Pat Beall

An award-winning investigative reporter, Pat Beall reports on a number of issues, ranging from mortgage fraud to government waste.

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Indian River Co. woman killed; husband sought, may be headed south
 The husband of a slain 45-year-old Indian River County woman has fled to Southeast Florida, detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office say. Pedro Torres “is known to frequent Broward County and is believed to be somewhere in that area,” according to the department. Vicky Torres, 45, was found dead early Sunday...

5:55 PM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

The husband of a slain 45-year-old Indian River County woman has fled to Southeast Florida, detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office say. Pedro Torres “is known to frequent Broward County and is believed to be somewhere in that area,” according to the department. Vicky Torres, 45, was found dead early Sunday...
UPDATE: Lake Worth pier closes, coastal flood watch in effect for PBC
 11:30 a.m. update: According to city officials, the Lake Worth Pier has been closed due to high winds and dangerous surf. “Conditions will continue to be monitored and upon the high winds and surf subsiding the pier will reopen,” city officials said in a statement. A mid-day update from the National Weather Service reports...

4:38 PM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

11:30 a.m. update: According to city officials, the Lake Worth Pier has been closed due to high winds and dangerous surf. “Conditions will continue to be monitored and upon the high winds and surf subsiding the pier will reopen,” city officials said in a statement. A mid-day update from the National Weather Service reports...
'Trump Squad' meets the president at Mar-a-Lago
 About 20 minutes after President Trump’s motorcade passed over of the Southern bridge on its way back to Mar-a-Lago after golf on Saturday, a white van stopped near a group of supporters. A man stepped out with an invitation that stunned the devoted sign-waiving crowd. The president would like to meet with you at Mar-a-Lago. &ldquo...

1:24 AM Monday, Jan. 01, 2018

About 20 minutes after President Trump’s motorcade passed over of the Southern bridge on its way back to Mar-a-Lago after golf on Saturday, a white van stopped near a group of supporters. A man stepped out with an invitation that stunned the devoted sign-waiving crowd. The president would like to meet with you at Mar-a-Lago. &ldquo...
Trump in Palm Beach: “Trump Squad” gets surprise invite to Mar-a-Lago
 About 20 minutes after President Trump’s motorcade passed over of the Southern bridge on its way back to Mar-a-Lago after golf on Saturday, a white van stopped near a group of supporters. A man stepped out with an invitation that stunned the devoted sign-waiving crowd. The president would like to meet with you at Mar-a-Lago. &ldquo...

10:35 PM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

About 20 minutes after President Trump’s motorcade passed over of the Southern bridge on its way back to Mar-a-Lago after golf on Saturday, a white van stopped near a group of supporters. A man stepped out with an invitation that stunned the devoted sign-waiving crowd. The president would like to meet with you at Mar-a-Lago. &ldquo...
Year-end forecast: Sunny, but cool; rip currents a risk
 Look for a dry, cool, blue-sky end to 2017 this New Year’s Eve day. That doesn’t mean you should ring out the old year at the beach.  A lingering ocean swell is creating a risk of dangerous rip currents. “If you choose to enter the chilly surf,” cautions the National Weather Service, “only do so near a lifeguard...

2:03 PM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Look for a dry, cool, blue-sky end to 2017 this New Year’s Eve day. That doesn’t mean you should ring out the old year at the beach.  A lingering ocean swell is creating a risk of dangerous rip currents. “If you choose to enter the chilly surf,” cautions the National Weather Service, “only do so near a lifeguard...
Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run wreck; driver sought
 A Port St. Lucie hit-and-run Saturday night claimed the life of 35-year-old Danilo Bicalho Dos Reis as he tried to cross the street in the 300 block of Northwest Airoso Boulevard. Bicalho, who is Brazilian, was in the area for the holidays. He died before fire department emergency rescue units arrived. According to the St. Lucie County sheriff&rsquo...

1:58 PM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

A Port St. Lucie hit-and-run Saturday night claimed the life of 35-year-old Danilo Bicalho Dos Reis as he tried to cross the street in the 300 block of Northwest Airoso Boulevard. Bicalho, who is Brazilian, was in the area for the holidays. He died before fire department emergency rescue units arrived. According to the St. Lucie County sheriff&rsquo...
Man arrested in Boynton Beach New Year’s Eve double homicide
 Just hours before the year drew to an end, a Sunday afternoon shooting left two dead in a Boynton Beach neighborhood, bringing to 100 the number of murder victims in Palm Beach County in 2017, according to a Palm Beach Post database. The victims remain unidentified, with police identifying them only as two males. Later Sunday, Boynton...

6:10 AM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Just hours before the year drew to an end, a Sunday afternoon shooting left two dead in a Boynton Beach neighborhood, bringing to 100 the number of murder victims in Palm Beach County in 2017, according to a Palm Beach Post database. The victims remain unidentified, with police identifying them only as two males. Later Sunday, Boynton...
State Attorney Dave Aronberg testifies before House panel on opioids
 The congressional representatives sitting on the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wanted to hear about patient brokering and sober home fraud. Tuesday morning, they got an earful from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and his chief assistant, Al Johnson. “We have had a surge of unscrupulous individuals...

4:10 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

The congressional representatives sitting on the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wanted to hear about patient brokering and sober home fraud. Tuesday morning, they got an earful from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and his chief assistant, Al Johnson. “We have had a surge of unscrupulous individuals...
Florida man charged after corpse found near 3-foot sword
 A Lake Worth man once ruled incompetent to stand trial on charges of carrying a knife in a children’s play area was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with the death of an unidentified person. The bloodied body was found near railroad tracks next to a 3-foot sword. George Christopher Livingston, 51, is charged with second-degree...

3:50 PM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

A Lake Worth man once ruled incompetent to stand trial on charges of carrying a knife in a children’s play area was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with the death of an unidentified person. The bloodied body was found near railroad tracks next to a 3-foot sword. George Christopher Livingston, 51, is charged with second-degree...
UPDATE: Lake Worth man charged in sword murder; victim ID’d
 A Lake Worth man once ruled incompetent to stand trial on charges of carrying a knife in a children’s play area was arrested Saturday and charged with murder. The bloodied body of David Beckett, 58, was found next to a 3-foot sword near railroad tracks in Lake Worth. George Christopher Livingston, 51, is charged with second-degree murder...

2:02 AM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

A Lake Worth man once ruled incompetent to stand trial on charges of carrying a knife in a children’s play area was arrested Saturday and charged with murder. The bloodied body of David Beckett, 58, was found next to a 3-foot sword near railroad tracks in Lake Worth. George Christopher Livingston, 51, is charged with second-degree murder...
Two dead, one injured in Wellington after car crashes into trees
 A Connecticut woman who lost control of her speeding Chevrolet Camaro on Wellington’s South Shore Boulevard on Saturday night is dead. Dana McWilliams, 19, of Bethany, Conn., died instantly, as did a still-unidentified 21-year-old man in the front seat. Sitting in the back seat, Elaine Halloran, 24, of Wellington was seriously...

5:33 PM Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

A Connecticut woman who lost control of her speeding Chevrolet Camaro on Wellington’s South Shore Boulevard on Saturday night is dead. Dana McWilliams, 19, of Bethany, Conn., died instantly, as did a still-unidentified 21-year-old man in the front seat. Sitting in the back seat, Elaine Halloran, 24, of Wellington was seriously...