Olivia Hitchcock

Olivia Hitchcock covers breaking news for The Palm Beach Post. She has spent most of her life bouncing between Central Ohio and suburban Boston, but prefers the Florida sun. She started at The Post as an intern in 2015 but had to finish her undergraduate degree in journalism from Ohio University before she could begin full-time (which she did in June 2016). 

Latest from Olivia Hitchcock

NEW: Confessions show how MS-13 gang members killed two in Lake Worth
 A decade or so before he killed two men, a quiet boy sat in a South Grade Elementary School art classroom learning what he could before ties to the international gang MS-13 would dictate his future. That boy, now a man, is one of six Lake Worth-area MS-13 associates arrested this past month in a string of violent crimes south of downtown...

Posted: 3 days ago

A decade or so before he killed two men, a quiet boy sat in a South Grade Elementary School art classroom learning what he could before ties to the international gang MS-13 would dictate his future. That boy, now a man, is one of six Lake Worth-area MS-13 associates arrested this past month in a string of violent crimes south of downtown...
NEW: Fight before Riviera drowning stemmed from dispute involving tot
 As she ran from what she called an outnumbered fight one Friday night, Antisha Brown figured her wife-to-be fled, too, and would be waiting for her at their Riviera Beach home. Liane Gibson, 21, was supposed to go head-to-head with a woman who Brown said was posting inappropriate comments and pictures about her 2-year-old son on social media...

Posted: 4 days ago

As she ran from what she called an outnumbered fight one Friday night, Antisha Brown figured her wife-to-be fled, too, and would be waiting for her at their Riviera Beach home. Liane Gibson, 21, was supposed to go head-to-head with a woman who Brown said was posting inappropriate comments and pictures about her 2-year-old son on social media...
NEW: 88-year-old man killed in West Palm-area wreck
 An 88-year-old man is dead after a three-car crash last month just outside the West Palm Beach city limits, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s authorities said. A 2017 Chevrolet Camaro slammed into the driver’s side of Yefim Bogomolsky’s 2004 Suzuki Aerio the afternoon of Nov. 19 on Okeechobee Boulevard near the intersection of...

Posted: 7 days ago

An 88-year-old man is dead after a three-car crash last month just outside the West Palm Beach city limits, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s authorities said. A 2017 Chevrolet Camaro slammed into the driver’s side of Yefim Bogomolsky’s 2004 Suzuki Aerio the afternoon of Nov. 19 on Okeechobee Boulevard near the intersection of...
NEW: Man who fired fatal shot in West Palm said he thought gun was toy
 A West Palm Beach man is dead after being shot in the head Sunday evening by what the gunman thought was a toy, West Palm Beach police said. Nicolas Sanchez, 38, was talking to Junior Geovanni Lopez-Rivera, 22, about Lopez-Rivera’s vehicle shortly after 5:30 p.m. on the 600 block of 34th Street, by its intersection with Broadway. Tracking...

Posted: 7 days ago

A West Palm Beach man is dead after being shot in the head Sunday evening by what the gunman thought was a toy, West Palm Beach police said. Nicolas Sanchez, 38, was talking to Junior Geovanni Lopez-Rivera, 22, about Lopez-Rivera’s vehicle shortly after 5:30 p.m. on the 600 block of 34th Street, by its intersection with Broadway. Tracking...
BREAKING: 4-year-old’s body found in Port St. Lucie retention pond
 A 4-year-old girl’s body was found in a retention pond early Monday about one-half mile from where her family said she’d walked away more than 24 hours earlier, Port St. Lucie police said. Chelsea Noel’s family told police that shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday the girl walked out of a home in the 4600 block of Southwest Keats...

Posted: 7 days ago

A 4-year-old girl’s body was found in a retention pond early Monday about one-half mile from where her family said she’d walked away more than 24 hours earlier, Port St. Lucie police said. Chelsea Noel’s family told police that shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday the girl walked out of a home in the 4600 block of Southwest Keats...
NEW: Human-trafficking suspect beat women to instill fear, PBSO says
 A 41-year-old Greenacres-area man used shackles, batons, baseball bats and a Taser to instill fear in women under his control, authorities said Thursday. Alston Williams threatened to kill at least one woman and her family if she either ever called law enforcement or stopped working for him as a prostitute, the Palm Beach County Sheriff&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

A 41-year-old Greenacres-area man used shackles, batons, baseball bats and a Taser to instill fear in women under his control, authorities said Thursday. Alston Williams threatened to kill at least one woman and her family if she either ever called law enforcement or stopped working for him as a prostitute, the Palm Beach County Sheriff&rsquo...
NEW: Man who fatally shot twin of brother’s accused killer denied bond
 Three months after his older brother was shot dead outside a Boynton Beach convenience store, Samuel Barber III turned a gun on the twin of his sibling’s accused killer Wednesday. Barber, 33, told Boynton Beach police the point-blank range shooting that evening outside of his mother’s home was in self-defense. Records indicate...

Posted: 11 days ago

Three months after his older brother was shot dead outside a Boynton Beach convenience store, Samuel Barber III turned a gun on the twin of his sibling’s accused killer Wednesday. Barber, 33, told Boynton Beach police the point-blank range shooting that evening outside of his mother’s home was in self-defense. Records indicate...
NEW: No bond for second man arrested in Jupiter triple murder
 The second — and apparently final — man arrested in the Super Bowl Sunday triple homicides won’t be leaving the Palm Beach County Jail any time soon, Judge Ted Booras ruled Wednesday. Marcus Steward, 25, faces three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and a car theft charge in the Feb. 5 Mohawk Street...

Posted: 12 days ago

The second — and apparently final — man arrested in the Super Bowl Sunday triple homicides won’t be leaving the Palm Beach County Jail any time soon, Judge Ted Booras ruled Wednesday. Marcus Steward, 25, faces three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and a car theft charge in the Feb. 5 Mohawk Street...
LATEST: 2nd man arrested in Jupiter triple murder; police close case
 A second man will face first-degree murder charges in the Super Bowl Sunday triple homicides, town police announced Tuesday afternoon. Marcus Steward, 25, was arrested at 12:15 p.m. in Riviera Beach by the United States Marshals Service. In addition to the three counts of first-degree murder, the West Palm Beach-area man also faces one...

Posted: 12 days ago

A second man will face first-degree murder charges in the Super Bowl Sunday triple homicides, town police announced Tuesday afternoon. Marcus Steward, 25, was arrested at 12:15 p.m. in Riviera Beach by the United States Marshals Service. In addition to the three counts of first-degree murder, the West Palm Beach-area man also faces one...
UPDATE: Juno Beach Pier reopens after military flare washes ashore
 A smoking military flare that washed ashore on Juno Beach closed the pier and surrounding area for about an hour Tuesday, authorities said. The approximately 3-foot-long cylinder rolled in on the water’s choppy 3-to-5 foot waves at about 11:30 a.m. south of the Juno Beach Pier, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. The flare...

Posted: 12 days ago

A smoking military flare that washed ashore on Juno Beach closed the pier and surrounding area for about an hour Tuesday, authorities said. The approximately 3-foot-long cylinder rolled in on the water’s choppy 3-to-5 foot waves at about 11:30 a.m. south of the Juno Beach Pier, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. The flare...
NEW: Mom attacked, sexually harassed in bathroom at Royal Palm park
 A mother was attacked Sunday afternoon in a women’s bathroom at Royal Palm Beach’s Commons Park after refusing a man’s offer to pay her for sex, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state. Carlos Andresil, 20, admitted to hiding in a bathroom stall and waiting for the woman, who told authorities she was at the...

Posted: 13 days ago

A mother was attacked Sunday afternoon in a women’s bathroom at Royal Palm Beach’s Commons Park after refusing a man’s offer to pay her for sex, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state. Carlos Andresil, 20, admitted to hiding in a bathroom stall and waiting for the woman, who told authorities she was at the...