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The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers

Palm Beach County’s public school administrators are ruling out raises for teachers and other employees this year after state lawmakers required that nearly all new education money be spent on beefing up school security and mental health services. In an unusual move, leaders of the school district said this week that they could not set aside any money for employee raises in their tentative...
NEW: Congress committee questions Brightline financing strategy

NEW: Congress committee questions Brightline financing strategy

Members of a congressional oversight committee Thursday took aim at Brightline’s plan to use tax-exempt bonds to pay for its West Palm Beach-to-Orlando extension, questioning whether the project qualifies for the tax-free financing. Brightline in December won federal approval to sell $1.15 billion in private activity bonds to help pay for the second phase its passenger rail project, which will...
JUST IN: Armored truck driver accused of stealing $80,000 

JUST IN: Armored truck driver accused of stealing $80,000 

An armored truck driver from Mangonia Park was arrested this week after he allegedly stole $80,000 from his company.  Authorities said Evens Belot, 49, never returned a bag of cash that belonged to his employer, Loomis Armored U.S. in Mangonia Park. He was arrested Wednesday on one count of grand theft over $20,000.  He was released the same day after posting $5,000 bail. According...
Shake up in PBC judicial races: McAuliffe switches seats; Tendrich out

Shake up in PBC judicial races: McAuliffe switches seats; Tendrich out

With more than a week to go before candidates officially begin qualifying for the August elections, there has already been some shake-ups in Palm Beach County’s judicial races. Former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe has switched seats and will no longer run against Scott Kerner, the brother of County Commissioner David Kerner. Instead of challenging Kerner for the seat being...
Statue honors late Boynton Beach police officer, K9 partner

Statue honors late Boynton Beach police officer, K9 partner

With tears in his eyes, Boynton Beach police officer Mark Sohn remembered his friend and colleague. “Joe was an excellent cop, a phenomenal father, a great family man and even the people he arrested, he treated with dignity and even when he had to get rough with some of them, they respected him for that,” Sohn said of Officer Joseph Crowder. “Even some of the criminals today mention...
Nina and Pinta replicas dock at Harbourside Place

Nina and Pinta replicas dock at Harbourside Place

It was a calm morning at the Harbourside Place dock where two huge wooden ships sat. A small crew was quickly tying knots, adjusting sails and setting up for visitors that were expected to arrive soon. Carved in the back of the 85-foot, black colored ship was the word “Pinta” and in front was the Nina — a 65-foot beauty. These two vessels are replicas of the ones Christopher Columbus...
Boynton to buy programs to improve garbage pick up, 911 dispatch

Boynton to buy programs to improve garbage pick up, 911 dispatch

Residents could notice an improvement in the city’s 911 dispatch and garbage pick-up services following the City Commission’s approval this week for staff to buy upgraded programs for both. The city’s dispatch program now requires call-takers to ask irrelevant information and provides instructions for only medical calls. The new one has protocols for...
Ex-Santaluces student gets 35 years for killing classmate

Ex-Santaluces student gets 35 years for killing classmate

After more than six years, countless hearings and a week-long trial, Janice Coogle-Robertson arrived at the Palm Beach County Courthouse on Friday wearing a T-shirt that made it clear she wanted a long sentence for her son’s killer. “Justice for Mike,” read the back of the T-shirt. On the front was a photo of the smiling face of her 16-year-old son, Michael, a Santaluces Community...
Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

In a sign that Floridians are embracing the state’s freshly minted medical marijuana program, the state’s official cannabis registry has topped 100,000 patients. The Florida Department of Health counted 100,576 patients as of Friday, and about 2,500 people join the list each week. “Hitting 100,000 patients in Florida really shows us that people are being helped by medical marijuana...
One-armed Gardens golfer, 7, to be on Steve Harvey’s ‘Little Big Shots’

One-armed Gardens golfer, 7, to be on Steve Harvey’s ‘Little Big Shots’

Tommy Morrissey, a 7-year-old golf prodigy born with one arm, is no stranger to the spotlight. RELATED: Honda Classic 2017: Inspirational Gardens boy missing arm outhits pros He appeared on “The Ellen Show” when he was 3 years old. He traveled to Indonesia at age 4 to inspire other children with physical differences. He challenged PGA pros at the Honda Classic last year to raise money...
West Palm officer makes history as city’s first woman SWAT member

West Palm officer makes history as city’s first woman SWAT member

Before West Palm Beach police even hired her, Sarah Burgoon knew she’d be the department’s first woman SWAT member.  The undaunted 35-year-old officer didn’t think it’d be easy. She didn’t want it to be.  This month, Burgoon ran, shot and sweated her way past her male colleagues and into West Palm Beach history. She is the first woman to make the department&rsquo...
NEW: Two face charges as failed drug heist ends with man shot in buttocks

NEW: Two face charges as failed drug heist ends with man shot in buttocks

A U.S. Marshals task force this week arrested two Port St. Lucie teenagers on charges that they tried to rob a home where marijuana allegedly was being sold — and shot the homeowner in the buttocks in the process. Howard Anthony Gookool, 18, and a 16-year-old were arrested after the incident Saturday night at a home on the 3100 block of Southwest Street. Both live in Port St. Lucie. The State...
Developer proposes more apartments in Boynton Beach, off Gateway

Developer proposes more apartments in Boynton Beach, off Gateway

A developer wants to bring more apartments to the city off Gateway Boulevard just east of Renaissance Commons, and would call them Quantum Lake Villas West. Olen Development proposes 104 rental apartments in four, two-story buildings on 4.4 acres. There would be 80 one-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units. Sign up for The Post’s Boynton Beach newsletter The City...
JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

Park Vista High School football standout Jake Collins has been charged a second time this week with burglarizing guns and other items from homes in suburban Lake Worth, according to jail and court records.  Collins, a senior who had signed to play at Duquesne University, now is charged with stealing from a home near his own that’s been empty since its owners died. Judge Ted Booras...
Slow-moving cool front to bring rain, but when and how low for temps?

Slow-moving cool front to bring rain, but when and how low for temps?

Winter lobs another cool front toward Florida this weekend, promising an uptick in showers Saturday night through Monday. But this late in the season, forecasters aren’t expecting a drastic dip in temperatures. Daytime highs are predicted to hover near 80 degrees through at least Wednesday, with sultry overnights in the low 70s and high 60s. The slow-moving low-pressure system...
Teen out on bond in fatal 2016 crash arrested in WPB shooting

Teen out on bond in fatal 2016 crash arrested in WPB shooting

A teen out on bond in a fatal 2016 crash now faces an attempted murder charge in a shooting Tuesday morning at a West Palm Beach apartment complex.  Marauavious Hill, 19, of Riviera Beach was arrested late Thursday for reportedly shooting at a man and his sister shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Palm Grove Apartments. Judge Ted Booras on Friday morning ordered Hill held without bail...
Always a Palm Beach connection: Mar-a-Lago gets passing mention in Comey memos

Always a Palm Beach connection: Mar-a-Lago gets passing mention in Comey memos

View from the west of Mar-a-Lago during last month’s Palm Beach County GOP fundraiser there. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump was tweeting from Mar-a-Lago late Thursday night and early this morning about fired FBI Director James Comey, his book tour and the release of 15 pages of redacted memos Comey wrote after meetings...
NASA oceanographer, local man want to bring a yellow submarine ‘home’

NASA oceanographer, local man want to bring a yellow submarine ‘home’

Two days before Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy in 1969, another historic NASA mission of discovery was happening almost unnoticed 153 miles south in Palm Beach County. The Ben Franklin, a research submarine — yes, a yellow (and white) submarine — launched July 14, 1969, from the Port of Palm Beach on a 30-day mission to explore the Gulf Stream, for what NASA oceanographer Gene...
BREAKING: Greenacres-area Publix sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

BREAKING: Greenacres-area Publix sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

One of Thursday’s three winning Fantasy 5 tickets was sold at a Publix just south of Greenacres, the Florida Lottery said. The Publix Super Market at the Lantana Plaza Shopping Center on Jog Road near Lantana Road sold a ticket with the winning combination of 7-11-13-16-20. It paid $67,327.45. The other winning tickets were sold in Orlando and Campbellton, a small town in Florida&rsquo...
Great Give, a countywide fund-raising day, returns on Tuesday

Great Give, a countywide fund-raising day, returns on Tuesday

The Great Give for Palm Beach and Martin counties is back for the fifth year with a more ambitious fund-raising goal and a larger roster of non-profits in search of support. The event is from midnight to midnight Tuesday, April 24, 2018. This year, 485 charities are participating, up from 405 in 2017. Tuesday’s fund-raising goal: $2.25 million. In 2017, $2.1 million was raised. Since the Great...
Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

Long-running litigation between President Donald Trump and members of his golf club in Jupiter came to an anti-climatic end on Friday with both sides declaring victory when a federal judge tentatively signed off on a $5.4 million settlement agreement. “The trial was a complete victory. The settlement was a complete victory,” said attorney Seth Lehrman, who represented 65 members...
What’s behind the amazing revival of wading birds in South Florida?

What’s behind the amazing revival of wading birds in South Florida?

Bellwethers of Everglades health balance on long skinny legs the color of driftwood at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands west of Delray Beach. Perched in tangles of branches woven into treetops, fuzzy heads of white down and muted orange beaks indicate the wobbly aviators are fledgling wood storks old enough to stretch their wings, but too awkward to leave the nest just yet. Wood stork nests are a key...
Little progress year after Jupiter bought lot to ease traffic woes

Little progress year after Jupiter bought lot to ease traffic woes

It’s been a year since the Town of Jupiter bought a 2-acre lot next to Jupiter High School with the goal of improving safety for motorists. But since the $2.8 million purchase on April 4, 2017, little progress has been made. “We have cleared the land,” said Mayor Todd Wodraska about the vacant property, which had become a dumping ground for trash and a gathering spot for homeless...
Palm Beach Gardens voters to get 3 ballot questions in August

Palm Beach Gardens voters to get 3 ballot questions in August

Palm Beach Gardens voters may have a sense of deja vu come August when they see similar questions on their ballots to those that appeared in March. Palm Beach Gardens is revisiting proposed changes to term limits and the city charter, after a judge tossed questions from the March ballot. The judge determined the questions were misleading after the ballots had been printed, and votes cast for them...
Trump today: First lady but not president will attend Barbara Bush funeral

Trump today: First lady but not president will attend Barbara Bush funeral

The White House announced today that Donald Trump would not attend former first lady Barbara Bush's memorial service Saturday "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service." The president is expected to stay at Mar-a-Lago while first lady Melania Trump flies to Houston for the funeral, the Associated Press reports...
Pilots find small monkey at shopping center in Hallandale Beach 

Pilots find small monkey at shopping center in Hallandale Beach 

A monkey was seen by a group of pilots getting coffee today at the Diplomat Shopping Center in Hallandale Beach. Several monkeys have been spotted in South Florida recently, WPLG reports. Monkeys were also seen in North Miami Beach and Cooper City. The Aventura Police Department received calls Tuesday about a similar monkey that may be in the area. It is unknown how many monkeys are in the South Florida...
Trump in Palm Beach: Takes ‘incredible education’ trip to Key West

Trump in Palm Beach: Takes ‘incredible education’ trip to Key West

President Donald Trump took a side trip from Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to get “an incredible education” at a military facility that combats drug trafficking and criminal networks in Key West. Trump, who is spending the week at his Palm Beach estate and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there on Tuesday and Wednesday, left Mar-a-Lago about 10:50 a.m. Thursday. He made the 5-mile trip...
Boca High co-valedictorian inspired by grandfather

Boca High co-valedictorian inspired by grandfather

When she was a sophomore at Boca Raton High School, Lauren Morejón co-founded and led an organization called Project Outreach with her twin sister, AnaMichele. They developed a team of volunteers to produce an inspiring, uplifting show of dancers and singers titled “I Rise,” dedicated to their late grandfather. For Lauren, 17, the co-valedictorian for the Bobcats, Project Outreach...
EXCLUSIVE: Miami man guilty of stalking ex-ballerina for 31 years

EXCLUSIVE: Miami man guilty of stalking ex-ballerina for 31 years

It was the night after Christmas in 2011, just before 9 p.m. on Seabreeze Avenue in Palm Beach, and Elizabeth and Mark Schulhof had just returned to their vacation home from a dinner out with their two young sons. Elizabeth Schulhof remembered that she was with her 7-year-old boy and was headed to check on the 12-month old baby she’d left behind with a nanny when she heard a knock on the door...
Allamanda student’s rare disorder inspires family to help others

Allamanda student’s rare disorder inspires family to help others

In many ways, Nevaeh Myers is a typical 9-year-old who loves coloring, reading and riding around her Tequesta neighborhood on her scooter. RELATED: From the operating room to the ballroom: Dancing on stage fulfills heart transplant recipient’s dreams But a sliver missing from her 22nd chromosome wreaked havoc on her heart when she was a baby. Her pediatrician detected a heart murmur at her 2-month-old...
Applicants sought for free Criminal Justice Academy in the Glades

Applicants sought for free Criminal Justice Academy in the Glades

Applications are being accepted from people interested in participating in the Glades Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy that will begin in June. Sessions will be held on five consecutive Mondays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning June 4 at the Belle Glade Library at 725 N.W. 4th St. The classes are free and dinner will be served. The academy, which offers people the opportunity to meet key players...
Boynton’s City Hall, police station and library to temporarily move

Boynton’s City Hall, police station and library to temporarily move

Starting this summer, residents will pay water bills, check out books and file police reports in a makeshift City Hall, library and police station. The city will temporarily move the three for about two years while the current buildings are torn down to make space for new, up-to-date ones as part of the $250 million Town Square redevelopment project. Boynton’s police...
Wellington water plant lauded; $16 million in work to begin this year

Wellington water plant lauded; $16 million in work to begin this year

Wellington’s water treatment plant has received a prestigious state award, as village officials gear up for a multimillion-dollar project to replace an aging part of the facility. At a conference last week, the American Water Works Association’s Florida Section named the plant on Wellington Trace the Most Improved Water Treatment Plant in the state for last year. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign...
Man likely injured back hanging TV bought with stolen credit card, Delray police say

Man likely injured back hanging TV bought with stolen credit card, Delray police say

Delray Beach police, a report says, found Steven Shapiro in a Fort Lauderdale rehab center. He said he was recovering from back surgery. When detectives played surveillance-camera video showing the Illinois native walking through area stores clad in a Chicago Cubs T-shirt, he admitted he’d bought $1,823 worth of items using credit cards he’d stolen from his landlord.  One item...
NEW: Overdose numbers continue to dwindle in Delray Beach

NEW: Overdose numbers continue to dwindle in Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH — Overdoses are on the decline in Delray Beach, continuing a trend that started last year. The latest data collected by the Delray Beach Police Department shows there were fewer citywide drug overdoses in March than that time frame last year and in 2016, when there was a record-breaking number of reported overdoses. As the country grapples with the widespread opioid epidemic...
THINGS TO DO: Italian feast in Gardens, North Palm clubhouse closing

THINGS TO DO: Italian feast in Gardens, North Palm clubhouse closing

CLUBHOUSE CLOSING CELEBRATION North Palm Beach is throwing a party for the closing of its 55-year-old clubhouse. Locals will gather to share memories and spend time with friends and neighbors 1 to 6 p.m. April 28 at the Village Clubhouse, 951 U.S. 1. RELATED: IN DEPTH: What’s driving spending on posh clubhouses in north county? The village will demolish the clubhouse in June to make way for...
This weekend: Delray Beach’s Morikami Museum to hold Hatsume Fair

This weekend: Delray Beach’s Morikami Museum to hold Hatsume Fair

DELRAY BEACH — Ring in the spring at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ largest annual festival, the Hatsume Fair, with Japanese street food, martial arts and bonsai demonstrations and an anime-inspired costume contest. During the fair, Morikami’s tranquil gardens will transform into a bustling festival to celebrate the first bud of spring with several events...
BREAKING: Student found with knife at Lake Worth elementary school 

BREAKING: Student found with knife at Lake Worth elementary school 

A North Grade Elementary student brought a pocket knife to school Wednesday, according to a robocall sent to parents that evening.  The student had the knife in a backpack and showed it to another student, who then notified a teacher, according to the call.  It was not immediately known how long the student had the knife in the backpack or when in the school day the student notified...
Gardens to revisit tossed ballot question on term limits

Gardens to revisit tossed ballot question on term limits

After a judge tossed two Palm Beach Gardens ballot questions from the March election, saying they misled voters, officials want to put revised questions to voters in August. RELATED: Gardens will annex area west of Ibis; voters reset council term limits Like the discarded questions, the new ballot questions would update the city charter, allow the city council to serve an additional term in office...
Boca Raton’s Bluegreen pitches timeshares to next generation

Boca Raton’s Bluegreen pitches timeshares to next generation

It’s not your parent’s timeshare anymore. That’s the message of Bluegreen Vacations Corp., a Boca Raton-based company seeking to tap the next generation of travelers. Bluegreen on Wednesday announced it had purchased a new vacation destination, The Éilan Hotel and Spa in the San Antonio Hill Country. The $34 million purchase is part of an initiative to expand the company&rsquo...
Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off at debate

Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off at debate

Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times, and only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, relies on his hometown paper to find out what’s going on in the world. The insight into who’s reading what was among the lighter moments of an hour-long debate Wednesday in Tampa, the first...
Donald Trump makes a rare concession of defeat in eulogizing Barbara Bush

Donald Trump makes a rare concession of defeat in eulogizing Barbara Bush

President Donald Trump speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump often compares himself to other presidents — and often finds his predecessors lacking. At a joint press conference Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister...
Take a sneak peek inside Boynton’s remodeled historic high school

Take a sneak peek inside Boynton’s remodeled historic high school

When the public visits Boynton Beach’s historic high school next year in its new capacity as a civic and cultural arts center, they’ll see the 1927 building’s original southern pine wood, the terracotta construction, the 12-inch thick walls and its concrete beams. They’ll see the same stairways students and teachers once walked and they’ll be in a building that had...
Florida Gov. Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money

Florida Gov. Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money

As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to the Seminole Tribe continuing to pay more than $300 million a year in casino money to the state. The tribe would continue making the payments, which are rooted in a 2010 gambling agreement, through the 2019 legislative session. In exchange...
Trump, Abe end Mar-a-Lago summit stressing future trade, Korea talks

Trump, Abe end Mar-a-Lago summit stressing future trade, Korea talks

Standing in a grand ballroom that bears his name at his Mar-a-Lago estate, President Donald Trump on Wednesday seemed mindful of the legacy-defining potential of his planned denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his side after two days of meetings, Trump said his tough stance on Kim’s regime had helped create the potential for...
NEW: Why this Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation remains hopeful

NEW: Why this Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation remains hopeful

Someone had to unload the box of red wine, so Francisco Javier Gonzalez grabbed two bottles and began stowing them on a shelf. He had come to Pizza Al Fresco on Wednesday, and every other day, to work. To not think about his immigration status. To not think about what might happen later this week, when he will meet with customs agents again. To not think about what might happen to his family...
Former inmate, former judge among volunteers awarded by PBSO

Former inmate, former judge among volunteers awarded by PBSO

A former prison inmate and a former county judge shared the spotlight Wednesday afternoon as the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recognized more than 1,700 volunteers for their service during 2017. Anthony Hoskins, honored with a Volunteer Award for Excellence, leads five programs at The Lord’s Place in West Palm Beach but also goes to detention centers to mentor both juveniles and...
Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

First ladies Melania Trump of the United State and Akie Abe of Japan toured Flagler Museum on Wednesday — another gilded, Palm Beach mansion coincidentally completed a few decades before Mar-a-Lago opened for the 1927 winter season. The first ladies arrived at the museum, the former winter residence of industrialist Henry Flagler, about 11:20 a.m., while President Donald Trump and Japanese...
North county first responders honored for valor, community service

North county first responders honored for valor, community service

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Wednesday honored area first responders for valor and community service during a ceremony at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center. The Valor Award was presented to first responders who demonstrated courage above and beyond the call of duty, regardless of personal safety, to save another person’s life or protect them from harm. Palm Beach Gardens detective...
Haynie says her firm wasn’t paid for job — investigators contradict her

Haynie says her firm wasn’t paid for job — investigators contradict her

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s family business collected at least $64,000 for installing surveillance cameras for a developer whose projects she voted on but Haynie told The Palm Beach Post six months ago that the firm wasn’t paid at all for one of the jobs. A county ethics investigation that closed Monday revealed...
Starbucks’ plan to close for day of training draws mixed reactions

Starbucks’ plan to close for day of training draws mixed reactions

Reaction is pouring in like Pumpkin Spice Latte in a 31-ounce Trenta cup over Starbucks’ decision to kick customers out of its 8,000 corporate stores the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias training. A key focus of the training: When not to kick customers out of its stores. “For us to give up one day here is nothing if it helps the greater good,” Vincenzo Finelli, a Starbucks customer...
Spirit Ride shows up in West Palm, Boynton with directive for drivers

Spirit Ride shows up in West Palm, Boynton with directive for drivers

The life of Woodson Metellus, then 18, was forever changed when his father, Arnold Metellus, a 59-year-old Haitian immigrant who lived in Boynton Beach and worked as a Road Ranger, was standing next to a disabled vehicle at 1 a.m., Oct. 26, 2014 near the Palmetto Park Road exit northbound Interstate 95 In one moment he was a hard-working husband, and father to a high school student. In the next moment...
 NEW: Authorities arrest 14 migrants near Singer Island

 NEW: Authorities arrest 14 migrants near Singer Island

Authorities arrested 14 migrants who attempted to come ashore Thursday night near Singer Island.  The situation unfolded at about 10:30 p.m. Those taken into custody included seven Haitians, four Bolivians and three Chinese, Homeland Security spokesman Nestor Yglesias said.  No other details were disclosed as the incident remains under investigation. 
Immunotherapy plus chemo doubles lung cancer survival, study says

Immunotherapy plus chemo doubles lung cancer survival, study says

Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatments for lung cancer. However, immunotherapy may be able to help double a patient’s survival, according to a new report. Researchers from New York University’s Perlmutter Cancer Center recently conducted a study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, to determine which treatments were most effective for those newly diagnosed...
A reprieve? Immigration officials cancel meeting with Palm Beach restaurant manager

A reprieve? Immigration officials cancel meeting with Palm Beach restaurant manager

Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials was canceled Friday, and the Palm Beach restaurant manager will likely be granted an extended stay into the summer, according to his lawyer. Gonzalez, the manager of Pizza Al Fresco in Palm Beach, had a meeting scheduled at an ICE office in Miramar on Friday morning to receive an update on his immigration...
Flagler Bridge now open to motorists

Flagler Bridge now open to motorists

Update 2:30 p.m.: The Flagler Memorial Bridge is now working and open to motorists, according to a town alert. Original story: The Flagler Memorial Bridge is malfunctioning, according to an alert posted to the Town of Palm Beach website. Motorists are urged to seek other routes. It is “unknown” when the bridge will be fixed, according to the alert. This is at least the fourth time in the...
Five shootings and a final crash: The last days of Hugo Selva

Five shootings and a final crash: The last days of Hugo Selva

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the calls to 911 started coming in just before 10 a.m.  “I’m on 95 northbound, just south of Belvedere Road and there’s some guy just driving backward,” the caller said. “I saw him really clearly. He looks like he was high on drugs, to be honest with you.” 
SATURDAY: R&B superstar appearing at West Palm’s Heart & Soul Fest

SATURDAY: R&B superstar appearing at West Palm’s Heart & Soul Fest

1. Heart & Soul Fest returns Saturday from 2-8 p.m. in the Historic Northwest District across from the Sunset Lounge. The free event features music, soul food and family fun. And the city will be giving away free trees, as well. Entertainment includes R&B superstar Kenny Lattimore at 6:45 p.m., along with local bands Andrew Luv and the Franchise Players and the Valerie Tyson Band. In addition to the...
NEW: 15-year-old charged in Greenacres-area armed carjacking 

NEW: 15-year-old charged in Greenacres-area armed carjacking 

A 15-year-old Lantana boy appeared at a court hearing Friday morning after prosecutors decided to try him as an adult in an alleged armed carjacking.  David Mornoe-Scarboro was denied bond during an arraignment hearing before Judge Ted Booras at the Palm Beach County Jail. The teen is accused in an alleged armed carjacking on the morning Feb. 23 on South Military Trail, just east of the...
Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to Mar-a-Lago after 5 hours at golf club

Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to Mar-a-Lago after 5 hours at golf club

UPDATE 2:16 p.m.: The president has returned to Mar-a-Lago after nearly five hours at Trump International Golf Club in suburban West Palm Beach. No word on if he played golf, what he shot or with whom he played. UPDATE 10:17 a.m. The memos kept by James Comey of his conversations with the president prove, once again, that a remarkable number of major new stories have a  Palm Beach angle. ...
Florida man, 19, wins $15 million playing lottery scratch-off ticket 

Florida man, 19, wins $15 million playing lottery scratch-off ticket 

A 19-year-old Florida man claimed a $15 million top prize in a new scratch-off game, Florida lottery officials announced Wednesday. Quinn Kofler of Bonita Springs won the top prize in the Florida 100X the Cash scratch-off game, lottery officials said in a news release. The scratch-off game, which costs $30, debuted on Feb. 26 and features eight top prizes of $15 million, which lottery officials...
Police: Mother facing charges after student, 7, attends school with cocaine in system 

Police: Mother facing charges after student, 7, attends school with cocaine in system 

An Ohio woman is facing charges after her 7-year-old child allegedly was high on cocaine while attending class Monday, police said. The child is a student at North Elementary School in Urbana, one of the district’s kindergarten and first-grade schools, and was acting very unusual in the late morning, police and school officials said. “The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there...
Tammy Duckworth makes Senate history, votes with infant daughter in her arms 

Tammy Duckworth makes Senate history, votes with infant daughter in her arms 

Maile Pearl Bowlsbey doesn’t know it, but the 10-day-old infant made history Thursday at the U.S. Senate. Her mother, Tammy Duckworth, became the first person to cast a vote on the Senate floor with her newborn in her arms, The New York Times reported. The Democrat from Illinois participated in Thursday’s vote on the confirmation of Republican Rep. James Bridenstine as NASA&rsquo...
NEW: Greenacres-area man accused of molesting 12-year-old child

NEW: Greenacres-area man accused of molesting 12-year-old child

A Greenacres-area man is facing a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct after he allegedly molested a 12-year-old child, according to an arrest report. Fernando Calderon, 62, was arrested April 13 and released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday after posting a $50,000 bond. Calderon was asked by the victim’s parents to pick up their child, who had become sick while attending school...
LATEST: Boynton police say man tried to run scooter off road with car

LATEST: Boynton police say man tried to run scooter off road with car

A 58-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after Boynton Beach police said he twice tried to use his car to force a motor scooter off the road. Boynton Beach police arrested Robert Herington on one count each of aggravated assault and of battery. He remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday morning after a judge set his bail at $26,000. The incident took place at about 5...
Bake off star recounts being detained for taking baggies of powder through airport security

Bake off star recounts being detained for taking baggies of powder through airport security

She looks like the grandma who has to cook for everyone, but Mary Berry, star of “The Great British Bake Off,” has a dark past. Berry recently recounted the time that airport security detained her for taking bags of powder through airport security, Metro reported. >> Read more trending news  Berry told Graham Norton, “I was arrested 25 years ago. I was going...
Love SunFest? Score free tickets to SunFest 2018

Love SunFest? Score free tickets to SunFest 2018

One of South Florida’s largest music festivals, (and our favorite) SunFest,  kicks off in just 13 days. And if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, hold off. You could score FREE ones this weekend. How? Hop on the Brightline train. Yes, that’s right. Take a train ride this Saturday and Sunday for a chance to win two general admission tickets to SunFest 2018. Brightline...
Oh, boy! Michigan couple with 13 sons adds No. 14

Oh, boy! Michigan couple with 13 sons adds No. 14

A Michigan couple with 13 sons just added another child into the family -- and yes, it was another boy. Jay and Kateri Schwandt of Rockford welcomed an 8-pound, 4-ounce boy Wednesday night, WOOD-TV reported. The boy was born at 5:56 p.m. and measured 21 inches long. He also was five days early, the Grand Rapids Press reported. The Schwandts’ other boys range in age from 2 to 25. ...
’Break out the Kleenex': Family shares cartoon of Barbara Bush, late daughter

’Break out the Kleenex': Family shares cartoon of Barbara Bush, late daughter

Family members of Barbara Bush were touched by a cartoon that shows the former first lady greeting her late daughter in heaven. Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, drew the cartoon of Bush, who died Tuesday at 92, reuniting with daughter Pauline Robinson Bush -- known as Robin -- who died of leukemia in October 1953 when she was 3. “I came at it from a different angle...
LA Fitness apologizes for racial profiling incident at New Jersey club

LA Fitness apologizes for racial profiling incident at New Jersey club

LA Fitness issued an apology after two black patrons were wrongly accused of not paying at a New Jersey club and were asked to leave, CNN reported. Tshyrad Oates posted videos of the encounter, which occurred Sunday in Secaucus, New Jersey, on Facebook. Oates said he had a guest pass and his friend was a current member. Oates said in his Facebook post that a manager told them they were banned...
Parents file $750,000 lawsuit against Tennessee trampoline park

Parents file $750,000 lawsuit against Tennessee trampoline park

A Tennessee family filed a $750,000 lawsuit against Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Cordova.  Two parents filed the lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court last week on behalf of their son, who was injured on a rope course at the park in September 2017.  “He was given a harness by an employee, and after he had the harness on he was told he was ready to go,&rdquo...
Texas schoolwork asking for 'positive aspects' of slave life 'unacceptable'

Texas schoolwork asking for 'positive aspects' of slave life 'unacceptable'

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, took to Twitter on Thursday to call out a San Antonio school assignment about slavery that he called “unacceptable.”  Castro tweeted an image of the assignment, which asked students to list both positive and negative aspects to living as a slave.  The charter school where the assignment came from, Great Hearts, has since responded...
Southwest Airlines reportedly gives $5,000 checks to passengers from Flight 1380

Southwest Airlines reportedly gives $5,000 checks to passengers from Flight 1380

At least three passengers who were aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 received a $5,000 check in a letter from the airline, CNN reported Friday. One passenger, 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died after debris from the plane’s engine blew out a window. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, where Riordan died at...
Police: Man stays at bar for 30 minutes after being stabbed

Police: Man stays at bar for 30 minutes after being stabbed

A man who was stabbed early Thursday morning while at a Pittsburgh bar remained at the establishment for 30 minutes before leaving, investigators said. Police were called about 2 a.m. to a residential area near Pollock’s Cafe. Investigators said the 40-year-old victim was stabbed in the shoulder after he apparently got into a fight with another person. The man did not seek medical attention...
Arizona teachers approve strike, will walk out next Thursday

Arizona teachers approve strike, will walk out next Thursday

Arizona teachers voted in favor of a strike Thursday night as the educators demanded higher wages and better classroom conditions, KTAR reported. The walkout is scheduled for next Thursday. “Seventy-eight percent of the school employees in this state said yes,” Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association said during a news conference. Next week, Monday, Tuesday and...
2 Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant

2 Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant

Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were killed Thursday, shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant as they shared a meal, The Gainesville Sun reported. The man who allegedly shot the Gilchrist County deputies was found dead in a car outside the restaurant, authorities said. Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, were eating at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton at...
BREAKING: Man wounded in Boynton Beach shooting

BREAKING: Man wounded in Boynton Beach shooting

A man was taken to  Delray Medical Center on Thursday afternoon after being shot, Boynton Beach police said.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.  The shooting happened in the 1200 block of Northwest 4th Street.  No other details were immediately available. 
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