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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Privatizing prison health care leaves inmates in pain, sometimes dying
 Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled. Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and, at 52 a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Under the care of Florida’s newly privatized prison health system, she didn&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled. Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and, at 52 a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Under the care of Florida’s newly privatized prison health system, she didn&rsquo...
POST INVESTIGATION: Inmate was getting only Tylenol for cancer
 Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled.  Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and at 52, a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars.  Under the care of Florida's newly privatized prison health system,...

Posted: 15 days ago

Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled.  Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and at 52, a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars.  Under the care of Florida's newly privatized prison health system,...
Arrest made in West Palm shooting; victim found in crashed car
 Arriving at a Lantana Super 8 motel before dawn, authorities Sunday arrested Daron Breon Harrell, 33, on a warrant connected to the shooting death of Kevin Lamar Stevens. The U.S. Marshals Service, along with West Palm Beach and Lantana police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, brought Harrell into custody peacefully, West...

8:55 PM Sunday, May. 06, 2018

Arriving at a Lantana Super 8 motel before dawn, authorities Sunday arrested Daron Breon Harrell, 33, on a warrant connected to the shooting death of Kevin Lamar Stevens. The U.S. Marshals Service, along with West Palm Beach and Lantana police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, brought Harrell into custody peacefully, West...
Boynton police: Missing man located
 UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Boynton Beach Police are reporting that Alejandro Agosto has been located in Palm Springs. ORIGINAL STORY: Boynton Beach Police are searching for Alejandro Agosto, last seen shortly after noon Sunday at the IHOP on North Congress Avenue. The 5-foot-8 Agosto weighs approximately 240 pounds and is believed to be wearing a...

7:51 PM Sunday, May. 06, 2018

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Boynton Beach Police are reporting that Alejandro Agosto has been located in Palm Springs. ORIGINAL STORY: Boynton Beach Police are searching for Alejandro Agosto, last seen shortly after noon Sunday at the IHOP on North Congress Avenue. The 5-foot-8 Agosto weighs approximately 240 pounds and is believed to be wearing a...
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...