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Pat Beall

An award-winning investigative reporter, Pat Beall reports on a number of issues, ranging from mortgage fraud to government waste.

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Boynton, Gardens, Jupiter voters head to polls in city council runoffs
 Light turnout at Independence Middle School in Abacoa for the Jupiter Town Council runoff election is reported, and there were no lines to vote at St. Peter’s Church on Central Blvd. this afternoon. But Some Jupiter precincts are reporting voter turnout in today’s contest between Ben Klug and Ron Delaney as high — or higher...

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Light turnout at Independence Middle School in Abacoa for the Jupiter Town Council runoff election is reported, and there were no lines to vote at St. Peter’s Church on Central Blvd. this afternoon. But Some Jupiter precincts are reporting voter turnout in today’s contest between Ben Klug and Ron Delaney as high — or higher...
Renewed push to declare heroin a crisis: Governor hears from Democrats
 Citing out-of-control heroin-related hospital costs first detailed by The Palm Beach Post, Florida Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus are urging Gov. Rick Scott to declare the heroin crisis a public health emergency. Heroin and fentanyl, wrote Braynon, are “wreaking widespread...

10:46 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Citing out-of-control heroin-related hospital costs first detailed by The Palm Beach Post, Florida Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus are urging Gov. Rick Scott to declare the heroin crisis a public health emergency. Heroin and fentanyl, wrote Braynon, are “wreaking widespread...
Heroin epidemic: Governor urged to declare public-heath crisis
 Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has asked Governor Rick Scott to follow the lead of other governors in the United States and declare a public health emergency in Florida to help local communities deal with the opioid epidemic. “Although day after day we are battling this crisis as hard as we can with our limited...

9:54 PM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has asked Governor Rick Scott to follow the lead of other governors in the United States and declare a public health emergency in Florida to help local communities deal with the opioid epidemic. “Although day after day we are battling this crisis as hard as we can with our limited...
BREAKING: Gathering makes case for more police body cameras
 A small group of protesters gathered Sunday afternoon in front of a Palm Beach County subdivision where former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja remains on house arrest. Standing at a podium and using a bullhorn, march organizer Michael Marsh made the case for body cameras which could capture incidents involving police &mdash...

11:05 PM Sunday, Feb. 05, 2017

A small group of protesters gathered Sunday afternoon in front of a Palm Beach County subdivision where former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja remains on house arrest. Standing at a podium and using a bullhorn, march organizer Michael Marsh made the case for body cameras which could capture incidents involving police &mdash...
Despite pill mill arrest, doctor free to get into drug rehab business
 When investigators with the Florida Department of Health and Broward County Sheriff’s Office descended on a Pompano Beach pain clinic in 2012 to search for evidence of crime, Dr. Donald Willems was ready to talk. The osteopathic physician admitted to signing blank prescriptions for powerful painkillers such as oxycodone. He admitted...

10:13 PM Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

When investigators with the Florida Department of Health and Broward County Sheriff’s Office descended on a Pompano Beach pain clinic in 2012 to search for evidence of crime, Dr. Donald Willems was ready to talk. The osteopathic physician admitted to signing blank prescriptions for powerful painkillers such as oxycodone. He admitted...
Sexually abused as a child: A Post reporter's journey to finding hope
 I almost drowned early in life: a gift. Death doesn’t seem very big when you go there young, and that particular fear got crossed off my list before we were properly introduced. At four, every day is a bright present in ribbons to be unwrapped, and it is hard to tell one gift from another this day: a picnic with giggling cousins, the...

3:51 PM Thursday, Jan. 05, 2017

I almost drowned early in life: a gift. Death doesn’t seem very big when you go there young, and that particular fear got crossed off my list before we were properly introduced. At four, every day is a bright present in ribbons to be unwrapped, and it is hard to tell one gift from another this day: a picnic with giggling cousins, the...
Patient-brokering charges against treatment center CEO ramped up to 95
 Already arrested on a handful of patient brokering charges in October, addiction treatment center executive James Kigar is now facing a total of 95 separate criminal counts linked to cashing in on recovering addicts. The spate of extra patient-brokering allegations were filed Dec. 20, according to court records, less than a week after...

11:21 PM Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

Already arrested on a handful of patient brokering charges in October, addiction treatment center executive James Kigar is now facing a total of 95 separate criminal counts linked to cashing in on recovering addicts. The spate of extra patient-brokering allegations were filed Dec. 20, according to court records, less than a week after...
Weather service warns of rip currents today
 UPDATE, 9:45 a.m.: There’s only a hint of rain in today’s forecast, but plenty of wind, a problem for beachgoers and boaters alike. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook, given sustained winds of 17-20 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 20. It’s not enough to blow roof shingles off, but it is...

1:26 PM Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m.: There’s only a hint of rain in today’s forecast, but plenty of wind, a problem for beachgoers and boaters alike. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook, given sustained winds of 17-20 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 20. It’s not enough to blow roof shingles off, but it is...
Cost of heroin epidemic tops $1 billion a year in Florida
 There is a hard-dollar cost attached to the heroin epidemic now burning through Florida: more than $1.1 billion a year in hospital charges as of October 2015, $4.1 million a day — and rising. No west coast beach side community is too upscale, no Florida Panhandle town too small for a nearby hospital to be free from the financial fallout...

5:05 PM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

There is a hard-dollar cost attached to the heroin epidemic now burning through Florida: more than $1.1 billion a year in hospital charges as of October 2015, $4.1 million a day — and rising. No west coast beach side community is too upscale, no Florida Panhandle town too small for a nearby hospital to be free from the financial fallout...
Chief judge shakes up guardianship system after Post series

12:08 AM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Palm Beach County Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath announced Tuesday sweeping changes for guardianship of incapacitated seniors. The actions come amid revelations by The Palm Beach Post that the savings of these elderly wards flow into the household of Circuit Judge Martin Colin via his wife’s work as a professional guardian in his division...
Heroin epidemic, hidden in shame, draws little help from officials
 Gregory Gartside was first to fall. The year wasn’t an hour old in 2015 when the Florida Atlantic University student’s parents returned from a New Year’s Eve party to find their son had overdosed on heroin. Roughly once every other day last year, a heroin-related or fentanyl overdose claimed the life of a man, woman or teenager...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

Gregory Gartside was first to fall. The year wasn’t an hour old in 2015 when the Florida Atlantic University student’s parents returned from a New Year’s Eve party to find their son had overdosed on heroin. Roughly once every other day last year, a heroin-related or fentanyl overdose claimed the life of a man, woman or teenager...