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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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Mostly clear day in place for Leonids meteor shower
 Today is forecast to be a bright, clear fall day as the National Weather Service is calling for mostly sunny skies and no chance of rain. If you’re up before dawn, look up as you head outside and you might see part of the Leonids meteor shower. The Leonids should be most plentiful in the dark hours before dawn today and Saturday...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Today is forecast to be a bright, clear fall day as the National Weather Service is calling for mostly sunny skies and no chance of rain. If you’re up before dawn, look up as you head outside and you might see part of the Leonids meteor shower. The Leonids should be most plentiful in the dark hours before dawn today and Saturday...
Port St. Lucie mom accused of leaving daughter alone in car to go drinking 
 A Port St. Lucie woman was arrested after police said she left her daughter alone outside of a bar while she was drinking and then later got into a car crash. A bartender from Mumbles Pub called Port St. Lucie police shortly after midnight Wednesday to tell them that they noticed Amber Ellen Burford’s 6-year-old daughter alone...

Posted: a day ago

A Port St. Lucie woman was arrested after police said she left her daughter alone outside of a bar while she was drinking and then later got into a car crash. A bartender from Mumbles Pub called Port St. Lucie police shortly after midnight Wednesday to tell them that they noticed Amber Ellen Burford’s 6-year-old daughter alone...
Florida man high on meth climbs onto stranger’s roof to howl, police say
 A family woke up earlier than planned on Veterans Day to find a man high on methamphetamine on its rooftop, news reports state.  The Vero Beach father called Indian River sheriff’s deputies about 6 a.m. to report that he and his sons heard someone stomping on their roof, yelling and howling, according to WPTV. When deputies...

Posted: 3 days ago

A family woke up earlier than planned on Veterans Day to find a man high on methamphetamine on its rooftop, news reports state.  The Vero Beach father called Indian River sheriff’s deputies about 6 a.m. to report that he and his sons heard someone stomping on their roof, yelling and howling, according to WPTV. When deputies...
Florida man high on meth climbs onto stranger’s roof to howl, police say
 A family woke up earlier than planned on Veterans Day to find a man high on meth on their rooftop, news reports state.  The Vero Beach father called Indian River Sheriff’s deputies to report that at around 6 a.m. he and his sons heard someone stomping on their roof, yelling and howling, according to Channel 5 WPTV. When deputies...

Posted: 3 days ago

A family woke up earlier than planned on Veterans Day to find a man high on meth on their rooftop, news reports state.  The Vero Beach father called Indian River Sheriff’s deputies to report that at around 6 a.m. he and his sons heard someone stomping on their roof, yelling and howling, according to Channel 5 WPTV. When deputies...
Florida man accused of beating up friend after he eats his pizza
 A Florida man attacked his friend with a knife and golf club after the two smoked pot together and then his buddy helped himself to some pizza, according to police.  Melbourne Police said that Drew Cywinski, 25, and a friend had smoked K2 together on Monday and then later that same day they hung out at Cywinski’s home, according...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Florida man attacked his friend with a knife and golf club after the two smoked pot together and then his buddy helped himself to some pizza, according to police.  Melbourne Police said that Drew Cywinski, 25, and a friend had smoked K2 together on Monday and then later that same day they hung out at Cywinski’s home, according...
UPDATE: Student fatally shoots self in school bus loop near Orlando
 A high school student in Central Florida who fatally shot himself Tuesday morning near the bus loop has been identified.  Lake County Sheriff’s officials said the student who killed himself during a fire drill is 17-year-old student Seth Sutherland, according to the Daily Commercial. Sheriff Lt. John Herrell told the...

Posted: 3 days ago

A high school student in Central Florida who fatally shot himself Tuesday morning near the bus loop has been identified.  Lake County Sheriff’s officials said the student who killed himself during a fire drill is 17-year-old student Seth Sutherland, according to the Daily Commercial. Sheriff Lt. John Herrell told the...
JUST IN: Florida principal, wife arrested on child abuse charges 
 A Florida middle school principal and his wife were arrested Monday on child abuse charges.  Michael Lynn Hoskinson, 53, and Kimberly Hoskinson, 49, were both booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.  Tampa Bay Police told The Tampa Bay Times that the abuse involved domestic violence against a relative.  Michael Hoskinson...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Florida middle school principal and his wife were arrested Monday on child abuse charges.  Michael Lynn Hoskinson, 53, and Kimberly Hoskinson, 49, were both booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.  Tampa Bay Police told The Tampa Bay Times that the abuse involved domestic violence against a relative.  Michael Hoskinson...
Mostly cloudy with chance of showers expected today
 Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of showers, according to the National Weather Service. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus app Expect highs in the low 80s and northeast winds around 10-15 mph. WeatherPlus: Updates from Post weather reporter Kim Miller Tonight is forecast to be mostly cloudy with...

Posted: 4 days ago

Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of showers, according to the National Weather Service. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus app Expect highs in the low 80s and northeast winds around 10-15 mph. WeatherPlus: Updates from Post weather reporter Kim Miller Tonight is forecast to be mostly cloudy with...
Florida woman accused of sexual battery on boy, 14, then has his baby
 A woman, who deputies say, had sexually assaulted a boy after a Halloween party in 2016 and later had his child was arrested on Thursday.  Tracie Casler, who was 29 at the time of the alleged assault, was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious battery.  Sheriff’s deputies told the ...

Posted: 4 days ago

A woman, who deputies say, had sexually assaulted a boy after a Halloween party in 2016 and later had his child was arrested on Thursday.  Tracie Casler, who was 29 at the time of the alleged assault, was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious battery.  Sheriff’s deputies told the ...
Florida woman accused of sexually battering boy, 14; Has his baby 
 A woman who deputies say had sexually assaulted a boy after a Halloween party in 2016 and later had his child was arrested on Thursday.   Tracie Casler, who was 29 at the time of the alleged incident, was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious battery.   Sheriff’s deputies told the ...

Posted: 4 days ago

A woman who deputies say had sexually assaulted a boy after a Halloween party in 2016 and later had his child was arrested on Thursday.   Tracie Casler, who was 29 at the time of the alleged incident, was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious battery.   Sheriff’s deputies told the ...
VIDEO: School employee accused of hitting child on bus
 A Florida school bus attendant with over 30 years experience was arrested Thursday when a video surfaced of her allegedly abusing a special needs student. Brenda S. Nelson, 65, was charged with child abuse and booked into the Polk County Jail.  The video shows Nelson, of Polk City, helping one student inside the bus when, deputies say...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Florida school bus attendant with over 30 years experience was arrested Thursday when a video surfaced of her allegedly abusing a special needs student. Brenda S. Nelson, 65, was charged with child abuse and booked into the Polk County Jail.  The video shows Nelson, of Polk City, helping one student inside the bus when, deputies say...