Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a reporter for the Palm Beach Post since 1986. She has covered a variety beats, including a decade as the paper's court reporter and another as data editor. She distinguished herself in her coverage of award-winning reporting on migrant farmworkers, the 2000 Presidential election and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She currently covers the environment, politics and special investigations. She still loves what she does.

Latest from Christine Stapleton

No water or power? No problem for addicts using drugs in treatment
 Addicts living in sober homes operated by Bradley Vercosa complained that sometimes there was no running water, electricity, sheets, bowls or pillows but they stayed anyway because they paid no rent and were allowed to use drugs, according to a police report. Vercosa, 50, of Wellington, was one of six people arrested Thursday and charged...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Addicts living in sober homes operated by Bradley Vercosa complained that sometimes there was no running water, electricity, sheets, bowls or pillows but they stayed anyway because they paid no rent and were allowed to use drugs, according to a police report. Vercosa, 50, of Wellington, was one of six people arrested Thursday and charged...
UPDATE: Sober home task force arrests six; total now tops 40
 The Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force arrested six sober home operators on patient brokering charges Thursday, including one who once worked for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences — the state contracted non-profit that certifies sober homes. All of the arrests are byproducts of cases filed earlier this year against...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force arrested six sober home operators on patient brokering charges Thursday, including one who once worked for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences — the state contracted non-profit that certifies sober homes. All of the arrests are byproducts of cases filed earlier this year against...
JUST IN: 6 more arrested by Sober Home Task Force on patient brokering
 Palm Beach County’s Sober Home Task Force made six more patient brokering arrests Thursday morning, a detective with the Delray Beach police department said. According to Detective Nicole Lucas’s Facebook page the following people were arrested on patient brokering charges: Sean O’Hara; Scott Gillis; Bradley Vercosa...

Posted: 2 days ago

Palm Beach County’s Sober Home Task Force made six more patient brokering arrests Thursday morning, a detective with the Delray Beach police department said. According to Detective Nicole Lucas’s Facebook page the following people were arrested on patient brokering charges: Sean O’Hara; Scott Gillis; Bradley Vercosa...
Irma food aid speeds up after complaints; $873 million already paid
 The Florida Department of Children and Families has paid out more than $873 million for disaster food assistance in 34 counties impacted by Hurricane Irma, including $30 million in Palm Beach County. The department released data about the D-SNAP food stamp program and improvements to the application process late Wednesday afternoon after ...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Florida Department of Children and Families has paid out more than $873 million for disaster food assistance in 34 counties impacted by Hurricane Irma, including $30 million in Palm Beach County. The department released data about the D-SNAP food stamp program and improvements to the application process late Wednesday afternoon after ...
John Prince, Lake Ida disaster relief crowds overflow with frustration
 Five weeks after the outer bands of Hurricane Irma thrashed Palm Beach County, thousands of people lined up as early as 2 a.m. to apply for disaster food assistance at three county parks. There are three steps to apply for Food for Florida, according to The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF):Step 1: Pre-register...

Posted: 4 days ago

Five weeks after the outer bands of Hurricane Irma thrashed Palm Beach County, thousands of people lined up as early as 2 a.m. to apply for disaster food assistance at three county parks. There are three steps to apply for Food for Florida, according to The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF):Step 1: Pre-register...
Medical society joins fight against opioid epidemic in PBC
 After an unprecedented 590 opioid-related deaths in Palm Beach County in 2016, Palm Beach County doctors are joining the battle as a group against the opioid epidemic. The Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, a nonprofit that coordinates education and volunteer activities of the county Medical Society, held its first meeting this...

Posted: 6 days ago

After an unprecedented 590 opioid-related deaths in Palm Beach County in 2016, Palm Beach County doctors are joining the battle as a group against the opioid epidemic. The Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, a nonprofit that coordinates education and volunteer activities of the county Medical Society, held its first meeting this...
Bills seek pain prescription limits and help for addicted babies
 A bipartisan effort to combat the opioid epidemic is underway in Tallahassee with lawmakers having filed five bills that address the crisis from multiple fronts. Prescriptions - SB 458, filed by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville, would limit opioid prescriptions for temporary pain. The bill would allow a 30-day renewal of an opioid prescription...

Posted: 11 days ago

A bipartisan effort to combat the opioid epidemic is underway in Tallahassee with lawmakers having filed five bills that address the crisis from multiple fronts. Prescriptions - SB 458, filed by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville, would limit opioid prescriptions for temporary pain. The bill would allow a 30-day renewal of an opioid prescription...
Should Florida use fentanyl to execute Death Row inmates?
 The deadliest drug in the nation’s opioid epidemic — fentanyl — will be used to execute a death row inmate in Nevada in November. Barring a court order halting the execution, it will be the first time the deadly painkiller will be used in an execution and will be one of three drugs used to execute Scott Raymond Dozier, 46...

Posted: 23 days ago

The deadliest drug in the nation’s opioid epidemic — fentanyl — will be used to execute a death row inmate in Nevada in November. Barring a court order halting the execution, it will be the first time the deadly painkiller will be used in an execution and will be one of three drugs used to execute Scott Raymond Dozier, 46...
Possible plea deal in the works for Delray Beach sober home operator Eric Snyder
 A preliminary hearing in federal court  for  
            Eric Snyder, owner and operator of a Delray Beach drug treatment center and sober home raided by the FBI in December 2014, has been delayed
            for 30 days to give attorneys time to “consider whether or not a pre-indictment resolution” can be worked out...

Posted: 22 days ago

A preliminary hearing in federal court  for   Eric Snyder, owner and operator of a Delray Beach drug treatment center and sober home raided by the FBI in December 2014, has been delayed for 30 days to give attorneys time to “consider whether or not a pre-indictment resolution” can be worked out...
Sober home task force seeks 5-day prescription limit, needle exchange
 One day after Gov. Rick Scott announced he would seek a three-day limit on opioid prescriptions, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said he will seek a five-day limit when the Florida Legislature meets in January. The proposed five-day prescription limit is one of eight proposals addressing sober homes that Aronberg presented...

Posted: 24 days ago

One day after Gov. Rick Scott announced he would seek a three-day limit on opioid prescriptions, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said he will seek a five-day limit when the Florida Legislature meets in January. The proposed five-day prescription limit is one of eight proposals addressing sober homes that Aronberg presented...
Three plead guilty to kickbacks in sober home schemes
 Three men arrested by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force have pleaded guilty to multiple counts of patient brokering. James Tomasso, 57, of Boca Raton, pleaded guilty Friday to 21 counts of patient brokering and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and ordered to pay $107,328 in fines. Tomasso was given credit for 225 days he...

Posted: 24 days ago

Three men arrested by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force have pleaded guilty to multiple counts of patient brokering. James Tomasso, 57, of Boca Raton, pleaded guilty Friday to 21 counts of patient brokering and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and ordered to pay $107,328 in fines. Tomasso was given credit for 225 days he...