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NEW: St. Lucie man accused of trying to lure girls into prostitution

NEW: St. Lucie man accused of trying to lure girls into prostitution

Christopher Alexander Koeper promised to help a person he thought was a 16-year-old girl make plenty of money working as a stripper and a prostitute, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office alleged Wednesday. “You’ll be the safest girl in the world next to me,” he reportedly told her, promising never to leave the teen’s side. The teen actually was an undercover sheriff&rsquo...
EXCLUSIVE: Mast vulnerable in DCCC poll, could face Aronberg challenge

EXCLUSIVE: Mast vulnerable in DCCC poll, could face Aronberg challenge

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee won’t say if Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg is the candidate its polling shows leading U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, but an internal memo indicates the DCCC believes recapturing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 is still a possibility despite losing a high-profile race in Georgia on Tuesday. Aronberg was mentioned...
NEW: Florida woman charged with allowing 12-year-old to drive

NEW: Florida woman charged with allowing 12-year-old to drive

A Port St. Lucie woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly let a 12-year-old girl drive a car that crashed into another vehicle. Brittney Ashley Powell, 20, faces a charge of child abuse. According to police, the crash occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast Airoso Boulevard and Southeast St. James Drive. Powell, the girl and two other girls were taken to a hospital...
BREAKING: Port St. Lucie Publix sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

BREAKING: Port St. Lucie Publix sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A Publix Super Market in Port St. Lucie sold one of three winning Fantasy 5 tickets in Tuesday night’s drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket, bearing the number combination of 13-15-16-24-31, was sold at the Publix at East Port Plaza at U.S. 1 and Walton Road. It paid $63,302.62 and was a Quick Pick, meaning the lottery’s computers chose the number combination for the player. The...
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill offers a fiesta of flavors

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill offers a fiesta of flavors

MENU There’s something for everyone at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, a Broward County-based eatery that opened in Palm Beach Gardens in May. Its lengthy menu includes tried-and-true Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos, burritos and quesadillas, plus salads, soups, desserts and a variety of sides. The salsa bar was a big hit with our kids. ATMOSPHERE A fast-casual eatery that includes indoor and...

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, 3373 Church St. To register, call 561-308-5464 or go...
Library Life: Book Bingo puts twist on popular game

Library Life: Book Bingo puts twist on popular game

Bingo has moved out of the social hall and into the library. The Fort Pierce Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System puts a twist on the popular game with its Book Bingo for ages 18 and older. Forget “two little ducks” (22) and “chicken legs” (11) — this game replaces numbers with library and literary terms. This free event offers players the chance to win book...
North blotter: Sign prohibiting doggy poop is scooped up from woman’s yard

North blotter: Sign prohibiting doggy poop is scooped up from woman’s yard

JUPITER POLICE THEFT A woman’s sign reminding nearby residents not to allow their dogs to defecate in her yard was stolen from her home in the 1100 block of North Community. The sign had a picture of a pup “assuming the position” with the words “Please Be Respectful.” She suspects her neighbor had a hand in the theft after she had words with them regarding the very issue...
Uber drivers: Picking up loose ends of Florida’s new law

Uber drivers: Picking up loose ends of Florida’s new law

Starting next month, Florida will have a uniform set of rules for Uber and other ride-hailing services. The new law establishing statewide regulations for what are formally called “transportation network companies” was passed to supersede the varying and sometimes conflicting regulations enacted by counties and cities. For example, did you know that Uber drivers in Miami can...
Palm Beach Zoo bans man who photographed child without permission

Palm Beach Zoo bans man who photographed child without permission

The Palm Beach Zoo on Tuesday banned a man from its grounds following a complaint that he was photographing another zoo patron’s child without permission. West Palm Beach police questioned but neither arrested nor warned the photographer, a 48-year-old Broward County man who told police he had no malicious intent in taking the child’s photo. “He stated that he was simply capturing...
NEW: Tequesta man accused of hiding drugs in soda cans

NEW: Tequesta man accused of hiding drugs in soda cans

A suspicious vehicle early Tuesday caught the attention of a sheriff’s deputy and led to the arrest of a 31-year-old homeless man who was hiding drugs in empty soda cans, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies say cans of Sprite, Sunkist and Dr Pepper were actually containers for William Joseph Lefler, 31, to store fentanyl, heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs. Lefler was...
Lion Country’s new owner plans to expand conservation, education at zoo

Lion Country’s new owner plans to expand conservation, education at zoo

The founder of a Connecticut-based wildlife center, who also has ties to Wellington’s equestrian community, plans to buy Lion Country Safari in western Palm Beach County in a deal that is expected to be finalized during the third quarter of the year. Marcella Leone, founder and director of the nonprofit Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn., has “agreed to purchase America&rsquo...
UPDATE: Baby formula theft probe now seeks woman as well as man

UPDATE: Baby formula theft probe now seeks woman as well as man

City police are now looking for a woman as well as a man following the theft of more than $4,000 worth of baby formula from Port St. Lucie grocery stores. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Police say the woman is in her 30s or 40s and has a thin build. The first suspect is a man who walked out of the Publix Super Market at Tradition Village Ssquare on Southwest Village Parkway...
Florida health officials move forward with medical marijuana plans

Florida health officials move forward with medical marijuana plans

Florida health officials have laid out a new process to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana, as they attempt to meet deadlines included in the November ballot measure. The latest proposed rule came as the Department of Health awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature of a medical-marijuana bill adopted by lawmakers during a special session this...
Is Lion Country Safari going to be sold?

Is Lion Country Safari going to be sold?

Lion Country Safari, which has been operating in western Palm Beach County for half a century, could be sold to an animal conservationist, a spokeswoman for the park said Monday. The owners of the drive-through safari and amusement park are weighing details of the sale — a deal that could be finalized late next month, spokeswoman Jennifer Berthiaume said. “They are working through details...
Court dismisses suit against Army Corps over Lake Okeechobee releases

Court dismisses suit against Army Corps over Lake Okeechobee releases

A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River caused pollution problems in the Southwest Florida waterway. A three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based appeals court — in a case described in one document as a “procedural thicket” — upheld a lower...
Bill expanding renewable energy tax break in Florida becomes law

Bill expanding renewable energy tax break in Florida becomes law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott late Friday signed 13 bills, including a measure that will carry out a constitutional amendment aimed at boosting the use of solar energy in the state. Lawmakers passed the renewable-energy bill (SB 90), after nearly 73 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment during last August’s primary elections. The amendment called for extending a renewable-energy...
VIDEO: Trio caught on tape taking purse, phone chargers, $30 from SUV

VIDEO: Trio caught on tape taking purse, phone chargers, $30 from SUV

Three suspects thought they could steal from someone’s SUV without a trace, but the victim recorded them taking two phone chargers, a Coach purse and about $30 from the victim’s SUV as it was parked in the driveway. Early Friday, four people pulled up in a silver or white four-door sedan and parked in front of the victim’s home on Northwest Cardinal Drive, Port St. Lucie Police Department...
NEW: Man, 22, accused of string of Port St. Lucie car burglaries

NEW: Man, 22, accused of string of Port St. Lucie car burglaries

A 22-year-old man was arrested early Monday on seven counts of burglary to an unoccupied vehicle after several people in the 1100 block of Southeast Palm Beach Drive reported their cars being broken into last week. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. Police arrested Sonny Meade in the 1600 block of Southeast Fallon Drive near Crosstown Parkway and Southwest Airoso Boulevard...
JUST IN: Winning Fantasy 5 tickets sold in Delray Beach, Hobe Sound

JUST IN: Winning Fantasy 5 tickets sold in Delray Beach, Hobe Sound

The winning tickets in Sunday night’s Fantasy 5 drawing were sold in Delray Beach and Hobe Sound, the Florida Lottery said. The tickets bear the number 4-5-19-25-34 and pay $89,096.32 each. The Delray Beach ticket was sold at the Community Food Store at Northwest Fifth Avenue and Northwest Second Street. The Hobe Sound ticket was sold at the Circle K convenience store at Federal Highway just...
Leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor agree on big issues

Leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor agree on big issues

It was literally a love fest on Saturday when the three leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor — Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and businessman Chris King — got together for a forum. “I love you, Andrew. I don’t know Chris as well, but I love you, too …We need a whole lot more love in this world,” Graham said at one point...
NOW: Jensen Beach man, 79, dies after Mercedes smashes into tree

NOW: Jensen Beach man, 79, dies after Mercedes smashes into tree

A 79-year-old Jensen Beach man was pronounced dead at a hospital after he hit a tree. On Saturday morning, Richard William Teetrick was driving a 2003 Mercedes-Benz Sable through a parking lot at 2400 NW Federal Highway when he had a possible medicial issue, Florida Highway Patrol reported. His car was swerving through the parking lot when it jumped a curb and hit a tree. He was transported to Martin...
JUST IN: Wal-Marts report chainsaw thefts; police seek suspect

JUST IN: Wal-Marts report chainsaw thefts; police seek suspect

The Port St. Lucie Police Department is looking for a man who stole three chainsaws and a pressure washer from two Wal-Marts. Police say on June 10 a man walked out of a Wal-Mart on 10855 US-1 without paying for a chainsaw and pressure washer. Hours later, the same man stole two more chainsaws from the St. Lucie West Wal-Mart. The suspect, who was wearing a green and white striped shirt and dark pants...
Democrat Pam Keith to seek U.S. House seat of GOP’s Brian Mast

Democrat Pam Keith to seek U.S. House seat of GOP’s Brian Mast

Democrat Pam Keith, a former U.S. Navy and NextEra Energy attorney who impressed progressive activists with her 2016 U.S. Senate bid, will run for the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City. Keith announced in May that she was exploring a campaign for Mast’s District 18 seat, and she plans to make her candidacy official today. Mast won...
Missing teens: FDLE finds evidence of child neglect, but no charges

Missing teens: FDLE finds evidence of child neglect, but no charges

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there is evidence of child neglect in the disappearance of Tequesta 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen in July 2015, but the state did not file charges, according to a report released Friday evening. While FDLE investigators said they believe their investigation showed probable cause to charge at least one of the parents, the state attorney...
BREAKING: Wild animal on loose, blamed for donkey death in Martin

BREAKING: Wild animal on loose, blamed for donkey death in Martin

Pet and livestock owners in Martin County are being urged to be on the lookout for a wild animal, possibly a coyote or a bobcat, that killed two donkeys overnight. The Martin County Sheriff’s Animal Control Unit issued a warning this afternoon after the attack, which officials are calling "severe." A baby donkey was killed, while its mother sustained "deep lacerations to her hind...
NEW: Jobless rate plunges to 10-year lows in Florida, Palm Beach County

NEW: Jobless rate plunges to 10-year lows in Florida, Palm Beach County

Break out the black turtlenecks. The jobless rate hasn’t been this low in Florida and Palm Beach County since the year Steve Jobs announced the iPhone, 2007. In Florida, the unemployment mark hit 4.3 percent, officials announced Friday. That was the lowest since August 2007. And in Palm Beach County, it held its ground at 3.9 percent in numbers not seasonally adjusted, matching the lowest since...
JUST IN: Markets report baby-formula thefts; police seek suspect

JUST IN: Markets report baby-formula thefts; police seek suspect

The Port St. Lucie Police Department is searching for a suspect who has stolen more than $4,000 worth of baby formula from local grocery stores. Police say a white man walked into a Publix located at 10400 SW Village Parkway on May 25 with 85 cans of baby formula, which is valued at $2,550. On June 17, the same man went to a Winn Dixie at 281 SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard with an additional 47 cans...
NEW: Puppy rescued from hot car thriving as therapy dog for kids

NEW: Puppy rescued from hot car thriving as therapy dog for kids

For the Quantum House kids, Wednesday afternoon was a time to laugh. For Tank the service dog, it was a time to love. Thirty children either receiving or awaiting medical treatment got the chance — at least for a minute — to play with a friendly American Bulldog Dalmatian and not think about a doctor’s visit or a hospital stay. The Quantum House common room on 45th Street filled...
JUST IN: Tiger Woods’ court date in DUI case delayed until August

JUST IN: Tiger Woods’ court date in DUI case delayed until August

Tiger Woods’ court date for his recent DUI arrest has been delayed until August, online court records show. The golf star’s original arraignment was originally set for July 5 in front of Circuit Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo. Now, he will still see Bosso-Pardo on Aug. 9 following his Memorial Day weekend arrest. Tiger Woods’ arrest reflects nationwide surge in drugged driving Woods, 41...
LATEST: Boynton man accused of trafficking girl facing federal charges

LATEST: Boynton man accused of trafficking girl facing federal charges

A suburban Boynton Beach man arrested last month on state human-trafficking charges involving a teen girl is now facing federal charges as well. Marco Vinicio Orrego, 31, was indicted on charges of sex trafficking in a minor, production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Read The...
NEW: Jupiter man charged with homicide in crash that killed paramedics

NEW: Jupiter man charged with homicide in crash that killed paramedics

The man accused in a June 1 Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics was arrested Thursday, town police said. Genaro Delacruz Ajqui, 39, is charged with with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of DUI damage to person/property, and one count of driving without a license causing death. Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, were killed when their ambulance collided...
LATEST: State says weather key factor in loss of Tequesta teens at sea

LATEST: State says weather key factor in loss of Tequesta teens at sea

“A weather-related incident” capsized the 19-foot boat that was carrying Tequesta 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen out to sea on the July 2015 day they vanished, according to a state report released late Thursday. A key finding in the report: The engine was operating when the craft took on water. One theory after the disappearance was that the boys had engine trouble. But...
Florida Supreme Court upholds property tax shield for public marinas

Florida Supreme Court upholds property tax shield for public marinas

Rejecting arguments by a private marina that said it was put at a competitive disadvantage, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that city-owned marinas are not required to pay property taxes. The unanimous decision, which focused on marinas owned by the city of Fort Pierce and the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency, raised constitutional questions about whether property-tax exemptions for government...
Scott signs fentanyl mandatory minimum, pollution notification bills

Scott signs fentanyl mandatory minimum, pollution notification bills

Gov. Rick Scott signed measures Wednesday that will impose minimum mandatory sentences on people who traffic in the dangerous drug fentanyl and require increased public notification of pollution incidents. The bills were among 28 that Scott signed into law late Wednesday. Scott also vetoed a higher-education measure (SB 374) that was a top priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. The measure...
JUST IN: Property crimes fuel rise in Palm Beach County’s crime rate

JUST IN: Property crimes fuel rise in Palm Beach County’s crime rate

Palm Beach County’s crime rate increased slightly in 2016, as fewer people were hurt but more of their stuff was stolen, state officials said this week. The county bucked a trend across the state, with Florida’s crime rate reaching its lowest level in 46 years in 2016. But the overall increase in crimes was due to a jump in property crimes such as car thefts, as well as a sharper increase...
Scott vetoes Negron priority of higher-education changes

Scott vetoes Negron priority of higher-education changes

With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday wiped out most of the higher-education policy initiatives that had been advanced by Senate President Joe Negron during the 2017 legislative session. Scott vetoed a 291-page bill (SB 374), objecting to a proposed enrollment cap on baccalaureate degrees for the 28 state colleges and citing the Legislature’s decision to cut the state college...
Treasure Coast reading events aim to combat summer slide

Treasure Coast reading events aim to combat summer slide

Every summer, many kids enjoy the freedom of swimming, riding bikes and playing video games, but one danger — known as the summer slide — strikes during those carefree months, causing students to lose reading and math skills. The key: If you don’t use it, then you lose it. The library systems in Martin and St. Lucie counties have planned summer programs to combat that problem with...
NEW: Three taken to hospital after apartment fire in Fort Pierce

NEW: Three taken to hospital after apartment fire in Fort Pierce

Two women and one child were taken to the hospital after an apartment fire in Fort Pierce Wednesday evening, according to the St. Lucie County Fire District. Before 7 p.m., crews were called to the 700 block of Southland Drive, north of Midway Road and east of U.S. 1, where a four-unit apartment building was on fire. By 7:11 p.m., crews had the fire under control, as heavy smoked filled the area....
Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Wednesday providing across-the-board pay raises to state employees for the first time since 2013, but remained mum on whether he would also approve a wide-ranging and controversial education bill. In a ceremony for veterans at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, Scott signed the compensation legislation (SB 7022), a key priority...
Florida Rep. DeSantis: Words with gunman ‘confrontational…little odd’

Florida Rep. DeSantis: Words with gunman ‘confrontational…little odd’

The early morning conversation outside a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., struck U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, as “weird” at the time — and chilling later. DeSantis is certain that he and Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., encountered James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., moments before police say Hodgkinson opened fire on a Republican baseball practice. The gunfire injured...
Exiting Atwater pushes for benefits-assignment bill sought by insurers

Exiting Atwater pushes for benefits-assignment bill sought by insurers

Readying to leave the state Cabinet at the end of the month, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that lawmakers need to address an insurance practice that critics argue is driving up homeowners’ rates. Lawmakers this spring could not agree on changes to the practice known as “assignment of benefits.” RELATED: Read The Post’s coverage of the Florida Legislature...
JUST IN: Police seek ‘tall, skinny man’ for questioning in car break-ins

JUST IN: Police seek ‘tall, skinny man’ for questioning in car break-ins

City police are trying to identify a suspect in six car burglaries early Wednesday. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Officers were called at about 5 a.m. to the 1100 block of Southeast Palm Beach Drive, near Westmoreland Boulevard and Port St. Lucie Boulevard, to reports of a tall, skinny man carrying a flashlight and looking into cars, said Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, city...
Forecast: Cloudy, hot day with chance for storms

Forecast: Cloudy, hot day with chance for storms

Sweltering temperatures are expected again today, especially around Lake Okeechobee. Forecasters predict highs in the upper 80s along the coast and low 90s in the Glades. Check for storms with our live radar It’s forecast to be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Southeast winds should reach 5 to 8 mph. Download The...
Italian, Mediterranean: it’s all at La Fontana

Italian, Mediterranean: it’s all at La Fontana

MENU Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Italian appetizers range from homemade bruschetta to fried calamari. On the Mediterranean side, there’s burek — freshly baked phyllo with cheese and either spinach or beef filling. Entrees include Italian favorites such as stuffed shells, fettuccine Alfredo, and Parmesans, piccatas, and Marsalas. Among the Mediterranean entrees: cevapi (Balkan beef...
North blotter: Woman grabs, kisses, slaps estranged husband’s new girlfriend

North blotter: Woman grabs, kisses, slaps estranged husband’s new girlfriend

JUPITER POLICE BATTERY While grabbing the stomach of her soon-to-be ex-husband’s new girlfriend at a festival in the 400 block of South A1A, the soon-to-be ex-wife said “how did you get so fat?” She then kissed the new girlfriend on the cheek. This was reported to authorities and the soon-to-be ex-wife was told by police to leave the festival. While she was being escorted out, she...
Library Life

Library Life

It’s summer vacation — but the Palm Beach County Library System wants to encourage all readers not to take a holiday from reading. This year’s summer reading program, Build a Better World, is underway. Sign up at any library or Bookmobile stop and begin earning and tracking points. Those who turn in completed logs or trackers will receive a number of rewards, including a ticket to...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Registration for the Jupiter Senior Softball Association’s 2017-18 season is now 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, 3373 Church St. To register, call 561-308-5464...
BREAKING: Scooter driver killed in Port St. Lucie crash ID’d

BREAKING: Scooter driver killed in Port St. Lucie crash ID’d

9:30 a.m. UPDATE: City police Wednesday morning identified the scooter rider as Scott D. Leonard of Port St. Lucie. The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Psi G Russell, 20, of Fort Pierce. Investigators on Wednesday were continuing their work on the fatal crash, said Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, city police spokesman. Original post: A 51-year-old man is dead after a scooter and SUV crashed in...
Driver involved in death of paramedics facing DUI charges

Driver involved in death of paramedics facing DUI charges

Genero D. Ajqui, the driver of a car involved in a Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics on June 1, lived just a block away from where the 3 a.m. collision occurred and was drinking alcohol before the crash, according to a report obtained by The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday afternoon. Jupiter police say a preliminary investigation has revealed that Ajqui of Southwest Drive in...
Public school backers urge Scott to veto bill helping charter schools

Public school backers urge Scott to veto bill helping charter schools

With a controversial and wide-ranging education bill now on his desk, Florida Gov. Rick Scott faces intense pressure from both sides as he weighs whether to sign or veto the legislation. Rumors have begun floating that Scott will sign HB 7069 later this week, but officially the governor maintains that he hasn’t made a final decision. Scott received the bill late Monday; he has until June 27...
Appeals court weighs Florida State University’s gun policies

Appeals court weighs Florida State University’s gun policies

A Second Amendment group asked an appeals court Tuesday to direct Florida State University to revise language in the student Code of Conduct about guns on campus to match state law. The request to a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came as the group Florida Carry continued a legal battle with the university that started with “erroneous” information about guns in a...
JUST IN: Driver involved in death of paramedics facing DUI charges

JUST IN: Driver involved in death of paramedics facing DUI charges

The driver of a car involved in a Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics on June 1 has been identified, and police say he was drinking alcohol before the crash, according to a report obtained by The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday afternoon. Jupiter police say a preliminary investigation has revealed that Genero D. Ajqui of Jupiter was the driver of the Chrysler Sebring that killed Lahiri Garcia, 51...
Scott, Corcoran tout Lake Okeechobee dike money in West Palm

Scott, Corcoran tout Lake Okeechobee dike money in West Palm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in Palm Beach County Tuesday to highlight the state’s $83 billion budget, saluted President Donald Trump as a “partner” in efforts to accelerate repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, recently transformed from fiscal foes to budget buddies, stopped by the South Florida...
UPDATE: Man taken into custody after hostage standoff in Stuart

UPDATE: Man taken into custody after hostage standoff in Stuart

Stuart police arrested 45-year-old man following a hostage standoff at a home near Witham Field Tuesday afternoon. Patrick Rogan faces charges of sexual battery, battery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. Rogan was released from prison in January after serving 12 years for the sale, manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in Citrus County, Detective Jeff Kittredge said. Kittredge...
Ex-Florida Rep. Troutman launches bid for agriculture commissioner

Ex-Florida Rep. Troutman launches bid for agriculture commissioner

Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman entered the race for state agriculture commissioner on Monday, priming his Republican bid for a Cabinet seat with $2.5 million of his own money. “For two decades, I’ve been building a business and continuing my work in Florida agriculture,” Troutman, of Winter Haven, said in a statement. “Real experience and success in the private sector is...
UPDATE: Man barricaded at truck stop surrenders without incident

UPDATE: Man barricaded at truck stop surrenders without incident

4:20 p.m. UPDATE: A former police officer who barricaded himself near a Fort Pierce truck stop has surrendered without incident, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said. The man will be taken to a mental-health facility for evaluation. 3:35 p.m. UPDATE: Authorities say a man who has barricaded himself near a Fort Pierce truck stop is a former Miami-Dade County police officer. The man&rsquo...
Doctors win legal battle over Florida’s ‘docs vs. glocks’ law

Doctors win legal battle over Florida’s ‘docs vs. glocks’ law

Six years after Florida lawmakers tried to stop doctors from asking patients about guns, health-care providers have emerged victorious in a legal battle as the state did not appeal a federal-court ruling striking down major parts of the 2011 law. The controversial measure, dubbed the “docs vs. glocks” law and supported by the National Rifle Association, included a series of restrictions...
LATEST: Police warn businesses of phone scam alleging unpaid FPL bills

LATEST: Police warn businesses of phone scam alleging unpaid FPL bills

A “representative” of Florida Power & Light Co. is calling Port St. Lucie restaurants in attempts to scam them for $500 by saying the electricity bill wasn’t paid, city police said Monday. Local police are now warning residents and business owners of the scam. Within two days, two restaurants on Port St. Lucie Boulevard have fallen victim to it. Both times the caller claimed to be...
NEW: Hutchinson Island beach reopens after ‘suspicious’ item found safe

NEW: Hutchinson Island beach reopens after ‘suspicious’ item found safe

1:10 p.m. UPDATE: Walton Rocks Beach has reopened after authorities determined an item found in a beach bathroom posed no danger, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. The item, found just before 11:30 a.m., resembled a pipe bomb and was in one of the back stalls in the bathroom, police spokesman Bryan Beaty said. It has been removed from the scene. Original post: The...
JUST IN: Police investigating shooting in Fort Pierce

JUST IN: Police investigating shooting in Fort Pierce

Three males were shot in the leg Saturday at a home in the 1000 block of North 23rd Street at about 6:30 p.m., city police said. Fort Pierce Police Spokesman Ed Cunningham said the three victims were 14, 15 and 24, and all were taken to Lawnwood Medical Center in stable condition. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. No further information is known at this time, Cunningham...
NEW: St. Lucie man accused of attempted murder; victim stabbed 6 times

NEW: St. Lucie man accused of attempted murder; victim stabbed 6 times

A 31-year-old man is facing an attempted murder charge after another man was found stabbed six times Friday. St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies booked Christopher Reyna into the county jail. He remained there Saturday morning without bond. A 911 call shortly after 11 a.m. Friday alerted authorities to the stabbing on the 4900 block of Elm Avenue in White City, west of U.S. 1 and north of Midway...
NEW: Florida man accused of unplugging bounce house during kids’ party

NEW: Florida man accused of unplugging bounce house during kids’ party

Port St. Lucie police have arrested a 70-year-old man for disorderly conduct and trespassing after he allegedly pulled the plug on a bounce house last month, trapping children inside, according to an arrest report. Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Charles M. Wotruba was arrested at his home on Southwest Birch Tree Circle in the city’s Tradition neighborhood and taken...
Lawmakers sweeten session finish with Lake O, college building money

Lawmakers sweeten session finish with Lake O, college building money

After two days of escalating standoffs, Florida lawmakers reached agreement Friday on the issues at the heart of this week’s special legislative session: more money for public schools, an economic-incentives package coveted by the governor and rules to implement the state’s new medical marijuana program. Hours of closed-door bargaining sessions also produced two new sweeteners...
UF plans to hire 500 faculty after funding boost from Legislature

UF plans to hire 500 faculty after funding boost from Legislature

With a boost in funding from the Legislature, the University of Florida on Friday announced an initiative to add 500 new faculty members to help raise its status as one of the nation’s top public research universities. “We know what we need to do and we are laser-focused on several areas that will have the greatest impact on our educational and research missions while giving UF an...
Florida court: Medical marijuana investor information is public record

Florida court: Medical marijuana investor information is public record

Information about investors and partners in medical-marijuana businesses is not a trade secret and should be disclosed under Florida’s public-records law, an appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal rejected arguments by Surterra Florida LLC, Alpha Foliage Inc. and Redland Nursery Inc. that information identifying investors and partners — submitted...
BREAKING: Drug overdoses rise in Martin County after early-year dip

BREAKING: Drug overdoses rise in Martin County after early-year dip

After seeing a sharp decrease to begin the year, drug overdoses in Martin County are on the rise again, authorities said this week. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday five overdose calls in a three-day period, one resulting in a death on June 3. The ages of those who overdosed ranged from 27 to 50. The sheriff’s reported an average of fewer than 10 overdose calls between...
Discovery of three dead cats prompts animal-cruelty probe

Discovery of three dead cats prompts animal-cruelty probe

Martin County authorities are investigating allegations of animal cruelty after three cats were killed in an Indiantown neighborhood. A resident in the 14700 block of Southwest 175th Street reported Thursday that, since October, three cats have been killed and three more wounded. The resident told investigators she found a deceased female cat in January and a deceased, possibly pregnant, cat...
NEW: Holdup, carjacking, bank robbery in a day for Fort Pierce police

NEW: Holdup, carjacking, bank robbery in a day for Fort Pierce police

Three people were arrested in less than a 24-hour period this week in connection to unrelated robberies, according to city police. The first arrest was of a 15-year-0ld boy Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery that took place on May 26 near the city marina at Avenue A and Melody Lane. A family was held up at knife point that evening and the suspects fled on foot, Fort Pierce Police spokesman...
Senate concedes on schools but chambers at odds on business incentives

Senate concedes on schools but chambers at odds on business incentives

The Florida Legislature moved Thursday toward a climatic conclusion of its special session as legislation on a variety of topics — education, medical marijuana, business and tourism incentives — was nudged in the direction of final passage. Breaking a logjam on the most hotly debated topic of the session, education funding, the Senate advanced legislation that would boost per-student K-12...
Senate overrides Scott higher ed vetoes; House refuses to go along

Senate overrides Scott higher ed vetoes; House refuses to go along

In a rebuke to Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Senate on Wednesday voted to override vetoes of about $75 million in higher-education projects, although House leaders appear reluctant to back the move. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Scott’s $410 million in line-item vetoes in an $82 billion budget passed last month “disproportionately” affected the higher-education system...
Rubio pursues line of Comey questions supportive of Trump

Rubio pursues line of Comey questions supportive of Trump

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, one of Donald Trump’s harshest critics when they vied for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, pursued questions helpful to President Trump when he queried fired FBI Director James Comey at a hearing Thursday. Rubio and other Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee did not question the factual assertions Comey made in his prepared testimony...
Take a staycation: Nine great scenic drives in Palm Beach County

Take a staycation: Nine great scenic drives in Palm Beach County

With summer here, it’s time to get into the car and hit the great American highway for a road trip to remember. Destination: Palm Beach County? With staycations all the rage, you don’t have to go far to add a scenic drive to your summer bucket list. Within the broad borders of the county, there is more to see than you might think. These drives are perfect for a weekend afternoon &mdash...
Medical marijuana added to special session, which heads off script

Medical marijuana added to special session, which heads off script

The first day of a special session in Tallahassee produced a tentative deal on medical marijuana, adding that issue to a legislative stew that was initially only to include funding for public education and for business and tourism incentives. Gov. Rick Scott, who called for the special session after vetoing the K-12 education appropriations bill and bills he said provided too little funding for business...
North blotter: Suspected drunk driver swerves to avoid ‘woman in muumuu’

North blotter: Suspected drunk driver swerves to avoid ‘woman in muumuu’

FORT PIERCE POLICE DUI A woman who crashed her vehicle into some flower boxes in the 3300 block of South U.S. 1 was given roadside sobriety tasks after deputies detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her. The woman, who said she had a single beer that night, performed poorly and was arrested. She told deputies the crash was caused by a possum that ran in front of her, causing her to swerve...
Find unique, delicious dishes at 2nd Street Bistro

Find unique, delicious dishes at 2nd Street Bistro

MENU Appetizers, salads, soups, wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, steak, ribs, seafood, chicken, dessert. ATMOSPHERE Hip and inviting, with a breathtaking brick bar, antique metal signs and memorabilia scattered about a large vintage space that looks like it could have been a gorgeously converted machine shop complete with an old gas pump. Plenty of cozy, dark wooden tables, booths and high...
Library Life

Library Life

Don’t expect it to be whisper-quiet in the library when The Amazing Mr. A’s Summer Magic Spectacular rolls into town. Richard Adler — Mr. A — is a magician and proprietor of Mr. A’s Magic Shop in West Palm Beach. He always has something up his sleeve. The self-described “funologist” will entertain with magic, comedy, ventriloquism and — get those hands...
Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex will offer Adaptive Aquatic Swim Lessons for children with disabilities beginning Saturday. Open to kids ages 4 and up, participants will receive therapeutic exercise, and instruction allowing them to progress socially, physically and mentally at their own pace. Sessions run Saturdays, June 10-July 1 and July 8-29, 8:30-9 a.m., $30...
Jupiter High pair wins award for sunscreen-dispenser plan

Jupiter High pair wins award for sunscreen-dispenser plan

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS JUPITER HIGH Jordan Borenstein and Seth Rodgers won the Palm Beach County Philanthropy Tank Ray Band Award for their plan to install sunscreen dispensers in county parks. The pair was awarded $8,500, which will go toward purchasing sunscreen dispensers through the RDK Melanoma Foundation. BRIEFLY All district schools are open today through Aug. 4 for student registration...
House, Senate at odds in where to get extra money for schools

House, Senate at odds in where to get extra money for schools

Palm Beach County public school leaders are hoping for a bigger spending boost when state lawmakers reconvene today to work out a new deal to finance Florida’s schools, and early signs suggest that educators might get their wish. Key House and Senate leaders are proposing more money for public schools than they agreed to provide when they passed a state budget this past month. The new money...
BREAKING: Body found in state park is missing 61-year-old Florida man

BREAKING: Body found in state park is missing 61-year-old Florida man

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a body found over the weekend in Savannas Preserve State Park is that of a 61-year-old Port St. Lucie man who went missing on Memorial Day. Deputies identified the person of as James Young. Port St. Lucie police reported Young missing on May 29 when he left his home in the 1700 block of Southeast Gaskins Circle and failed to return. Martin...
Appeals court backs Scott veto of firefighter pay raises

Appeals court backs Scott veto of firefighter pay raises

A divided appeals court Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a 2015 decision by Gov. Rick Scott to veto $2,000 pay raises that lawmakers had included in the state budget for firefighters. Rejecting arguments that the veto violated collective-bargaining rights, the majority of a three-member panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said Scott acted within his authority to veto spending items in...
VIDEO: Florida woman accused of stealing disabled veteran’s wallet

VIDEO: Florida woman accused of stealing disabled veteran’s wallet

A Port St. Lucie woman is accused of stealing the wallet of a disabled veteran, according to a city police report. Karen Ann Desberg, 28, turned herself in Monday after a surveillance photo posted on the Port St. Lucie police Facebook page resulted in “a flurry of phone calls with the identity of the suspect.” The disabled veteran told police he left his wallet May 20 at the Publix...
NEW: Michael Loffredo, police chief and ethics panelist, dies at 77

NEW: Michael Loffredo, police chief and ethics panelist, dies at 77

Michael Francis Loffredo, a former Jupiter Island police chief and a member of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics since 2014, has died at 77, the commission said Tuesday. The announcement said Loffredo, who lived in suburban Lake Worth, died Friday evening “surrounded by his wife and children.” It did not provide the cause of death. At Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Palm...
JUST IN: Ford truck sought in hit-and-run that killed man

JUST IN: Ford truck sought in hit-and-run that killed man

City police Tuesdsay morning released a more specific description of the car involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash Friday night. The 8:30 p.m. crash outside the Red Roof Inn on U.S. 1 killed Timothy Sandblom, 59, of Maine. Fort Pierce police are seeking one of two types of Ford trucks — an F150 or a Lariat. The vehicle is two-toned, either dark green, silver or tan. The estimated model...
JUST IN: Florida deputies foil boat-yard theft after tip from caller

JUST IN: Florida deputies foil boat-yard theft after tip from caller

Three Miami men were arrested late Monday on charges of burglary and grand theft after they tried to steal water scooters and boat motors from a Dixie Highway boat dealer, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. A caller reported suspicious activity near at Legacy Marine at Dixie and Indian Street, the sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page. The caller could not pinpoint what was...
BREAKING: Small plane makes emergency landing at Florida airport

BREAKING: Small plane makes emergency landing at Florida airport

A private jet landed on its belly during an emergency landing Monday morning at Treasure Coast International Airport.  The aircraft was approaching the airport, west of U.S. 1 and south of Indrio Road, at about 10:15 a.m. when the pilot reported difficulty with the landing gear, the St. Lucie County Fire District reported. The plane landed with one person on board. There were no injuries...
NEW: Florida woman defrauded of more than $17,000 in phone scam

NEW: Florida woman defrauded of more than $17,000 in phone scam

An 83-year-old woman was defrauded of more than $17,000 as the result of a telephone scam, city police said Monday. The woman received a call Thursday from a man claiming that the woman’s grandson had been jailed in the Dominican Republic and she needed to send money to set him free, police said. The caller identified himself as Sgt. Perry Thomas. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach...
JUST IN: Fire crews probe report of smoke at St. Lucie West hotel

JUST IN: Fire crews probe report of smoke at St. Lucie West hotel

City fire district crews Monday morning investigated a report of a fire at a St. Lucie West hotel. Ten trucks were dispatched to the call at the Hilton Garden Inn, west of Interstate 95 along St. Lucie West Boulevard. Crews did not find flames when they arrived but detected a light haze of smoke in the laundry room.
BREAKING: Body found in Jensen park; search still on for missing man

BREAKING: Body found in Jensen park; search still on for missing man

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday it has found a body in Savannas Preserve State Park, where authorities have been searching for a missing 61-year-old man, according to the office’s twitter account. No positive identification has been made, and the sheriff’s office will have no further comment until the body is identified, said Christine C. Weiss, sheriff’s spokeswoman...
LATEST: Girl, 17, missing since Thursday from Port St. Lucie home

LATEST: Girl, 17, missing since Thursday from Port St. Lucie home

City police are searching for a 17-year-old girl who has been missing since Thursday. Daisha Holmes’ mother reported the teen missing Thursday afternoon after not seeing her since that morning. Holmes is 5 foot 4 inches and 115 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a birthmark on the left side of her head. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. According to police, it...
UPDATE: Flood warning canceled for Martin, St. Lucie counties

UPDATE: Flood warning canceled for Martin, St. Lucie counties

4:25 p.m. UPDATE: The area flood warning for Martin and St. Lucie counties has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. The previously heavy rains grew lighter and no longer pose a risk of flooding, the weather service said. Martin and St. Lucie counties could see flooding Saturday afternoon as heavy rains move into the Treasure Coast. WeatherPlus: Get all the latest...
NEW: Fort Pierce hit-and-run victim identified; police seek Ford SUV

NEW: Fort Pierce hit-and-run victim identified; police seek Ford SUV

8:35 p.m. UPDATE: The 59-year-old Maine man killed in a hit-and-run crash late Friday has been identified as Timothy Sandblom, the Fort Pierce police announced Saturday. Police are still searching for the driver of a dark green Ford SUV in connection with the incident. 7:30 a.m. UPDATE: Fort Pierce police have identified the person killed in a hit-and-run crash late Friday as a 59-year-old man from...
Scott OKs budget, calls special session on schools, business funding

Scott OKs budget, calls special session on schools, business funding

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has reached a deal with legislative leaders to hold a three-day special session in Tallahassee next week to direct more money to education, tourism promotion and economic incentives. Despite a push from school districts and Democrats unhappy with the level of education spending, Scott did not follow through on his threat to veto the entire $83 billion budget...
South Florida welcomes rainy season, but maybe not wet weekend

South Florida welcomes rainy season, but maybe not wet weekend

South Florida’s long, parched winter is ending with a little help from a Pacific tropical system named Beatrice and a seasonal shift as reliable as the sunrise. The wet season, a time when Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties can get 70 percent of their annual rainfall, will make a bold showing in the next week as more than 7 inches of rain is forecast to tumble from the heavens. A plume...
Medical marijuana left out of Florida Legislature’s special session

Medical marijuana left out of Florida Legislature’s special session

Next week’s special legislative session focused on funding for education and economic development won’t include medical marijuana, at least for now. House and Senate leaders remained hopeful that they could strike a deal on the framework for carrying out a voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalizing medical marijuana. But if they don’t reach agreement before the...
JUST IN: Man, 61, last seen Monday; authorities search state park

JUST IN: Man, 61, last seen Monday; authorities search state park

Authorities continued Friday to search for a missing and endangered 61-year-old man who was last seen at his home Monday. Port St. Lucie police said James Michael Young has dementia and did not take his medication. According to the report, Young’s bike, water bottle, shoes and socks were recovered at Savannas Preserve State Park in Jensen Beach. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach...
WATCH: Tiger Woods DUI jail video released by PBSO

WATCH: Tiger Woods DUI jail video released by PBSO

When Tiger Woods is asked to say his name before a Breathalyzer test at the Palm Beach County Jail early Monday, he gargles “Tiger” as he tries to maintain his balance, according to a video released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday. The 12-minute video shows the moments after Woods was brought into the jail after he was arrested on charges of DUI ...
NEW: Florida man distracts police with ‘chicken dance’ so pal can flee

NEW: Florida man distracts police with ‘chicken dance’ so pal can flee

A Florida man who did the chicken dance to help his friend flee from police couldn’t flap his arms enough to evade arrest when officers found a pill containing heroin in his car. Shane Forsythe, 44, was arrested May 11 on a charge of drug possession when officers pulled over his car on Southeast Walsh Terrace, a police report said. Forsythe was erratically driving a green Ford Explorer...
Charles Barkley has issue with Jack Nicklaus’ comment on Tiger Woods

Charles Barkley has issue with Jack Nicklaus’ comment on Tiger Woods

Former NBA star and media personality Charles Barkley has a problem with how golfing great Jack Nicklaus responded to golf star Tiger Woods’ recent arrest on suspicion of DUI in Jupiter, according to the Bleacher Report. Following Woods’ arrest early Memorial Day, in which the golfer was seen swaying and unsteady in a police dash cam video of the arrest, Nicklaus, who lives in...
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