Olivia Hitchcock

Olivia Hitchcock covers breaking news for The Palm Beach Post. She has spent most of her life bouncing between Central Ohio and suburban Boston, but prefers the Florida sun. She started at The Post as an intern in 2015 but had to finish her undergraduate degree in journalism from Ohio University before she could begin full-time (which she did in June 2016). 

Latest from Olivia Hitchcock

BREAKING: 12-year-old boy who’d been sick dies near West Palm
 A 12-year-old boy who had been sick died Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities were called at about 12:30 p.m. to a home near the intersection of Southern Boulevard and South Military Trail. The boy was dead at the home, sheriff’s authorities said. No foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be done...

Posted: 5 hours ago

A 12-year-old boy who had been sick died Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities were called at about 12:30 p.m. to a home near the intersection of Southern Boulevard and South Military Trail. The boy was dead at the home, sheriff’s authorities said. No foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be done...
NEW: Child lured to Greenacres apartment, sexually battered, PBSO says
 Nearly a year after he reportedly forced a 13-year-old into a Greenacres-area apartment and inappropriately touched the young teen, a 22-year-old man has been arrested on sexual battery and kidnapping charges. Markendel Alexis was booked Friday evening into the Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held without the possibility of posting...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Nearly a year after he reportedly forced a 13-year-old into a Greenacres-area apartment and inappropriately touched the young teen, a 22-year-old man has been arrested on sexual battery and kidnapping charges. Markendel Alexis was booked Friday evening into the Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held without the possibility of posting...
NEW: Armed Florida man accused of stealing Star Wars PlayStation games
 An accused repeat GameStop thief has been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on allegations he stole nearly $1,000 worth of video games at gunpoint from a Boca Raton-area store last month. Aaron Villacampa, 28, was arrested Dec. 14 in Sunrise after he was caught with a concealed weapon in the Sawgrass Mills mall’s GameStop...

Posted: 11 hours ago

An accused repeat GameStop thief has been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on allegations he stole nearly $1,000 worth of video games at gunpoint from a Boca Raton-area store last month. Aaron Villacampa, 28, was arrested Dec. 14 in Sunrise after he was caught with a concealed weapon in the Sawgrass Mills mall’s GameStop...
LISTEN: PBSO releases 911 call in North Palm-area tot’s second overdose
 As a 19-month-old overdosed on opioids this month, the toddler’s caregiver called 911 for another no-contact order against a man who she said took off in her car. Jeanette Homan, 43, spoke to a dispatcher for more than a minute Jan. 11 before she explained that the toddler had ingested the narcotic pain-reliever buprenorphine....

Posted: a day ago

As a 19-month-old overdosed on opioids this month, the toddler’s caregiver called 911 for another no-contact order against a man who she said took off in her car. Jeanette Homan, 43, spoke to a dispatcher for more than a minute Jan. 11 before she explained that the toddler had ingested the narcotic pain-reliever buprenorphine....
BREAKING: Rescue crews battle fire at abandoned FPL building
 An abandoned Florida Power & Light building at the Okeelanta sugar mill went up in flames early Tuesday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. The fire at the Okeelanta sugar mill off U.S. Highway 27 in South Bay was reported at about 4 a.m. First responding crews found the building fully engulfed in fire. As of 6:30 a.m. crews...

Posted: 13 hours ago

An abandoned Florida Power & Light building at the Okeelanta sugar mill went up in flames early Tuesday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. The fire at the Okeelanta sugar mill off U.S. Highway 27 in South Bay was reported at about 4 a.m. First responding crews found the building fully engulfed in fire. As of 6:30 a.m. crews...
NEW: Jupiter teen beaten, robbed in botched marijuana deal; 5 arrested
 A Jupiter High School student looking to buy marijuana was robbed and beaten last month by five other teenagers, barely a block from where an 18-year-old was killed in 2015. The Dec. 27 armed battery on Third Street south of Indiantown Road started with a Snapchat from the 15-year-old student asking about buying marijuana, town police records...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Jupiter High School student looking to buy marijuana was robbed and beaten last month by five other teenagers, barely a block from where an 18-year-old was killed in 2015. The Dec. 27 armed battery on Third Street south of Indiantown Road started with a Snapchat from the 15-year-old student asking about buying marijuana, town police records...
Second person arrested in ‘bizarre’ Palm Springs child abuse case
 A second person has been arrested in the reported handcuffing of a 12-year-old to an animal crate last fall in a Palm Springs home. Casey Dersa, 32 of Palm Springs, faces kidnapping and aggravated child abuse charges stemming from an investigation that began in October. She was booked Wednesday morning into the Palm Beach County Jail...

Posted: 4 days ago

A second person has been arrested in the reported handcuffing of a 12-year-old to an animal crate last fall in a Palm Springs home. Casey Dersa, 32 of Palm Springs, faces kidnapping and aggravated child abuse charges stemming from an investigation that began in October. She was booked Wednesday morning into the Palm Beach County Jail...
UPDATE: $700 drug deal ends in man’s killing outside Lantana-area home
 “Black Jay” had a bad feeling about the men showing up to buy $700 worth of drugs last month. He told his fiancee to wait in the master bathroom of their Lantana-area home with a baseball bat. He’d yell if he needed help. He did. La’Virgil Stewart said she heard his screams Dec. 19 then saw the 25-year-old, Jair Major...

Posted: 5 days ago

“Black Jay” had a bad feeling about the men showing up to buy $700 worth of drugs last month. He told his fiancee to wait in the master bathroom of their Lantana-area home with a baseball bat. He’d yell if he needed help. He did. La’Virgil Stewart said she heard his screams Dec. 19 then saw the 25-year-old, Jair Major...
BREAKING: 10 men arrested in Lake Worth prostitution sting
 A prostitution operation Wednesday along Dixie Highway in Lake Worth led to 10 men’s arrests, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. The men, ranging in age from 32 to 67, face prostitution-related charges. Two men also face drug-related charges and a third was arrested on a Martin County warrant, as well. See who&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

A prostitution operation Wednesday along Dixie Highway in Lake Worth led to 10 men’s arrests, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. The men, ranging in age from 32 to 67, face prostitution-related charges. Two men also face drug-related charges and a third was arrested on a Martin County warrant, as well. See who&rsquo...
BREAKING: Early-morning murder victim identified as Delray man
 UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Delray Beach police have identified a man shot to death early Thursday as Alaster Anton King, 44, of Delray Beach. King was found outside a church near Southwest 12th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street around 1 a.m., according to a police spokeswoman. Officers patrolling in the area heard gunshots around 12:55 a.m. and responded...

Posted: 5 days ago

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Delray Beach police have identified a man shot to death early Thursday as Alaster Anton King, 44, of Delray Beach. King was found outside a church near Southwest 12th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street around 1 a.m., according to a police spokeswoman. Officers patrolling in the area heard gunshots around 12:55 a.m. and responded...
Trump in Palm Beach: Weekend road closures announced near Mar-a-Lago
 For the second weekend in a row, traffic will be restricted near Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump is in town, Palm Beach authorities said. The town will begin closing roads near the winter White House at 8 a.m. Friday and the closures will remain through Monday. According to a travel notice from the Federal Aviation Administration...

Posted: 6 days ago

For the second weekend in a row, traffic will be restricted near Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump is in town, Palm Beach authorities said. The town will begin closing roads near the winter White House at 8 a.m. Friday and the closures will remain through Monday. According to a travel notice from the Federal Aviation Administration...