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. 

Latest from Sandra Nortunen

JUST IN: Boy, 3, dies after drowning in Florida Keys canal
 A 3-year-old boy vacationing with his family in the Florida Keys died after he wandered off and ended up in a canal, according to news reports.  The Georgia family had arrived at Key Colony Beach near Marathon on Saturday evening, the Miami Herald reported. While they were unpacking, Andrew Williams got out of the home they were...

Posted: 10 hours ago

A 3-year-old boy vacationing with his family in the Florida Keys died after he wandered off and ended up in a canal, according to news reports.  The Georgia family had arrived at Key Colony Beach near Marathon on Saturday evening, the Miami Herald reported. While they were unpacking, Andrew Williams got out of the home they were...
NEW: Ticketmaster may owe you free tickets. Here’s how to get them
 Ticketmaster has released a list of free concerts for anyone who bought tickets on their website from Oct. 21, 1999 through Feb. 27, 2013.  As part of the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action settlement, Ticketmaster is giving away a ton of tickets to “class members.”  To see if you’re eligible, log onto their...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Ticketmaster has released a list of free concerts for anyone who bought tickets on their website from Oct. 21, 1999 through Feb. 27, 2013.  As part of the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action settlement, Ticketmaster is giving away a ton of tickets to “class members.”  To see if you’re eligible, log onto their...
NEW: Florida inmate dies during altercation in prison 
 A Florida prison inmate, who was about to turn 31 on Thursday, died this week during a confrontation with another inmate, news reports state.  Omar R. Billups died around 7 a.m. Monday at Marion Correctional Institution, north of Ocala, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has not released...

Posted: 15 hours ago

A Florida prison inmate, who was about to turn 31 on Thursday, died this week during a confrontation with another inmate, news reports state.  Omar R. Billups died around 7 a.m. Monday at Marion Correctional Institution, north of Ocala, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has not released...
VIDEO: Man builds 300,000-gallon pool in his backyard 
 In the bigger is better category, a Canadian family is at the top of the list in the pool department.  Jerry and Marina Leussink built a 317,000-gallon pool in their Alberta backyard that has solar lighting, a dance floor and turns into an ice skating rink in the winter, according to the Prairie Farm Report.  The Leussinks...

Posted: 18 hours ago

In the bigger is better category, a Canadian family is at the top of the list in the pool department.  Jerry and Marina Leussink built a 317,000-gallon pool in their Alberta backyard that has solar lighting, a dance floor and turns into an ice skating rink in the winter, according to the Prairie Farm Report.  The Leussinks...
UPDATE: Alert for missing Florida teens canceled
 UPDATE: The missing child alert for two Port Orange teens has been canceled.  The Florida Department of Missing Children canceled the alert around 11:30 a.m.  Wednesday. No further information on their conditions has been released.  ORIGINAL STORY: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two missing 15-year-old...

Posted: 18 hours ago

UPDATE: The missing child alert for two Port Orange teens has been canceled.  The Florida Department of Missing Children canceled the alert around 11:30 a.m.  Wednesday. No further information on their conditions has been released.  ORIGINAL STORY: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two missing 15-year-old...
VIDEO: Large gator stops traffic as it darts across Florida road
 This Florida road is called Sleepy Hill, but it was anything but this week when a large alligator with a beat-up tail strutted across it.  The Lakeland Police department posted a video on its Facebook page late Tuesday night, and it already has been viewed over 100,000 times by Wednesday morning.  The woman who shot the video, Sherese...

Posted: a day ago

This Florida road is called Sleepy Hill, but it was anything but this week when a large alligator with a beat-up tail strutted across it.  The Lakeland Police department posted a video on its Facebook page late Tuesday night, and it already has been viewed over 100,000 times by Wednesday morning.  The woman who shot the video, Sherese...
NEW: 7 malnourished horses found at Florida ‘rescue’ farm 
 A woman has been arrested after seven horses were found starving at Central Florida “horse rescue” farm. Angel King, 46, who runs Kings Cove Horse Rescue in Eustis, was put under investigation after an anonymous tipster called the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on July 12, according to a news release.  A visit by animal...

Posted: a day ago

A woman has been arrested after seven horses were found starving at Central Florida “horse rescue” farm. Angel King, 46, who runs Kings Cove Horse Rescue in Eustis, was put under investigation after an anonymous tipster called the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on July 12, according to a news release.  A visit by animal...
JUST IN: Family searching for soldier’s lost dog 
 A South Florida family is asking for the public’s help in finding a soldier’s lost dog. Jager, an European shepherd, was last seen at Robert King High Park in Miami the day before the Fourth of July. Family members said he was spooked by fireworks and escaped out of their backyard. His owner, 21-year-old Jose Hernandez, is in...

Posted: a day ago

A South Florida family is asking for the public’s help in finding a soldier’s lost dog. Jager, an European shepherd, was last seen at Robert King High Park in Miami the day before the Fourth of July. Family members said he was spooked by fireworks and escaped out of their backyard. His owner, 21-year-old Jose Hernandez, is in...
NEW: Alligator attacks man wading in Florida river with his daughters
 A Florida man screamed “like a banshee” when he was bitten in the left foot by an alligator in the Peace River this weekend, according to a news report.  Justin Cassell told NBC-2 that he watched as Russell Mendelsohn, 34, waded in the Southwest Florida river with his two daughters Sunday afternoon just before he...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Florida man screamed “like a banshee” when he was bitten in the left foot by an alligator in the Peace River this weekend, according to a news report.  Justin Cassell told NBC-2 that he watched as Russell Mendelsohn, 34, waded in the Southwest Florida river with his two daughters Sunday afternoon just before he...
NEW: Doctors remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye 
 A routine cataract surgery was abruptly halted when doctors found 17 contact lenses in the woman’s eye, according to news reports.  The 67-year-old woman from the United Kingdom had not complained of any irritation, just the normal discomfort of dry eye she thought was from old age, 
Optometry Today reported. After finding...

Posted: 2 days ago

A routine cataract surgery was abruptly halted when doctors found 17 contact lenses in the woman’s eye, according to news reports.  The 67-year-old woman from the United Kingdom had not complained of any irritation, just the normal discomfort of dry eye she thought was from old age,  Optometry Today reported. After finding...
Boca woman injured, another dead after wrong-way crash on I-95
 UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Jennifer Otto, 21, of Pompano Beach, died when a truck heading the wrong way on Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach crashed into the car she was a passenger in, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Otto and driver Maria Stengel, 29, of Boca Raton, were both wearing their seat belts in a 2013 Toyota Prius at the time of the...

Posted: 3 days ago

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Jennifer Otto, 21, of Pompano Beach, died when a truck heading the wrong way on Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach crashed into the car she was a passenger in, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Otto and driver Maria Stengel, 29, of Boca Raton, were both wearing their seat belts in a 2013 Toyota Prius at the time of the...