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A year after re-starting political career, McAuliffe shakes up judicial races
 Nearly a year after former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe announced he would try to jump-start his abandoned political career by running for circuit judge, he is roiling election waters again. McAuliffe, who stepped down from his powerful position as the county’s top prosecutor in 2012 to work for an energy company...

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Nearly a year after former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe announced he would try to jump-start his abandoned political career by running for circuit judge, he is roiling election waters again. McAuliffe, who stepped down from his powerful position as the county’s top prosecutor in 2012 to work for an energy company...
Ex-Santaluces student gets 35 years for killing classmate in 2012
 After more than six years, countless hearings and a week-long trial, Janice Coogle-Robertson arrived at the Palm Beach County Courthouse on Friday wearing a T-shirt that made it clear she wanted a long sentence for her son’s killer. “Justice for Mike,” read the back of the T-shirt. On the front was a photo of the smiling...

Posted: 3 days ago

After more than six years, countless hearings and a week-long trial, Janice Coogle-Robertson arrived at the Palm Beach County Courthouse on Friday wearing a T-shirt that made it clear she wanted a long sentence for her son’s killer. “Justice for Mike,” read the back of the T-shirt. On the front was a photo of the smiling...
Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise
 Long-running litigation between President Donald Trump and members of his golf club in Jupiter came to an anti-climatic end on Friday with both sides declaring victory when a federal judge tentatively signed off on a $5.4 million settlement agreement. “The trial was a complete victory. The settlement was a complete victory...

Posted: 3 days ago

Long-running litigation between President Donald Trump and members of his golf club in Jupiter came to an anti-climatic end on Friday with both sides declaring victory when a federal judge tentatively signed off on a $5.4 million settlement agreement. “The trial was a complete victory. The settlement was a complete victory...
Applicants sought for free Criminal Justice Academy in the Glades
 Applications are being accepted from people interested in participating in the Glades Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy that will begin in June. Sessions will be held on five consecutive Mondays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning June 4 at the Belle Glade Library at 725 N.W. 4th St. The classes are free and dinner will be served. The academy...

Posted: 4 days ago

Applications are being accepted from people interested in participating in the Glades Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy that will begin in June. Sessions will be held on five consecutive Mondays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning June 4 at the Belle Glade Library at 725 N.W. 4th St. The classes are free and dinner will be served. The academy...
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Boca lawyer’s motion to declare Trump unfit
 A Boca Raton attorney’s more than two-year legal quest to have President Donald Trump declared incompetent has ended. The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear attorney James Herb’s claims that neither presidential immunity from lawsuits nor the First Amendment shields Trump from a state probate court petition that would...

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A Boca Raton attorney’s more than two-year legal quest to have President Donald Trump declared incompetent has ended. The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear attorney James Herb’s claims that neither presidential immunity from lawsuits nor the First Amendment shields Trump from a state probate court petition that would...
Broadcast giant, Sinclair, sues two former WPEC-Channel 12 reporters
 Tired of what he described as “consistent right-wing bias” and bumbling management, Jonathan Beaton in 2015 quit his job as a reporter at WPEC-Channel 12 in West Palm Beach to launch a public relations company. Moving back to Orlando, where he had gone to college, Beaton was busy building his firm when he was hit with a lawsuit...

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Tired of what he described as “consistent right-wing bias” and bumbling management, Jonathan Beaton in 2015 quit his job as a reporter at WPEC-Channel 12 in West Palm Beach to launch a public relations company. Moving back to Orlando, where he had gone to college, Beaton was busy building his firm when he was hit with a lawsuit...
Convicted Palm Beach doctor wins reprieve to watch births of grandkids
 A dermatologist who lives in a $27 million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach won’t have to report to prison on health-care fraud charges until August so he can be present at the births of two grandchildren. Gary Marder, 61, who pleaded guilty in February to charges of health care fraud and obstruction of a criminal health care investigation...

Posted: 7 days ago

A dermatologist who lives in a $27 million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach won’t have to report to prison on health-care fraud charges until August so he can be present at the births of two grandchildren. Gary Marder, 61, who pleaded guilty in February to charges of health care fraud and obstruction of a criminal health care investigation...
FAU student’s family not satisfied as last of his murderers sentenced
 On Wednesday, Adonis’ mother told Colbath she taught her son to respect all people but her influence waned when he began hanging out with his older cousin. After blaming Alexander Gillis for her son’s downfall, Kavell Scott turned to the Acosta family and tearfully apologized.

Posted: 11 days ago

On Wednesday, Adonis’ mother told Colbath she taught her son to respect all people but her influence waned when he began hanging out with his older cousin. After blaming Alexander Gillis for her son’s downfall, Kavell Scott turned to the Acosta family and tearfully apologized.
Sober home operator sentenced for burglarizing sober homes
 A former sober home owner, who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges in connection with health care fraud that has gripped some of Palm Beach County’s drug treatment industry, admitted Tuesday he also was responsible for a string of burglaries at homes where people struggle to beat their addictions. Albert Jones Saye, 29, was...

Posted: 11 days ago

A former sober home owner, who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges in connection with health care fraud that has gripped some of Palm Beach County’s drug treatment industry, admitted Tuesday he also was responsible for a string of burglaries at homes where people struggle to beat their addictions. Albert Jones Saye, 29, was...
PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall
 One minute, Dwella Nelson was dropping her 5-year-old daughter off in a dressing room outside a theater at the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach State College, assuring the excited pre-schooler she would wow the crowd of parents gathered for the ballet recital there. The next minute, the aspiring cancer researcher and assistant professor...

Posted: 12 days ago

One minute, Dwella Nelson was dropping her 5-year-old daughter off in a dressing room outside a theater at the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach State College, assuring the excited pre-schooler she would wow the crowd of parents gathered for the ballet recital there. The next minute, the aspiring cancer researcher and assistant professor...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump
 The last time California attorney Michael Avenatti took on a sometime Palm Beacher, there were allegations of backroom deals, exploitation and furtive payments of tens of thousands of dollars. The long and winding lawsuit involving the 2003 sale of a Boca Raton cemetery sullied the reputation of a successful developer, cost a prominent attorney...

Posted: 16 days ago

The last time California attorney Michael Avenatti took on a sometime Palm Beacher, there were allegations of backroom deals, exploitation and furtive payments of tens of thousands of dollars. The long and winding lawsuit involving the 2003 sale of a Boca Raton cemetery sullied the reputation of a successful developer, cost a prominent attorney...
Dr. Salomon Melgen’s debt to patients, insurers swells to $52.9 million
 Nearly six weeks after Dr. Salomon Melgen began serving a 17-year sentence for treating scores of patients for non-existent eye ailments, a federal judge this week added $10 million to the once-respected Palm Beach County physician’s legal tab. Instead of paying $42.5 million in restitution to his former patients and Medicare and other...

Posted: 17 days ago

Nearly six weeks after Dr. Salomon Melgen began serving a 17-year sentence for treating scores of patients for non-existent eye ailments, a federal judge this week added $10 million to the once-respected Palm Beach County physician’s legal tab. Instead of paying $42.5 million in restitution to his former patients and Medicare and other...
North Palm man involved with Shamrock jeweler gets 4 years in scam
 A North Palm Beach man, who loaned money to former Lake Park jeweler Anthony Simpson, on Friday was sentenced to four years in prison for fleecing investors out of more than $5 million as part of a government contracting scheme. David Webb, 59, chief executive officer of G4i Capital Partners, was accused by federal prosecutors in Virginia...

Posted: 17 days ago

A North Palm Beach man, who loaned money to former Lake Park jeweler Anthony Simpson, on Friday was sentenced to four years in prison for fleecing investors out of more than $5 million as part of a government contracting scheme. David Webb, 59, chief executive officer of G4i Capital Partners, was accused by federal prosecutors in Virginia...
Boynton native enters race to replace Circuit Judge David French
 A 43-year-old Boynton Beach native who practices civil law has entered the race to replace retiring Palm Beach County Circuit Judge David French. Alcolya St. Juste, who has a law office in West Palm Beach, faces attorney Scott Kerner, the older brother of Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, and former State Attorney Michael McAuliffe...

Posted: 19 days ago

A 43-year-old Boynton Beach native who practices civil law has entered the race to replace retiring Palm Beach County Circuit Judge David French. Alcolya St. Juste, who has a law office in West Palm Beach, faces attorney Scott Kerner, the older brother of Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, and former State Attorney Michael McAuliffe...
One man dead in West Palm Beach shooting south of Phipps Park
 UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: Police are still investigating a shooting south of Phipps Park today, where an unidentified man was found dead Saturday night. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Palm Beach Police Department at 561-822-1900 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS. ORIGINAL STORY: An unidentified man was found...

Posted: 22 days ago

UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: Police are still investigating a shooting south of Phipps Park today, where an unidentified man was found dead Saturday night. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Palm Beach Police Department at 561-822-1900 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS. ORIGINAL STORY: An unidentified man was found...
Lake Worth trucker sentenced to 20 years for taking sex videos of teen
 A 62-year-old Lake Worth man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually exploiting the 16-year-old daughter of a man who died. Kevin Scott Mitchell, a long-haul trucker, is appealing the sentence imposed last week by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra. He pleaded guilty in October to charges of producing and transmitting child pornography...

Posted: 23 days ago

A 62-year-old Lake Worth man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually exploiting the 16-year-old daughter of a man who died. Kevin Scott Mitchell, a long-haul trucker, is appealing the sentence imposed last week by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra. He pleaded guilty in October to charges of producing and transmitting child pornography...
Greenacres man indicted for turning teens into prostitutes
 A 42-year-old Greenacres man who is accused of forcing teenage girls into prostitution and brutalizing them if they tried to escape now faces federal charges in connection with the illicit operation that authorities say began nearly a decade ago. Alston Williams appeared in U.S. District Court this week to answer charges of sex trafficking...

Posted: 24 days ago

A 42-year-old Greenacres man who is accused of forcing teenage girls into prostitution and brutalizing them if they tried to escape now faces federal charges in connection with the illicit operation that authorities say began nearly a decade ago. Alston Williams appeared in U.S. District Court this week to answer charges of sex trafficking...
Grieving moms’ pleas mean tougher sentence for Boynton sober home owner
 When Albert Jones Saye was accused last year of turning drug addicts into cash cows to reap tens of thousands of dollars in illicit profits, he began cooperating with authorities, giving up the names of others involved in Palm Beach County’s nefarious sober house industry. On Thursday, grieving mothers dashed the 27-year-old Boynton...

Posted: 25 days ago

When Albert Jones Saye was accused last year of turning drug addicts into cash cows to reap tens of thousands of dollars in illicit profits, he began cooperating with authorities, giving up the names of others involved in Palm Beach County’s nefarious sober house industry. On Thursday, grieving mothers dashed the 27-year-old Boynton...
Furniture store owner pleads guilty in sober home scam
 A once successful furniture store entrepreneur faces a possible 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to federal charges stemming from what prosecutors described as a scheme to use recovering drug addicts to defraud insurance companies. John Skeffington, 52, of Delray Beach, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care...

Posted: 25 days ago

A once successful furniture store entrepreneur faces a possible 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to federal charges stemming from what prosecutors described as a scheme to use recovering drug addicts to defraud insurance companies. John Skeffington, 52, of Delray Beach, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care...
Belle Glade man gets 10 years in 2008 shooting death, has 3 to serve
 A 29-year-old Belle Glade man this week pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the 2008 shooting death of a 21-year-old who died in his mother’s arms before he could identify the trigger man. Since Quadale Seay has been held in the Palm Beach County jail for more than seven years awaiting trial...

Posted: 26 days ago

A 29-year-old Belle Glade man this week pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the 2008 shooting death of a 21-year-old who died in his mother’s arms before he could identify the trigger man. Since Quadale Seay has been held in the Palm Beach County jail for more than seven years awaiting trial...
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