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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. 

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UPDATE: Power restored after thousands suffer through night in Lake Worth
 Thousands of people in Lake Worth woke up on the first day of summer in the dark, after an outage knocked out power to the entire city.  According to Lake Worth Utilities, the power went out after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after a failure to a tie line. Twenty-seven thousand customers were affected. Power wasn’t fully restored...

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Thousands of people in Lake Worth woke up on the first day of summer in the dark, after an outage knocked out power to the entire city.  According to Lake Worth Utilities, the power went out after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after a failure to a tie line. Twenty-seven thousand customers were affected. Power wasn’t fully restored...
VIDEO: Alligator swims at Florida beach 
 Perhaps he was seeking a mate or in need of a cleansing saltwater scrub. Regardless of his mission, an alligator made his way into the bright blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.  Captain Jessica DeGraw of Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises shot video of the 4- to 5-footer near Bonita Springs in Lee County.  &ldquo...

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Perhaps he was seeking a mate or in need of a cleansing saltwater scrub. Regardless of his mission, an alligator made his way into the bright blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.  Captain Jessica DeGraw of Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises shot video of the 4- to 5-footer near Bonita Springs in Lee County.  &ldquo...
FBI issues $10,000 reward for armed, dangerous Miami man 
 The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of an “armed and dangerous” man from North Miami Beach. On April 5, 2015, Jonathan David Cifuentes, 26,  shot two men in the parking lot of a nightclub in Doral, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Four days later, a state arrest warrant...

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The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of an “armed and dangerous” man from North Miami Beach. On April 5, 2015, Jonathan David Cifuentes, 26, shot two men in the parking lot of a nightclub in Doral, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Four days later, a state arrest warrant...
UPDATE: Missing child alert canceled for 14-year-old girl 
 Original story: A missing child alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl from Central Florida. Iyana Dawson was last seen Saturday in Ocala wearing ripped blue jeans, red shoes and a navy blue-and-white-striped top.  She is 5-foot-5 and weighs 120 pounds. She has braids in her hair. Anyone with information about her whereabouts...

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Original story: A missing child alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl from Central Florida. Iyana Dawson was last seen Saturday in Ocala wearing ripped blue jeans, red shoes and a navy blue-and-white-striped top.  She is 5-foot-5 and weighs 120 pounds. She has braids in her hair. Anyone with information about her whereabouts...
Police: Miami man strangled woman during sex, dumped body on road
 A 37-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after police said he strangled a woman to death in Miami and then left her body on a sidewalk.  Juan Carlos Hernandez-Caseres told police that he picked up 41-year-old Ann Farran after she agreed to have sex with him if he paid her, according to a police report obtained by the...

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A 37-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after police said he strangled a woman to death in Miami and then left her body on a sidewalk.  Juan Carlos Hernandez-Caseres told police that he picked up 41-year-old Ann Farran after she agreed to have sex with him if he paid her, according to a police report obtained by the...
This city just north of PBC named one of happiest seaside towns in America
 Thinking about escaping for a weekend getaway or quick day trip? A city just a little over an hour north of West Palm Beach has been named one of the happiest seaside towns in America.  Sophisticated but low-key Vero Beach ranked in fourth place, according to Coastal Living.  “It feels less like a city than a village...

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Thinking about escaping for a weekend getaway or quick day trip? A city just a little over an hour north of West Palm Beach has been named one of the happiest seaside towns in America.  Sophisticated but low-key Vero Beach ranked in fourth place, according to Coastal Living.  “It feels less like a city than a village...
Port St. Lucie man, 48, dies after crashing on Turnpike
 A 48-year-old Port St. Lucie man is dead after his car crashed Friday morning into a concrete column on Florida’s Turnpike. Daniel M. Kennedy was travelling south in his 2017 Nissan Altima near the Port St. Lucie Service Plaza/Fort Pierce plaza when his car veered off the road around 10:40 a.m., according to the Florida Highway...

Posted: 10 days ago

A 48-year-old Port St. Lucie man is dead after his car crashed Friday morning into a concrete column on Florida’s Turnpike. Daniel M. Kennedy was travelling south in his 2017 Nissan Altima near the Port St. Lucie Service Plaza/Fort Pierce plaza when his car veered off the road around 10:40 a.m., according to the Florida Highway...
Florida housekeeper accused of stealing over $6,000 in jewelry
 A 36-year-old Florida housekeeper is behind bars after police say she stole over $6,000 in jewelry while cleaning someone’s house. Bonnie Rathbun, of Vero Beach, was arrested Thursday afternoon after the homeowner called the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office to report that her jewelry was missing. The items stolen included...

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A 36-year-old Florida housekeeper is behind bars after police say she stole over $6,000 in jewelry while cleaning someone’s house. Bonnie Rathbun, of Vero Beach, was arrested Thursday afternoon after the homeowner called the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office to report that her jewelry was missing. The items stolen included...
UPDATE: Police find Port St. Lucie runaway in Miami Gardens
 UPDATE: Miami Gardens police found 15-year-old Schnaica Rimpel, and she has been returned to her home in Port St. Lucie.  Original story: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 15-year-old runaway from Port St. Lucie. Schnaica Rimpel was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray shirt.  Authorities were told that...

Posted: 14 days ago

UPDATE: Miami Gardens police found 15-year-old Schnaica Rimpel, and she has been returned to her home in Port St. Lucie.  Original story: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 15-year-old runaway from Port St. Lucie. Schnaica Rimpel was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray shirt.  Authorities were told that...
Officer suspended for comment about protest organized by Parkland survivor
 A veteran police officer in Florida has been suspended for five days after a comment he made on social media about the recent Publix protest organized by Parkland survivor David Hogg. Officer Brian Valenti, who has been with the Coconut Creek Police Department for 23 years,  made the comment Saturday on the police department’s breaking...

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A veteran police officer in Florida has been suspended for five days after a comment he made on social media about the recent Publix protest organized by Parkland survivor David Hogg. Officer Brian Valenti, who has been with the Coconut Creek Police Department for 23 years, made the comment Saturday on the police department’s breaking...
VIDEO: Man using fake bills at Target in Broward may be part of larger network
 Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who used counterfeit bills at a South Florida Target. The Broward Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video of the man who entered the store on S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach around 8:30 p.m. April 29 and went upstairs to approach a lone...

Posted: 27 days ago

Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who used counterfeit bills at a South Florida Target. The Broward Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video of the man who entered the store on S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach around 8:30 p.m. April 29 and went upstairs to approach a lone...