Ian Cohen

Reporter

Ian Cohen is a general assignment and features reporter for the Palm Beach Daily News, covering breaking news, crime, government and people. He graduated from the University of Florida.

Latest from Ian Cohen

Palm Beach police failed to vet officer before hiring
 The Palm Beach Police Department hired an officer who falsified military documents, was investigated by the Department of Children and Family Services, and had been arrested at least seven times, according to an internal affairs investigation obtained by the Palm Beach Daily News. The officer, Jose Rodriguez, who served on the force...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Palm Beach Police Department hired an officer who falsified military documents, was investigated by the Department of Children and Family Services, and had been arrested at least seven times, according to an internal affairs investigation obtained by the Palm Beach Daily News. The officer, Jose Rodriguez, who served on the force...
Police: Man seeks heroin, runs from cops in Palm Beach
 A Maryland man was arrested in Palm Beach on Tuesday after police said he asked landscape workers for heroin, threatened them with what appeared to be a handgun and ran from police. Zack McAllister Halle, 32, was arrested on three felony counts of aggravated assault with the intent to commit a felony. He also was charged with resisting an...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Maryland man was arrested in Palm Beach on Tuesday after police said he asked landscape workers for heroin, threatened them with what appeared to be a handgun and ran from police. Zack McAllister Halle, 32, was arrested on three felony counts of aggravated assault with the intent to commit a felony. He also was charged with resisting an...
Police: West Palm woman fails to report man’s death, steals his car
 After a man who ingested heroin died, a West Palm Beach woman left him in a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway for eight days, stole his car and cashed stolen checks, according to police. Dawn Loraine Griffiths, 38, turned herself into the Palm Beach Police Department on Friday, about a month after police said 43-year-old William Ross Harris&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

After a man who ingested heroin died, a West Palm Beach woman left him in a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway for eight days, stole his car and cashed stolen checks, according to police. Dawn Loraine Griffiths, 38, turned herself into the Palm Beach Police Department on Friday, about a month after police said 43-year-old William Ross Harris&rsquo...
Police: Man caught with about 40 ounces of marijuana in Palm Beach
 A Vero Beach man was found with more than 1,100 grams of marijuana in his car while driving in Palm Beach, police said. Police conducted a traffic stop on Jerry Gibalski, 57, at about 7 a.m. Saturday near the 200 block of Brazilian Avenue because an officer said he smelled marijuana coming from his black Chevy pickup, according to a police...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Vero Beach man was found with more than 1,100 grams of marijuana in his car while driving in Palm Beach, police said. Police conducted a traffic stop on Jerry Gibalski, 57, at about 7 a.m. Saturday near the 200 block of Brazilian Avenue because an officer said he smelled marijuana coming from his black Chevy pickup, according to a police...
Police: Texas man refuses to pay Palm Beach tab, assaults elderly man
 A Texas man was arrested in Palm Beach on Saturday after assaulting a 68-year-old man and walking out on his $120 restaurant bill, according to Palm Beach police. Scott Charles Brown, 56, was eating dinner at Renato’s at 87 Via Mizner with another man at about 8 p.m. when he began cursing at the manager and refused to pay his tab, a...

Posted: 18 days ago

A Texas man was arrested in Palm Beach on Saturday after assaulting a 68-year-old man and walking out on his $120 restaurant bill, according to Palm Beach police. Scott Charles Brown, 56, was eating dinner at Renato’s at 87 Via Mizner with another man at about 8 p.m. when he began cursing at the manager and refused to pay his tab, a...
Charges dropped against protester from July march near Mar-a-Lago
 Charges have been dropped against a Riviera Beach man who was arrested during a July protest near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. The charges were “nolle prossed” or dropped by the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office Monday, according to court records, two months after Richard Keith Perlicz...

Posted: 19 days ago

Charges have been dropped against a Riviera Beach man who was arrested during a July protest near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. The charges were “nolle prossed” or dropped by the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office Monday, according to court records, two months after Richard Keith Perlicz...
Police: One person injured in Delray Beach shooting
 One man was injured during a shooting in Delray Beach at about 7:30 p.m., according to the Delray Beach Police Department. The man was shot near NW 11th Avenue and 3rd Terrace and was transported to Delray Medical Center, police said. No further information was immediately released. Police are asking anyone with information to call 561-243-7800...

Posted: 20 days ago

One man was injured during a shooting in Delray Beach at about 7:30 p.m., according to the Delray Beach Police Department. The man was shot near NW 11th Avenue and 3rd Terrace and was transported to Delray Medical Center, police said. No further information was immediately released. Police are asking anyone with information to call 561-243-7800...
Port of Palm Beach board considers deepening, widening inlet
 The Port of Palm Beach is again considering a controversial project to deepen and widen the Lake Worth Inlet just south of Peanut Island to make it easier for commercial ships to enter and leave the port. In a discussion during a Port of Palm Beach Commission meeting Thursday, commissioners heard public comments and discussed the...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Port of Palm Beach is again considering a controversial project to deepen and widen the Lake Worth Inlet just south of Peanut Island to make it easier for commercial ships to enter and leave the port. In a discussion during a Port of Palm Beach Commission meeting Thursday, commissioners heard public comments and discussed the...
Rally for Puerto Rico draws hundreds to Mar-a-Lago, West Palm
 As Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico a year ago, Sylvia Chaluissant watched water pour into her home through the electrical outlets in the walls. Soon after, her home was flooded and her furniture was ruined. “And I was one of the lucky ones,” the Puerto Rican native said Saturday. Chaluissant was one of about 800 protesters...

Posted: 22 days ago

As Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico a year ago, Sylvia Chaluissant watched water pour into her home through the electrical outlets in the walls. Soon after, her home was flooded and her furniture was ruined. “And I was one of the lucky ones,” the Puerto Rican native said Saturday. Chaluissant was one of about 800 protesters...
Maria protest draws crowd of 800; rally starts with Mar-a-Lago caravan
 As Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, Sylvia Chaluissant watched water pour out of her home’s electrical outlets. Soon after, her home was flooded and her furniture was ruined. “And I was one of the lucky ones,” the Puerto Rican native said Saturday. Chaluissant was one of about 800 protesters gathered Saturday at...

Posted: 22 days ago

As Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, Sylvia Chaluissant watched water pour out of her home’s electrical outlets. Soon after, her home was flooded and her furniture was ruined. “And I was one of the lucky ones,” the Puerto Rican native said Saturday. Chaluissant was one of about 800 protesters gathered Saturday at...
UPDATE: No bond for man arrested in August shooting in West Palm Beach
 West Palm Beach Police  arrested a man Friday night in an Aug. 27 shooting, the agency said. Bernard Bertrand, 31, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a  felon. On the night of Aug. 27, police said, a man was shot several times as he walked near 42nd Street and Spruce Avenue. Police said the shooting was...

Posted: 23 days ago

West Palm Beach Police arrested a man Friday night in an Aug. 27 shooting, the agency said. Bernard Bertrand, 31, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. On the night of Aug. 27, police said, a man was shot several times as he walked near 42nd Street and Spruce Avenue. Police said the shooting was...