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PBC public schools may share $150 million tax hike with charters

Facing political pressure and a legal threat, Palm Beach County public school leaders are considering giving charter schools a slice of a $150-million-a-year property tax increase if it is approved by voters. After days of behind-the-scenes debate, school district officials this week quietly removed language that explicitly excluded charter schools from the proposed tax increase, clearing...
Residents want answers: Why are Brightline’s ‘quiet zones’ not so quiet?

Residents want answers: Why are Brightline’s ‘quiet zones’ not so quiet?

Turns out the recently enacted quiet zones designed to muzzle the blaring sounds of those oncoming 80 mph Brightline trains in Palm Beach County are really more like ‘sometimes’ quiet zones. Residents from West Palm to Delray Beach and Boca Raton were looking forward to the peace and quiet, but the locomotion commotion hasn’t ceased on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. Train...
Insurer Citizens weighs local premium hike above $3,000 average

Insurer Citizens weighs local premium hike above $3,000 average

The board of Florida’s second-largest insurer will consider on Wednesday a plan that would increase Palm Beach County homeowners’ rates 7.7 percent to an average of $3,052. That sits above a proposed statewide average premium of $2,808 and would represent the fourth highest premium in the state after Monroe ($3,966), Miami-Dade ($3,945) and Broward ($3,294) counties for standard home policies...
NEW: Nine months after rejecting it, West Palm OKs new high-rise zone

NEW: Nine months after rejecting it, West Palm OKs new high-rise zone

West Palm Beach commissioners took a key vote Monday to create a new focal point for future office towers, the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor from CityPlace to Flagler Drive, dismissing concerns the zoning measure would result in clogged roads and blocked water views from existing condos and offices. The commissioners cited the change’s potential to spur construction, spawn high-paying jobs and...
UPDATE: Boynton Beach’s first Wawa one step away from being approved 

UPDATE: Boynton Beach’s first Wawa one step away from being approved 

UPDATE June 19: The Boynton Beach City Commission on Tuesday gave initial approval to the Wawa proposed at the northeast corner of Woolbright Road and Congress Avenue.  The commissioners will vote on it one last time, likely at the July 3 meeting.  Then it’s a go. This will be Boynton Beach’s first Wawa.  ORIGINAL POST May 30: Wawa has gotten its first vote...
PBC Fire Rescue: House fire in Royal Palm Beach extinguished

PBC Fire Rescue: House fire in Royal Palm Beach extinguished

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded late Tuesday to a house fire on the 200 block of Ponce De Leon Street in Royal Palm Beach.  Authorities said the fire was extinguished shortly after responding to the scene.  According to a department tweet, the fire was coming from the home’s roof above the garage.  No injuries were reported, a department spokesmen said.  The cause...
COMMENTARY: XXXTentacion, his victims and the politics of grieving a celebrity’s death

COMMENTARY: XXXTentacion, his victims and the politics of grieving a celebrity’s death

The scenes are set. A mother will bury her murdered 20-year-old celebrity son while the recurring victims of his abuse will be forced to wade through a sympathy-filled newsfeed. That is one of many conundrums the public is facing, with a tone-deaf Twitter debate on whether he deserved to die or had time for atonement.  There are various types of public responses to a celebrity’s death,...
Sparkler ignites tiki hut in suburban Boca

Sparkler ignites tiki hut in suburban Boca

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of a fire at a home on Greenview Terrace in suburban Boca Raton, an agency spokesmen said.  Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a large tiki hut ablaze in the backyard and flames inching close to the residence, according to the report.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Thank goodness Palm Beach County elections officials haven’t waited for the state of Florida for help in hardening our voting system from cyberattacks. First, the Legislature failed to approve money for a cyber-security unit in the state elections office, so Gov. Rick Scott is resorting to a federal grant to contract for five consultants to assist elections officials. Then the Scott administration...
Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Sea-level rise is making Miami’s “high ground” mighty interesting to investors. Two recent studies found that property sales in Miami have begun to factor in elevation as savvy investors heed the new mantra “sell low, buy high.” As low-income neighborhoods at higher elevations evolve into hot properties, “climate equity” and “climate gentrification&rdquo...
BREAKING: Man sentenced to 10 years in 2015 Riviera Beach fatal shooting 

BREAKING: Man sentenced to 10 years in 2015 Riviera Beach fatal shooting 

Every time Pat Fedina goes on Facebook and sees news of another shooting in the community, she’s brought back to the night her son, Tarrie Wilder, was killed in Riviera Beach. Though she said she’s forgiven her son’s killer, that doesn’t take away the pain of losing her child. “When you kill a child, you kill a mother,” she said in court Wednesday. Judge Samantha...
Kids become high fliers and more at circus camp

Kids become high fliers and more at circus camp

On Thursday, 10-year-old Yuval Stern will wrap herself in a fabric rope and perform aerial acrobatics under the big top at the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens. Ava Sarkin, also 10, will become a human jump rope. Asher Blatt, 11, will perform tricks on a teeterboard. The youngsters are among 75 Camp Shalom campers in first through eighth grade who will perform a pair of shows for fans under the direction...
Developer fails to give deed back to Boynton Beach CRA

Developer fails to give deed back to Boynton Beach CRA

The situation between the Community Redevelopment Agency and developer Shovel Ready Projects over the Oscar Magnuson home in Boynton Beach has escalated from bad to worse. CRA board members, who are also the city’s five commissioners, will decide in July whether to pursue legal action against the developer for the historic 211 E. Ocean Ave. home after Shovel Ready failed to return the property...
Manalapan investment advisers sentenced in $2.7 million scam

Manalapan investment advisers sentenced in $2.7 million scam

Two Manalapan investment advisers were sentenced to federal prison for bilking $2.7 million from clients and for lying to the Internal Revenue Service. Shawn O’Sullivan, 60, who has lived in Palm Beach and in the Lake Worth area, on Tuesday was sentenced to 16 months in prison by U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas for his role in the scam. In May, 49-year-old Finnish navtie Heidi Wivolin...
Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children

Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children

Every once in a while, it’s worth translating Gov. Rick Scott into English. Scott has a tendency to string words together in ways that defy meaning, mask intent or signify nothing. For example, here is Scott’s take on President Donald Trump’s recent zero-tolerance policy that is separating children from their undocumented parents at the Mexican border. These isolated children are...
Acreage family’s treasured goats were stolen. Can you help?

Acreage family’s treasured goats were stolen. Can you help?

Belle, Suzie and Theodore have been in the Ledan family for more than four years. Wednesday afternoon, they went missing. The trio of white-and-beige, Boer goats live on the family’s 1-acre, gated property, often mingling with chickens and turkeys. But somebody snatched them Wednesday, leaving behind only their dangling leashes. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter...
LATEST: Once a Pahokee fixture, decades-old Main Street store burns down

LATEST: Once a Pahokee fixture, decades-old Main Street store burns down

Long-time Pahokee residents can remember a time when everything could be bought in town, you could keep your doors unlocked and neighbors spent their whole lives as neighbors. Now, not all of that is true. Monday night’s commercial structure fire on East Main Street may be a symbol of “time marching on,” said former mayor and lifelong resident J.P. Sasser. <div></div>...
Race, gender program issue raises tensions as county’s meeting nears

Race, gender program issue raises tensions as county’s meeting nears

Palm Beach County commissioners will meet Wednesday in another attempt to decide whether race- and gender-conscious business assistance programs should be re-established at the Solid Waste Authority. The meeting comes at a tense juncture marked by increasing acrimony among contractors, dueling studies and racially-charged allegations of favoritism and discrimination. A decision on the programs could...
Why Wellington’s water temporarily will taste and smell different

Why Wellington’s water temporarily will taste and smell different

Wellington’s utilities customers may notice a different smell and taste to their water starting Monday as the village temporarily modifies its disinfection process. Done to maintain compliance with water quality requirements and regulations, Wellington will switch from a combined chlorine process to a free chlorine process. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for...
Lion Country Safari wants to control lion breeding to get the strongest cubs

Lion Country Safari wants to control lion breeding to get the strongest cubs

Lion Country Safari is expanding its lion exhibit to accommodate a conservation and breeding program for a new pride and give patrons more viewing access of the animals. The Safari has been breeding lions for 18 years, but now it wants to be more meticulous, said Brian Dowling, general curator at Lion Country Safari. When the park expands its lion section, female and male lions will be kept on opposite...
What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at a news conference today denouncing the government’s separation of minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) The decision by President Donald Trump‘s administration to separate minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally...
History, parking drive desire for water taxi docks at 2 Jupiter parks

History, parking drive desire for water taxi docks at 2 Jupiter parks

The town wants to build floating water taxi docks at Sawfish Bay Park and Lighthouse Park as part of a plan to connect and utilize the parks as well as promote the town’s history. The Planning and Zoning department will ask the council on Tuesday to approve the dock permits and $75,531 to help construct them. “The main idea is two link these two historic parks,” said Stephanie Thoburn...
How to celebrate International Yoga Day in Wellington

How to celebrate International Yoga Day in Wellington

Thursday is International Yoga Day, and the Mall at Wellington Green is celebrating by hosting several free yoga sessions throughout the day. The classes will be held around the mall beginning at 9 a.m., with the final class starting at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the full schedule: 9 a.m.: Moksha Yoga - Seniors Yoga in the Live360 Studio (on the lower level near Nordstrom) 10 a.m.: Bodhi Yoga - Vinyasa...
VIDEO: Alligator swims at Florida beach 

VIDEO: Alligator swims at Florida beach 

Perhaps he was seeking a mate or in need of a cleansing saltwater scrub. Regardless of his mission, an alligator made his way into the bright blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.  Captain Jessica DeGraw of Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises shot video of the 4- to 5-footer near Bonita Springs in Lee County.  “It’s not that uncommon to spot one on the beach. It&rsquo...
Lake Worth’s Book Cellar store’s computer stolen

Lake Worth’s Book Cellar store’s computer stolen

Katie Breaux, a 39-year-old barista at Book Cellar, still can’t believe what happened at the Lake Avenue store on June 10. A man, probably in his late 30s, approached Breaux, asking her questions about rehab centers in the area. He bummed a smoke off her. Then he asked for a cup of water and used the bathroom. READ: Sneaker sisters’ Boca Raton home listed for sale at $6.95 million Breaux...
Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

The Spirited Awards have been crowning the best in the service industry since 2007, and for 2018, Delray Beach’s own Death Or Glory has been nominated as one of the Top 10 Best New American Cocktail Bars. The local watering hole has a rum-focused menu and pays homage to the rum runners of 1920s Florida.  “The Spirited Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the bar world...
NEW: How a 90-year-old raised thousands for breast cancer research

NEW: How a 90-year-old raised thousands for breast cancer research

Dorothy Simke might be the queen of recycling milk bottles. Those are her words, not mine, as she explained to me last week at her home in The Fountains, just east of Wellington. There, the 90-year-old Wellington Regional Medical Center volunteer explained her passion: Creating miniature scenes inside MacArthur Dairy bottles, then selling her elaborate crafts to raise money for breast cancer research...
Find your zen with The Gardens Mall’s summer wellness series

Find your zen with The Gardens Mall’s summer wellness series

Retail therapy is one way to boost your mood. A few moments of zen is another. Beginning this week, The Gardens Mall will host a series of free summer wellness programs in collaboration with Gold’s Gym, Jupiter Medical Center and yoga instructor and lifestyle blogger Dunia Rodriguez, as well as other health-conscious retailers and partners. Shoppers can relax and take part in meditation and...
Injured gator dropped off inside Florida Wawa

Injured gator dropped off inside Florida Wawa

Authorities are investigating how a 3-foot gator ended up in Wawa’s Lakewood Ranch store, the Bradenton Herald reports. Florida authorities are now looking for two people who they think are responsible for dumping the maimed 3-foot alligator at the Wawa, which is west of Bradenton, authorities say. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office told the Bradenton Herald that the gator was...
Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Tried to hire a plumber lately? An electrician? A roofer? Chances are getting one was a challenge, especially if you are a contractor working on a job site. And the labor crunch is unlikely to ease any time soon. Post reporter Jeff Ostrowski reported on June 15 that Palm Beach County’s jobless rate, a 12-year low of 3.3 percent in May, has predictably resulted in a shortage of “middle-skilled&rdquo...
VIDEO: Delray woman who brought children onto apartment ledge criminally charged

VIDEO: Delray woman who brought children onto apartment ledge criminally charged

The Delray Beach woman who brought her 3-year-old and 1-year-old onto a small apartment-building ledge has been charged with two counts of child neglect, according to the Delray Beach Police Department. Kyla Pecarina, 23, was arrested Thursday after having a mental-health evaluation, Delray Beach police said. When officers responded May 19, they saw the “delusional” woman...
In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

President-elect Donald Trump and billionaire Jeff Greene from a video clip that Greene says was a heated December 2016 conversation about Greene’s support for Hillary Clinton. After making a late entrance into the Democratic race for Florida governor, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene is putting $2.9 million into a week of statewide TV and online...
LATEST: Video from 7-11 stickup led to arrest in West Palm hotel robbery, police say

LATEST: Video from 7-11 stickup led to arrest in West Palm hotel robbery, police say

The man West Palm Beach police say is responsible for the June 10 armed robbery of a Holiday Inn Express was arrested after he was connected to a second armed robbery two days later. West Palm Beach officers who watched the security-camera footage of the hotel robbery say they recognized Joseph Christensen, 38, on video from a June 12 armed robbery at the 7-11 convenience store at Military...
Roosevelt High class of ‘57 scholarships come to an end after 40 years

Roosevelt High class of ‘57 scholarships come to an end after 40 years

For decades, class reunions had a special meaning for Roosevelt High School’s Class of 1957. It wasn’t only a time to get together. It was also a way to give back. Before each reunion, the classmates raised money together and then distributed scholarships to deserving students across the county. But 50 years after their own graduation from the West Palm Beach school that was forced to...
NEW: Carjacking suspect who hit Martin deputy blamed helicopter for capture

NEW: Carjacking suspect who hit Martin deputy blamed helicopter for capture

The man who slammed into a Martin County deputy’s vehicle after a chase from Greenacres on Friday said he would have escaped arrest if investigators hadn’t tracked him with a helicopter. “If it wasn’t for that chopper, y’all (expletive) would have never caught me,” Juan Carlos Carmenate told a Palm Beach County deputy who had come to St. Mary&rsquo...
Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Florida Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum often describes himself as the only non-millionaire in the crowded Democratic primary for Florida governor. Financial disclosure reports released Monday underscore his point. As Florida&rsquo...
BREAKING: Pahokee building fully engulfed in late-night fire; firefighter injured

BREAKING: Pahokee building fully engulfed in late-night fire; firefighter injured

Flames fully engulfed a two-story building Pahokee building shortly before midnight Monday in Pahokee, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. The building, on the 2000 block of E Main Street, had a wooden frame, a fire rescue spokesman said. No one was inside. As of 6:15 a.m., firefighters were still at the scene. According to authorities, one firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken...
How to celebrate 40th anniversary of ‘Grease’ this week in Royal Palm

How to celebrate 40th anniversary of ‘Grease’ this week in Royal Palm

Catch a free classic: Watch a free showing of the hit musical “Grease,” celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, at the Royal Palm Beach Branch library, 500 Civic Center Way. The PG-rated movie begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday and runs 110 minutes. For more information, call 561-790-6030. Amphitheater entertainment: Wellington’s weekend lineup for its amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill...
UPDATE: Police ID motorcyclist killed in Boynton crash

UPDATE: Police ID motorcyclist killed in Boynton crash

Blair Leafey, 37, of Boynton Beach, has been identified as the man who died in the crash, according to a Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman. The crash occurred when Erik Maldonado Lopez, 18, was driving his Toyota Corolla east on Boynton Beach Boulevard and turned left onto Northwest Second Street, police said.  Lopez did not see Leafey on his Honda Motorcycle, and the collision caused Leafey,...
BREAKING: Traffic redirected for sinkhole in Palm Beach

BREAKING: Traffic redirected for sinkhole in Palm Beach

Update, 6:48 a.m. Tuesday: Crews patched the sink hole late Monday and reopened the area to traffic, according to a town alert. Public works crews plan to return this morning to make more repairs. Original story: A sinkhole at Onondaga Avenue and North Ocean Boulevard has caused traffic to be redirected, according to the town of Palm Beach.  Northbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard are closed...
Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

As President Donald Trump and top administration officials steadfastly defended the practice of separating children from adults who try to enter the U.S. illegally, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, on Monday accused the president of “racist” immigration policies and announced plans to visit the border this week. The liberal Frankel, a frequent critic of the president whose district...
NEW: Medical marijuana shops now legal in West Palm Beach

NEW: Medical marijuana shops now legal in West Palm Beach

Medical marijuana shops are free to open in West Palm Beach commercial zones after a unanimous final vote of the city commission Monday night. The vote came swiftly and without questions or comments by commissioners, which had discussed the matter in city workshops. The measure, allowing dispensaries in nonresidential zones and no closer than 500 feet from a school, received initial approval this...
U.S. Supreme Court hands Fane Lozman second win against Riviera Beach

U.S. Supreme Court hands Fane Lozman second win against Riviera Beach

Legal lightning struck twice for longtime Riviera Beach critic Fane Lozman on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court — for a second time — ruled in his favor in his decade-old battle with the city. In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court sent the dispute back to an appeals court to decide if city officials violated the self-styled corruption fighter’s First Amendment...
Buying a home in Palm Beach County? Sea level rise better be on radar

Buying a home in Palm Beach County? Sea level rise better be on radar

In the span of a 30-year mortgage signed today, 2,400 Palm Beach County homes could face a month’s worth of flooding each year as sea levels rise and tides creep farther inland, according to a study released Monday by the Union for Concerned Scientists. By the year 2100, the number of homes from Boca Raton to Jupiter that are vulnerable to the slow-motion threat of tidal inundation...
Schools set to split from counseling service suffering high turnover

Schools set to split from counseling service suffering high turnover

Palm Beach County school leaders are seeking to end their contract with the company that promised to put mental health counselors in the district’s 39 middle and seven alternative schools for free but failed to do it with consistency, as revealed by a Palm Beach Post investigation this month. The move comes two weeks after The Post reported that Motivational Coaches of America’s program...
Armed security guards may patrol some PBC elementary schools after all

Armed security guards may patrol some PBC elementary schools after all

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy said he is considering using private security guards to safeguard some of the county’s elementary schools this year, a turnaround from earlier assurances that every school would be staffed by a law enforcement officer. The potential change of plan comes after Sheriff Ric Bradshaw rebuffed Fennoy’s request to provide 50 overtime deputies...
Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has fought off a lawsuit by a slew of environmental organizations...
UPDATE: Charges dropped against Lantana-area man in gun-pointing case

UPDATE: Charges dropped against Lantana-area man in gun-pointing case

The State Attorney’s Office has decided not to file aggravated-assault charges against a 28-year-old Lantana-area man arrested last month, according to court records. On May 6, Alejandro Alfaro visited a woman and demanded to see her baby, according to a sheriff’s report. After arguing with the woman, who told Alfaro he could not see the baby, and some men at the house, Alfaro pulled out...
Boynton police: Man died after exhaust possibly leaked into truck

Boynton police: Man died after exhaust possibly leaked into truck

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause of death for a 23-year-old whose friend found him unconscious in their truck, according to a police report. Read more Boynton Beach stories here. City police believe Patrick Hassett died after exhaust possibly leaked into the cab of their truck through a cracked exhaust pipe. Hassett and his friend Michael Castillo, 25, were...
Sneaker sisters’ Boca Raton home listed for sale at $6.95 million

Sneaker sisters’ Boca Raton home listed for sale at $6.95 million

Could the Peters sisters — the ones who run Peters Development — be moving to Lake Worth? Possibly. Their father’s 7-bedroom, 14,268 square foot house in Boca Raton, where Ariana, Dresden and Dakota live, is on the market for about $7 million. “I want more of a condo,” said Doug Peters, who started Peters Development about 20 years ago. “They decided to put...
POST TIME: Farm near Lantana dealt in ostriches, gators, chimps

POST TIME: Farm near Lantana dealt in ostriches, gators, chimps

Readers: If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time, you will in no way be surprised by this: Palm Beach County once hosted an ostrich farm. Sure. Why not. Palm Beach Post staff researcher Melanie spotted clips about the farm, which operated around the Lake Worth-Lantana line and stretched from Dixie Highway to the Intracoastal Waterway. In 1921, F.W. Anderson quit as superintendent of...
West Palm Beach native most proud of rank in Navy

West Palm Beach native most proud of rank in Navy

A 1998 Palm Beach Lakes High School graduate and West Palm Beach native is serving in the Navy with Assault Craft Unit FOUR (ACU 4), one of the Navy’s most advanced amphibious warfare units. Senior Chief Petty Officer Horace Young is a logistics specialist with the group operating out of Virginia Beach, Virginia. A Navy logistics specialist is responsible for the financial budget and movement...

library life

Summertime, and the libraries are rocking! In keeping with this summer’s theme — Libraries Rock! — there’s music, dancing and magic coming to area branches this week. Mr. Richard performs on guitar, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica at the Boca Raton Library, while award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player Robert Ross performs blues, jazz, rock, soul and...
North blotter: Parking spot rage: Woman threatened, nearly mowed down by motorist

North blotter: Parking spot rage: Woman threatened, nearly mowed down by motorist

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE DISTURBANCE “Why the (expletive) you take my spot,” a woman was told by another motorist after she pulled into a parking space at a shopping center in the 4200 block of Northlake Boulevard. After delivering a few words in response, the woman began walking toward one of the stores. Still feeling slighted, the motorist drove at the woman as if attempting to run...
Central blotter: Man flirts with cashier while passing six counterfeit $50 bills

Central blotter: Man flirts with cashier while passing six counterfeit $50 bills

LANTANA POLICE COUNTERFEIT MONEY A flirtatious customer succeeded in passing six counterfeit $50 bills at a store in the 1200 block of Lantana Road. The man, who purchased a Yeti cooler and a juice extractor for $267.48, asked the cashier out on a date and left her a name and phone number on a scrap of paper. BATTERY Police were called to a neighborhood scuffle in the 100 block of Las Brisas Circle...
Child Rescue Coalition: Protecting youth from abuse via technology

Child Rescue Coalition: Protecting youth from abuse via technology

What does Child Rescue Coalition do? Child Rescue Coalition is a Boca Raton-based nonprofit that rescues children around the world from sexual abuse by building technology for law enforcement — free of charge — to track, arrest and prosecute child predators. A partnership of child exploitation investigators, police officers, digital forensic experts, prosecutors, child welfare agencies...
Jupiter author hopes teen readers find solace in her stories

Jupiter author hopes teen readers find solace in her stories

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Jill Mackenzie, 41 Like most authors of children’s books, Jill Mackenzie has sort of always been stuck, metaphorically, in the time that was most influential to her life — her teenage years. Even though she’s 41, the Jupiter resident said she feels like an 18-year-old. “I still feel completely in tune with my teenage self, and able to identify and sympathize...
South blotter: Woman steals $1,300 worth of T-shirts, shorts from Boca Raton store

South blotter: Woman steals $1,300 worth of T-shirts, shorts from Boca Raton store

BOCA RATON POLICE THEFT A woman stole 65 pieces of clothing from a display table at a store in the 6000 block of West Glades Road. The T-shirts and shorts were valued at $1,300. A man stole a purse valued at $2,295 from a store in the 6000 block of West Glades Road. A tailgate and lights were removed from a pickup parked in the 700 block of Northeast Sixth Street. Police arrested a 49-year-old man...
Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

A Canadian mother is warning other parents about the dangers of indoor heatstroke after her daughter endured a frightening ordeal. Jennifer Abma of Edmonton, Alberta, told "Today" that she was keeping her daughters inside when a heatwave hit their town. Her 3-year-old daughter, Anastasia, went upstairs to take a nap a few weeks ago after playing with her 1-year-old sister. An hour...
Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic. If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this...
Oprah becomes first black female entrepreneur on Bloomberg Billionaires Index

Oprah becomes first black female entrepreneur on Bloomberg Billionaires Index

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey has broken several records throughout her career, and she’s recently added another to her list of accomplishments. >> Read more trending news  The former talk show host and founder of OWN network earned a spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which lists the world’s 500 richest people. Winfrey, 64, ranked 494 on the list, making her the first black...
Chris Pratt shares 9 rules for life in MTV Movie & TV Awards speech

Chris Pratt shares 9 rules for life in MTV Movie & TV Awards speech

As actor Chris Pratt accepted the Generation Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday, he had some words of wisdom to share with viewers. "This being the Generation Award, I’m going to cut to the chase and I am going to speak to you, the next generation. I accept the responsibility as your elder. So, listen up," he said. >> Read more trending news  Read...
Father, girlfriend charged in murder of 6-year-old girl in Florida

Father, girlfriend charged in murder of 6-year-old girl in Florida

Two people have been arrested on first-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter of a child charges in connection to the death of a 6-year-old girl in Lakeland. Police officers responded to a home at 929 N. Gilmore Avenue #10 in reference to an unresponsive child. The child, Honesty Curry, was located in the living room of the apartment, lying on her back with no detectable pulse. She did not appear...
LATEST: Man pleads guilty in attack on motor scooter driver in Boynton

LATEST: Man pleads guilty in attack on motor scooter driver in Boynton

A man accused of trying to run a motor scooter driver off a Boynton Beach road in April pleaded guilty to one count of battery Tuesday, court records show.  Judge Daliah Weiss withheld adjudication on an aggravated-assault charge against Robert Herrington and placed him on 18 months probation.  As part of the plea agreement, Herrington, 58, must complete 50 hours of community service...
VIDEO: Second victim recalls Daytona Beach roller coaster accident

VIDEO: Second victim recalls Daytona Beach roller coaster accident

Another rider injured in Thursday’s derailment accident of the Sandblaster roller coaster at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk has told her story on national TV.   On NBC’s “Today” show, Melissa Collins on Tuesday tearfully recalled being in the lead car that derailed, left to dangle between the tracks.   “I couldn’t breathe, I thought I was going...
Florida man charged with murdering wife after 3-hour SWAT standoff

Florida man charged with murdering wife after 3-hour SWAT standoff

Julie Ann Stewart was already dead, stabbed to death and stuffed in the trunk of a car when police arrived Friday at her and her husband’s home on Cavalry Boulevard in East Arlington, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Gerard Stewart was attempting to leave in the car after calling police about 2 p.m., setting off a SWAT standoff off that lasted for hours in the community...
Praised West Palm attorney fought for many, but is now fighting for his life

Praised West Palm attorney fought for many, but is now fighting for his life

A knock on a door stopped Richard Tendler mid-sentence. His back straightened almost instinctively in his chair, just as it has at the first sign of every verdict. Two decades as a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County have taught the 51-year-old West Palm Beach man to never predict how things will go. “I’ve had cases I thought I won come back guilty,” Tendler...
Crime ring stole rental cars from PBIA, other airports; West Palm woman arrested

Crime ring stole rental cars from PBIA, other airports; West Palm woman arrested

A suburban West Palm Beach woman is among four South Florida residents arrested in Fort Myers for allegedly participating in an organized scam to steal high-end rental cars from airports across the state, including Palm Beach International Airport, according to Lee County Port Authority arrest records. It is believed the alleged ring organized at least weekly thefts from PBIA and airports in...
Palm Beach police: Man with marijuana jumps into Intracoastal, threatens officers

Palm Beach police: Man with marijuana jumps into Intracoastal, threatens officers

A 28-year-old man who police said was trespassing at the Sailfish Club with a jar of marijuana was arrested after he jumped into the Intracoastal Waterway to escape police and kicked, threatened and spit on officers, according to a police report. Brian James Marx Jr., who police said had a Colorado ID, was arrested on one count each of two felony charges: resisting an officer with violence and tampering...
No jail time for men who pleaded guilty to slitting dog’s throat, posting video online

No jail time for men who pleaded guilty to slitting dog’s throat, posting video online

A judge has ordered probation, a fine and community service for an Arkansas man who slit a pit bull’s throat on camera in Louisiana and another man who made the video and posted it on Snapchat. Steven Sadler and video-maker Boots Stanley, both of Hamburg, Arkansas, were sentenced Thursday in Morehouse Parish on one count each of aggravated animal cruelty, which carries a maximum sentence of...
VIDEO: Man points gun at patrons at South Florida Denny’s

VIDEO: Man points gun at patrons at South Florida Denny’s

North Miami Police are searching for a man who they say pulled out a rifle and pointed it at patrons in a Denny’s parking lot on Sunday. Police said the incident started when the man was arguing with a family waiting to be seated for dinner at the restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard When an employee asked him to leave, the man said “Denny’s is not safe,” NBC Miami reports...
‘Drive My Car’: Paul McCartney climbs behind wheel for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

‘Drive My Car’: Paul McCartney climbs behind wheel for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

James Corden has hitched a ride with divas, broadway stars and rockers. Now he’s tapped a music legend to help him navigate the roads as they sing a hit song or two.  >> Read more trending news  Paul McCartney is the latest to “Help” a mate get through traffic, and the teaser spot for the upcoming bit shows the pair singing “Drive My Car,” Variety...
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