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NEW: Florida moped riders under 21 would need helmet under proposed law

NEW: Florida moped riders under 21 would need helmet under proposed law

The days of young adults in Florida under age 21 tooling around on mopeds and scooters without helmets may be numbered.  A bill filed in late September passed the state Senate’s transportation committee Tuesday and is on track for a vote on the Senate floor, the Gainesville Sun reports.  Under the current law, those 16 and older do not need to wear a helmet while riding or operating...
Trump in Palm Beach: Wall of school buses to protect the president

Trump in Palm Beach: Wall of school buses to protect the president

Among the arsenal being assembled to protect President Donald Trump when he arrives next week for Thanksgiving are…school buses. The yellow school buses are parked end-to-end along a fence at Palm Beach International Airport where Air Force One is parked while the president is in town. Presumably, the buses would foil an attack from the access road along the south side of the airport - where...
NEW: Trump extends his Thanksgiving stay in Palm Beach

NEW: Trump extends his Thanksgiving stay in Palm Beach

President Donald Trump is expected to extend his stay for Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, according to a new advisory from the Federal Aviation Administration that was issued late Saturday afternoon. Trump is expected to arrive roughly around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 21 and leave around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 26th, according to the “VIP Movement Notification” that was issued by the FAA. » COMPLETE...
Mom of man arrested in Gardens Mall shooting :’He’s not a problem child’

Mom of man arrested in Gardens Mall shooting :’He’s not a problem child’

A man arrested in a shooting outside The Gardens Mall on Friday was ordered by a judge to be held on a $20,000 bond Saturday morning. Dimitri Virginia, 23, of Riviera Beach, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, firing a weapon in public, and a weapon offense for bringing a missile into a dwelling. County Circuit Judge Joseph Marx ordered Virginia not to...
Cerabino: Women put the squeeze on boob leading Florida’s Democratic Party

Cerabino: Women put the squeeze on boob leading Florida’s Democratic Party

Turn yourselves in, guys. No use waiting. There’s no hiding out from this one. They’re going to find you. Men-Are-Pigs-Gate is in full bloom, and the way things are going, there will be many more carcasses of once-powerful men littering the gutters of politics, commerce and the arts before it’s settled. Get out in front of it, fellas. Surrender before you get caught. It&rsquo...
One arrested in alleged animal abuse at Okeechobee dairy

One arrested in alleged animal abuse at Okeechobee dairy

One man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into alleged animal cruelty at Larson Dairy, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Helias Cruz, 49, is charged with one count of kicking an animal. Warrants have been issued for three other employees in the wake of an undercover video from activist group Animal Recovery Mission, or ARM. Owner Jacob Larson assisted...
UPDATE: Police confirm shooting outside of Gardens Mall, 1 in custody

UPDATE: Police confirm shooting outside of Gardens Mall, 1 in custody

One person was taken into in custody and another person was unharmed after a shooting and car crash outside The Gardens Mall on Friday afternoon, city police said. Palm Beach Gardens police were called to the Macy’s parking lot on the south side of the mall at 2 p.m. to reports of a shooting. A white Audi with several bullet holes was found crashed nearby on Gardens Parkway, on the north side...
NEW: Florida man charged with sexual battery on a child

NEW: Florida man charged with sexual battery on a child

A months-long investigation led to the arrest Thursday of a 40-year-old Stuart man on a charge of sexual battery on a child, city police announced Thursday. Police say that Manuel Thomas Rios Jr.’s victim was under the age of 12. He also faces charges of aggravated battery, child abuse and committing lewd acts. He was book into the Martin County Jail and his bond amount was set at $850,000....
NEW: Teens accused of selling oxycodone, fentanyl at St. Lucie school

NEW: Teens accused of selling oxycodone, fentanyl at St. Lucie school

Two male students from Fort Pierce Central High School were arrested Thursday for attempting to sell oxycodone and fentanyl on campus, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. The teens, ages 17 and 16, were in possession of two prescription fentanyl patches and “an assortment of white pills weighing almost half a pound,” among them oxycodone, in a large resealable plastic bag...
UPDATE: Missing Port St. Lucie man found in Palm Beach County, is safe

UPDATE: Missing Port St. Lucie man found in Palm Beach County, is safe

10:40 a.m. UPDATE: John Cecil Turner, 74, was found Friday “alive and in good health” in Palm Beach County, Port St. Lucie police said. Original post: Port St. Lucie police are searching for a 74-year-old man with dementia who has not been seen since Thursday morning. John Cecil Turner was last seen possibly leaving the Traditions Medical Center at 10000 SW Innovation Way, just west of...
Port St. Lucie mom accused of leaving daughter alone in car to go drinking 

Port St. Lucie mom accused of leaving daughter alone in car to go drinking 

A Port St. Lucie woman was arrested after police said she left her daughter alone outside of a bar while she was drinking and then later got into a car crash. A bartender from Mumbles Pub called Port St. Lucie police shortly after midnight Wednesday to tell them that they noticed Amber Ellen Burford’s 6-year-old daughter alone in the car, according to a police report obtained by TCPalm...
BREAKING: Jury finds St. Lucie man guilty of human trafficking

BREAKING: Jury finds St. Lucie man guilty of human trafficking

A 23-year-old man was found guilty of human trafficking Thursday, making him the first person convicted this year in Palm Beach County of an offense some have described as modern-day slavery. A jury found Christopher Thomas guilty on one count each of human trafficking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, deriving support for proceeds of prostitution and aggravated assault. Judge Laura Johnson adjudicated...
Why Palm Beach County is the ‘epicenter’ of the deadly opioid crisis

Why Palm Beach County is the ‘epicenter’ of the deadly opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic gripping the state hit epic proportions in 2016 with the largest number of heroin-related overdose deaths found in Palm Beach County for the second year in a row, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of state death data released on Wednesday. It is a crisis driven by deadly fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller said to be 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Like throwing gasoline...
JUST IN: Boynton human-trafficking case has St. Lucie man on trial

JUST IN: Boynton human-trafficking case has St. Lucie man on trial

One of the first men to charged with human trafficking in Palm Beach County this year appeared in court Wednesday afternoon — but as a key witness for the state. Jackson Poinvil, one of three men charged in the kidnapping of a 19-year-old Boynton Beach woman in February, told the court that he provided a weapon just prior to the kidnapping to co-defendant Christopher Thomas, the first person...
NEW: Florida man caught with 10 pounds of marijuana at traffic stop

NEW: Florida man caught with 10 pounds of marijuana at traffic stop

What began as a Hobe Sound traffic stop ended with a Stuart man’s arrest on drug charges last week after Martin County sheriff’s deputies say they found 10 pounds of marijuana in his car. Deputies arrested Glen Theobald, 24, on Thursday after finding the marijuana in 10 vacuum-sealed, 1-pound bags in the trunk of his black Hyundai Elantra, according to an arrest report. He faces of a charge...
John F. Kennedy Middle Schools celebrates Red Ribbon Week

John F. Kennedy Middle Schools celebrates Red Ribbon Week

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS JUPITER MIDDLE Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast Jr.” will be presented at 7 p.m. today and Friday in the auditorium. The musical is directed by drama teacher Donnie Quigley and co-directed by Johnnie Butler. Meghan Thomas as Belle, Gavin Baird as the Beast/Prince and Riley Flynn as Lumiere join a cast of 50 students on-stage and 19 working as backstage crew...
Luna Italian Cuisine a classic dining spot

Luna Italian Cuisine a classic dining spot

MENU Classic Italian eatery and pizzeria, with appetizers, salads, soup, hot and cold subs, wide assortment of pizza, pasta, calzones, stromboli, chicken, beef, sausage, veal, seafood, vegetables, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Warm and inviting, with wooden tables and booths, and bright colors accenting Italian landscape pictures and décor. There are a few tables outside if you prefer the downtown Stuart...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens will host the Rolex Tournament of Champions beginning Saturday through Nov. 23. 144 boys and girls ages 12-18 from 25 states and a dozen foreign countries are scheduled to participate in this 72-hole, invitation-only American Junior Golf Association tournament. Past winners include Tiger Woods (1991), Paula Creamer (2002)...
North blotter: Intoxicated man ‘watering’ sea grapes charged with indecent exposure

North blotter: Intoxicated man ‘watering’ sea grapes charged with indecent exposure

JUPITER POLICE DISORDERLY INTOXICATION/INDECENT EXPOSURE While drinking with a large group of individuals at a park in the 1300 block of Jupiter Beach Road, a man repeatedly walked away from the group and over to a stand of sea grape trees. Upon investigating, a police officer found the man partially disrobed and placing his genitalia back into his pants. When asked what he was doing, he stated, &ldquo...
LOOK INSIDE: Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana store opens

LOOK INSIDE: Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana store opens

Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Tuesday, and Steve Buchholz of Lake Worth was among the first customers. Buchholz, 57, said he suffers from chronic knee pain stemming from a high school football injury 40 years ago. NEW: Florida’s pot patient count tops 50,000 “Every step I take every day is painful,” Buchholz said as he waited for Knox Medical&rsquo...
NEW: Florida man accused of providing false information after shooting

NEW: Florida man accused of providing false information after shooting

A 25-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested Monday after police alleged that he gave false information regarding a shooting that occurred over the weekend. Detectives arrested Randolph Tribble on charges of obstruction and violation of probation. He may face more charges, police said. Police say Tribble was handling a gun that went off early Saturday and struck another man in the shoulder. The shooting...
NEW: Florida man celebrates 21st birthday by stealing iPad, police say

NEW: Florida man celebrates 21st birthday by stealing iPad, police say

One birthday celebration was ruined by another after a Port St. Lucie man broke into a woman’s car last week and stole her iPad tablet, city police said. Officers arrested Ainsley Gayle Jr. Friday after tracking the stolen $680 iPad to his home in Port St. Lucie, according to an arrest report made public Monday. Gayle, who turned 21 on Thursday, and his alleged victim celebrated birthdays two...
NEW: Single in Florida? These are the best cities if you’re looking for love 

NEW: Single in Florida? These are the best cities if you’re looking for love 

Are you single and ready to mingle? If so, these are the best cities for you.  According to a new study by WalletHub, 45 percent of adults in the United States are unmarried. To help singles find love, WalletHub’s analysts looked at more than 180 cities across the U.S. and compared them on 32 key factors such as dating-friendliness, share of single population, online dating opportunities...
JUST IN: Port St. Lucie store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

JUST IN: Port St. Lucie store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A convenience store in Port St. Lucie sold one of three winning Fantasy 5 tickets Sunday, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket bore the number combination of 1-22-24-25-26 and paid $57,439.17. The player bought it at the Sunlight Food Mart on Southwest Del Rio Boulevard, off Crosstown Parkway between Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike. The other winning tickets were sold in Tamarac and Sweetwater...
UPDATE: Search suspended for 2 snorkelers missing off Fort Pierce Inlet

UPDATE: Search suspended for 2 snorkelers missing off Fort Pierce Inlet

8 p.m. UPDATE: The search for two snorkelers missing off Fort Pierce Inlet was suspended this evening pending further information, the Coast Guard confirmed. The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for two people last seen snorkeling near the Fort Pierce Inlet North Jetty early today. The pair were reportedly pushed out to sea around 7:30 a.m., according to a report to the Coast Guard. ...
NEW: Shooting victim walks into Port St. Lucie hospital

NEW: Shooting victim walks into Port St. Lucie hospital

Port St. Lucie police are investigating a shooting after a 23-year-old man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim arrived at Tradition Medical Center around 1:50 a.m. Saturday with a non-life-threatening bullet wound to his clavicle, according to the Port St. Lucie Police. Police were told that the shooting stemmed from an altercation outside of Cafe Hookah, a hookah lounge located...
Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Richard Couto is a risk taker. He broke his neck riding motocross. He sailed America’s Cup races in the icy Pacific Ocean. He even developed property on South Beach during the boom. But none of those gambles is the reason there’s a rumored $50,000 bounty on his head. Or why he had to move five times in less than two years and had his home address unlisted. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon...
NEW: Man accused of sexually abusing child faces 40 new charges

NEW: Man accused of sexually abusing child faces 40 new charges

The man arrested last month after years of reportedly sexually abusing a child now faces dozens of child pornography charges as well, court records show. Leopoldo Flores Jr., 39, appeared Friday morning before Judge Robert Panse via a video monitor from the Palm Beach County Jail’s West Detention Center, where he is being held without bond in the October case. MORE: Port St. Lucie man accused...
NEW: Thousands line up on final day of Hurricane Irma food assistance

NEW: Thousands line up on final day of Hurricane Irma food assistance

Today was the final day for people affected by Hurricane Irma to sign up for food assistance in South Florida, with long lines but few problems that plagued earlier aid distribution events. The events were organized by the state Department of Children and Families and held for three days at Miami-Dade County's Hard Rock Stadium and Broward County's BB&T Center. The Food for Florida events were...
NEW: Martin, St. Lucie deputies join search for Florida murder suspect

NEW: Martin, St. Lucie deputies join search for Florida murder suspect

Martin and St. Lucie County authorities helping to search for a man wanted in last weekend’s murder of a 16-year-old girl in Central Florida. Authorities say Larry Peavy Jr. 35, raped and murdered the girl in Sumter County, about 40 miles south of Ocala. Martin County detectives received a tip Tuesday night that Peavy was spotted on foot in the area of Wright Boulevard and Federal Highway, north...
NEW: Port St. Lucie man accused of sexually abusing child for years

NEW: Port St. Lucie man accused of sexually abusing child for years

After years of sexual assault, an 11-year-old told a school counselor last month about having endured persistent abuse, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state. The alleged abuser — a 39-year-old man often trusted to care for the child and the child’s siblings — had been inappropriately touching the child since kindergarten, records state. MORE: PBSO deputy pleads...
UPDATE: SWAT standoff at Port St. Lucie home ends in apparent suicide

UPDATE: SWAT standoff at Port St. Lucie home ends in apparent suicide

UPDATE, 12:30 a.m.: A six-hour standoff ended at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when authorities found a man dead inside a Port St. Lucie home from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police sent the SWAT robot into the home first, then officers entered and confirmed the man was dead, police said. ORIGINAL POST: The Port St. Lucie Police SWAT team is in a neighborhood after officers attempted...
NEW: Florida man accused of riding lawn mower while drunk

NEW: Florida man accused of riding lawn mower while drunk

A 56-year-old man faces a DUI charge after Port St. Lucie police allegedly caught him driving a red Snapper lawn mower erratically on a public access road. Police say Kenneth Alleshouse’s blood-alcohol level was more than three times over the legal limit for intoxication when a police officer pulled the lawn mower over Friday on the 10400 block of U.S. 1, just north of Port St. Lucie Boulevard...
North blotter: Passed-out motorist causes problems for patrons in drive-through lane

North blotter: Passed-out motorist causes problems for patrons in drive-through lane

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DUI Motorists attempting to satisfy their late-night hunger for Mexican treats at a restaurant drive-through in the 3800 block of Northlake Boulevard were being unfairly slowed by a driver passed out in his vehicle. Concerned that he did not wake up to horn honking and fearing he could be overdosing, another driver called police. When officers arrived the man woke up and...
Allamanda Elementary School takes home trophy from 5K Ghost Run

Allamanda Elementary School takes home trophy from 5K Ghost Run

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Middle School Choice Programs will be the focus of a School Advisory Council meeting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Media Center. Representatives from area middle schools, including Watson B. Duncan, H. L. Watkins, Bak Middle School or the Arts and Jupiter Middle, will make brief presentations, answer questions and assist with the application process....

Riviera Beach girls gymnastics team captures several honors

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The City of Palm Beach Gardens is accepting registration for its Masters Swimming Program with all skill levels welcome. Open to adults age 18 and up at the tri-athlete, competitive and noncompetitive level, practices are held Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. now through Dec. 20 and will resume after the new year. Five-week fee is $45 for residents and $57...
Everything from apps to desserts at Miller’s Ale House

Everything from apps to desserts at Miller’s Ale House

MENU Appetizers, soups, salads, flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, fajitas, pasta, steaks and seafood are among the offerings. Leave room for one of the desserts, which include sundaes, apple crisp and Capt. Jack’s Buried Treasure — an ice cream, Oreo cookie crust, caramel, chocolate fudge and Heath Bar crunch concoction. ATMOSPHERE Wall-to-wall TVS with an occasional fish-thmed artwork...
Florida man's surfboard standoff results in wipeout, arrest

Florida man's surfboard standoff results in wipeout, arrest

A recent arrest of a Florida man proves that not all surfers are the laid-back type epitomized by Sean Penn's iconic Jeff Spicoli character, who declared in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine." Justice Cureton, 20, of Vero Beach apparently was not fine when a rival surfer invaded his turf at Wabasso Beach Park, where he...
NEW: Police seek help finding missing Port St. Lucie teen

NEW: Police seek help finding missing Port St. Lucie teen

A 14-year-old girl has run away from home, and city police are asking for the public’s help in finding her. Police say Jessica V. Flores was last seen the afternoon of Oct. 28 at her home in Port St. Lucie. She is considered to be missing and endangered. Flores is described as 5 feet 6 inches and 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to...
NEW: Man accused of threatening woman in court after son’s bond hearing

NEW: Man accused of threatening woman in court after son’s bond hearing

A Port St. Lucie man is accused of threatening the life of a robbery victim while she was in court to testify against his son, according to an arrest report. Peter Cartier, 42, is facing charges of tampering with a witness and extortion and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $20,000 bond. Cartier allegedly threatened the woman’s life after she spoke at a bond hearing...
LATEST: Deputy involved in shooting claims self-defense, sheriff says

LATEST: Deputy involved in shooting claims self-defense, sheriff says

A Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputy who fatally shot an Indiantown man spoke with the State Attorney’s Office last week about what happened, but what he said has yet to be released to the public. Sheriff William Snyder spoke Monday afternoon, saying Deputy John Welliever gave his side of the story to the State Attorney’s Office on Friday about what led to the fatal shooting of...
Latvala steps aside as Senate budget chief, postpones campaign event

Latvala steps aside as Senate budget chief, postpones campaign event

Facing a Florida Senate investigation of sexual harassment claims, state Sen. Jack Latvala temporarily stepped aside from his powerful Appropriations chairmanship on Monday and postponed a fundraiser for his Republican gubernatorial bid while vowing to fight “these untruthful allegations.” Gov. Rick Scott weighed in on the matter for the first time Monday, calling the accusations against...
West Palm pastor: ‘Our prayers go with that church and their families’

West Palm pastor: ‘Our prayers go with that church and their families’

A pastor for West Palm Beach-based Family Church says it will join Southern Baptist Convention church efforts to provide what succor it can to victims and families of Sunday’s southern Texas church shooting. “We’re happy to help in any way we can,” said Kevin Mahoney, pastor of stewardship for Family Church,”whether that’s some type of help with just prayer...
Palm Beach Post dominates Florida Press Club contest with 10 firsts

Palm Beach Post dominates Florida Press Club contest with 10 firsts

Palm Beach Post reporters dominated a statewide newspaper contest Saturday with 10 first-place finishers among 28 finalists in the 66th Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Competition presented in Sarasota. The Post’s “Heroin: Killer of a Generation” special section won the Frances DeVore Award for Public Service. More than a dozen Post staff writers and editors contributed...
Goodman: Lady Liberty’s in need of a Xanax, psychologists find

Goodman: Lady Liberty’s in need of a Xanax, psychologists find

A new survey by the American Psychological Association has a stunner of a finding: Almost six in 10 adults considers this moment the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember. It doesn’t matter what else they’ve lived through: World War II. The Cuban Missile Crisis. The Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Watergate. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Those...
Burke commentary: Mission of Post, Shiny Sheet will not change

Burke commentary: Mission of Post, Shiny Sheet will not change

Journalists document change in real time. Sometimes, the change is about us. Last week, the owners of The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach Daily News put our newspapers up for sale. It was a business decision, and a particularly tough one, because our owners have personal ties to Palm Beach County. Cox Media Group, our owners since 1969, is run by the Cox family – a fourth-generation business...
Florida Senate probing Latvala harassment claims

Florida Senate probing Latvala harassment claims

Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, has ordered an independent investigation into accusations published by Politico from six unnamed women of groping and sexual harassment by powerful Senate Appropriations Chairman and gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. Latvala has denied the allegations and called them part of a “smear campaign.” Politico reported that the...
Mother wasn’t driving but charged in death of son in DUI crash

Mother wasn’t driving but charged in death of son in DUI crash

One night in March, Carl Ingraham got into his Mercury Mountaineer with his wife and two stepsons to drive to their Port St. Lucie home from a relative’s house. His wife, Kelli Ingraham, said they had a few drinks at the house and she begged her husband not to drive, according to a police report. “I got this,” Carl Ingraham told her multiple times, she claimed in the report. Soon...
JUST IN: Mother wasn’t driving but charged in death of son in DUI crash

JUST IN: Mother wasn’t driving but charged in death of son in DUI crash

Earlier this year, Carl Ingraham of Port St. Lucie was arrested on charges of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his 12-year-old stepson. Now his wife also is facing charges — for knowing her husband was drunk and not doing anything to prevent her kids from being in the vehicle, according to a Port St. Lucie police report. Jack Voellm, 12, was killed in the crash. Carl and Kelli Ingraham...
Florida Supreme Court upholds St. Lucie judge’s suspension

Florida Supreme Court upholds St. Lucie judge’s suspension

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a month-long suspension for a St. Lucie County judge who refused to step down from the cases of a lawyer and former political rival he’d previously jailed twice for contempt. The decision against St. Lucie County Judge Phil Yacucci comes nearly four months after the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commision recommended the 30-day punishment because...
JUST IN: Florida man charged with hit-and-run that killed Maine man

JUST IN: Florida man charged with hit-and-run that killed Maine man

A Port St. Lucie man is accused of hitting a man with his pickup truck and killing him, then leaving the scene. The suspect, Wislet Andre, 48, is being held in the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. The incident happened on June 2 when Andre was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck southbound on U.S. Highway 1 in Fort Pierce when he allegedly struck Timothy Sandblom, 59, who was crossing...
Body burned in South Hutchinson Island car fire that of Vero woman

Body burned in South Hutchinson Island car fire that of Vero woman

Authorities in St. Lucie County are investigating as a murder last week’s discovery of a Vero Beach woman’s body in a burning car on South Hutchinson Island. On Wednesday, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said dental records helped identify the body as that of 25-year-old Brandaris “Brandi” Diandra Johnson. Around 12:45 a.m., on Oct. 26, deputies and fire-rescue...
Martin deputy who shot machete-wielding man identified

Martin deputy who shot machete-wielding man identified

Authorities have identified Martin County sheriff’s deputy John Welliever as the deputy who shot and killed a machete-wielding man Friday night. Welliever shot 47-year-old Jerry Richardson of Indiantown five times, killing the man at about 11:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Charleston Street. Sheriff William Snyder previously said the deputy has not been involved...
Man who failed to return to West Palm Beach work center recaptured

Man who failed to return to West Palm Beach work center recaptured

A man who escaped Saturday night from the state work-release center in suburban West Palm Beach was on the lam for fewer than 10 hours before he was recaptured around dawn Sunday, authorities said. Vito M. Reascos, 36, of Vero Beach, was declared an escapee around 9 p.m. Saturday after he failed to return to the West Palm Beach Work Release Center, near the South Florida Fairgrounds, following a scheduled...
William T. Dwyer High students sponsor drive for county food bank

William T. Dwyer High students sponsor drive for county food bank

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Students and families can drop off their leftover Halloween candy at the school, where it will be used to build gingerbread houses at the Gingerbread Family Night on Dec. 13. Families are invited to walk on the newly resurfaced Nature Area path at 7:15 a.m. Fridays when school is in session. Try-Day Friday for students is Nov. 10 and begins with a healthy breakfast in the cafeteria...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association is accepting registration for spring recreational and travel basketball and winter lacrosse. Basketball is available for boys ages 7-17 and girls ages 7-13 with a $120 registration fee, and lacrosse for boys and girls ages 5-14 with fees ranging from $100-$180. Go to jtaabasketball.org or jtaalacrosse.org for information. &ldquo...
North blotter: Man arrives at bar by boat, then steals vehicle to drive back home

North blotter: Man arrives at bar by boat, then steals vehicle to drive back home

JUPITER POLICE GRAND THEFT AUTO Stopping by a marina in the 1100 block of Love Street to check on his boat, a man left his car running and the doors unlocked. Upon returning to the area where he had left it he discovered it had been stolen. The manager of the nearby establishment informed the man that another individual had absconded with the vehicle. He informed the man and police that the perpetrator...
Fresh seafood is the star at Palm City Grill

Fresh seafood is the star at Palm City Grill

MENU Extensive dinner menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, wide array of seafood, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, steak, chicken, veal. ATMOSPHERE Rich and luxurious, with elegant wood throughout and the feel of a vacation resort. Ample tables, booths and a full bar await diners. Bamboo fans hang overhead, and nautical pictures line the walls. TV sets in lounge area offer an upscale setting...
Dozens of changes proposed for Florida Constitution

Dozens of changes proposed for Florida Constitution

From banning the death penalty to creating an elected secretary of state, members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission have filed more than five-dozen proposals to change the state constitution. The 37 members of the commission, which meets every 20 years and has the power to place amendments directly on the November 2018 ballot, had until just before midnight Tuesday to file their proposals...
BREAKING: Palm Beach Zoo CEO resigns; search on for replacement

BREAKING: Palm Beach Zoo CEO resigns; search on for replacement

The head of the Palm Beach Zoo, whose tenure included leading the non-profit during the aftermath of last year’s fatal mauling of one of its zookeepers, has resigned his post. Zoo officials announced the immediate departure of president and CEO Andrew Aiken on Tuesday, and said they would begin a national search to find his replacement. “It was just a good time for change,” said...
NEW: Mom robbed at trunk-or-treat event with infant in car, police say

NEW: Mom robbed at trunk-or-treat event with infant in car, police say

Police say a single mother from Port St. Lucie was robbed at gunpoint after a “trunk or treat” event Monday night while her son was in the back seat of her car, police say.  A 20-year-old man is facing charges following the incident. Angel Miguel Roberts was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail. He faces charges including robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault...
NEW: Machete-wielding man shot, killed by Martin deputy ID’d

NEW: Machete-wielding man shot, killed by Martin deputy ID’d

A machete-wielding man shot and killed by a Martin County sheriff’s deputy Friday night has been identified as Jerry Richardson, 47, of Indiantown. Richardson was shot multiple times by an unidentified deputy at about 11:30 p.m. in Indiantown at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Charleston Street. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
NEW: Stuart man accused of recording 13-year-old boy in library bathroom 

NEW: Stuart man accused of recording 13-year-old boy in library bathroom 

A 13-year-old boy’s 911 call led to the arrest Sunday of a Stuart man who allegedly recorded the teen using a public bathroom, Stuart police said. Danny Buckley, 62, is facing charges of video voyeurism and tampering with evidence after being accused of recording the teen at the Blake Library, on Monterey Road south of Ocean Boulevard.  The boy told police that he heard noises coming...
Why the tropics bear watching this November

Why the tropics bear watching this November

November hurricanes are the rogues of the season, scofflaws loitering in an atmosphere trying to put the tropics to bed. Nicknames such as “Wrong Way Lenny” and the “Yankee” cast them as outlaws, unpredictable creations steered by autumn weather patterns more accustomed to carrying arctic air south and pushing the first cold fronts through Florida. While November tropical cyclones...
Police charge 18-year-old with homicide, robbery in shooting death

Police charge 18-year-old with homicide, robbery in shooting death

Police in Fort Pierce have arrested an 18-year-old man in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man on Saturday night. Nathan Lesser, 18, has been charged with first-degree homicide and robbery in the shooting death of the victim, who has not been identified. Police say Lesser and another suspect, identified only as a male, attempted to rob several people of marijuana at a home in the 2900 block of...
UPDATE: Martin County deputy fatally shoots machete-wielding man

UPDATE: Martin County deputy fatally shoots machete-wielding man

A man was shot and killed by a Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Friday night in a confrontation that involved a machete, according to the sheriff’s office. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. in Indiantown at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Charleston Street. Snyder said the deputy confronted a man, who was described...

POINT OF VIEW: Where are promised models for Everglades reservoir?

Most Martin County residents know more about Everglades restoration than most state officials. We know there is a 2.5-million-acre watershed to the north that flows into Lake Okeechobee. It is blocked from going to the sawgrass Everglades by the sugarcane fields south of the lake. We know there is no way to hold all that water in the lake no matter what is done to fix the leaky dike and no matter...
BREAKING: Two facing human-trafficking charges in Fort Pierce

BREAKING: Two facing human-trafficking charges in Fort Pierce

A Fort Pierce man and a woman are facing human-trafficking charges after they allegedly tried to force a person living with them to have sex with a man from whom they wanted to buy crack cocaine, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. The U.S. Marshals Task Force had just come to a house on the 100 block of South 27th Circle to serve a warrant Wednesday when they discovered the victim barricaded...
Behind closed doors: Hotels, motels emerge as human-trafficking sites

Behind closed doors: Hotels, motels emerge as human-trafficking sites

To the rest of the world, it looked like a hotel off Interstate 95. To Robert Atlee Miner V, authorities allege, it was a classroom — one where he taught an 18-year-old woman how to sell her body for sex. Get a room above the first floor to avoid attention, the 27-year-old man told the woman, whom authorities say he lured to South Florida with the promise of work either as a dancer or an escort...
Project’s completion inspires town center for Indiantown

Project’s completion inspires town center for Indiantown

About 2,100 voters will decide Indiantown’s fate on Nov. 7. The rural western Martin County community is putting its incorporation on the ballot. If approved, Craig Bauzenberger, chairman of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee, said Indiantown could eventually gain $6.5 million in ad valorem tax dollars. “Things are starting to pop out here, and I think our timing is perfect,” he...
Tricia Todd murder case to be retold by ‘true crime’ TV show Sunday

Tricia Todd murder case to be retold by ‘true crime’ TV show Sunday

More than a year after Martin County nurse and U.S. Air Force veteran Tricia Todd was murdered and her killer was sentenced, her story is being told again on TV for millions to see. Oxygen’s “Criminal Confessions” will retell in detail the murder of Todd through interviews with investigators from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, prosecutors from the state attorney&rsquo...
North blotter: Pizza piracy: Men get into scuffle over intercepted pie delivery

North blotter: Pizza piracy: Men get into scuffle over intercepted pie delivery

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE BATTERY Feeling some late-night hunger pangs at a resort in the 400 block of the Avenue of the Champions, a man ordered a pizza. When the delivery arrived, however, the man could not be located and another pizza lover stepped up and purchased the pie. While digging into those cheesy, carbohydrate- and fat-laden slices of deliciousness, the pizza interceptor was confronted...
Find a taste of the Big Apple at Brooklyn Water Bagel

Find a taste of the Big Apple at Brooklyn Water Bagel

ATMOSHPHERE With décor evocative of all things Brooklyn, the restaurant is set up like a fast-food eatery, with chairs and tables very close together. You order your food at the counter. Drinks are self-serve, which can cause additional congestion. Dining outside is a good option, weather permitting. MENU Bagels are the mainstay, but there are other options: bialys , muffins, omelets. Lunch...
Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The StandUP Foundation presents its “Witches & Wizards on Wheels: A Boo-tiful Fun-raiser Ride” benefit Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cycle Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. Come as you are or in costume and enjoy indoor cycling, a party and raffle benefiting the foundation’s teen leadership, mentoring and prevention programs. $25 registration fee, for more information,...
NEW: Man facing human-trafficking charges caught on I-95 near Georgia

NEW: Man facing human-trafficking charges caught on I-95 near Georgia

A South Florida man facing human-trafficking charges was driving north on Interstate 95 near the Florida-Georgia border last week when authorities stopped his vehicle and took him into custody, the Florida Highway Patrol said Tuesday. Troopers pulled Robert Atlee Miner V over on the morning of Oct. 18 in Nassau County, north of Jacksonville, after the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office alerted...
NEW: Austin Harrouff lawyer again asks judge to bar new ‘Dr. Phil’ tapes

NEW: Austin Harrouff lawyer again asks judge to bar new ‘Dr. Phil’ tapes

Less than a month after a Martin County judge ruled additional video from an interview between TV’s Dr. Phil McGraw and accused face-biting killer Austin Harrouff would be released, Harrouff’s lawyers are asking, again, that the tapes not be made public. In a motion filed Oct. 18, Nellie King, one of several lawyers representing the 20-year-old Jupiter resident, said she feared the release...
NEW: Man accused of illegally killing, gutting alligator near Lake O

NEW: Man accused of illegally killing, gutting alligator near Lake O

A 38-year-old Palm City man is accused of unlawfully killing and gutting an alligator, state authorities said in arresting him this weekend. Donald Arthur Daggett was arrested Saturday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and charged with one count of unlawfully taking an alligator. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail the same day after a posting $4,500 bond. His arrest...
Recall issued for veggies sold at Wal-Mart, Aldi, Trader Joe’s

Recall issued for veggies sold at Wal-Mart, Aldi, Trader Joe’s

A recall notice for vegetables from Mann Packing includes products sold at Wal-Mart, Aldi and Trader Joe’s stores. Mann Packing, based in Salinas, Calif., said it issued the voluntarily recall notice for a series of minimally processed vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company said “a single positive” test result in random sampling...
Artist defends Moonfest Trump poster: ‘It wasn’t a play to stir the pot’

Artist defends Moonfest Trump poster: ‘It wasn’t a play to stir the pot’

Controversy arose on social media this week over this year’s Moonfest’s poster—which depicted President Donald Trump in a haunting form. But the artist behind the picture defends his work for the annual West Palm Beach Halloween festival. Craig McInnis, a freelance artist, said the idea of Trump on the poster came up when he and other Moonfest events workers were brainstorming ideas...
Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

There’s a really good reason to eat at a Five Guys restaurant Saturday. The franchise is hosting a fundraiser all day and hopes to raise at least $20,000 to give to the YMCA in Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. Newk’s Eatery in Palm Beach Gardens is also involved.  The Five Guys locations in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward counties are all participating.  Thirty...
Poll: Majority of Florida voters doesn't want assault weapons ban

Poll: Majority of Florida voters doesn't want assault weapons ban

Despite the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people, a majority of Florida voters are against prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, according to a recent poll. The poll was conducted Oct. 5-11 by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida. On Oct. 1, a man who once lived in Florida opened fire on a Country music concert from the 32nd floor of a Las...
JUST IN: Port St. Lucie man missing since Monday; police seek clues

JUST IN: Port St. Lucie man missing since Monday; police seek clues

A 42-year-old Port St. Lucie man has gone missing since Monday and city police are asking for the public’s help in finding him. Alexander Ward was last seen in the early morning hours Monday. He called his family to report that his vehicle broke down as he was driving back to Port St. Lucie from Clearwater. No contact has been made since, police said. Ward is described as being 5 feet 10 inches...
Cerabino: ‘Senator Death’ puts happy face on nursing home fatalities

Cerabino: ‘Senator Death’ puts happy face on nursing home fatalities

I knew that state Sen. Dennis Baxley was a death enthusiast, but until recently, I underestimated his passion. Baxley’s a funeral director by trade who dabbles in lawmaking on the side. The state’s 2005 “stand your ground” gun law is his baby. It’s a big reason for the 31 percent uptick in gun homicides in Florida since it was enacted, according to a study published...
White nationalist’s speech at UF has students angry, wary, curious

White nationalist’s speech at UF has students angry, wary, curious

Part Pakistani and part culturally Jewish, Shaaz Feldman says he’s the type of person Richard Spencer likely wants dead. The 21-year-old University of Florida student from Delray Beach plans to pack up some things from his campus dormitory and stay with a friend Thursday, when the white nationalist delivers a speech on campus. As Spencer and his National Policy Institute plan their event...
Florida Constitution Commission advances four more public proposals

Florida Constitution Commission advances four more public proposals

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday voted to advance four public proposals, including a measure dealing with homestead exemptions and another potentially impacting abortion rights. The commission, which meets every 20 years and has the power to place constitutional amendments directly on the 2018 ballot, has voted to formally consider a total of six measures proposed by the public...
Palm Beach Dr. Marder to give up medical license to resolve fraud case

Palm Beach Dr. Marder to give up medical license to resolve fraud case

A Palm Beach dermatologist will give up his medical license as part of a plea deal to resolve obstruction and health-care fraud charges, his attorney and a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. Appearing before U.S. Magistrate James Hopkins, Dr. Gary Marder pleaded not guilty to the charges. To remain free while his attorney, Richard Lubin, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ellen Cohen put the final touches...
North blotter: Fired employee fails to win back job after cursing at manager

North blotter: Fired employee fails to win back job after cursing at manager

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE ASSAULT Upset over being fired, a man returned to his previous place of employment in the 3800 block of Northlake Boulevard to confront the manager who terminated him. Though seeking his job back, the man began cursing at the manager. He was being escorted out of the store when he quickly turned around as if he were going to strike the manager. He was grabbed and taken to...
Cinco de Mayo a fiesta for Mexican food fans

Cinco de Mayo a fiesta for Mexican food fans

MENU Wide array of authentic Mexican dishes, including appetizers, soup, salads, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, quesadillas, tostados, chalupas, tamales, chicken, beef, pork and seafood. ATMOSPHERE It’s a fiesta from the moment you enter. Lively Latin music greets you as you settle into a comfy booth or table, decorated in bold colors and rich Mexican textures. Chairs are...

Ben Carson Reading Rooms open at two elementary schools

ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL An open house is scheduled 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 for parents of prospective students for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration and refreshments in Coleman Hall will be followed by the program and tours of the school. Applications are being accepted for all grades, PK2 through eight. The school is at 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Register online at www.stmarkspbg...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY The StandUP Foundation presents its “Witches & Wizards on Wheels: A Boo-tiful Fun-raiser Ride” benefit Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at Cycle Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. Come as you are or in costume and enjoy indoor cycling, a party and raffle benefiting the foundation’s teen leadership, mentoring and prevention programs. $25 registration fee, for more information...
BREAKING: ‘Shaky Bandit’ serial bank robber caught

BREAKING: ‘Shaky Bandit’ serial bank robber caught

His shaky hands are known across South Florida, thanks to surveillance footage from the nearly dozen banks he is suspected of robbing. And on Monday, the so-called “Shaky Bandit” struck again at banks in Palm City and Port St. Lucie and was later arrested on Florida’s west coast, according to authorities. The FBI said 22-year-old Brandon Venditti was caught in Collier County Monday...
Beam her up; alien-contacted Florida candidate seeks House seat

Beam her up; alien-contacted Florida candidate seeks House seat

We here at the Citizens Against Virtually Everything are uncharacteristically enthusiastic about the candidacy of Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera for a soon-to-be vacant Florida seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. As you might expect, we CAVEs are usually against most things, especially in the political realm, but this next election cycle is promising to put Florida in the sort of national spotlight...
UPDATE: Man who died in Fort Pierce house fire ID’d

UPDATE: Man who died in Fort Pierce house fire ID’d

UPDATE 4:45 p.m. : St. Lucie County authorities have identified a man who died Tuesday morning in a house fire near Fort Pierce. The victim was identified as John Sneed, 55. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the sheriff's office said.   An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. One person died overnight during a house fire in Fort Pierce. Our news partners WPTV Channel ...
NEW: Gun stolen during string of Hobe Sound-area vehicle burglaries

NEW: Gun stolen during string of Hobe Sound-area vehicle burglaries

Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating 15 car burglaries that occurred overnight in a gated community just north of Hobe Sound. The burglaries occurred in Mariner Village, south of Cove Road and west of U.S. Highway 1 either late Monday or early Tuesday. In one instance, a gun was stolen, the sheriff’s office said. Burglars also stole loose change and small valuables...
2018 campaign cash: Mast raises most among Palm Beach County U.S. reps

2018 campaign cash: Mast raises most among Palm Beach County U.S. reps

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, has raised big bucks for his closely watched 2018 re-election bid while also spending some serious money to do it. Mast’s campaign has collected more than $1.5 million through Sept. 30 — far more than the other three incumbents in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation. And Mast’s campaign has already spent $622,816, including...
NEW: State of emergency declared ahead of UF white nationalist speech

NEW: State of emergency declared ahead of UF white nationalist speech

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a white nationalist’s speech Thursday at the University of Florida — an event that has led the school to spend $500,000 to “enhance security on campus” and in Gainesville. The declaration covers Alachua County through the visit of Richard Spencer. It allows the state to direct resources to the area and to...
UPDATE: Three suspects caught in Delray Beach armed carjacking

UPDATE: Three suspects caught in Delray Beach armed carjacking

What began Saturday as an iPhone sale in Delray Beach ended early Sunday 60 miles north with three teens facing felony charges after they reportedly stole a car. The teens — ages 14, 16 and 17 — were arrested by Martin County sheriff’s authorities in Palm City on car theft and burglary charges after allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed chase north on Interstate 95. The Boynton...
BREAKING: Man riding scooter injured in Tequesta crash

BREAKING: Man riding scooter injured in Tequesta crash

A man operating a motorized scooter was seriously injured in a crash involving another vehicle, Tequesta Fire Rescue reports. The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. near Bridge Road and Old Dixie Highway. The injured man was flown by Trauma Hawk to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, said Adam Stark, spokesman for Tequesta Rescue. No other details were immediately available.
BREAKING: Stuart convenience store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

BREAKING: Stuart convenience store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

Thursday’s only winning Fantasy 5 ticket was sold at a Stuart convenience store, the Florida lottery said. Click here for more breaking news coverage from The Palm Beach Post Ocean Gate Petro, a store on Southeast Ocean Boulevard west of the bridge over the St. Lucie River, sold the ticket with the winning combination of 9-19-20-28-30, the lottery said. It paid $184,922.75. The ticket was a...
NEW: Two Palm Beach Zoo bush dogs presumed dead after habitat floods

NEW: Two Palm Beach Zoo bush dogs presumed dead after habitat floods

Two bush dogs at the Palm Beach Zoo are presumed dead after their habitat flooded last weekend. Bush dogs are a threatened species found in Suriname, Guyana and Peru. They are known for their soft, long fur, bushy tails and short legs. Adults are about 2 feet long and 1 foot high. The discovery was made early Monday when keepers were checking on the animals, known as Lily and Carino, at the zoo, in...
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