Olivia Hitchcock

Olivia Hitchcock covers breaking news for The Palm Beach Post. She has spent most of her life bouncing between Central Ohio and suburban Boston, but prefers the Florida sun. She started at The Post as an intern in 2015 but had to finish her undergraduate degree in journalism from Ohio University before she could begin full-time (which she did in June 2016). 

Latest from Olivia Hitchcock

NEW: Caregiver arrested after teens found in filthy Gardens hotel room
 A tip that two developmentally delayed teens were being neglected led investigators  to a waste-filled hotel room last week, Palm Beach Gardens police records show.  The brothers, 16 and 18, said they hadn’t showered in more than a year and their appearances seemed to confirm that, investigators wrote. One had a foot infection...

Posted: 4 days ago

A tip that two developmentally delayed teens were being neglected led investigators to a waste-filled hotel room last week, Palm Beach Gardens police records show.  The brothers, 16 and 18, said they hadn’t showered in more than a year and their appearances seemed to confirm that, investigators wrote. One had a foot infection...
BREAKING: Two Atlantic High seniors injured in wreck outside school
 Two high school seniors were injured in a wreck early Thursday near Atlantic High School, Delray Beach Fire Rescue and police authorities said.  The two-car crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue by the entrance to the high school.  This story contains embedded social media content. If you don’t...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two high school seniors were injured in a wreck early Thursday near Atlantic High School, Delray Beach Fire Rescue and police authorities said.  The two-car crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue by the entrance to the high school.  This story contains embedded social media content. If you don’t...
BREAKING: Woman arrested in Belle Glade stabbing
 A woman is facing an aggravated battery charge after she reportedly stabbed a man who’d asked her to move out of his home, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state.  Sarne Trisketa Barfield, 30, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. A judge placed her on supervised release from the county jail at a hearing Wednesday...

Posted: 5 days ago

A woman is facing an aggravated battery charge after she reportedly stabbed a man who’d asked her to move out of his home, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state.  Sarne Trisketa Barfield, 30, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. A judge placed her on supervised release from the county jail at a hearing Wednesday...
JUST IN: Greenacres store sells $850,000 Florida lottery ticket
 A Greenacres gas station sold a winning Lucky Money ticket worth $850,000, the Florida Lottery said.  That ticket, sold at the Mobil Food Mart on Lake Worth Road at the intersection with Haverhill Road, was Tuesday’s only winning ticket, the lottery said.  It had the winning combination of 19-28-42-45 with 9 as the...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Greenacres gas station sold a winning Lucky Money ticket worth $850,000, the Florida Lottery said.  That ticket, sold at the Mobil Food Mart on Lake Worth Road at the intersection with Haverhill Road, was Tuesday’s only winning ticket, the lottery said.  It had the winning combination of 19-28-42-45 with 9 as the...
BREAKING: More charges filed in Jupiter shooting, car chase last month
 The woman arrested last month in connection to a shooting and subsequent car chase through Jupiter is facing more charges, court records show.  Ellen Fitzpatrick, 21, was arrested again Monday afternoon on aggravated assault and weapons-related charges stemming from the Sept. 24 incident. She is being held in the Palm Beach County...

Posted: 6 days ago

The woman arrested last month in connection to a shooting and subsequent car chase through Jupiter is facing more charges, court records show.  Ellen Fitzpatrick, 21, was arrested again Monday afternoon on aggravated assault and weapons-related charges stemming from the Sept. 24 incident. She is being held in the Palm Beach County...
‘It’s like a nightmare:’ Baby nearly drowns while in West Palm-area babysitter’s care
 Months after an infant almost drowned in a bathtub, his caregiver is facing a child-neglect charge, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show.  Geneva Perez, 24, was arrested Sept. 28 in connection to the July 17 near-drowning of a 2-month-old she was babysitting, according to sheriff’s records. Court records indicate...

Posted: 6 days ago

Months after an infant almost drowned in a bathtub, his caregiver is facing a child-neglect charge, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show.  Geneva Perez, 24, was arrested Sept. 28 in connection to the July 17 near-drowning of a 2-month-old she was babysitting, according to sheriff’s records. Court records indicate...
BREAKING: West Palm Beach Publix sells winning Florida lottery ticket
 One of Monday’s five winning Fantasy 5 tickets was sold at the Publix Super Market at CityPlace, the Florida lottery said. The store on South Rosemary Avenue sold a ticket with the winning combination of 9-20-22-33-34. It paid $36,708.71, the lottery said.  The other winning tickets were sold at stores in Miramar, Miami...

Posted: 6 days ago

One of Monday’s five winning Fantasy 5 tickets was sold at the Publix Super Market at CityPlace, the Florida lottery said. The store on South Rosemary Avenue sold a ticket with the winning combination of 9-20-22-33-34. It paid $36,708.71, the lottery said.  The other winning tickets were sold at stores in Miramar, Miami...
UPDATE: Latest victims in Delray Beach feud include baby
 One person was shot and a baby sustained minor injuries as the result of a longstanding feud that erupted again Monday in Delray Beach, city police said. A bystander also was injured after he was hit by flying debris. Police said a person inside a stolen black Volkswagen Jetta shot into a grey Honda Accord just before noon at the...

Posted: 7 days ago

One person was shot and a baby sustained minor injuries as the result of a longstanding feud that erupted again Monday in Delray Beach, city police said. A bystander also was injured after he was hit by flying debris. Police said a person inside a stolen black Volkswagen Jetta shot into a grey Honda Accord just before noon at the...
BREAKING: Greenacres man killed in West Palm Beach-area crash
 A 28-year-old Greenacres-area man is dead after a crash early Monday near the intersection of Jog Road and Southern Boulevard, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Jose C. Maldonado was a passenger in the 2005 Kia Amanti that crashed into a center median and then two trees on Southern Boulevard shortly after 4:30 a.m. He...

Posted: 7 days ago

A 28-year-old Greenacres-area man is dead after a crash early Monday near the intersection of Jog Road and Southern Boulevard, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Jose C. Maldonado was a passenger in the 2005 Kia Amanti that crashed into a center median and then two trees on Southern Boulevard shortly after 4:30 a.m. He...
NEW: Boynton police awarded nearly $500,000 federal grant to curb gang, drug activity
 The federal government is giving Boynton Beach nearly a half million dollars to  pay for police technology aimed at curbing the city’s rise in gang activity and  drug overdoses, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last month. City police still are ironing out how they’ll use the $465,860, but spokeswoman Stephanie...

Posted: 8 days ago

The federal government is giving Boynton Beach nearly a half million dollars to pay for police technology aimed at curbing the city’s rise in gang activity and drug overdoses, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last month. City police still are ironing out how they’ll use the $465,860, but spokeswoman Stephanie...
Man faces first-degree murder charge in OD death; first under new state law
 A West Palm Beach man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in an overdose death, the first such charge in the county using a state statute that allows authorities to charge drug dealers in overdose deaths.  Judge Ted Booras on Friday ordered that Calvin Warren Jr., 35, remain in the Palm Beach County Jail without the...

Posted: 10 days ago

A West Palm Beach man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in an overdose death, the first such charge in the county using a state statute that allows authorities to charge drug dealers in overdose deaths.  Judge Ted Booras on Friday ordered that Calvin Warren Jr., 35, remain in the Palm Beach County Jail without the...