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JUST IN: Girl, 16, missing in Martin County

JUST IN: Girl, 16, missing in Martin County

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’s office said she has black hair with “distinctive blonde ends.” Anyone with information is asked to call the Martin...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
BREAKING: Man faces homicide charge in 2016 St. Lucie slaying

BREAKING: Man faces homicide charge in 2016 St. Lucie slaying

A 20-year-old man already in police custody has been arrested in connection to a 2016 homicide in Port St. Lucie, city police said Wednesday. Police and deputies from the U.S. Marshals Regional Task Force arrested Hunter Thomas Boesch of Port St. Lucie in the February 2016 shooting death of 29-year-old Beau Hartman. Boesch was arrested at the St. Lucie County Jail where he is in custody on unrelated...
JUST IN: Ten cars, one boat burglarized in repair-shop parking lot

JUST IN: Ten cars, one boat burglarized in repair-shop parking lot

Ten cars and a boat were burglarized during the weekend in a repair-shop parking lot off U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie police said Wednesday. Nine of the cars were unlocked and the boat was “unsecured” in the lot at DNB Auto and Boat Repair on Southeast Village Green Drive. Burglars used a coat hanger to open the one locked car, police said. Tools were taken from the boat and a guitar from one...
NEW: Violent sexual predator didn’t register address, may be at large

NEW: Violent sexual predator didn’t register address, may be at large

A 65-year-old man considered to be a sexually violent predator and who has a history of carrying firearms failed to register with probation officers after his release from prison and could be at large in St. Lucie County, authorities said. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives in Palm Beach County Ernest Reigh was released March 1 from a Florida prison after serving 15 years for possession of an unregistered...
LATEST: Plea change expected in teen’s drug-fueled home invasion case

LATEST: Plea change expected in teen’s drug-fueled home invasion case

A Martin County teen accused of jumping through the window of a Stuart home during a drug-fueled attack on a woman and her son last summer is expected to change his plea from not guilty during a court hearing next month. Nico Gallo, 19, is scheduled to have a plea hearing April 25, according to Martin County court records. He initially pleaded not guilty to charges related to an alleged attack Aug...
These 100-year-old twins didn’t get along much for 100 years

These 100-year-old twins didn’t get along much for 100 years

Editor’s Note: In 2015, Palm Beach Post reporter Staci Sturrock set out to tell a heartwarming story of two 100-year-old twins, who were born on March 27, 1915, celebrating their special centennial birthday. She found something quite different. One of the twins, Josephine Bencivenga, passed away a year after this story originally ran. If you’re here for a heartwarming story about the mysterious...
Python hunt licenses prove extremely popular

Python hunt licenses prove extremely popular

The help wanted sign went up less than two weeks ago: “Python hunters needed for minimum wage pay and bonus potential.” And Florida responded. Video: Post reporter watches python battle an alligator in now viral video The South Florida Water Management District’s new python hunting pilot program received 1,000 applications before having to cut it off last week. The initial program...
BREAKING: Latest credit-card skimmer found at 7-Eleven gas station

BREAKING: Latest credit-card skimmer found at 7-Eleven gas station

A credit-card skimmer was found at a gas station at one of the city’s busiest intersections, Stuart police said Tuesday. Read the latest Breaking News from The Post Police discovered the skimmer at the 7-Eleven at Kanner Highway and Monterey Road. The police department is asking for anyone who bought gasoline at this gas station with a credit card to check their bank statements for any unauthorized...
Why is this former Miami Marlin working on porn movies?

Why is this former Miami Marlin working on porn movies?

Cullen McRae used to spend hours breaking down video of major-league baseball players, zooming in on a slight drop of a shoulder, scant elevation of an arm or a tightly twisting hip. These days, he’s still focused on body parts in motion — but it’s a whole new ballgame. McRae has gone from one American pastime to another. The former Miami Marlins video coordinator is a...
UPDATE: Deputies 'could see drug particles in the air' during heroin bust

UPDATE: Deputies 'could see drug particles in the air' during heroin bust

UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: When the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office conducted their heroin drug bust Tuesday night, they “could see drug particles in the air,” Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. Considered “the largest heroin-related drug bust in the history of the sheriff’s office,” deputies confiscated more than $300...
Student actors can take workshops, audition at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Student actors can take workshops, audition at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up is 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 5 in the school cafeteria. Parents and their incoming kindergartners are invited to see the school, meet the teachers and register for the upcoming school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible. Call 561-803-7200 for more information. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY Kindergarten...

Woman fails to make clean getaway with stolen laundry detergent pods

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE THEFT A woman entered a business in the 200 block of U.S. 1 and began filling the large white purse she was carrying with laundry detergent. The store manager notified police as the woman left the store and gave them a description of her and the direction she was traveling. Officers stopped the woman about a block away and asked if she had just come from the store, to which...

Sports & Recreation

The Sandhill Crane Golf Club will host PGA Junior League Golf for boys and girls age 16 and under beginning in April. All skill levels welcome, kids will learn and play with instruction from PGA pro Sherri Pla using a fun scramble format for competition. Season runs April 1-July 31, $350 fee includes team jersey, bag tag, T-shirt, loaner clubs and range balls. Register online until April 1 at pghajlg...

Florida House Republicans target so-called ‘sanctuary cities’

Amid heated debate over illegal immigration and the rights of undocumented immigrants, a Florida House panel approved a measure Tuesday to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities.” The bill (HB 697) by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, would require local governments and universities to comply with federal immigration laws and would impose stiff penalties on those that declare themselves sanctuaries...
UPDATE: Air-rifle shooter makes unusual remarks at court appearance

UPDATE: Air-rifle shooter makes unusual remarks at court appearance

Update 6:30 a.m.: A Stuart man accused of shooting into more than 15 buildings with an air-rifle in Martin County and Palm Beach made a bizarre statement at his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon. In a court video provided by TC Palm, the county judge asks if Fiorella had any last words to say, and he appeared to mumble the words “confusion,” “conspiracy,” and &ldquo...
Just in: Will a hurricane be named after you this season? 2017 storm names are here

Just in: Will a hurricane be named after you this season? 2017 storm names are here

The National Hurricane Center sent around a reminder this month with 2017’s hurricane names and pronunciation guide. And while storm season doesn’t start until June 1, if you’re on the list you may want to start preparing for the possibility that a hurricane with your name on it may form up this year. Hurricane Harvey has a ring to it, but it may be hard to hunker down for a Hurricane...

House higher ed bill more lenient than Senate in grad-rate standards

A Florida House committee on Monday endorsed its version of a higher-education reform bill, including expanding Bright Futures scholarships and requiring state universities to begin using “block” tuition. The bill (HB 3), sponsored by Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, is the House’s answer to Senate President Joe Negron’s effort (SB 2) to elevate Florida’s higher-education...
Melgen lawyers plan war of experts in Medicare fraud trial

Melgen lawyers plan war of experts in Medicare fraud trial

Having long argued that Palm Beach County ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen was an innovative physician, beloved by his patients for trying to restore their vision when other doctors gave up hope, his attorneys on Monday sought to discredit an expert who shored up prosecution claims that Melgen misdiagnosed patients to pad his wallet. Pointing to surveys Melgen gave his patients, defense attorney Matthew...
Florida Constitution Revision panel starts once-every-20-years job

Florida Constitution Revision panel starts once-every-20-years job

The once-every-20-years process of updating Florida’s basic law began Monday, as the Constitution Revision Commission held its opening meeting in Tallahassee. The 37-member panel, appointed almost entirely by Republicans for the first time in history, is expected to submit proposals for amending the state Constitution to voters for the November 2018 election. RELATED: Complete Florida Legislature...
Patrick Swayze widow on Seth Adams jury that deadlocked 8-1

Patrick Swayze widow on Seth Adams jury that deadlocked 8-1

By the time jurors in the Seth Adams case were sent home last week without reaching a unanimous verdict, all but one agreed Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer had no reason to fatally shoot the 24-year-old outside a Loxahatchee Groves nursery, an attorney for Adams’ family said Monday. Attorney Wallace McCall, who represents Lydia and Richard Adams, said two jurors he talked...
NEW: Florida man accused of hiding pipe, syringes in buttocks

NEW: Florida man accused of hiding pipe, syringes in buttocks

A 35-year-old Port St. Lucie man remained in jail Monday after he was found to be hiding drug paraphernalia in his buttocks last week, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Daniel Gagnon on charges that include possession of drug paraphernalia and heroin possession. He was being held at the Martin County Jail Monday in lieu of $10,750 bail. » Download our PostNOW app...
Last-minute choice to photograph rocket becomes shot of lifetime

Last-minute choice to photograph rocket becomes shot of lifetime

West Palm Beach resident Marisa Marulli was planning to spend Saturday night at a big party introducing a trendy new hot spot. But instead, she decided to witness a different sort of launch and has the dazzling evidence to prove it. “It was important for me to chase something unique like that, something different to do on a Saturday night,” says Marulli, 28, of the striking photograph...
UPDATE: Woman, 21, dead, deputy injured in Indian River County raid

UPDATE: Woman, 21, dead, deputy injured in Indian River County raid

A 21-year-old woman is dead and a sheriff’s deputy is injured in Indian River County after an early morning SWAT raid Sunday in Gifford. While preparing to serve a search warrant in connection with the February death of deputy Garry Chambliss, deputies saw Andrew Coffee III, 38, leave a house but try to return immediately when he saw officers, according to the Indian River County Sheriff&rsquo...
JUST IN: Okeechobee man, 78, killed in crash near Wellington mall

JUST IN: Okeechobee man, 78, killed in crash near Wellington mall

A 78-year-old man was killed Friday in a crash near the Mall at Wellington Green, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Get the latest Breaking News from The Post The man was identified Saturday as Howard Tommie of Okeechobee. The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. at State Road 7 and a service road next to the mall, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office crash report...
UPDATE: Boy, 11, killed, three injured in Port St. Lucie car crash

UPDATE: Boy, 11, killed, three injured in Port St. Lucie car crash

An 11-year-old boy was killed and his brother, mother and stepfather injured in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday in the southern end of the city, the St. Lucie County Fire District reports. Read the latest Breaking News from The Post Paramedics responded at 1:13 a.m. to a rollover at Southeast Southbend Boulevard and Southeast East Snow Road, across Florida’s Turnpike from Treasure Coast...
NEW: Lake O land buy will kill jobs, ruin Glades, residents tell state

NEW: Lake O land buy will kill jobs, ruin Glades, residents tell state

In a face-off Friday night at Pahokee High School, hundreds of Glades area residents came out in force to tell Florida Senate President Joe Negron his proposal to build a 60,000-acre reservoir on farmland south of Lake Okeechobee would kill jobs and economically devastate their rural communities. Dozens of machinists union members wore black T-shirts emblazoned with “Save our Jobs” in...
Dry and warm days, cool nights this weekend in PBC

Dry and warm days, cool nights this weekend in PBC

Say goodbye to those pesky showers: The Palm Beach County forecast calls for dry and warmer weather this weekend, though overnight lows should still dip into the 50s. Today is forecast to be partly sunny with highs in the mid-70s and east winds around 5 to 10 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Expect mostly clear skies tonight with lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds around 5 mph should...
Besides Ayala, rest of Florida prosecutors vow to seek death sentences

Besides Ayala, rest of Florida prosecutors vow to seek death sentences

A day after a newly elected prosecutor said she would not seek the death penalty in capital cases, the remainder of Florida’s 20 state attorneys affirmed Friday they intend to pursue death sentences when appropriate. The statement by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association came as a number of African-American leaders declared their support for 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis...
Florida tax revenue experts predict shortfalls after this year

Florida tax revenue experts predict shortfalls after this year

Another slight change Friday to the state’s estimated future tax revenues did little to alter the situation facing legislative budget-writers: a tight fit for the upcoming fiscal year and sizable shortfalls after that. As a result, the Republican-dominated Legislature is expected to remain cautious as House and Senate leaders roll out budget proposals over the next couple of weeks. RELATED:...
BREAKING: Gunman killed brother-in-law in Hobe Sound shooting

BREAKING: Gunman killed brother-in-law in Hobe Sound shooting

Martin County sheriff’s detectives continued Friday to investigate a domestic shooting Thursday night that left one man dead and his brother-in-law in custody. No charges have been filed as of Friday. Authorities 37-year-old James White was shot and killed by his brother-in-law, Adrian Dixon, during an altercation in front of a relative’s home on Southeast Aurora Way, south of Bridge Road...
UPDATE: Man dead after domestic dispute, shooting in Hobe Sound

UPDATE: Man dead after domestic dispute, shooting in Hobe Sound

Update 9:15 p.m.: One man is dead and another is in custody after a shooting in Hobe Sound, according the the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say James White, 39, as the man shot and killed by Adrian Dixon, whose age is unknown, on Southeast Aurora Way in the Banner Lake Community. At this time, the relationship between the two is unknown, the sheriff’s office said. White...
AARP: Florida slammed worst by Trumpcare; ‘scared’ at 60 in Lake Worth

AARP: Florida slammed worst by Trumpcare; ‘scared’ at 60 in Lake Worth

More than 450,000 Floridians over age 50 risk taking the nation’s biggest collective punch in the wallet from a House Republican overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, an analysis released Thursday shows. Chris MacLellan, 60, of Lake Worth said he worries he may be priced out of the market completely. “I’m pretty scared about what’s ahead of me,”said MacLellan, an author...
Slosberg among reps seeking money for security at Jewish schools

Slosberg among reps seeking money for security at Jewish schools

A bipartisan group of House members is pushing a bill that would provide money to help protect Jewish day schools, some of which have been targeted in recent months by anti-Semitic threats and vandalism. Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, and Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, are asking for $1.5 million through the Department of Education...
Proposal seeks to expand officeholders Legislature can impeach

Proposal seeks to expand officeholders Legislature can impeach

Florida’s elected state attorneys and public defenders could be subject to impeachment by the Legislature, under a measure overwhelmingly approved by a House committee Thursday. The proposal, sponsored by freshman Republican Rep. Jackie Toledo of Tampa, would give voters the opportunity to expand the rarely used impeachment powers of the Legislature by amending the state Constitution. Legislators...
NEW: Former Florida deputy faces new charges of sexual battery

NEW: Former Florida deputy faces new charges of sexual battery

A former St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy charged with sexual battery in January is facing three additional charges based on new complaints, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said Thursday. Evan Cramer, 28, previously was charged with first-degree sexual battery after a woman alleged that he coerced her into a sex act following a traffic stop near Fort Pierce. The unnamed woman faced arrest after Cramer...
LATEST: Hobe Sound house fire leaves three temporarily homeless

LATEST: Hobe Sound house fire leaves three temporarily homeless

A house fire Wednesday night left three people temporarily homeless, Martin County Fire Rescue said. Crews responded to the incident around 8:30 p.m. on Delafield Street east of Gomez Avenue, near Peck Lake Park See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The fire started in the garage and officials were able to get it under control in about 10 minutes, said Bureau Chief Dan Harshburger...
Florida Senate OKs moving ‘stand your ground’ burden of proof to state

Florida Senate OKs moving ‘stand your ground’ burden of proof to state

A move to shift a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” self-defense cases was approved Wednesday by the Senate, as other key bills backed by Second Amendment advocates remain jammed in the Legislature’s upper chamber. With Democrats labeling the self-defense proposal “a shoot to kill” and “how to get away with murder” bill, the National Rifle Association-backed...
‘Eyeball wars’ flare again over bill to let optometrists do surgery

‘Eyeball wars’ flare again over bill to let optometrists do surgery

Four years ago, Florida House and Senate leaders thought they had finally settled a decade-old turf battle between the state’s optometrists and ophthalmologists. After heavy lobbying, heated arguing and much finger-pointing, the two sides signed off on a compromise allowing optometrists to prescribe oral medications — but not perform surgery. Then-Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville...
Crux of Melgen case: Was misdiagnosis Medicare fraud or honest error?

Crux of Melgen case: Was misdiagnosis Medicare fraud or honest error?

On June 8, 2010, Kermit Foster visited Dr. Salomon Melgen’s eye clinic for the first time and and was diagnosed with several ailments in both his right and left eye after having both eyes scanned. Dr. Stuart L. Fine, an ophthalmologist and expert who has been on the witness stand since Monday in Melgen’s $105 million Medicare fraud trial, smiled slightly and tilted his head when Assistant...
NEW: Two arrested in St. Lucie on charges of dealing heroin

NEW: Two arrested in St. Lucie on charges of dealing heroin

Two men were arrested Tuesday night in drug busts in St. Lucie County, authorities said. Undercover detectives arrested Sean McGary, 36, after he was observed conducting a drug deal in the parking lot of a Port St. Lucie gas station, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. McGary is accused of trying to sell two capsules that contained the drug Fentanyl. Deputies later arrested Marlin Tomlin...
NEW: Red-light camera emails part of security training exercise

NEW: Red-light camera emails part of security training exercise

A reported scam involving red-light camera emails was determined to be a training test for a Pinellas County health care provider, officials say. The Martin County Tax Collector’s Office sent a notice Tuesday warning residents to beware of emails notifying persons of red light camera violations. In the emails, recipients were warned they had 72 hours to make a payment. Martin County officials...
Seth Adams’ parents to keep up fight; PBSO calls mistrial ‘unfortunate’

Seth Adams’ parents to keep up fight; PBSO calls mistrial ‘unfortunate’

Before collapsing tearfully into the arms of a friend who was waiting outside a federal courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, Lydia Adams did a slight fist pump. While a jury, after nearly 14 hours of deliberation during three days, couldn’t agree about whether Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer used excessive force in May 2012 when he fatally shot her 24-year-old son, Seth...
Martin School District hosts 43rd annual Music in Our Schools March 23

Martin School District hosts 43rd annual Music in Our Schools March 23

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up begins at 8:30 a.m. April 4. Parents and their incoming kindergartners are invited to attend. Youngsters must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to start the 2017-18 school year. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The third annual Health and Wellness Expo is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria. The event is open to the public and...
North blotter: Cold case: Man caught with $70 worth of frozen lobster inside shirt

North blotter: Cold case: Man caught with $70 worth of frozen lobster inside shirt

JUPITER POLICE THEFT With nearly $70 worth of frozen lobster concealed under his shirt, a man attempted to walk out of a store in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road without paying. Unfortunately for the seafood lover, he was being watched by store security and was stopped as he walked out. The man claimed he was going to sell the contraband crustaceans to a guy on the street. He was arrested and...
Flash Beach Grille offers great food, beachy vibe

Flash Beach Grille offers great food, beachy vibe

MENU The lunch menu includes soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches and desserts. There are daily specials as well. ATMOSPHERE Fun, whimsical and very nautical. There are tables in the small dining area, counter seating and high tops by the bar. There’s also outdoor seating. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE My brother-in-law remembered the lobster roll from when he and my sister last visited me two years...
Florida House keeps chipping away at ‘Liquor Wall’

Florida House keeps chipping away at ‘Liquor Wall’

A heavily lobbied measure intended to knock down a decades-old prohibition on selling liquor in grocery and large retail stores narrowly continued to advance in the House on Tuesday. The Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee voted 7-6 to support an amended proposal (HB 81) that would end a Depression-era law requiring liquor stores and bars to be separated from groceries and...
Education bills advancing in House conflict with Senate versions

Education bills advancing in House conflict with Senate versions

Two bills on high-profile education issues that could set up conflicts with the Senate unanimously passed a House panel Tuesday. The House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee approved legislation aimed at limiting the time spent on testing (HB 773) and safeguarding students’ and teachers’ religious liberties at public schools (HB 303). But the testing proposal, in particular, could run into resistance...
Statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft get boost in Senate committee

Statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft get boost in Senate committee

After the issue stalled the past two years in the Senate, a proposal that would create statewide regulations for companies such as Uber and Lyft got a boost Tuesday from a Senate committee. Uber and Lyft have been lobbying heavily for the proposal (SB 340), which would override local regulations on the fast-growing industry. But with cities and counties long regulating taxi operators, groups such...
High-speed train bill could stall All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

High-speed train bill could stall All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

The day after All Aboard Florida’s Brightline welcomed the second train in its growing fleet, officials with the private rail venture said a proposed bill regulating high-speed trains could threaten its expansion to Orlando and other points across the state. The bill (SB 386), dubbed the Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act, cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday, winning support from the...
NEW: Red-light camera scam sends email demanding payment in 72 hours

NEW: Red-light camera scam sends email demanding payment in 72 hours

Residents in Martin County are being urged to be alert for a red-light camera email scam. The tax collector’s office says it has been notified of incidents from tax collectors in other counties. More: No more red-light cameras in Boynton starting with the new year Residents are receiving an email which claims it is from their local Department of Motor Vehicles stating they have a red light camera...
‘Caring’ Port St. Lucie girl battles back after getting struck by car

‘Caring’ Port St. Lucie girl battles back after getting struck by car

Haylie Hyde was struck by a car outside her Port St. Lucie home on Feb. 24, resulting in a broken left femur and tibia. Doctors told her mother that 8-year-old Haylie would spend a couple of days in the hospital and then recover at home. But nearly three weeks and five surgeries later, Haylie remains in the pediatric ward at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Complications resulting from her injuries...
Weather service: Severe weather threat overnight for Palm Beach County

Weather service: Severe weather threat overnight for Palm Beach County

Update, 1 a.m.: The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado warning for east central Palm Beach County.
Proposed repeal of stadium funding law hung up in Florida Senate

Proposed repeal of stadium funding law hung up in Florida Senate

A proposal to discard an unused pool of state sales tax dollars that could be used to build and upgrade professional sports stadiums was put in limbo Monday just before it was scheduled to go before a Senate committee. The Commerce and Tourism Committee took a procedural step that tabled the proposal (SB 236), as sponsor Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, remained in his fourth-floor Senate office when the...
Melgen Medicare fraud trial resumes after judge denies mistrial motion

Melgen Medicare fraud trial resumes after judge denies mistrial motion

The judge in Palm Beach County eye doctor Salomon Melgen’s Medicare fraud trial on Monday threw out the testimony of a witness who wrongfully claimed the doctor had billed her for a surgery he never performed. Attorneys for Melgen had asked U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to declare a mistrial over the testimony that came up Thursday during the first day of testimony in a trial that is expected...
Proposal to make Florida Secretary of State elected office advances

Proposal to make Florida Secretary of State elected office advances

A House panel approved a proposed constitutional amendment Monday that could shift power in Florida’s executive branch. Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, wants to convert the office of secretary of state into an elected Cabinet position, eliminating the governor’s power to appoint Florida’s highest elections official. The move would undo a change approved by voters in 1998 that strengthened...
NEW: Three teens accused in series of Port St. Lucie car burglaries

NEW: Three teens accused in series of Port St. Lucie car burglaries

Three juveniles are in custody in Port St. Lucie after an off-duty Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy caught them burglarizing his neighbor’s car Sunday morning, police said. Police arrested 14-, 15- and 16-year-old boys Sunday in connection with a car burglary in the 900 block of Southwest Cornelia Avenue, south of Gatlin Boulevard and west of Port St. Lucie Boulevard. City police responded...
NEW: Hobe Sound becoming a town? Project takes another step forward

NEW: Hobe Sound becoming a town? Project takes another step forward

Hobe Sound and Indiantown took another step Friday toward becoming self-governing towns, complete with elected councils and administrators. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted to tell state officials that it supports the efforts of groups backing incorporation “to follow the legislative process.” MORE ONLINE: New towns in Martin County? Hobe Sound and Indiantown want...
Florida state colleges balk at drastic budget cuts proposed by Senate

Florida state colleges balk at drastic budget cuts proposed by Senate

State college presidents on Friday expressed dismay that the 28-school system is being targeted for three-quarters of the cuts in the Florida Senate’s initial plan to trim $131 million in higher-education spending. “It is of great concern that the first thing out of the chute is a 74 percent reduction impacting the Florida college system and it is directed at programs that support our...
Florida man accused of setting store fire thought owners were Muslims

Florida man accused of setting store fire thought owners were Muslims

A 64-year-old Fort Pierce man who wanted to “run the Arabs out of of our country” remains jailed Saturday on $30,000 bond, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.  Richard Leslie Lloyd  was arrested Friday after he tried to set fire to a Port St. Lucie convenience store, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. Lloyd reportedly told investigators...
UPDATE: Woman cleared in Fort Pierce child abduction investigation

UPDATE: Woman cleared in Fort Pierce child abduction investigation

3:20 p.m. UPDATE: A woman questioned Friday by Fort Pierce police regarding a suspected child abduction attempt will not face charges, a police spokesman said. Investigators interviewed the woman, a 61-year-old Fort Pierce resident, and determined there was no crime or criminal intent, spokesman Ed Cunningham said. The woman said that, as she arrived at a Fort Pierce shopping plaza Wednesday evening...
Palm Beach County officials blanket Capitol in push for priorities

Palm Beach County officials blanket Capitol in push for priorities

Their ranks swollen to 250, Palm Beach County business, education and government officials descended on Florida’s Capitol like shock troops Tuesday, determined to bend every ear and slap any back. Much has changed about the Florida Legislature over the decades. Favors and gifts are no longer lavishly bestowed in the open. Some of the hyper-partisanship that has gripped Washington, D.C., has...
NEW: Port St. Lucie man, 70, charged in road-rage incident

NEW: Port St. Lucie man, 70, charged in road-rage incident

A 70-year-old Port St. Lucie man is facing charges in an alleged road rage incident from Thursday morning in which he is accused of pulling a gun on another driver. Get the latest Breaking News from The Palm Beach Post City police say John Tubello got of his car and cursed at a man, spit in the man’s face and pulled the gun following a near crash in a business parking lot on Airoso Boulevard...
BREAKING: 21 arrests at Okeechobee Music Festival | See list of drugs

BREAKING: 21 arrests at Okeechobee Music Festival | See list of drugs

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 people during its recent four-day music festival, far fewer than during last year’s event, sheriff’s officials confirmed Friday. Last year, 65 people left the festival with criminal charges. PHOTOS: Okeechobee Music Fest 2017 Some festival-goers likely avoided arrest by discarding illegal narcotics in the sheriff’s office set...
See what’s left of Hollywood ghost town “Picture City” in Hobe Sound

See what’s left of Hollywood ghost town “Picture City” in Hobe Sound

There is always the road not taken. And sometimes there’s the road not finished - hardtop, shell and sand byways in Hobe Sound that never went beyond the drawing board during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The roads were in a town called Olympia, also known as Picture City, a metropolis that would rise from the mangroves along the Intracoastal, where Hobe Sound stands today. Planners envisioned...
Florida Senate backs unanimous juries in death sentences

Florida Senate backs unanimous juries in death sentences

Moving closer to getting Florida’s death penalty back on track, the Florida Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences to be imposed. Lawmakers are rushing to pass legislation to address a series of court rulings that have kept the death penalty — and executions — in limbo for more than a year after the U.S. Supreme...
NEW: Woman wanted for attempted child abduction in Fort Pierce

NEW: Woman wanted for attempted child abduction in Fort Pierce

City police are looking for a woman who may have tried to abduct a child Wednesday evening. The alleged incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. behind a shopping plaza at North Causeway and U.S. 1. Police say a woman approached a child who was about 10 years old standing by his family car, but the child jumped in and locked the doors. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives in Palm Beach County The woman...
BREAKING: Woman charged with DUI in May wreck that killed passenger

BREAKING: Woman charged with DUI in May wreck that killed passenger

A Port St. Lucie woman’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when she slammed her car into a light pole one morning in May and killed her passenger, recently released records show. Ashley Munoz, 29, was arrested Wednesday on DUI homicide charges in the West Palm Beach wreck that killed 33-year-old Sarah Dombrovski, also of Port St. Lucie. Judge Dina Keever on Thursday morning placed...

Palm Beach County reacts to House bill limiting local government taxes

A wide-ranging bill that would rein in local governments’ ability to increase taxes narrowly passed the Florida House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday. The committee approved the measure (PCB WMC 17-02) on a nearly party-line vote, 9-7, with Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, joining all the committee Democrats in opposing the measure. The bill would require local governments, except...
U.S. judge says PBSO probe of Seth Adams shooting ‘shoddy,’ ‘a disgrace’

U.S. judge says PBSO probe of Seth Adams shooting ‘shoddy,’ ‘a disgrace’

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the shooting death of Seth Adams by one of its own was “slipshod and shoddy” and “a disgrace,” the federal judge presiding over the multi-million-dollar lawsuit trial in the case said Wednesday. The comments from U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley, outside the presence of the jury, came just before a full day...
Courthouse-carry advances but other gun bills could struggle in Senate

Courthouse-carry advances but other gun bills could struggle in Senate

A proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to store firearms with security officers at courthouses narrowly advanced Tuesday through the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee — a panel where high-profile Second Amendment measures stalled last year. The committee might be a stumbling block again for broader gun-related bills during the 2017 legislative session, including...
Glades vs. Treasure Coast aspect a concern for Negron’s reservoir bill

Glades vs. Treasure Coast aspect a concern for Negron’s reservoir bill

A controversial plan to speed construction of a 60,000-acre reservoir on farmland south of Lake Okeechobee — to reduce the risk of more “guacamole-thick” water appearing in Treasure Coast communities — was expanded Wednesday to include water projects in other parts of the state. And the measure (SB 10), now called the “Coast-to-Coast Comprehensive Water Resource Program...
Sheriff: Teen arrested with drugs, guns at a St. Lucie high school

Sheriff: Teen arrested with drugs, guns at a St. Lucie high school

An 11th-grade student was arrested after a tip led St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputies to f ind drugs and several loaded guns inside his vehicle. Eric Ronald San Nicolas, 18, faces charges of possession of a weapon on school property, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of controlled substance among other charges. He remains at the St. Lucie County Jail...
BREAKING: Two credit-card skimmers found at St. Lucie gas station

BREAKING: Two credit-card skimmers found at St. Lucie gas station

Two pumps at a Gatlin Boulevard gas station had credit-card skimmers installed in them, city police said Wednesday. Officers went to the Chevron station east of Interstate 95 and just west of the Wal-Mart Supercenter after receiving a report that suspects had installed the skimmers. A maintenance worker had seen the suspects standing by a U-Haul truck and touching the pumps. The maintenance worker...
North blotter: Man buys drinks for fellow bar patrons, calls mother to foot the bill

North blotter: Man buys drinks for fellow bar patrons, calls mother to foot the bill

JUPITER DEFRAUD INNKEEPER A man entered an establishment in the 6200 block of West Indiantown Road and began buying drinks for himself and patrons around him. Next he ordered nachos. The bartender, whose shift was ending, asked him to close out his tab and he began making excuses as to why he could not pay. Next he stepped outside to make some calls in attempt to have someone pay his bill. He then...
Allamanda Elementary Health and Wellness Expo open to community

Allamanda Elementary Health and Wellness Expo open to community

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS BEACON COVE INTERMEDIATE After-School Site Director Jane Winters was selected as the 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year. She has been at the school 16 years, and previously was an after-school counselor at Jerry Thomas Elementary. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up begins at 8:30 a.m. April 4. Parents and their incoming kindergartner are invited to...
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens’ volunteers unveil new shade house

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens’ volunteers unveil new shade house

The new shade house at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens has not only been a dream for many years, it also marks the first successful fundraising project for group of volunteers. “It’s the first time as a group we took on a mission rather large,” said Joleen King, president of the board of directors for the Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Inc. “It’s...

Sports & Recreation

Very Special Arts Florida will hold its 20th annual Katie Gardner Memorial Golf Tournament at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens on May 19. Benefitting VSA’s Palm Beach County chapter, the event is held in honor of Jupiter’s Katie Gardner, who lost her battle against spinal muscular atrophy after spending eleven of her thirteen years confined to a wheelchair. Registration and breakfast...
J. Alexander’s worth the splurge for delicious lunch

J. Alexander’s worth the splurge for delicious lunch

MENU Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. The menu is the same for both, with contemporary American steaks and pastas, chicken, ribs and burgers, and an array of appetizers and salads. They even have a veggie burger and taco platters. ATMOSPHERE Cool, stylish and relaxing with a mesmerizing water wall at the entrance. It’s tucked into a shopping plaza, and has deep booths for privacy and...
Progressives rally all over state to fight Scott, GOP-led Legislature

Progressives rally all over state to fight Scott, GOP-led Legislature

In his annual “State of the State” address Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott promised to fight for economic-incentive money, business tax cuts and conservative education reforms. Despite a lack of influence in Republican-dominated Tallahassee, progressives and Democratic lawmakers appeared ready to tangle with the governor. RELATED: Complete coverage of Florida Legislature’s 2017...
Senate President Negron starts session with professional tone

Senate President Negron starts session with professional tone

As House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott opened the annual legislative session Tuesday by clashing over economic-development programs, Florida Senate President Joe Negron struck a professorial tone as he outlined the Senate’s agenda. At the top of the list was higher-education reform, with the Senate poised Wednesday to pass a major bill (SB 2) that would expand Bright Futures merit scholarships...
House Speaker Corcoran starts session with combative tone

House Speaker Corcoran starts session with combative tone

Striking a combative note to kick off the 2017 legislative session, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran lashed out Tuesday against the judiciary, state spending and one of Gov. Rick Scott’s top priorities while vowing to keep up his crusade to upset the status quo inside the marbled halls of the Capitol. The Land O’Lakes speaker’s remarks were unusually antagonistic coming on...
German woman also died in wreck that killed UF student from Boca

German woman also died in wreck that killed UF student from Boca

An international student from Germany enrolled at the University of Florida has been identified as the second person killed in a chain-reaction crash Sunday in Okeechobee County that also resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Boca Raton woman. Nicole Scherten, 23, was killed instantly after the Honda CR-V she was a passenger in was struck from behind by another vehicle. Caroline Alfano, the...
Scott backs Trump, business and tourism groups in State of the State

Scott backs Trump, business and tourism groups in State of the State

Florida Governor Rick Scott offered up gratitude for the election of Donald Trump, noted the horror of terrorist attacks in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and threw his weight behind maligned tourism and business agencies during his sixth State of the State address Tuesday. Scott also called for a pair of sales tax holidays — a three-day one for veterans and a nine-day one to spur disaster...
UPDATE: FHP identifies two killed in St. Lucie wreck

UPDATE: FHP identifies two killed in St. Lucie wreck

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: The Florida Highway Patrol identified two men killed in a car crash Tuesday west of Fort Pierce. Michael Price, 59, of Okeechobee and Orrin Vickers, 68, of Fort Pierce were killed when their cars collided along Midway Road near Okeechobee Road. Price’s Chevy Traverse was heading eastbound on Midway as Vickers’ Ford pickup was heading west. Price’s Traverse drifted...
BREAKING: Alligator takes dip in Hobe Sound family’s pool

BREAKING: Alligator takes dip in Hobe Sound family’s pool

A South Florida alligator took a dip Tuesday morning in a pool near Hobe Sound, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. RELATED: Gator caught napping under car in Martin County Sheriff’s officials removed the gator from a family’s pool outside a home on Southeast Sandpine Lane, west of Southeast Federal Highway and north of Southeast Bridge Road. According to sheriff’s officials...