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POST TIME: Iconic Barefoot Mailman route ended 125 years ago this week
 Readers: In January 1893, federal postal officials opted not to renew their 8-year old contract for Star Route #6451. Thus came to an end, 125 years ago this week, the venture of one of the most colorful characters in South Florida’s pioneer history: the Barefoot Mailman. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County places the official...

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Readers: In January 1893, federal postal officials opted not to renew their 8-year old contract for Star Route #6451. Thus came to an end, 125 years ago this week, the venture of one of the most colorful characters in South Florida’s pioneer history: the Barefoot Mailman. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County places the official...
Authorities: Fighter jets intercepted three aviators during Trump stay
 The military scrambled fighter jets three times this past holiday weekend to intercept small private planes that had violated air space near Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump was there and who didn’t respond to radio calls, authorities confirmed Tuesday. The three were among eight pilots who entered the no-fly rings during the...

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The military scrambled fighter jets three times this past holiday weekend to intercept small private planes that had violated air space near Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump was there and who didn’t respond to radio calls, authorities confirmed Tuesday. The three were among eight pilots who entered the no-fly rings during the...
Crash that killed girl, 13, capped clandestine first date with boy, 17
 Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and...

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Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and...
Crash that killed girl, 13, capped clandestine first date with boy, 17
 Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and propping...

Posted: 4 days ago

Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and propping...
Crash that killed girl, 13, capped clandestine first date with boy, 17
 Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and...

Posted: 4 days ago

Karenine Saint Louis could have died last summer crossing the street, or on a ride to the mall with her mother. What makes the story of her death tragic is the sum of its parts. Arranging a clandestine rendezvous with a boy she’d just met and who didn’t even know her last name. Sneaking out of bed in the dead of night and...
Body of missing fisherman found in Lake Okeechobee
 Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament...

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Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament...
LATEST: Burned Fort Pierce-area girl fighting infections, family says
 Even as well-wishers continued to raise money for her family, 14-year-old Layne Chesney fought infections this week as she recovered from burns suffered in a bonfire flare-up on New Year’s Eve. Layne was at the home of a friend southwest of Fort Pierce when she picked up a can of gasoline to refresh the fire. The can exploded in her...

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Even as well-wishers continued to raise money for her family, 14-year-old Layne Chesney fought infections this week as she recovered from burns suffered in a bonfire flare-up on New Year’s Eve. Layne was at the home of a friend southwest of Fort Pierce when she picked up a can of gasoline to refresh the fire. The can exploded in her...
BREAKING: Body of missing fisherman found in Lake Okeechobee
 Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament....

Posted: 6 days ago

Just before noon Wednesday, the relatives and friends of Nik Kayler spoke quietly among themselves and shared hugs. Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament....
“POST TIME:” South Florida Fair moved to current locale 60 years ago
 For Palm Beach County residents, and especially youngsters, the new year also means the South Florida Fair. It hasn’t always been at its eponymous current location, west of Florida’s Turnpike on Southern Boulevard. It moved there 60 years ago, on Jan. 27, 1958. The “Palm Beach County Fair” started in March...

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For Palm Beach County residents, and especially youngsters, the new year also means the South Florida Fair. It hasn’t always been at its eponymous current location, west of Florida’s Turnpike on Southern Boulevard. It moved there 60 years ago, on Jan. 27, 1958. The “Palm Beach County Fair” started in March...
NEW: Missing fisherman’s family posts $10,000 reward for his recovery
 As the search for missing fisherman Nik Kayler entered its fifth day Tuesday, his family offered a $10,000 reward for his recovery. Authorities have said the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, was flung overboard Thursday into Lake Okeechobee as he and another angler participated in the first day of the Fishing League Worldwide&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

As the search for missing fisherman Nik Kayler entered its fifth day Tuesday, his family offered a $10,000 reward for his recovery. Authorities have said the 38-year-old Army veteran, husband and father, was flung overboard Thursday into Lake Okeechobee as he and another angler participated in the first day of the Fishing League Worldwide&rsquo...
County marks anniversary of 1924 deputy’s slaying
 The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the Jan. 9, 1924 death of deputy Frederick A. Baker, one of the county’s first deputies slain in the line of duty. The agency made a posting on its Facebook page, as it does for all such anniversaries, and also noted that Tuesday was Law Enforcement Appreciation...

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the Jan. 9, 1924 death of deputy Frederick A. Baker, one of the county’s first deputies slain in the line of duty. The agency made a posting on its Facebook page, as it does for all such anniversaries, and also noted that Tuesday was Law Enforcement Appreciation...
UPDATE: Brother ‘can’t rule out’ fisherman missing on Lake O still alive
 The brother of the fisherman missing in Lake Okeechobee said his decade of service in the U.S. Marines included time as an instructor in water survival. “I know what a human is capable of,” Anthony Llanos said Monday evening. That’s why he believes Nik Kayler still could be alive, five days after being thrown into the lake&rsquo...

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The brother of the fisherman missing in Lake Okeechobee said his decade of service in the U.S. Marines included time as an instructor in water survival. “I know what a human is capable of,” Anthony Llanos said Monday evening. That’s why he believes Nik Kayler still could be alive, five days after being thrown into the lake&rsquo...
NEW: ‘All we can do is pray’ for missing Lake Okeechobee fisherman


A three-day fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee ended Thursday after just a day. No one felt like fishing, anyway. They were too busy looking for a brother.
Rescuers spent Thursday night and all day Friday in the bitter cold and unforgiving waters of the big lake, searching for champion angler and military veteran Nik Kayler, who fell...

Posted: 11 days ago

A three-day fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee ended Thursday after just a day. No one felt like fishing, anyway. They were too busy looking for a brother. Rescuers spent Thursday night and all day Friday in the bitter cold and unforgiving waters of the big lake, searching for champion angler and military veteran Nik Kayler, who fell...
Judge throws out charges against Lyft, driver in girl’s death
 The fact that a girl died in a crash more than four hours after a Lyft driver dropped her off “superseded any liability that may even remotely be attributable” either to the ride-hailing company or the driver, a Palm Beach County judge has ruled. Circuit Judge Judge Donald W. Hafele this week threw out the lawsuit by the...

Posted: 12 days ago

The fact that a girl died in a crash more than four hours after a Lyft driver dropped her off “superseded any liability that may even remotely be attributable” either to the ride-hailing company or the driver, a Palm Beach County judge has ruled. Circuit Judge Judge Donald W. Hafele this week threw out the lawsuit by the...
Former manager accused of stealing from Wellington saddle retailer
 Pierre Jolicoeur sells saddles to Wellington’s equestrian trade. They go for several thousand dollars each. But it was about $60,000 worth of small items that he says broke his heart. His former officer manager, Kristin Cook, is charged with selling horseback-riding accessories for him online but pocketing much of the money. She...

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Pierre Jolicoeur sells saddles to Wellington’s equestrian trade. They go for several thousand dollars each. But it was about $60,000 worth of small items that he says broke his heart. His former officer manager, Kristin Cook, is charged with selling horseback-riding accessories for him online but pocketing much of the money. She...
NEW: Autopsy finds PBSO deputy was on Xanax at time of murder-suicide
 Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Michael DeMarco was driven to attempted murder, and to suicide, despite being on an anti-anxiety drug, an autopsy shows. On Oct. 12
            , DeMarco gravely wounded his former girlfriend, Yuly Solano, then fatally shot himself, at the condominium complex they lived in along Federal Highway. His...

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Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Michael DeMarco was driven to attempted murder, and to suicide, despite being on an anti-anxiety drug, an autopsy shows. On Oct. 12 , DeMarco gravely wounded his former girlfriend, Yuly Solano, then fatally shot himself, at the condominium complex they lived in along Federal Highway. His...
UPDATE: Girl, 14, burned by bonfire called ‘the bright spot on the day’
 A promising St. Lucie County high school softball player was in critical condition — and in a medically induced coma — at a suburban Miami hospital Wednesday after an accident at a New Year’s Eve bonfire burned 95 percent of her body, according to authorities and friends. Layne Chesney, 14, was hurt in a friend’s backyard...

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A promising St. Lucie County high school softball player was in critical condition — and in a medically induced coma — at a suburban Miami hospital Wednesday after an accident at a New Year’s Eve bonfire burned 95 percent of her body, according to authorities and friends. Layne Chesney, 14, was hurt in a friend’s backyard...
“POST TIME” Legendary developer John D. MacArthur died in 1978
 Readers: Only a man like John Donald MacArthur, who essentially built northern Palm Beach County, could cast such a giant shadow 40 years after his death on Jan. 5, 1978, at age 80. Here’s more from colleague Joel Engelhardt’s profile in The Palm Beach Post’s 1999 Our Century special section, as well as from”Post Time&rdquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Readers: Only a man like John Donald MacArthur, who essentially built northern Palm Beach County, could cast such a giant shadow 40 years after his death on Jan. 5, 1978, at age 80. Here’s more from colleague Joel Engelhardt’s profile in The Palm Beach Post’s 1999 Our Century special section, as well as from”Post Time&rdquo...
Suspect in mother-daughter murders in custody, Marshals say
 The man West Palm Beach police suspect killed a mother and daughter last week is in custody after spending more than four days on the run, the U.S. Marshals Service and West Palm Beach police confirmed at midday. Marshals arrested Marlin Larice Joseph at about 11:15 a.m. in an apartment complex near Federal Highway and Hypoluxo Road, spokesman...

Posted: 14 days ago

The man West Palm Beach police suspect killed a mother and daughter last week is in custody after spending more than four days on the run, the U.S. Marshals Service and West Palm Beach police confirmed at midday. Marshals arrested Marlin Larice Joseph at about 11:15 a.m. in an apartment complex near Federal Highway and Hypoluxo Road, spokesman...
LATEST: FAA says 11 violated flight zones during Trump Palm Beach stay
 After enjoying clear skies earlier last month, authorities had to deal with 11 violations of restricted air space during President Donald Trump’s recent 11-day holiday stay at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach “Winter White House,” the Federal Aviation Authority confirmed Tuesday. The agency didn’t break down the violations...

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After enjoying clear skies earlier last month, authorities had to deal with 11 violations of restricted air space during President Donald Trump’s recent 11-day holiday stay at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach “Winter White House,” the Federal Aviation Authority confirmed Tuesday. The agency didn’t break down the violations...
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