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Ryan to unveil new health care effort at Breakers in Palm Beach

Ryan to unveil new health care effort at Breakers in Palm Beach

Days after the Republican-controlled House failed to enact a health care overhaul bill backed by President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will unveil a new health care effort at a retreat with Republican donors on Thursday and Friday at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The gathering was confirmed to The Palm Beach Post by a Republican source on Wednesday. RELATED: Complete President Trump coverage...
Report: Paul Ryan in Palm Beach Thursday; Dem already attacking

Report: Paul Ryan in Palm Beach Thursday; Dem already attacking

Ryan U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t in the Sunshine State yet, but gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is already throwing some shade his way.
Florida House pitches $297 million in tax cuts, half what Scott wanted

Florida House pitches $297 million in tax cuts, half what Scott wanted

A wide-ranging $296.8 million tax cut package from the House would eliminate sales taxes on diapers and feminine hygiene products, offer tax “holidays” for purchasing school and hurricane supplies and trim a commercial lease tax. The package, introduced Wednesday by the House Ways & Means Committee, is smaller than the $618 million collection of tax cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Scott. The...
NEW: Lake Park man pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

NEW: Lake Park man pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

One of three Palm Beach County men charged in July with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges. Dayne Christian, 32, of Lake Park, pleaded guilty in federal court in West Palm Beach to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, in connection with what FBI agents said was a failed plot to help the...
4th DCA: Warrant needed to search car’s ‘black box’

4th DCA: Warrant needed to search car’s ‘black box’

In what is likely a first-of-its-kind case in Florida, a divided appeals court Wednesday said authorities needed a warrant before they could download information recorded in a car’s “black box.” The ruling by a panel of the West Palm Beach-based 4th District Court of Appeal approved a defendant’s request to suppress evidence that police retrieved from such a device in 2013...
See the new pro-Donald Trump TV ad airing in Florida

See the new pro-Donald Trump TV ad airing in Florida

A super PAC supporting President Donald Trump has begun running ads in Florida and nine other states, Bloomberg News reports, with the apparent aim of rallying Trump voters against Sen. Bill Nelson and other Democratic senators on the ballot next year.   Making America Great is spending $1 million on TV and $300,000 on digital ads in 10 states and Washington, D.C.   The...
Florida House offers enactment plan that limits medical marijuana use

Florida House offers enactment plan that limits medical marijuana use

Pledging that it is only a start, a Florida House panel gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a medical-marijuana proposal castigated by supporters of a constitutional amendment that legalized cannabis for a broad swath of patients with debilitating conditions. The House Health Quality Subcommittee overwhelmingly approved the measure (HB 1397), sponsored by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, with just one...
Scammer who flipped on PBSO deputy gets 11 years in prison

Scammer who flipped on PBSO deputy gets 11 years in prison

A 47-year-old Wellington man, who helped federal prosecutors build an identity theft case against a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, on Wednesday was sentenced for his own involvement in the scam, as well as a home rental scam. Kesner Joaseus, 47, was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a rental scam, to be followed by an additional two years in prison for his role in an identity...
Palm Beach County considers czar, spending $1 million in opioid fight

Palm Beach County considers czar, spending $1 million in opioid fight

Palm Beach County commissioners will consider a variety of options next Tuesday to combat the rampaging opioid epidemic, including the hiring of a senior-level administrative staffer, creating two new positions with the Medical Examiner’s Office and pouring $1 million into a range of treatment programs. Those options are among the recommendations of a 72-page report outlining the scope of the...

Florida House scales back school vouchers plan

A wide-ranging school choice bill was stripped down before passing a key subcommittee Tuesday, but the shape of the final legislation is still in flux as it nears the House floor. The proposal (HB 15), filed by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, began the day as a bill that would touch the state’s three major school-choice programs. But after a pair of amendments offered by Sullivan, the...

2018: Andrew Gillum endorsed by longtime Palm Beach County Dem

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has been endorsed by Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon in the Democratic 2018 race for governor.
Property tax debate looms for Florida education budget

Property tax debate looms for Florida education budget

The House and Senate made opening bids Tuesday on boosting public-school spending, with the Senate unveiling a proposal to increase per-student funding by roughly 10 times what the House is offering. But the upper chamber’s heftier increase is built in large part on allowing local property taxes to increase with property values, something that is a non-starter for the House and could become...
Delaney defeats Klug for second year in row, keeps Jupiter seat

Delaney defeats Klug for second year in row, keeps Jupiter seat

Incumbent Ron Delaney narrowly won Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug. “We ran an honest campaign. We did not do any negative campaigning. I just told the truth,” said Delaney, who spent Tuesday night at his Egret Cove home with his family. Klug, who was at a campaign gathering at Cheeseburgers and More restaurant on Indiantown...
Litt touts organization, experience in defeating Russo in Gardens race

Litt touts organization, experience in defeating Russo in Gardens race

Pharmacist Rachelle Litt soundly beat political scion Joe Russo Jr. for the City Council Group 5 seat Tuesday. It had been a tight race between Litt, 61, who lives in PGA National, and Russo Jr., 27, a Midtown resident who is executive director of Palm Beach Tech and son of longtime council member Joe Russo. Litt attributed the win to a well organized campaign and to the advantage she had over...
Incumbent McCray wins Boynton runoff in huge voter turnout

Incumbent McCray wins Boynton runoff in huge voter turnout

A bigger turnout for Tuesday’s runoff than Election Day two weeks ago played into incumbent Mack McCray’s favor in the Boynton Beach commission race. McCray, a licensed funeral director who works in Broward County, beat political newcomer Dr. James DeVoursney, a Boynton Beach dermatologist, to represent District 2 residents. “They are letting people know that politics in Boynton...

POINT OF VIEW Price controls won’t work in post-PIP world

However well intentioned, price controls will not work in Florida, if the Legislature moves to finally repeal the No-Fault/Personal Insurance Protection (PIP) auto insurance system this spring. While the concept of No-Fault/PIP may sound reasonable — $10,000 of personal injury protection made available regardless of fault in an accident — many state leaders have thrown up their hands in...
Judge backs Scott’s removal of prosecutor who won’t use death penalty

Judge backs Scott’s removal of prosecutor who won’t use death penalty

Siding with Gov. Rick Scott, a circuit judge Tuesday signed off on the removal of Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd, refusing to put the case on hold while the prosecutor seeks a ruling on whether the governor overstepped his authority with her ouster. Ayala, elected last year as state attorney in Orange and Osceola counties, immediately...
Scott praises Gorsuch, urges foes (cc: Bill Nelson) to ‘stop playing games’

Scott praises Gorsuch, urges foes (cc: Bill Nelson) to ‘stop playing games’

Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump in the White House last month. Florida Gov. Rick Scott praises President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court in a Miami Herald letter to the editor today.
Shots in 1994 Fort Lauderdale death started mercy killing crusade

Shots in 1994 Fort Lauderdale death started mercy killing crusade

Editor’s note: This story appeared in The Palm Beach Post on Friday, Sept. 9, 1994. - Roswell Gilbert never campaigned for the causes he represented. All he did to become a symbol of two national health movements was fire a gun twice. Into his wife’s head. In 1985, the retired engineer killed his wife, Emily, as she lay on the couch in their Fort Lauderdale condominium. For...
Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

A bill called the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act,” wending through the Florida Legislature, hit a roadblock Tuesday morning when it was pulled from the agenda of a House subcommittee. That’s a good thing because the bill is misnamed. It should be the “Stop Brightline in Its Tracks Act.” The legislation is aimed, of course, at the soon-to-debut high-speed...
Clerk stole exotic dancer license fees, Inspector General finds

Clerk stole exotic dancer license fees, Inspector General finds

A Palm Beach County clerk took advantage of lax accounting — and the traditional way exotic dancers collect their earnings — to embezzle more than $25,000, the county’s Inspector General said Tuesday. Public Safety Department worker Anita Pedemey cooked books to skim from the $75 fees dancers pay for required photo identification cards, usually with cash...
Tom Rooney rips Bill Nelson on Gorsuch; ‘weighing all his options for 2018’

Tom Rooney rips Bill Nelson on Gorsuch; ‘weighing all his options for 2018’

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee. Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson‘s announcement Monday that he opposes President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court drew immediate fire from Republicans.
BREAKING: FHP trooper fatally shoots man on I-95 in Delray

BREAKING: FHP trooper fatally shoots man on I-95 in Delray

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper fatally shot a 56-year-old man early Sunday on Interstate 95 near Atlantic Avenue. The man, David Eric Ufferman of Delray Beach, was walking along I-95, FHP said. He fought with an FHP who had approached him, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning. The trooper deployed his electrical weapon, which was ineffective. He then shot Ufferman, FHP said. The man was...
Corey Jones slaying trial set for October; Raja lawyers want more time

Corey Jones slaying trial set for October; Raja lawyers want more time

A judge has set an October trial date for Nouman Raja, the former Palm Beach Gardens police officer accused of manslaughter by culpable negligence and attempted murder in the October 2015 shooting death of Corey Jones. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer in a hearing Tuesday told attorneys in Raja’s case to be prepared to begin jury selection on Oct. 30, just two weeks after...
Chinese president to stay in Manalapan for Trump visit

Chinese president to stay in Manalapan for Trump visit

Chinese President Xi Jenping and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet in Palm Beach next week. Chinese President Xi Jinping will stay at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan next week when he visits President Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post’s Alexandra Seltzer reports.
Claims bill would raise caps on court awards against local governments

Claims bill would raise caps on court awards against local governments

Two House members are seeking to make far-reaching changes to the process by which the state and local governments pay out claims for deaths, injuries, and wrongful imprisonment. Under current law, a legal doctrine known as “sovereign immunity” requires the Legislature to approve payment of any claim against the state or local governments in excess of $300,000 before it can be paid. Though...
Gov. Scott takes aim at House Speaker Corcoran over legal work

Gov. Scott takes aim at House Speaker Corcoran over legal work

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday upped his personal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the future of the state’s business-recruitment agency. Kim McDougal, Scott’s chief of staff, sent a memo to state agency heads directing a review of legal contracts in response to a Tampa Bay Times report last week that Enterprise Florida has contracted with Broad & Cassel, a law firm...
NEW: Florida woman allegedly attacked man with a birdhouse 

NEW: Florida woman allegedly attacked man with a birdhouse 

A Florida woman was arrested after she attacked a man with a birdhouse, according to police.  The arrest occurred Friday at The Willough, a Naples rehabilitation center, when a man said Monica Mehanny, 24, of Palmetto, threatened to hit him, according to the Bradenton Herald.  The staff told the man to write down his complaint, but before he finished Mehanny followed through with her...
JUST IN: 10 years in prison for transgender 'doctor' in deadly 'toxic tush' case

JUST IN: 10 years in prison for transgender 'doctor' in deadly 'toxic tush' case

A Florida woman accused of injecting Fix-a-Flat, cement, silicone, mineral oil and Super Glue into the buttocks of women in an effort to enhance their figures was sentenced today to 10 years in prison over a death resulting from the toxic mix, WSVN reports. The 2012 death of Shatarka Nuby, 31, was dubbed the “toxic tush” case. O’Neal Morris, 31, served nearly a year in prison...
Florida Senate delays school testing bill amid GOP rift

Florida Senate delays school testing bill amid GOP rift

Republican divisions on standardized testing temporarily scuttled a bill aimed at cutting back on the number of exams students face in public schools, though Senate leaders said they believed a vote Monday would not completely derail action on the issue. The Senate Education Committee voted narrowly Monday to postpone action on the measure (SB 926), one of several dealing with testing during this...

House plan would end state pay for university foundations’ staff

The Florida House is pushing for $164 million in budget cuts in its initial higher-education budgets. Under a plan outlined by the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday, universities would see a $110 million cut, while state colleges would face $61 million in reductions. Small increases in other higher-education programs, including workforce education and private colleges, lowers...
House committee backs revamping Florida trauma hospital system

House committee backs revamping Florida trauma hospital system

After years of hospital-industry legal battles about opening new trauma centers, a Florida House panel Monday approved a bill that would repeal limits on the numbers of trauma facilities across the state. The vote by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee would eliminate a system that allows a maximum of 44 trauma centers statewide and also caps the numbers in 19 different regions. RELATED: Complete...
West Palm joins county in seeking U.S. money for Trump security costs

West Palm joins county in seeking U.S. money for Trump security costs

Standing within sight of President Donald Trump’s weekend White House at Mar-a-Lago, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, urged Trump Monday to “step up” and help Palm Beach County taxpayers recover as much as $5.8 million in expenses associated with the president’s frequent visits here. Frankel was joined by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, who said cyberattacks and...
Prison lieutenant gets three years in prison for exorting inmate

Prison lieutenant gets three years in prison for exorting inmate

A former Florida Department of Corrections lieutenant was sentenced to three years in prison and two years’ probation Monday, weeks after a jury convicted him of shaking down an inmate suspected of selling prescription drugs at a work release center. Erik Boe, 36, was convicted of one count each of threats or extortion and unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior in a February 2013...
Bill Nelson: No on Gorsuch, yes to Democratic filibuster

Bill Nelson: No on Gorsuch, yes to Democratic filibuster

Sen. Bill Nelson says he’ll vote against Judge Neil Gorsuch. (Nelson photo by Rich Graulich/Palm Beach Post; Gorsuch vote by Susan Walsh/AP) Florida Democratic Sen.
Frankel, Muoio say Trump visits cost local taxpayers millions

Frankel, Muoio say Trump visits cost local taxpayers millions

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio on Bingham Island near President Donald trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
NEW: Greyhounds’ positive drug tests costs trainer license

NEW: Greyhounds’ positive drug tests costs trainer license

A greyhound trainer based at the Palm Beach Kennel Club had his license revoked this month after state investigators found 24 instances where dogs under his care tested positive for drugs before races in 2016. Yoanly Savon’s license was revoked March 8 by the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The division oversees horse, dog...
Frankel seeks federal money for local costs when Trump visits

Frankel seeks federal money for local costs when Trump visits

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies assist the Secret Service when President Donald Trump visits Palm Beach.
Tragedy pushes family to brink of homelessness before help arrives

Tragedy pushes family to brink of homelessness before help arrives

Only a handful of the glitterati who will gather Saturday night for the Mayor’s Ball at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will have met Carnell Olofin. In suits and sequin, they will exchange pleasantries and smiles, secure and happy in the knowledge that, again, their efforts have raised lots of money to combat homelessness. But they, like most people, probably don’t know what homelessness...
Milestone: Trump plays first presidential golf outside Florida

Milestone: Trump plays first presidential golf outside Florida

President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach.
Rising tide of white nationalism evident in Georgia

Rising tide of white nationalism evident in Georgia

One example of a rising tide of white nationalism shambled into a federal district courtroom in Gainesville Wednesday. William Christopher Gibbs wore shackles, orange Crocs and a dirty, mustard-yellow jumpsuit with the word “INMATE” stenciled on back. He had an unruly shock of curly blond hair and an unshaven look that gave cover to an attempted mustache. The 27-year-old Fannin County...

POINT OF VIEW Negative signals from Legislature suppress job numbers

Headlines across Florida recently highlighted the strong private-sector jobs created in January. It’s true, January was a banner month for jobs with 51,000 new jobs added in Florida. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news turns to concern. That’s because brand-new U.S. labor statistics show Florida created fewer jobs in 2016 than in 2015 — 60,800 private-sector jobs fewer...
Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

State Senate President Joe Negron walked into a lion’s den last weekend at Pahokee High School. A spillover crowd wanted their district’s Republican senator to see how strongly they oppose a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, and how fearful they are that agricultural land would go out of production, taking their jobs and sinking their struggling communities. The anguish is understandable...
Melania Trump makes cameo as Palm Beach County GOP raises money at Mar-a-Lago

Melania Trump makes cameo as Palm Beach County GOP raises money at Mar-a-Lago

Melania Trump leaves a VIP reception before the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club Friday in Palm Beach.
BREAKING: Publix near Greenacres sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

BREAKING: Publix near Greenacres sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A Publix Super Market west of the city sold one of three winning tickets statewide in Friday’s Fantasy 5 drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket bore the number combination of 3-19-23-24-36 and paid $73,791.36, the lottery said. It was sold at the Publix in the Nassau Square shopping center on Lake Worth Road just east of Florida’s Turnpike. The other winning tickets were sold in...
Candidates helping voters vote? Legislator pushes to make it illegal

Candidates helping voters vote? Legislator pushes to make it illegal

State Rep. Emily Slosberg has proposed legislation to make it illegal for candidates to go into people’s homes and help them fill out their vote-by-mail ballot, closing a loophole revealed in a recent Palm Beach Post investigation. Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, cited The Post’s story when she proposed an amendment Wednesday to make the practice a third-degree felony. But she withdrew the...
Ybor City, a historic cigar town, faces a cloudy future

Ybor City, a historic cigar town, faces a cloudy future

A sultry morning in Ybor City feels like a good time for a cigar. That's what I told myself around 10:45 on my third day in this old quarter of Tampa, as I sweated out the previous night in front of the King Corona Cigar Bar and Cafe, sipping a milky iced Cuban coffee and puffing on a particularly robust, particularly expensive Nicaraguan stogie.  Okay, who am I kidding? Every minute of every...
Christie commentary: Agree with my politics, or else

Christie commentary: Agree with my politics, or else

You may have noticed that one thing folks in power dislike most is being checked. And the more authoritarian they are, the more they dislike it. To understand this is to understand why our judiciary — on county, state and federal levels — has come under increasing attack in recent years from their brethren in the executive and legislative branches. Sometimes, to the point of it becoming...
McCray-DeVoursney runoff in Boynton ‘boiling down’ along racial lines

McCray-DeVoursney runoff in Boynton ‘boiling down’ along racial lines

Minister Bernard Wright thinks Dr. James DeVoursney is qualified enough to trust him as his dermatologist, but not enough to vote for the doctor to represent him as his city commissioner. That job should remain with a black man — specifically Vice Mayor Mack McCray — said Wright, who recently posted the opinion on his Facebook page, leading to it being shared and widely discussed. &ldquo...

FAU among 8 Florida universities short on mental health counselors

Eight of the 12 state universities fall below minimum staffing levels for mental-health counselors as the need for counseling services grows on campuses, a new report shows. The university system’s Board of Governors, which has asked for a $7 million increase in mental-health funding in the 2017-2018 budget, will receive an update on the counseling issue during the coming week, as state lawmakers...
St. Lucie Rep. Pigman charged with DUI on turnpike near Fort Pierce

St. Lucie Rep. Pigman charged with DUI on turnpike near Fort Pierce

With a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit, state Rep. Cary Pigman was charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop on Florida’s Turnpike several hours after a House session Thursday, according to a police report. Pigman, 58, an Avon Park Republican, was charged with driving under the influence by the Florida Highway Patrol after being pulled over at 10:44 p.m. near the Fort...
GOP’s Rooney: ‘Obamacare is the law of the land forever now…We blew it’

GOP’s Rooney: ‘Obamacare is the law of the land forever now…We blew it’

“Obamacare is the law of the land forever now,” a fuming U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, said Friday after House Republicans failed to enact — or even bring to a vote — a long-promised health care overhaul. Rooney, elected in 2008 to a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional district, voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, then watched his party campaign over the...
GOP’s Tom Rooney: ‘Obamacare is the law of the land forever now…We blew it’

GOP’s Tom Rooney: ‘Obamacare is the law of the land forever now…We blew it’

“Obamacare is the law of the land forever now,” a fuming U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, said today after House Republicans failed to enact — or even bring to a vote — a long-promised health care overhaul.
Melissa McKinlay begins fundraising for 2018 commission re-election bid

Melissa McKinlay begins fundraising for 2018 commission re-election bid

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay on election night in 2014 (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who quietly opened a re-election campaign for her western-county District 6 seat earlier this month, has begun hitting up supporters for campaign cash.
Florida drivers reportedly have windows shot out by BB gun

Florida drivers reportedly have windows shot out by BB gun

Three Florida drivers say they were shot at while driving in Tampa on Friday morning. According to WFTS, two of the drivers, who knew each other, each reported that their vehicles had been shot at by an apparent BB gun. Walter Drakeford, one of the unknown shooters’ victims, was driving on I-75 near the Mendoza Bridge overpass in Manatee County when he heard something strike his vehicle...
Dems seeking Trump visitor logs call bill ‘MAR-A-LAGO Act’

Dems seeking Trump visitor logs call bill ‘MAR-A-LAGO Act’

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach is the target of Democratic legislation in Washington.
Florida man arrested after attempted kidnapping at Walmart

Florida man arrested after attempted kidnapping at Walmart

An attempted kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl that was caught on camera at a Walmart in Osceola County resulted in an arrest during a traffic stop Thursday. Luis Davila-Quinones, 44, was arrested after he was identified by the victim, according to WESH. Surveillance footage from the Walmart parking lot showed the girl running away from Davila-Quinones’ car. Davila-Quinones ordered the...
Santino says she broke rules in election but still fit to be judge

Santino says she broke rules in election but still fit to be judge

Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino on Friday admitted she violated two judicial canons during the November election by blasting her opponent for representing “murderers, rapists, child molesters and other criminals” but insisted she is qualified to remain on the bench. In a response to formal charges a judicial watchdog group filed against her with the Florida Supreme Court this month...
WATCH: Florida man steals from Walmart, uses cart as getaway vehicle

WATCH: Florida man steals from Walmart, uses cart as getaway vehicle

While most people would use a car to flee a crime scene, a Florida man who allegedly stole from Walmart used a shopping cart to make his getaway, according to police.  The crime happened March 16 at a Walmart in Seminole. The suspect loaded up a cart with $650 worth of merchandise, including laundry detergent, snow crab and a closet organizer, WFTS reported.  Surveillance video shows...
Florida teens arrested after nearly running over deputy

Florida teens arrested after nearly running over deputy

Three Central Florida teenagers were arrested Wednesday night after allegedly nearly running over a deputy. An off-duty deputy was working at a subdivision in Orange County when he noticed an SUV suspiciously driving around and stopping at houses, according to WESH. He approached the vehicle and questioned the three teenagers. When the deputy asked for the driver’s license, the teenager...
WATCH: Spring breakers abuse sea creatures to get drunk 

WATCH: Spring breakers abuse sea creatures to get drunk 

Spring breakers have taken “fun” a little too far by using sea creatures to help them to get drunk.  The rowdy Instagram account known as Total Frat Move asked college students to send in their funniest pictures and videos.  This is what they got: “The horseshoe crab chug”  “The shark shotgun” Somewhere between the typical beer bong...
Brian Mast makes rousing unity call to GOP colleagues on health care bill

Brian Mast makes rousing unity call to GOP colleagues on health care bill

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, is leaning toward supporting a health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump.
LATEST: Caught stealing liquor, women offer to pay, get jailed instead

LATEST: Caught stealing liquor, women offer to pay, get jailed instead

Four Miami-Dade County women are accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of vodka and cognac from stores in Palm City. Deputies arrested Kimberly Williams, 23, Jameisha Fulton, 22, Tameisha Mobley, 21, and Vallone St. Louis, 19, after the women were caught with stolen bottles of liquor, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County...
NEW: Smoke complaint at Lake Worth crematorium gets health review

NEW: Smoke complaint at Lake Worth crematorium gets health review

Health officials are investigating a complaint regarding heavy smoke that could be seen Wednesday outside a Lake Worth crematory facility. The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County notified Premier Funeral Services & Cremations of the complaint. Get the latest Breaking News from The Post The operators of the facility, at North Dixie Highway and Eighth Avenue North, were asked to provide...
Palm Beach County GOP at Trump-less Mar-a-Lago for fundraiser

Palm Beach County GOP at Trump-less Mar-a-Lago for fundraiser

President Donald Trump is not expected, but the county GOP will be raising money at his Mar-a-Lago Club tonight.
Negron warns against Florida universities overusing online classes

Negron warns against Florida universities overusing online classes

One of the benefits of an expansion of online classes in Florida universities is that it gives students more flexibility in balancing their academic loads with extracurricular activities like jobs, student government or clubs. It has helped a University of Central Florida senior devote the majority of her time this spring to her extracurricular activity: serving as a member of the Florida House of...
Kelly Slater wave pool creeps forward despite Jupiter Farms opposition

Kelly Slater wave pool creeps forward despite Jupiter Farms opposition

Jupiter Farms residents did all they could Thursday to wipe out the idea of a surfing ranch in western Palm Beach County, but the plan is still on the drawing board. Commissioners directed county staff to examine a possible land use change that would allow a firm affiliated with surfing legend Kelly Slater to build a surfing ranch with a 2,000-foot long wave pool at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce...
Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

A heavily lobbied proposal to knock down a Depression-era ban on liquor being sold alongside groceries narrowly survived the Senate on Thursday, after a passionate debate that included some opponents warning the change could make alcohol more accessible to — or even “kill” — children. The so-called “liquor wall” measure (SB 106), which must still get House...
Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

A bill whose sponsor says it is aimed at protecting displays of religious faith in public schools passed the Senate on nearly party-line vote Thursday, while a more-limited version moved toward the House floor. The Senate voted 23-13 to approve its bill (SB 436), after a sometimes-emotional debate. Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, joined Republicans in voting for the legislation. RELATED: Complete Florida...

POINT OF VIEW Don’t trade a tax cut for a tax increase

For three decades, Florida has offered insurance companies a highly effective, performance-based tax credit that has resulted in tens of thousands of good jobs being created or imported to our state. Not only does this credit bolster our state’s economy in a transparent, accountable way, it also helps ensure insurance rates for Floridians stay as affordable as possible. Senate Bill 378 by state...
County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a new zoning framework Thursday, smoothing the path for a pair of development projects that would add a combined 4,930 homes in the booming west-central corridor of the county. Approval of the new framework, which creates something called the Western Communities Residential Overlay, disappointed environmentalists and preservationists, who have argued that large-scale...
PBSO deputy pleads guilty to fraud charges in identity theft scam

PBSO deputy pleads guilty to fraud charges in identity theft scam

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy, who in December was named officer of the year for the Delray district, on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, admitting he used his access to law enforcement databases to propel an identity theft scheme. Frantz Felisma, 42, pleaded guilty to charges of credit card and identity theft fraud. Held without bond since he was arrested in December...
Florida teacher accused of sexual relationship with juvenile student

Florida teacher accused of sexual relationship with juvenile student

A 34-year-old female teacher at a Florida high school faces jail time over an alleged sexual relationship with a male student. Valerie Michelle Valvo, a teacher at Central High School in Brooksville, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student under age 17, according to Tampa Bay’s WFTS. Hernando County sheriff’s detectives received information about...
Florida man stole from disabled woman, spent $9,000 at strip club

Florida man stole from disabled woman, spent $9,000 at strip club

A Florida man is accused of stealing $138,000 from a woman with mental disabilities, spending $9,000 at a strip club. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 48-year-old William Tideberg of Holiday convinced 69-year-old Maryanne Andersen, who suffers from a mental disability, to move in with him from out of state. Tideberg stole they money from Andersen before leaving her to live in a house without...
Cerabino: What does Enterprise Florida have to do with Lake O?

Cerabino: What does Enterprise Florida have to do with Lake O?

There’s a spillover. That’s the best way to explain the complicated web of politics surrounding Lake Okeechobee’s dirty water. There was a spillover crowd at Pahokee High School last Friday that had come to tell Florida Sen. President Joe Negron that they didn’t like his plan to convert 60,000 acres of farmland south of the lake into a water storage reservoir. The auditorium...
Traffic, crime and development top issues in Jupiter election runoff

Traffic, crime and development top issues in Jupiter election runoff

While waterfront development gets lots of attention in Jupiter, the two candidates facing off in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Town Council Second District seat say there are many other issues. Traffic, crime, the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center and the proposed six-story Fisherman’s Wharf project on the Intracoastal Waterway are some of the other issues voters want to discuss...
WATCH: Florida mom fends off intruder with shotgun

WATCH: Florida mom fends off intruder with shotgun

Mothers are known for being over-protective when it comes to their children. However, did this Florida mom go too far when she used a shotgun to fend off an intruder?  A security camera captured a man trying to break into a Miami home occupied by a woman and her children, according to Morning Express with Robin Meade.  “They were afraid,” the mother told Morning Express...
Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Turns out, blue skies, warm weather, palm trees and beaches are a bit of a draw. Palm Beach County’s population grew by nearly 22,000 people from July of 2015 to July of 2016, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. That growth put the county’s population at 1,443,810. Only four other counties in Florida — Orange, Hillsborough, Broward and Lee &mdash...
Florida Senate aims to add grower licenses under its medical pot plan

Florida Senate aims to add grower licenses under its medical pot plan

More growers, access to treatment for snowbirds and greater flexibility in the relationship between patients and doctors are among the items likely to be included in a Senate proposal to carry out a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November to broadly legalize medical marijuana. The Senate Health Policy Committee held a workshop Wednesday on the implementation of Amendment 2, which garnered...
Florida House bill would let governor pick administrative judges

Florida House bill would let governor pick administrative judges

One case involved a tiny horse track where an employee waved a red rag to start a “race” between two aging nags. Another centered on whether pari-mutuels could continue to offer popular “designated-player” poker-style games at card rooms throughout the state. And a third focused on a dispute between a public hospital system and an industry giant over building a new medical...
Liquor moves step closer to being sold in grocery, big-box stores

Liquor moves step closer to being sold in grocery, big-box stores

Florida’s decades-old prohibition on liquor being sold alongside groceries and other retail goods moved closer to repeal Wednesday as a massive lobbying battle continued. The so called “liquor wall” bill (HB 81) narrowly advanced out of the House Commerce Committee in a 15-13 vote — sending the measure to the House floor — after being amended to more closely resemble...
Bicyclists open fire on Tampa officer after traffic stop

Bicyclists open fire on Tampa officer after traffic stop

A gun fight erupted between an officer and two bicyclists after a Tuesday traffic stop, according to WFTS. One man was taken into custody by Tampa police, who are on the lookout for the other. No injuries were reported. Police went door-to-door overnight, breaking into abandoned homes, in hopes of finding the second suspect, according to WFTS. Israel Magwood, 19, was arrested but isn’t...
Florida man leads police to his house, tries to flush marijuana

Florida man leads police to his house, tries to flush marijuana

A Florida man seemed to be in a hurry to throw his drugs down the drain earlier this week. According to NWF Daily News, the unnamed 54-year-old was driving nearly 30 mph above the limit in a school zone when Fort Walton Beach police tried to stop his vehicle Monday. The man, who was on probation, came to a stop before driving off and leading an officer on a high-speed chase through residential...
Florida woman spits on deputy, bites uncle, claims she’s royalty

Florida woman spits on deputy, bites uncle, claims she’s royalty

A Florida woman’s mouth got her in trouble with the law three times in one day. According to the Pensacola News Journal, 23-year-old Angela Christine Millikin of Gulf Breeze is accused of biting her uncle during an altercation Tuesday. When deputies from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a woman leaving the scene of an attack, they arrived to find Millikin, who...
Florida woman who hit teen over head with coffee pot sentenced

Florida woman who hit teen over head with coffee pot sentenced

A Florida woman is facing 30 years in prison following an attack on a teenager that involved a coffee pot. According to WESH, 51-year-old Jazmin Mendez of Melbourne allegedly smashed the pot over the head of a 15-year-old boy who was under her guardianship on Sunday. A police report obtained by WESH states that Mendez then took the broken glass on the handle of the coffee pot and cut the teenager&rsquo...
UPDATE: Ex-PBSO deputy bonds out of jail on patient-brokering charges

UPDATE: Ex-PBSO deputy bonds out of jail on patient-brokering charges

A former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy arrested Tuesday on patient-brokering charges has been released from the county jail. West Palm Beach police say Robert “Bobby” Simeone, 46, posted $45,000 bond late Tuesday, hours after his arrest. He is accused of paying two sober home owners hundreds of dollars a week to send their residents last year to his center, Epiphany’s...
In Boca, Roger Stone promotes his Trump book, denies Russia collusion

In Boca, Roger Stone promotes his Trump book, denies Russia collusion

Roger Stone speaks to members of the conservative group America First at the Boca Raton Marriott on Tuesday.
POINT OF VIEW Protect public’s right to keep eye on elected officials

POINT OF VIEW Protect public’s right to keep eye on elected officials

The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect the taxpayer’s daily lives. As a non-partisan government watchdog and taxpayer research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports...
Editorial: Fix Florida’s absurdly lax mail-in voting laws

Editorial: Fix Florida’s absurdly lax mail-in voting laws

Absentee ballots have never really gotten much attention when it comes to potential voter fraud. It’s rather hard to believe given that voting-by-mail has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Voters, candidates and the major political parties have all been allowed to push the proverbial envelope with comparatively little oversight when contrasted with in-person voting. Yet state...
New Seminole gambling deal passes House panel, but many hurdles remain

New Seminole gambling deal passes House panel, but many hurdles remain

A key House committee Tuesday approved a gambling measure aimed at creating a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe, though a tribe representative recently called the proposal a “non-starter” and major differences remain with the Senate. The proposal (HB 7037) would continue to allow the tribe to have exclusive rights to operate “banked” card games, such as blackjack, at five...

Florida House Republicans target so-called ‘sanctuary cities’

Amid heated debate over illegal immigration and the rights of undocumented immigrants, a Florida House panel approved a measure Tuesday to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities.” The bill (HB 697) by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, would require local governments and universities to comply with federal immigration laws and would impose stiff penalties on those that declare themselves sanctuaries...

Senate seeks to swap end of insurer tax credit by cutting lease tax

The Senate Finance and Tax Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday unanimously supported SB 378, which would eliminate a premium-tax credit for insurers. Under the change made Tuesday, the bill would also offer a 1 percentage-point reduction in a commercial lease tax for businesses, a tax cut that Gov. Rick Scott has supported. Bill sponsor Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said that if the insurance industry...

Trump adviser, Florida man Roger Stone denies Russia collusion claims

Roger Stone on CBS This Morning. Longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, the Fort Lauderdale resident whose name came up frequently during Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, says his communications last year with a hacker linked to Russia were “benign” and didn’t constitute collusion.
NEW: Former Miami-Dade cop accused of firing gun at Acreage neighbors

NEW: Former Miami-Dade cop accused of firing gun at Acreage neighbors

A former Miami-Dade County police officer remains in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly fired several gunshots Thursday at neighbors in The Acreage, according to an arrest report. Michael Patrick Gallagher, 55, is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The alleged victims were...
Prosecutor challenges Scott over her removal from case

Prosecutor challenges Scott over her removal from case

A Central Florida state attorney who created a firestorm by deciding not to seek the death penalty for alleged cop-killer Markeith Loyd — or in any other capital case — is accusing Gov. Rick Scott of abusing his authority by ousting her as prosecutor in the Loyd case. Aramis Ayala, state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange and Osceola counties, asked a judge Monday to put a...

House higher ed bill more lenient than Senate in grad-rate standards

A Florida House committee on Monday endorsed its version of a higher-education reform bill, including expanding Bright Futures scholarships and requiring state universities to begin using “block” tuition. The bill (HB 3), sponsored by Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, is the House’s answer to Senate President Joe Negron’s effort (SB 2) to elevate Florida’s higher-education...
Melgen lawyers plan war of experts in Medicare fraud trial

Melgen lawyers plan war of experts in Medicare fraud trial

Having long argued that Palm Beach County ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen was an innovative physician, beloved by his patients for trying to restore their vision when other doctors gave up hope, his attorneys on Monday sought to discredit an expert who shored up prosecution claims that Melgen misdiagnosed patients to pad his wallet. Pointing to surveys Melgen gave his patients, defense attorney Matthew...
POINT OF VIEW Pay equity for women is 50 years overdue