income tax savings to customers in the form of lower rates. Florida’s investor-owned utilities, including Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Co., have not made any rate-cutting announcements, and FPL officials say they are analyzing...
LATEST: Burned Fort Pierce-area girl fighting infections, family says

LATEST: Burned Fort Pierce-area girl fighting infections, family says

Even as well-wishers continued to raise money for her family, 14-year-old Layne Chesney fought infections this week as she recovered from burns suffered in a bonfire flare-up on New Year’s Eve. Layne was at the home of a friend southwest of Fort Pierce when she picked up a can of gasoline to refresh the fire. The can exploded in her hands and covered her in flames, a St. Lucie County sheriff&rsquo...
BREAKING: Body of missing fisherman found in Lake Okeechobee

BREAKING: Body of missing fisherman found in Lake Okeechobee

Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament. Those who had gathered somberly loaded up gear and tied down...
Have you seen her? Police seek help finding runaway teen 

Have you seen her? Police seek help finding runaway teen 

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old girl who has been missing since Jan. 4.  Port St. Lucie Police said that Autumn Sutton is 5-foot-4 and weighs 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt. She has a tattoo of a rose on her left inner forearm. Police say that she is missing and endangered. If...
Fort Pierce woman accused of stabbing, beating man with plywood

Fort Pierce woman accused of stabbing, beating man with plywood

A 42-year-old Fort Pierce woman was arrested Saturday after police said she violently attacked a man. Latasha Ann Stevens stabbed a man with a knife, swung a plywood board at him and fired a gun next to his head, TC Palm stated.  The incident happened Friday night inside an apartment off Westglen Drive, south of Okeechobee Road and east of Interstate 95. One of the bullets went through two...
Women of the Moose make holidays happy for Allamanda Elementary family

Women of the Moose make holidays happy for Allamanda Elementary family

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The school and Athleta are teaming up to launch the new GIRL line of Athleta athletic wear Saturday at The Gardens Mall center court. A fashion show featuring Allamanda students begins at 11 a.m. Nespresso will be serving coffee samples prior to the show, and Brio Tuscan Grille serve finger foods. Glittering Gypsies will style complimentary “fairy...
North blotter: Man jumps off bridge to escape intoxicated, belligerent girlfriend

North blotter: Man jumps off bridge to escape intoxicated, belligerent girlfriend

JUPITER POLICE BATTERY While driving across a bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway in the 1200 block of North A1A, a man was repeatedly struck by his girlfriend. The angry, extremely intoxicated woman then grabbed ahold of the steering wheel and jerked it causing the car to slam into the concrete barrier separating traffic and come to a stop. The man said he exited the vehicle and his girlfriend...
County marks anniversary of 1924 deputy’s slaying

County marks anniversary of 1924 deputy’s slaying

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the Jan. 9, 1924 death of deputy Frederick A. Baker, one of the county’s first deputies slain in the line of duty. The agency made a posting on its Facebook page, as it does for all such anniversaries, and also noted that Tuesday was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Frederick Baker was a cousin of Sheriff Robert...
NEW: Stuart Publix sells Lottery ticket paying $1,000 a week for life

NEW: Stuart Publix sells Lottery ticket paying $1,000 a week for life

Two Martin County businesses sold winning tickets in Florida Lottery games on Monday, including one that will pay the player $1,000 per week for life. The Publix Super Market on Ocean Boulevard north of the Stuart Causeway sold the lone winning ticket in the state’s Cash 4 Life game. The ticket bore the numbers 3-11-44-47-58 and was a Quick Pick, meaning the lottery’s computers chose the...
NEW: Port St. Lucie burglars use garage-door openers to get into homes

NEW: Port St. Lucie burglars use garage-door openers to get into homes

City police are investigating three recent Port St. Lucie burglaries where the suspects got inside the house by using garage-door openers taken from unlocked cars outside the homes. Missing following the burglaries were a Mercedes C-250 sedan, credit and debit cards, an iPad and even winning Florida Lottery scratch-off game tickets. The stolen credit and debit cards were later found to have been...
LATEST: Middle school evacuated after Martin County gas leak

LATEST: Middle school evacuated after Martin County gas leak

12:45 p.m. UPDATE: Parents can call 772-287-1652 with any questions they have about the Anderson Middle School evacuation, the Martin County School District said. To pick up students, parents should go to the gym at Martin County High School. They will enter from Kanner Highway and exit onto Willoughby Road. Original post: A gas leak led to the evacuation of Anderson Middle School in Stuart on Monday...
UPDATE: SpaceX lifts off from Kennedy Space Center

UPDATE: SpaceX lifts off from Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX lauched the Zuma spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center tonight at 8 p.m. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PWu3BRxn60&w=560&h=315] SEE THE LIVE WEBCAST The launch window for the Falcon 9 rocket opens at 8 p.m. and may be visible in South Florida, weather permitting. T-60 minutes until launch of Zuma. Launch webcast will go live about 20...
The Palm Beach Post’s high school All-Area sports teams - Fall 2017

The Palm Beach Post’s high school All-Area sports teams - Fall 2017

Check out our All-Area teams for the Fall 2017 high school sports season. — All-Area Swimming Team (girls) — All-Area Swimming Team (boys) — All-Area Bowling Team (girls) — All-Area Bowling Team (boys) — All-Area Cross-Country Team (girls) — All-Area Cross-Country Team (boys) — All-Area Golf Team (girls) — All-Area Golf Team (boys) — All-Area...
Winning Fantasy 5 ticket sold near WPB; 1 ticket wins Powerball

Winning Fantasy 5 ticket sold near WPB; 1 ticket wins Powerball

WEST PALM BEACH — One of two winning Fantasy 5 lottery tickets in Saturday’s drawing was sold at a convenience store west of the city, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket was sold at Quickies Mini Mart on Collin Drive, south of Summit Boulevard and West of Congress Avenue. That ticket was a Quick Pick, meaning the lottery’s computers chose the number combination for the player....
UPDATE: Teen burned in bonfire remains in coma, outlook ‘optimistic’

UPDATE: Teen burned in bonfire remains in coma, outlook ‘optimistic’

Doctors are “optimistic” about a 14-year-old girl’s recovery after she was severely burned at a New year’s Eve bonfire in Fort Pierce. “With intensive and prolonged therapy, she will return to where she left off,” according to an update on a GoFundMe account for Layne Chesney’s medical costs. Chesney suffers burns on 95 percent of her body, and was put...
NEW: One killed in crash on Florida’s Turnpike

NEW: One killed in crash on Florida’s Turnpike

One person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash Friday morning near Fort Pierce on Florida’s Turnpike, the St. Lucie County Fire District reports. The northbound crash occurred just before 11:15 a.m. at mile marker 170, north of the Okeechobee Road exit in Fort Pierce. One man died at the scene, fire district officials said. Another man and one woman were taken to a trauma center. An...
NEW: Current, former Martin County officials face records violations

NEW: Current, former Martin County officials face records violations

A current and a former Martin County commissioner face charges of public records violations, according to the sheriff’s office. Commissioner Sarah Heard and former County Commissioner Anne Scott surrendered to the Martin County Jail Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said. Both face two counts of public records violations and were released on their own recognizance soon after. Scott...
UPDATE: Burned teen still critical after bonfire accident

UPDATE: Burned teen still critical after bonfire accident

The 14-year-old girl who was burned during a New Year’s Eve bonfire near Fort Pierce remains in critical condition at a Miami-area hospital Thursday evening, according to officials. Layne Chesney is in a medically induced coma at Kendall Regional Medical Center where 95 percent of her body is burned. A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office’s report said Cheseny was sitting around a bonfire...
JUST IN: Storm stops flights in and out of South Florida airports

JUST IN: Storm stops flights in and out of South Florida airports

If you’re planning on flying to the Northeast today from Palm Beach International Airport … well, good luck. A monster winter storm packing heavy snow, strong winds and the coldest temperatures of the season was moving through the East Coast on Thursday, forcing U.S. airlines to cancel thousands of flights. As of Thursday morning, 27 flights had been canceled that were scheduled to depart...
JUST IN: Boy, 14, dies after car strikes tree in Stuart

JUST IN: Boy, 14, dies after car strikes tree in Stuart

A 14-year-old Stuart boy died Wednesday from injuries he sustained when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Devin Minus was pronounced dead at Martin Memorial South following the wreck on Southwest Wildcat Trail, west of Florida’s Turnpike and north of Kanner Highway. Minus was riding in a 2018 Infiniti Q50 sedan just before 4:30 p.m. when the car left...
UPDATE: Girl, 14, burned by bonfire called ‘the bright spot on the day’

UPDATE: Girl, 14, burned by bonfire called ‘the bright spot on the day’

A promising St. Lucie County high school softball player was in critical condition — and in a medically induced coma — at a suburban Miami hospital Wednesday after an accident at a New Year’s Eve bonfire burned 95 percent of her body, according to authorities and friends. Layne Chesney, 14, was hurt in a friend’s backyard in suburban Fort Pierce. The friend and his father,...
German fare, water view at The Hoffmann

German fare, water view at The Hoffmann

MENU German and American cuisine including appetizers, soup, salads, Bratwurst, schnitzel, chicken, seafood, beef, pork, veal, sandwiches, tacos, dessert, full bar. ATMOSPHERE Lively and tropical, this waterfront restaurant merges the finest in outdoor Florida dining with the authentic taste of Germany. There’s indoor seating too, but the real charm is outside, just feet from the tranquil Indian...
North blotter: Store clerk pursues liquor and cigarette thieves, snaps photo of one

North blotter: Store clerk pursues liquor and cigarette thieves, snaps photo of one

JUPITER POLICE THEFT After selecting a bottle of liquor and three cartons of cigarettes at a store in the 6600 block of West Indiantown Road, a couple attempted to pay with a gift card from a nearby gas station. Before the clerk could say anything, the woman grabbed the four items and the couple ran from the store. Going into pursuit mode, the clerk chased the pair across the plaza parking lot. He...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The West Palm Beach Police Athletic League (PAL) will start the new year with a bang at its first “Clay For Kids” sporting clay benefit event on Jan. 12 at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City. Clay shooting involves aiming a firearm at special flying targets known as clays, which fly in different directions and at different speeds. All skill levels welcome...
Jupiter Beach Resort sells for $49 million

Jupiter Beach Resort sells for $49 million

The Jupiter Beach Resort has changed hands for $49 million, according to property records. The 168-room hotel last sold in 2007 for $21.9 million. The seller was Rockwood Capital of New York. The buyer is Ocean Properties Ltd. of Delray Beach. Ocean Properties took out a $48 million mortgage from the Bank of New Hampshire. Jupiter Beach Resort was built in 1975. The property recently was named...
Girl, 14, in coma after New Year’s bonfire accident in Fort Pierce

Girl, 14, in coma after New Year’s bonfire accident in Fort Pierce

A 14-year-old girl is in a medically induced coma after being burned on over 95 percent of her body after a bonfire accident on New Year’s Eve, news reports stated.  Layne Chesney, a varsity softball player from Fort Pierce, was on a back porch of a friend’s home in St. Lucie County when the accident happened, TCPalm.com stated. She was huddled around the fire with some friends around...
Gas prices highest for early January since 2014

Gas prices highest for early January since 2014

With early January gas prices the highest since 2014, Palm Beach County’s average gasoline price climbed 6 cents in the last week to $2.55 a gallon. The state average rose 9 cents from a week ago to $2.44 for a gallon of regular, AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report showed Tuesday. The national average gas price of $2.49 a gallon for regular is the most expensive seen at the start of a new year since...
LATEST: FAA says 11 violated flight zones during Trump Palm Beach stay

LATEST: FAA says 11 violated flight zones during Trump Palm Beach stay

After enjoying clear skies earlier last month, authorities had to deal with 11 violations of restricted air space during President Donald Trump’s recent 11-day holiday stay at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach “Winter White House,” the Federal Aviation Authority confirmed Tuesday. The agency didn’t break down the violations either by day or type of aircraft. The Colorado-based North...
NEW: 3-year-old girl dies after St. Lucie crash on New Year’s Eve 

NEW: 3-year-old girl dies after St. Lucie crash on New Year’s Eve 

A 3-year-old is dead after a 2003 Acura slammed into the car she was a passenger in St. Lucie County. The accident happened just after 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve at Midway and Glades Cut Off roads, just southwest of Fort Pierce.  Zyanna Laguerre,  3, was taken to Lawnwood Medical where she died.   Florida Highway Patrol officials said Anthony Ahrens, 25, of Fort Pierce...
Trump in Palm Beach: VIPs flock to New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago 

Trump in Palm Beach: VIPs flock to New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago 

UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: Hundreds of people attended the pricey New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former baseball star Keith Hernandez and Donald Trump’s three oldest children.  The president predicted a “fantastic 2018” as he arrived to ring in 2018.  Tickets for the New Year’s Eve gala were for $600 for club members...
Trump in Palm Beach: “Trump Squad” gets surprise invite to Mar-a-Lago

Trump in Palm Beach: “Trump Squad” gets surprise invite to Mar-a-Lago

About 20 minutes after President Trump’s motorcade passed over of the Southern bridge on its way back to Mar-a-Lago after golf on Saturday, a white van stopped near a group of supporters. A man stepped out with an invitation that stunned the devoted sign-waiving crowd. The president would like to meet with you at Mar-a-Lago. “It stunned me,” said Mike Sims, of West Palm Beach. &ldquo...
Trump spends day with governor, golf, attends party with wife, son

Trump spends day with governor, golf, attends party with wife, son

President Donald Trump predicted a “fantastic 2018” as he arrived at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday night for a pricey New Year’s Eve party with hundreds of his supporters. “We’re off to a very good start with the great tax cuts … getting rid of the individual mandate, which was very, very unpopular, as you know,” Trump said while pausing on the red carpet with first...
West Palm: Brightline quiet zones not coming for 4-6 months

West Palm: Brightline quiet zones not coming for 4-6 months

It’s not exactly the way West Palm Beach residents living near a section of the Florida East Coast Railway wanted to ring in the new year — not with party favors but a promise of more screaming locomotive horns outside their windows for months to come. Those living along the route slated for the new Brightline passenger service learned from the city of West Palm Beach on Sunday that a...
Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run wreck; driver sought

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run wreck; driver sought

A Port St. Lucie hit-and-run Saturday night claimed the life of 35-year-old Danilo Bicalho Dos Reis as he tried to cross the street in the 300 block of Northwest Airoso Boulevard. Bicalho, who is Brazilian, was in the area for the holidays. He died before fire department emergency rescue units arrived. According to the St. Lucie County sheriff’s office, a newer model, blue, four-door car and...
Who is using the Trump corporate chopper at Mar-a-Lago?

Who is using the Trump corporate chopper at Mar-a-Lago?

UPDATE: 10:26 a.m.: After this story was published on Dec. 30, the White House confirmed that the Trump corporate helicopter at Mar-a-Lago “is not being used for an official government function and that no private entity will be reimbursed for its use.” ORIGINAL STORY: For over a week, a private helicopter bearing the Trump logo and name has sat on the helipad at Mar-a-Lago -- a helipad...
Cerabino: New Year’s resolutions? Yeah, I’ve got a few … or 30.

Cerabino: New Year’s resolutions? Yeah, I’ve got a few … or 30.

Here are my 30 resolutions for the new year: 1. No, I will not take the short customer opinion survey at the end of the call. 2. I will not vote for any candidate who poses in campaign literature with other people’s children. 3. I will admit to myself that I’ve done a lousy job at paying attention to the license plate numbers on the Silver Alert highway signs. 4. In my response...
Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets on Iran’s ‘oppressive regime’

Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets on Iran’s ‘oppressive regime’

Update 2:45 p,.m.: Trump’s motorcade has departed from Trump International Golf Club and is heading back to Mar-a-Lago. The president had the motorcade slow down as it traveled on Southern Boulevard so he could wave at supporters waving flags and holding up signs.   He is not expected to leave Mar-a-Lago for the rest of the day, according to the White House press pool.  <...
Astronomy lovers! Get geeked for ‘super blue blood moon’ in January

Astronomy lovers! Get geeked for ‘super blue blood moon’ in January

The universe greets 2018 in stellar fashion with an overflow of lunar delight, including two supermoons, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse. To purists, the New Year’s Day full moon is the closest to Earth in 14 months, making it the truest of a triumvirate of supermoons that began their parade in December. For folklorists, the Jan. 31 full moon is a supermoon because of its...
BREAKING: ‘Real Housewives’ star to enter alcohol rehab after arrest

BREAKING: ‘Real Housewives’ star to enter alcohol rehab after arrest

In the apology, de Lesseps told her followers she was embarrassed by what occurred. Police said de Lesseps was drunk when she slammed a door in the face of an officer and told other officers she was going to kill them. This wasn’t the first time de Lesseps expressed regret for her actions in Palm Beach. During her first appearance at Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday, Judge Ted Booras told de...
LATEST: Port St. Lucie bank robbed at gunpoint; police seek three men

LATEST: Port St. Lucie bank robbed at gunpoint; police seek three men

City police are seeking the public’s help in finding three men who robbed Seacoast National Bank in Port St. Lucie on Thursday morning. Police say three men armed with handguns jumped the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. They fled the branch, located at Port St. Lucie Boulevard and Westmoreland boulevards between Florida’s Turnpike and U.S. 1, in a stolen white SUV, which...
POST TIME: It’s our 19th year! 2018 anniversaries include 1928 storm

POST TIME: It’s our 19th year! 2018 anniversaries include 1928 storm

Readers: We’re about to enter our 19th year! Post Time began in January 2000. In April, we posted our 900th column. If things work out, we’ll hit 1,000 on March 7, 2019. Thanks for all your support and keep those questions coming. As always, we start each year with a look at some upcoming anniversaries. Here’s a peek at 2018. We’ll plan to mark these either in Post Time columns...
NEW: Florida man accused of trying to kill Lyft driver with shotgun

NEW: Florida man accused of trying to kill Lyft driver with shotgun

A 38-year-old man faces an attempted murder charge after he allegedly tried to shoot a Lyft driver who had just dropped off three passengers from Palm Beach County at a Palm City address early Sunday. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says Dylan Randall Frost fired a shotgun multiple times at the driver at about 3:30 a.m. at the Coquina Cove Apartments, east of Florida’s Turnpike and...
JUST IN: Where is Leah? Royal Palm woman now missing for four months

JUST IN: Where is Leah? Royal Palm woman now missing for four months

Today marks four months since anyone has seen Leah Rose Altmann, and her mother can’t help but fear what has happened to the 27-year-old who grew up in Royal Palm Beach and graduated from G-Star School of the Arts. “I have two children and each have half my heart,” Lynda Santamaria said Wednesday amid tears from her Royal Palm Beach home. “I literally feel like I’ve been...
VIDEO: This handmade nativity scene in West Palm home is one-of-a-kind

VIDEO: This handmade nativity scene in West Palm home is one-of-a-kind

When you walk inside the Zapata-Cordoba’s living room in their tidy house in West Palm Beach, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. You expect a couch, TV, or maybe a coffee table, but instead you see waterfalls, a river, mountains, caves, palm trees, animals and people, all forming a gigantic panoramic nativity scene. Horacio Zapata, 65, and Nancy Cordoba, 63, both originally from...
Employee charged with sexually assaulting patient in St. Lucie Co. 

Employee charged with sexually assaulting patient in St. Lucie Co. 

Correction: Atiba Anthony Adams is not an employee with the Department of Children and Families. We reported otherwise in an earlier version of this story.  A 29-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested after police said he sexually assaulted a mental health care patient in his care, news reports stated. Atiba Anthony Adams was issued a warrant for arrest from the Fort Pierce police about...
LATEST: Woman dead, five others injured in Port St. Lucie crash

LATEST: Woman dead, five others injured in Port St. Lucie crash

An 80-year-old woman died and five other people were injured in a crash Tuesday night, Port St. Lucie police said Wednesday. The wreck took place at Southwest St. Lucie West and Southwest California boulevards just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. An Nissan Rogue in which two people were riding was eastbound on St. Lucie West Boulevard and hit the passenger door of a westbound Toyota Camry that contained...
Best of 2017: Police blotter roundup

Best of 2017: Police blotter roundup

TURKEY BARBECUE RUNS AFOUL OF HOA RULES JUPITER — A man who had dug a pit, filled it with charcoal and was cooking a turkey next to the pool at a development in the 400 block of Ocean Trail said he was attacked by another resident. He claimed the man, who was a board member, said the feast was against association rules. The man said he told the board member that when he finished the turkey he...
Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The Gymnastics Revolution of Riviera Beach is running a Winter Camp for kids ages 5-14 while school’s out until Jan. 5. Open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Jan. 1, $50 per day fee includes breakfast and snack, please bring lunch. The gym is at 6714 White Drive, just north of The Rapids Water Park and east of Military Trail. For information, class schedules...
China Wok offers variety of Chinese dishes sure to please

China Wok offers variety of Chinese dishes sure to please

MENU The large menu covers all the bases, from fried rice and lo mein to pork, chicken, beef and seafood dishes. There’s a large selection of appetizers and soups, chef’s specialties and “diet” dishes. Lunch specials are $6.25 and include pork fried rice and a choice of soup or soda. Dinner combination platters are $8.45 and come with an egg roll and pork fried rice or white...
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