Ex-judge’s wife Betsy Savitt kicked off county’s guardianship registry

It’s on a loop that runs in James Vassallo’s mind. He repeats it every time he is asked about court-appointed professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt. When he confronted Savitt over her billing practices, over the care of his incapacitated father, over the depleting of his father’s estate as her cadre of lawyers fought him through litigation, the former tennis instructor told...


Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

John Bullock, the father of actress Sandra Bullock, died Tuesday, Us Magazine reported. He was 93. >> Read more trending news  John Bullock was preceded in death by his wife and Sandra Bullock’s mother, opera singer Helga Meyer, who died in 2000, the magazine reported. Sandra Bullock’s younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, confirmed her father’s death on Wednesday...

Boy dies a day after choking at Florida daycare

Officials say a toddler died a day after choking on a toy at a Florida daycare. The Florida Times-Union reports that the Florida Department of Children and Families says the 1-year-old boy died Friday. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the boy had been rushed to Wolfson Children's Hospital Thursday afternoon. Doctors told police he was in critical condition and suffering from major brain damage...
Opera ‘food truck’ and other arts events receive PNC Bank grants

Opera ‘food truck’ and other arts events receive PNC Bank grants

Imagine ordering a taste of opera just as you do a snack from a food truck. In the fall of 2019, Palm Beach Opera plans to unveil Opera a la Cart, pop-up opera shows performed in a truck doubling as a stage at festivals, parks and other venues. The plan calls for a menu of opera excerpts from which audience members can make selections. The truck also will transport performers and supplies to the opera&rsquo...
Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricanes can leave behind tons of damage, including flooding. But did you know that treading through the wrong kind of water can cause illnesses or even death? Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Here are six sicknesses you should beware of in the aftermath: Drinking or eating...
Hurricane Safety: What are hurricane categories and what do they mean?

Hurricane Safety: What are hurricane categories and what do they mean?

The East Coast is no stranger to hurricanes and the destruction that follows. The Saffir-Simpson scale was developed to help determine damage and flooding before it strikes.   What is a hurricane?  A hurricane is a rotating low-pressure weather system that converts the energy of warm air into winds and waves. Hurricanes have “warm core” centers, meaning the center of the...
Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida’s gubernatorial rivals campaigned in South Florida on Friday, with Republican Ron DeSantis touting his support for a voucher program at a Jewish school west of Boca Raton and Democrat Andrew Gillum appearing at a fundraiser with embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and picking up the endorsement of a gun-control group. DeSantis visited the Katz Hillel Day School, where about...
Registration rules put county tax collector, Airbnb at odds — again

Registration rules put county tax collector, Airbnb at odds — again

A simmering feud between a key county official  and the popular Airbnb online marketplace for travel has boiled over. The latest spark is a series of new rules the Palm Beach County Tax Collector is rolling out to regulate short-term property rentals. In response, an Airbnb policy director has called the tax collector “hostile” toward the industry. Tax Collector Anne...
VIDEO: Fire damages suburban Lake Worth home, kills family pet

VIDEO: Fire damages suburban Lake Worth home, kills family pet

A fire caused extensive damage and killed a family pet Friday morning in the Smith Farm neighborhood in suburban Lake Worth, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reported.  The fire started at about 11:30 a.m. in a home on Oak Grove Circle. The first crews arriving on scene reported a home with heavy flames and smoke visible from the front and a vehicle on fire in the driveway, said Capt. Albert...
NEW: Married Florida man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend

NEW: Married Florida man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend

A married 41-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested Friday after he allegedly killed his pregnant girlfriend in August and dumped her body into a ditch.  Jose Antonio Soto-Escalera faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Tania Wise and the couple’s unborn son, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. He was booked into the county jail Friday...
Hurricane season: Don’t relax yet because things are starting to brew

Hurricane season: Don’t relax yet because things are starting to brew

The tropical Atlantic is stirring once again with four areas being watched by the National Hurricane Center for potential cyclonic development. None of the knots of showers and thunderstorms are an imminent threat to the U.S. But forecasters said the next named storm, which would be Kirk, could form over the weekend when an area of low pressure in the central subtropical Atlantic finds its way into...
Florida high court rules in favor of widows, tells Geico to pay up

Florida high court rules in favor of widows, tells Geico to pay up

In a decision that brought relief to two widows, and could help others in disputes with their insurers, the Florida Supreme Court his week ordered Geico insurance to pay more than $8.5 million to a Loxahatchee woman who lost her 51-year-old husband in a 2006 crash on the Beeline Highway. “It’s a good day for Florida,” said attorney Sean Domnick, who represented Tracey Potts in the...
We make fun of Canadians, but we’re the ones who created Florida Man

We make fun of Canadians, but we’re the ones who created Florida Man

Florida ought to charge an entertainment fee to the rest of the world. Seriously. Forget oranges. Our biggest export is weirdly entertaining news stories. This week, our gift is the story about a lumpy guy in Stuart who insists on doing his yard work in the nude. Oh no, he’s out there with his weed whacker again! Get a photo. The neighbors have been documenting his landscaping chores, particularly...
New Jupiter campaign aims to reduce, eliminate use of plastic straws

New Jupiter campaign aims to reduce, eliminate use of plastic straws

Feeling sucky after Jupiter didn’t ban plastic straws? Don’t worry, the town’s new plastic education initiative might be the next best thing. On Friday, the town announced the PURE Campaign, which stands for “Plastic Use Reduction Encouragement.” It will officially kick off in early October, town spokeswoman Kate Moretto wrote in an email to The Palm Beach Post. Sign...
Woman jumps from moving Uber in Tallahassee to escape kidnapping

Woman jumps from moving Uber in Tallahassee to escape kidnapping

An Uber driver in Tallahassee was arrested Wednesday on charges of false imprisonment and kidnapping after a passenger in her car jumped out of a window, worried she wouldn’t be let out. “I’m so thankful that I got out okay but jumping out a moving car window and running for help has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever gone thru,” Adkins wrote in a tweet Wednesday, alongside...
Autumn’s here! We may cool down a bit, but our fall’s still a ways away

Autumn’s here! We may cool down a bit, but our fall’s still a ways away

Saturday’s sun will boil up due east and slip cool below the horizon due west as summer says goodbye and autumn dawns. The fall equinox, the astronomical end of the longest, hottest days of the year, happens when the Northern Hemisphere begins its lean away from the sun and the sun’s rays shine directly on the equator on the day side of the Earth. It is a promise of open windows instead...
Coming to Clematis Street: Batch New Southern Kitchen

Coming to Clematis Street: Batch New Southern Kitchen

Need to fix your craving for a unique Southern food and experience? A Miami-based restaurant and bar will take the place of the former Alchemist spot in downtown West Palm Beach. Batch New Southern Kitchen aims to fill the Alchemist void by mid-November, restaurant reps say. It will be the second Batch concept in Palm Beach County. The budding restaurant group, which gets its name from...
PHOTOS: Multiple reports of waterspout off Singer Island

PHOTOS: Multiple reports of waterspout off Singer Island

The National Weather Service has received multiple reports of a waterspout seen off Singer Island today around 2:30 p.m. Check out this water spout in Riviera Beach today. #Florida #weather #waterspout pic.twitter.com/2lMc3vyYgD — WPBF 25 News (@WPBF25News) September 21...
Florida Crystals unit buys 30 acres for housing west of Lake Worth

Florida Crystals unit buys 30 acres for housing west of Lake Worth

The housing arm of sugar stalwart Florida Crystals has purchased 30 acres of land near Lake Worth Road and Florida’s Turnpike for its latest project, company officials said. The plan: To build 370 proposed “high-end” apartments, including 70 “workforce housing” units and a pre-school, officials said. “We plan to build a luxury rental community similar to our Tuscany...
John I. Leonard’s first grad class in ‘68 to celebrate 50th reunion

John I. Leonard’s first grad class in ‘68 to celebrate 50th reunion

Years fly by but memories don’t always fade as fast. And that’s good for the John I. Leonard High School Class of 1968. That was the first graduating class at the Greenacres school, and they’ll be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The school on 10th Avenue North opened in 1965. Sharon Drake Rinehart, a 10th grade student at the time, remembered how everything was so new...
Vanilla Ice donation to Little Smiles cheers Palms West patients

Vanilla Ice donation to Little Smiles cheers Palms West patients

Patients in the Palms West Hospital pediatric unit and their families were treated to a special surprise Thursday when they received a visit from rapper Vanilla Ice. The pop culture icon — whose real name is Rob Van Winkle — went to the hospital with nonprofit Little Smiles, to which he recently donated his $25,000 winnings from a celebrity episode of the “Family Feud&rdquo...
Jupiter bans medical marijuana dispensaries

Jupiter bans medical marijuana dispensaries

Iraq War veteran Emilio Pages makes a one-hour round trip to either Lake Worth or Stuart in order to get medical marijuana. He will have to continue to drive out of town after Jupiter councilors Thursday night voted 3-2 to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within town limits, despite 69 percent of Jupiter voters supporting the medical marijuana constitutional amendment in 2016. “Medical marijuana...
They’re raising attack insects to destroy invading ferns in Everglades

They’re raising attack insects to destroy invading ferns in Everglades

An aggressive trespasser the color of antifreeze has threatened for decades to collapse vital Everglades tree islands under its weighty leaf canopy, easily repelling man’s siege of machetes, herbicides and fire. But researchers hope a handful of tiny winged bio weapons — a moth, a sawfly and a stem borer — will be more effective killers of the invasive plant lygodium, also...
DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions

DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions

Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump at a Tampa rally on July 31. (Zac Anderson/The Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Republican Ron DeSantis‘s campaign for Florida governor has condemned a campaign donor’s recent tweet that called former President Barack Obama the N-word and pledged not to accept any more contributions from the donor. But DeSantis is rejecting...
Unanimous: Our staff says Dolphins will be 3-0 after Raiders game

Unanimous: Our staff says Dolphins will be 3-0 after Raiders game

Miami has more talent than Oakland, and is favored for a reason. This is a pivotal game in the Dolphins’ season. Win and earn legitimate respect from the league for a 3-0 start. Lose, and well… same old. The Dolphins have been good at home offensively and Ryan Tannehill has never had a greater variety of weapons. Miami thinks their conditioning in the heat gives them an advantage with...
Changing CityPlace: A high-rise apartment complex may be coming

Changing CityPlace: A high-rise apartment complex may be coming

Downtown is about density, to lure companies with well-paid employees, and residents and tourists with money to spend in shops and restaurants — to bring it to life — but without overpopulating streets with cars or blocking sun and water views with walls of glass and concrete. And now in mid-sized but fast-growing West Palm Beach, a city with more than $2 billion in construction or planned...
Woodward book renews watchdogs’ fear about Trump Mar-a-Lago conflicts

Woodward book renews watchdogs’ fear about Trump Mar-a-Lago conflicts

President Donald Trump’s activities at Mar-a-Lago have been widely reported — golf, meetings with world leaders and tweeting — but the recently released bestseller by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bob Woodward offers a deeper look, with unprecedented and unflattering details, about how the president governs from his lavish home and private club in Palm Beach. Now, two government...
Gardens puts drinking water over money in picking buyer for land

Gardens puts drinking water over money in picking buyer for land

City officials selling six acres of surplus property picked the buyer who offered the least money but the firmest promise to protect the region’s current and future drinking water supply. RELATED: Seacoast Utility Authority drills new well in Palm Beach Gardens Seacoast Utility Authority’s offer of $865,000 for the land beat tennis pro Johan Kriek’s $1.65 million and a developer&rsquo...
Riviera city employees go temporarily unpaid in deposit glitch

Riviera city employees go temporarily unpaid in deposit glitch

More than 500 Riviera Beach employees didn’t get paid Friday morning, after deposits the city posted to their accounts failed to register with the city’s bank. TD Bank resolved the problem by afternoon but only after worried employees rushed to phone the city, the bank, union representatives and the media. According to Riviera Beach Finance Director Randy Sherman, all employees who get...
BREAKING: Medical issue leads to mistrial in case of former judge’s slaying

BREAKING: Medical issue leads to mistrial in case of former judge’s slaying

A mistrial was granted Friday morning in the first-degree murder trial of James Scandirito II after a medical emergency involving one of the attorneys. Thursday’s court session was postponed after Circuit Judge Laura Johnson was told Scandirito’s lead attorney, Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Ramsey, was hospitalized for unknown reasons. On Friday morning, Public Defender...
Hello epidemic: Robocalls in 561 area code blast to record levels

Hello epidemic: Robocalls in 561 area code blast to record levels

No, it’s not your imagination. An epidemic of robocalls — automated calls dominated by scams and spam — is blazing into record territory in the 561 area code. With more than a quarter of the year left, robocalls in Palm Beach County’s area code this year have already blown past totals for all of 2017, an analysis shows. That’s an estimated 185 million calls and counting...
JUST IN: Man accused of killing West Palm mom, 11-year-old will stand trial, judge rules

JUST IN: Man accused of killing West Palm mom, 11-year-old will stand trial, judge rules

The case against a man charged with killing a woman and her 11-year-old daughter in December is going to trial, Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ruled Friday. Her decision came after Marlin Larice Joseph, 27, refused to meet with a doctor who was asked by his defense attorney in August to evaluate whether Joseph was competent to stand trial. “I don’t see no reason why I should be I seeing...
Upcoming hot happenings at CityPlace in West Palm Beach

Upcoming hot happenings at CityPlace in West Palm Beach

CityPlace isn’t just for shopping and dining. The plaza, near downtown West Palm, is always keeping things interesting by hosting several big events throughout the year. From fitness classes to exciting art exhibits, there are plenty of events to enjoy. ��Food editor picks: Best restaurants at CityPlace African Diaspora Exhibition IV  is a 10-day event happening at CityPlace...
Palm Beach County jobless rate dips, job growth remains tepid

Palm Beach County jobless rate dips, job growth remains tepid

Palm Beach County’s jobless rate fell to 3.9 percent in August, but job growth continued to lag the rest of the state. Palm Beach County unemployment fell from 4 percent in July and 4.4 percent in August 2017, Florida’s labor department said Friday.  However, the falling unemployment rate was accompanied by a shrinking number of workers and official job seekers. The number of people...
How can West Palm GreenMarket go greener? (Hint: no plastic straws)

How can West Palm GreenMarket go greener? (Hint: no plastic straws)

The city’s GreenMarket season restarts Oct. 6, with a pledge by vendors to do without plastic straws, stirrers and Styrofoam cups and containers. Cities all over the country have gone anti-straw this year and West Palm Beach and its Office of Sustainability have adopted any number of eco-friendly strategies citywide, so this move fits with that, while raising awareness at the popular weekly...
LATEST: Family of couple killed in 2016 Delray crash settles suit against driver for $30,000

LATEST: Family of couple killed in 2016 Delray crash settles suit against driver for $30,000

The family of a couple killed in a car crash has settled with the other driver for $30,000, the limit of his insurance policy, according to court records and attorneys for the family. Relatives of Andre and Vivian Brito had filed suit in September 2017 against Raymond Joseph Kelly in the March 1, 2016, crash west of Delray Beach. Vivian Brito's sister, Patricia Leal da...
New arts center for Boca Raton? Here is the plan

New arts center for Boca Raton? Here is the plan

Art is a draw. Residents and businesses in West Palm Beach know this from the success of the Kravis Center and the $100 million expansion of the Norton Museum of Art. Both cultural venues are cited as factors for the city’s population growth and corporate expansion. RELATED: $200M Uptown Boca Raton to feature shopping, movie theater, apartments Now Boca Raton could join the arts spotlight as...
Tropical Atlantic lights up again, four areas being watched

Tropical Atlantic lights up again, four areas being watched

The National Hurricane Center’s map of potential tropical systems lit up again Thursday with four areas forecasters are watching for cyclonic development. The areas with the highest chances of development over five days at 70 percent is far off in the central subtropical Atlantic and no concern to the U.S. But it could become Kirk – the next named storm on the...
VIDEO: Fatal police shootout in Miami 'was like a war'

VIDEO: Fatal police shootout in Miami 'was like a war'

Police say a man wanted by the FBI for kidnapping was fatally shot by officers after he fired an assault rifle at them during a confrontation near Miami International Airport. The shooting happened Thursday night as police were assisting the FBI in the ongoing kidnapping case. FBI spokesman Brian Waterman told reporters early Friday that the suspect was involved in a hate crime investigation. No further...
Six-day streak of August-like days may end with afternoon thunderstorms

Six-day streak of August-like days may end with afternoon thunderstorms

Sunrise over the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach on Friday, Sept. 21 2018. South Florida has been on a six-day streak of 90-degree days or warmer with two days this week reaching a sizzling 93 degrees at Palm Beach International Airport. The normal daytime high for this time of year is 88 degrees, with overnight lows at 75. September 2018 temperatures at Palm Beach International Airport...
NEW: Man convicted in South Florida food-stamp fraud scheme 

NEW: Man convicted in South Florida food-stamp fraud scheme 

A suburban Lake Worth man was convicted this week for his role in a multicounty food-stamp fraud scheme.  A Palm Beach County Circuit Court jury on Monday convicted Michelson Janvier, 26, on two counts of public-assistance fraud and two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification. Janvier faces up to 85 years in prison.  Javier faces a minimum of 13 years and a maximum...
NEW: Security guard accused of stealing iPhones from Palm Beach County government center

NEW: Security guard accused of stealing iPhones from Palm Beach County government center

A Palm Beach County Govenment Center security guard was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing two cellphones and other items from a secured area of the building in June.  Alain Garcia, 41, of Port St. Lucie faces one count of grand theft. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday and released the same day on $4,500 bail. Garcia has been placed on administrative leave...
Survey: UF professors get state’s highest pay bumps

Survey: UF professors get state’s highest pay bumps

The University of Florida is ahead of the rest of the state when it comes to bumping up pay for its full and associate professors. Florida full professors received an average 8.8 percent salary increase in 2017-18, according to an American Association of University Professors faculty compensation survey. Associate professors received an 8.3 percent salary bump. Both figures were the highest increases...

Prison guard accused of trading drugs for sex with inmate

Authorities say a trainee guard at a Florida prison had sex with an inmate in exchange for drugs. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that 26-year-old Nicholas Seaborn Jefferson was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of sexual misconduct. An arrest report says Jefferson acknowledged having sex twice with the woman earlier this month at Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala. He said he never...
Two sentenced for sex trafficking of 14-year-old

Two sentenced for sex trafficking of 14-year-old

For plying a 14-year-old runaway with crack cocaine, having sex with her and turning her into a prostitute, two West Palm Beach men will spend roughly two decades in prison, a federal judge ordered on Thursday. Calling his conduct “reprehensible,” U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks sentenced 63-year-old Charles Edward Smith to 19 1/2 years in prison — a punishment his attorney...
Atlanta police sergeant awarded $100,000 after false DUI arrest in suburban county

Atlanta police sergeant awarded $100,000 after false DUI arrest in suburban county

An Atlanta police sergeant was awarded more than $100,000 of Forsyth County taxpayer money after a lawsuit was settled last week because he was erroneously arrested for a DUI, WSB-TV reported.  >> Read more trending news  In August 2017, Sgt. Paul Sparwath called 911 when he saw some teenagers acting suspiciously in his Forsyth County neighborhood and possibly breaking into cars, WSB...
NEW: Two killed in single-car crash in West Palm Beach

NEW: Two killed in single-car crash in West Palm Beach

Two people were killed in a traffic crash Thursday morning when their vehicle spun out of control and crashed into a wall along North Jog Road, West Palm Beach police said.  Police identified the crash victims as driver Oshane Edwards and passenger Kamron Greenidge, both 22.  According to police, the crash happened at about 1:30 a.m. along the 3600 block of North Jog Road, north of Okeechobee...
LATEST: Girl hurt when PBSO deputy allegedly ran stop sign now headed to rehab

LATEST: Girl hurt when PBSO deputy allegedly ran stop sign now headed to rehab

A college student is out of the hospital and on her way to rehab, 66 days after she was severely hurt in a crash after an off-duty Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy allegedly ran a stop sign. Farrah Fox’s family, meanwhile, has sued driver Michael D’Avanzo. The suit, filed Aug. 21 in Palm Beach County Circuit court, alleges D'Avanzo acted recklessly in the crash. Fox left...
Ex-board member of Palm Beach charity admits stealing $2M from pension

Ex-board member of Palm Beach charity admits stealing $2M from pension

A former board member of a revered Palm Beach charity admitted Thursday that he stole at least $2 million from its pension fund in a carefully orchestrated scheme that spanned 25 years. Sitting in a wheelchair before U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, 69-year-old William Minor pleaded guilty to a charge of mail fraud in connection with the massive theft that all but bankrupted the pension fund...
PBIA ranked below average in survey, behind an airport in Omaha? Huh?

PBIA ranked below average in survey, behind an airport in Omaha? Huh?

I have a bone to pick with a survey that found Palm Beach International Airport below average in the rankings of medium-sized airports. The J.D. Power 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Survey put PBIA 14th in its listing of 22 airports. How can Palm Beach International be below average in satisfaction? Every time I go there, I feel as if it’s my own personal airport. What’s more...
NEW: Authorities ID man shot, killed in Lake Worth

NEW: Authorities ID man shot, killed in Lake Worth

A 24-year-old man on Thursday was identified as the victim of a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon in a Lake Worth mobile-home park.  Willie Perez was killed on the 2600 block of Sixth Avenue South, west of Interstate 95, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office  Investigators have not disclosed a motive for the shooting, or released any information regarding a suspect. The...
LATEST: Excited delirium or mental breakdown? Trial starts in baby’s near-drowning

LATEST: Excited delirium or mental breakdown? Trial starts in baby’s near-drowning

In February 2015, police said, Bryan Patrice dragged his then-wife by her hair as she clutched her 2-month-old daughter in their West Palm Beach apartment, screamed “Jesus” and “Jehovah” several times and submerged the baby’s head under water. What a jury will now decide is whether Patrice acted under the influence of designer drugs or had a psychotic breakdown...
Boca Raton country music concert to benefit Parkland shooting survivors

Boca Raton country music concert to benefit Parkland shooting survivors

BOCA RATON — A night of country music, food trucks and mechanical bull rides in Boca Raton will benefit the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland. A concert, dubbed “#MSDCountryStrong,” is planned at Florida Atlantic University’s Barry Kaye Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. Singer Justin Moore — best known...
Tequesta transitioning to new emergency alert system

Tequesta transitioning to new emergency alert system

The village’s emergency alert system is getting an upgrade. Faced with a decline in customer service and effectiveness with Nixle, the system it has used since 2014, Tequesta has opted to switch to a system developed by an Ormond Beach-based software company. The CodeRED system, which is powered by OnSolve, will be used to send critical communications like evacuation and boil-water notices,...
Bahamas Paradise offering cruise-and-stay packages

Bahamas Paradise offering cruise-and-stay packages

Just in time for the fall and winter holidays, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is offering a vacation package that combines a cruise ship experience with a resort stay. The cruise line, which says it’s the first to offer a cruise-and-stay vacation package, will offer four- and six-night trip packages between the Port of Palm Beach and Grand Bahama Island. The trips include two- or four-night stays...
NEW: Despite ‘many’ tips, Gardens police still seek public’s help after fatal attack

NEW: Despite ‘many’ tips, Gardens police still seek public’s help after fatal attack

City police have fielded “many” tips about the fatal Sept. 11 attack in a Palm Beach Gardens parking lot, spokesman Major Paul Rogers said Thursday.  But they still need help in identifying the man seen in surveillance-camera footage from that day at the Shoppes of Oakbrook plaza. Police would not specify how many tips they’d received regarding the fatal attack...
Gardens college’s new high-ranking hire has taught in Africa and Qatar

Gardens college’s new high-ranking hire has taught in Africa and Qatar

A new associate dean at Palm Beach State College boasts a resume that’s taken her around the world and back — and prepared her to equip a diverse student body here. RELATED: What a Gardens professor is doing to save reefs — and why they matter Linda Lebile’s most recent stop was the Community College of Qatar in Doha, the capital of the small, wealthy Persian Gulf country....
Boynton’s first medical marijuana dispensary to be open 7 days a week

Boynton’s first medical marijuana dispensary to be open 7 days a week

Boynton Beach’s first medical marijuana dispensary, called Trulieve, will operate seven days a week and is expected to open early next month.  The store’s opening comes almost two years after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in 2016.  Trulieve signed a lease in September 2017 for the store’s location on the corner of Woolbright...
Florida Supreme Court says tobacco giant must pay $18.5M award

Florida Supreme Court says tobacco giant must pay $18.5M award

In a stinging rebuke of the notion that a financially independent adult child shouldn’t be entitled to millions in damages for the loss of a parent, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a cigarette-maker to pay a Delray Beach woman $18.5 million for the 1993 death of her mother from lung cancer. The decision brought squeals of joy from 67-year-old Gwen Odom, who in 2014 convinced a...
NEW: Martin authorities investigate death of South Fork High student

NEW: Martin authorities investigate death of South Fork High student

A 15-year-old South Fork High School student was found dead Thursday morning, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.  Detectives are investigating the circumstances of the teen’s death and are awaiting the results of an autopsy. The teen was found unresponsive by his mother in the family’s home in Stuart early Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.  The sheriff&rsquo...
Palm Beach County home prices pull back in August

Palm Beach County home prices pull back in August

Home buyers took a breather in August, a month when the typical price of a Palm Beach County house slipped to the lowest level since January. The median price of single-family homes sold by Realtors was $340,000 last month, the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale said Thursday. That was down from July’s median price of $350,000 and unchanged from the August 2017 level...
UPDATE: Water woes fixed at Forest Hill High, Palmetto Elementary 

UPDATE: Water woes fixed at Forest Hill High, Palmetto Elementary 

3 p.m. UPDATE: Water was quickly restored to the schools, district and city officials said.  The city ended up not issuing a boil water notice to residents in the area. ORIGINAL POST: A water main break Thursday morning on the south end of West Palm Beach has left Forest Hill High School and Palmetto Elementary School without water, according to Palm Beach County School District authorities...
Lantana family of 9 loses home in fire; youth football team gives $800

Lantana family of 9 loses home in fire; youth football team gives $800

Sept. 1 was a regular Saturday evening for Tara Payton as she heated up oil in a cast-iron pan to cook dinner for six children in her Lantana home. When she stepped away to ask her husband Ryan a quick question at the front door, Tara heard someone scream “fire!” and she immediately ran back inside to see the kitchen in flames. “It was only a minute that I was away from the...
POST ARCHIVE: Greenacres college student chosen for prestigious Washington internship

POST ARCHIVE: Greenacres college student chosen for prestigious Washington internship

- For a college student with a passion for government, Wendy Martinez landed a dream job this summer.  Martinez, 22, was one of only eight college students nationwide selected for an internship by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan group that focuses on issues affecting Americans of Hispanic or Portuguese heritage. She spent her six-week summer internship in Washington...
UPDATE: D.C. police ID man arrested in Greenacres woman’s fatal stabbing

UPDATE: D.C. police ID man arrested in Greenacres woman’s fatal stabbing

Washington, D.C., police early Thursday arrested a 23-year-old man in the stabbing death of a former Greenacres student and graduate of Lake Worth High School who gained nationwide recognition as a student at FAU. Wendy Martinez, 35, was stabbed Tuesday night as she jogged in the city’s Logan Circle neighborhood by Anthony Crawford, police said. Martinez stumbled into a Chinese restaurant...
TONIGHT: See Venus at its brightest

TONIGHT: See Venus at its brightest

Look southwest tonight and tomorrow in the early hours after sunset to see the brilliant planet Venus twinkling at its brightest. Venus is so alive this time of year some people may even report it as a UFO,  said Bruce McClure, an EarthSky columnist, “Greatest brilliancy for Venus is a delicate balance between how much we see of the planet’s day side, and the changing...
New DNA technology solves 1999 murder of Florida woman

New DNA technology solves 1999 murder of Florida woman

Sarasota County detectives built a DNA-based family tree with more than 800 branches from volunteer samples and a genealogical database that linked a former Sarasota man to the brutal murder of Deborah Dalzell — a Sarasota attorney and accountant who was strangled in her home in 1999. Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and Captain John Walsh announced at a press conference Wednesday that Luke...
LATEST: Dogs who attacked Riviera Beach city worker to be euthanized

LATEST: Dogs who attacked Riviera Beach city worker to be euthanized

Two dogs who attacked a Riviera Beach city worker in August will be euthanized, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control said Wednesday. Bernard Jones, who’s worked for four years as a “public-service ambassador’ for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, was picking up trash at Broadway and Blue Heron Boulevard on Aug. 28 when two 60-pound pit bulls escaped...
Are hurricane shutters canary in coal mine for aluminum tariffs?

Are hurricane shutters canary in coal mine for aluminum tariffs?

Raymundo Orozco, (L) and Enrique Rodriguez of Guardian Storm Protection work on hurricane shutter tracks in suburban West Palm Beach, Florida, September 19, 2018. The tariff’s on steel and aluminum are forcing delays and increases in the the costs for hurricane shutters in South Florida. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post) Halfway  through hurricane...
Who do voters blame for Florida’s algae problem? What an FAU poll says

Who do voters blame for Florida’s algae problem? What an FAU poll says

Algae in the Caloosahatchee River beside the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam in Alva, Florida, July 11, 2018. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post) Florida’s algae problem has emerged as a key issue in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, with each seeking to place blame on the other. Scott says the toxic blooms...
BREAKING: Pedestrian hit by car in Wellington

BREAKING: Pedestrian hit by car in Wellington

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle Thursday morning in Wellington, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said.  The crash caused delays shortly after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Big Blue Trace and Wellington Trace. Authorities did not comment on the extent of the pedestrian’s injuries.  In December, a 74-year-old man walking his dogs north of that intersection...
Niall Horan: Four things to know about his Coral Sky concert

Niall Horan: Four things to know about his Coral Sky concert

When you think of the solo careers that have spun off from boy band phenom One Direction, Harry Styles usually comes to mind first. But Niall Horan is charting a new direction for himself as well. Horan, who performs Sunday at Coral Sky Amphitheatre with indie-country star Maren Morris, has had solo hits with “This Town” and “Slow Hands.” And he’s getting critical...
Back to the drawing board: NPB seeks new restaurant for clubhouse

Back to the drawing board: NPB seeks new restaurant for clubhouse

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. “That’s what it feels like,” said Andrew Lukasik, the village of North Palm Beach’s manager, after two unsuccessful years of trying to find the right restaurant for a new country club under construction. MORE: Golf course, done. Clubhouse under way. What’s next at Banyan Cay? Lukasik confirmed that a deal to bring the operator of Jupiter&rsquo...
BREAKING: Publix in Delray sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

BREAKING: Publix in Delray sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A Publix Super Market in Delray Beach sold one of three winning Fantasy 5 tickets in Wednesday’s statewide drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket pays $64,273.23 and bears the numbers 5-17-18-23-25. The player bought it at the Publix at Federal Highway and Northeast Sixth Street. The other winning tickets were sold in Hollywood and Naples, the lottery said.
Trump’s tariffs impact hurricane shutters: prices up, availability down

Trump’s tariffs impact hurricane shutters: prices up, availability down

Halfway through hurricane season, a tony Frenchman’s Creek home in Palm Beach Gardens finally got its $40,000 in aluminum hurricane shutters Wednesday — a hard-fought-for prize in the new age of tariffs. Ordered in April, the nearly four-month wait is more than quadruple the norm as aluminum prices edge up and supply dwindles with more mills looking to avoid tariffs by buying American...

Florida man charged with setting woman on fire after dispute

Authorities say a Florida man set a woman on fire, leaving her in critical condition. A Fort Myers police news release says officers arrested 39-year-old Terry Palmer on Tuesday and charged him with arson in the first degree and arson causing great bodily harm. The victim's daughter told investigators Palmer and the woman had argued. Police say Palmer left and returned with flammable liquid to try...
To do in Gardens: Lifting with ‘the doc,’ bridal bash, hunger walk

To do in Gardens: Lifting with ‘the doc,’ bridal bash, hunger walk

LIFTING WITH THE DOC Hard Exercise Works, 10190 Riverside Drive, No. 101, will host a free “Lifting with the Doc” seminar 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. After the workout of the day, Matthew DiLallo, a chiropractic physician from Performance and Wellness Chiropractic, will lead a small group through stretches and give tips to help with lifts and overall fitness. READ: From near-death to CrossFit...
Suspect arraigned on first-degree murder in death of Iowa State golf star

Suspect arraigned on first-degree murder in death of Iowa State golf star

Update 10:30 p.m. EDT Sept 19: The suspect in the murder of Iowa State golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena is jailed on a $5 million bond, according to the Des Moines Register. Collin Daniel Richards, who is charged with first-degree murder in Arozamena’s death, made a first court appearance Tuesday morning at the Story County Courthouse in Nevada, Iowa, the Register reported. He’s...
2,000-year-old Sphinx discovered in ancient Egyptian temple

2,000-year-old Sphinx discovered in ancient Egyptian temple

A sandstone statue of a sphinx was discovered in an ancient temple in Aswan, Egypt, as workers were trying to lower the groundwater level, and experts believe it’s more than 2,000 years old. A sphinx is a mythical creature created by the Egyptians with the head of a human man, the body of a lion and sometimes wings. In Greek mythology, a sphinx had the head of a woman. The statue likely dates...
GOP sets Friday deadline in standoff over Kavanaugh accuser

GOP sets Friday deadline in standoff over Kavanaugh accuser

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday publicly pressed a California woman to agree to testify about her allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Democrats and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford insisted instead on an FBI investigation of her claims, arguing a hearing set for Monday was not a satisfactory review. “The rush to a hearing...
TE Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer joins Miami Dolphins

TE Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer joins Miami Dolphins

Tight end Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens is joining the Miami Dolphins practice squad, according to a league source. O’Leary, who is the grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and was a standout at Florida State, last played for the Buffalo Bills. O’Leary was a sixth-round draft choice of Buffalo in 2015. O’Leary played 35 games over...
Brett Kavanaugh hearing to go on as planned Monday, Sen. Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley orders

Brett Kavanaugh hearing to go on as planned Monday, Sen. Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley orders

UPDATE: The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, said the committee will hold a hearing Monday as planned on allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, unless a last-ditch effort to negotiate with Christine Blasey Ford and her lawyers to obtain her testimony is reached by 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  The deadline has been extended...
UPDATE: Burt Reynolds’ funeral held in West Palm Beach

UPDATE: Burt Reynolds’ funeral held in West Palm Beach

A private funeral service marked by scripture, music and celebrities took place Wednesday for Burt Reynolds, Palm Beach County’s home-grown movie star.  Reynolds, who came to the county as a youth and kept a connection to it throughout his career as an actor and director in Hollywood, died Sept. 6 at age 82.  Wednesday’s service — “A Celebration of the Life of Burt...
Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety from April through June...
South Florida airports all rank below average in J.D. Power grades

South Florida airports all rank below average in J.D. Power grades

In Lake Woebegon, all the children are above average. In South Florida, alas, all the airports are below average, according to J.D. Power’s 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. The survey of more than 40,000 passengers ranks dozens of airports on such factors as check-in, food options and baggage claim.  Palm Beach International ranks 13th among 21 “medium&rdquo...
Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear

Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath. "She has put herself out there," Bredesen said of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting...

Judge sets Dec. 18 sentencing for Michael Flynn

After months of delay, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now has a sentencing date. A federal judge on Wednesday set Flynn's sentencing for Dec. 18, more than a year after the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition. The move comes just days after prosecutors working for special counsel Robert...
Police kill gunman who shot 4 in Pennsylvania court lobby

Police kill gunman who shot 4 in Pennsylvania court lobby

A gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday afternoon, shooting at police and others before an officer fired multiple shots at him, killing him. Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said Wednesday evening that a German Township police officer shot and killed the gunman after he entered the lobby in Masontown with a handgun drawn and opened fire injuring four people...
Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

Donald Trump Jr.'s attack tweet this week showing CNN's Anderson Cooper waist-deep in flood waters has driven home the point that politics — not just weather — was an important subtext of the media's coverage of Hurricane Florence. "Stop lying to make @realDonaldTrump look bad," the president's son admonished Cooper, triggering a harsh response from the CNN journalist, who was...
Police: Baby punched during brawl at Mexican restaurant in Texas

Police: Baby punched during brawl at Mexican restaurant in Texas

An argument over a plate led to a physical altercation between customers and a server, which resulted in a baby being punched in the head, police said. >> Read more trending news  The incident took place Tuesday at the El Matador restaurant in Denton, KDFW reported. Two women sharing a table asked for an extra plate and became upset at how long their request was taking, witnesses told...
WATCH: 'Raccoon Spider-Man' scales 9 stories of apartment building, makes dramatic leap

WATCH: 'Raccoon Spider-Man' scales 9 stories of apartment building, makes dramatic leap

Tourists taking a stroll along a New Jersey boardwalk Friday were treated to a free wildlife show. The performer did not disappoint. >> Read more trending news   South Carolina visitor Micha Rea caught the dramatic scene on video, WTXF reported. In the video, a crowd can be seen watching a raccoon climb approximately nine stories up an apartment building before the animal appears...
Alaska man gets a 'pass' after pleading guilty to assaulting woman

Alaska man gets a 'pass' after pleading guilty to assaulting woman

An Alaska man escaped jail time Wednesday after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman who said he sexually assaulted and strangled her until she lost consciousness, KTVA reported. >> Read more trending news  Justin Schneider, 34, of Anchorage, was convicted on four felony charges -- including kidnapping and assault -- and a misdemeanor charge for the August 2017 incident. But after...
3D-printed gun creator wanted on child sex charge arrested at Taiwan hotel

3D-printed gun creator wanted on child sex charge arrested at Taiwan hotel

The creator of the 3D-printed gun was arrested Friday in Taiwan after being accused of sexual assault in Texas, CNN reported Saturday. >> Read more trending news  A warrant to arrest Cody Wilson, 30, was issued earlier this week after allegations that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl he met on an adult dating site, according to police. Austin Police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wilson...
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