Treasure Coast headlines

How did cell carriers hold up during Irma? They don’t have to tell you

How did cell carriers hold up during Irma? They don’t have to tell you

On the day after Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, more than one in four cellphone towers in the state were out of service, a worse knockout than hurricanes Sandy and Harvey inflicted. But if you want to know how well each cellphone carrier handled the storm, you’re out of luck. A 4-year-old proposal to require America’s cell carriers to publicly disclose how well they withstand...
We’ll get a short break from damaging storms, but be ready for Round 2

We’ll get a short break from damaging storms, but be ready for Round 2

After lobbing cyclone after cyclone at unwitting coastlines, submerging Houston, laying waste to Barbuda, crushing the Florida Keys, and plunging Puerto Rico into darkness, the tropical Atlantic has stilled. For 30 consecutive days, one or more named storms have crashed through the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean — an impressive stretch not seen since 1995.
After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

Looking to restock his refrigerator three days after Hurricane Irma tore through Palm Beach County, attorney Richard Ryles headed to the Publix in Palm Beach. But, like scores of mainland residents discovered in the aftermath of the storm, the wealthy island was off-limits to nearly everyone who didn’t live or work in the tony town — not just during the storm but for seven days...
State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

Do you have a concern about Florida Power & Light’s power restoration after Hurricane Irma? Was your power out for five days and you don’t know why? Did FPL’s website show that your power was restored when it wasn’t? Consumers can file such complaints with the Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said Friday. His office represents all consumers...
NEW: Woman, 33, arrested in raid on Florida massage parlor

NEW: Woman, 33, arrested in raid on Florida massage parlor

One woman was arrested as authorities shut down a Stuart massage parlor Thursday because of alleged prostitution activity. Xiao Yin, 33, of Stuart, was arrested after city police searched the Asian Sports Massage in the 500 block of Southeast Dixie Highway. Detectives seized computers and documents from the business as part of the investigation, the city’s police spokesman, Officer Jeffrey Kittredge...
BREAKING: Toddler shot in head with pellet gun, in critical condition

BREAKING: Toddler shot in head with pellet gun, in critical condition

Update, 6:15 p.m: A 2-year-old shot while playing with another child remains in critical but stable condition, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. No charges are expected, sheriff’s spokeswoman Christine Weiss said. Original story: A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition Thursday after being shot in the head with a pellet gun by another child Wednesday morning, the Martin County...
Things to do in Northern Palm Beach County Sept. 21-27

Things to do in Northern Palm Beach County Sept. 21-27

Birding by Kayak, 9 a.m., MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach. Take a guided kayak tour with a ranger, paddling through Lake Worth Lagoon to Munyon Island, with sights set on spotting estuary birds and migratory songbirds on the island. $25 single kayak, $40 double kayak. Space is limited. Reservation required. Call 561-624-6952 or visit macarthurbeach.org ACBL-Sanctioned...
UPDATE: Man in missing girl case to be held on civil charge

UPDATE: Man in missing girl case to be held on civil charge

Linda Parsons’ emotions ranged from despair to a glimmer of hope. Believing that the man found responsible for her daughter Andrea’s disappearance more than 20 ago years soon would go free, she warned that a “dangerous man” would be returning to the street. Chester Duane Price will be released from state prison Thursday, but he won’t be going free, authorities said. The...
Austin Harrouff trial: Lawyers fight release of more ‘Dr. Phil’ tapes

Austin Harrouff trial: Lawyers fight release of more ‘Dr. Phil’ tapes

Attorneys representing the production company of the “Dr. Phil” TV show have asked a Martin County judge that they not be required to release additional recordings of an interview with Austin Harrouff, the Jupiter man accused of stabbing two people in Martin County last year. Peteski Productions said it was subpoenaed by the state to release any additional audio and visual records it kept...
North blotter: Guest sheltering from storm pummels his host, damages car with ax

North blotter: Guest sheltering from storm pummels his host, damages car with ax

PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT A man sheltering from the hurricane at a home in the 900 block of Southwest Connecticut Terrace attacked his host on the third day of his stay. Accusing his host of stealing his drugs, the man jumped on him as he was lying in bed and began pummeling him. The man then found an axe nearby and began swinging it and threatening his host, who managed to escape to...
Firefighting couple retire after a combined 51 years of service

Firefighting couple retire after a combined 51 years of service

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS: Jim and Janet Rudd, 53 and 55 Jim and Janet Rudd could have met many times. They both went to high school miles apart in Fort Pierce. She played softball with his mom while he was away in the Navy. They also had friends in common. “We actually met the night she graduated from fire school,” Jim said. The couple is now nearing their 28th wedding anniversary. “That...
Tin Fish seafood dishes a great catch

Tin Fish seafood dishes a great catch

MENU Seafood, chicken, burgers, burritos, tacos, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, pasta, chowder. ATMOSPHERE Casual and upbeat, with a sports-bar theme and live music on Thursday through Saturday nights. There are four large-screen TVs broadcasting more than the usual sports selection, and a small counter up front for dining on the run. Food is delivered picnic-style, in a platter with checkered paper...
Irma prompts hurricane legislation from Scott, Nelson, Corcoran

Irma prompts hurricane legislation from Scott, Nelson, Corcoran

From creating a state gasoline reserve to protecting vulnerable seniors in nursing homes, a newly created state House committee will look at ways of better preparing Florida to face major storms like Hurricane Irma. “With any event of this magnitude, lessons can be learned,” House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, said Tuesday in a memo to House members, announcing the 21-member...
After Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against FPL over power outages

After Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against FPL over power outages

As Florida Power & Light nears the end of its post-Hurricane Irma restoration effort, two Miami-Dade County law firms have filed a lawsuit alleging that FPL charged customers a storm restoration fee yet did nothing to strengthen its grid. John Ruiz, an attorney with MSP Recovery Law Firm in Miami, and Gonzalo Dorta, an attorney with Dorta Law in Coral Gables, filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade County...
BREAKING: St. Lucie sheriff finds body in lake; may be missing man

BREAKING: St. Lucie sheriff finds body in lake; may be missing man

A body was found in a lake Tuesday near the the area where St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies had searched for a Fort Pierce man missing since Monday. The body was found at Portofino Shores near Lakewood Park, north of Indrio Road and west of North Kings Highway. Deputies have been searching since John Michael Kim, 24, who was last seen Monday morning at the security gate of Portofino Shores...
NEW: Police investigate body found near waterfront park in Stuart

NEW: Police investigate body found near waterfront park in Stuart

City police are investigating the death of a man whose body found Monday in the waters near Shepard Park in Stuart. The body was found shortly before 2 p.m. Monday at the park, on the St. Lucie River west of Federal Highway and just south of the Roosevelt Bridge. Investigators believe the man’s death was due to accidental drowning, but the case remains under investigation, said Officer Jeffery...
BREAKING: State to resume charging tolls on turnpike following Irma

BREAKING: State to resume charging tolls on turnpike following Irma

The state will resume charging tolls on Florida’s Turnpike and other roads and bridges Thursday morning after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma, authorities said Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott ordered the suspensions Sept. 5 so people could prepare, get supplies, and “quickly and safely evacuate when necessary,” his office said. The tolls go back into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday...
NEW: Honor Flight soon to offer D.C. tribute trips to Vietnam vets

NEW: Honor Flight soon to offer D.C. tribute trips to Vietnam vets

With the years taking their toll on the ranks of World War II and even Korean War veterans, Southeast Florida Honor Flight — which has a journey set for Saturday — is about to start opening up to veterans of Vietnam. “We still have a substantial waiting list of Korean War veterans (and) we are still getting WWII veterans as well, although their numbers are sadly dwindling,&rdquo...
2 p.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria’s top winds increase to 125 mph

2 p.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria’s top winds increase to 125 mph

2 p.m. UPDATE: Hurricane Maria’s strongest sustained winds have increased to 125 mph and its eye is expected to move through the Leeward Islands late this afternoon or evening, the National Hurricane Center said. Maria remains a Category 3 storm, with top winds increasing about 5 mph since the last update. The track currently steers it northwest and  potentially...
Former UM football player arrested on drug charges in Delray

Former UM football player arrested on drug charges in Delray

A former Spanish River High School football star who played for the University of Miami Hurricanes during its 2001 national championship season was arrested early Sunday in Delray Beach and charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine and marijuana and resisting an officer without violence. Jason Geathers, who turns 37 on Monday, was stopped by police on the 900 block of Northwest...
JUST IN: Tractor-trailer crash near Lake Okeechobee kills man, 68

JUST IN: Tractor-trailer crash near Lake Okeechobee kills man, 68

A 68-year-old man died Friday morning in a tractor-trailer wreck northwest of Indiantown, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Nathaniel Hawthorne Jr. of Lake Placid was a passenger in a 2000 Kenwood Truck that crashed at about 10:30 a.m. Friday as it was westbound on Southwest Martin Highway near Lake Okeechobee, FHP said in a crash report. The truck was “negotiating a left curve” but overturned...
After Hurricane Irma: FPL restores power to nearly all of region

After Hurricane Irma: FPL restores power to nearly all of region

While air conditioning has begun to flow and lights are back on in most South Florida homes after Hurricane Irma, some residents are still struggling as they remain without power Sunday. One older West Palm Beach woman marked a week without full electricity and a downed power line in her backyard. Marilyn Jordan, 82, said she has been trying to stay hydrated in her 92-degree home on Washington...
UPDATE: Maria now an 80-mph hurricane, aims for Caribbean

UPDATE: Maria now an 80-mph hurricane, aims for Caribbean

8 p.m. update: Hurricane Maria is now packing 80-mph winds as it moves west-northwest at 15 mph toward the Lesser Antilles. It’s about 125 miles east-northeast of Barbados, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. France has issued a hurricane warning for Martinique. Previous warnings remain in Guadeloupe; Dominica; and St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. There...
From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

Hurricane Wilma roared through South Florida in 2005 and left 6 million people in the dark. It was the worst disaster in Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light’s history — until this week. Hurricane Irma made its first U.S.landfall Sunday at Cudjoe Key and took the dubious “worst disaster” title from Wilma. Overall, Irma knocked out power to 90 percent of FPL’s 5 million...
‘We averted a catastrophe’: Seniors wilted at West Palm home post-Irma

‘We averted a catastrophe’: Seniors wilted at West Palm home post-Irma

Amid a shower of post-Hurricane Irma requests for assistance, the city of West Palm Beach fielded a call Tuesday asking for ice for the Savannah Court assisted living community at 2090 N. Congress Ave. Commissioner Keith James and other city officials went to the two-story building to bring the ice at about 1 p.m. “It was a horrible situation,” he said Friday. “We talked to the technical...

POINT OF VIEW: Hold legislators’ feet to fire on money for land buys

Florida legislators are due back in Tallahassee this month to begin deliberating the public’s business. In committee meetings, they will start deciding which issues will become priorities for the 60-day 2018 legislative session that begins in January. One question all citizens should be asking our lawmakers: Will they once again blatantly ignore Florida voters by failing to appropriate adequate...
After Hurricane Irma: Boca men fly private jet to Keys with supplies

After Hurricane Irma: Boca men fly private jet to Keys with supplies

Just a few days after returning from relief efforts in Houston, two Boca Raton men planned to fly a private jet to Key West on Friday afternoon to deliver supplies to those affected by Hurricane Irma. Zev Freidus and Nathan Zucker, both licensed pilots, received military clearance Friday to fly into Key West and provide necessary relief items such as medical supplies and water to the people facing...
After Hurricane Irma: Stop lights working at most busy intersections

After Hurricane Irma: Stop lights working at most busy intersections

Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction included either knocking out the power to or damaging traffic lights at about 600 of Palm Beach County’s 1,200 intersections that have signals. By early Friday, county engineer David Ricks said, only 150 to 180 of those intersections were still being navigated without the aid of a working signal. More importantly to traffic officials, signals at only...
BREAKING: Missing 12-year-old Port St. Lucie girl found, is safe

BREAKING: Missing 12-year-old Port St. Lucie girl found, is safe

10:55 a.m. UPDATE: C’niya Samuda has been found and is in good health, Port St. Lucie police said. Original post: Port St. Lucie police are looking for a 12-year-old girl who is believed to have run away from home. Click here for more breaking news coverage from The Palm Beach Post C’niya Samuda was last seen Thursday at her Port St. Lucie home. Anyone with information about her whereabouts...
After Hurricane Irma: 1 dead, 3 critical in carbon monoxide poisoning

After Hurricane Irma: 1 dead, 3 critical in carbon monoxide poisoning

One person has died and three are in critical condition after a carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator near Loxahatchee. The generator was not running when Palm Beach County Fire Rescue arrived on the scene after a medical call, but it had reportedly been running all day. Fire Rescue officials said a woman was dead, along with three men who were found conscious inside the home, located in...
After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage

After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage

Palm Beach County and Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugar cane flattened, and power poles and lines down. This week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Thomas Rooney viewed the...
Lights out at intersections? It could be weeks before they’re fixed

Lights out at intersections? It could be weeks before they’re fixed

It could be “weeks” before Palm Beach County’s traffic signal system is fully functioning, county officials said Thursday. About 60 percent of the area’s 14,000 signals either lost power or were damaged after Hurricane Irma blew through South Florida on Sunday. Scores of workers are addressing the issue, but there appears to be no immediate end in sight. “Our goal is...
NEW: Florida couple hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning

NEW: Florida couple hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning

A Stuart couple was hospitalized this week after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning while running a generator in their home, according to the Martin County Health Department. The couple was brought to a hospital Tuesday after complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain. They remain in the hospital, the health department said. Authorities did not disclose the names of the couple. At least four...
After Irma: FPL has restored power to more than 70% of customers

After Irma: FPL has restored power to more than 70% of customers

More than 70 percent of Florida Power & Light’s customers’ power has been restored, and the most difficult part of the restoration has begun, FPL spokesman Bryan Garner said Thursday. It’s Day Three in the post-Hurricane Irma massive effort to turn the lights back on in the largest outage in Florida’s and the nation’s history. A workforce of 21,500 men and women is working...
Police looking for man who robbed Florida bank

Police looking for man who robbed Florida bank

City police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who robbed a bank Thursday morning. The robbery occurred shortly before 10 a.m. at the PNC Bank located at 10620 SW Village Parkway. Police say the suspect is between the ages of 25 and 30 years, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black shoe and a black mask covering the lower...
NEW: Residents warned of scam involving phony Comcast contractor

NEW: Residents warned of scam involving phony Comcast contractor

Port St. Lucie police are warning the public involving an individual posing as a Comcast contractor attempting to collect past-due bills. A Port St. Lucie resident in the 400 block of SE Doat Street told police a man claiming to work for the cable company came to her home around 4:15 p.m. » Get the latest breaking news at PalmBeachPost.com The person was wearing a shirt with Comcast insignia...
NEW: Fort Pierce man killed in wreck as Hurricane Irma left Florida

NEW: Fort Pierce man killed in wreck as Hurricane Irma left Florida

As the last of Hurricane Irma’s force poured down Monday on South Florida, a Fort Pierce man was dead in a 2009 Kia Sportage submerged in water along Interstate 95. Florida Highway Patrol authorities weren’t notified about the body, or the car, until late Monday morning. Inside they found 52-year-old John Dale Lewis. IRMA’S AFTERMATH: Everything you need to know following the storm...
FPL responds to nursing home tragedy, updates power restoration effort

FPL responds to nursing home tragedy, updates power restoration effort

Following the deaths Wednesday of six people who resided at a Hollywood Hills nursing home where Hurricane Irma knocked out power, Florida Power & Light officials said the facility was not on the list of top-tier infrastructure facilities Broward County provided in March. FPL spokesman Rob Gould said, “What we have seen is something extremely tragic. It points to the need for having plans in...
Hurricane Irma: More than 100 flights canceled at Lauderdale airport

Hurricane Irma: More than 100 flights canceled at Lauderdale airport

Airports in South Florida have returned to normal operations but were still experiencing significant delays and cancellations Wednesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The disruptions were so widespread early Wednesday that Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is recommending that passengers not come to the airport without a confirmed ticket or flight. They should call their airlines...
BREAKING: Mother of missing St. Lucie man found slain, sheriff says

BREAKING: Mother of missing St. Lucie man found slain, sheriff says

The mother of a St. Lucie County man missing since Thursday has been found dead, authorities said Wednesday. Detectives are investigating the death of Kathie Whatley, 67, as a homicide, Sheriff Ken Mascara said at a news conference Wednesday. Lance Whatley, 40, was last seen with his mother Thursday evening in the River Park area of Port St. Lucie, the sheriff’s office said. He has a history...
Hurricane Irma: Post Office resuming limited mail delivery today

Hurricane Irma: Post Office resuming limited mail delivery today

Amid recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Postal Service has begun delivering mail again from a handful of offices in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The post office on Tuesday announced delivery services from post office locations from Fort Pierce to Boynton Beach. On Wednesday, the post office added delivery from the Delray Beach post office on South Military Trail. No retail...
Hurricane Irma: What not to do while your electrical power is out

Hurricane Irma: What not to do while your electrical power is out

It’s a sad side story to nearly every storm event, including Hurricane Irma. People are hurt, or even die, either before or after the storm in incidents that are indirectly related. Irma added to the grim legacy. Follow Palm Beach Post coverage of Hurricane Irma In Orlando, a family of three died of carbon monoxide poisoning; authorities suspect they ran a generator inside their home. And in...
Lots of choices in comfort food at Stuart Diner

Lots of choices in comfort food at Stuart Diner

MENU American and Greek comfort food, breakfast includes omelettes, sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, eggs benedict, country fried steak and crepes. Lunch includes appetizers, soup, salads, burgers, paninis, chicken, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, pasta, beef, pork, gyros, desserts, pastries. ATMOSPHERE Modern and comfortable, with nautical-themed photos and paintings of area...

Sleepy husband pushes wife’s hand away, accidentally injuring her

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE PROWLING A man was spotted standing in the parking lot of a development in the 3500 block of Marigold Court staring at two residents. The residents said that each time they looked back at him he would raise a cellphone to his ear and act like he was talking to someone. Police confronted the man and when asked why he was there he said he was on his way to visit his mother...
Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The Lake Park Tennis Center offers classes for all skill levels at Kelsey Park: Mondays: clinics for team adult beginners, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays: intermediate clinic, 7 to 9 a.m. and free kids clinic for Lake Park residents, 4 to 5 p.m.; Fridays: intermediate clinic for kids, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays: doubles strategy clinic, all levels welcome, 8 to 10 a.m....

John Carroll High AP students recognized for achievements

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS BRIEFLY The Palm Beach County Council of PTAs will host Family Fun Night at Florida Atlantic University Stadium on Saturday. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the kickoff for the FAU football game against Bethune-Cookman University at 8. End zone tickets and parking passes are $5 each. Call 561-297-6720 for ticket information. TREASURE COAST SCHOOLS JOHN CARROLL HIGH...
Hurricane Irma: Broken traffic lights may prove as dangerous as storm

Hurricane Irma: Broken traffic lights may prove as dangerous as storm

Floridians already have a reputation as really bad drivers. And that’s with functioning traffic lights. Toss nonworking traffic signals into the mix and things really get interesting. Palm Beach County motorists have been tested since Hurricane Irma barreled into the state last weekend, knocking out power to millions of residents and nearly as many stoplights. That’s turned some of the...
Hurricane Irma: Limited service returns to South Florida airports

Hurricane Irma: Limited service returns to South Florida airports

Travel in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma began to return to normal Tuesday with South Florida’s three major airport offering limited commercial flights Palm Beach International Airport spokeswoman Casandra Davis said the airport was back at normal operations. Those with flights planned in the next several days should contact their airlines to see if there have been any changes in schedule....
Hurricane Irma: Florida man cooped up in house accused in ax attack

Hurricane Irma: Florida man cooped up in house accused in ax attack

After three days cooped inside a Port St. Lucie home, Tarvice Lamar Payne apparently had enough. The 33-year-old Royal Palm Beach man reportedly attacked the man who’d housed him during Hurricane Irma, accusing the host of stealing his drugs, city police said. Payne allegedly jumped on the man early Tuesday as the man slept in a bed on Southwest Connecticut Terrace, west of Florida’s Turnpike...
JUST IN: Florida man with burglary tools found hiding from cops

JUST IN: Florida man with burglary tools found hiding from cops

A Port St. Lucie man was arrested Monday night after he was found hiding from police and in possession of burglary tools in a business district closed by Hurricane Irma, Port St. Lucie police said. Corey Fredrick King, 46, is facing charges of loitering or prowling and possession of burglary tools. A police officer on routine patrol allegedly found King hiding behind a tree next to a wal that separates...
NEW: Child drowns in family pool in Fort Pierce

NEW: Child drowns in family pool in Fort Pierce

A 5-year-old boy died Monday after being found in a family pool, the St. Lucie Lucie County Sheriff’s Office reports. The sheriff’s office said that child’s death was not related to Hurricane Irma. Deputies and St. Lucie Fire District paramedics responded at about 6:15 p.m. to the 2000 block of North 53rd Street Street just beyond the Fort Pierce city limits, near Angle Road. When...
Hurricane Irma: Impostor power employees stealing from homes

Hurricane Irma: Impostor power employees stealing from homes

Police agencies are warning area residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma about imposter power-company employees who really are just trying to steal from others. A 95-year-old woman who lives on Southwest 23rd Court in Boynton Beach had $13,000 worth of jewelry taken Monday afternoon. The woman told Boynton Beach police she was sitting in her living room with her front door open and two men walked...
Hurricane Irma: Publix to reopen most of its grocery stores today

Hurricane Irma: Publix to reopen most of its grocery stores today

Publix expects to reopen nearly all of its super markets in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast this morning, two days after Hurricane Irma swept through the region. Listings on the Lakeland-based company’s website indicate a planned 8 a.m. opening at stores from Boca Raton to Fort Pierce. The one notable store whose opening time remained undetermined was the Publix at CityPlace in West...
Hurricane Irma: Delta’s first flight to PBIA after storm to be delayed

Hurricane Irma: Delta’s first flight to PBIA after storm to be delayed

Closed since Friday night for Hurricane Irma, Palm Beach International Airport was set to open at noon, but missing an important ingredient: airplanes. Three were set to come in Monday night, all from Atlanta: Delta 2065, 8:50 p.m., arriving 10:35 p.m. Delta 1285, 9 p.m., arriving 10:47 p.m. Delta 2283, 10:32 p.m., arriving 12:16 a.m. Delta said to check with it on the status of the flights. PBIA...
Hurricane Irma: Indiantown neighbors marvel at Irma-induced sinkhole

Hurricane Irma: Indiantown neighbors marvel at Irma-induced sinkhole

For three years, Indianwood Golf and Country Club has been both the place Carolyn Clutter called home and the place where nothing ever really happened. So in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which blew carports and Florida room screens off a few units but caused no major structural damage to any homes, Clutter shook her head on Monday as she stood just beyond a television news truck and a group of...
Hurricane Irma: Storm creates sinkhole in western Martin community

Hurricane Irma: Storm creates sinkhole in western Martin community

The entrance to an Indiantown community was destroyed Sunday by a large sinkhole created by Hurricane Irma, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports. Crews inspecting damage in the aftermath of the hurricane found the sinkhole near Indianwood Golf & Country Club, the sheriff’s office said. Other damage reported included a collapsed business sign along Holly Street and U.S. 1 in Port...
Double trouble for water managers: Storm surge and rainfall

Double trouble for water managers: Storm surge and rainfall

Hurricane Irma has forced water managers at the South Florida Water Management District to referee competing floodwaters — inland rain water that they must steer to the coast and surge water from the ocean and Gulf of Mexico pushed ashore by vicious winds. “In addition to rainfall we have also been fighting against storm surge,” said John Mitnik, the district’s chief engineer...
Hurricane Irma: Martin County imposes curfew starting tonight

Hurricane Irma: Martin County imposes curfew starting tonight

A curfew goes into place Sunday night in Martin County from 7:30 p.m. - 6 a.m. READ: Palm Beach County curfew called in response to Hurricane Irma. The curfew was put in place in response to widespread power outages in Martin County, said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder. The curfew applies to residents living within unincorporated Martin County and incorporated communities such as Stuart and...
St. Lucie County man last seen before Hurricane Irma still missing

St. Lucie County man last seen before Hurricane Irma still missing

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 40-year-old believed to be missing and endangered. Lance Gregory Whatley was last seen Thursday evening in the River Park area of Port St. Lucie with his mother. He has not been seen since the effects of Hurricane Irma began to rock Florida. Download The Palm Beach Post mobile app, PostNOW, for the latest on the storm: iPhone download| Android...
Hurricane Irma: What county officials will do next once Irma subsides; plus condition info, more

Hurricane Irma: What county officials will do next once Irma subsides; plus condition info, more

Hurricane Irma made landfall at Marco Island on Florida’s west coast Sunday afternoon, but the storm is so broad that tropical storm force winds are expected to continue barreling through Palm Beach County into Monday morning. We’re keeping an eye on power outages, shelters and more.  Here’s what we know so far on Sun., Sept. 10: Palm Beach County emergency responders will...
Hurricane Irma: More than 3.64 million FPL accounts lose power

Hurricane Irma: More than 3.64 million FPL accounts lose power

Category 3 Hurricane Irma cut the power to more than 3 million Florida Power & Light customers, and more outages are expected before the storm is done with Florida, FPL officials said Sunday at the company’s command center. Outages stood at 3,636,550 customer accounts just after 5 a.m. Monday and were expected to increase throughout the night. Including 492,980 customers whose power was at some...
Hurricane Irma: Fort Pierce tops 10 inches of rain, sets record

Hurricane Irma: Fort Pierce tops 10 inches of rain, sets record

More than 10 inches of rain associated with Hurricane Irma fell during a four-hour period early Sunday in Fort Pierce, the National Weather Service’s Melbourne office reports. A 1-mile stretch of U.S. 1 from Orange Avenue to Virginia Avenue was impassable because of flooding. City police say flooding has affected many areas of the city and are asking motorists to stay off the roads. According...
Hurricane Irma: Martin charges man with burglary during evacuations

Hurricane Irma: Martin charges man with burglary during evacuations

Martin County authorities say a 24-year-old Broward County man was arrested Saturday as Hurricane Irma approached after he was caught with burglary tools in his possession. Leon Joseph Salters of Pompano Beach could not explain why he was in the county during a period of mandatory evacuations, the sheriff’s office said. He reportedly told deputies he was in the area to visit a friend, but could...
Hurricane Irma: Tornado warning prompts lockdown at St. Lucie offices

Hurricane Irma: Tornado warning prompts lockdown at St. Lucie offices

As Hurricane Irma approached, the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center was temporarily placed on a lockdown Saturday night due to a tornado warning the county. A tornado warning was issued at just before 7:30 p.m. and lasted until 8 p.m County spokesman Erick Gill said that staff still will continue to come and go from the center until Sunday when sustained winds are expected to reach tropical-storm...
FPL cuts outage estimate, but outages are occurring

FPL cuts outage estimate, but outages are occurring

Florida Power & Light has lowered its outage forecast following a shift in Hurricane Irma’s path to the west, but warned customers to not become complacent about the storm’s potential to cause major damage. “We are now forecasting about one million fewer outages, 3.4 compared to 4.1 million yesterday. That said, there is no way to predict how many of those will be in Palm Beach County...
Hurricane Irma coming for Florida

Hurricane Irma coming for Florida

Gusty tropical breezes will ease Hurricane Irma into South Florida this morning before the sprawling Category 4 cyclone is forecast to invade with a cruelty unmatched in recent history. As of Friday afternoon, Irma was predicted to hit somewhere along the tip of the peninsula early Sunday after gorging on deep, warm waters that fueled its raging core of 155-mph winds. “It’s going to be...
Commentary: Katrina, Harvey and a flood of memories

Commentary: Katrina, Harvey and a flood of memories

Every year I tell myself I’m over Hurricane Katrina, and every year I’m wrong. This year I got a double reminder that Katrina’s wounds can be treated but never healed. First, in early August, a “rain event” flooded numerous New Orleans neighborhoods. Parts of the city were inaccessible. Two African-American landmarks that were destroyed by Katrina in 2005 and rebuilt...
Cerabino: Hurricane Irma’s worst-case-scenario to bring out best in us

Cerabino: Hurricane Irma’s worst-case-scenario to bring out best in us

We have come to a defining moment. Wishes, hopes and denial are behind us now, as the slow approach of Hurricane Irma, a storm big enough to swallow the whole state of Florida, appears to be ready to do just that. These storms usually turn away in the Atlantic, as Hurricane Matthew did last year. Or even when they hit us, they can’t muster winds above less-than-catastrophic Category 2 gusts...
Hurricane Irma: What will Florida’s Turnpike be like on the way back?

Hurricane Irma: What will Florida’s Turnpike be like on the way back?

It was around Hour 5 of the Irma Refugee Crisis when I started to worry about hallucinations. Ahead of me was an endless caravan of vehicles stretching north on Florida’s Turnpike, their red taillights glowing like a string of Christmas decorations in the dark. In the rear view mirror, my bleary eyes and pallid face resembled something out of a zombie apocalypse movie. Was this ever going to...
Hurricane Irma: More than 11k take shelter as storm approaches 

Hurricane Irma: More than 11k take shelter as storm approaches 

If your phone didn’t alert you to reality last night just as you  were finally nodding  off after a day of shuttering, it is official: Palm Beach County is under a hurricane warning. Hurricane Irma continues to head our way and is expected to strike the tip of the Florida peninsula early Sunday morning.  But the tropical storm-force winds will get here much earlier - closer...
Hurricane Irma: Mobile-home park residents board up, seek safer ground

Hurricane Irma: Mobile-home park residents board up, seek safer ground

In mobile-homes parks across Palm Beach County, windows were boarded and driveways empty Thursday as Hurricane Irma neared. The parks are among the most vulnerable places amid the winds of any hurricane, let alone a Category 5 storm such as Irma. As such, most residents of Monet Acres, a 55-and-older community off RCA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, had plans to stay with friends and family elsewhere...
Hurricane Irma: Area Publix Super Markets to close at noon Saturday

Hurricane Irma: Area Publix Super Markets to close at noon Saturday

In advance of Hurricane Irma, Publix Super Markets in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast will close at noon Saturday. The Lakeland-based grocer made the announcement at midday Thursday. The move affects stores as far north as Vero Beach. Stores in Miami-Dade and much of Broward counties will close at 9 p.m. Friday. Publix is Florida’s largest grocery-store chain.
Hurricane Irma: Facts vs. fables about tropical storms

Hurricane Irma: Facts vs. fables about tropical storms

Plenty of wisdom has been dispensed in the wait for Hurricane Irma, some of it sound and some of it silly. Here are some of the more common misconceptions — and a few that, surprisingly, are correct. - NO! Leaving a window open will not relieve the pressure inside your house during a hurricane, and any openings in the house can lead to pressure actually building up inside and causing major...
Hurricane Irma: Martin, St. Lucie authorities to use armored vehicles

Hurricane Irma: Martin, St. Lucie authorities to use armored vehicles

With Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida, Martin and St. Lucie County first-responders are preparing to use special vehicles that will make them more able to respond to emergencies during the storm. The sheriff’s offices in these Treasure Coast counties will partner with Fire Rescue agencies to use armored military vehicles capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and navigating flooded...
Hurricane Irma: Run on bottled water sweeps shelves clean

Hurricane Irma: Run on bottled water sweeps shelves clean

Water, water, everywhere. Except at the grocery store. “Three o’clock. Maybe 4,” the clerk told Mirna Amaro of West Palm Beach. Behind him, shelves stretched on, packed with soft drinks and juices. But no water. Get the latest forecast details on Hurricane Irma With Hurricane Irma threatening, people decided not to wait until the last minute to stock up on drinking water. They started...
Homemade Italian favorites on menu at Palma Pizza

Homemade Italian favorites on menu at Palma Pizza

MENU Pizza reigns at the newly opened Palma Pizza, though there are plenty of other Italian favorites on the menu as well as sandwiches and salads. Pizza options include New York-style (thin crust), Sicilian (thick crust) and Chicago (deep dish), with more than two dozen available toppings as well as specialty pizzas. Pasta choices include eggplant and chicken parmigiana, baked ziti and spaghetti...

Long-simmering feud between two women boils over outside restaurant

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DISTURBANCE Two women decided to settle a long-simmering feud over alleged infidelity with a serious smackdown down behind a restaurant in the 11700 block of Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue. Though both sustained injuries to their arms and faces, they each claimed the other started the fight. One woman said that she was approached and bitten by her opponent. The other said she...
Suncoast High School Foundation Board adds three new members

Suncoast High School Foundation Board adds three new members

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE WEISS SCHOOL An open house begins at 8 a.m. Friday at the school, 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474 or ptripp@weissschool.org. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Curriculum Night begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for families of students in grades three through five. The program is for parents/guardians only; no child care will be available. For more...
Council on Aging board chair advocates for seniors’ futures

Council on Aging board chair advocates for seniors’ futures

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Gertrude Rodgers, 81 When Gertrude Rodgers first joined the board for Council on Aging of Martin County, she had one thought gnawing at her the whole time. “We were building the Kane Center, and I wasn’t quite sure what we’re doing for seniors,” the Stuart resident said. Rodgers, who is the chair of the board for Council on Aging, had a vision. She wanted...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The Lake Park Tennis Center offers classes for all skill levels at Kelsey Park: Mondays: clinics for team adult beginners, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays: intermediate clinic, 7-9 a.m., free kids clinic for Lake Park residents, 4-5 p.m., Fridays: intermediate clinic for kids, 4:30-6 p.m., Saturdays: doubles strategy clinic, all levels welcome, 8-10 a.m. Fee is $20 per class...
Hurricane Irma: Prepping for the unthinkable, a Category 5 hurricane

Hurricane Irma: Prepping for the unthinkable, a Category 5 hurricane

Just three hurricanes packing the devastation of a Category 5 storm have made landfall in the U.S. They live in legend, yet are all too real, captivating in their magnitude and begging the question no one wants answered — what if it happens again? What if it happens here? In truth, emergency managers and hurricane experts are hesitant to broach the subject of a Category 5 scenario. Hypotheticals...
Hurricane Irma: Hurricane prep list, supplies

Hurricane Irma: Hurricane prep list, supplies

Update for Hurricane Irma: Now is the time to make sure you have the hurricane supplies you need in your home. Don’t wait until the last minute because lines will be long and supplies short. Assemble this now. Put aside in a special box. Keep heat-sensitive items inside home and rotate stock throughout season:  Flashlights and extra bulbs Clock (wind-up or battery-operated) Battery-operated...
BREAKING: Port St. Lucie man charged in fatal July car crash

BREAKING: Port St. Lucie man charged in fatal July car crash

A 20-year Port St. Lucie man was arrested Monday in connection to a fatal car crash that occurred in July, city police said. Police took Kyle Bradley Gunter into custody on a charge of vehicular homicide. He is accused in the July 6 death of 76-year-old Edward McCloskey. According to police, Gunter was traveling north on the 9000 block of South U.S. 1, near Walton Road, when his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro...
JUST IN: Four males from Broward face charges in Martin crime spree

JUST IN: Four males from Broward face charges in Martin crime spree

Four males from Broward County were arrested over the weekend more than 80 miles north in Martin County, accused of stealing a car and more than $800 in fishing equipment and then crashing the car. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said the four — one of them a juvenile — took the fishing gear Sunday from Dick’s Sporting Goods on Federal Highway in Jensen Beach, then fled...
NEW: Florida man drives to hospital with knife in back; woman charged

NEW: Florida man drives to hospital with knife in back; woman charged

Moments after a 23-year-old Fort Pierce woman stabbed a man during an argument Thursday, her alleged victim drove himself to a hospital with a knife still lodged his back, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Johnni Murphy on one count of aggravated battery, alleging that she stabbed a man during an argument over social-media postings and missing medication. He was treated...
NEW: Unplanned meeting with a Florida black bear? Here’s what to do

NEW: Unplanned meeting with a Florida black bear? Here’s what to do

Nobody plans on coming face-to-face with a black bear, but if you do, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has some advice. With more black bears in the state than at anytime in the past 100 years, the chances of coming in contact with Florida’s largest terrestrial mammal have never been better, according to the FWC. In response, the state agency released two videos this week...
EXCLUSIVE: New details emerge on night Delray woman vanished at sea

EXCLUSIVE: New details emerge on night Delray woman vanished at sea

Photos, some taken underwater, provide an eerie look at Lewis Bennett’s overturned catamaran in the Caribbean. In one, a plastic coat hangar inside the cabin can be seen through a window. Another shows one of the vessel’s two hulls with a sizable hole in it. Lewis Bennett says his Surf Into Summer struck something at about 1 a.m. west of the Bahamas and about 90 miles southeast of Key...
Martin County Sheriff’s deputy’s car hit after traffic stop

Martin County Sheriff’s deputy’s car hit after traffic stop

A sheriff’s deputy was sent to a hospital when his patrol car was hit after a traffic stop in Indiantown on Thursday afternoon, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Jeffrey Tomlinson and another driver were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening. At 1:50 p.m., Tomlinson stepped back into his patrol car on southwest Warfield Boulevard, near...
NEW: Theft of prairie dogs from man’s home lands Florida woman in jail

NEW: Theft of prairie dogs from man’s home lands Florida woman in jail

A Jensen Beach woman told Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigators she took three prairie dogs from a man’s home to free them from poor living conditions. Deputies, however, described Maggie Lacroix’s actions as theft. Lacroix, 21, was arrested Aug. 12 after the owner of the prairie dogs — actually a type of rodent native to the North American grasslands — told...
Labor Day: 11 ways to enjoy the water this holiday weekend

Labor Day: 11 ways to enjoy the water this holiday weekend

There’s nothing more awesome in Florida than our outdoors. So this year’s Labor Day weekend, go outside! The list of things to do on the beach and in the water is deep. And you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy paddle boarding, camping, horseback riding or snorkeling. Simply put on your swimming suit and jump in (or on).  Of course, for those of you who’s rather not get...
LATEST: Car hits 3 pedestrians in St. Lucie; crash sends 4 to hospital

LATEST: Car hits 3 pedestrians in St. Lucie; crash sends 4 to hospital

Four people were rushed to hospitals Tuesday evening after being injured a crash involving pedestrians and multiple vehicles, the St. Lucie County Fire District reports. The crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Southwest Earnest Street and Southwest Gadsan Avenue. Three people were standing near the road when they hit by a vehicle that also crashed in a parked car that had a child inside...
Riviera Beach Kiwanis Club awards 19 scholarships to area students

Riviera Beach Kiwanis Club awards 19 scholarships to area students

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE WEISS SCHOOL An open house begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 at the school, 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474 or ptripp@weissschool.org. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Curriculum Night events are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for families of students in kindergarten through second grade, and at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 for families of students in grades...
Enjoy tasty dishes, view at Mulligan’s Beach House

Enjoy tasty dishes, view at Mulligan’s Beach House

MENU Breakfast, appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, chicken, steak, ribs, pasta, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Hip and tropical, this beachy restaurant lies along the downtown Stuart Riverwalk and offers a waterfront view from every table. Walls and décor are pastel blue, green and peach, and ceiling-to-floor windows give diners an up-close view of the teeming St. Lucie River...
Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Registration for the Jupiter Senior Softball Association’s 2017-18 season is open to men age 55 and up with games every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. New players may participate in games for the remainder of the year and in the Winter League beginning in January. Games played at Jupiter Community Park, 3377 Church St. To register, call 561-308-5464 or go...
North blotter: Parent at open house pulls gun on teacher discussing martial arts

North blotter: Parent at open house pulls gun on teacher discussing martial arts

PORT ST. LUCIE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT During an open house at a school in the 500 block of Northwest Peacock Boulevard, a teacher was discussing an after-school martial arts program. The teacher had mentioned that a gun was not always the best choice for self-defense, prompting a parent to pull a gun from his pocket, point it at the teacher and say, “Bang, you’re dead.” The teacher and...
Scott says Harvey flooding makes case for Hoover dike repairs

Scott says Harvey flooding makes case for Hoover dike repairs

Epic flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey underscores the need to repair the Herbert Hoover dike around Lake Okeechobee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday during a visit here to announce a business expansion. Scott spoke to reporters about the devastation in Texas after visiting the future offices of Belcan LLC, an aerospace engineering firm that is in line to receive $800,000 in state and local...
Confederate statues poll better in Florida than statewide candidates

Confederate statues poll better in Florida than statewide candidates

Confederate statues have stronger polling numbers in Florida than President Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Scott and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, according to a Florida Atlantic University survey released Tuesday. The poll of 800 registered Florida voters finds 49 percent saying public statues honoring Confederate figures should remain in place while 30 percent support their removal and 21 percent...
NEW: Florida man’s wish to buy post office ends in trespassing arrest

NEW: Florida man’s wish to buy post office ends in trespassing arrest

During a recent a visit to the Hobe Sound post office, a 22-year-old Orlando man wanted to buy more than stamps. Reiza Ishmael told deputies checking on his welfare on Aug. 12 that he was waiting on a contract to buy the post office building, off Federal Highway near Medalist Golf Club. His business transaction was cut short when deputies informed him that the building was not for sale and accused...
Husband of missing Delray woman ordered held without bond

Husband of missing Delray woman ordered held without bond

The last time anyone had heard publicly from Lewis Bennett, the mystery man who has captured imaginations on three continents, was in late June, just before he closed his Facebook account after people posting comments had essentially accused him of murder. He resurfaced Tuesday morning, this time in front of a federal judge. It wasn’t for killing his newlywed wife, Isabella Hellmann, the...
More Stories