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BREAKING: St. Lucie County boat fire sends one to hospital

BREAKING: St. Lucie County boat fire sends one to hospital

Fire rescue crews are working to put out a boat fire in Port St. Lucie, said the St. Lucie County Fire District. Crews responded to the fire in the 2200 block of Savona Boulevard Sunday morning, according to the fire district. One person was taken to a hospital in serious condition. The boat appeared to be parked in a grassy residential area based on fire district’s photographs of the incident...
UPDATE: Escaped arrestee in custody

UPDATE: Escaped arrestee in custody

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Ariel Dumont was located and is in custody, said the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Original story: A woman arrested by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office escaped after being arrested after a traffic stop in Vero Beach. Ariel Dumont was last seen in the 6900 block of 77th Street at 4:20 a.m. Sunday wearing a pink tank top, blue jeans and pink tennis shoes...
NEW: CROS Ministries nears 40 years of feeding thousands

NEW: CROS Ministries nears 40 years of feeding thousands

Rita doesn’t look hungry. The 56-year-old Lake Worth resident has had the same job as a door attendant in Palm Beach for 10 years. She gets paid every two weeks. She lives simply in a mobile home. And yet she rarely has enough to prevail from paycheck to paycheck by herself, so part of her monthly routine is a visit to the CROS Ministries food pantry. She counts the bag of staples she gets there...
NEW: Florida man tells deputies ‘Dr. Rosa Parks’ prescribed medication

NEW: Florida man tells deputies ‘Dr. Rosa Parks’ prescribed medication

During a traffic stop last weekend, Frankie Santos attempted to explain why pills were found in his car, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. He reportedly told deputies he was being treated for a medical condition and prescribed medication by “Dr. Rosa Parks” in West Palm Beach. His explanation was not convincing as deputies ultimately arrested him for possession of a controlled...
NEW: One missing Tequesta teen’s family will sue the other for damages

NEW: One missing Tequesta teen’s family will sue the other for damages

The family of Perry Cohen, one of the two Tequesta teenagers lost at sea in 2015, said Friday it will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the family of the other teen in state court. The announcement, set to be made on the entrance to the Palm Beach County Courthouse, will come just days before the two-year anniversary of the boys’ disappearance. “This lawsuit is about truth, accountability...
Negron: Need- and merit-based aid boosted for Florida college students

Negron: Need- and merit-based aid boosted for Florida college students

Despite the governor’s veto of a wide-ranging higher-education policy bill, Senate President Joe Negron said Wednesday that many of the initiatives embedded in the legislation, including an expansion of Bright Futures scholarships, will still benefit state university and college students as fall terms begin next month. In a memo to senators, Negron, R-Stuart, said a major benefit will be a &ldquo...
LATEST: ‘Million Dollar Ho’ arrested in Fort Pierce for prostitution

LATEST: ‘Million Dollar Ho’ arrested in Fort Pierce for prostitution

A Fort Pierce woman who introduced herself to an undercover officer as the “Million Dollar Ho” was arrested Tuesday night, according to an arrest report. Debra Thomes, 49, approached a Fort Pierce police officer who was sitting in an unmarked car in a parking lot at North 13th Street and Avenue D and asked if he wanted a “date,” the report said. Thomes then got into the car...
NEW: Charges dropped against Matt Elam, former Dwyer, UF football star

NEW: Charges dropped against Matt Elam, former Dwyer, UF football star

Charges have been dropped against Matt Elam, the former Dwyer High and University of Florida football star, according to Palm Beach County court records. Elam, 25, was arrested in May on charges of grand theft and domestic battery after an incident with his girlfriend in Delray Beach. On June 20 the State Attorney’s Office said it has “insufficient evidence” to charge the former...
Social Security plans percolating: Deutch says up tax on higher income

Social Security plans percolating: Deutch says up tax on higher income

With Social Security facing solvency problems in less than 20 years, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, has reintroduced his bill to extend the life of the program by hitting higher-income earners with a payroll tax increase. Don’t expect Deutch’s plan to get anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. His similar bill in the last Congress never got a hearing, and the chairman of the...
Isabella Hellmann mystery spans three continents, raises questions

Isabella Hellmann mystery spans three continents, raises questions

On Monday, a British journalist knocked on the door of a home in Hythe, a coastal Hampshire town about 85 miles southwest of London. “We have been told not to say anything,” the resident told the reporter, sent by The Palm Beach Post. “He lives here some of the time, because we are his parents, but not all the time.” “He” is Lewis Bennett, whereabouts unknown. The...
Florida judge gives state more time to defend abortion waiting period

Florida judge gives state more time to defend abortion waiting period

A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a 2-year-old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis gave Deputy Solicitor General Denise Harle 60 days to make her case on behalf of the state, after chastising her for...
Senate budget chief plans opioid fact-finding in Palm Beach County

Senate budget chief plans opioid fact-finding in Palm Beach County

Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has scheduled a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis for Aug. 8 at the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College. Latvala said he’s been urged to hold such a meeting by two Palm Beach County Democrats — state Sen. Kevin Rader, of Delray Beach, and County Commissioner...
NEW: Teen arrested on car burglary charge in Port St. Lucie

NEW: Teen arrested on car burglary charge in Port St. Lucie

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for car burglary and is also accused of looking for cars to break into in a Target parking lot, Port St. Lucie police said. VIDEO: Surveillance shows person on moped checking for unlocked cars in parking lot City police arrested the 17-year-old on Monday for burglary of a vehicle at about 5:45 p.m. that day in the 2600 block of Southwest Acco Road, west of Port St. Lucie...
Ten students awarded Kovner Opportunity Scholarships

Ten students awarded Kovner Opportunity Scholarships

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE WEISS SCHOOL An open house will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday. RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474. BRIEFLY The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation recently awarded its $2,500 Herb and Penny Wender Scholarships to Sabrina A. Snider, a graduate of The Kings Academy, and Nathaniel J. LeBlanc, a graduate of Community Christian Academy. Applications for free or reduced-price...
Fun, festive dining at Maya’s Mexican Grill

Fun, festive dining at Maya’s Mexican Grill

MENU Wide array of authentic Mexican dishes, including appetizers, soup, salads, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, quesadillas, chicken, beef, steak, pork and seafood. ATMOSPHERE Festive and inviting, with fun, vibrant colors and furnishings throughout. Every day feels like Cinco de Mayo here. A couple of TV sets hang above the bar for added entertainment. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and Project Seahorse for Kids present Snorkel Day on Tuesday. About 100 kids and teens from the Westgate, West Boynton and West Jupiter Recreation Centers will gather at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach to swim and snorkel, learn about water safety and discover the unique marine life of the area . The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1...
North blotter: Panty pilferers’ poorly executed plan fails; police arrest pair

North blotter: Panty pilferers’ poorly executed plan fails; police arrest pair

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE THEFT Two women entered a store in the 3100 block of PGA Boulevard. The pair immediately headed to the women’s underwear department and began selecting items. Once they had a sufficient amount they entered a dressing room together. A short while later they exited the dressing room. One woman had underwear sticking out of the top of her purse and the other tried to conceal...
Florida’s abortion waiting period goes back to court

Florida’s abortion waiting period goes back to court

Whereas the Florida Supreme Court for more than a year has put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, a Tallahassee judge on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional. A majority of the Supreme Court blocked the law from going into effect in April 2016, and in another decision continued to block it in...

POINT OF VIEW: Coal is dying, but switching is expensive

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump rightfully laid the blame for the demise of the U.S. coal industry at the feet of President Barack Obama. Under Obama’s policies, which were designed specifically to target traditional energy sources such as coal, production plummeted. In 2014, the industry produced 1 billion tons of coal, including exports. By 2016, that figure fell to 739 million...
NEW: Florida man accused of trying to sell short-barreled rifle to cop

NEW: Florida man accused of trying to sell short-barreled rifle to cop

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that a man tried to buy a gun from a sheriff’s deputy. - St. Lucie County sheriff’s detectives Tuesday announced the arrest of a man who tried to sell a short-barreled AR-15-style rifle to an undercover deputies. Detectives said they saw the gun online being sold by Peter Chirco. The 25-year-old...
Rep. Mast checks with ICE about potential Jupiter deportation case

Rep. Mast checks with ICE about potential Jupiter deportation case

The office of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, has reached out to federal immigration officials to learn more about the detention of Victor Chavez, a Jupiter man whose case has become another flash point in the ongoing debate about illegal immigration. Brad Stewart, a spokesman for Mast, said last week that the congressman’s office had not intervened in the case because no one...
UPDATE: One arrested in gas station burglary that turned into manhunt

UPDATE: One arrested in gas station burglary that turned into manhunt

9:30 a.m. UPDATE: One person was arrested Monday following a burglary at a Jensen Beach gas station that turned into a manhunt in Sewall’s Point. Quinton Brown faces charges of burglary and grand theft while masked, among other charges. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said police agencies are trying to find other people involved in the theft at the Citgo station at Dixie Highway and...
NEW: Police say theft victim fired ‘warning shot’ at fleeing teenager

NEW: Police say theft victim fired ‘warning shot’ at fleeing teenager

A Port St. Lucie man was arrested Sunday after he fired a “warning shot” at a teenager who allegedly stole his phone, according to police. Joseph Albert Giancontieri, 26, is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 17-year-old male is facing a charge of grand theft. Best place to complete online deals? In plain sight of police Giancontieri bought a cellphone for...
UPDATE: Two dead after Fort Pierce shooting; city police seek clues

UPDATE: Two dead after Fort Pierce shooting; city police seek clues

Two people are now dead following a shooting last night, and Fort Pierce police are asking for information to help them find the gunmen. Fort Pierce police are looking for two males believed to be responsible for the 7:45 p.m. shooting at Lincoln Park Community Center. Diamond Kindrick, 30, and Torvarius Thompson, 31, both of Fort Pierce, were taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center where they died...
LATEST: Publix in Tequesta sells lone winning Fantasy 5 ticket

LATEST: Publix in Tequesta sells lone winning Fantasy 5 ticket

The Publix Super Market in Tequesta sold the lone winning Fantasy 5 ticket in Sunday night’s drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket bore the number combination of 15-18-30-31-33. It paid $174,708.87, the lottery said. The ticket was a Quick Pick, meaning the lottery’s computers chose the number combination for the player. The store is on U.S. 1 south of County Line Road.
UPDATE: One dead in Fort Pierce shooting

UPDATE: One dead in Fort Pierce shooting

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: One male shooting victim died in the hospital tonight following a shooting in Fort Pierce, a police spokesman said. Two males were shot and taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, spokesman Ed Cunningham said. One died from his injuries in the hospital while the other is in serious condition. The shooting occurred before a large neighborhood barbecue. Police are still on the...
NEW: Man charged in death of FSU star’s dad plays at Poker World Series

NEW: Man charged in death of FSU star’s dad plays at Poker World Series

Paul Senat, out on bond after firing an AK 47-style rifle through a wall at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret in April, killing Darryl Rudolph, took home more than $90,000 at the World Series of Poker Tournament on Sunday in Las Vegas. The 37-year-old Lantana man was released April 26 from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $35,000 surety bond, the day after he was arrested on a manslaughter charge,...
JUST IN: Two children rescued from water at Dubois Park

JUST IN: Two children rescued from water at Dubois Park

Two children were rescued from the water after being reported in distress today at Dubois Park in Jupiter, according to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue. Callers to 911 said the children, both toddlers, were “going under water,” according to Capt. Albert Borroto, fire rescue public information officer. The children were rescued by Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue lifeguards, and fire-rescue...
JUST IN: Man killed in head-on collision in Martin County

JUST IN: Man killed in head-on collision in Martin County

An Indiantown man was killed Saturday night in a head-on collision on Kanner Highway in western Martin County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Pedro Tomas-Sabastian, 26, was heading west on Kanner when his 2002 Saturn was struck by a 2014 Chrysler 300 driven by Jose Martinez, 25. According to FHP records, Tomas-Sabastian’s car had partially crossed into the eastbound lane before...
Brian Mast amassing money for re-election bid

Brian Mast amassing money for re-election bid

Rep. Brian Mast U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, figures to have a tough re-election battle. He’s already drawn one opponent, former U.S. Navy attorney Pam Keith, and another formidable candidate, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, is rumored to be considering a run. If they get in, they better have some generous supporters. The Mast campaign will report raising $734...
NEW: Man accused of leaving kids in hot car outside business for hours

NEW: Man accused of leaving kids in hot car outside business for hours

A Port St. Lucie man is accused of leaving children ages 4 and 5 alone in a vehicle in which the temperature was nearly 90 degrees, Stuart police said. Alain Latortue, 32, was arrested on Thursday on a charge of child abuse, according to a police report. A woman told police that she spotted the children in the vehicle parked outside Latortue’s place of business on Southeast Central Parkway around...
NEW: Overdose leads police to suspected drug dealer’s hotel room

NEW: Overdose leads police to suspected drug dealer’s hotel room

An investigation into a drug overdose this week led St. Lucie County authorities to a Fort Pierce motel room where a man was suspected of dealing crack cocaine, heroin and other drugs. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wilbert Kirkland, 57, Wednesday on charges that include trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of marijuana. He remained at in custody Friday...
BREAKING: Crushing defeat for Venus Williams at Wimbledon

BREAKING: Crushing defeat for Venus Williams at Wimbledon

Venus Williams fell short in becoming the oldest Grand Slam tournament champion in history. In a crushing blow to Venus Williams, she lost to Garbine Muguruza, 7-5 and 6-0, at Wimbledon. Williams took on 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza to try and win her eighth grand slam, and would have been the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994. Navratilova lost in three sets to Conchita Martinez...
Florida not backing expansion of federal ban on shark fin possession

Florida not backing expansion of federal ban on shark fin possession

Florida wildlife officials want to look at banning the importation of shark fins through the state’s ports. But without support from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, they are not getting behind a federal proposal to prohibit possession of shark fins. »RELATED: Read The Post’s coverage of the Florida Legislature Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick...
BREAKING: Restaurant manager facing deportation gets 3 month reprieve

BREAKING: Restaurant manager facing deportation gets 3 month reprieve

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the manager of the Pizza Al Fresco restaurant on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue who was facing the risk of deportation under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy, has been given a 3-month reprieve, his attorney announced on Thursday. Gonzalez was scheduled to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Broward County on Friday...
Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge by Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs Inc., a...
Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago. The ruling pointed to circuit-court cases in Broward and Lee counties aimed at forcing the state to pay judgments in class-action...
NEW: Dog-gun it! Port St. Lucie K-9s help take firearms off streets

NEW: Dog-gun it! Port St. Lucie K-9s help take firearms off streets

City police are crediting their K-9 partners for helping find three guns and getting them off Port St. Lucie streets. Two of the guns were found by Officer Will Harris and K-9 partner Oliver following a drive-by shooting Monday in the 1800 block of Southwest California Boulevard. A person was arrested in the shooting but a gun was not initially found by officers until Oliver sniffed out a Glock 19...
VIDEO: Priest charged in road rage denies pointing gun at motorist

VIDEO: Priest charged in road rage denies pointing gun at motorist

An Episcopal priest charged with pointing a handgun at another motorist in an alleged Treasure Coast “road rage” assault adamantly denied doing so when Florida Highway Patrol troopers stopped his 2014 Corvette, FHP dashboard camera video shows. William Rian Adams, 35 of Fletcher, N.C., was arrested July 5 and charged with pointing a semi-automatic Glock handgun at Sharon Hughes, 54, and...
Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

A Catholic priest will be allowed to sue the Diocese of Palm Beach for defamation after a judge this week rejected the diocese’s claim that the constitutional separation of church and state should prevent the lawsuit from being decided in a secular court. In a four-page order, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser said Tuesday that the Rev. John Gallagher’s claim that the diocese...
Potential Florida gov candidates’ $2M club: Putnam, Corcoran, Levine

Potential Florida gov candidates’ $2M club: Putnam, Corcoran, Levine

While Adam Putnam raised another $2 million in June for his gubernatorial campaign, the three leading declared Democratic contenders hoping to succeed Gov. Rick Scott could not even match half of that total. Putnam, the Republican agriculture commissioner, raised more than $1.3 million for his “Florida Grown” political committee last month, while he collected another $795,000 for his regular...
911 CALL: Priest charged in road rage ‘pointed a gun at me,’ woman says

911 CALL: Priest charged in road rage ‘pointed a gun at me,’ woman says

“He pointed a gun at me,” an incredulous Central Florida woman tells a 911 dispatcher in a recording describing an Episcopal priest’s alleged “road rage” assault. William Rian Adams is charged with pointing a semi-automatic Glock handgun at Sharon Hughes, 54, and her son Christopher, 24, who was driving, on July 5 on Florida’s Turnpike. “For him to do this...
BREAKING: St. Lucie corrections deputy accused of raping child

BREAKING: St. Lucie corrections deputy accused of raping child

A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy has been arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted a child. Port St. Lucie police arrested Wisben Sanon, 38, on Wednesday on two counts of sexual battery on a child. After securing warrants for his arrest, city police detectives found Sanon at the Indian River State College Law Enforcement Academy in Fort Pierce. He was taken into...
Man serving life wins new trial in 2013 murder at Lake Worth area bar

Man serving life wins new trial in 2013 murder at Lake Worth area bar

A 28-year-old Palm Beach County man, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, won a new trial on Wednesday when a Florida appeals court ruled that the judge in his case didn’t take the steps necessary to assure he faced an impartial jury. Demetrius Hopkins, who was convicted in October 2015 for the 2013 fatal shooting of Jean Nesca at Brian Boru’s Irish Pub and Sports...
POST TIME: Army creates Camp Murphy; now Jonathan Dickinson State Park

POST TIME: Army creates Camp Murphy; now Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Readers: A very special place, just north of Jupiter in southern Martin County, has not one but three different links to history. It’s Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Mr. Dickinson figures both at the beginning and now, with the U.S. Army, in between. Seventy-five years ago this month, on July 5, 1942, Camp Murphy was established. A half-year had passed since Pearl Harbor had flung America &mdash...
Savor the hibachi experience at Osaka

Savor the hibachi experience at Osaka

MENU Hibachi-style dinners, wide variety of sushi entrees and Asian rolls, chicken, seafood, steak, noodles, soup, salad, appetizers. ATMOSPHERE Elegant Asian restaurant with modern furnishings and a room filled with hibachi grills, where up to 10 people can gather around a stainless steel table to watch a chef flip knives and food in a dizzying array of performance art. There’s a fiber optic...
New Martin airport manager passionate about aviation

New Martin airport manager passionate about aviation

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Erik Treudt, 48 Erik Treudt remembers when he first fell in love with flying. His dad was working on his private pilot’s license, exposing him to his first up-close experience with aviation. That passion inspired Treudt to learn how to fly. He cleaned planes and remembers the hard work. He said it was worth it to start at age 12. “I still have my logbook that shows...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and Project Seahorse for Kids present Snorkel Day on July 25 . About 100 summer camp participants will gather at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach to swim and snorkel, learn about fins and masks, water safety and the unique marine life of the area. Participants are from the Westgate, West Boynton and West Jupiter Recreation Centers...
Military News

Military News

Richard A. Bush graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a bachelor of science and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. The academy is a four-year military institution of higher learning that develops and inspires new air and space leaders with a vision for the future. Its curriculum provides instruction, education, training and experience in academics, military...
North blotter: Man’s compliment on woman’s legs gets him in trouble with her boyfriend

North blotter: Man’s compliment on woman’s legs gets him in trouble with her boyfriend

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE BATTERY While driving through his neighborhood in the 2500 block of PGA Boulevard, a man noticed a woman in front of her residence. Taking notice of her legs, he stopped and told her “You have nice legs.” Though the man claims to have then driven off, the woman said she confronted him saying “Why would you say that?” The woman then said she told him...
Florida hunting, fishing licenses not keeping up with population

Florida hunting, fishing licenses not keeping up with population

Florida may proclaim itself the “fishing capital of the world,” but wildlife officials say they need more anglers to help cover costs of running state programs. The same goes for hunters. The number of people buying hunting and fishing licenses hasn’t kept pace with population growth in the state, and wildlife officials are concerned that could impact the future management of public...
Mom angry man convicted in missing girl’s case to leave prison early

Mom angry man convicted in missing girl’s case to leave prison early

Linda Parsons expects today to be one of the most difficult days of the year. It was exactly 24 years ago when her 10-year-old daughter, Andrea Gail Parsons, was kidnapped during a walk from her family’s home on Southeast Ebbtide Avenue in Port Salerno to a nearby convenience store to buy candy and chips. Authorities believe two men — Chester Price and the Parsons’ former neighbor...
NEW: Trump’s Italy ambassador is Florida man, former GOP finance chair

NEW: Trump’s Italy ambassador is Florida man, former GOP finance chair

President Donald Trump will nominate a Florida resident and former Republican Party finance chair to be his ambassador to Italy, the White House announced late Monday. Lewis M. Eisenberg of Vero Beach also will be nominated as Trump’s ambassador to the tiny Republic of San Marino, a position Eisenberg will “serve concurrently and without additional compensation,” the White House...
UPDATE: Man, juvenile facing felonies in drive-by shooting

UPDATE: Man, juvenile facing felonies in drive-by shooting

7 p.m. UPDATE: A 19-year-old man and 17-year-old boy are facing several felony charges following a drive-by shooting early Monday in Port St. Lucie. Vincenzo Anthony Monteleone and the juvenile are facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, shooting a deadly missile into a dwelling and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. The juvenile, who the Post is not naming because he has not...
UPDATE: Stuart marina rep says fuel leak all cleaned up  

UPDATE: Stuart marina rep says fuel leak all cleaned up  

A representative of the Stuart marina where a sailboat was leaking fuel says the issue has mostly been resolved.  Hillary Runge, of Jupiter Bay Co., said Florida Department of Environmental representatives were at the marina over the weekend and all the fuel has been drained from the boat. “The DEP went out there on Saturday, and it’s all been cleaned up,” Runge said. ...
NEW: Attorney says video shows Venus Williams to blame for fatal crash

NEW: Attorney says video shows Venus Williams to blame for fatal crash

A surveillance video of the fatal car crash involving Venus Williams shows the tennis star is still to blame for blocking a Palm Beach Gardens intersection, according to the lawyer for the family of Jerome Barson, who died from a fractured spine after the June 9 wreck. Police said on Friday that the video shows that Williams did cross Northlake Boulevard from the Steeplechase gated community legally...
UPDATE: Missing Port St. Lucie man found safe

UPDATE: Missing Port St. Lucie man found safe

10:25 p.m. UPDATE: Murray Lever, the missing 85-year-old Port St. Lucie man, was found safe at about 9:20 p.m., said Port St. Lucie Police Department spokesman Frank Sabol. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department found Lever and notified the Port St. Lucie department, Sabol said. ORIGINAL STORY: The Port St. Lucie Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 85-year-old...
JUST IN: Lightning strike injures three in Martin County

JUST IN: Lightning strike injures three in Martin County

Three people were injured Saturday afternoon when lightning struck a tree just west of Stuart, said Martin County Fire Rescue said. Crews responded to Phipps Park, along the St. Lucie Canal just northwest of the Kanner Highway exits to Interstate 95, just after 12:20 p.m., Division Chief Jon Belding said. The people were standing near the tree when the strike happened. Two people were taken to nearby...
LATEST: Three arrested for heroin trafficking after undercover probe

LATEST: Three arrested for heroin trafficking after undercover probe

An undercover operation led to the arrests of three people Friday in St. Lucie and Indian River counties for trafficking in heroin, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators recovered 27 grams of a heroin-fentanyl mixture that had been packaged for sale. Undercover drug operation nets eight arrests in Jupiter area Michael Andrews, 35, was charged with possession, trafficking...
BREAKING: Priest arrested in road rage incident on Florida’s Turnpike

BREAKING: Priest arrested in road rage incident on Florida’s Turnpike

A road rage incident along a stretch of northbound Florida’s Turnpike led to a North Carolina Episcopal priest’s arrest this week after he allegedly pointed a handgun at another vehicle, according to authorities. William Rian Adams, 35, of Fletcher, N.C., faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after authorities alleged he pointed the weapon at two people late Wednesday...
NEW: Accused $4K baby formula thief may have stolen from PBC gyms

NEW: Accused $4K baby formula thief may have stolen from PBC gyms

A Treasure Coast man suspected of stealing more than $4,000 worth of baby formula in Port St. Lucie is also being accused of multiple thefts in Palm Beach County, the sheriff’s office said. Delray Beach police arrested Stephen Riselvato, 50, on June 26 on a warrant for the Port St. Lucie theft charges. After an investigation by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, he has been arrested...
JUST IN: Apple Watch bait-and-switch scam targets Florida retailers

JUST IN: Apple Watch bait-and-switch scam targets Florida retailers

Investigators say a Daytona Beach man has been scamming Florida retailers with a bait-and-switch scheme involving Apple Watches. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced it had arrested Dat Tran Huu Nguyen at the Target store in Jensen Beach. It caught him trying to get a refund for the price of an Apple 2 Watch in exchange for an older Apple 1 inside an Apple 2 box...
Dave George: Tim Tebow phenomenon shows no sign of lessening

Dave George: Tim Tebow phenomenon shows no sign of lessening

If you think Tim Tebow is trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat with his professional baseball career, consider the magic trick that the New York Mets are attempting to execute. When it’s time to sell tickets and $28 specialty T-shirts, Tebow is the featured brand, driving attendance beyond all Florida State League norms wherever he plays. When he’s on the field, however, the Florida Gators...
Tebow draws fans, admirers to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter

Tebow draws fans, admirers to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter

Holding up the baseball just autographed by his hero Tim Tebow, 16-year-old Noah Engelhard beamed like he had just homered with the bases jammed. “Tim Tebow will always, always, always be my favorite player,” said the Davie resident, posing for a quick photo before running off between the seats Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium to show his treasure to his pals. Fans waited in four lines...
JUST IN: Undercover drug operation nets eight arrests in Jupiter area

JUST IN: Undercover drug operation nets eight arrests in Jupiter area

Eight arrests Thursday in suburban Jupiter led Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies to seize heroin, cocaine, marijuana, painkillers, anti-anxiety medication, firearms and almost $10,000 in cash, authorities said Friday. The arrests took place in the Limestone Creek neighborhood north of town and in Kennedy Estates, an unincorporated pocket near Central Boulevard and Indiantown Road. See who&rsquo...
BREAKING: Family posts reward in hit-and-run that killed mom of five

BREAKING: Family posts reward in hit-and-run that killed mom of five

The car didn’t stop when it hit and killed James Young’s sister Wednesday. Now, he won’t stop until authorities find who is responsible, even if he has to put up his own money as a reward. Katherine Young, 34, of Belle Glade was a mother of five and a week away from moving her family to Palm Beach Gardens and finding a job, her brother said. When she was heading home down West Sugar...
UF grads sue Florida, saying college cash wrongly diverted to tax cuts

UF grads sue Florida, saying college cash wrongly diverted to tax cuts

Two University of Florida alumni have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state, saying lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott funneled money that should have gone to higher education into tax cuts and savings. The legal challenge, filed last week, is based on the Legislature’s decision not to provide matching funds for private donations to colleges and universities. State law creates four matching...
VIDEO: Police say Venus Williams had green light in fatal crash

VIDEO: Police say Venus Williams had green light in fatal crash

Palm Beach Gardens police have released video from a neighborhood guard shack that captured the fatal car crash involving tennis star Venus Williams. Williams had a green light when she entered the intersection of Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive the afternoon of June 9, police said Friday. A police report released today said she entered the intersection legally. As she entered the intersection...
Will retail complex revive Hobe Sound or make it Harbourside Place?

Will retail complex revive Hobe Sound or make it Harbourside Place?

The developer says Hobe Sound Station will bring “a stylish retail center with the feel of Worth Avenue” to a desolate section of U.S. 1. But several locals in this laid back Martin County area say they like their neighborhood businesses just fine. “There’s no fun, no energy, no imagination along this stretch of U.S. 1. People leapfrog Hobe Sound. They go north to Stuart or...
What famous celebrity did this Jupiter woman represent as an agent?

What famous celebrity did this Jupiter woman represent as an agent?

Dolores Dioguardi is an expert in reinvention. In her 89 years, she’s been a Long Island housewife, a movie extra, a talent agent for up-and-coming actors, including a certain “Mission: Impossible” and “Top Gun” star (yes, that one), a champion club golfer and a second-time blushing bride in her 60s. And now, she and her 97-year-old husband Philip want to reinvent...
BREAKING: Man, 76, killed in Port St. Lucie car crash

BREAKING: Man, 76, killed in Port St. Lucie car crash

A 76-year-old Port St. Lucie man was killed Thursday evening in a crash involving two cars. Edward McCloskey died as he was rushed to a hospital following a crash in the 9000 block of South U.S. Highway 1, Port St. Lucie police said. The other driver, identified as Kyle Gunter, 20, of Port St. Lucie, taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash occurred at about 5:15 p.m. along...
Lawyer who backed medical pot amendment sues Florida over smoking ban

Lawyer who backed medical pot amendment sues Florida over smoking ban

Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan on Thursday followed through on threats to sue the state over a smoking ban included in a new law carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Morgan, who largely bankrolled the medical-marijuana ballot initiative, had repeatedly threatened to launch a legal challenge...
NEW: Man who drove propane-filled car into home was ‘on mission to kill’

NEW: Man who drove propane-filled car into home was ‘on mission to kill’

Residents of a Fort Pierce apartment building are trying to pick up the pieces after a man police said was on "a mission to kill" rammed his car carrying several loaded propane tanks into their building Tuesday, killing himself and launching a massive explosion, Fox 29 reports. Fort Pierce police say Carl Philbert, 31, was targeting someone inside a downstairs apartment, but luckily...
Election experts worry Trump commission could repeat Florida errors

Election experts worry Trump commission could repeat Florida errors

Vice President Mike Pence’s office has confirmed the White House commission on voter fraud intends to run the state voter rolls it has requested against federal databases to check for potential fraudulent registration. Experts say the plan is certain to produce thousands of false positives that could distort the understanding of the potential for fraud, especially given the limited data...
Florida Senate President Negron finds job with another big law firm

Florida Senate President Negron finds job with another big law firm

Florida Senate President Joe Negron has joined the West Palm Beach office of the powerful Akerman law firm roughly six months after he resigned from another large firm when his legislative goals conflicted with those of one of its largest clients — U.S. Sugar. Akerman, with 650 lawyers in 24 offices across the nation, announced that the Stuart Republican will join its litigation practice group...
LATEST: St. Lucie judge faces suspension without pay, reprimand

LATEST: St. Lucie judge faces suspension without pay, reprimand

A St. Lucie County judge faces a 30-day suspension without pay and a public reprimand by the Florida Supreme Court if the court accepts a hearing panel’s recommendation filed last week. Circuit Judge Philip J. Yacucci faced a disciplinary review for his actions involving a former political rival, DUI attorney Stephen Smith. The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a formal notice...
NEW: Child found naked in neighbor’s pool leads to woman’s arrest

NEW: Child found naked in neighbor’s pool leads to woman’s arrest

A 21-year-old woman in Port St. Lucie was arrested last week after a toddler in her care wandered from home and was found naked in a neighbor’s swimming pool, city police said. Officers arrested Denise Holmes on one count of child neglect. The 3-year-old was found unharmed standing in the shallow end of a pool on the 1800 block of Southeast North Blackwell Drive. Holmes was released from custody...
North blotter: Man tells police his wife beats him routinely but won’t press charges

North blotter: Man tells police his wife beats him routinely but won’t press charges

JUPITER POLICE BATTERY Responding to a call that ended with “get out of my house,” officers descended on a residence in the 500 block of East Whitney Drive. Upon arrival, they made contact with a man who said he and his wife had been in an argument. He said as the disagreement escalated, his wife demanded he leave for the night before punching him multiple times in the head. He said at...
Locanda Rustica delights with Italian cuisine

Locanda Rustica delights with Italian cuisine

MENU Northern Italian cuisine, including appetizers, salads, soups, pasta, chicken and veal dishes, seafood and pizza. ATMOSPHERE It’s warm and cozy, decorated with maps and globes — taking you away from a busy Tequesta shopping center and into some rustic Italian café. There’s a large bar area in the front with lots of seating. The dining room, toward the back, offers tables...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Palm Beach Gardens has been awarded the Caruso Cup for the second year in a row. Named in honor of PBISAC founder Steve Caruso, the cup is presented each year to the school accumulating the most points during league play throughout the school year and was based on the Lions’ league championships in flag football and volleyball and...
JUST IN: Car crashes into Fort Pierce apartment building

JUST IN: Car crashes into Fort Pierce apartment building

A car crashed into an apartment building on Palm Aveneue Tuesday afternoon, putting 18 people out of their homes, according to the St. Lucie County Fire District. Fire rescue crews responded to the scene in the 400 block of Palm Avenue at 12:48 p.m., the fire district said. Red Cross America has been notified to assist 13 adults and five children. The fire district, Fort Pierce Police Department and...
Florida one of few states still silent about Trump voter data request

Florida one of few states still silent about Trump voter data request

Despite a bipartisan backlash from 44 other states against a White House commission’s request for information about states’ voter rolls, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is still not saying whether Florida will provide the potentially sensitive information. Last week, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity issued letters to state elections officials asking for...
Gov. Scott’s net worth rebounds; Florida Cabinet members’ up too

Gov. Scott’s net worth rebounds; Florida Cabinet members’ up too

Gov. Rick Scott’s net worth rebounded in 2016, a reversal of fortune after his investments plunged a year earlier, according to annual financial disclosure documents. Meanwhile, the collective net worth of the state Cabinet has also climbed, with all three elected members reporting upticks in the annual reports, which were due July 3. RELATED: Read The Post’s 2017 Florida Legislature coverage...
JUST IN: Port Salerno woman missing since Sunday, may need medication

JUST IN: Port Salerno woman missing since Sunday, may need medication

A Port Salerno woman described as emotionally fragile has gone missing since Sunday, and authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding her. Cheryl Lynn Decker, 52, left her home on Dell Street without her medication, money or cellphone, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Decker may appear to be withdrawn or sad. She does not drive or have access to a vehicle, the...
JUST IN: FHP ID’s man, 65, killed in Hobe Sound motorcycle crash

JUST IN: FHP ID’s man, 65, killed in Hobe Sound motorcycle crash

A 65-year-old Hobe Sound motorcyclist died after a crash Sunday in Martin County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Ronald Allen McIntosh died when his motorcycle collided with a Ford Expedition SUV at about 4 p.m. near Dixie Highway and Osprey Street. He was pronounced dead at Martin Hospital South. The driver of the Ford, identified as Concepcion Robles-Alvarado, 47, of Port St. Lucie, was taken...
JUST IN: Bicyclist struck by car, taken to hospital in Port St. Lucie

JUST IN: Bicyclist struck by car, taken to hospital in Port St. Lucie

A woman riding a bicycle was sent to a trauma hospital with serious injuries early Monday after a vehicle struck her, the St. Lucie County Fire District said. Crews responded to the crash at 6 a.m. at the intersection of Crosstown Parkway and Airoso Boulevard, said Brenda Strokes, district spokeswoman. Strokes did not know the woman’s identification or how the crash occurred.
NEW: Mets admit signing Tim Tebow was about more than baseball

NEW: Mets admit signing Tim Tebow was about more than baseball

Contradicting earlier comments that the signing of Tim Tebow was "a baseball decision," the general manager of the New York Mets indicated Friday that the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback was brought in because of his celebrity and entertainment value, The Washington Post reports.  Tebow, 29, who last played football in 2015 during a brief preseason stint with the...
JUST IN: Palm Beach County fugitive arrested in stolen car

JUST IN: Palm Beach County fugitive arrested in stolen car

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday arrested a Palm Beach County fugitive, accusing him of driving a stolen car with a gun inside and threatening officers after he was arrested. According to a department Facebook post, 31-year-old Falone Robert Kalmar could not tell deputies whose car he was driving during a routine traffic stop. He also could not say why he had a loaded gun in his...
UPDATE: Boat headed to Lake Worth when it caught fire, occupants safe

UPDATE: Boat headed to Lake Worth when it caught fire, occupants safe

Update, 9:15 p.m.: A Lake Worth man and a Ft. Pierce man were headed down to Palm Beach County when their boat caught fire, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. John E. Vasvilla, of Martin County, and Mathew Martin, are both safe and uninjured after they abandoned a ship when the fire broke out near Stuart. The sheriff’s office said it was an electrical fire. The pair were...

GOP taps Palm Coast representative as future Florida House speaker

Florida Rep. Paul Renner emerged Friday as the Republican choice for House speaker following the 2022 elections, giving Northeast Florida a much-desired spot for the first time in two decades. Renner, R-Palm Coast, was supported by fellow members of his “class” — lawmakers elected to their first full term this past November — with 16 votes, two more than he needed for the win...

Florida pension fund up 14 percent for fiscal year

Florida’s $155 billion pension fund is on track to show a positive gain for the eighth straight year, as the state’s fiscal year ended on Friday. Although the final number will not be calculated for some time, State Board of Administration officials said they expected the return to be near a Wednesday estimate showing the fund was up 14.24 percent for the fiscal year. RELATED: Read The...
Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Use of illegal credit card skimmers surging at Florida gas stations

Motorists beware. More credit card skimmers than ever before are being detected at gas stations in Palm Beach County and statewide. The number of skimmers found and removed at Palm Beach County gas stations as of June 23 is 58, more than twice the 22 found for all of 2016, according to data released Friday by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Statewide, 276 skimmers...
JUST IN: He went on a joyride in a stolen Ford Bronco … he’s how old?

JUST IN: He went on a joyride in a stolen Ford Bronco … he’s how old?

There have been young car thieves before, but one Martin County kid may stand alone. An 11-year-old boy was arrested early Friday after he allegedly stole and crashed an SUV, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. The juvenile was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. after he allegedly confessed to stealing a Ford Bronco. The Palm Beach Post is not identifying the boy because he is a...
Scott coy, but Dems, GOP already acting like he’ll oppose Nelson in ‘18

Scott coy, but Dems, GOP already acting like he’ll oppose Nelson in ‘18

On Capitol Hill for a day of health care-related meetings and media appearances on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott snagged some camera time at a marble rotunda frequently used by members of the Senate for live TV shots. Despite the Senatorial trappings, the two-term Republican governor insisted it’s too early to contemplate a potential 2018 run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Many...
UPDATE: Missing Port St. Lucie girls found unharmed

UPDATE: Missing Port St. Lucie girls found unharmed

Update 2:20 p.m.: Two girls who ran away from their homes in Port St. Lucie Thursday have been found unharmed, city police said. Original story: Two girls from Port St. Lucie ran away from home Thursday and police are asking for the public’s help in finding them. Police say Jessica Flores, 14, and Deonna Parker, 12, are missing and considered endangered because of their ages. Officers responded...
Hard-fought Florida budget finally takes effect Saturday

Hard-fought Florida budget finally takes effect Saturday

It took an extension to the Florida Legislature’s regular session and a special session on top of that to finally get a state spending plan for the new fiscal year, but the budget that tied up lawmakers for months finally takes effect Saturday. All told, the state will spend between $83 billion and $84 billion, scattered around several bills that have been signed by Gov. Rick Scott. The money...
NEW: Man wanted in shooting incident near Port St. Lucie park

NEW: Man wanted in shooting incident near Port St. Lucie park

City police are asking for the public’s help locating a man who reportedly fired shots at two other men last week near a park. The incident happened the night of June 18 in the 200 block of Northwest Prima Vista Boulevard near Sportsman’s Park. A 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man told police they were crossing the street when they heard someone yell at them from a passing Jeep. The...
Liberty Medical to lay off 263 in Port St. Lucie

Liberty Medical to lay off 263 in Port St. Lucie

Liberty Medical, a Port St. Lucie-based diabetes-supply firm, announced Thursday it plans to lay off 263 employees as part of a bid to sell the majority of its assets. The company, once the largest private employer in St. Lucie County with about 2,000 workers, told state officials that it “may be selling substantially all of its assets” under a deal expected to close next month. RELATED...
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