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

LATEST: West Palm plans to have ShotSpotter technology within a month, chief says
 Next month, some California-based acoustic experts will be helping West Palm Beach police curb the city’s gun violence. City police Chief Sarah Mooney and Mayor Jeri Muoio announced at a news conference Tuesday the city’s plan to roll out ShotSpotter technology in September throughout its more crime-prone areas. That...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Next month, some California-based acoustic experts will be helping West Palm Beach police curb the city’s gun violence. City police Chief Sarah Mooney and Mayor Jeri Muoio announced at a news conference Tuesday the city’s plan to roll out ShotSpotter technology in September throughout its more crime-prone areas. That...
BREAKING: Teen charged as adult in Boca Raton crash that injured 8
 The 17-year-old driver who fled from authorities last month in Boca Raton and seriously injured seven others along the way now faces an adult felony charge, records show.  Wanzay Denson of Fort Lauderdale was booked Friday afternoon into the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of fleeing and eluding that caused serious injuries....

Posted: a day ago

The 17-year-old driver who fled from authorities last month in Boca Raton and seriously injured seven others along the way now faces an adult felony charge, records show.  Wanzay Denson of Fort Lauderdale was booked Friday afternoon into the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of fleeing and eluding that caused serious injuries....
UPDATE: Two teens in custody after burglaries in Boynton neighborhood
 Two teenagers are in custody in connection to multiple car and home burglaries in the Floral Park community off Congress Avenue and Northeast Hypoluxo Road, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said early Monday.  A 17-year-old and 15-year-old were arrested in connection to the burglaries, authorities said. The older boy was...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two teenagers are in custody in connection to multiple car and home burglaries in the Floral Park community off Congress Avenue and Northeast Hypoluxo Road, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said early Monday.  A 17-year-old and 15-year-old were arrested in connection to the burglaries, authorities said. The older boy was...
NEW: One shot overnight in Loxahatchee
 One person suffered non-life threatening injuries from a shooting late Sunday in Loxahatchee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded shortly after 9 p.m. to Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Tangerine Boulevard and found the injured person.  Authorities did not release any suspect information or a potential...

Posted: 2 days ago

One person suffered non-life threatening injuries from a shooting late Sunday in Loxahatchee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded shortly after 9 p.m. to Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Tangerine Boulevard and found the injured person.  Authorities did not release any suspect information or a potential...
Coach accused of fatal punch of Boca man in New York City is out of jail
 The Wake Forest University basketball coach accused in the death of a Boca Raton man  was released from a New York City jail on his own recognizance Thursday night. Jamill Jones, an assistant men’s basketball at the university in Winston-Salem, N.C., was released shortly after he turned himself in, his attorney, Alain Massena,...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Wake Forest University basketball coach accused in the death of a Boca Raton man was released from a New York City jail on his own recognizance Thursday night. Jamill Jones, an assistant men’s basketball at the university in Winston-Salem, N.C., was released shortly after he turned himself in, his attorney, Alain Massena,...
LATEST: Palm Beach Gardens father watched son die after shooting outside home
 An “unusual” knock on their door interrupted the Venturas’ Sunday night. The family’s patriarch, Albert Ventura III, said he yelled out, asking who was there. No one replied, but there was another knock.  Frustrated, Ventura opened the door. He said four men were outside, one of whom pushed him...

Posted: 6 days ago

An “unusual” knock on their door interrupted the Venturas’ Sunday night. The family’s patriarch, Albert Ventura III, said he yelled out, asking who was there. No one replied, but there was another knock.  Frustrated, Ventura opened the door. He said four men were outside, one of whom pushed him...
Beaten, bloodied woman found in Riviera motel room; man arrested 
 The last thing a woman remembered from a late June evening in a Riviera Beach motel room was telling Corey Bernard Anthony Jr. “no.” He wanted to have sex with her, the woman later told Riviera Beach police. When she refused,  he reportedly punched her in the face.  A housekeeper found the woman  unconscious...

Posted: 7 days ago

The last thing a woman remembered from a late June evening in a Riviera Beach motel room was telling Corey Bernard Anthony Jr. “no.” He wanted to have sex with her, the woman later told Riviera Beach police. When she refused, he reportedly punched her in the face.  A housekeeper found the woman unconscious...
BREAKING: Man, 22, killed in Palm Beach Gardens-area shooting
 A 22-year-old man was fatally shot late Sunday just south of the Palm Beach Gardens city limits, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office authorities said Monday. Albert Ventura IV died shortly after the 9 p.m. shooting on the 8500 block of Uranus Terrace, a residential area south of Northlake Boulevard between Interstate 95 and Congress...

Posted: 9 days ago

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot late Sunday just south of the Palm Beach Gardens city limits, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office authorities said Monday. Albert Ventura IV died shortly after the 9 p.m. shooting on the 8500 block of Uranus Terrace, a residential area south of Northlake Boulevard between Interstate 95 and Congress...
LATEST: West Palm officers acted appropriately in viral video, investigation concludes
 EDITOR’S NOTE: The videos included in this story contain explicit language. More than 1 million people saw a West Palm Beach police officer grab a woman by her hair on a March afternoon and pull her away from  a downtown bar.  A video posted on Facebook of the March 25 melee at Banko Cantina prompted thousands...

Posted: 9 days ago

EDITOR’S NOTE: The videos included in this story contain explicit language. More than 1 million people saw a West Palm Beach police officer grab a woman by her hair on a March afternoon and pull her away from a downtown bar.  A video posted on Facebook of the March 25 melee at Banko Cantina prompted thousands...
NEW: PBSO seeks Ford Expedition that hit, killed man, 83, near Boynton
 An 83-year-old man was hit and killed Thursday night outside the West Boynton Beach Library, Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities said. Irwin Hutten of suburban Delray Beach stopped his vehicle shortly before 10 p.m. on Jog Road south of Gateway Boulevard for “unknown reasons,” the sheriff’s office said...

Posted: 12 days ago

An 83-year-old man was hit and killed Thursday night outside the West Boynton Beach Library, Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities said. Irwin Hutten of suburban Delray Beach stopped his vehicle shortly before 10 p.m. on Jog Road south of Gateway Boulevard for “unknown reasons,” the sheriff’s office said...
BREAKING: PBSO investigating after man shoots self in leg
 The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man reportedly shot himself in the leg.  Someone drove the man to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach early Friday.  Sheriff’s authorities did not say where in the county the shooting took place.

Posted: 12 days ago

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man reportedly shot himself in the leg.  Someone drove the man to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach early Friday.  Sheriff’s authorities did not say where in the county the shooting took place.