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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.” 

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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.” 
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...

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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...
UPDATE: West Palm police ID boy, 15, killed after crash on 45th Street 
 A 15-year-old is dead after a crash in West Palm Beach Monday evening, according to city police.  Investigators were called to the intersection of 45th Street and Village Boulevard, just west of Interstate-95, where the driver of a BMW crashed at 7 p.m.  According to police, Lindskey Taxil was speeding eastbound on 45th...

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A 15-year-old is dead after a crash in West Palm Beach Monday evening, according to city police.  Investigators were called to the intersection of 45th Street and Village Boulevard, just west of Interstate-95, where the driver of a BMW crashed at 7 p.m.  According to police, Lindskey Taxil was speeding eastbound on 45th...
JUST IN: Man accused of killing father in Boca Raton booked into jail
 The 49-year-old arrested in North Florida in connection to his father’s homicide in Boca Raton was booked into the Palm Beach County jail Friday afternoon.  James Scandirito Jr. faces charges of first degree murder in the death of 74-year-old James Scandirito. The senior Scandirito’s remains were found buried in...

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The 49-year-old arrested in North Florida in connection to his father’s homicide in Boca Raton was booked into the Palm Beach County jail Friday afternoon.  James Scandirito Jr. faces charges of first degree murder in the death of 74-year-old James Scandirito. The senior Scandirito’s remains were found buried in...
UPDATE: Scene clear after grenade found in dumpster in suburban West Palm Beach 
 Update, 8 p.m.: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the grenade found in a dumpster in suburban West Palm Beach Friday evening was real but inactive.  More than an hour after the area was shut down as authorities secured the situation, the scene is clear.  Original Story: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s...

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Update, 8 p.m.: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the grenade found in a dumpster in suburban West Palm Beach Friday evening was real but inactive.  More than an hour after the area was shut down as authorities secured the situation, the scene is clear.  Original Story: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s...
Former PBSO deputy pleads guilty to stealing pills after Hurricane Irma
 A former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to lesser charges after he was caught stealing more than 60 pills from a home where deputies performed a wellness check in the days following Hurricane Irma.  Jason Cooke, 36, pleaded guilty to burglary of a dwelling and petit theft Friday morning. Originally,...

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A former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to lesser charges after he was caught stealing more than 60 pills from a home where deputies performed a wellness check in the days following Hurricane Irma.  Jason Cooke, 36, pleaded guilty to burglary of a dwelling and petit theft Friday morning. Originally,...
NEW: Medical issue caused RV crash in downtown Delray Beach
 UPDATE, 11:15 a.m., Friday: A driver who crashed an RV into a tree in downtown Delray Beach Thursday evening suffered an unidentified medical issue, according to city police spokeswoman Dani Moschella. The driver and a passenger were taken to Delray Medical Center where they remain. ORIGINAL STORY: An RV crashed into a tree in downtown ...

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UPDATE, 11:15 a.m., Friday: A driver who crashed an RV into a tree in downtown Delray Beach Thursday evening suffered an unidentified medical issue, according to city police spokeswoman Dani Moschella. The driver and a passenger were taken to Delray Medical Center where they remain. ORIGINAL STORY: An RV crashed into a tree in downtown ...
Evidence collected since 1990 murder by killer clown finally unveiled
 It was April 10, 1989, and as attorney Christopher DeSantis walked out of the Palm Beach County courthouse, the husband of a woman whose son DeSantis represented in an aggravated battery case approached him with what he thought was an odd question. If a husband were to kill his wife, the man asked, what would happen to her estate? Read full...

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It was April 10, 1989, and as attorney Christopher DeSantis walked out of the Palm Beach County courthouse, the husband of a woman whose son DeSantis represented in an aggravated battery case approached him with what he thought was an odd question. If a husband were to kill his wife, the man asked, what would happen to her estate? Read full...
Sheriff’s Office searches for two sisters missing from suburban West Palm 
 The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two sisters who ran away from the Florida Department of Children and Families’ care  Tuesday afternoon in suburban West Palm Beach.  Faith and Alicia Allen, 12 and 16, respectively, were last seen leaving a state-run facility near Military Trail and Okeechobee...

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two sisters who ran away from the Florida Department of Children and Families’ care Tuesday afternoon in suburban West Palm Beach.  Faith and Alicia Allen, 12 and 16, respectively, were last seen leaving a state-run facility near Military Trail and Okeechobee...
UPDATE: Boynton woman,80, remains in hospital after being hit by vehicle
 Thursday 3 p.m. update: An 80-year-old woman who was struck by a car in Boynton Beach Wednesday night remains in the hospital in stable condition, police said Thursday. Police identified the woman as Maria Dechantsreiter.  She was hit by a blue Nissan Altima at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block South Federal Highway. Detectives...

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Thursday 3 p.m. update: An 80-year-old woman who was struck by a car in Boynton Beach Wednesday night remains in the hospital in stable condition, police said Thursday. Police identified the woman as Maria Dechantsreiter.  She was hit by a blue Nissan Altima at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block South Federal Highway. Detectives...
NEW: Pregnant woman shoots boyfriend in groin; both face charges
 A man was taken to a hospital after he was shot in the groin by his pregnant girlfriend Monday morning, according to Boynton Beach police. The 19-year-old woman told investigators her boyfriend pulled the gun on her after she confronted him about cheating, and that she shot him in self-defense. He said she pulled the gun on him, according...

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A man was taken to a hospital after he was shot in the groin by his pregnant girlfriend Monday morning, according to Boynton Beach police. The 19-year-old woman told investigators her boyfriend pulled the gun on her after she confronted him about cheating, and that she shot him in self-defense. He said she pulled the gun on him, according...
FBI offers $10K for information on fugitive in fatal 1996 ValuJet crash
 For decades, Mauro Ociel Valenzuela-Reyes has been wanted on charges in connection with the ValuJet plane crash that killed 110 people in the Everglades in 1996.  On Thursday, FBI officials announced a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the 48-year-old, who has evaded capture since 1999. ...

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For decades, Mauro Ociel Valenzuela-Reyes has been wanted on charges in connection with the ValuJet plane crash that killed 110 people in the Everglades in 1996.  On Thursday, FBI officials announced a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the 48-year-old, who has evaded capture since 1999. ...
FBI offers $10k for info on fugitive in fatal 1996 ValuJet crash 
 For decades, Mauro Ociel Valenzuela-Reyes has been wanted on charges in connection to the ValuJet plane crash that killed 110 people  in the Everglades in 1996.  On Thursday, the FBI announced a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the 48-year-old, who has evaded capture since 1999.  “He...

Posted: 14 days ago

For decades, Mauro Ociel Valenzuela-Reyes has been wanted on charges in connection to the ValuJet plane crash that killed 110 people in the Everglades in 1996.  On Thursday, the FBI announced a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the 48-year-old, who has evaded capture since 1999.  “He...
Man arrested in connection to Wells Fargo robbery in Palm Beach Gardens
 A 55-year-old man was arrested in connection to a robbery at a Palm Beach Gardens Wells Fargo Bank this week, according to city police.  At 5 p.m., James Timothy Rubino was arrested near Pompano Beach with the help of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Service on Wednesday.  On Monday, police...

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A 55-year-old man was arrested in connection to a robbery at a Palm Beach Gardens Wells Fargo Bank this week, according to city police.  At 5 p.m., James Timothy Rubino was arrested near Pompano Beach with the help of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Service on Wednesday.  On Monday, police...
Remains found at former Boca golf course may be related to missing man
 Human remains found at a former golf course in Boca Raton may be related to a missing man, city police said Wednesday afternoon.  Police were called to the now-closed Ocean Breeze Golf Club, north of Yamato Road and east of Interstate 95, where the remains were discovered. Officer Jessica Desir, spokeswoman for police, said...

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Human remains found at a former golf course in Boca Raton may be related to a missing man, city police said Wednesday afternoon.  Police were called to the now-closed Ocean Breeze Golf Club, north of Yamato Road and east of Interstate 95, where the remains were discovered. Officer Jessica Desir, spokeswoman for police, said...
JUST IN: PBSO search for man missing from Lake Worth since Friday
 A 50-year-old man from the Lake Worth area has not been seen since Friday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said they are concerned because Paul Scala does not have his medication, his car or his phone with him.   Scala has grey hair and brown eyes and is described as 5 foot 8 inches...

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A 50-year-old man from the Lake Worth area has not been seen since Friday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said they are concerned because Paul Scala does not have his medication, his car or his phone with him.   Scala has grey hair and brown eyes and is described as 5 foot 8 inches...
NEW: Man dies after he was pulled from ocean near Jupiter
 A 46-year-old Ohio man has died after he was pulled from the ocean Monday afternoon near Jupiter, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.  At 2:10 p.m., authorities responded to the 2000 block of South A1A, along the Jupiter and Juno Beach border, to reports of multiple swimmers in distress. Authorities said ...

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A 46-year-old Ohio man has died after he was pulled from the ocean Monday afternoon near Jupiter, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.  At 2:10 p.m., authorities responded to the 2000 block of South A1A, along the Jupiter and Juno Beach border, to reports of multiple swimmers in distress. Authorities said ...
Family of man whose homicide was first called accident: ‘We knew something was wrong’
 Jamal Francis was always his sister’s best friend. Tjnoi Francis said growing up, they had the usual sibling relationship: He teased her and she teased back; she was an introvert, he was an extrovert; “we were frick and frack,” she said.  As they grew up, the jokes remained, but he was also there for her....

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Jamal Francis was always his sister’s best friend. Tjnoi Francis said growing up, they had the usual sibling relationship: He teased her and she teased back; she was an introvert, he was an extrovert; “we were frick and frack,” she said.  As they grew up, the jokes remained, but he was also there for her....
UPDATE: Port St. Lucie residents can return home after brush fires
 Update 4 a.m.: Florida's Turnpike reopened at about 3 a.m Friday. Authorities said residents may return to their home after they were evacuated due to brush fires in Port St. Lucie Thursday evening.  The Florida Forest Service said 100 percent of the 70-acre fire has been contained. Original Story: Authorities have evacuated at least...

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Update 4 a.m.: Florida's Turnpike reopened at about 3 a.m Friday. Authorities said residents may return to their home after they were evacuated due to brush fires in Port St. Lucie Thursday evening.  The Florida Forest Service said 100 percent of the 70-acre fire has been contained. Original Story: Authorities have evacuated at least...
Video captures fight at Florida restaurant; 2 arrested
 A cellphone video seen more than 400,000 times on Facebook and the footage from two police officers’ body cameras show a fight in a downtown West Palm Beach restaurant Sunday that led to two arrests and one man being Tased by police, officials said. West Palm Beach police are reviewing that video, as well as officers’ body camera...

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A cellphone video seen more than 400,000 times on Facebook and the footage from two police officers’ body cameras show a fight in a downtown West Palm Beach restaurant Sunday that led to two arrests and one man being Tased by police, officials said. West Palm Beach police are reviewing that video, as well as officers’ body camera...
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