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West Palm Beach man gets year in jail for touching girl he met online
 A 44-year-old West Palm Beach man was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday in a case where he was charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl who told him she was 20 when she met him online. Douglas Miles Titman pleaded guilty to a single charge of battery on a child as part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and his attorney...

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A 44-year-old West Palm Beach man was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday in a case where he was charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl who told him she was 20 when she met him online. Douglas Miles Titman pleaded guilty to a single charge of battery on a child as part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and his attorney...
Two death penalty trials begin in Palm Beach County
 Trials in two separate cases where Palm Beach County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty are likely to begin this week, with two sets of prospective jurors now in jury selection. Jury selection began Thursday in the case of John Eugene Chapman, the 28-year-old Miami man who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death before he dumped...

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Trials in two separate cases where Palm Beach County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty are likely to begin this week, with two sets of prospective jurors now in jury selection. Jury selection began Thursday in the case of John Eugene Chapman, the 28-year-old Miami man who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death before he dumped...
UPDATE: 10-year-old boy missing in West Palm returns home
 Update 9:50 a.m.: A 10-year-old boy who went missing onFriday returned home Monday morning, according to West Palm Beach Police Sgt. David Lefont. Original story: West Palm Beach Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 10-year-old boy whose family says he has been missing since Friday. Police say Robert Dormeus, 10...

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Update 9:50 a.m.: A 10-year-old boy who went missing onFriday returned home Monday morning, according to West Palm Beach Police Sgt. David Lefont. Original story: West Palm Beach Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 10-year-old boy whose family says he has been missing since Friday. Police say Robert Dormeus, 10...
Lake Worth teen gets three years’ prison for drug robbery, shooting
 One of three teens accused of participating in a  robbery and shooting during a drug deal in April was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. Jelani Louistaffari Nembhard, of Lake Worth, was 17 when he and two other teens allegedly lured a man into the car they were in under the guise of selling him marijuana outside a home on Minnesota...

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One of three teens accused of participating in a robbery and shooting during a drug deal in April was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. Jelani Louistaffari Nembhard, of Lake Worth, was 17 when he and two other teens allegedly lured a man into the car they were in under the guise of selling him marijuana outside a home on Minnesota...
Boca Raton teen gets jail, house arrest for beating puppy to death
 The suburban Boca Raton teen who beat a 4-month-old pit bull to death last year after the puppy urinated on the floor was sentenced Thursday to a month in jail, a year on house arrest and another two years of probation. The plea deal for 19-year-old Kevin Braganca comes nearly a year after the April death of Tank, one of two pit bulls who...

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The suburban Boca Raton teen who beat a 4-month-old pit bull to death last year after the puppy urinated on the floor was sentenced Thursday to a month in jail, a year on house arrest and another two years of probation. The plea deal for 19-year-old Kevin Braganca comes nearly a year after the April death of Tank, one of two pit bulls who...
Palm Beach Gardens High ex-athletic director gets prison in video case
 Palm Beach Gardens High School’s former athletic director is now headed to prison after he accepted a plea agreement in the case surrounding his arrest last year on claims he used a secret camera hidden in a clock to spy on and take nude photos of a child. William Weed, 51, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count each of...

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Palm Beach Gardens High School’s former athletic director is now headed to prison after he accepted a plea agreement in the case surrounding his arrest last year on claims he used a secret camera hidden in a clock to spy on and take nude photos of a child. William Weed, 51, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count each of...
Alleged accomplice in Delray Beach patriarch’s murder gets 15 years
 A 23-year-old man who said he participated in a fatal 2015 robbery orchestrated by the victim’s step-grandson accepted a plea agreement Tuesday that will send him to prison for 15 years. Desmond Davis, who along with Harut Saroyan and James Jones has been behind bars since shortly after the Feb. 6, 2015 shooting death of 65-year-old...

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A 23-year-old man who said he participated in a fatal 2015 robbery orchestrated by the victim’s step-grandson accepted a plea agreement Tuesday that will send him to prison for 15 years. Desmond Davis, who along with Harut Saroyan and James Jones has been behind bars since shortly after the Feb. 6, 2015 shooting death of 65-year-old...
Former Greenacres councilwoman sentenced to house arrest, probation
 Former Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera was sentenced to six months house arrest and five years’ probation Tuesday as part of a plea agreement. Rivera, 47, was originally charged with grand theft in June after she was accused of stealing more than $23,000 from the Palm Beach County School District while she was treasurer at Boca...

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Former Greenacres councilwoman Lisa Rivera was sentenced to six months house arrest and five years’ probation Tuesday as part of a plea agreement. Rivera, 47, was originally charged with grand theft in June after she was accused of stealing more than $23,000 from the Palm Beach County School District while she was treasurer at Boca...
Boynton Beach woman whose dog, cat starved to death gets 6 months
 A 26-year-old woman whose dog and cat were found starved to death in her Boynton Beach apartment in May will have to spend the next four months in jail, a judge has ruled. Ashley Alicia on Wednesday pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony cruelty to animals and unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal for the deaths of her brown...

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A 26-year-old woman whose dog and cat were found starved to death in her Boynton Beach apartment in May will have to spend the next four months in jail, a judge has ruled. Ashley Alicia on Wednesday pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony cruelty to animals and unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal for the deaths of her brown...
Dalia Dippolito a U.S. Supreme Court case? Justices to decide
 The U.S. Supreme Court met Friday to decide whether to consider a number of cases from around the nation. Among them, a case that could challenge Arizona’s death penalty, whether criminal defendants can claim double jeopardy after overturned convictions — and Dalia Dippolito? True, according to court records and attorneys for...

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The U.S. Supreme Court met Friday to decide whether to consider a number of cases from around the nation. Among them, a case that could challenge Arizona’s death penalty, whether criminal defendants can claim double jeopardy after overturned convictions — and Dalia Dippolito? True, according to court records and attorneys for...
Corey Jones shooting: Nouman Raja defense list ties to other big cases
 The special investigator who cleared the officer who shot Tamir Rice and an accident reconstruction expert who wrote a book about the Trayvon Martin shooting are among the potential expert witnesses slated to testify for former officer Nouman Raja in his upcoming trial over the shooting death of Corey Jones. According to a defense witness...

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The special investigator who cleared the officer who shot Tamir Rice and an accident reconstruction expert who wrote a book about the Trayvon Martin shooting are among the potential expert witnesses slated to testify for former officer Nouman Raja in his upcoming trial over the shooting death of Corey Jones. According to a defense witness...
West Palm Beach man who raped woman in front of child gets prison
 A 32-year-old West Palm Beach man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty in a case in which he was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend last year while the woman’s 4-year-old child lay crying next to them in the bed. Antwon Smith pleaded guilty to an aggravated battery charge as a lesser included offense...

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A 32-year-old West Palm Beach man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty in a case in which he was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend last year while the woman’s 4-year-old child lay crying next to them in the bed. Antwon Smith pleaded guilty to an aggravated battery charge as a lesser included offense...
Dalia Dippolito a U.S. Supreme Court case? Judges to decide
 The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to meet Friday to decide whether to consider a number of cases from around the nation. Among them, a case that could challenge Arizona’s death penalty, whether criminal defendants can claim double jeopardy after overturned convictions — and Dalia Dippolito? True, according to court records...

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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to meet Friday to decide whether to consider a number of cases from around the nation. Among them, a case that could challenge Arizona’s death penalty, whether criminal defendants can claim double jeopardy after overturned convictions — and Dalia Dippolito? True, according to court records...
South Palm Beach woman’s swindling caretaker gets 21 months in prison
 The 44-year-old Tamarac woman convicted of stealing $24,000 from her elderly South Palm Beach patient was sentenced to 21 months in prison. The sentence for Guerline Joseph comes more than two months after a jury convicted her of a second degree felony charge of exploitation of an elderly person. Police arrested Joseph in May 2016 after the...

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The 44-year-old Tamarac woman convicted of stealing $24,000 from her elderly South Palm Beach patient was sentenced to 21 months in prison. The sentence for Guerline Joseph comes more than two months after a jury convicted her of a second degree felony charge of exploitation of an elderly person. Police arrested Joseph in May 2016 after the...
‘Dr. Love’ sentenced to more than 3 years in prison
 The saga of the West Palm Beach teenager who made headlines after he was caught impersonating a doctor two years ago came to an abrupt end Thursday after he accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for the next three years. Malachi Love-Robinson, now 20, abruptly pleaded guilty to grand theft, practicing medicine without a license...

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The saga of the West Palm Beach teenager who made headlines after he was caught impersonating a doctor two years ago came to an abrupt end Thursday after he accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for the next three years. Malachi Love-Robinson, now 20, abruptly pleaded guilty to grand theft, practicing medicine without a license...
Palm Beacher sues Mar-a-Lago over leg injury at Komen charity ball
 An artist and Palm Beach resident with ties to the Getty family has sued the Mar-a-Lago Club and a Miami-based light and audio company after she says a metal rod from a light fixture cut her leg to the bone while she attended a ball at the club nearly four years ago. Donna Long, through her Palm Beach Gardens attorney Timothy Felice...

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An artist and Palm Beach resident with ties to the Getty family has sued the Mar-a-Lago Club and a Miami-based light and audio company after she says a metal rod from a light fixture cut her leg to the bone while she attended a ball at the club nearly four years ago. Donna Long, through her Palm Beach Gardens attorney Timothy Felice...
Boynton Beach man who ran over lover gets 5 years prison, probation
 The 39-year-old Boynton Beach man who knocked his girlfriend unconscious and ran her over with his car several times last year was officially transferred to prison earlier this month to begin serving a five-year prison sentence. Joseph Costa received the sentence, along with a 10-year probation sentence, from Circuit Judge Charles...

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The 39-year-old Boynton Beach man who knocked his girlfriend unconscious and ran her over with his car several times last year was officially transferred to prison earlier this month to begin serving a five-year prison sentence. Joseph Costa received the sentence, along with a 10-year probation sentence, from Circuit Judge Charles...
Judge bars death penalty in Boca Raton case that could test state law
 Setting up what could be the first-ever test of part of Florida’s new death penalty laws, a Palm Beach County judge on Friday barred prosecutors from seeking a death sentence in a Boca Raton murder case from May because they missed a crucial filing deadline. Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes’ potential landmark ruling Friday in the...

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Setting up what could be the first-ever test of part of Florida’s new death penalty laws, a Palm Beach County judge on Friday barred prosecutors from seeking a death sentence in a Boca Raton murder case from May because they missed a crucial filing deadline. Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes’ potential landmark ruling Friday in the...
Boynton Beach woman whose dog, cat starved to death gets jail
 A 26-year-old woman whose dog and cat were found starved to death in her Boynton Beach apartment in May will have to spend the next six months in jail, a judge has ruled. Ashley Alicia on Wednesday pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony cruelty to animals and unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal for the deaths of her brown Pomeranian-Chihuahua...

11:57 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

A 26-year-old woman whose dog and cat were found starved to death in her Boynton Beach apartment in May will have to spend the next six months in jail, a judge has ruled. Ashley Alicia on Wednesday pleaded guilty to two counts each of felony cruelty to animals and unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal for the deaths of her brown Pomeranian-Chihuahua...
FAU student murder defendant Rodrick Woods gets 19 years in prison
 Rodrick Woods was sentenced to 19 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the December 2015 shooting death of Florida Atlantic University student Nicholas Acosta in an off campus student apartment. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath pronounced the sentence for Woods at the end of a lengthy sentencing hearing that Acosta’s parents said...

11:18 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Rodrick Woods was sentenced to 19 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the December 2015 shooting death of Florida Atlantic University student Nicholas Acosta in an off campus student apartment. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath pronounced the sentence for Woods at the end of a lengthy sentencing hearing that Acosta’s parents said...
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