Mike Stucka

Mike Stucka is a data reporter for The Palm Beach Post

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Nelson, Booker say Trump should've come to Congress before Syria strikes
 President Donald Trump was right to strike Syria over its use of chemical weapons but did so outside his authority under the Constitution, Florida’s senior senator said Saturday. Speaking at a press conference at Palm Beach International Airport, Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Cory Booker of New Jersey said Trump should have gone...

Posted: 8 days ago

President Donald Trump was right to strike Syria over its use of chemical weapons but did so outside his authority under the Constitution, Florida’s senior senator said Saturday. Speaking at a press conference at Palm Beach International Airport, Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Cory Booker of New Jersey said Trump should have gone...
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 ...

Posted: 9 days ago

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 ...
Riviera police say man justifiably killed under ‘Stand Your Ground’ law
 City police have closed their investigation of a previously unreported homicide from September, calling it justifiable under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Edward Peter Hatten, 57, died Sept. 30 after he had exchanged blows with another man that month and was found on the pavement outside a convenience store. Riviera...

Posted: 10 days ago

City police have closed their investigation of a previously unreported homicide from September, calling it justifiable under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Edward Peter Hatten, 57, died Sept. 30 after he had exchanged blows with another man that month and was found on the pavement outside a convenience store. Riviera...
Trump will visit Miami Monday and Palm Beach Monday-Thursday
 As U.S. warships were headed toward Syria and the president’s personal lawyer went to court Friday to try to stop federal prosecutors from using materials seized from his law office by the FBI, Donald Trump’s administration cut his planned visit to Palm Beach next week by half. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued...

Posted: 10 days ago

As U.S. warships were headed toward Syria and the president’s personal lawyer went to court Friday to try to stop federal prosecutors from using materials seized from his law office by the FBI, Donald Trump’s administration cut his planned visit to Palm Beach next week by half. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued...
Trump in Palm Beach: Miami side trip in works?
 President Donald Trump may be planning a side trip to Miami during his week-long stay in Florida. Trump is expected to stay in Palm Beach from Sunday, April 15, through Sunday, April 22, an earlier notice from the Federal Aviation Administration suggested. Those details match a Trump visit. Now a new FAA notice calls for “VIP movement&rdquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

President Donald Trump may be planning a side trip to Miami during his week-long stay in Florida. Trump is expected to stay in Palm Beach from Sunday, April 15, through Sunday, April 22, an earlier notice from the Federal Aviation Administration suggested. Those details match a Trump visit. Now a new FAA notice calls for “VIP movement&rdquo...
Parkland school shooting victims remembered by loved ones
 Gina Montalto never had a chance to grow old, but she was remembered Thursday as patient, kind and “mature beyond her years” by a man who watched her grow into her role as a community volunteer. Which was why, after sending a text to Montalto’s mother and posting a tribute on his Facebook page, Jeb Niewood sighed deeply...

3:57 PM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Gina Montalto never had a chance to grow old, but she was remembered Thursday as patient, kind and “mature beyond her years” by a man who watched her grow into her role as a community volunteer. Which was why, after sending a text to Montalto’s mother and posting a tribute on his Facebook page, Jeb Niewood sighed deeply...
West Palm man accused of firing gun during dispute with neighbor
 A West Palm Beach man was ordered held on $300,000 bond Saturday after he allegedly fired a gun into the ground near his neighbor during a dispute. Ben Black Jr., 42, remained in jail Saturday evening on charges of being a felon in posession of a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm after a September incident on 8th Street. According...

11:10 PM Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018

A West Palm Beach man was ordered held on $300,000 bond Saturday after he allegedly fired a gun into the ground near his neighbor during a dispute. Ben Black Jr., 42, remained in jail Saturday evening on charges of being a felon in posession of a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm after a September incident on 8th Street. According...
Police: Man pointed gun at ex-girlfriend, infant, others
 A Riviera Beach man was arrested on charges that he pointed a gun at children, including an infant, during a dispute with his ex-girlfriend. Javonte Jackson, 27, said he “would have shot all of ya’ll” if not for the chidren present, a probable cause affidavit states. Another witness stated Jackson said, “You better...

10:04 PM Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018

A Riviera Beach man was arrested on charges that he pointed a gun at children, including an infant, during a dispute with his ex-girlfriend. Javonte Jackson, 27, said he “would have shot all of ya’ll” if not for the chidren present, a probable cause affidavit states. Another witness stated Jackson said, “You better...
West Palm’s 27 homicides led way as killings rose in county during 2017
 As 2017 becomes history in a few hours, the year is guaranteed to rank among the deadliest in Palm Beach County in nearly a decade. According to an online Palm Beach Post database, 100 people were victims of homicides through Sunday afternoon. Official numbers from government agencies won’t be available until early 2018. Hardest hit...

1:45 PM Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

As 2017 becomes history in a few hours, the year is guaranteed to rank among the deadliest in Palm Beach County in nearly a decade. According to an online Palm Beach Post database, 100 people were victims of homicides through Sunday afternoon. Official numbers from government agencies won’t be available until early 2018. Hardest hit...
NEW: Acreage neighbor attacked woman who caught him thieving, cops say
 It’s said that good fences make good neighbors. An Acreage woman might buy a better fence after she said she discovered her neighbor had pushed in her fence and burglarized her house. She discovered the thefts from her Coconut Boulevard home Thursday night. According to a probable cause affidavit, she said she looked out her yard and...

1:16 AM Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

It’s said that good fences make good neighbors. An Acreage woman might buy a better fence after she said she discovered her neighbor had pushed in her fence and burglarized her house. She discovered the thefts from her Coconut Boulevard home Thursday night. According to a probable cause affidavit, she said she looked out her yard and...
JUST IN: Two accused in thefts from several Home Depots in Palm Beach County
 Two people from Boca Raton are accused of stealing expensive tools from a Home Depot. And then another Home Depot. And another one. Jennifer Ruth Shue, 41, was arrested Friday on charges tied to the thefts, including allegations that she drove Jason K. Ghannoum, 37, away from the thefts and went with him to sell the stolen items at area pawnshops...

12:52 AM Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

Two people from Boca Raton are accused of stealing expensive tools from a Home Depot. And then another Home Depot. And another one. Jennifer Ruth Shue, 41, was arrested Friday on charges tied to the thefts, including allegations that she drove Jason K. Ghannoum, 37, away from the thefts and went with him to sell the stolen items at area pawnshops...