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...


Florida man gets 20 years in state prison for stealing $600 worth of cigarettes

Florida man gets 20 years in state prison for stealing $600 worth of cigarettes

A Florida man convicted of stealing $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, the Pensacola News Journal reported. >> Read more trending news  Robert Spellman, 48, was convicted in August of burglary and grand theft for the Dec. 28 incident, the newspaper reported. The length of the sentence was based on Spellman’s 14 felony...
Florence aftermath: Good Samaritan who sheltered animals during storm arrested

Florence aftermath: Good Samaritan who sheltered animals during storm arrested

A North Carolina woman was arrested Friday after authorities said she ran an illegal operation while sheltering animals during Florence, the News-Argus of Goldsboro reported. >> Read more trending news  Tammie Hedges, the founder of Crazy’s Claws N Paws in Goldsboro, was charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license and one count...
Scam alert: Fake Microsoft rep hijacks woman's computer, charges $3K to 'fix' it

Scam alert: Fake Microsoft rep hijacks woman's computer, charges $3K to 'fix' it

A 66-year-old West Chester Township, Ohio, woman is out about $3,300 after someone claiming to be a Microsoft representative allegedly took over her computer, caused a problem and charged her to fix it. Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson explained how the scam worked. “It appears as if the victim bought something off the internet which was not a legitimate Microsoft product,” ...
Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran's president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions. Hassan Rouhani's comments came as Iran's Foreign Ministry also summoned Western diplomats over them allegedly providing havens for the Arab separatists who claimed Saturday's attacks in the...
UPDATE: Kirk expected to move more quickly west through ocean

UPDATE: Kirk expected to move more quickly west through ocean

Tropical Storm Kirk keeps moving west through the Atlantic. (NHC) Tropical Storm Kirk continues to move west through the Atlantic, and forecasters continue to predict it may be in the Caribbean by Thursday morning. As of 5 a.m., Kirk was 465 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, heading west at 18 mph. Its maximum sustained winds were at 40 mph, according to the...
Tropical Storm Kirk marching across Atlantic toward possible collision with islands by end of next week

Tropical Storm Kirk marching across Atlantic toward possible collision with islands by end of next week

11 p.m. UPDATE: Kirk is about 425 miles south-southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and moving west-northwest about around 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center advisory. Top sustained winds were still 40 mph. STORM 2018: CHECK THE INTERACTIVE TRACKING MAP A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through...
Gardens lowers tax rate; bills could still go up with property values

Gardens lowers tax rate; bills could still go up with property values

Palm Beach Gardens officials approved a budget Thursday that includes money to create new jobs, continue publishing the city magazine, maintain parks and recreation facilities and offer economic development incentives. RELATED: Gardens council OKs 12 percent raises for police Helping pay for those expenses, the city’s overall value increased to $11.54 billion this year, an increase of 6.12 percent...
Tiger Woods with 3-shot lead and 1 round away from winning

Tiger Woods with 3-shot lead and 1 round away from winning

Tiger Woods made it look and sound as if he had never been gone. More than turning back time, every hole seemed like the one before Saturday at the Tour Championship. A tee shot striped down the middle of the fairway. The clean strike of an iron as he held his pose. A sonic boom of the cheers from around the green. Another birdie. "I got off to an ideal start," Woods said. "And the...
Keiser rally falls short as Seahawks lose school’s first home game

Keiser rally falls short as Seahawks lose school’s first home game

Roughly a decade after the idea of a football program was first floated and after three long weeks on the road to begin their inaugural season, the Keiser Seahawks finally played their first home game. The record book will show a mistake-filled 21-15 loss to Georgetown College (Kentucky), a decorated program ranked ninth in the country that made the NAIA quarterfinals last year and won national titles...
PHOTOS: Baby Trump balloon makes appearance at protest in West Palm Beach

PHOTOS: Baby Trump balloon makes appearance at protest in West Palm Beach

fThe Baby Trump balloon made the first of what likely will be many appearances in Palm Beach County at a protest and rally Saturday at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s direct hit to Puerto Rico. Below are embedded Tweets. If you don't see that content please, follow Ian Cohen and Carla Trivino on Twitter. <div>...
LIVE: Around 800 including Gillum, Nelson at anti-Trump, pro-Puerto Rico rally in West Palm Beach

LIVE: Around 800 including Gillum, Nelson at anti-Trump, pro-Puerto Rico rally in West Palm Beach

UPDATE 5 p.m.: Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum addressed with crowd, saying: "We shouldn’t have to remind this country to do right by the people in this country."  UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.: Police are estimating the crowd at around 750 to 800 people. UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Trump supporters arrived at the Meyer Amphitheater and were escorted by police to another...
Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

A California kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a judge sided with the family of 5-year-old Brooke Adams. The Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa sought to ban the ointment from school grounds because it contains the active...
Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of seat width and legroom is part of a five-year extension of federal aviation programs announced early Saturday by Republican and Democratic...
Cosby to fight 'sexually violent predator' tag at sentencing

Cosby to fight 'sexually violent predator' tag at sentencing

Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing Monday will begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and, presumably, a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a sexually violent predator. The stakes are high given the lifetime counseling, community alerts and public shaming the designation would trigger. And it could become evidence in the defamation lawsuits filed against...
Ex-Dwyer, FSU TE Nick O’Leary starts from bottom with Dolphins

Ex-Dwyer, FSU TE Nick O’Leary starts from bottom with Dolphins

One of the best Palm Beach County high school football players in recent history is getting a second chance with the Dolphins. Nick O’Leary, a tight end who played for Dwyer and Florida State, is attempting to climb his way up from Miami’s practice squad three years after being drafted in the sixth round. “It’s good to get going again, get on the field again and work your way...

Police: Florida man stole victim's car after fatal crash

Police say a Florida man was arrested after fatally striking a man who stopped to help a motorist on an interstate highway and then stealing the victim's car. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the body of 22-year-old Dhimitri Andoni was discovered Friday along Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg about 15 hours after the accident. Troopers say Andoni stopped his car on the shoulder to assist another...
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...
California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

A Northern California barbershop owner apologized Friday and said he has received death threats after a photograph of a hanging doll in his shop portraying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  The photograph was taken inside the Bowtie Barbershop in downtown Placerville and depicts a Kaepernick...
Ex-judge’s wife Betsy Savitt kicked off county’s guardianship registry

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 him...
Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Combat won out over caution. White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. But as Kavanaugh's nomination hung in the balance, Trump couldn't contain his frustration any longer and unleashed a direct Twitter attack on the credibility of Christine Blasey...
DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won't lose job

DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won't lose job

The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William "Brock" Long had been under investigation by the Homeland Security Department's watchdog over possibly misusing government vehicles to...
Pulse nightclub memorial could span 3 city blocks

Pulse nightclub memorial could span 3 city blocks

Planning for a permanent memorial and museum honoring the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub attack has been in the works for more than a year. >> Read more trending news  WFTV obtained renderings Friday of what the memorial could look like and learned that it could span three city blocks. The Orlando Tourist Development Council on Friday approved a motion to spend $10 million in...
Travel still dangerous in flooded areas of North Carolina

Travel still dangerous in flooded areas of North Carolina

Travel remained dangerous Saturday in southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of "treacherous" floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders. Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the state's river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage, while parts of Interstates...
CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the green light. A favorite of the needle-averse, the spray did not appear to work as well against H1N1, a strain of the flu, in the past few seasons, the CDC said. But it’s expected to work better this year, said the CDC and Dr...
Jupiter approves $92.9M budget, new education committee

Jupiter approves $92.9M budget, new education committee

Jupiter town councilors on Thursday unanimously approved a $92.9 million budget and a steady tax rate for the next fiscal year. Some of the expected costs include $667,656 in salary increases, $100,000 for the March election and $130,000 for police department body cameras. There’s also $700,000 budgeted for police to provide security at Jupiter area schools, but the school district will reimburse...
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...
Junk food linked to higher risk of cancer, study says

Junk food linked to higher risk of cancer, study says

It’s no secret junk food is bad for your health. In fact, too much of it can increase your risk of several diseases, including cancer, according to a new report. >> Read more trending news  Researchers from health institutions in France recently conducted a study, published in the PLOS journal, to explore the link between cancer and foods that were labeled by the Nutrient Profiling...
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...
Why Palm Beach County public schools’ tax rate keeps falling

Why Palm Beach County public schools’ tax rate keeps falling

Most of Palm Beach County’s local governments have had the good fortune to keep their property tax rates steady in recent years, allowing them to bring in more money through rising home values without a formal vote to hike taxes. But there’s a striking exception: the county’s public schools, whose tax rate has dropped 20 percent since 2011. The school district is alone among...
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...
Nissan recalls more than 215,000 vehicles for fire risk

Nissan recalls more than 215,000 vehicles for fire risk

Nissan is recalling more than 215,000 vehicles because a faulty brake pump could cause a fire and is recommending owners park affected vehicles outside and away from other vehicles. >> Read more trending news  On impacted vehicles, the Anti-Lock Brake actuator pump leaks fluid onto a circuit board. The indicator light on the instrument panel will remain on for 10 seconds after the engine...
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...
Baby Trump balloon to appear at Puerto Rico protest rally in West Palm

Baby Trump balloon to appear at Puerto Rico protest rally in West Palm

It’s big, angry and orange all over. The Baby Trump balloon will make the first of what likely will be many appearances in Palm Beach County at a protest and rally Saturday in a West Palm Beach amphitheater to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s direct hit to Puerto Rico. The devastating storm resulted in severe power outages and the deaths of nearly 3,000 residents...
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...
US Alzheimer’s, dementia burden to double by 2060, CDC warns

US Alzheimer’s, dementia burden to double by 2060, CDC warns

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday revealed that the country’s burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will double by the year 2060. >> Read more trending news  In 2014, 5 million Americans — or 1.6 percent of the population — felt the burden of the diseases. The figure is expected to grow to 13.9 million, equating...
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 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...
NEW: Man accused in Greenacres woman’s fatal stabbing has mental health, drug issues

NEW: Man accused in Greenacres woman’s fatal stabbing has mental health, drug issues

The man accused of stabbing to death a former Greenacres resident in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday has a history of mental illness and is a regular user of the synthetic narcotic K-2, according to court documents. Anthony M. Crawford, 23, was ordered held without bail Thursday in the death of Wendy Martinez, 35, a former standout student at Lake Worth High School and Florida Atlantic University...
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...
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...
Indiana bus driver arrested on suspicion of letting students drive vehicle

Indiana bus driver arrested on suspicion of letting students drive vehicle

An Indiana bus driver was arrested Friday, accused of allowing three teenagers to drive her bus, the Chicago Tribune reported. >> Read more trending news  Joandrea McAtee, 27, was arrested by the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony neglect of a dependent after she allegedly let three students, ages 11, 13 and 17, drive her vehicle, the newspaper reported. Videos...
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