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NEW: Fort Pierce man dies in drive-by shooting in Vero Beach-area neighborhood

NEW: Fort Pierce man dies in drive-by shooting in Vero Beach-area neighborhood

A man from Fort Pierce died in a drive by shooting near Vero Beach on Friday afternoon, according to Indian River County Sheriff’s Office deputies.  Christard Hicks, 19, suffered a gunshot wound and died about 40 minutes after he arrived to a local hospital, deputies said.  Witnesses told deputies that they saw a black Chrysler sedan drive around the 4400 block of 25th Avenue in Gifford...
NEW: American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at PBIA

NEW: American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at PBIA

An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, N.C., to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak on Saturday afternoon.  Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto.  The plane  -- which was scheduled to land at PBIA --  did not need to make an emergency...
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...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Trevor Omans, a senior at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, has committed to play baseball at Loyola University in New Orleans after receiving offers from Truman State University, Palm Beach State College, St. Anselm College, and a football offer from Ave Maria University. Featuring an 88-mph fastball, Trevor’s accomplishments include making the Perfect Game...
Find classic Italian fare at Fantastico Pizzeria

Find classic Italian fare at Fantastico Pizzeria

MENU The menu offers appetizers, salads, hot and cold subs, pasta, seafood, pizza and desserts.Italian favorites include sausage, meatball, chicken, eggplant, veal or shrimp parmigiana subs. Pasta dishes, served with a house salad and bread, include lasagna, baked ziti and ravioli. There’s a create-your-own pasta that lets you customize your dish. Specialty pizzas range from Hawaiian to buffalo...

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary hosts annual carnival, silent auction

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual Carnival and Silent Auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 27. Tickets are available at the school or at the gate. Activities include games and bounce houses. The school is at 10060 Riverside Drive. GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Rosemary Marshall, Gifted Program planner for the School District of Palm Beach County, has been named...
UPDATE: One dead, another injured in Fort Pierce shooting

UPDATE: One dead, another injured in Fort Pierce shooting

10:30 a.m. Tuesday UPDATE: Mizee Hodge, 21, of Fort Pierce died after being shot Monday in Fort Pierce, police said.  Authorities found the 21-year-old near a car by the intersection of Avenue I and North 31th Street. An 18-year-old with a gunshot wound was found about a block away. The teen was shot but is expected to survive his injuries.  Anyone who may have been in the area at the...
Sears to Palm Beach Gardens: Pay our $2.1 million legal bill

Sears to Palm Beach Gardens: Pay our $2.1 million legal bill

Sears is seeking $2.1 million in legal fees from the city of Palm Beach Gardens after the department store defeated the city and The Gardens Mall’s owner in court and prevailed in its efforts to sublease its mall space to Dick’s Sporting Goods. The amount, which an attorney for Palm Beach Gardens called “shocking,” is not covered by the city’s insurance policy. That means...
Cerabino: Is Florida about to break a 31-year lock on local gun laws?

Cerabino: Is Florida about to break a 31-year lock on local gun laws?

It started with Joe Carlucci. The New York transplant spent a decade in Jacksonville city politics before becoming a state legislator. Carlucci was an avid hunter who became the National Rifle Association’s Legislator of the Year in 1984. Two years later, at the age of 57, he died of a heart attack while hunting in Georgia. His colleagues in the Florida Senate marked his passing by naming a...
Gasoline prices rising in wake of Middle East tensions

Gasoline prices rising in wake of Middle East tensions

Get ready for gasoline prices to go up this week. The conflict in Syria sent crude oil prices to their highest point in more than three years, and as a result, motorists are about to feel the pain at the pump, AAA said Monday. “Motorists should expect a 15-cent increase at the pump in the short term,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. “However, prices could rise even more, depending...
NEW: Officials capture African Warthog running wild in St. Lucie County

NEW: Officials capture African Warthog running wild in St. Lucie County

An animal only native in the sub-Sahara of Africa was captured by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials last month in St. Lucie County.  The African Warthog wandered through wooded areas and backyards for several days in the suburbs just north of Fort Pierce, TC Palm reports. FWC officials said they were informed about the warthog on March 4, and set up several food traps...
The President’s coming to town — here’s what to expect

The President’s coming to town — here’s what to expect

Rather than his usual weekend visits, President Trump is scheduled to arrive here this afternoon to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to Federal Aviation Administration notices, Trump is expected to stay in the area until Thursday. However, traffic alerts from the Town of Palm Beach indicate he may stay until Sunday.  The president arrives...
Study gives two local state legislators A’s, two others F’s on public records votes

Study gives two local state legislators A’s, two others F’s on public records votes

Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Palm City, and State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, are two of 24 state legislators who each earned a grade of F for how they voted on transparency in government, according to this year’s statewide “Sunshine Scorecard,” a joint project of Florida newspapers and Florida’s First Amendment Foundation. State Sen...
UPDATE: Gun found on St. Lucie student at school was stolen, police say

UPDATE: Gun found on St. Lucie student at school was stolen, police say

11:15 a.m. Friday UPDATE: Police have determined the gun a student allegedly brought to Port St. Lucie High School on Thursday was stolen. As a result, the 17-year-old in custody also will face a charge of grand theft of a firearm, police said Monday. It was not known Friday whether the teen, a junior at the school, would be tried as an adult. The Post does not identify juveniles charged with crimes...
NEW: Man gets 10-year sentence for drug-fueled home home invasion

NEW: Man gets 10-year sentence for drug-fueled home home invasion

A Stuart man who attacked a woman and her adult son during a drug-fueled rage in August 2016 was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison Thursday.  Judge Lawrence Mirman sentenced Nico Gallo, 20, who pleaded guilty to trespassing, battery on a law-enforcement officer, criminal mischief and resisting an officer with violence.  He was received concurrent 5-year sentences for the battery...
NEW: Prescribed burn in Martin may bring smoke to Jupiter, Gardens

NEW: Prescribed burn in Martin may bring smoke to Jupiter, Gardens

Northern Palm Beach County residents may smell smoke Thursday as crews conduct a prescribed burn about 1 mile north of the Martin County border. The burn will affect about 400 wooded acres along Pratt Whitney Road, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said. The burn is intended to reduce the chances of brush fire by removing natural debris.
Jupiter Senior softball league is champion of Senior Division

Jupiter Senior softball league is champion of Senior Division

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Registration for the Jupiter Senior Softball Association’s 2018-2019 season is open to men 55 and older.Pickup games are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Jupiter Community Park, 3377 Church St. The 2018 Winter League wrapped up with an All-Star game March 28; one team finished with a 19-7-2 record and another went 19-6, with each winning the...
North blotter: Woman’s weapon of choice is iPad in attack on unfaithful boyfriend

North blotter: Woman’s weapon of choice is iPad in attack on unfaithful boyfriend

JUPITER POLICE BATTERY Believing her boyfriend was cheating on her, a woman hit him in the head with an iPad at their residence in the 300 block of Kingfisher Drive. When officers made contact with her, she began crying and stated they had been having issues. She claimed she had attempted to look at his iPad and see the history on it. She then said that while she was pulling the device away from him...
Klean Currents team tops field in FPL competition at Dwyer High

Klean Currents team tops field in FPL competition at Dwyer High

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS BRIEFLY Dunkin Donuts has launched its South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program, which will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Students in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties may apply. Applications will be accepted through May 1....
Good food, prices make Rancho Chico a keeper

Good food, prices make Rancho Chico a keeper

MENU Mexican-style appetizers, soup, salad, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, steak, chicken, seafood, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Fun and festive, with two large dining rooms and a row of comfy booths adjacent to an elegant wood and brick bar. Rich wood carvings on the walls and bright Southwest colors remind me of Mexican restaurants in Cozumel. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE We munched on complimentary chips...
NEW: Two fires engulf Martin County homes 

NEW: Two fires engulf Martin County homes 

Two fires engulfed two separate homes Tuesday morning.  Martin County Fire Rescue and Martin County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to fires on the 800 block of SW 34th Terrace and 11500 SW Kanner Highway, said The Martin County Sheriff’s Office.  Everyone made it out safely from the homes. The owners of both homes were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Read...
Florida ACLU director Howard Simon retiring after decades of battles

Florida ACLU director Howard Simon retiring after decades of battles

Howard Simon began his career fighting for voting rights, and he’ll end more than four decades of civil-rights advocacy championing the same issue. Along the way, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has plagued the Republican-dominated Legislature and more than one GOP governor, emerging victorious in court battles involving abortion, gay adoption and drug...
VIDEO: Police on hunt for Dixie Cream Donuts robber in Port St. Lucie

VIDEO: Police on hunt for Dixie Cream Donuts robber in Port St. Lucie

Police in Port St. Lucie are on the hunt for a man who helped himself to the Dixie Cream Donuts shop before store hours on Sunday. Surveillance video shows that the man broke into the shop,  in the 1300 block of SW Bayshore Boulevard, at 9:34 a.m. by smashing the glass doors with a hammer, according to police. He then grabs a bag, apparently to put cash in, the money box and the cash register...
Jensen Beach high student accused of strangling ex-girlfriend

Jensen Beach high student accused of strangling ex-girlfriend

A Jensen Beach High School student was arrested on charges of strangling his ex-girlfriend and then preventing her from calling 911. The dispute began on Friday when Geremia Mauriello’s 16-year-old ex-girlfriend went to his Stuart home to talk about their relationship. Without her parents’ consent or knowledge, she traveled to his home after calling an Uber, according to a Stuart police...
NEW: Texting 911 will soon be possible in Palm Beach County

NEW: Texting 911 will soon be possible in Palm Beach County

Typing a string of text messages on a cellphone, Palm Beach County 911 director Chuck Spalding silently issued a plea for help.  At a computer in the Emergency Operations Center, 911 planning coordinator Dan Koenig responded, collecting information about Spalding’s location and the nature of the emergency.  It was only a test, but the scenario is one that will soon be real for...
The Palm Beach Post’s high school All-Area sports teams - Winter 2017-18

The Palm Beach Post’s high school All-Area sports teams - Winter 2017-18

Check out our All-Area teams for the Winter 2017-18 high school sports season. — All-Area Girls Basketball Team (small schools)  — All-Area Girls Basketball Team (large schools)  — All-Area Boys Basketball Team (small schools) — All-Area Boys Basketball Team (large schools) — All-Area Girls Soccer Team (small schools) — All-Area...
Gold Star mom considers GOP challenge to Mast

Gold Star mom considers GOP challenge to Mast

Gold Star mother Karen Vaughn, who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention about the death of her Navy SEAL son in Afghanistan, is considering a GOP primary challenge to freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City. Mast has irked some conservatives by proposing a ban on military-style “assault weapons” after the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
NEW: Three arrested in shooting that wounds man near Stuart pub

NEW: Three arrested in shooting that wounds man near Stuart pub

Three men were arrested Wednesday following an argument outside a Stuart pub that resulted in another man being shot.  Police said that Pablo Quintero shot a man at about 1 a.m. Wednesday during an argument that spilled into the parking lot of Harper’s Pub on Southwest Federal Highway. The shooting victim was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.  Quintero was...
Police searching for runaway girl, 17, from Port St. Lucie

Police searching for runaway girl, 17, from Port St. Lucie

Police are looking for a 17-year-old girl who left her Port St. Lucie home around 3 p.m. Sunday and has not yet returned.  Jessica Love Carswell is described as being 5-foot-8, 110 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is asked to call detective W. Jarrett at 772-871-5052 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273- 8477. » Get the latest news about the Treasure...
BREAKING: Dive team recovers body of man who jumped off Fort Pierce bridge

BREAKING: Dive team recovers body of man who jumped off Fort Pierce bridge

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s divers have recovered a body that fits the description of the man who jumped Tuesday night off the Fort Pierce Bridge into the Intercoastal Waterway, the sheriff’s office said. At about 1:00 p.m., the dive team was notified by a sheriff’s marine unit that it had found something on its sonar, and divers then found the body in the area...
Fighter jets will be back over West Palm Beach this morning

Fighter jets will be back over West Palm Beach this morning

Fighter jets are expected to zoom as low as 3,500 feet over the West Palm Beach area again Wednesday morning as part of continuous security exercises, authorities said.  According to a release from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida's Panhandle, the exercise will be from about 8:30 a.m. to about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, or Thursday if there's a rain delay. Tyndall coordinates for the North American...
NEW: Police seek help finding missing 12-year-old from Port St. Lucie

NEW: Police seek help finding missing 12-year-old from Port St. Lucie

Police in Port St. Lucie are searching for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing since Monday.  Deonna M. Parker is 5-foot-1, weighs 140 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing dark jeans and a black T-shirt while leaving her home around 8 a.m.  » Get the latest news about the Treasure Coast Officers and detectives think she may be in Fort Pierce...
Fort Pierce’s LaSala’s Dojo competes in martial arts tourney

Fort Pierce’s LaSala’s Dojo competes in martial arts tourney

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Volunteers are needed for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at the Jupiter Hills Country Club in Tequesta May 17-23. A minimum of two four-to-six-hour shifts is required and a $75 apparel package must be purchased. Meals provided for each shift worked; work three or more shifts and receive a round of golf at the Club on Volunteer Appreciation Day this summer....
Pizza, pasta delight at Luca’s Italian Restaurant

Pizza, pasta delight at Luca’s Italian Restaurant

MENU Appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, pizza and pasta. Eggplant, chicken and veal parmesan dishes are offered, as well as shrimp scampi. ATMOSPHERE It’s the perfect neighborhood restaurant. The indoor dining area is cozy, decorated with antiques and festive little lights strung overhead. Tablecloths and flowers take it up a notch from a casual pizza parlor. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE The baked...
Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy students tour Mandel JCC exhibit

Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy students tour Mandel JCC exhibit

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS FAITH LUTHERAN SCHOOL Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is underway. The program is for children ages 8 weeks to Pre-K 4. Hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration also is open for the after-school and summer programs for kindergarten through grade five. The school is at 555 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach. Call 561-842-2487 for more information. WILLIAM T. DWYER HIGH Kayla...
NEW: Two injured in Stuart boat crash

NEW: Two injured in Stuart boat crash

Two people were injured in a collision involving two boats Tuesday morning near Sandsprit Park, authorities said .  Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded at about 11:30 a.m. after being contacted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.  The collision resulted in serious injuries, the sheriff’s office said. Both boaters were taken to...
JUST IN: PBSO releases photos of men accused in credit-card scam on elderly

JUST IN: PBSO releases photos of men accused in credit-card scam on elderly

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has released photos of men believed to be involved in a scam targeting elderly victims. Older people from around the country have reported being contacted by people claiming to be employees of their banking institutions. The alleged employee states that fraudulent activity has been detected on the customer’s debit cards, credit cards or both...
Man accused of running brothels in Palm Beach County now behind bars

Man accused of running brothels in Palm Beach County now behind bars

A man accused of running brothels and prostitution houses from suburban Lake Worth to Martin County was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday on human-trafficking and prostitution-related charges.  Standing on crutches, Miguel Angel Alvarez Maradiaga made his initial appearance in court Monday before Judge Ted Booras. Booras set Maradiaga’s bail at $600,000, and he remained in...
UPDATE: Police searching for drive-by shooter in Fort Pierce

UPDATE: Police searching for drive-by shooter in Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce police are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened around 1 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of North 24th Street. Someone inside an older-model, possibly green-colored SUV began shooting at a 28-year-old man standing outside a home, according to police spokeswoman Audria Moore-Wells.  » Get the latest news about the Treasure Coast  One bullet struck the man, who was...
Slain man’s mother: Why is it taking so long to extradite defendant from UK?

Slain man’s mother: Why is it taking so long to extradite defendant from UK?

When one of two men charged in her son’s murder was arrested in Northern Ireland a year ago, Pat Walsh figured it would be a matter of time before the man was back before a judge in Florida. She’s still waiting. Boca Raton police allege Jonah Horne of Palm Beach Gardens, now 23, and Matthew Lewis of Jensen Beach, now 24, fatally shot Jacob Walsh, 25, of Jupiter, on June 7, 2016. Police...
BREAKING: Middle school teacher arrested for sex acts with student in classroom

BREAKING: Middle school teacher arrested for sex acts with student in classroom

A seventh-grade math teacher admitted to engaging in sexual behavior with a student this academic year in his classroom, Martin County Sheriff’s Office authorities said Friday.  Jeffrey Anthony Tomasulo, 29, was arrested Thursday on a sexual battery charge for his inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old student. A judge ordered he be held in jail on a $250,000 bond.  Sheriff&rsquo...
NEW: Informant who helped foil bank heist facing attempted murder charge

NEW: Informant who helped foil bank heist facing attempted murder charge

The FBI informant who helped foil a $4 million bank heist last month was arrested Wednesday on an attempted murder charge, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state.  Chester Robinson, 30, faces charges in the Feb. 5 robbery and shooting of a man at a West Palm Beach-area apartment.  Martiavius Williams, one of the men facing federal charges in that foiled bank heist, told...
UPDATE: Federal agents arrest 28 in raid on tent-rental business

UPDATE: Federal agents arrest 28 in raid on tent-rental business

2:25 p.m. UPDATE: Federal authorities took 28 people into custody Wednesday following a search at a Fort Pierce tent-rental business. Those taken into custody were “administratively arrested,” Homeland Security spokesman Nestor Yglesias said. That means they could face deportation hearings. Authorities believe all are in the country illegally. In an unrelated enforcement operation...
North blotter: Pot smoker returns to store to claim forgotten weed, encounters deputy

North blotter: Pot smoker returns to store to claim forgotten weed, encounters deputy

MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DRUGS An officer went to a store in the 6500 block of South Kanner Highway in Stuart to investigate a lunch bag found on top of the soda cooler. A strong smell of marijuana was emanating from the bag. As the deputy was reviewing surveillance video to determine ownership of the bag, an employee stated that the owner of the bag was at the customer service desk. As...

Faith Lutheran School opens enrollment for 2018-2019 school year

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS FAITH LUTHERAN SCHOOL Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is underway. The program is for children ages 8 weeks to Pre-K 4. Hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration also is open for the after-school and summer programs for kindergarten through grade five. The school is at 555 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach. Call 561-842-2487 for more information. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Generation Stand UP will hold a Glow2Know Dance-A-Thon for all ages and generations at the Harbourside Place Amphitheater in Jupiter April 20 from 6-10 p.m. Music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s, costume contest and presentations on topics related to social and emotional health. Admission $5 per hour, or $10 teens/$15 adults for entire event. Go to www.standupfoundationfl...
Applebee’s offers variety of family-friendly fare

Applebee’s offers variety of family-friendly fare

MENU Appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, seafood, chicken, ribs, steak, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Warm, inviting sports bar and restaurant, with rich wooden booths and high-top tables. You can always count on delicious food at this chain, and our local eatery just added a large outside patio that adds a tropical new twist to chain dining. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE My family ordered an appetizer...
NEW: Boynton teen arrested after 100 mph car pursuit in Martin County

NEW: Boynton teen arrested after 100 mph car pursuit in Martin County

A 17-year-old Boynton Beach teen was arrested in Martin County early Saturday following a chase on Interstate 95 that exceeded speeds of 100 mph, authorities said. The teen was stopped in a stolen vehicle at about 2 a.m. on northbound I-95 after deputies used tire-deflation devices to disable the vehicle near the High Meadow Avenue exit in Palm City, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s...
UPDATE: Recovery for burned Fort Pierce girl brings successes, setbacks

UPDATE: Recovery for burned Fort Pierce girl brings successes, setbacks

It’s been nearly three months since Layne Chesney was brought to a hospital in Miami-Dade County with burns on more than 95 percent of her body following a bonfire incident on New Year’s Eve. The 14-year-old Fort Pierce girl’s recovery has included successes — she’s finally able to talk with family and friends with the aid of a speaking valve and has gotten back...
PHOTOS: Cancer survivor, 8, gets surprise day with the Houston Astros

PHOTOS: Cancer survivor, 8, gets surprise day with the Houston Astros

Zachariah Katz got a day of a lifetime at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Thursday afternoon. It wasn’t just a trip to a spring training game for the 8-year-old blood cancer survivor from Stuart. Houston Astros star pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to surprise the baseball fan with a “Day in the Life of a Pitcher.” Zachariah got an autographed...
With session done, what is Senate President Negron’s political future?

With session done, what is Senate President Negron’s political future?

If you had asked Senate President Joe Negron what his plans were immediately following the close of the 2018 session of the Florida Legislature on March 11, he would have told you he was leaving that night to go home to Stuart. But if you ask Negron – who served in the Florida House for six years prior to his 2009 election to the Senate – what his plans are for the remaining two years...
How a government agency is trying to stop residents demanding records

How a government agency is trying to stop residents demanding records

The public steward of South Florida’s water supply is taking extreme measures to keep secret the reasons behind a multimillion-dollar settlement while embroiling more than a dozen unwitting citizens in a battle over public records. South Florida Water Management District officials hired two private legal teams with taxpayer money to fight the release of a transcript from an August meeting regarding...
St. Lucie man died of heart attack after killing aunt, her boyfriend, sheriff says

St. Lucie man died of heart attack after killing aunt, her boyfriend, sheriff says

A Port St. Lucie man suspected of killing two people days apart last month suffered a fatal heart attack as he tried to flee the scene of the second murder, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Investigators say Melvin “Chip” Anderson, 61, fatally shot Gary Boice, 70, on the morning of Feb. 28, days after he killed his aunt, Gabriele Reusch Legg, 56, and...
NEW: Here we go again — storm cancels flights in and out of PBIA

NEW: Here we go again — storm cancels flights in and out of PBIA

More than 80 inbound and outbound flights at Palm Beach International Airport to and from cities along the Northeast and mid-Atlantic have been canceled as the result of a major snowstorm. If you think you’ve read this story before, you’re not mistaken. Three other snowstorms in the past three weeks also caused major schedule disruptions at PBIA and other South Florida airports. As...
Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

Perry Martin probably can’t stop pondering about his cat. In 2004, the orange tabby Thomas 2, or simply just “T2,” disappeared.  It happened when the Fort Pierce man moved into a friend’s house in Stuart after Hurricane Jeanne stormed through the area, according to TCPalm. The retired K-9 officer grieved, but then came to terms with the idea that his cat had moved...
North blotter: Man with amorous intentions follows woman into resort’s restroom

North blotter: Man with amorous intentions follows woman into resort’s restroom

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE BATTERY Upon exiting a men’s room at a resort in the 400 Avenue of the Champions, a man grabbed a female employee by both wrists and said “I love you.” The woman was able to break away and entered the ladies’ room to escape the individual. The man’s passion, however, overwhelmed his sense decorum and he pursued her into the ladies’ room...

LIBRARY LIFE: Donate food to clear fines at Martin County libraries

It’s Food for Fines time in Martin County. Patrons with late fines can clear them by donating canned or nonperishable food items to Martin County Library System sites during regular hours of operation April 2-8. Donations will be given to House of Hope, a nonprofit agency that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other services to Martin County residents in need. Upcoming activities...

Elementary schools in Palm Beach Gardens plan Kindergarten Round-Up

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round-Up takes place 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 5 in the cafeteria. Parents and their incoming kindergarten students are invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and register for the upcoming school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information. The school...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Palm Beach Soccer Academy will welcome more than 200 boys and girls youth soccer teams when it hosts the 11th annual Palm Beach Cup International Soccer Tournament May 11-13 in Palm Beach Gardens, with 315 games taking place at seven locations, including FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Ages U9-U19 welcome, registration fees $595-$825, includes referee fees and free...
NEW: Woman accused of starving 5 dogs, could face year in jail

NEW: Woman accused of starving 5 dogs, could face year in jail

A Port St. Lucie woman is facing a year in jail when she is sentenced Thursday for starving and abandoning five dogs in a garbage-filled home, authorities said.  Christina Hand, 30, pleaded no contest to five counts of animal cruelty following her arrest in late 2017 and agreed to a deal that follows the year in jail with nine months of probation. Under Florida statutes, she could...
Convention Center plans $1.9 million party courtyard on Okeechobee

Convention Center plans $1.9 million party courtyard on Okeechobee

Palm Beach County officials plan to begin construction this year on a $1.9 million project that will transform the area in front of the convention center on Okeechobee Boulevard into a landscaped courtyard that can be used for outdoor events. Convention center officials pointed to the outdoor patio space at the nearby Restoration Hardware building, saying they hope to create a similar area that is...
Palm Beach County homeowners to get $30 million for lost citrus trees

Palm Beach County homeowners to get $30 million for lost citrus trees

By the end of the year, checks are to be sent to thousands of Palm Beach County homeowners to reimburse them for healthy citrus trees that were chopped down by state crews in a failed attempt to stop the spread of canker, an attorney who has waged a 17-year fight with Florida agricultural officials said Monday. “It’s been a long journey but I’m fully confident we will have a successful...
NEW: Jail letters give more insights into Jupiter triple murder 

NEW: Jail letters give more insights into Jupiter triple murder 

Charles Vorpagel, the sole survivor of the 2017 triple homicide in Jupiter, acknowledged that even with the federal charges pending against him, it wasn’t just his case he needed to worry about.  “I owe it to my friends and my friends’ families to bring their killers to justice,” he wrote in an undated letter. “There is a reason I am still alive.&rdquo...
JUST IN: Fort Pierce woman with dementia missing since Friday

JUST IN: Fort Pierce woman with dementia missing since Friday

Deputies need help in finding a woman with dementia who went missing in Vero Beach on Friday. Assunta “Susy” Tomassi was last seen by her husband outside the Quilted Giraffe, a restaurant owned by the couple, at about 5 p.m., according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.  She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, a blue-and-white striped shirt...
Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat is disabled

Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat is disabled

Three people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat became disabled east of Port St. Lucie on Sunday. A tugboat notified the Coast Guard of a flare from a 23-foot boat. The launch of a response boat from Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce was ordered. The boat towed the disabled craft to the nearby Smithsonian Marine Station.
NEW: Hundreds say goodbye to boy, 13, murdered at BallenIsles sleepover

NEW: Hundreds say goodbye to boy, 13, murdered at BallenIsles sleepover

Hundreds of mourners said goodbye Friday to a 13-year-old boy who was stabbed to death early Monday during a sleepover at a friend’s house at BallenIsles Country Club. Jovanni Sierra, known as “Jio” to his friends, was murdered on his 13th birthday. Scores of Jovanni’s fellow students, teachers and administrators at Watson P. Duncan Middle School  attended the somber...
JUST IN: Nearly 50 arrests in anti-drug effort targeting Indiantown area

JUST IN: Nearly 50 arrests in anti-drug effort targeting Indiantown area

The second drug-enforcement effort focused on Martin County roadways this year resulted in nearly 50 arrests this month, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s office spent two days monitoring a stretch of Highway 710 in Indiantown under the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. LSD, cocaine and marijuana were among the drugs seized. During the...
Christy Cole honored as Martin’s School-Related Employee of the Year

Christy Cole honored as Martin’s School-Related Employee of the Year

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round-Up takes place 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 5 in the cafeteria. Parents and their incoming kindergarten students are invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and register for the upcoming school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information. The school...
North blotter: Police catch woman slamming rock against pole to torment neighbors

North blotter: Police catch woman slamming rock against pole to torment neighbors

JUPITER POLICE DISORDERLY CONDUCT Slamming a rock against a steel pole outside a residence in the 100 block of Cypress Cove at 11 p.m., a woman seemed determined to torment her neighbor and her children. Though officers had been alerted to the woman’s behavior earlier in the evening, they could not catch her in the act. After the third time out to the residence, police parked several blocks...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY After a $175,000 renovation, the Splash Zone at the Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex will reopen Saturday, just in time for spring break. Enjoy music, games, contests and prizes, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Refreshments available or bring your own (no alcohol or glass bottles), all ages welcome. Admission fee is $3.55 for residents/$11.15 for non-residents. Special spring break pool...
Discover Old Florida vibe at Gettin Crabby

Discover Old Florida vibe at Gettin Crabby

MENU Appetizers, soup, salad, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, steak, pasta, dessert. ATMOSPHERE Old-time Florida feel, with aged wooden floors, rustic furnishings and bar and weathered nautical flourishes that offer a clue you’re in the company of fresh seafood. Small tiki-style stage in front offers a perfect setting for live acoustic acts. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE We started with an appetizer...
NEW: Malayan tiger dies at Palm Beach Zoo

NEW: Malayan tiger dies at Palm Beach Zoo

Berapi Api, a 14-year-old Malayan tiger, has died at the Palm Beach Zoo, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The tiger died of kidney failure, according to Genevieve Dumonceaux, the zoo’s director of animal health. The death of Berapi Api, which means “fiery one” in Malay according to Dumonceaux, leaves two Malayan tigers at the zoo, including a female that Berapi gave birth to in 2011...
Confessed Parkland gunman ‘mute;’ judge enters 17 ‘not guilty’ pleas

Confessed Parkland gunman ‘mute;’ judge enters 17 ‘not guilty’ pleas

Confessed Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz "stood mute" Wednesday at a Broward County court hearing on 17 first-degree murder charges related to his confessed Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Cruz, at a status hearing, chose not to formally enter a plea, and Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer entered a "not guilty" plea on his behalf,...
Police search for missing 12-year-old girl near Vero Beach

Police search for missing 12-year-old girl near Vero Beach

Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a 12-year-old girl who has not been seen since Monday night near Vero Beach.  Izabell Hope Hendon is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. She was last seen around 6 p.m. in the 2100 block of 53rd Avenue. She was wearing a light-blue shirt with checkers on it and the words wording "Pimpin Joy," white jeans and Nike...
UPDATE: Recovery slows, surgeries increase for girl burned in bonfire

UPDATE: Recovery slows, surgeries increase for girl burned in bonfire

The 14-year-old Fort Pierce girl burned on more than 95 percent of her body during a New Year’s Eve bonfire “doesn’t have an ounce of quit in her,” despite new complications in her recovery, her mother said in a recent Facebook post. Leigh Chesney will be required to undergo surgery every other day for several weeks in order to treat skin infections on her arms and legs...
BREAKING: Two burned in boat fire in Fort Pierce

BREAKING: Two burned in boat fire in Fort Pierce

Two people were injured Saturday evening when a small boat caught fire, St. Lucie County Fire District officials report.  Crews responded at about 5:15 p.m. to the dock between Cobbs Landing and The Original Tiki Bar & Restaurant in the northern end of Fort Pierce. A man and woman sustained burns.  Fire officials did not say how severe the burns were, or whether either person required...
Cerabino: Seeing daylight in move to make Florida its own time zone

Cerabino: Seeing daylight in move to make Florida its own time zone

OK, I’ll admit it. I like the idea of Florida being severed from America in its own time zone. Florida time. There’s a ring to it. It’s an apt metaphor and a worthy reminder for travelers that once they arrive here, they will discover that things are a bit off from the rest of America. The Florida Legislature, which has been grappling with a bunch of contentious issues this...
Negron, Corcoran: Florida gambling bill dead for session

Negron, Corcoran: Florida gambling bill dead for session

Despite the looming threat of a constitutional amendment and a potential $300 million annual hit to state coffers, Florida lawmakers abandoned an effort to reach agreement Friday on a gambling package as time ran out in the 2018 legislative session. Republican legislative leaders had resurrected the issue in the waning days of the session as they tried to strike a deal between the gambling-leery House...
NEW: Crackdown at Okeechobee Music Festival leads to 44 arrests

NEW: Crackdown at Okeechobee Music Festival leads to 44 arrests

More than 100 pounds of drugs were recovered and 44 arrests were made by the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office during the four-day Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, the agency said Friday. The arrests began even before the first note of music was played. According to a sheriff’s office statement, 19 workers of the festival were arrested between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28. The first day of the...
Bon Jovi joins exclusive club of rock stars who own Palm Beach homes

Bon Jovi joins exclusive club of rock stars who own Palm Beach homes

Palm Beach is known for its tranquil streets lined with homes of the rich — and sometimes very rich — and famous. But if its rock-star residents — and we mean that literally — were to let loose in their back yards with their guitars and amps, the quiet would shatter like a champagne flute accidentally dropped by a socialite. Impromptu band rehearsals by the pool,...
NEW: Truck crashes, comes to stop inside Florida convenience store

NEW: Truck crashes, comes to stop inside Florida convenience store

A person driving a pickup crashed through a window and came to a stop inside a convenience store in Fort Pierce on Thursday morning, the St. Lucie County Fire District reports. The incident happened at about 10 a.m. at a Mobil gas station on the 2900 block of South 25th Street, south of Virginia Avenue. The crash caused significant damage. However, there were no injuries reported, according to...
Austin Harrouff’s parents detail the hours before face-biting homicides

Austin Harrouff’s parents detail the hours before face-biting homicides

As Mina Harrouff searched with family and friends for her son, Austin, on Aug. 15, 2016, she came upon a crime scene about a block from her ex-husband’s Martin County home. She walked up to a deputy and asked if investigators had seen her son, then 20. He was wearing white shorts and a blue polo shirt, she said. “I said, ‘What’s going on?’ And they said it&rsquo...
NEW: Police ID suspect, victim in Port St. Lucie murder-suicide

NEW: Police ID suspect, victim in Port St. Lucie murder-suicide

A 55-year-old man has been identified as the gunman in a murder-suicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon in a Port St. Lucie neighborhood.  City police say that Donald Shaffer shot and killed Josh Barran, 29, then turned the gun and killed himself. Prior to the shooting, Shaffer followed a pickup occupied by his estranged wife and Barran, who were in a dating relationship, police said. As Barran...
North blotter: Believing her husband was unfaithful, wife trashes his laptop computer

North blotter: Believing her husband was unfaithful, wife trashes his laptop computer

NORTH PALM BEACH CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Suspicious that her husband was having an affair with a male neighbor after he refused to come home when she called, a woman destroyed his laptop computer by dropping it 21 floors down the garbage chute at their residence in the 100 block of Lakeshore Drive. When confronted over the incident by police the woman replied “Yup! I threw it down the chute.&rdquo...

Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Jupiter Christian School’s boys basketball team won the District 7-3A championship Feb. 17 by defeating the Village Academy Tigers, 64-56, in a matchup at Highlands Christian Academy in Pompano Beach. Under the direction of coach Brian Mullican, the Eagles took the district title for the first time in 17 years. Palm Beach Soccer Academy will welcome more than 200 boys...
Large menu, comfort foods at Newk’s Eatery

Large menu, comfort foods at Newk’s Eatery

MENU Comfort foods are a staple at Newk’s Eatery, which offers a wide selection of sandwiches, soups, salads and pizzas, plus mac and cheese. Diners can make their own combo meals — we tried a couple — and can top off their meals with a slice of 12-layer cake. Sides include fruit, chips, pasta salad and Tippah County Caviar, which actually is a combo of black-eyed peas, green onions...
St. Lucie Schools partner with Crime Stoppers, Sheriff’s Office

St. Lucie Schools partner with Crime Stoppers, Sheriff’s Office

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Students have raised more than $3,000 to date for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart. Students will receive pledged donations for counted jumps at the school’s Field Day/Jump Rope for Heart event March 16. Call 561-803-7200 for more information. The school and the Kiwanis of North Palm Beach are co-sponsoring the third annual...
Bill in response to Douglas High mass shooting poised for final vote

Bill in response to Douglas High mass shooting poised for final vote

After debating for hours Tuesday, the Florida House set up a vote that could come as early as Wednesday on a bill addressing gun access and school safety in Florida in the aftermath of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Broward County high school, including the implementation of a “school marshal plan” that would allow some school employees to carry firearms on campus. A day after the Senate...
BREAKING: Man to face vehicular homicide charge in fatal Christmas crash

BREAKING: Man to face vehicular homicide charge in fatal Christmas crash

The driver in the Christmas day crash that killed a 9-year-old boy and injured a 5-year-old girl and an adult woman is now facing a vehicular homicide charge related to the crash, Fort Pierce police said Tuesday. Julio Ruiz, 29, of Fort Pierce also will face charges of DUI manslaughter, child neglect with great bodily harm, DUI with bodily injury, DUI with property damage and driving...
Forbes list of global billionaires includes 40 Palm Beach names

Forbes list of global billionaires includes 40 Palm Beach names

Palm Beach’s most famous snowbird, President Donald Trump, saw his net worth drop over the past year from $3.5 billion to $3.1 billion, according to Forbes, which today released its annual list of the world’s billionaires, ranked by their estimated net worth. Trump earned the 766th place and tied for that spot with 11 other billionaires, including another part-time Palm Beacher...
Indian River Co. woman killed; husband sought, may be headed south

Indian River Co. woman killed; husband sought, may be headed south

The husband of a slain 45-year-old Indian River County woman has fled to Southeast Florida, detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office say. Pedro Torres “is known to frequent Broward County and is believed to be somewhere in that area,” according to the department. Vicky Torres, 45, was found dead early Sunday morning inside the couple’s home in the 8100 block...
UPDATE: Lake Worth pier closes, coastal flood watch in effect for PBC

UPDATE: Lake Worth pier closes, coastal flood watch in effect for PBC

11:30 a.m. update: According to city officials, the Lake Worth Pier has been closed due to high winds and dangerous surf. “Conditions will continue to be monitored and upon the high winds and surf subsiding the pier will reopen,” city officials said in a statement. A mid-day update from the National Weather Service reports little change in hazardous weather.  The main concerns...
S. Florida flights delayed, canceled as Northeast storm snarls travel

S. Florida flights delayed, canceled as Northeast storm snarls travel

A fierce winter storm that slammed the Northeast has led to delayed and canceled flights at airports in South Florida. More than 2 million homes and businesses in the region were without power Saturday morning thanks to the powerful nor’easter, The Associated Press reported. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon. RELATED: More flooding expected as...
Florida Senate deals blow to teachers unions

Florida Senate deals blow to teachers unions

The Florida Senate on Friday narrowly defeated an effort to eliminate part of a major education bill that could force teachers’ unions to disband if they don’t meet new membership standards. In a 21-17 vote, the Senate rejected a proposed amendment by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, that would have removed the controversial provision from the bill (HB 7055). The provision could...
WATCH: FBI foils Palm Beach County men’s plan to kill guards, steal $4M

WATCH: FBI foils Palm Beach County men’s plan to kill guards, steal $4M

Hours before they were going to kill an armored truck’s guards and steal $4 million in cash, officials say, three Palm Beach County men were taken into custody on Interstate 95 near Palm City. The FBI takedown closed the highway during rush hour Feb. 20.   The Martin County Sheriff’s Office released aerial footage late Thursday of more than a dozen law-enforcement authorities...
Trump in Palm Beach: President to dine with GOP leaders at Mar-a-Lago

Trump in Palm Beach: President to dine with GOP leaders at Mar-a-Lago

President Trump is expected to attend political events at Mar-a-Lago during his quick trip to Palm Beach today. UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Republican National Committee supporters are gathering at Mar-a-Lago. UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: The president and first lady have arrived at Mar-a-Lago. Trump will host a 6:30 p.m. “roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters,” then speak...
NEW: Drug deal goes wrong in Port St. Lucie 

NEW: Drug deal goes wrong in Port St. Lucie 

So this is what it looks like when a drug deal goes wrong.  Port St. Lucie police said that a 20-year-old man was meeting with a teenager to buy some pot when he got stiffed. He gave the 15-year-old $50 for marijuana, but when he opened the bag, he saw grass, and not the slang term for the drug. The dealer then sped off in his Camaro, but didn’t get very far before smashing into a 2018...
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