Sandra Nortunen

Sandra Nortunen is a graduate of the University of Florida. Born in Miami, she began her career as a reporter for The Baker County Standard in Macclenny, Fla. She also worked at The Charlotte Sun-Herald and The Gainesville Sun before arriving at The Palm Beach Post in 2005 as an assistant bureau chief. She is now a digital content specialist. 

Latest from Sandra Nortunen

Endangered teen missing since parents’ death may be in Miami, police say
 A 13-year-old girl who authorities believe may be in danger after her parents were found dead in their Wisconsin home might be in South Florida. The Miami Police department sent out a tweet shortly after midnight Monday saying Jayme Closs may have been spotted in Miami near the Dolphins Expressway and Little Havana. If it was her, she was...

Posted: 23 hours ago

A 13-year-old girl who authorities believe may be in danger after her parents were found dead in their Wisconsin home might be in South Florida. The Miami Police department sent out a tweet shortly after midnight Monday saying Jayme Closs may have been spotted in Miami near the Dolphins Expressway and Little Havana. If it was her, she was...
NEW: Plywood slices through car’s windshield on I-95
 Talk about being lucky.  A driver on Interstate 95 in Rockledge, near Cocoa Beach, ended up unscathed after a plywood sliced through the front window of her gray Honda. The 35-year-old woman only had minor injuries and refused to be taken to a hospital Friday afternoon, according to NBC 2.  The driver of the truck that was...

Posted: a day ago

Talk about being lucky.  A driver on Interstate 95 in Rockledge, near Cocoa Beach, ended up unscathed after a plywood sliced through the front window of her gray Honda. The 35-year-old woman only had minor injuries and refused to be taken to a hospital Friday afternoon, according to NBC 2.  The driver of the truck that was...
Rapper Koly P goes live on Instagram after being shot in Florida
 With sirens blaring in the background, and another bullet in his body, Florida rapper Koly P went live on Instagram Saturday night, according to multiple news outlets.  The 29-year-old Pompano Beach native, whose given name is Mike Lee and also goes by Kolyon, was having a conversation with paramedics on his way to the hospital, according...

Posted: 2 days ago

With sirens blaring in the background, and another bullet in his body, Florida rapper Koly P went live on Instagram Saturday night, according to multiple news outlets.  The 29-year-old Pompano Beach native, whose given name is Mike Lee and also goes by Kolyon, was having a conversation with paramedics on his way to the hospital, according...
PHOTOS: Truck ends up on top of wall outside Fort Pierce home
 A truck smashed into a concrete wall and home before ending up stuck on top of the wall Saturday afternoon in Fort Pierce. At 1:39 p.m., crews from St. Lucie County Fire Rescue received the call about the crash and quickly headed out to River Hammock Lane and 25th Street.  The gray vehicle somehow ended up on top of a thick concrete...

Posted: 2 days ago

A truck smashed into a concrete wall and home before ending up stuck on top of the wall Saturday afternoon in Fort Pierce. At 1:39 p.m., crews from St. Lucie County Fire Rescue received the call about the crash and quickly headed out to River Hammock Lane and 25th Street.  The gray vehicle somehow ended up on top of a thick concrete...
Hurricane Michael strengthens, forecast to become ‘dangerous’ major hurricane
 UPDATE 8 p.m.:  Hurricane Michael strengthened slightly with 85 mph sustained winds as it continues to move north toward Florida’s Panhandle.
            As of the National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. advisory, the hurricane was moving north at 12 mph and was about 60 miles north-northwest
            of western tip of...

Posted: 9 days ago

UPDATE 8 p.m.:  Hurricane Michael strengthened slightly with 85 mph sustained winds as it continues to move north toward Florida’s Panhandle. As of the National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. advisory, the hurricane was moving north at 12 mph and was about 60 miles north-northwest of western tip of...
UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled for missing 3-month-old girl 
 Update: The Amber alert for a missing 3-month-old out of Central Florida has been canceled. Original story: A Florida Amber alert has been issued for a 3-month-old girl missing from Central Florida. Authorities said they think Na’Tori Mazion may be with Tedrick Mazion, both of Sanford, according to the Florida Department...

Posted: 9 days ago

Update: The Amber alert for a missing 3-month-old out of Central Florida has been canceled. Original story: A Florida Amber alert has been issued for a 3-month-old girl missing from Central Florida. Authorities said they think Na’Tori Mazion may be with Tedrick Mazion, both of Sanford, according to the Florida Department...
Kirk collapses, remnants will be monitored
 UPDATE 12:17 p.m.: Kirk lost its center circulation this morning, meaning it no longer fits the definition of a tropical cyclone. The National Hurricane Center is no longer issuing advisories on the system, but its remnants will be monitored as it moves
            toward the Lesser Antilles. Previous story:  UPDATE 8 a.m.: The Carolinas...

Posted: 23 days ago

UPDATE 12:17 p.m.: Kirk lost its center circulation this morning, meaning it no longer fits the definition of a tropical cyclone. The National Hurricane Center is no longer issuing advisories on the system, but its remnants will be monitored as it moves toward the Lesser Antilles. Previous story: UPDATE 8 a.m.: The Carolinas...
UPDATE: Hurricane Florence crawling toward the Carolinas, coastal water levels rising
 Hurricane Florence nears the coast of the Carolinas, Sept. 13, 2018 as a Category 2 storm. UPDATE 5 p.m.: Hurricane Florence’s forward speed has slowed to 5 mph as it approaches the Carolinas as a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph
            winds. The National Hurricane Center warns that water levels are rising along portions...

10:08 AM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence nears the coast of the Carolinas, Sept. 13, 2018 as a Category 2 storm. UPDATE 5 p.m.: Hurricane Florence’s forward speed has slowed to 5 mph as it approaches the Carolinas as a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds. The National Hurricane Center warns that water levels are rising along portions...
UPDATE: Category 4 Florence lumbers toward Carolina coast, evacuations urged
  UPDATE 11 p.m.: Hurricane Florence is taking aim at the U.S. East Coast with Category 4 winds, spurring North Carolina’s governor to urge
            coastal residents to evacuate. At 11 p.m., the storm’s winds remained at 140 mph but some strengthening is expected, according
            to the National Hurricane Center. RELATED...

10:30 AM Monday, Sep. 10, 2018

UPDATE 11 p.m.: Hurricane Florence is taking aim at the U.S. East Coast with Category 4 winds, spurring North Carolina’s governor to urge coastal residents to evacuate. At 11 p.m., the storm’s winds remained at 140 mph but some strengthening is expected, according to the National Hurricane Center. RELATED...