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LATEST: Delray man gets probation, fines in patient-brokering scheme
 A judge this week ordered three years of probation and hefty fines for one of two men connected to a Delray Beach-area lab linked to kickbacks for urine tests for people in treatment and recovery for substance abuse. Christopher Kristiansen, 27, pleaded guilty Monday morning in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, according...

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A judge this week ordered three years of probation and hefty fines for one of two men connected to a Delray Beach-area lab linked to kickbacks for urine tests for people in treatment and recovery for substance abuse. Christopher Kristiansen, 27, pleaded guilty Monday morning in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, according...
LATEST: West Palm police to give out bottles of crime-fighting ‘SmartWater’
 Amid the stark white walls, hard benches and unidentified, unsettling aromas that define the holding cells at the West Palm Beach police headquarters, a wall lamp seems out of place. It looks more like one of those blueish outdoor lights that zap mosquitoes into oblivion.  Every person who comes in for the usual pat-down also will come...

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Amid the stark white walls, hard benches and unidentified, unsettling aromas that define the holding cells at the West Palm Beach police headquarters, a wall lamp seems out of place. It looks more like one of those blueish outdoor lights that zap mosquitoes into oblivion.  Every person who comes in for the usual pat-down also will come...
NEW: Slain woman’s ‘financial adviser’ bilked her, dead husband of nearly $1 million, authorities say
 The financial adviser to an 85-year-old Highland Beach widow found stabbed to death in her apartment on April 30 has been arrested on charges that he stole nearly $1 million from her and her husband, authorities said.  David Del Rio, 35, of Lehigh Acres, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday, charged with swindling...

Posted: 18 hours ago

The financial adviser to an 85-year-old Highland Beach widow found stabbed to death in her apartment on April 30 has been arrested on charges that he stole nearly $1 million from her and her husband, authorities said.  David Del Rio, 35, of Lehigh Acres, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday, charged with swindling...
NEW: PBSO captain, detective suspended, lose driving privileges in DUI cases
 A captain and a detective in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office were suspended without pay and lost driving privileges after each was arrested and jailed for drunken driving in separate incidents, internal-affairs records show.  In the first case, Capt. David M. Smith II, one of two security commanders at the West Detention Center...

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A captain and a detective in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office were suspended without pay and lost driving privileges after each was arrested and jailed for drunken driving in separate incidents, internal-affairs records show.  In the first case, Capt. David M. Smith II, one of two security commanders at the West Detention Center...
NEW: Albin Irzyk, leader in WWII and Vietnam, dies at 101 in West Palm Beach
 When Gen. George Patton raced his 3rd Army across Europe in World War II, a 27-year-old commanding a tank battalion for him was Albin F. Irzyk.  The distinguished war veteran, author, educator and lecturer died Sept. 10 at age 101 at his home in West Palm Beach, where he had lived since the 1970s.  "I always say there...

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When Gen. George Patton raced his 3rd Army across Europe in World War II, a 27-year-old commanding a tank battalion for him was Albin F. Irzyk.  The distinguished war veteran, author, educator and lecturer died Sept. 10 at age 101 at his home in West Palm Beach, where he had lived since the 1970s.  "I always say there...
BREAKING: New documents detail man’s alleged motives for murdering wife at sea
 Federal prosecutors this week released a trove of documents bolstering their argument that a crumbling marriage and secrecy about finances led Lewis Bennett to murder his wife, Isabella Hellmann, at sea and stage the suburban Delray Beach woman’s death to look like an accident.  At Bennett’s trial this fall on a second-degree...

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Federal prosecutors this week released a trove of documents bolstering their argument that a crumbling marriage and secrecy about finances led Lewis Bennett to murder his wife, Isabella Hellmann, at sea and stage the suburban Delray Beach woman’s death to look like an accident.  At Bennett’s trial this fall on a second-degree...
LATEST: Woman says PBSO deputy shooting her ‘never crossed my mind’
 Yuly Solano was getting more and more nervous about her ex-boyfriend. She claimed that in the month since she'd broken up with him, he'd aggressively texted and emailed her, had vandalized the front of her apartment and had pressed a legal dispute over a mattress.  But, she said, "never did the thought of him killing me cross...

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Yuly Solano was getting more and more nervous about her ex-boyfriend. She claimed that in the month since she'd broken up with him, he'd aggressively texted and emailed her, had vandalized the front of her apartment and had pressed a legal dispute over a mattress.  But, she said, "never did the thought of him killing me cross...
LATEST: PBIA Honor Flight to feature Vietnam War veterans for first time
 For the first time, a contingent of Vietnam War veterans next month will be among those taking an Honor Flight to Washington. They will board police-escorted motor coaches and visit war memorials in the nation’s capital. They’ll see the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Then they’ll return home to...

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For the first time, a contingent of Vietnam War veterans next month will be among those taking an Honor Flight to Washington. They will board police-escorted motor coaches and visit war memorials in the nation’s capital. They’ll see the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Then they’ll return home to...
JUST IN: Teen driver in fatal 2017 crash busted for marijuana, PBSO reports
 The teen driver at the center of a 2017 crash that killed a 13-year-old girl and sparked a legal fight over who is responsible and when has been arrested on unrelated drug-possession charges, documents show.   Jimmy Aguirre, 19, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday, then released after posting a $3,000...

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The teen driver at the center of a 2017 crash that killed a 13-year-old girl and sparked a legal fight over who is responsible and when has been arrested on unrelated drug-possession charges, documents show.   Jimmy Aguirre, 19, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday, then released after posting a $3,000...
NEW: Longtime West Palm Beach police sergeant dies of cancer at age 44
 Longtime West Palm Beach police Sgt. William Nealy died Wednesday at age 44 after a lengthy struggle with cancer, the police department said. “Our beloved Sgt. William Nealy will be greatly missed by all who knew him. God bless your family and friends; Rest In Peace Sarge,” said the note, posted on the department’s Facebook...

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Longtime West Palm Beach police Sgt. William Nealy died Wednesday at age 44 after a lengthy struggle with cancer, the police department said. “Our beloved Sgt. William Nealy will be greatly missed by all who knew him. God bless your family and friends; Rest In Peace Sarge,” said the note, posted on the department’s Facebook...
BET founder, Manalapan resort resolve spat over prescription sunglasses
 Wellington-based entrepreneur Bob Johnson and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa have made up after a confrontation last month at the Manalapan oceanfront hotel. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and whose RLJ Companies own more than 150 hotels, walked out of the resort Aug. 24 after a supervisor refused to check him...

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Wellington-based entrepreneur Bob Johnson and the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa have made up after a confrontation last month at the Manalapan oceanfront hotel. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and whose RLJ Companies own more than 150 hotels, walked out of the resort Aug. 24 after a supervisor refused to check him...
‘POST TIME’: 90 years: the 1928 storm; some tragedies came after winds
 Readers: Sunday marks the 90th anniversary of what arguably is the most profound single event in the history of Palm Beach County. It killed as many as 3,000 people. It rebutted the myth that a storm’s wind is its biggest killer. And it’s the reason a giant dike surrounds Lake Okeechobee. It is, of course, the great hurricane...

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Readers: Sunday marks the 90th anniversary of what arguably is the most profound single event in the history of Palm Beach County. It killed as many as 3,000 people. It rebutted the myth that a storm’s wind is its biggest killer. And it’s the reason a giant dike surrounds Lake Okeechobee. It is, of course, the great hurricane...
NEW: Man arrested in Riviera facing charge of military desertion
 A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Riviera Beach on charges of desertion from the U.S. Army, according to jail records and authorities. Tyler Michael Allen, 20, was booked Aug. 30 at the Palm Beach County Jail under a hold for the U.S. Army Deserter Information Point in Kentucky. U.S. Army spokeswoman Elizabeth Chamberlain said...

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A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Riviera Beach on charges of desertion from the U.S. Army, according to jail records and authorities. Tyler Michael Allen, 20, was booked Aug. 30 at the Palm Beach County Jail under a hold for the U.S. Army Deserter Information Point in Kentucky. U.S. Army spokeswoman Elizabeth Chamberlain said...
Cincinnati gunman who killed three once lived in suburban Lake Worth
 The gunman fatally shot by Cincinnati police Thursday after he killed three people at a downtown office building once lived in Palm Beach County and was twice arrested here, according to local law-enforcement records.  Omar Santa-Perez, 29, lived in the Lake Worth area in 2012 when the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s...

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The gunman fatally shot by Cincinnati police Thursday after he killed three people at a downtown office building once lived in Palm Beach County and was twice arrested here, according to local law-enforcement records.  Omar Santa-Perez, 29, lived in the Lake Worth area in 2012 when the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s...
BREAKING: Brother of Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dies in Boca Raton crash
 The brother of famed Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda died when his car turned into the path of a Boca Raton police SUV, authorities said Friday morning. At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report says, Joseph Lasorda, 83, who lived in Boca Raton, was driving north on Military Trail near...

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The brother of famed Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda died when his car turned into the path of a Boca Raton police SUV, authorities said Friday morning. At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report says, Joseph Lasorda, 83, who lived in Boca Raton, was driving north on Military Trail near...
LATEST: Suspect in fatal hit-and-run left other wreck scenes, records show
 In 1995 and again in 2003, Frederick Lott Collins was charged with leaving the scenes of crashes and was criminally charged, and in a 2007 case, he was suspected of doing the same, court records and police reports show.  In all three of those cases, no one was hurt. But authorities now are set to file a more serious charge against Collins...

Posted: 11 days ago

In 1995 and again in 2003, Frederick Lott Collins was charged with leaving the scenes of crashes and was criminally charged, and in a 2007 case, he was suspected of doing the same, court records and police reports show.  In all three of those cases, no one was hurt. But authorities now are set to file a more serious charge against Collins...
“POST TIME:” Setting the record straight on icon ‘Trapper Nelson’
 Readers: Sometimes we need to swallow our collective pride and do a reboot! For our July 26 column, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of “Trapper Nelson,” we used a 1997 article written for the “Our Century” project on the history of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Our column prompted an email from...

Posted: 11 days ago

Readers: Sometimes we need to swallow our collective pride and do a reboot! For our July 26 column, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of “Trapper Nelson,” we used a 1997 article written for the “Our Century” project on the history of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Our column prompted an email from...
BREAKING: One dead after boat capsizes in Palm Beach Inlet
 One of six people who were on a boat that  capsized Tuesday evening in the Palm Beach Inlet has died, authorities said late Wednesday. Luz Mirian Cajiao Canizales, 76, died in the boating incident, which occurred at about 7 p.m. Tuesday off Palm Beach Shores, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. According to a...

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One of six people who were on a boat that capsized Tuesday evening in the Palm Beach Inlet has died, authorities said late Wednesday. Luz Mirian Cajiao Canizales, 76, died in the boating incident, which occurred at about 7 p.m. Tuesday off Palm Beach Shores, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. According to a...
PBSO: We’ll file charges against driver in hit-and-run that killed ‘fireball’ woman, 76
 Martha Lasher called her daughter to say she was walking back from the gaming arcade where she had hung out with friends and would be home in five minutes. After 20 minutes, Kim Brearey and her high-schooler son got worried, and he went to look for her. A little later, the teen found his 76-year-old grandmother. She’d been ...

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Martha Lasher called her daughter to say she was walking back from the gaming arcade where she had hung out with friends and would be home in five minutes. After 20 minutes, Kim Brearey and her high-schooler son got worried, and he went to look for her. A little later, the teen found his 76-year-old grandmother. She’d been ...
LATEST: Missing-persons advocate joins Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
 Nancy McBride, who left the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June, has joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim Unit as a missing-persons coordinator, the sheriff’s office said. McBride, who for four decades was a leading figure in the nation’s search for finding missing...

Posted: 13 days ago

Nancy McBride, who left the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June, has joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim Unit as a missing-persons coordinator, the sheriff’s office said. McBride, who for four decades was a leading figure in the nation’s search for finding missing...
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