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Woman used dating site to bilk Florida man out of $300,000, police say

Woman used dating site to bilk Florida man out of $300,000, police say

A Florida man was looking for companionship, but now he’s a lot lighter in the wallet after being tricked out of $300,000, police said.   An 85-year-old Pembroke Pines man started dating Nancy Guy, 45, after meeting her on a dating site. Guy claimed to be a dress maker who needed money, according to the Miami Herald.  <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"...
Trump shake-up: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci both have Palm Beach County ties

Trump shake-up: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci both have Palm Beach County ties

Sean Spicer, left, and Anthony Scaramucci Sean Spicer resigned as President Donald Trump‘s communications director, reportedly because he disagreed with Trump  naming Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Like part-time Palm Beacher Trump, both Spicer and Scaramucci have Palm Beach County connections. Spicer worked for...
Spicer, Scaramucci have Palm Beach County connections

Spicer, Scaramucci have Palm Beach County connections

Of course the key players in Friday’s White House personnel shake-up have Palm Beach County connections. President and part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump tapped financier Anthony Scaramucci to be White House communications director Friday, triggering the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. Scaramucci and a colleague opened an office of New York-based SkyBridge Capital in Palm...
Boxer guilty of 2015 murder of MMA fighter in Palm Beach Shores

Boxer guilty of 2015 murder of MMA fighter in Palm Beach Shores

It took a Palm Beach County jury less than three hours Friday to convict Darrell Telisme of first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter Stan Stanisclasse. The jury of 12 began deliberating about 9 a.m. Friday and returned the verdict about noon. The case began Wednesday and ended after Telisme took the stand in his own defense on Thursday. He was the...
Conservative guerilla videographer James O’Keefe heading to Palm Beach County

Conservative guerilla videographer James O’Keefe heading to Palm Beach County

Guerilla videographer James O’Keefe will headline the Palm Beach County GOP’s annual Lobsterfest next month. Conservative activist James O’Keefe — whose Project Veritas Action has released controversial undercover videos targeting CNN, the  Hillary Clinton campaign and the liberal group ACORN — will keynote the...
Negron: Need- and merit-based aid boosted for Florida college students

Negron: Need- and merit-based aid boosted for Florida college students

Despite the governor’s veto of a wide-ranging higher-education policy bill, Senate President Joe Negron said Wednesday that many of the initiatives embedded in the legislation, including an expansion of Bright Futures scholarships, will still benefit state university and college students as fall terms begin next month. In a memo to senators, Negron, R-Stuart, said a major benefit will be a &ldquo...
Scott files defense for outgoing appointment of Supreme Court justices

Scott files defense for outgoing appointment of Supreme Court justices

Dismissing concerns of a constitutional crisis, lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject a petition that seeks to bar Scott from appointing three new justices on his last day in office. In a 38-page reply to a filing last month by a pair of voting rights organizations, Scott’s office said the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause jumped...

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t penalize charters in fight against education law

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa has asked the School Board to continue to penalize families who support school choice. The superintendent wants to join Broward County in a lawsuit to stop a new education law and funding formula that treats all public school students equally — whether they attend a district-run school or chose to attend a charter school. Instead of making...

POINT OF VIEW: Do not downlist the Florida panther

“Protege los depredadores, ellos equilibrant la Naturaleza” — Protect the predators, they balance nature — reads a highway billboard in Belize, with a large photo of a jaguar. Can you imagine such government signs in Florida? One can’t hunt top predators in Belize. Meanwhile, here, with only about 200 panthers left in the wild and roadkills each year, the U.S. Fish and...

SFWMD chief Antonacci picked to lead Enterprise Florida

Described by Gov. Rick Scott as someone who can “get deals done,” South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Pete Antonacci has been tapped as the next leader of the business-recruitment agency Enterprise Florida. Enterprise Florida’s executive committee Wednesday unanimously approved a recommendation by agency Vice Chairman Stan Connally to offer the president and...
NEW: Florida doesn’t have much choice in saying no to O.J. Simpson return

NEW: Florida doesn’t have much choice in saying no to O.J. Simpson return

Florida corrections officials are preparing for the potential return of Nevada parolee O.J. Simpson. “We are aware of his potential relocation to Florida,” Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Michelle Glady said Thursday. “Pursuant to the Interstate Commission on Adult Offender Supervision, if Nevada’s request meets all criteria, Florida must accept...
Social Security plans percolating: Deutch says up tax on higher income

Social Security plans percolating: Deutch says up tax on higher income

With Social Security facing solvency problems in less than 20 years, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, has reintroduced his bill to extend the life of the program by hitting higher-income earners with a payroll tax increase. Don’t expect Deutch’s plan to get anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. His similar bill in the last Congress never got a hearing, and the chairman of the...
What Florida says about O.J. Simpson’s potential return

What Florida says about O.J. Simpson’s potential return

A CNN image of O.J. Simpson at his Nevada parole hearing. O.J. Simpson was granted parole by a Nevada board today, paving the way for his possible return to Florida. Simpson lived in Kendall after he was acquitted of murder charges for the 1994 deaths of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. He was jailed on armed robbery charges in Nevada...
Trump’s 2008 mansion sale to Russian is part of investigation: report

Trump’s 2008 mansion sale to Russian is part of investigation: report

President Donald Trump’s2008 sale of a Palm Beach mansion to a Russian oligarch is now part of the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a new report from Bloomberg News. Mueller’s team has expanded its investigation to include business transactions conducted by Trump and some of his “associates,” including his former campaign manager...
Boxer takes stand in own defense in trial for slaying of MMA fighter

Boxer takes stand in own defense in trial for slaying of MMA fighter

The image of mixed martial arts champion Stan Stanisclasse’s bloody, lifeless body on the floor of his Palm Beach Shores apartment had been on a projector screen at least twice this week before Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Reid Scott showed it to jurors again during closing arguments of Darrell Telisme’s first-degree murder trial. Still, there was something about seeing her...
Mast rips media in roundtable discussion

Mast rips media in roundtable discussion

Rep. Brian Mast Forget Russia. Forget WikiLeaks and its document dumps. Forget, even, all of those undocumented residents who, according to President Donald Trump, voted illegally and cost him the popular vote. U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, said the press was “the greatest saboteur” in the 2016 election. Mast, whose district includes northern...
Should OD rescues be limited? Questions rise as Narcan’s cost soars

Should OD rescues be limited? Questions rise as Narcan’s cost soars

Could multiple drug overdoses by the same person prompt first responders to stop giving that person Narcan? One Martin County commissioner raised that prospect during a budget meeting this week. He isn’t the first to do so nationwide, as counties, cities and towns grapple with the opioid epidemic and the soaring cost of the antidote, which saves lives by blocking the effects of heroin and other...
Rep. Ted Deutch: Tax the rich to extend Social Security

Rep. Ted Deutch: Tax the rich to extend Social Security

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, calls for extending Social Security payroll taxes to incomes above $127,200. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) With Social Security facing solvency problems in less than 20 years, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, is reintroducing his bill to extend the life of the program by hitting higher-income earners with a payroll ...
Florida judge gives state more time to defend abortion waiting period

Florida judge gives state more time to defend abortion waiting period

A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a 2-year-old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis gave Deputy Solicitor General Denise Harle 60 days to make her case on behalf of the state, after chastising her for...
Testimony done in case of Boca man who blames ex for fatal DUI

Testimony done in case of Boca man who blames ex for fatal DUI

A Palm Beach County jury on Thursday is expected to decide the case of the Boca Raton man who has exchanged blame with his ex-girlfriend for the 2014 Boca Raton crash that left a 66-year-old bicyclist dead. Testimony ended Wednesday in the DUI manslaughter trial of 32-year-old Paul Maida, who prosecutors say was driving his girlfriend’s Ford F-150 truck while his license was suspended when...
NEW: Cities balk at idea of helping PB County pay for inspector general

NEW: Cities balk at idea of helping PB County pay for inspector general

Municipal officials on Wednesday strongly rebuffed Palm Beach County’s effort to have them join in paying for the Office of Inspector General, whose funding was the subject of a recent, protracted legal battle. During a joint meeting between the Palm Beach County League of Cities and the County Commission in Wellington, mayors and council members from the county’s cities threw...
NEW: Boxer on trial for Palm Beach Shores killing of rival MMA fighter

NEW: Boxer on trial for Palm Beach Shores killing of rival MMA fighter

The two young men who lived next to Robin Freid’s Palm Beach Shores apartment had a bad habit of making too much noise when they came home in the middle of the night. Still, Fried told a Palm Beach County jury Wednesday, the way they screamed on the night of Thanksgiving two years ago — “like they were outside at a park or something” — was enough to wake her up completely...
Senate budget chief plans opioid fact-finding in Palm Beach County

Senate budget chief plans opioid fact-finding in Palm Beach County

Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has scheduled a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis for Aug. 8 at the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College. Latvala said he’s been urged to hold such a meeting by two Palm Beach County Democrats — state Sen. Kevin Rader, of Delray Beach, and County Commissioner...
KY GOP official accused of exposing himself in department store bathroom

KY GOP official accused of exposing himself in department store bathroom

A Kentucky dentist and chairman of his county’s Republican Party has lost his political post and is facing criminal charges following a weekend arrest in Tennessee on charges of indecent exposure and resisting arrest.  David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg, was arrested Saturday night at a Belk department store in Kingsport, Tennessee. WJHL in Johnson City, Tennessee, reported that Kingsport...
Opioid crisis: Latvala schedules roundtable in Palm Beach County

Opioid crisis: Latvala schedules roundtable in Palm Beach County

Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, will host an opioid roundtable in Palm Beach County next month before making announcement about the 2018 governor’s race. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate  Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has scheduled...
Why Gov. Rick Scott is returning to Boca Raton today

Why Gov. Rick Scott is returning to Boca Raton today

Gov. Rick Scott during a May visit to the offices of 3Cinteractive in Boca Raton. He’s returning to another nearby corporate headquarters today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott returns to Boca Raton this afternoon to highlight job growth at the corporate headquarters of Orangetheory Fitness in Boca Raton. Scott is expected...
POINT OF VIEW State must rethink policy about minors, mental health

POINT OF VIEW State must rethink policy about minors, mental health

In September 2016, a 6-year-old child threw a temper tantrum at his elementary school in Jacksonville. Usually, the story would end with the child being sent to the principal’s office for discipline, but, sadly for Nicholas, the child from this story, his journey didn’t end there. Not knowing how to handle an unruly child, the school counselor contacted the local sheriff to pick the child...
Florida’s abortion waiting period goes back to court

Florida’s abortion waiting period goes back to court

Whereas the Florida Supreme Court for more than a year has put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, a Tallahassee judge on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional. A majority of the Supreme Court blocked the law from going into effect in April 2016, and in another decision continued to block it in...

POINT OF VIEW: Coal is dying, but switching is expensive

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump rightfully laid the blame for the demise of the U.S. coal industry at the feet of President Barack Obama. Under Obama’s policies, which were designed specifically to target traditional energy sources such as coal, production plummeted. In 2014, the industry produced 1 billion tons of coal, including exports. By 2016, that figure fell to 739 million...
Duane Owen fights to get off death row for two vicious 1984 murders

Duane Owen fights to get off death row for two vicious 1984 murders

Thirty-three years after Duane Owen fatally stabbed a Delray Beach babysitter and bludgeoned to death a Boca Raton single mother, his lawyers were back in court Tuesday, trying to persuade a Palm Beach County judge he didn’t deserve to die for his horrific deeds. Like other death row inmates, the now 56-year-old Owen is trying to take advantage of recent Florida and U.S. supreme court...
Judge rules Dr. Salomon Melgen’s family can get $18 million bond back

Judge rules Dr. Salomon Melgen’s family can get $18 million bond back

A federal judge has paved the way for Dr. Salomon Melgen’s family to recoup some or maybe even all of an estimated $18 million they put up to assure the Palm Beach County ophthalmologist wouldn’t flee, rejecting federal prosecutors’ claims that the money is needed to pay victims of the physician’s $105 million fraud. And by victims, the prosecutors primarily mean Medicare....
Rep. Mast checks with ICE about potential Jupiter deportation case

Rep. Mast checks with ICE about potential Jupiter deportation case

The office of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, has reached out to federal immigration officials to learn more about the detention of Victor Chavez, a Jupiter man whose case has become another flash point in the ongoing debate about illegal immigration. Brad Stewart, a spokesman for Mast, said last week that the congressman’s office had not intervened in the case because no one...
Emailed poll asks Democratic-majority commission to assess Trump

Emailed poll asks Democratic-majority commission to assess Trump

Palm Beach County commissioners were asked to assess President Donald Trump’s job performance in an email sent to them on Friday. “Friend, we don’t trust the fake news polls about President Trump so we’re coming to our top supporters to know: Do you approve of President Trump’s job performance?” the email states. »RELATED: President Trump headlines in The...
Woman finally sentenced for 1997 murder of 5-year-old boy in West Palm

Woman finally sentenced for 1997 murder of 5-year-old boy in West Palm

Twenty years after the body of 5-year-old Michael Malcolm Jr. was found behind a trash bin at a West Palm Beach apartment complex, a woman who was 15 when the boy disappeared has pleaded guilty to his murder. Karla Sevilla, who joined a search at Caribbean Villas when the kindergartner vanished in 1997, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of second-degree murder. During a brief hearing, Palm Beach...
Popular cup is representing Florida for Trump’s Made in America week

Popular cup is representing Florida for Trump’s Made in America week

The famed insulated cup loved by so many Floridians — it keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold! — is representing the Sunshine State for President Donald Trump’sMade in America week, which kicks off today. Tervis took its Tumbler on the road to Washington, D.C., for today’s Made in American Product Showcase, where one company from each state is highlighting items...
LATEST: Publix in Tequesta sells lone winning Fantasy 5 ticket

LATEST: Publix in Tequesta sells lone winning Fantasy 5 ticket

The Publix Super Market in Tequesta sold the lone winning Fantasy 5 ticket in Sunday night’s drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket bore the number combination of 15-18-30-31-33. It paid $174,708.87, the lottery said. The ticket was a Quick Pick, meaning the lottery’s computers chose the number combination for the player. The store is on U.S. 1 south of County Line Road.
Boca woman injured, another dead after wrong-way crash on I-95

Boca woman injured, another dead after wrong-way crash on I-95

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Jennifer Otto, 21, of Pompano Beach, died when a truck heading the wrong way on Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach crashed into the car she was a passenger in, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Otto and driver Maria Stengel, 29, of Boca Raton, were both wearing their seat belts in a 2013 Toyota Prius at the time of the crash and neither was under the influence of alcohol, according...
Jupiter business owners — parents of U.S.-born teen — face deportation

Jupiter business owners — parents of U.S.-born teen — face deportation

For four years, Victor Chavez and his wife, Maty Carrillo, have operated a tire sales and auto repair shop in Jupiter, just down the street from the two-bedroom home they rent. Their Tikal Tires shop has been the quintessential mom and pop operation. Both natives of Guatemala, they wore dark blue work uniforms with a square name patch. Both got their hands dirty in the work, happily so, seeing...
Editorial: School Board should join legal fight against education law

Editorial: School Board should join legal fight against education law

As decisions go, this is an easy one. On Wednesday, Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa plans to ask the School Board whether the district should join Broward County in suing the state over the new, controversial education law. The board should indeed weigh it. Then say “yes.” RELATED: Gov. Scott just signed HB 7069. Here’s what it does. HB 7069 is a bit of a stinker...
Brian Mast amassing money for re-election bid

Brian Mast amassing money for re-election bid

Rep. Brian Mast U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, figures to have a tough re-election battle. He’s already drawn one opponent, former U.S. Navy attorney Pam Keith, and another formidable candidate, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, is rumored to be considering a run. If they get in, they better have some generous supporters. The Mast campaign will report raising $734...
How soon will minorities make up a majority in Palm Beach County?

How soon will minorities make up a majority in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach County’s white population is on the decline. As of a year ago, whites made up 56 percent of the population, a drop from 70 percent in 2000, recently released U.S. Census estimates show. If the pace persists, by 2025 the white population of Palm Beach County will cease being the majority for the first time, a Palm Beach Post analysis shows. This could mean that in eight years...
Judge says he didn’t see juror sleeping, denies Dippolito new trial

Judge says he didn’t see juror sleeping, denies Dippolito new trial

A Palm Beach County judge denied Dalia Dippolito’s bid for a fourth trial Friday, rejecting a defense motion to interview jurors about whether a juror fell asleep during witness testimony. A six-person jury found Dippolito, 34, guilty of solicitation of first-degree murder in June for attempting to hire a hit man to kill her husband in 2009. The hit man turned out to be a Boynton Beach police...
Delray man not guilty of murder in best friend’s drowning

Delray man not guilty of murder in best friend’s drowning

With his head bowed, a smile broke out on Lontrelle Durham’s face on Friday when a Palm Beach County jury announced it had cleared him of a charge of first-degree murder in the drowning death of his best friend, a man he described as his brother. The jury convicted the 20-year-old Delray Beach man of fleeing and eluding police and grand theft auto in connection with the chaotic November ride...
NEW: Over 100 sea turtles hatch in Key West for first time in 30 years

NEW: Over 100 sea turtles hatch in Key West for first time in 30 years

For the first time in more than three decades, a nest of sea turtles hatched in Key West and made their way into the ocean on Sunday. “It was a sight to behold,” Monroe County Board of County Commissioners said in a Facebook post on Thursday. “104 baby loggerhead turtles – just 2 inches long – waddled as fast as their tiny flippers would take them.” This is...
Florida not backing expansion of federal ban on shark fin possession

Florida not backing expansion of federal ban on shark fin possession

Florida wildlife officials want to look at banning the importation of shark fins through the state’s ports. But without support from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, they are not getting behind a federal proposal to prohibit possession of shark fins. »RELATED: Read The Post’s coverage of the Florida Legislature Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick...
Donna Horwitz sentencing delayed, but jury misconduct off table

Donna Horwitz sentencing delayed, but jury misconduct off table

Donna Horwitz won’t find out until September whether she will again be sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting her 66-year-old ex-husband, Lanny, in the home the couple shared in the Jupiter gated community of Admiral’s Cove. However, while agreeing not to sentence the 70-year-old Jupiter woman Friday, as planned, a Palm Beach County judge refused her attorneys’ request...
UPDATE: Palm Beach, Martin voters worried about Trump voter-data panel

UPDATE: Palm Beach, Martin voters worried about Trump voter-data panel

Local elections officials are trying to talk voters out of unregistering, as privacy concerns continue to mount in response to a special commission created by President Donald Trump. Fears about data breaches and identity theft — or flat-out aversion to what many perceive as a Big Brother-ish information gathering activity — continued even as a representative of the commission on...
Bra-clad PBSO official spurs query about DNA used to solve 1975 murder

Bra-clad PBSO official spurs query about DNA used to solve 1975 murder

A photo of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s official posing in a murdered woman’s brassiere raises questions about the veracity of DNA evidence that detectives claim they used to link a death row inmate to a long unsolved slaying, a defense attorney told a judge Thursday. Attorney Joe Walsh, who represents 71-year-old James Franklin Rose on charges that he raped, beat and fatally...
Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge by Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs Inc., a...
Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago. The ruling pointed to circuit-court cases in Broward and Lee counties aimed at forcing the state to pay judgments in class-action...
Palm Beach divorce to end 67-year marriage shakes up Worth Ave. empire

Palm Beach divorce to end 67-year marriage shakes up Worth Ave. empire

Beginning with a dream, a typewriter, a Brownie camera and rubber cement, Burt and Lucille Handelsman built a real estate empire that encompasses some of the toniest shops on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, restaurants in Delray Beach, bars in Key West and retail complexes in upstate New York. Then, last year, after 67 years marriage, Lucille, known as “Lovey,” filed for divorce...

POINT OF VIEW: New standards raise the bar for guardianship in Florida

If you know someone who may be in need of guardianship, they can benefit from Gov. Rick Scott just signing into law new standards of practice that raise the bar for the guardianship profession. These standards were developed by the new Office of Public and Professional Guardians (OPPG) with help from the Florida Guardianship Association (FSGA). The OPPG itself was established as part of a law passed...
Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

Diocese of Palm Beach loses fight to toss priest’s defamation suit

A Catholic priest will be allowed to sue the Diocese of Palm Beach for defamation after a judge this week rejected the diocese’s claim that the constitutional separation of church and state should prevent the lawsuit from being decided in a secular court. In a four-page order, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser said Tuesday that the Rev. John Gallagher’s claim that the diocese...
JUST IN: Florida woman tried to run over ex-boyfriend, police say

JUST IN: Florida woman tried to run over ex-boyfriend, police say

A Florida woman is accused of trying to run over her ex-boyfriend after learning he had a new girlfriend. Sheena Gordon, 32, of Fort Lauderdale got into an argument with her ex-boyfriend on Sunday, according to WPLG. After exchanging words with the 35-year-old, Gordon got in her car and tried unsuccessfully to run him over, police said. After she missed, she put her vehicle in reverse and...
Potential Florida gov candidates’ $2M club: Putnam, Corcoran, Levine

Potential Florida gov candidates’ $2M club: Putnam, Corcoran, Levine

While Adam Putnam raised another $2 million in June for his gubernatorial campaign, the three leading declared Democratic contenders hoping to succeed Gov. Rick Scott could not even match half of that total. Putnam, the Republican agriculture commissioner, raised more than $1.3 million for his “Florida Grown” political committee last month, while he collected another $795,000 for his regular...
Man serving life wins new trial in 2013 murder at Lake Worth area bar

Man serving life wins new trial in 2013 murder at Lake Worth area bar

A 28-year-old Palm Beach County man, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, won a new trial on Wednesday when a Florida appeals court ruled that the judge in his case didn’t take the steps necessary to assure he faced an impartial jury. Demetrius Hopkins, who was convicted in October 2015 for the 2013 fatal shooting of Jean Nesca at Brian Boru’s Irish Pub and Sports...
POINT OF VIEW: New curriculum-challenge law hides non-science agenda

POINT OF VIEW: New curriculum-challenge law hides non-science agenda

As a science teacher in Miami-Dade, I am disheartened by Florida’s CS/HB 989. This law extends citizens’ right to challenge what’s taught in their local schools. It may sound very democratic, but it is written to disguise a non-scientific agenda. It is a good thing that we are raised in this country thinking we should respect alternative points of view, but science is different....
Palm Beach County considers suing drug companies over opioid crisis

Palm Beach County considers suing drug companies over opioid crisis

At the suggestion of Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, the county is looking into suing drug companies whose products are at the heart of the opioid crisis. County Attorney Denise Nieman said she will have her staff examine the legal landscape to determine if pharmaceutical companies have been successfully sued, which jurisdictions have been involved and what law firms have taken...
Palm Beach County sets tentative tax rate, predicts shortfalls ahead

Palm Beach County sets tentative tax rate, predicts shortfalls ahead

New year. Same old property tax rate. Palm Beach County commissioners tentatively approved a property-tax rate of $4.78 per $1,000 in taxable property value Tuesday, moving forward with a nearly $4.5 billion budget that would give county employees a raise and add 15 new sheriff’s deputies. If given final approval after a pair of public hearings in September, the property-tax rate would remain...
BREAKING: Stiffer penalties for fentanyl possession signed into law

BREAKING: Stiffer penalties for fentanyl possession signed into law

Peggy Hernandez sat close Tuesday afternoon as Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that sets mandatory minimums for drug dealers who carry fentanyl. The Wellington mother thought of her son, Christian “Ty” Hernandez, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016. She might have thought of the man who was convicted for selling her son the fatal drug, a first-of-its-kind conviction in Palm...
Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

Bad airbags vs. intoxication debated in trial over Jupiter man’s death

It was spring break, and 20-year-old Anthony Llera and his 19-year-old friend Heriberto Perez Mendez spent the night celebrating at a bar on Clematis Street. But en route to a friend’s house in the Villages where they planned to continue the party, Llera lost control of his father’s new Mustang convertible on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard near Interstate 95. It plowed into a tree. Both men...
Florida hunting, fishing licenses not keeping up with population

Florida hunting, fishing licenses not keeping up with population

Florida may proclaim itself the “fishing capital of the world,” but wildlife officials say they need more anglers to help cover costs of running state programs. The same goes for hunters. The number of people buying hunting and fishing licenses hasn’t kept pace with population growth in the state, and wildlife officials are concerned that could impact the future management of public...
Loxahatchee man’s family sues PBSO over his December shooting death

Loxahatchee man’s family sues PBSO over his December shooting death

The grieving parents and children of a 46-year-old Loxahatchee man sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday, claiming the deputy had no reason to fatally shoot their mentally ill son when they called the agency in December because they feared their son might be suicidal. Ricky Kevin Whidden was running from Deputy Justin Rigney when the deputy shot...
NEW: Trump’s Italy ambassador is Florida man, former GOP finance chair

NEW: Trump’s Italy ambassador is Florida man, former GOP finance chair

President Donald Trump will nominate a Florida resident and former Republican Party finance chair to be his ambassador to Italy, the White House announced late Monday. Lewis M. Eisenberg of Vero Beach also will be nominated as Trump’s ambassador to the tiny Republic of San Marino, a position Eisenberg will “serve concurrently and without additional compensation,” the White House...
Scores strip club faces second suit over drunken patron who died

Scores strip club faces second suit over drunken patron who died

For the second time in less than two years, a Palm Springs strip club has been accused of causing the death of a patron who died in an alcohol-fueled traffic accident. A case now winding its way through Palm Beach County Circuit Court claims Scores Palm Beach should have stopped serving Jeremy Standridge before he became inebriated. The 26-year-old mechanic died in a March 2016 single-vehicle crash...
UPDATE: Man bitten by shark on Miami area beach

UPDATE: Man bitten by shark on Miami area beach

A man was hospitalized today after what is being called the first recorded shark biting off Haulover Beach in northern Miam-Dade County, WPLG reports. The beachgoer was bitten on his legs by what was described as a 4- to 5-foot bull shark. He was leaving the water with other swimmers after lifeguards saw the shark and ordered an evacuation. "In my 20 years as a lifeguard, this is the first...
JUST IN: Teen killer of child molester to be resentenced 22 years later

JUST IN: Teen killer of child molester to be resentenced 22 years later

U.S. Supreme Court rulings that juveniles can't be sentenced to life without parole has given a Florida man in prison for a 1995 murder of a suspected child molester a chance at freedom, WFTV in Orlando reports. Mark Berrios was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for shooting Olen Hepler, a suspected pedophile, when he was 14. He stole Hepler's truck and $800. Margaret Loring told Action...

POINT OF VIEW: A difference with training in mental health first aid

There is a mental health crisis in America. The statistics alone should compel each of us to ask, “What can I do?” Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States dies by their own hand, making suicide the nation’s 10th-leading cause of death and second among those aged 15 to 34. Among children 10 to 14, the suicide rate has caught up with the death rate from traffic accidents. Many...
Editorial: New sober-house laws are good, but we need bigger plan

Editorial: New sober-house laws are good, but we need bigger plan

Thanks to the persistence of local legislators and Palm Beach County’s Sober Home Task Force, Florida now has the legal means to hit fraudulent sober homes with newfound power. It’s a significant milestone. But the addiction crisis keeps deepening. So we need to think bigger. RELATED: Palm Beach County considers suing drug companies over opioid crisis The new law is a great step forward...
Cerabino: For Florida, privacy trumps Trump in federal voter purge

Cerabino: For Florida, privacy trumps Trump in federal voter purge

You know your voter fraud fantasies are in trouble when the state of Florida won’t play along. This week, Florida belatedly joined 44 other states in announcing it wouldn’t fully comply with the wishes of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This is the commission set in motion by the fanciful assertion of President Donald Trump that he actually won the popular vote...
JUST IN: Apple Watch bait-and-switch scam targets Florida retailers

JUST IN: Apple Watch bait-and-switch scam targets Florida retailers

Investigators say a Daytona Beach man has been scamming Florida retailers with a bait-and-switch scheme involving Apple Watches. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced it had arrested Dat Tran Huu Nguyen at the Target store in Jensen Beach. It caught him trying to get a refund for the price of an Apple 2 Watch in exchange for an older Apple 1 inside an Apple 2 box...
Publix store in southern PBC sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

Publix store in southern PBC sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

The liquor store at a Publix Super Market in Delray Beach sold one of three winning tickets statewide in Friday’s Fantasy 5 drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The player bought the ticket — bearing the number combination of 3-7-22-23-25 — at the Publix store at The Plaza at Delray at Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard. It paid $71,453.34. The ticket was a Quick Pick,...
Ethics ruling clears Berger to vote on GL Homes-related issues

Ethics ruling clears Berger to vote on GL Homes-related issues

Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger can vote on GL Homes issues despite the builder’s hiring of her former boss, the county Commission on Ethics has determined. After The Palm Beach Post reported that Burt Aaronson, a former commissioner recently hired by GL Homes as a lobbyist, had asked Berger, his former administrative aide, to support the builder’s request for rule changes...
UF grads sue Florida, saying college cash wrongly diverted to tax cuts

UF grads sue Florida, saying college cash wrongly diverted to tax cuts

Two University of Florida alumni have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state, saying lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott funneled money that should have gone to higher education into tax cuts and savings. The legal challenge, filed last week, is based on the Legislature’s decision not to provide matching funds for private donations to colleges and universities. State law creates four matching...
Millennials on the rise in snowbird county: Why they’re flocking here

Millennials on the rise in snowbird county: Why they’re flocking here

Sitting at a table in Starbucks waiting for a friend to bring over coffee, Monica Cantor of Jupiter is busy typing away at her laptop. Her attention, reserved for what’s on her screen, is called to her cellphone as a notification flashes it to life. “When I grew up, this area was a snowbird town,” she said, taking her eyes off the screen. But she acknowledges a new twist: a shift...
Police: Venus Williams legally entered intersection before fatal crash

Police: Venus Williams legally entered intersection before fatal crash

Newly released video of a car crash involving Venus Williams last month shows the tennis star entered the intersection on a green light but stopped to avoid hitting an oncoming car turning left just before her SUV was hit from the side by a third car, according to Palm Beach Gardens police. Based on the new evidence — surveillance video acquired from the Steeplechase gated community —...
Florida man accused of using improv class to have sex with students

Florida man accused of using improv class to have sex with students

A former University of South Florida improv instructor is accused of using his position to force students into sexual acts with him and his wife. An investigation concluded that adjunct instructor Nicholas Riggs, 31, sexually assaulted one student and harassed at least one other, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Riggs and his wife, former graduate student Hannah Prince, are accused of working...

POINT OF VIEW: Dems must craft compelling, progressive campaigns

If Democrats running for Florida’s top political posts hope to have impact — much less win — they had better shed the staid campaigns of elections past and replace them with compelling themes and relevant policies that resonate with the voters. Democrats must craft progressive campaigns that contain easy-to-understand ideas that boost our economy, improve our schools, care for the...
Florida’s evolution to complainer’s paradise for public schools

Florida’s evolution to complainer’s paradise for public schools

News item: A new Florida law allows any resident, regardless of whether he or she has children in the public school system, to instigate a formal challenge to any textbook, library book, novel, or other kind of instructional material used in a public school. The state law channels the resident’s complaint to an “unbiased and qualified hearing officer” who is empowered to determine...
Report: Alligator seen chewing on body in Everglades

Report: Alligator seen chewing on body in Everglades

Footage above a plane crash in the Everglades led to a disturbing discovery on Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration told WPLG that a Cessna 152 crashed in the Everglades about 7 miles west of Homestead with only the pilot on board. The single-engine plane could been seen from a WPLG helicopter and an alligator was spotted wading near a body in the water. A tweet from WPLG managing...
BREAKING: Florida will send Trump panel some voter info

BREAKING: Florida will send Trump panel some voter info

With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission’s request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will provide the commission publicly available data. “Driver’s license information and Social Security numbers are not, and cannot be provided,” Detzner wrote to Kansas Secretary...
Car data is focus of hearing on Venus Williams crash

Car data is focus of hearing on Venus Williams crash

As tennis star Venus Williams is on the court at Wimbledon Friday, her attorneys will be in court in West Palm Beach trying to stop the family of Jerome Barson from independently inspecting his car. The 78-year-old Barson died from injuries incurred June 9 when a Hyundai Accent driven by his wife, Linda, crashed with a Toyota Sequoia driven by Williams in Palm Beach Gardens, and the Barson...
Lawyer who backed medical pot amendment sues Florida over smoking ban

Lawyer who backed medical pot amendment sues Florida over smoking ban

Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan on Thursday followed through on threats to sue the state over a smoking ban included in a new law carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Morgan, who largely bankrolled the medical-marijuana ballot initiative, had repeatedly threatened to launch a legal challenge...
Election experts worry Trump commission could repeat Florida errors

Election experts worry Trump commission could repeat Florida errors

Vice President Mike Pence’s office has confirmed the White House commission on voter fraud intends to run the state voter rolls it has requested against federal databases to check for potential fraudulent registration. Experts say the plan is certain to produce thousands of false positives that could distort the understanding of the potential for fraud, especially given the limited data...
READ: What Mike Pence said at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

READ: What Mike Pence said at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, where he was joined by lawmakers and NASA officials for a tour of the facility. Pence also spoke to NASA employees about the importance of their mission and the value he said President Donald Trump places on the U.S. space program. “President Donald Trump is already ensuring that NASA has the...
JUST IN: Florida man accused of hitting child with cane

JUST IN: Florida man accused of hitting child with cane

A Florida man is accused of hitting a child with a walking cane. Willie Patterson, 39, of Deltona allegedly got angry at a boy who wanted to come inside a home on Wednesday, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Authorities responded to the home to find the boy, who had tried to enter the home despite Patterson’s refusal, with a cut on his lip. The child, who was “visibly afraid...
Trial date set for lawsuit against billionaire sex offender Epstein

Trial date set for lawsuit against billionaire sex offender Epstein

A trial that promises to offer the first public airing of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s activities with teenage girls at his Palm Beach mansion is to be held in December, a Palm Beach County circuit judge agreed Thursday. The malicious prosecution lawsuit that attorney Bradley Edwards filed against the Palm Beach billionaire has been on hold for years while various appeals were filed...
How will Kennel Club be affected by Scott-Seminole deal on card games?

How will Kennel Club be affected by Scott-Seminole deal on card games?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe have reached an agreement about the tribe’s “exclusive” rights to offer banked card games such as blackjack, in a move that took the Legislature by surprise. The settlement agreement, submitted to a federal judge on Wednesday, focuses on a portion of a 20-year gambling deal, called a “compact.” The portion in question, which...
NEW: Marco Rubio joins Mike Pence for NASA tour

NEW: Marco Rubio joins Mike Pence for NASA tour

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is joining Vice President Mike Pence for a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today, a spokesman for the senator said. Pence’s trip to Cape Canaveral comes nearly a week after President Donald Trump named him chair of the revived National Space Council. Trump — who arrived in Germany today for a G20 summit as part of his second trip...
NEW: Man interested in ‘incest porn’ arrested in undercover sting

NEW: Man interested in ‘incest porn’ arrested in undercover sting

A registered sex offender interested in “incest pornography” planned to meet a mother and her 8-year-old daughter in West Palm Beach to fulfill some of his sexual fantasies, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state. Robert Rhodes, a 31-year-old mechanic who lives in Jacksonville, responded to a personal ad in June 2016 posted on a pornographic website by a single mother....
NEW: Rats and restaurants are an icky and dangerous combination

NEW: Rats and restaurants are an icky and dangerous combination

Since January, state inspectors have cited 51 Palm Beach County restaurants for evidence of rodents. Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors found just a few tell-tale droppings at some establishments, and dozens and hundreds at others. They even spotted a few dead rats. Such evidence is a high-priority violation that requires the restaurant to close until the issue is...
Dem governor candidates push Scott to deny Trump Florida’s voter data

Dem governor candidates push Scott to deny Trump Florida’s voter data

Trying to ratchet up political pressure on Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to respond in the negative to a federal request for voter information, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Wednesday asked for state records concerning alleged voter fraud and the White House inquiry. The open-records request from Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor running next year to succeed Scott,...
Florida Senate President Negron finds job with another big law firm

Florida Senate President Negron finds job with another big law firm

Florida Senate President Joe Negron has joined the West Palm Beach office of the powerful Akerman law firm roughly six months after he resigned from another large firm when his legislative goals conflicted with those of one of its largest clients — U.S. Sugar. Akerman, with 650 lawyers in 24 offices across the nation, announced that the Stuart Republican will join its litigation practice group...
LATEST: St. Lucie judge faces suspension without pay, reprimand

LATEST: St. Lucie judge faces suspension without pay, reprimand

A St. Lucie County judge faces a 30-day suspension without pay and a public reprimand by the Florida Supreme Court if the court accepts a hearing panel’s recommendation filed last week. Circuit Judge Philip J. Yacucci faced a disciplinary review for his actions involving a former political rival, DUI attorney Stephen Smith. The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a formal notice...
Lake Worth man gets jail, probation for offering cash to teens for sex

Lake Worth man gets jail, probation for offering cash to teens for sex

A Lake Worth man was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation Friday in a case where he was accused of offering a pair of teens $600 in exchange for sex two years ago. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Charles Burton sentenced Jean Rodnez, 63, after he pleaded guilty to charges of online solicitation of a minor, child exploitation, false report of a crime and two charges of battery on...
Family sues Palm Beach County over son’s 2015 drowning death

Family sues Palm Beach County over son’s 2015 drowning death

The family of a 15-year-old Broward County youth who drowned while swimming at DuBois Park in Jupiter two years ago has sued the Palm Beach County Commission for negligence. In a lawsuit filed last week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the family of Edwin Castañon claims the commission didn’t make sure lifeguards were properly trained to protect swimmers at the Palm Beach County park...
EXCLUSIVE: Dippolito witness, Shihadeh, linked to woman’s drug death

EXCLUSIVE: Dippolito witness, Shihadeh, linked to woman’s drug death

Early one Tuesday in March, a 34-year-old homeless married mother of three lay cold — as still as a mannequin, a witness would later tell police — on the bare chest of a virtual stranger in a borrowed bed inside a $70-a-night motel room. Linda Lavell was dead by the time Boynton Beach police arrived, but the man below her was still breathing. It wasn’t long before detectives...
Editorial: Deny Rick Scott’s power grab on Florida’s high court

Editorial: Deny Rick Scott’s power grab on Florida’s high court

Gov. Rick Scott wants to appoint three new Florida Supreme Court justices literally on his way out of office. That makes little sense. And the high court should tell him no. Actually, all the Supreme Court has to do is repeat itself. A decade ago, justices issued an advisory opinion saying a governor shouldn’t make such appointments while walking out the door. Voters have overwhelmingly said...
Aaron Rajman, one of few Jewish MMA fighters, shot to death near Boca

Aaron Rajman, one of few Jewish MMA fighters, shot to death near Boca

A professional mixed martial arts fighter was shot in his family’s home west of Boca Raton Monday night during a home invasion and later died of his injuries. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office identified the shooting victim on Tuesday as Aaron Rajman, 25, of suburban Boca Raton. The shooting occurred about 10:25 p.m. Monday in a house in the 22700 block of 65th Terrace after several...
JUST IN: Florida man accused of molesting wife’s teen sister commits suicide

JUST IN: Florida man accused of molesting wife’s teen sister commits suicide

A foreign-exchange host accused of molesting his second wife’s teenage sister is believed to have killed himself just days after being released from jail, the Miami Herald reported. Police found Dale Leary, 50 of Cutler Bay early today inside a car at his home on Southwest 185th Terrace with a woman believed to be his first wife, Claudia Leary. She was transported to Jackson South...
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