Lawrence Mower

Lawrence Mower is a reporter with the investigative team, and came to the Palm Beach Post in 2013 after working for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. While in Las Vegas, Lawrence led a multi-part series on police shootings in that city. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Latest from Lawrence Mower

Story labeling PBSO chief deputy as racist is fake news
 For the past three weeks, one of PBSO’s top cops has been one of the most hated people on Facebook. “He is the seed of his father, the devil,” a man from Jacksonville wrote. “I’m literally sick to my stomach,” one woman posted. “Take to his neighborhood,” said a man from New Jersey. “Embarrassing...

Posted: 10 hours ago

For the past three weeks, one of PBSO’s top cops has been one of the most hated people on Facebook. “He is the seed of his father, the devil,” a man from Jacksonville wrote. “I’m literally sick to my stomach,” one woman posted. “Take to his neighborhood,” said a man from New Jersey. “Embarrassing...
Doctor in Kenny Chatman case gets 4-year prison sentence
 The last holdout in the notorious Kenny Chatman drug-treatment fraud case was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison, short of the time prosecutors sought. Dr. Joaquin Mendez was the medical director for Chatman’s Reflections Treatment Center in Margate between September 2014 and September 2015, responsible for seeing...

Posted: 11 days ago

The last holdout in the notorious Kenny Chatman drug-treatment fraud case was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison, short of the time prosecutors sought. Dr. Joaquin Mendez was the medical director for Chatman’s Reflections Treatment Center in Margate between September 2014 and September 2015, responsible for seeing...
Judge wonders why husband anxious to declare wife missing at sea dead
 A judge on Friday again refused to declare dead Isabella Hellmann, who went missing at sea nearly six months ago, expressing alarm at how quickly the woman’s husband wants to obtain her death certificate. “People generally hope the other person is alive, and they wait as long as possible,” Palm Beach County Circuit...

Posted: 15 days ago

A judge on Friday again refused to declare dead Isabella Hellmann, who went missing at sea nearly six months ago, expressing alarm at how quickly the woman’s husband wants to obtain her death certificate. “People generally hope the other person is alive, and they wait as long as possible,” Palm Beach County Circuit...
Chatman drops appeal in sex trafficking, drug treatment fraud case
 Kenny Chatman, who trafficked women through his chain of corrupt sober homes and drug treatment centers, is no longer fighting his 27-year federal prison sentence. In court documents filed this month, his lawyer dropped his appeal, meaning Chatman likely will serve out the entirety of his sentence. He’ll be 74 when he’s released...

Posted: 24 days ago

Kenny Chatman, who trafficked women through his chain of corrupt sober homes and drug treatment centers, is no longer fighting his 27-year federal prison sentence. In court documents filed this month, his lawyer dropped his appeal, meaning Chatman likely will serve out the entirety of his sentence. He’ll be 74 when he’s released...
Las Vegas shooting: Police wonder how it could have been stopped
 Las Vegas police had trained to stop shooters in casinos and hotel rooftops. They’d trained to look for foreign and domestic terrorists and “lone wolves.” But a 64-year-old local man with no criminal record spraying gunfire into a crowd of people from a hotel room on the Strip was a new scenario that has former police puzzled...

1:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Las Vegas police had trained to stop shooters in casinos and hotel rooftops. They’d trained to look for foreign and domestic terrorists and “lone wolves.” But a 64-year-old local man with no criminal record spraying gunfire into a crowd of people from a hotel room on the Strip was a new scenario that has former police puzzled...
Las Vegas shooting: Ex-sheriff blasts feds over anti-terrorism money
 The former head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department blasted federal officials on Thursday, saying the continual lack of anti-terrorism money has hurt the city and might have cost lives during Sunday’s attack. “I said, ‘Someday you’re going to regret this,’” Bill Young, who was Clark County sheriff...

11:28 PM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

The former head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department blasted federal officials on Thursday, saying the continual lack of anti-terrorism money has hurt the city and might have cost lives during Sunday’s attack. “I said, ‘Someday you’re going to regret this,’” Bill Young, who was Clark County sheriff...
Wellington sisters in Vegas have chance to thank Marine who saved them
 The man who saved two Wellington sisters from the Las Vegas shooter Sunday night is a soft-spoken Marine veteran who has become a hero to millions overnight. Taylor Winston, a 29-year-old Iraq War veteran from San Diego, commandeered a pickup truck and ferried wounded concertgoers to a hospital moments after the shooting started. He...

11:17 AM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

The man who saved two Wellington sisters from the Las Vegas shooter Sunday night is a soft-spoken Marine veteran who has become a hero to millions overnight. Taylor Winston, a 29-year-old Iraq War veteran from San Diego, commandeered a pickup truck and ferried wounded concertgoers to a hospital moments after the shooting started. He...
Sober home trafficker Kenny Chatman ordered to pay millions in restitution
 Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman has agreed to pay back more than $16 million for his fraudulent chain of treatment centers and sober homes, according to an agreement entered in federal court this month. The money will go to 32 insurance companies, with by far the largest amount — nearly $8 million — going to Blue Cross Blue...

12:15 AM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman has agreed to pay back more than $16 million for his fraudulent chain of treatment centers and sober homes, according to an agreement entered in federal court this month. The money will go to 32 insurance companies, with by far the largest amount — nearly $8 million — going to Blue Cross Blue...
Guardianship reform advocates look to police for help
 After nearly three hours of grievance and outrage over Florida’s guardianship system Tuesday night, the group of activists and victims had seemingly gotten nowhere. “It seems to me that we have a problem and no method to reach a solution,” said Dr. Sam Sugar, co-founder of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship,...

8:03 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

After nearly three hours of grievance and outrage over Florida’s guardianship system Tuesday night, the group of activists and victims had seemingly gotten nowhere. “It seems to me that we have a problem and no method to reach a solution,” said Dr. Sam Sugar, co-founder of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship,...
Scott to ask lawmakers for 3-day cap on opioid prescriptions
 Gov. Rick Scott will ask lawmakers to impose a three-day limit on opioid prescriptions as part of his initiative to combat the opioid crisis during the upcoming legislative session. Scott’s initiatives — announced at two press conferences on Tuesday — also include requiring all health-care professionals who prescribe controlled...

1:54 PM Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott will ask lawmakers to impose a three-day limit on opioid prescriptions as part of his initiative to combat the opioid crisis during the upcoming legislative session. Scott’s initiatives — announced at two press conferences on Tuesday — also include requiring all health-care professionals who prescribe controlled...
Shark bites surfer at Florida beach
 A surfer was hospitalized Sunday afternoon after being bitten by a shark at Lake Worth Beach. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the attack happened about 1:50 p.m. When paramedics arrived, the man was already on the beach being tended to by lifeguards. He was bitten in an “upper extremity,” according to the fire department. According...

2:41 AM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

A surfer was hospitalized Sunday afternoon after being bitten by a shark at Lake Worth Beach. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the attack happened about 1:50 p.m. When paramedics arrived, the man was already on the beach being tended to by lifeguards. He was bitten in an “upper extremity,” according to the fire department. According...