NEW: Man who lost family in Delray crash brought them in spirit to World Cup

Gilberto Martinez traveled to Russia to watch Argentina and Mexico, two nations to which he has ties, play in the World Cup.  His wife and young children were supposed to be with him. But he lost them in April when a pickup slammed into their minivan in Delray Beach. He went to Russia anyway. And, at least symbolically, he brought his family with him. The April 28 wreck, on Federal Highway...


Jupiter woman moves back home to start ‘second life’

Jupiter woman moves back home to start ‘second life’

Jupiter High School graduate Ami Muncy left home 22 years ago for the University of Florida to study communication disorders, then she went on to the University of Texas at Dallas for her doctorate in audiology. In October, she returned home to start her “second life.” Muncy gave up a successful career in audiology with no regrets after 15 years because the stress was becoming too much...
Roofer faces $150,000 fine for alleged violations in Jupiter community

Roofer faces $150,000 fine for alleged violations in Jupiter community

A roofing company faces nearly $150,000 in fines after failing to protect workers from falling, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday. Crown Roofing of Sarasota was cited after OSHA inspectors in January visited a construction site on Blanca Isles Lane at DiVosta’s Sonoma Isles project in Jupiter. OSHA said Crown Roofing neglected to use a guardrail, safety net...
Tequesta coffee company serving up A Cup of Kindness

Tequesta coffee company serving up A Cup of Kindness

In an effort to raise money for local charities, Oceana Coffee , the specialty roaster, wholesaler and retailer, has launched a program called A Cup of Kindness. As part of the program, whose slogan is “Our Beans are Big-Hearted,” customers have the opportunity to select one of three charities to receive a $500 donation. RELATED: Els for Autism: Helping those...
Lake Worth’s Blue Front closing July 4 and will reopen with new venture

Lake Worth’s Blue Front closing July 4 and will reopen with new venture

After nearly five years in business, Blue Front BBQ Bar and Grille , the Art Deco barbecue restaurant on N. Dixie Highway, will close on July 4, but will reopen the next day as a catering business. “The restaurant just wasn’t going the way I wanted it to,” said John Paladino, the site’s 28-year-old owner who...
Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Likely Florida voters favor Gov. Rick Scott over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by a 46-to-41 percent margin in their nationally watched U.S. Senate contest, according to a new online poll for CBS by YouGov. The poll also finds 53 percent of likely...
BREAKING: Boynton-area bank robbed; PBSO seeks suspect

BREAKING: Boynton-area bank robbed; PBSO seeks suspect

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information on a man it says robbed a suburban Boynton Beach bank branch Monday morning. According to a sheriff’s office statement, a white man entered the Wells Fargo branch at the corner of South Military Trail and West Boynton Beach Boulevard at about 9 a.m. and approached the teller with a note implying he had...
JUST IN: Husband of corrections deputy pleads guilty to drug charges 

JUST IN: Husband of corrections deputy pleads guilty to drug charges 

The husband of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy pleaded guilty to drug charges Friday, while his wife’s case remains open, according to court records.  Palm Beach County Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo sentenced 31-year-old Bobby Perez to 364 days at the Palm Beach County Jail. Perez pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and unlawful...
Lytal, other Palm Beach County lawyers take lead at state legal group

Lytal, other Palm Beach County lawyers take lead at state legal group

Lake H. “Trey” Lytal III and other Palm Beach County attorneys have taken leadership roles in a state legal association that has lobbied the legislature heavily on issues including proposed repeal of Florida’s no-fault car insurance system. Lytal, 47, was sworn in as president of the Florida Justice Association in its annual meeting last week in Palm Beach. He serves as managing...
Florida lightning death occurs 10 years to day after similar strike on same island

Florida lightning death occurs 10 years to day after similar strike on same island

Lightning strikes south of Belvedere Road near I-95 in West Palm Beach on July 9, 2009. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) A lightning strike that is believed to have killed a man on Siesta Key on Sunday occurred 10 years to the day after a similar strike on the barrier island took down a fisherman, who ultimately survived his injury. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said this...
NEW: Air search helped lead to man’s arrest on burglary charges, Delray police say

NEW: Air search helped lead to man’s arrest on burglary charges, Delray police say

An air search led to last week’s arrest of a Broward County man who authorities say is responsible for multiple burglaries in Palm Beach County, Delray Beach police said. Derriane Antwaune Woods, 36, is facing charges of burglary and grand theft, among others, stemming from his arrest in Delray Beach on Thursday. He was being held at the Palm Beach County Jail early Monday with...
Ron DeSantis opens $12 million TV ad campaign, highlights Trump support

Ron DeSantis opens $12 million TV ad campaign, highlights Trump support

New TV ad for Republican Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign highlights his support from President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has launched the TV phase of his Republican campaign for Florida governor with a 30-second spot that touts his biography and conservative credentials and, in a mild surprise, waits a full 20 seconds before mentioning his...
Homebuyer shocked his instincts were “absolutely wrong” on sea level rise

Homebuyer shocked his instincts were “absolutely wrong” on sea level rise

Hilary Stevens, a Senior Staff Scientist with Coastal Risk Consulting, stands on the site of the closed Charley’s Crab restaurant off of A1A on Palm Beach on June 20, 2018. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) From the frothy assault of the Atlantic Ocean to the  placid trespass of the Lake Worth Lagoon, sea level rise is a mounting concern for South Florida...
Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

It used to be teeming with toys, a wonderland of games and bikes and dolls and video games for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. Now, the Toys R Us store on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens looks like a ghost town. The signs say it all: Final 8 days. 70 percent off. No cash. Everything must go. Yellow caution tapes rope off swaths of empty shelves. Even the fixtures are for sale...
Couple has celebrated each wedding anniversary at Burger King for 50 years

Couple has celebrated each wedding anniversary at Burger King for 50 years

A couple celebrated their golden anniversary, as they have 49 others, at Burger King.  Lloyd and Sandy Howard’s tradition started innocuously. The couple was running late for a movie in New York on their first wedding anniversary and stopped at the restaurant for something quick to eat -- a couple of flame-broiled Whoppers, according to WPIX. “And we decided that, every year...
Multiple lane closures expected in West Palm Beach this week

Multiple lane closures expected in West Palm Beach this week

Summer construction is in full swing throughout Palm Beach County, notably downtown West Palm Beach. The work on Forest Hill Boulevard near Dixie Highway is scheduled to conclude Tuesday, according to Kathleen Walters, director of communications for the city. Also in West Palm Beach: - The right-turn lane on eastbound Southern Boulevard between Washington Road and Flagler Drive will be closed from...
UPDATE: 1 dead, three injured in Riviera Beach shooting

UPDATE: 1 dead, three injured in Riviera Beach shooting

One man has died from his injuries in a shooting Sunday night in Riviera Beach, city police said Monday. The name of the victim was not immediately available. Three other men were injured in the incident, which took place just before 8 p.m. on the 1200 block of West 35th Street, just west of President Barack Obama Highway near the Lake Park border. Riviera Beach Fire Rescue took three of the...
US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

US prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting in Cohen probe

Porn actress Stormy Daniels had been scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York on Monday as part of their investigation into President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, but the meeting was abruptly canceled late Sunday after it was reported by news organizations, her attorney said. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was supposed to meet with prosecutors from the...
Pentagon says 2 bases to house immigrants

Pentagon says 2 bases to house immigrants

The Pentagon is preparing to build temporary camps for immigrants at two military bases, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday. He did not name the two bases, but said the details are being worked out, including how much capacity is needed. The Pentagon had initially talked about four potential bases, but Mattis indicated the number is now two. The Pentagon last week said it would make space available...
Trump tells Jimmy Fallon to 'be a man' over hair-mussing

Trump tells Jimmy Fallon to 'be a man' over hair-mussing

President Donald Trump is telling "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon to "be a man" and stop "whimpering" about the personal anguish he felt over the backlash he received after messing up Trump's hair during a 2016 campaign appearance on Fallon's late-night talk show. Fallon recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he "made a mistake" on the Sept. 15, 2016, episode...

Trump lobs new threats against countries trading with the US

President Donald Trump is lobbing new threats against U.S. trade partners. Trump says Sunday on Twitter that the U.S. is "insisting" that countries remove "artificial" trade barriers and tariffs on U.S. imports to their countries "or be met with more than Reciprocity by the U.S.A." He says "Trade must be fair and no longer a one way street!" Trump already has...
Frankel: Family splits at border are ‘government-inflicted child abuse’

Frankel: Family splits at border are ‘government-inflicted child abuse’

After visiting immigrant detention facilities in Texas, where she said she saw children living in large metal cages and spoke with sobbing mothers through translators, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel demanded more government action and denounced what she said was a “(Donald) Trump-manufactured crisis at our border.” Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, stood outside the city’s federal courthouse...
Corporate America increasingly avoids gun-industry business

Corporate America increasingly avoids gun-industry business

With Gary Ramey's fledgling gun-making business taking off in retail stores, he decided to start offering one of his handguns for sale on his website. That didn't sit well with the company he used to process payments, and they informed him they were dropping his account. Another credit card processing firm told him the same thing: They wouldn't do business with him. The reason? His business of making...
Saudi air defenses intercept 2 missiles from Yemen, state media says

Saudi air defenses intercept 2 missiles from Yemen, state media says

Saudi Arabia’s state-run television station said Sunday that the country’s air defense intercepted two ballistic missiles launched over Riyadh, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news The attack, which the station alleged was  launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia, is at least the sixth to target Riyadh since December. Six blasts were heard and bright flashes were...
The Latest: Group: 'No magic bullet' to family reunification

The Latest: Group: 'No magic bullet' to family reunification

The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents (all times local): 4:50 p.m. An official of a West Texas organization that's receiving around 30 immigrant parents who were separated from their children after entering the country illegally says "there's no magic bullet" to reuniting the families. The released parents were arriving Sunday to El Paso's Annunciation House...
'Ready, fire, aim' - critics see pattern to Trump's approach

'Ready, fire, aim' - critics see pattern to Trump's approach

Maybe it's not so easy after all. President Donald Trump's struggles to push immigration legislation through Congress and his about-face on breaking up immigrant families are putting a spotlight on his competence in carrying out his policies. The fallout from Trump's handling of the separation of immigrant children from their families, which led to a sharp reversal from the president, has been reminiscent...
Roseanne Barr in interview: 'I made myself a hate magnet'

Roseanne Barr in interview: 'I made myself a hate magnet'

In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of "Roseanne." Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she "never would have wittingly called any...
WATCH: Two iguanas tussle at Boca Starbucks 

WATCH: Two iguanas tussle at Boca Starbucks 

A woman stopped by a Starbucks in Boca Raton Saturday and captured an unexpected battle between two iguanas.  Shannon Moskoff was driving behind a Starbucks around 10 a.m. when she thought she saw a large tree branch -- and that’s when it moved. She rushed to grab her iPhone and started filming.  The video shows two large iguanas going toe-to-toe in the parking lot.  <iframe...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders' tweet about restaurant eviction violates law, ex-ethics chief says

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' tweet about restaurant eviction violates law, ex-ethics chief says

The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics said that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ tweet Saturday about being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant violated federal ethics laws, The Slate reported. Walter Shaub, the federal government’s top ethics watchdog for five years until mid-2017, said the tweet was a violation of the law because Sanders used her...
'Jurassic World' sequel stomps its way to $150 million debut

'Jurassic World' sequel stomps its way to $150 million debut

The dinosaurs still rule the box office. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" surpassed expectations to open with $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didn't approach the record-breaking $208.8 million debut of 2015's "Jurassic World," it proved the 25-year-old franchise still roars loudly...
FHP: Pahokee man dies in Martin County car crash

FHP: Pahokee man dies in Martin County car crash

A Pahokee man died Saturday night after his car crashed into a chain-link fence and hit a tree in Martin County near Lake Okeechobee, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Corey Bernard Anthony, 48, was driving westbound on Kanner Highway at about 10:30 p.m. when his car veered to the left and left the road, according to FHP, hitting a fence and a tree. FHP said Anthony died at the scene. FHP said...
The Latest: GOP leaders hampered in immigration legislation

The Latest: GOP leaders hampered in immigration legislation

The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times local): 12:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says people who "invade" the U.S. must immediately be sent back to their countries and not be given a court hearing. Trump tweets Sunday that the U.S. immigration system is "laughed at all over the world" and is "very unfair" to individuals using legal avenues to gain entry. Trump...
Democrats hoping to flip House not just trash-talking Trump

Democrats hoping to flip House not just trash-talking Trump

Democrats hoping to flip enough seats to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives say they aren't putting all their eggs in the anti-Trump basket. Those candidates include Lauren Underwood, a 31-year-old registered nurse from Illinois and part of the Democrats' master plan to regain control of the House. While Underwood is no fan of President Donald Trump, she said her No. 1 concern &mdash...
UPDATE: Vehicle hits 2 trucks in Boynton crash, sends 8 to hospital

UPDATE: Vehicle hits 2 trucks in Boynton crash, sends 8 to hospital

A vehicle crashed into two trucks while driving west on Hypoluxo Road on Saturday afternoon, sending one child to the trauma center and seven others to the hospital, according to Boynton Beach Police. The vehicle’s driver, 34-year-old Rose Wilmer, was driving with six passengers, including five under 18, police said. One child involved in the three-car crash was taken to the trauma center at...
NEW: 3 fun things happening in Lake Worth

NEW: 3 fun things happening in Lake Worth

1. “Flashdance The Musical”: July 5-22 at the Lake Worth Playhouse. The play tells story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and “flashdancer” by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. To buy tickets, click here ...
Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters are undermining GOP leaders' election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week, leaving their prospects dubious. Party leaders are trying to finally secure the votes they need for their wide-ranging bill with tweaks they hope will goose support from the GOP's dueling...
World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri,...
Here’s what Palm Beach State plans to do with beloved Gardens preschool

Here’s what Palm Beach State plans to do with beloved Gardens preschool

When Palm Beach State College announced an unpopular plan to close a preschool on its Palm Beach Gardens campus, the college’s leaders said they had no choice. RELATED: Parents persuade college to postpone closing beloved Gardens school The school, the Center for Early Learning, was costing too much money to operate, and they desperately needed the site for office space for employees, they said...
Marriage may lower risk of heart attack, stroke, study suggests

Marriage may lower risk of heart attack, stroke, study suggests

Single, divorced and widowed individuals may have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke and associated risks of death compared to married individuals. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to new research published this week in the journal Heart, for which scientists trawled research databases to understand how marital status may influence risk of cardiovascular...
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker’s son accused of sexually assaulting woman on JetBlue flight

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker’s son accused of sexually assaulting woman on JetBlue flight

The son of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a flight Wednesday, but no charges have been filed in the case. >> Read more trending news    The incident reportedly happened on a JetBlue flight when Baker’s son, Andrew Baker, known as A.J., was flying from Washington, D.C. to Boston. Sources told Boston 25 News a female passenger...
4 children killed in violent police standoff laid to rest in Florida

4 children killed in violent police standoff laid to rest in Florida

Funeral services for four Orlando children killed during a 21-hour police standoff  with their mother’s boyfriend were held Saturday.  >> Read more trending news  The services, which were open to the public, took place at St. James Catholic Cathedral in Orlando, according to an attorney representing the family. The funeral marked a difficult day for the family...
Rep. Frankel condemns immigration detention centers as ‘cruel’, ‘inhumane’

Rep. Frankel condemns immigration detention centers as ‘cruel’, ‘inhumane’

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, traveled to Texas Friday for a two-day visit to detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border where nearly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families as part of a crackdown on illegal entries into the U.S. In a video posted to Facebook Saturday evening, Frankel described what she saw at the detention centers as &ldquo...
Common herpes viruses may be linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

Common herpes viruses may be linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

Two common herpes viruses may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and projected to affect 14 million people by 2050. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to new research published Thursday in the journal Neuron, for which a team of scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine...

LeBron James spotted at South Florida high school

LeBron James was seen Friday on the basketball court of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami.  One Facebook post said he was with his sons. In a video, he’s talking courtside. <div></div><br><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkX1xxvDbO9/" data-instgrm-version="...
Senior citizens earn thousands by sharing their homes, says Airbnb

Senior citizens earn thousands by sharing their homes, says Airbnb

Thousands of senior citizens across the United States are finding a profitable side hustle --- opening up their homes to strangers on Airbnb. Nearly 78,000 seniors (ages 60 and up) across the U.S. shared their homes on Airbnb in 2017 -- accounting for $700 million in earnings, the company reports. The typical host earned an extra $7,000 in income a year -- a positive boost for people living...
NEW: Children present during drug raid at Mangonia Park home

NEW: Children present during drug raid at Mangonia Park home

Two men and a woman in Mangonia Park were arrested on Wednesday after the county SWAT team and local drug task forces raided a home that authorities said has been notorious for illegal activities involving drugs and weapons. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the home on 1210 Giller Ave. has been known since the 1990s to illegally supply weapons and drugs including, but not...
4 exciting things to do in West Palm Beach

4 exciting things to do in West Palm Beach

Art After Dark invites residents to a Community Party on Thursday, July 12, to celebrate entering the home stretch of the Norton’s transformative expansion project. This is the last Art After Dark until Feb. 15, 2019, as the museum, at 1451 S. Olive Ave., is closing to finish interior construction and reinstall art. Art After Dark runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. The evening also includes...
Man killed by train in Lake Worth after driving around track gates

Man killed by train in Lake Worth after driving around track gates

A man in Lake Worth died from his injuries in a train crash early Saturday after deputies said he was illegally driving around the track gates. Sean Deruise Jr., 24, was driving west on Washington Avenue from Dixie Highway by the train gates at about 1 a.m., which were in the down position and flashing, according to Teri Barbera with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The train then hit...
More surveillance cameras, license plate readers coming to Lake Worth

More surveillance cameras, license plate readers coming to Lake Worth

This has not been a good week for Lake Worth. The entire city went dark for hours after a massive power outage Wednesday night. Kilwins , the popular chocolate store, closed its Lake Avenue store after 10 years and Saito’s, the Japanese restaurant on North J street, was closing its doors for good on Saturday. LAKE WORTH READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly...

State and local candidates on 2018 ballot

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, three county school board incumbents and two local state House members automatically won re-election on Friday when no one filed to run against them before Florida’s candidate qualifying deadline. Boynton Beach City Commissioner Joseph Casello, a Democrat, also walked into a state House seat without opposition — a rare occurrence for a non-incumbent...
Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission after Republicans failed to field candidates for two seats and were left with only a political unknown to run in a seat...
BREAKING: Judge rules in favor of ‘stand your ground’ motion in Boynton fatal shooting

BREAKING: Judge rules in favor of ‘stand your ground’ motion in Boynton fatal shooting

Palm Beach County Judge Laura Johnson late Friday ruled in favor of  Samuel “Bo” Barber’s “stand your ground” motion that said he shot and killed Kunta Kinte Riddick in self-defense in November. Barber was charged with first-degree murder in the 2017 fatal shooting, but the charges were dismissed in court Friday evening. Johnson said at the end of the day, what...
VistaBlue condo sets Singer Island record, draws billionaire Joe Mansueto

VistaBlue condo sets Singer Island record, draws billionaire Joe Mansueto

A penthouse at VistaBlue, the oceanfront condo in Riviera Beach, fetched $7.56 million -- and the developer says the price of $1,176 per square foot is the richest sum ever paid for a Singer Island condo. The buyers of that unit are Singer Island residents Walter and Karen Worthy, according to property records. In all, VistaBlue has sold 35 of its 58 units, said developer Randall Tuller of Third...
Neighborhood improvements, worth $10 million, to start in Boynton

Neighborhood improvements, worth $10 million, to start in Boynton

A $10 million neighborhood improvement project set to begin next week will affect about 500 homes, help relieve flooding, improve the look of several neighborhoods, and add a waste water force main to collect waste water from additional neighborhoods along Federal Highway and in Ocean Ridge. Read more Boynton Beach stories here. The project size is large, and will be divided into three phases, but...
Commissioner, affordable-housing builder Paula Ryan runs for mayor

Commissioner, affordable-housing builder Paula Ryan runs for mayor

As a city commissioner since 2015, Paula Ryan has overseen some of West Palm’s poor neighborhoods and some of its wealthiest. She has brought to the job an affinity for big goals that take coalition-building and years of pushing forward, from a pending redesign of U.S. 1 to initiating an alliance with the Purpose-Built Communities, a nonprofit she lured to the city in hopes of coordinating a...
Brightline hopes to extend fast-train service to Tampa

Brightline hopes to extend fast-train service to Tampa

Brightline hopes to extend its service not just to Orlando but also to Tampa. Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that, in response to “an unsolicited proposal” from Brightline, the Florida Department of Transportation will seek bids from private companies interested in running high-speed trains from Orlando to Tampa. Brightline, the rail service operating between Miami and West Palm Beach...
NEW: iPhone stolen from Wellington-area gas station; PBSO seeks suspect

NEW: iPhone stolen from Wellington-area gas station; PBSO seeks suspect

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says stole an iPhone X from a gas station just south of Wellington on June 7. Deputies said that the phone was left on the counter at the Mobil station on the northeast corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. Security-camera footage from the store showed another customer head to...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

President Donald Trump gave his “full endorsement” on Friday to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor — embracing a candidate who, according to Trump’s preferred news network, faces a double-digit deficit against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. A Fox News poll released late Thursday shows Putnam with a 32-to-17 percent lead over DeSantis...
Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

A year ago, Joyce Sirico was working as an auditor and thinking about her looming retirement, which promised carefree days at the beach and plenty of time for travel. Today, the 60-year-old Lake Worth woman barely has the strength to get out of bed. Ravaged by cancer, Sirico describes her new reality with a wave of her hand. “I’m dying,” she said matter-of-factly. But, while she...
Loxahatchee man faces prison time for inhumane slaughtering of pigs

Loxahatchee man faces prison time for inhumane slaughtering of pigs

A Loxahatchee man pleaded guilty Thursday to his involvement in the inhumane slaughter of pigs and the sale of pig meat for human consumption, according to the press release from the United States Attorney’s Southern District of Florida office. Victor H. Gonzalez, 53, made his plea before United States District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks in West Palm Beach on Thursday. Gonzalez was the president...
Delray’s Jacquet qualifies for re-election moments before deadline

Delray’s Jacquet qualifies for re-election moments before deadline

Update at 6:15 p.m.: State Rep. Al Jacquet, D-Delray Beach, qualified for candidacy after filing paperwork just before the deadline, according to the state’s election website. Uncontested, Jacquet takes the House District 88 seat. His qualifying paperwork was time stamped at 11:58 a.m. and 11:59 a.m., moments before the noon deadline. Original story: State House Rep. Al Jacquet,...
Straw ban ordinance faces pushback from Jupiter town manager

Straw ban ordinance faces pushback from Jupiter town manager

The town’s beach committee will have a special meeting Monday night to hear arguments about the proposed straw ban before it decides whether to present the ordinance to the Town Council. Town Manager Matt Benoit is recommending the town not to get involved with the ordinance, but resident Marilu Cristina Flores, who wrote the ordinance, says she’s pushing for the local government to listen...
Lion Country Safari celebrates World Giraffe Day with activities

Lion Country Safari celebrates World Giraffe Day with activities

Though World Giraffe Day was on Thursday, Lion Country Safari is continuing the festivities into the weekend. On Saturday, the park will be hosting free activities, with park admission, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the giraffe feeding encounter including crafts, meet the giraffe keeper and training demonstrations. There also will be facts about the animal available as well as opportunities to see a giraffe...
School police chiefs: Incoming, outgoing, retired under one roof

School police chiefs: Incoming, outgoing, retired under one roof

The Palm Beach County School Police Department has gone from one chief to three – one incoming, one outgoing and one former. And a major to spare – at least for now. In making over its in-house police department, school district leaders this week hired Jupiter’s Frank Kitzerow Jr. to preside over what will eventually be a much larger force. But the man he’s replacing,...
Company hopes to cash in on mapping sea level rise for Florida buyers

Company hopes to cash in on mapping sea level rise for Florida buyers

From the frothy assault of the Atlantic Ocean to the placid trespass of the Lake Worth Lagoon, sea level rise is a mounting concern for South Florida property buyers who are turning to science, and private companies, for guidance. The 3-year-old start-up Coastal Risk Consultants was co-founded by the former director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies...
NEW: Two robbed Einstein Bagels in Boca with Airsoft gun, police say

NEW: Two robbed Einstein Bagels in Boca with Airsoft gun, police say

Two men are in the Palm Beach County Jail after Boca Raton police said they used an Airsoft gun to rob an Einstein Bros Bagels shop Wednesday. Boynton Beach resident Johnny Fontus and Lantana resident Karl Lormeus, both 24, are facing charges of armed robbery and grand theft. A judge set bail at $33,000 for each of them.  Two employees were closing the shop across Federal Highway...
Royal Palm Beach to partner with Lyft to provide rides for seniors

Royal Palm Beach to partner with Lyft to provide rides for seniors

Residents age 65 and older soon will have a new way to get around the village. Royal Palm Beach’s council on Thursday night unanimously approved having Village Manager Ray Liggins enter into a contract with ride-share service Lyft to provide discounted rides for seniors. RELATED: Royal Palm Beach to spray for mosquitoes ahead of Fourth of July The plan has been in the works for months as part...
NOAA: 40 percent of Lake O covered in harmful algae bloom

NOAA: 40 percent of Lake O covered in harmful algae bloom

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates 40 percent of Lake Okeechobee is now covered in a harmful blue-green algae bloom that multiplied quickly in the past two weeks. Richard  Stumpf, a NOAA oceanographer monitoring algae on the lake via satellite, said the lake is experiencing a “major bloom”, that, unfortunately is coinciding...
BREAKING: Vehicle crashes into canal near Lantana; 1 injured

BREAKING: Vehicle crashes into canal near Lantana; 1 injured

One person was injured after a vehicle crashed into canal Friday afternoon near Lantana, just south of the Atlantis city limits, authorities said.  Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the crash at noon. They found the vehicle near the intersection of Lawrence and Lantana roads in water up to its tires.  Three people were inside, authorities said, though only one was...
Greg Norman company to open watersports park at Okeeheelee

Greg Norman company to open watersports park at Okeeheelee

School’s out, and surf’s up at Okeeheelee Park. A company owned by golfing great Greg Norman is preparing to debut a new cable-powered watersports park — the first of its kind in Palm Beach County — on 33.8 acres of land at the northwest end of Okeeheelee Park’s center lake. Shark Wake Park 561 will feature a floating obstacle course called Aqua Park, which is expected...
NEW: Florida lawyer accused of stealing $200,000 from clients

NEW: Florida lawyer accused of stealing $200,000 from clients

A disbarred Sarasota lawyer has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from clients, and detectives believe there may be more victims, the Sarasota Police Department reports. According to police, clients of divorce and family attorney Jordan Wallach, 63, said they attempted to gather money entrusted to Wallach without success. It was later found that he transferred clients’ money to other...
Plans for popular Metro Diner take step forward in Royal Palm Beach

Plans for popular Metro Diner take step forward in Royal Palm Beach

Plans to bring a popular diner chain to the western communities took a step forward Thursday night as the village council unanimously approved the site plan and architecture for the building that will house a Metro Diner. The 6,800-square-foot building will sit on the south side of the Southern Palm Crossing Shopping Center, which also includes Costco, Panera Bread, HomeGood, Marshalls and Bru&rsquo...
Lake Worth case could spur review of 2,000 inmates sentenced as teens

Lake Worth case could spur review of 2,000 inmates sentenced as teens

Before Dennis Hart was sentenced in 1997 for breaking into three homes and robbing nine people at gunpoint, the Lake Worth High School student apologized to everyone he hurt and thanked everyone who helped him — including the prosecutor and the cops who put him behind bars. “Thank you, thank you for catching me and locking me up and giving me the chance to find myself. Thank you,&rdquo...
A ‘Bambi’ tale: Orphaned baby deer rescued in Florida after mother killed by car

A ‘Bambi’ tale: Orphaned baby deer rescued in Florida after mother killed by car

It’s similar to a modern version of the beloved yet tragic Disney tale, but this “Bambi” didn’t face any hunters. A baby deer in Arcadia, Florida, was rescued after her mother was hit by a car, WFTS reports. A witness who also works at a wildlife sanctuary, Kris Porter, took the fawn in and has been bottle feeding her since the incident.  On her Facebook page, Porter...
BREAKING: Boynton police ID man, 29, killed by Brightline train

BREAKING: Boynton police ID man, 29, killed by Brightline train

City police say 29-year-old Luke Sherrill ran in front of a northbound Brightline train shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.  The Boca Raton man’s death is believed to be a suicide, Boynton Beach police said.  The crash took place along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks between East Gateway Boulevard and Miner Road in the city’s north end. Sherrill’s death...
NEW: Why Royal Palm Beach will delay Harvin Center demolition

NEW: Why Royal Palm Beach will delay Harvin Center demolition

The Kevin M. Harvin Center has a little more time to stand, and a child care program has a little more time to find a new home, after the village council gave the facility a stay from the wrecking ball. The Royal Palm Beach council’s unanimous decision at Thursday night’s meeting to not begin demolition until Sept. 1 came after supporters and the director of the YWCA’s Head Start...
JUST IN: Man pleads guilty to 2017 Boynton Beach stabbing

JUST IN: Man pleads guilty to 2017 Boynton Beach stabbing

A 20-year-old man who Boynton Beach police say stabbed a woman several times in her apartment in 2017 pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon, according to court documents.  Benito Felipe Crisanto pleaded guilty to attempted murder with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison by Palm Beach County Judge Samantha ...
UPDATE: Swedish TV star’s Palm Beach shoplifting charge reduced to misdemeanor

UPDATE: Swedish TV star’s Palm Beach shoplifting charge reduced to misdemeanor

"Swedish Hollywood Wives" star Gunilla Persson has had her felony shoplifting charge knocked down to a misdemeanor, court records show. Palm Beach police arrested Persson, 59, who lives in California and has for eight years starred in the popular Scandinavian reality TV show — “Svenska Hollywoodfruar” — on May 22 after she allegedly walked...
Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age. The justices' 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies collect from the ubiquitous cellphone towers that allow people to make and receive calls, and transmit data. The...
BREAKING: Man who posed as 9/11 firefighter pleads guilty to credit-card theft

BREAKING: Man who posed as 9/11 firefighter pleads guilty to credit-card theft

A Palm Beach County judge Friday ordered a sentence of time served on credit-card theft charges for a man who’d also claimed, apparently falsely, that he was a former firefighter who’d had been at Ground Zero on 9/11. Steven Shapiro pleaded guilty Friday to fraud, dealing in stolen property, grand theft and illegal use of credit cards. Judge Samantha Schosberg-Feuer ...
COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

About 15 years ago, around the time I began writing for this paper, message T-shirts -- some political, some pithy and others just punny -- were  a thing. I was in my early 30s at the time and probably a few years north of the target age, but they were cute and I bought a few. My favorite was an homage to my devotion to the “Law and Order” franchise, the words “Chung...
NEW: Riviera man facing attempted homicide charge after reportedly shooting at woman

NEW: Riviera man facing attempted homicide charge after reportedly shooting at woman

A Riviera Beach man faces an attempted homicide charge after a woman told city police he shot at her. Timothy Patterson, 24, is being held without bail on that charge, as well as on weapon and property-damage charges, at the Palm Beach County Jail. He refused to appear Friday morning at a bond hearing before Judge Edward Garrison. Officers responded to a 911 hangup shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday...
JUST IN: Man facing charge of sexual assault at group home 13 years ago

JUST IN: Man facing charge of sexual assault at group home 13 years ago

A suburban West Palm Beach man was arrested Wednesday after deputies said that in 2005, he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old living in the group home where he was employed as a counselor.  Michael A. Wheatley, now 36, is charged with sexual activity with a child in custodial care, court records show. He remained in the Palm Beach County Jail early Friday with his bail set at $250,000...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump this morning gave his “full endorsement” to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor after a Fox News poll showed DeSantis trailing Agriculture...
Really? Only two local restaurants make OpenTable’s list for ‘100 Best Outdoor in America’

Really? Only two local restaurants make OpenTable’s list for ‘100 Best Outdoor in America’

When I think of dining outdoors in South Florida, I imagine sitting waterfront in a beautifully landscaped restaurant or perhaps relaxing in an intimate candlelit courtyard. Many spots in Palm Beach County come to mind. OpenTable diners must think differently. Only two local eateries made the online restaurant reservation service’s list for “100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America...
Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

On a day in which he literally campaigned on the turf of Democratic primary rival Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others discuss the opioid crisis Thursday in a conversation that also touched on marijuana legalization and racial disparities in drug enforcement. Levine, the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in several polls, spent...
NEW: Florida man gets life sentence in fatal robbery of $4

NEW: Florida man gets life sentence in fatal robbery of $4

Raelyn and Steven Rowe threw their arms around each other Thursday after a judge sent their 20-year-old son’s killer to prison for life. After nearly three years, Erron Coleman, 27, admitted he pulled the trigger on Daniel Rowe on July 22, 2015, outside the Blind Rabbit in Riverside—in the Jacksonville area. The sentence ended a 35-month-long saga of uncertainty and anguish for the Rowe...
How safe is your home insurer in 2018? What you need to know

How safe is your home insurer in 2018? What you need to know

Hurricane Irma’s claims in Florida are still climbing to nearly $10 billion and nearly 10 percent are not closed, but the 2018 hurricane season barged right in anyway. It could not even wait until its official start date of June 1 to generate a named storm, Alberto. While the season’s ultimate severity remains to be seen, September’s Irma has already left its mark on the state&rsquo...
UPDATE: PBC kids attend Lake Placid 4-H camp where 36 hospitalized for unknown illness

UPDATE: PBC kids attend Lake Placid 4-H camp where 36 hospitalized for unknown illness

Children from Palm Beach County were at the Cloverleaf 4-H Camp in Lake Placid where 36 people were hospitalized late Thursday after an unknown illness outbreak, according to Highlands County Fire and Rescue authorities.   Officials said the situation is stable and none of the 33 children or three adults are in serious condition.  It was not immediately known whether any Palm Beach...
UPDATE: One arrested, hundreds cited, warned in Greenacres saturation patrol 

UPDATE: One arrested, hundreds cited, warned in Greenacres saturation patrol 

12:45 p.m. UPDATE: One person was arrested and hundreds either cited or warned Thursday during a traffic and DUI saturation patrol in Greenacres, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities issued: — 127 non-criminal citations. — 11 criminal citations. — 85 warnings The sheriff’s office seized 153 grams of drugs, though the types of drugs...
Former Alabama defensive end Keith McCants arrested for felony crack cocaine possession

Former Alabama defensive end Keith McCants arrested for felony crack cocaine possession

A former Alabama standout and NFL player is in some serious trouble in Florida. Keith McCants, who played for the Crimson Tide for during the late 1980s and was an All American in 1990, was arrested in Pinellas County, in the area of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay, early Monday morning, according to multiple reports. McCants, 50, faces two charges. The first is a felony count...
South Carolina recruiting: Examining Gamecocks’ needs for 2020

South Carolina recruiting: Examining Gamecocks’ needs for 2020

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link. Just think where South Carolina’s 2019 class was at...
Police K-9 shows off lifesaving skills, dog demonstrates CPR on handler

Police K-9 shows off lifesaving skills, dog demonstrates CPR on handler

A police dog in Spain showed he’s ready to save lives at a moment’s notice. His name is Poncho and during a demonstration session, he showed how he can perform a dog version of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  >> Read more trending news  During the demonstration, Poncho’s handler pretended to have a medical emergency and collapsed. Poncho, sporting a vest with a blue...
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