Sandra Nortunen

Sandra Nortunen is a graduate of the University of Florida. Born in Miami, she began her career as a reporter for The Baker County Standard in Macclenny, Fla. She also worked at The Charlotte Sun-Herald and The Gainesville Sun before arriving at The Palm Beach Post in 2005 as an assistant bureau chief. She is now a digital content specialist. 

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Higher chance for showers today, strong rip currents into the weekend
 If you’re heading to the beach, be warned that storms in the Atlantic continue to churn up the ocean, leading to rip currents. Today and through early next week, there is a higher risk of rip currents along the South Florida shores. Check for storms with our live radar Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting a 60...

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If you’re heading to the beach, be warned that storms in the Atlantic continue to churn up the ocean, leading to rip currents. Today and through early next week, there is a higher risk of rip currents along the South Florida shores. Check for storms with our live radar Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting a 60...
NEW: Florida daycare workers wanted for taunting, abusing autistic boy
 Law enforcement officials are looking for two Florida daycare workers who they say berated, taunted and threw a backpack at an 8-year-old autistic boy. Winter Haven police, in Central Florida, retrieved a Snapchat video of the alleged abuse at Our Children’s Academy in Winter Haven. The three-minute video, investigators say, shows ...

Posted: 2 days ago

Law enforcement officials are looking for two Florida daycare workers who they say berated, taunted and threw a backpack at an 8-year-old autistic boy. Winter Haven police, in Central Florida, retrieved a Snapchat video of the alleged abuse at Our Children’s Academy in Winter Haven. The three-minute video, investigators say, shows ...
VIDEO: Cattle drowning at Florida farm flooded after Hurricane Irma
 Cattle are drowning at a flooded Central Florida farm where a dike broke near their pasture after Hurricane Irma.  It’s unclear how many cattle have died, but our news partners Channel 5 WPTV reported that many of them, including calves, are surviving on mere strips of dry ground. “If the cattle stay where they are,...

Posted: 2 days ago

Cattle are drowning at a flooded Central Florida farm where a dike broke near their pasture after Hurricane Irma.  It’s unclear how many cattle have died, but our news partners Channel 5 WPTV reported that many of them, including calves, are surviving on mere strips of dry ground. “If the cattle stay where they are,...
UPDATE: 24-pound cat finds new home, help to slim down after Irma 
 The voluptuous, sweet — and very large — feline has found herself a new home.  Fabulous, fatty Faye was dropped off at the Jacksonville Humane Society in North Florida this week in dire need of a diet after making it through Hurricane Irma.  She was put up for adoption Wednesday and by Thursday morning, people were lined...

Posted: 2 days ago

The voluptuous, sweet — and very large — feline has found herself a new home.  Fabulous, fatty Faye was dropped off at the Jacksonville Humane Society in North Florida this week in dire need of a diet after making it through Hurricane Irma.  She was put up for adoption Wednesday and by Thursday morning, people were lined...
NEW: Store lifts ban on ‘pillow fort’ boy, 12 
 After being caught on camera in a store playing in the pillows, one 12-year-old boy was handed a stiff sentence.  Kyan Hatcher was given a trespassing notice  banning him for two years and saying he could face three months in jail time if he returned early, NZ Herald reported.   It was early September when Kyan and his friend...

Posted: 3 days ago

After being caught on camera in a store playing in the pillows, one 12-year-old boy was handed a stiff sentence.  Kyan Hatcher was given a trespassing notice banning him for two years and saying he could face three months in jail time if he returned early, NZ Herald reported.   It was early September when Kyan and his friend...
Abandoned meth lab discovered in Miami after Hurricane Irma
 Add a meth lab to the list of property abandoned because of Hurricane Irma.  Miami Fire Rescue’s Hazmat team discovered the potentially dangerous lab on Monday just east of Miami’s popular Wynwood art district.  Crews set up a decontamination tent and evacuated a three-block area, CBS 4 Miami reported.  The...

Posted: 3 days ago

Add a meth lab to the list of property abandoned because of Hurricane Irma.  Miami Fire Rescue’s Hazmat team discovered the potentially dangerous lab on Monday just east of Miami’s popular Wynwood art district.  Crews set up a decontamination tent and evacuated a three-block area, CBS 4 Miami reported.  The...
NEW: Almost 30 animals removed from Florida home covered in feces, urine
 Almost 30 animals had to be removed from a Florida home that authorities say was covered in feces and urine.  The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office was called Tuesday by the Department of Children and Families to check on the home in Spring Hill, just north of Tampa.  When they got there, Jennie L. Card, 44, greeted deputies...

Posted: 3 days ago

Almost 30 animals had to be removed from a Florida home that authorities say was covered in feces and urine.  The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office was called Tuesday by the Department of Children and Families to check on the home in Spring Hill, just north of Tampa.  When they got there, Jennie L. Card, 44, greeted deputies...
NEW: Top UF official accused of stealing over $180K from university 
 A top University of Florida housing official was arrested for using his work credit card to buy more than $180,000 worth of furniture, lunches, electronics and more. Azfar Mian, 41, senior director of UF’s housing and education, was booked into the Alachua County Jail on Monday and charged with  grand larceny of $100,000 or more, according...

Posted: 4 days ago

A top University of Florida housing official was arrested for using his work credit card to buy more than $180,000 worth of furniture, lunches, electronics and more. Azfar Mian, 41, senior director of UF’s housing and education, was booked into the Alachua County Jail on Monday and charged with grand larceny of $100,000 or more, according...
Florida woman, 66, in critical condition after punch; man sought 
 Law enforcement officials are looking for a man who punched a 66-year-old woman in the face leaving her in critical condition. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says that on Sept. 11, the man got into a fight with the woman outside a Texaco gas station and then hit her in the face.  She fell to the ground and sustained a serious head...

Posted: 4 days ago

Law enforcement officials are looking for a man who punched a 66-year-old woman in the face leaving her in critical condition. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says that on Sept. 11, the man got into a fight with the woman outside a Texaco gas station and then hit her in the face.  She fell to the ground and sustained a serious head...
NEW: Freshman accused of threatening to blow up Florida college campus
 A Florida college student was arrested after police said he threatened to bomb or gas a Stetson University campus, news reports stated. Griffin Powell, 18, who allegedly made the threats on Snapchat, was arrested Sunday night, but has since been released from jail, according to NBC6. A university spokesman told NBC6 that Powell is...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Florida college student was arrested after police said he threatened to bomb or gas a Stetson University campus, news reports stated. Griffin Powell, 18, who allegedly made the threats on Snapchat, was arrested Sunday night, but has since been released from jail, according to NBC6. A university spokesman told NBC6 that Powell is...
NEW: Florida duo accused of stealing $5K in power lines after Irma
 A Florida couple were arrested after deputies said they found at least $5,000 in stolen power lines, downed from Hurricane Irma, stashed inside their truck. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office began its investigation after a resident on Saturday reported seeing two people on private property without permission, according to a ...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Florida couple were arrested after deputies said they found at least $5,000 in stolen power lines, downed from Hurricane Irma, stashed inside their truck. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office began its investigation after a resident on Saturday reported seeing two people on private property without permission, according to a ...