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NEW: Women often trap girls, other women into human trafficking

NEW: Women often trap girls, other women into human trafficking

Women and girls are the greatest victims of human trafficking. Increasingly, however, they’re also becoming the traffickers themselves, luring both males and females into what’s been called modern-day slavery, a recent global report on the issue said. Authorities in Miami-Dade County say a 20-year-old woman was caught last month training a 16-year-old Vero Beach girl how to become a prostitute...
Scott pushes for priorities, absent veto threat

Scott pushes for priorities, absent veto threat

Back from a trade mission to Argentina that took place while legislative leaders hammered out details of the budget in private, Gov. Rick Scott continued a push for his top priorities —- the state’s tourism marketing agency, incentives for businesses and Lake Okeechobee dike repairs. Scott’s office announced in his absence that a cut to Visit Florida spending would negatively impact...
Florida ‘Stand your Ground’ change remains in limbo

Florida ‘Stand your Ground’ change remains in limbo

High noon is approaching in a standoff over part of a controversial bill dealing with “stand your ground” self-defense cases. The House and Senate have both backed passing a bill that would shift a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases, but they have taken different stances on an important legal detail. The Senate is deciding which chamber’s proposal to put...
Democrats have votes in Senate to block homestead exemption increase

Democrats have votes in Senate to block homestead exemption increase

As a sign of their “increasing weight” in the legislative process, Senate Democrats have enough votes to block a key priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who wants to increase the property tax exemption for homeowners. The House this week voted 84-30 for a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 7107) that would increase the homestead exemption by $25,000. But the measure is strongly...
$100-limit blackjack ahead at Florida racinos? Legislature dealing

$100-limit blackjack ahead at Florida racinos? Legislature dealing

The Seminole Tribe would not be required to guarantee $3 billion in payments to the state in exchange for adding craps and roulette to the tribe’s casino operations, under the latest offer in gambling negotiations between the House and Senate. The Senate made the proposal Thursday while not backing away from other high-profile positions. Those positions include allowing slot machines at pari-mutuels...
JUST IN: $2,000 reward posted for sex predator’s capture

JUST IN: $2,000 reward posted for sex predator’s capture

A violent sexual predator who went missing a month ago remains on the lam, the U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday in offering a $2,000 reward for his capture. Ernest Reigh, 65, is wanted by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office for failing to register as a sex offender when he arrived in Fort Pierce following his release from prison March 1. Reigh’s criminal record includes the sexual...
BREAKING: Two arrested after police raid house in Port St. Lucie

BREAKING: Two arrested after police raid house in Port St. Lucie

Two men were taken into custody after authorities raided a home Thursday morning and said they found heroin, crack cocaine, prescription drugs and firearms there. Port St. Lucie police investigators along with federal ATF and DEA agents served a search warrant at a home in the 800 block of Southwest Munjack Circle after police received an anonymous complaint about illegal activity at that address...
After fraud trial, Melgen faces corruption case, several civil trials

After fraud trial, Melgen faces corruption case, several civil trials

Dr. Salomon Melgen returned to his waterfront home near Juno Beach on Thursday, still waiting for a federal jury to decide whether he is guilty of 76 charges of health care fraud. But while the 12 jurors who have deliberated for nearly 15 hours over two days will return to U.S. District Court today, even when they reach a verdict in the $105 million Medicare fraud case, the 62-year-old ophthalmologist&rsquo...
Palm Beach socialite’s daughter jailed, accused of stealing from her

Palm Beach socialite’s daughter jailed, accused of stealing from her

1:20 p.m. UPDATE: In the latest drama involving 86-year-old Palm Beach socialite Mary Montgomery, her troubled daughter once again has landed behind bars, charged with stealing millions of dollars worth of items from her mother, including a Rolls-Royce, a Bentley, her wine collection and her silverware. There’s also $5.54 million in jewelry missing from Mary Montgomery’s safe, but her...
NEW: Woman arrested again for stealing from Stuart senior home

NEW: Woman arrested again for stealing from Stuart senior home

A woman accused of stealing several hundred dollars from an elderly woman at a Stuart senior living community was arrested on additional charges this week. Serafina Frahm, the once executive director of The Pointe at Ocean Boulevard, was arrested Wednesday after Stuart police say she stole several rings from another resident at the senior community. Frahm was fired from the facility after her first...
Gov. Scott touts Trump tax cuts, demurs on seeking security-cost help

Gov. Scott touts Trump tax cuts, demurs on seeking security-cost help

Gov. Rick Scott, meeting with business officials in West Palm Beach Thursday, refused to say he will personally ask President Donald Trump to help Palm Beach County get reimbursed for the millions it has spent on security during the president’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort. Scott touted a recent meeting with the president, when he said Trump committed to partnering with Florida to repair the...
Summer-like heat hits Florida with 90-plus degree temperatures

Summer-like heat hits Florida with 90-plus degree temperatures

Palm Beach County will sizzle in summer-like temperatures today as hot, dry air is carried into the Sunshine State by conspiring winds. A benchmark 90 degrees — more common in July than April — could be reached at Palm Beach International Airport. That’s 7 degrees above what’s normal for this time of year and a high that hasn’t been seen since Oct. 8. Some areas...
Florida budget details still not out in public

Florida budget details still not out in public

House and Senate leaders continued negotiating the state budget behind closed doors Wednesday, more than 24 hours after saying they had an early agreement on the overall size of the spending plan. Generally, a deal on the broad contours of the budget - known as “allocations” - would lead in short order to meetings by joint House-Senate committees to hammer out details of state spending...
Grocery liquor bill heads to governor; package stores urge veto

Grocery liquor bill heads to governor; package stores urge veto

Owners of small liquor stores want Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure narrowly approved by the House that would allow retail giants to stock liquor on the shelves alongside groceries and other goods. The House on Wednesday voted 58-57 after spending more than four hours over two days dissecting the heavily lobbied proposal (SB 106), which would remove a Depression-era “wall” separating...
Melgen jury recesses for day without verdict; resumes Thursday

Melgen jury recesses for day without verdict; resumes Thursday

After a nearly two-month trial and getting last minute instructions on the law, a federal jury on Wednesday began deciding whether Dr. Salomon Melgen is guilty of 76 charges of health care fraud. The 12 jurors began deliberating at mid-morning and retired for the day just before 5 p.m. without reaching a verdict. They will resume Thursday morning. With dozens of charges to consider and complex...
NEW: Florida lawmakers move closer to gambling deal

NEW: Florida lawmakers move closer to gambling deal

After years of stalemate, House and Senate leaders appear to be closing in on a deal to revamp Florida’s gambling industry and strike an agreement with the Seminole Tribe in what could be a considerable expansion of gambling throughout the state. The House made what Sen. Bill Galvano, the Senate’s chief negotiator on gambling issues, called a “substantial offer” Wednesday...
Jury starts deliberating Medicare fraud case against eye doc Melgen

Jury starts deliberating Medicare fraud case against eye doc Melgen

After a nearly two-month trial and getting last minute instructions on the law, a federal jury on Wednesday began deciding whether Dr. Salomon Melgen is guilty of 76 charges of health care fraud. The 12 jurors began deliberating at mid-morning. With dozens of charges to consider and complex medical procedures and legal issues to weigh, the jury isn’t expected to reach a decision quickly. Melgen...
UPDATE: Teen accused in drug-fueled home invasion rejects plea deal

UPDATE: Teen accused in drug-fueled home invasion rejects plea deal

A Martin County man accused of attacking a family during a drug-fueled home invasion last summer rejected a plea agreement during an appearance in court Tuesday. Nico Gallo, 19, refused to accept the state’s offer of five years in prison and 10 years probation, Martin County court records confirm. Anything-goes culture surrounds dangerous bath salts, designer drugs He was also assigned a public...
Set sail for Pirate Bingo, auction, book fair at Allamanda Elementary

Set sail for Pirate Bingo, auction, book fair at Allamanda Elementary

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE The Spring Arts Festival takes place 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the courtyard and cafeteria of the school, 5150 117th Court North, Palm Beach Gardens. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Lilly Day is May 4. Ten percent of the sales from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Lilly Pulitzer store in The Gardens Mall will be donated to the school to benefit the Health and Wellness Program...
May the fourth (be with you) events come to local libraries

May the fourth (be with you) events come to local libraries

May the fourth be with you! Celebrate all things “Star Wars” at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library at 5 p.m. May 4. Fans of all ages can enjoy trivia, games, crafts, snacks and a green-screen photo booth. Come as your favorite character if you wish — even stormtroopers are welcome at this event. The library is at 2551 SW Matheson Ave. in Palm City. Call 772-288-2551 for more information...
Martin County starts process to restore Savannas Preserve State Park

Martin County starts process to restore Savannas Preserve State Park

Martin County officials have started efforts to restore the Savannas Preserve State Park that straddles St. Lucie and Martin counties. For the first step, officials are planning a computer model to better understand the big picture in order to make any improvements to the environmentally sensitive land. That hydrological model will show how water flows from Fort Pierce to the Savannas Preserve as...

Sports & Recreation

Students from Palm Beach and Martin Counties are invited to the Stand UP Foundation’s Sailing and Park Adventure Day at Shepard Park in downtown Stuart Saturday. Sail aboard the Schooner Lily and take part in exploration and team-bonding activities and preview Stand UP’s 2017 summer camp. For children in fourth grade to high school, $75 fee includes lunch. Register at www.standupfoundationfl...
Dine at Fujiyama for good food, entertainment

Dine at Fujiyama for good food, entertainment

MENU Wide variety of Japanese cuisine, including hibachi-style dinners, sushi entrees and Asian rolls, chicken, seafood, steak, noodles, Katsu, Bento box meals, soup, salad, appetizers, dessert. ATMOSPHERE Elegant, modern restaurant whose main attraction is the stainless steel hibachi grill, where up to 10 people can gather around to watch a master chef make cooking look like performance art. Aside...
POST TIME: Treasure Coast’s Savannas Preserve State Park turns 40

POST TIME: Treasure Coast’s Savannas Preserve State Park turns 40

Readers: This column always enjoys the opportunity to revisit, at least in words and pictures, the beautiful Treasure Coast, along with the sparsely-populated, but historically significant, Okeechobee County. In that spirit, we bring you Savannas Preserve State Park, described as “one of the Treasure Coast’s best-kept secrets,” which turned 40 this week. It opened April 25, 1977...
North blotter: Love Street blues: Jealous woman batters boyfriend with roving eye

North blotter: Love Street blues: Jealous woman batters boyfriend with roving eye

JUPITER POLICE DOMESTIC BATTERY While outside the boat they live on at a slip in the 1100 block of Love Street, a woman noticed her boyfriend talking to another woman. This displeased her. A short while later, while on board their floating abode, the woman unleashed her fury. When the jealousy-fueled attack concluded, the man was left with a half-inch long cut in the left nostril of his nose. Later...
Sale of liquor in Florida grocery stores approaches last hurdles

Sale of liquor in Florida grocery stores approaches last hurdles

A heavily lobbied measure that would remove a Depression-era “wall” separating the sale of liquor and groceries was positioned — after more than two hours of discussion Tuesday — for a final House vote as soon as Wednesday. The House agreed to take up a Senate-approved version of the proposal (SB 106), after years of debate that has pitted the supermarket giant Publix and small...
Bill to implement medical marijuana amendment moves to Senate

Bill to implement medical marijuana amendment moves to Senate

Florida patients wouldn’t have to wait 90 days to purchase marijuana if doctors recommend the treatment, under a proposal on its way to the Senate floor for a vote. The possibility of a 90-day requirement remains one of the biggest patient-focused differences between House and Senate measures crafted to carry out a constitutional amendment that voters approved in November to legalize marijuana...
What the new trauma-care proposal means for Palm Beach County

What the new trauma-care proposal means for Palm Beach County

A key House committee Monday scaled back a plan that would have eliminated a limit on the number of trauma centers in Florida — but the panel sought to ensure that a disputed Jacksonville-area trauma center can keep its doors open. The House Health & Human Services Committee revamped a bill (HB 1077) that originally would have eliminated a limit of 44 trauma centers statewide and gotten rid...
House, Senate leaders agree on budget outline

House, Senate leaders agree on budget outline

House and Senate leaders struck a deal Tuesday on the broad outline of a budget after a topsy-turvy day at the Capitol, clearing the way for negotiations that could allow the session to end as scheduled on May 5. The deal capped off nearly two weeks of talks between House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. Lawmakers now have about a week to...
UPDATE: Melgen’s closing defense: Practice maybe malpractice, not fraud

UPDATE: Melgen’s closing defense: Practice maybe malpractice, not fraud

Acknowledging Dr. Salomon Melgen made some mistakes as he struggled to treat more than 100 patients a day at clinics from Delray Beach to Port St. Lucie, his attorney spent more than three hours Tuesday trying to overcome what federal prosecutors called “staggering” evidence that the ophthalmologist bilked Medicare out of as much as $105 million. The 62-year-old Harvard-educated retinal...

Florida 2017 budget prospects dim as House, Senate feud

The legislative session appeared to careen off course Monday, as the House prepared to pass its second budget plan of the year — a so-called continuation budget that Senate leaders ruled out as “ineffectual.” The showdown between the two chambers came with just eight days to go until lawmakers would be forced to call an extended or special session to resolve the budget impasse, making...

Florida pension, health care overhauls advance in Senate

A Senate committee on Monday narrowly backed a controversial change in the state pension plan and endorsed an overhaul of the health insurance program for state employees. The Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee voted 4-3, along partisan lines, to change the default retirement option for newly hired public employees, including school teachers, county workers and state employees. Under...
Melgen Medicare fraud trial costs both sides big bucks

Melgen Medicare fraud trial costs both sides big bucks

Accused of defrauding Medicare out of $105 million and eventually released from jail on an $18 million bond package, Dr. Salomon Melgen has been at the center of a case that has turned on eye-popping dollar figures since his arrest two years ago. Monday — the last day of testimony in the Palm Beach County ophthalmologist’s nearly two-month trial — was no exception. The difference...
Florida defends shifting death penalty cases from State Attorney Ayala

Florida defends shifting death penalty cases from State Attorney Ayala

Lawyers for Florida maintain that Gov. Rick Scott had the power to reassign 23 death-penalty cases to a different prosecutor after Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced she would not seek capital punishment for defendants charged with capital crimes. Scott’s lawyers made the arguments Wednesday in response to a lawsuit filed by Ayala, who accuses the governor of usurping the...
NEW: Worker impaled by piece of metal discharged from hospital

NEW: Worker impaled by piece of metal discharged from hospital

A construction worker who was impaled by a piece metal last week was discharged from St. Mary’s Medical Center Sunday, a spokesman for the hospital said Monday. A police incident report identified the injured man as Agustin Blanquel, 40, of Fort Pierce. Authorities say Blanquel was on a job last Thursday near a canal in the Heights of Jupiter, north of the Donald Ross Road along Interstate 95...
House Forever Florida bill could undo Negron Everglades reservoir plan

House Forever Florida bill could undo Negron Everglades reservoir plan

More money would be set aside for land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron’s push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades. House Government Accountability Chairman Matt Caldwell, whose committee unanimously approved the measure (PCB GAC 17-06), rejected the...
3 killed in Beeline Highway head-on collision identified

3 killed in Beeline Highway head-on collision identified

Three people were killed and two more injured Monday morning in a head-on collision near in southwest Martin County. The deceased were identified as Odilon Velasquez Morales, 47; Abel Perez Hernandez, 34, and Carlos Lopez Maldanado, 34, all of Indiantown. The men were all traveling in a 1998 Honda Civic driven by Morales, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report. Two Palm Beach County men...
Fort Pierce man killed in motorcycle crash

Fort Pierce man killed in motorcycle crash

A 43-year-old Fort Pierce man was killed when his motorcycle hit a fence Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Garyian Reeves was riding his motorcycle on Hibiscus Road when he failed to negotiate a turn onto Lee Boulevard in Fort Pierce. Reeves’ motorcycle hit the grass shoulder, then a wooden fence. The rider was ejected and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead...
NEW: What’s shaping brawl over Florida budget? The 2018 elections

NEW: What’s shaping brawl over Florida budget? The 2018 elections

Forget the calendar. It’s already 2018 in Tallahassee. With two weeks to go before the scheduled end of this year’s 60-day legislative session, the governor and lawmakers are eyeball-to-eyeball on a $4 billion gap in their proposed budgets. And within that chasm, there’s a widening rift on funding for two relatively small pieces of the budget: money for Enterprise Florida and Visit...

Florida Senate bill protecting contractors would reduce local rule

Cities and counties would not be able to require contractors to provide certain benefits and wages to workers on state-funded public works projects under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee voted 11-7 to advance Sen. Keith Perry’s bill (SB 534), which would pre-empt local ordinances involved with worker pay, benefits and training if the public works...
UPDATE: Rip current threat to remain high at beaches amid wind gusts

UPDATE: Rip current threat to remain high at beaches amid wind gusts

3:30 p.m. UPDATE: The risk of rip currents at area beaches will stay high through at least Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said Saturday. Check The Palm Beach Post radar map Forecasters extended the warning in the face of southeast winds that are expected to blow at 10 to 15 mph and gust to 20 mph or more. Anyone headed to the shore is urged to use only those beaches with lifeguards,...

Controversial pension change surfaces in Florida Senate

With two weeks remaining in the legislative session, a Senate committee will take up a new bill that could move more public workers into a 401(k)-type retirement plan rather than the traditional pension program. The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee is scheduled Monday to take up a proposed bill (SPB 7030) that would move public employees who are hired after Jan. 1, 2018 into...

Florida ethics panel pushes back against legislative oversight

Florida’s ethics arbiters claimed their “independence” Friday in response to a legislative directive that put more restrictions on their operations, including out-of-state travel spending and hiring and firing of staff. The Florida Commission on Ethics agreed in a toned-down resolution to “respectfully” decline the latest “delegation of authority” directive...

Florida prison health contract scrapped for 2nd time in 2 years

Citing shortcomings in mental-health services at a South Florida prison, state corrections officials are terminating a contract with a private health-care provider months before the deal was set to expire. Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones on Wednesday canceled the contract with Wexford Health Sources, giving the Pittsburgh-based company a required 180-day notice of termination. The...
NEW: Florida men accused of selling ‘door buster array’ of drugs

NEW: Florida men accused of selling ‘door buster array’ of drugs

Two Palm Beach County men were jailed by authorities in Martin County Thursday after they allegedly sold drugs to undercover detectives. Alexus Johnson, 23, and Ronald Nelson, 21, traveled north to sell a “door buster array” of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and hydrocodone, the Martin County County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County...
Cleared of drug charges, pharmacist switches career — to the law

Cleared of drug charges, pharmacist switches career — to the law

Roughly three years ago, Peter Del Toro was facing 295 years in prison. Today, the 44-year-old Jensen Beach father of two is shopping for office space to open a law practice. “Technically, I’m not supposed to be here. I’m supposed to be dead. Well, I’m supposed to be in prison and that’s being dead,” Del Toro said of the drastic turn his life has taken since February...
UPDATE: Senate reacts to Artiles’ resignation over vulgar, racial tirade

UPDATE: Senate reacts to Artiles’ resignation over vulgar, racial tirade

Calling his presence a “distraction” days after apologizing for a public tirade that included racially charged and vulgar expletives, Miami Republican Frank Artiles announced Friday he was resigning from the Senate, effective immediately. Artiles — a tough-talking, U.S. Marine veteran who earned the moniker “Frank the Tank” from fellow lawmakers — stepped down...
A piece of high-technology may save South Florida from surprise storms

A piece of high-technology may save South Florida from surprise storms

Dan Brown worked the morning shift Sept. 29, trying to read the future of a newborn tropical storm from atmospheric clues scattered through the Atlantic basin. Wind shear tore at the lopsided system, whose thunderstorms clustered to the northeast, leaving a flank exposed and vulnerable to elements that fought to weaken its 70 mph winds. Although at least two forecasters are always on duty...
LATEST: Check-cashing fraud charge lands Delray man in jail

LATEST: Check-cashing fraud charge lands Delray man in jail

A Delray Beach man was one of two people arrested this week for allegedly cashing fraudulent checks at a market across the street from the city police station. Police arrested Henry Wilder, 55, on Tuesday after the owner of Tony’s Market and Deli on West Atlantic Avenue reported that 11 checks cashed by Wilder had been returned. A second person was also arrested, but the arrest report did not...
SUV stolen, torched in woods after 100 mph chase; man in custody

SUV stolen, torched in woods after 100 mph chase; man in custody

A 49-year-old man stole an older man’s sport utility vehicle from a public library and torched it in the woods after a 100 mph police chase, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Randall J. Hole of Bradenton on Tuesday in connection with an alleged car theft that occurred April 6 at the Cummings Library. He was being held late Wednesday at the Martin County Jail...
NEW: Martin County asking for video, deputy injured during arrest

NEW: Martin County asking for video, deputy injured during arrest

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to come forward with any video that may have been recorded during an arrest where a deputy was injured Thursday. At 4:30 p.m., an unnamed deputy attempted to arrest a man on drug charges at Chastain Beach, just east of Stuart and south of A1A. During the encounter, the deputy was injured and the unidentified man was arrested. The extent...

House, Senate move closer on implementation of solar Amendment 4

The Florida House and Senate are set to take up proposals that would carry out a voter-approved expansion of a renewable-energy tax break, as bill language appears to have become more agreeable to solar proponents. Gone from a House proposal (HB 1351) is a controversial provision that would have allowed the state Public Service Commission to set safety, performance and reliability standards. RELATED...
NEW: Florida man attacks clerk, saying ‘I don’t like Arabs’

NEW: Florida man attacks clerk, saying ‘I don’t like Arabs’

A Stuart man is facing a hate crime charge after he reportedly told deputies he attacked a convenience store clerk Wednesday because “I don’t like Arabs.” Jeremiah Emmanuel Hendrix, 33, was arrested following an incident inside The Family Dollar Store on Southeast Dixie Highway, just south of Southeast Indian Street. He was being held at the Martin County Jail Thursday in lieu of...
Recess, teacher-bonus amendments added to school testing bill

Recess, teacher-bonus amendments added to school testing bill

A bill aimed at scaling back the number of standardized tests administered in Florida passed its final Senate committee on Wednesday after picking up amendments dealing with recess and other education issues. The growth of the measure (SB 926) quickly drew complaints, even from some supporters, that it was becoming an unwieldy “train,” a term for late-session bills that glom together different...
NEW: St. Lucie deputies cleared in fatal September shooting

NEW: St. Lucie deputies cleared in fatal September shooting

Five St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies were cleared of charges Thursday in the September shooting death of a Port St. Lucie man. A grand jury was convened Wednesday and ruled Thursday that the deputies were justified in fatally shooting Joshua Scott Sept. 20, following a standoff of more than six hours at his home on Southwest Abacus Avenue. According to the sheriff’s office, investigators...
NEW: Grand jury clears Florida police officer in fatal shooting

NEW: Grand jury clears Florida police officer in fatal shooting

A grand jury has decided not to indict a Port St. Lucie police officer who shot and killed a 25-year-old man during a confrontation in November. The grand jury convened Wednesday to hear testimony from 11 witnesses, including Officer Colin Duncombe, whom authorities say shot and killed Samson Fleurant on Nov. 18. Police say Fleurant wielded a machete and made threats as officers responded to a reported...
Will FWC officials let Florida have a bear hunt this year?

Will FWC officials let Florida have a bear hunt this year?

Don’t mess with the bears. State fish and wildlife managers that govern hunting and fishing regulations for all sorts of species refused this week to pull the trigger on a bear hunt for fear of a public backlash.
Negron orders inquiry of Miami senator’s obscene ‘racist rant’

Negron orders inquiry of Miami senator’s obscene ‘racist rant’

A firestorm continued to swell Wednesday over racially tinged and expletive-laced remarks Sen. Frank Artiles hurled this week, as demands for the Miami Republican’s ouster grew and Senate leaders appointed a special master to investigate whether he should be sanctioned. Artiles berated Sen. Audrey Gibson, a black Democrat from Jacksonville, on Monday night at a members-only club near the Capitol...

Businesses like House workers comp bill; workers, lawyers don’t

Nearly a year after a Florida Supreme Court ruling rocked the state’s workers compensation insurance system, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at holding down insurance rates for businesses. The House, however, will need to reach agreement with the Senate on a final plan before the scheduled May 5 end of the annual legislative session. That will require lawmakers to...
NEW: Florida pair accused of animal cruelty, chaining dogs

NEW: Florida pair accused of animal cruelty, chaining dogs

Two St. Lucie County residents were taken into custody after more than 20 malnourished and abused dogs were located Wednesday on a wooded lot near Fort Pierce. Deputies arrested Andreo Denetrick Hunt, 44, and Shayla D. Wade, 31, each on 22 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. The were arrested after the sheriff’s office found 22 dogs, most of them Pit Bulls, at a rental home on an 11-acre wooded...
Miami GOP senator loses chairmanship, apologizes for using racial slur

Miami GOP senator loses chairmanship, apologizes for using racial slur

Amid calls for his resignation, Florida Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, apologized Wednesday on the Senate floor for a tirade at a club that included making derogatory comments about a fellow senator and using a racial slur. He specifically apologized to Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. RELATED: Complete Florida Legislature...
NEW: Martin bank robbery suspect pleads guilty; heist came amid spree

NEW: Martin bank robbery suspect pleads guilty; heist came amid spree

A Daytona Beach man suspected of multiple bank robberies, including along the Treasure Coast, pleaded guilty in a Fort Pierce federal court Tuesday. Anthony William Carpino, 45, pleaded to four counts of bank robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 27 by U.S. District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg. Each count carries the potential for up to 20 years in prison. Upon his release, Carpino would...
U-Tiki Beach, a tropical getaway in Jupiter

U-Tiki Beach, a tropical getaway in Jupiter

MENU Lots of fresh seafood, from appetizers and salads to sandwiches and specialty plates. But there are lots of other choices too, including burgers and flatbreads. ATMOSPHERE Waterfront dining across from the Jupiter Lighthouse — need I say more? OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE I took my out-of-town guests here, because they were on vacation and craving lunch somewhere with boats, palm trees and a...
Jupiter High DECA students headed to international conference

Jupiter High DECA students headed to international conference

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS JUPITER HIGH Several DECA students qualified for the 2017 International Career Development Conference scheduled for Monday in Anaheim, California: Alexia Simoes, Sophia Haroutunian and Anna McLean, Financial Literacy Promotion Plan; George Kaplanidis and Carmine Ramazio, International Business Plan; and Jordan Alexander, Personal Financial Literacy. Matthew Webber is the...

Sports & Recreation

Palm Beach Gardens High School’s Five-Star Magnet Program will host the Arty Falk Annual Magnet Golf Classic Saturday at Abacoa Golf Club. The event begins at 7 a.m. with registration and a putting contest, followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. An awards lunch will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Entry fee is $125 per player or $400 per foursome, and includes continental breakfast; green, cart...
Celebrate Earth Day with programs at local libraries

Celebrate Earth Day with programs at local libraries

Saturday is Earth Day, and many libraries have special programs planned. Make an upcycled magazine trinket dish at Jupiter Branch Library. Paper crafting techniques and materials will be provided to make an eco-friendly coiled bowl. Participants also can take their own magazines to use in the project. Pre-register for this program, offered at 2 p.m. Friday. Space is limited. The library is at 705...

Stage crashers thrown out of bar, attack bouncer, end up in jail

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE BATTERY While driving a tractor near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Holly Drive, a maintenance worker was struck in the face by a pink brush that was thrown from a passing vehicle. The man was able to give police a description of the vehicle and tell them the number of occupants. The man declined medical attention and the brush was entered into evidence. THEFT Despite...

Florida Senate scuttles House ethics changes

A major ethics package backed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran is dead for the session after the Senate refused to consider the legislation, House leaders said Tuesday. The measures included an effort (HJR 7001) to extend a lobbying ban on lawmakers from the current two years to six years after they leave office and a bill (HB 7021) that would have strengthened lobbying and disclosure rules for local...
Florida medical marijuana compromise likely won’t allow smoking

Florida medical marijuana compromise likely won’t allow smoking

Florida patients may be able to vape or munch on medical-marijuana products but they almost certainly won’t be allowed to light up joints or take bong hits, under a compromise being worked on by House and Senate leaders. Lawmakers are trying to reach consensus on a proposal to carry out a constitutional amendment, overwhelmingly approved by more than 70 percent of voters last fall, that legalized...
VIDEO: Eldercare facility director charged with stealing from patient

VIDEO: Eldercare facility director charged with stealing from patient

The director of a Martin County senior assisted living facility was taken into custody Monday after she was accused of stealing hundreds of dollars in cash from a patient. Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Serafina Frahm, the director of The Pointe at Ocean Boulevard, on charges of burglary and theft from a person 65 or older. She was released from the Martin County...
Florida Senate poised to sign off on Uber/Lyft plan

Florida Senate poised to sign off on Uber/Lyft plan

A long-debated proposal pitting traditional cab companies and local governments against app-based ridesharing firms appears ready to cross the legislative finish line Wednesday. The Senate on Tuesday set up for a final vote the proposal (HB 221), which would institute statewide rules for “transportation network companies” such as Uber and Lyft. RELATED: Complete Florida Legislature coverage...
Trauma, Medicaid changes move forward in Florida House

Trauma, Medicaid changes move forward in Florida House

With House Republican leaders looking to make major health-care changes, a key panel Monday approved proposals that would erase limits on the numbers of trauma centers in the state and revamp parts of the Medicaid program. The bills, approved by the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, are particularly drawing interest from the hospital and nursing-home industries. The bill (HB 1077) that...
Scott offers surprise solution to Lake Okeechobee pollution fight

Scott offers surprise solution to Lake Okeechobee pollution fight

Amid opposition to land sales, fears of job losses and legislative deadlock, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday offered a surprise solution to the waterway pollution from contaminated Lake Okeechobee discharges. The governor asked state lawmakers to allocate $200 million to fix the Herbert Hoover Dike by 2022. And he called for using the A-2 reservoir to store water. Doing both, he said would address nutrient...
Florida Senate budget chief Latvala raps House on litany of issues

Florida Senate budget chief Latvala raps House on litany of issues

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala said Monday he was glad to have made it “a third of the way” through the annual legislative session. “Only 14 more weeks to go,” Latvala, R-Clearwater, told the Capital Tiger Bay Club during a lunchtime appearance a few blocks from the Capitol. RELATED: Complete Florida Legislature coverage Presumably he was joking, as lawmakers are...
Bill would make defacing soldier, first-responder statues a felony

Bill would make defacing soldier, first-responder statues a felony

A small group of military veterans and re-enactors contended Monday some lawmakers appear “anti-veteran” for not moving forward with a measure that would make it a third-degree felony for defacing a statue or memorial of a “hero.” But the proposal, which has cleared House committees, has brushed against a priority of Senate President Joe Negron aimed at keeping young offenders...
68-year-old windsurfer dies after crashing into boat

68-year-old windsurfer dies after crashing into boat

A 68-year-old windsurfer was killed last week in a crash with a boat near Sewall’s Point, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports. The windsurfer was identified at Thomas Connelly of Stuart. The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Friday near the Stuart Causeway, authorities said. According to an FWC crash report, Connelly was heading south while windsurfing on...
BREAKING: Miami trio arrested with truck full of tires from dealership

BREAKING: Miami trio arrested with truck full of tires from dealership

Two women and a man from Miami are facing charges after they were caught hauling a truck filled with stolen tires, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Deputies arrested Luis Quintana, 57, Elsaly Santiago, 39, and Dharlys Chirino, 31, on charges of grand theft and burglary of an occupied structure. Each were booked into the Martin County Jail on $30,000 bond. The three were pulled...
NEW: MCSO raids Hobe Sound home with ‘broad menu of illegal delights’

NEW: MCSO raids Hobe Sound home with ‘broad menu of illegal delights’

Three people were arrested in a drug bust Friday, details of which Martin County Sheriff’s Office shared in a witty Facebook post detailing the guns, drugs and cash it found in a Hobe Sound home. “If you could tolerate the filth in the house at 8658 SE Anthione Way in Hobe Sound, customers could enjoy a broad menu of illegal delights such as crack cocaine and MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy)...
BREAKING: Fort Pierce police seize guns, $20,000 during drug raid

BREAKING: Fort Pierce police seize guns, $20,000 during drug raid

Fort Pierce Police detectives seized nearly $20,000 and two guns Friday during a drug raid at a home on the east side of the city, officials said. Police obtained a search warrant for the home on North 13th Street due to reported crack cocaine sales that had been occurring there for more than a month. Click here for more breaking news coverage from The Palm Beach Post They raided the home Friday evening...
Florida universities: House wants to cut money, Senate to increase it

Florida universities: House wants to cut money, Senate to increase it

The Florida House wants to cut university funding, while the Senate wants to dramatically increase it. That’s the opening posture of the two chambers as they head into the final three weeks of the 2017 legislative session with the most important task ahead of them: negotiating a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. RELATED: Complete Florida Legislature coverage Despite the diametrically...
Face smashed, Boynton cyclist joins call to end Florida’s no-fault PIP

Face smashed, Boynton cyclist joins call to end Florida’s no-fault PIP

Ask triathlete Paul Davidson of Boynton Beach whether he thinks Florida lawmakers should find the will in the next three weeks to make the biggest change in half a century to car insurance in the state: Repeal the no-fault Personal Injury Protection system. Eleven months ago Saturday, a driver hit him on his bicycle on A1A and sent him flying 60 feet, he said. “My lip was ripped up to my nose...
NEW: Police ID man suspected of robbing jeweler in wig, disguise

NEW: Police ID man suspected of robbing jeweler in wig, disguise

A 29-year-old Fort Lauderdale man was identified as one of three suspects in a robbery Thursday at a Port St. Lucie jewelry store. One armed robbery suspect arrested after family abducted Police say Jerome Simmons was one of three men broke into and robbed the LSO Jewelry and Repair store in the 900 block of Southwest St. Lucie West Boulevard. Simmons was apprehended as offers caught him crawling...
NEW: Man on heroin crashes truck with baby aboard in Gardens

NEW: Man on heroin crashes truck with baby aboard in Gardens

A 4-month-old baby was in the backseat of a pickup Wednesday afternoon when the driver, high on heroin, crashed into a parked car at Downtown at the Gardens, city police records state. RELATED: Man ODs at Wawa with toddler in backseat Officials reportedly found William Millas, 32, of Port St. Lucie passed out on the steering wheel in a parking lot on Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue. The truck was still...
NEW: Survivor on fatal Stuart boat wreck: ‘I think about it every day’

NEW: Survivor on fatal Stuart boat wreck: ‘I think about it every day’

Robert Stewart still thinks about the boat wreck that killed three of his family members a year ago Monday. For hours, the 46-year-old Port St. Lucie man clung to the boat that capsized April 10, 2016, in the Atlantic off Stuart during a family fishing outing. Authorities found him the next morning — nearly 24 hours after the trip began — on the beach near the House of Refuge. “I...
NEW: Two seasoned leaders missing as 2017 hurricane season approaches

NEW: Two seasoned leaders missing as 2017 hurricane season approaches

The 2017 storm season is approaching without two key leaders who guided the country through major disasters such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy and the terrifying Hurricane Matthew in October. Craig Fugate, the candid former FEMA director under President Barack Obama, stepped away from his position in January, while National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb announced his resignation...
Patient who got $411,000 in care from Melgen praises eye doctor

Patient who got $411,000 in care from Melgen praises eye doctor

Confined to a wheelchair and ravaged by diabetes, 71-year-old Maggie Bronson traveled from Belle Glade to West Palm Beach on Thursday to make sure a federal jury understood just how much Palm Beach County retinal specialist Dr. Salomon Melgen had done for her. “I was so happy because I had given up on life because I couldn’t see anymore,” she told the jury, which will decide whether...
Florida House OKs bill funneling $200 million to charter schools

Florida House OKs bill funneling $200 million to charter schools

A package of education proposals tied to the state budget, including one creating a program to encourage charter schools to set up near academically troubled traditional schools, passed the House on Thursday amid heated clashes. The most controversial bill, creating what Republicans call the “Schools of Hope” program (HB 5105), passed on a party-line vote, 77-40, after about three hours...

Privacy clause big focus of Constitution Revision panel so far

A sparse crowd weighed in Wednesday evening on how Florida’s Constitution should be changed, or preserved, depending on your point of view, during a meeting of the Constitution Revision Commission practically in the shadows of the Capitol. The meeting, in the ballroom of Florida A&M University’s student union, drew about 100 people, who offered suggestions about issues ranging from abortion...

Florida Supreme Court rules against satellite firms in TV tax fight

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that set different tax rates for cable and satellite television services — overturning a lower-court ruling that could have had major financial ramifications for the state. The 16-page unanimous decision rejected arguments by satellite companies DirecTV and Dish Network that the differing tax rates are discriminatory and violate the Commerce...
UPDATE: 1 armed robbery suspect arrested after family abducted

UPDATE: 1 armed robbery suspect arrested after family abducted

11 p.m. UPDATE: Police caught one of the three suspects running across St. Lucie West Boulevard, according to WPTV NewsChannel 5, The Post’s news partner. “He had stripped out of his jumpsuit,” Sgt. Frank Sabol told WPTV. “We believe he was wearing a pink jumpsuit at the time.” Sabol didn’t identify the suspect other than that he is from West Palm Beach. 5:15 p...
USDA seeks input on bio-control agent aimed at citrus greening disease

USDA seeks input on bio-control agent aimed at citrus greening disease

Greening disease, a bacterial disease spread by a tiny psyllid, has devastated Florida’s citrus industry since it was first detected in the U.S. in Florida in 2005 — but hopes of stopping or slowing its spread have risen this week. While there’s no cure, on Monday the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an important next step in the quest to stop the disease. The key to thwarting...

Florida, feds agree on $1.5 billion for hospitals’ low-income patients

As the Florida House and Senate get ready to start negotiating a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Rick Scott and federal officials announced Wednesday that the state will have $1.5 billion for a key program that helps hospitals care for low-income and uninsured patients. The money will be available for the “Low Income Pool” program, which provides federal matching funds. State...
LATEST: Port St. Lucie nurse suspended, accused of selling heroin

LATEST: Port St. Lucie nurse suspended, accused of selling heroin

A Port St. Lucie nurse has had her professional license suspended amid allegations she sold drugs out of her home, state records confirm. MORE ONLINE: Read The Post’s complete coverage of corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry The Florida Department of Health issued an emergency suspension order in March against Jennifer Elaine Zahoranski, a licensed practical nurse. Authorities...
VIDEO: State representative’s arrest captured by FHP dashboard camera

VIDEO: State representative’s arrest captured by FHP dashboard camera

A dashcam video provided this week by the Florida Highway Patrol shows the moments leading to the DUI arrest of a state representative last month. State Rep. Cary Pigman was charged with drunken driving the night of March 23 following a traffic stop on Florida’s Turnpike near the Fort Pierce service plaza in St. Lucie County. VIDEO ONLINE: See the dashcam video of State Rep. Cary Pigman&rsquo...
State of emergency declared as thousands of acres burn statewide

State of emergency declared as thousands of acres burn statewide

Tens of thousands of acres in Florida were on fire Tuesday, triggering a state of emergency and comparisons to the devastating wildfire year of 2011 when two forest service rangers died battling a blaze near Tallahassee. Windy weather and a prolonged dry spell that has escalated drought to severe levels in parts of the state contributed to the 107 active fires burning 23,830 acres. Those numbers,...
North blotter: Driver with learner’s permit faces speeding, drug charges

North blotter: Driver with learner’s permit faces speeding, drug charges

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DRUGS A vehicle doing nearly double the posted speed limit was pulled over, sort of. The vehicle actually stopped in the middle of the road on MacArthur Boulevard near Riverside Drive. After making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, police had the driver step out. When she opened the door the officer noticed a marijuana grinder in plain view in the door’s storage...
Earth Day events scheduled throughout the Treasure Coast

Earth Day events scheduled throughout the Treasure Coast

In celebration of all things green, several plant sales and festivals are scheduled across the Treasure Coast. The events are spread between two different weekends — Saturday, April 22, and Saturday, April 29. The annual dedication commences on April 22 when the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Martin County Master Gardeners hosts its only annual fundraiser...
Celtic harp player to entertain with music and tales

Celtic harp player to entertain with music and tales

Celtic harp player Patrick Ball will bring music and stories to several libraries in Palm Beach County this month. Sessions for all ages take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Belle Glade Branch; 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lantana Road Branch; 5 p.m. April 20 in the Main Library; 10 a.m. April 25 in the Jupiter Branch; and 3:30 p.m. April 26 in the West Boca Branch. Ball also will perform a show for...
Find dishes with flair at The Artisan Cafe

Find dishes with flair at The Artisan Cafe

MENU Traditional breakfast foods presented with a fresh flair, including such specialties as ribeye steak, country fried steak, kielbasa and crepes. Lunch offerings include salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, chicken, seafood and many Greek dishes. There’s even some dinner entrees for the very hungry lunch diner, and homemade desserts. ATMOSPHERE Cozy diner with rich wooden booths and tables...
Martin County’s SPAM Robotics team heads to championship competition

Martin County’s SPAM Robotics team heads to championship competition

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual Silent Auction and Carnival will take place 5 to 8 p.m. April 21. Proceeds benefit students, teachers and fine arts programs. To make a donation, email PBGEPTA1@gmail.com. WATSON B. DUNCAN MIDDLE The Spring Arts Festival takes place 6 to 7 p.m. April 27 in the courtyard and cafeteria of the school, 5150 117th Court North, Palm Beach...
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