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

UPDATE: Missing child alert for 3 Florida children canceled  
 12:20 p.m. UPDATE: The missing child alert has been canceled.  Original story: A missing child alert has been issued for three Florida children who have not been seen since Tuesday.  The children — aged 12 months to 6 years old — were last seen in Dade City, northwest of Tampa. Authorities think they...

Posted: 2 days ago

12:20 p.m. UPDATE: The missing child alert has been canceled.  Original story: A missing child alert has been issued for three Florida children who have not been seen since Tuesday.  The children — aged 12 months to 6 years old — were last seen in Dade City, northwest of Tampa. Authorities think they...
Coast Guard unloads more than 7 tons of cocaine in Fort Lauderdale
 The U.S. Coast Guard today unloaded more than 7 tons of seized cocaine at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.  Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and from at least three other ships confiscated the drugs from early June through mid-July. They were taken from smugglers at sea and from two floating bale fields found off the...

Posted: 9 days ago

The U.S. Coast Guard today unloaded more than 7 tons of seized cocaine at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.  Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and from at least three other ships confiscated the drugs from early June through mid-July. They were taken from smugglers at sea and from two floating bale fields found off the...
Local state of emergency declared in Martin County over water woes
 A local state of emergency has been declared in Martin County over its dire water conditions caused by fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. County commissioners met during an emergency meeting on Tuesday to vote on the declaration.  The state of emergency is in place for seven days and allows the county to fast-track the process...

Posted: 11 days ago

A local state of emergency has been declared in Martin County over its dire water conditions caused by fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. County commissioners met during an emergency meeting on Tuesday to vote on the declaration.  The state of emergency is in place for seven days and allows the county to fast-track the process...
Bob Dylan is coming to South Florida
 Bob Dylan is heading to the Sunshine State this fall. The “Never Ending Tour” already took the 77-year-old music legend through Europe like a rolling stone, and he is now performing in  Australia.  The North American portion of the tour begins Oct. 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and eventually heads to Florida. ...

Posted: 11 days ago

Bob Dylan is heading to the Sunshine State this fall. The “Never Ending Tour” already took the 77-year-old music legend through Europe like a rolling stone, and he is now performing in Australia.  The North American portion of the tour begins Oct. 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and eventually heads to Florida. ...
NEW: Up to $5,000 reward for help finding missing Florida woman
 Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Central Florida woman who has been missing for over a year.   Detectives are concerned that foul play may be involved in the disappearance of Jerilynn Handley.  She was last seen leaving her Apopka house on May 21, 2017 and then a few days later in Ocoee, northwest...

Posted: 20 days ago

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Central Florida woman who has been missing for over a year.   Detectives are concerned that foul play may be involved in the disappearance of Jerilynn Handley.  She was last seen leaving her Apopka house on May 21, 2017 and then a few days later in Ocoee, northwest...
TRAFFIC: Diesel-fuel accident causes traffic backup on Turnpike in Jupiter
 A crash in Jupiter involving a diesel fuel spill closed all southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike earlier this morning.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened just after 5 a.m. causing traffic to be diverted  onto Indiantown Road All lanes of the Turnpike  reopened before noon. There are no initial...

Posted: 24 days ago

A crash in Jupiter involving a diesel fuel spill closed all southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike earlier this morning.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened just after 5 a.m. causing traffic to be diverted onto Indiantown Road All lanes of the Turnpike  reopened before noon. There are no initial...
Man throws girlfriend out of hotel window near Vero Beach, cops say
 A 30-year-old man was arrested after authorities said he threw his girlfriend out of a hotel window during a drunken fight.  The incident happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday at the Vero Beach Inn and Suites, just east of Interstate 95. Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the hotel by Joseph W. Smallegan, who...

Posted: 25 days ago

A 30-year-old man was arrested after authorities said he threw his girlfriend out of a hotel window during a drunken fight.  The incident happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday at the Vero Beach Inn and Suites, just east of Interstate 95. Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the hotel by Joseph W. Smallegan, who...
JUST IN: Miami Beach building collapses
 At least one person is injured after a building on Miami Beach collapsed this morning. The condominium at 5775 Collins Ave. had a permit to be demolished, according to Miami Beach police. The 13-floor structure no longer had residents, and a Brazilian developer has plans to construct an 89-story tower at that site, according to the Miami...

Posted: 26 days ago

At least one person is injured after a building on Miami Beach collapsed this morning. The condominium at 5775 Collins Ave. had a permit to be demolished, according to Miami Beach police. The 13-floor structure no longer had residents, and a Brazilian developer has plans to construct an 89-story tower at that site, according to the Miami...
UPDATE: Thunderstorms drenched PB County, knocked out power
 Only a handful of people are still without power early this morning after heavy thunderstorms moved through Palm Beach County Sunday night. At one point, about 5,000 customers had no service, according to Florida Power & Light’s power tracking map. By 6:45 this morning, that number has shrunk to 50. No outages were reported in...

Posted: 26 days ago

Only a handful of people are still without power early this morning after heavy thunderstorms moved through Palm Beach County Sunday night. At one point, about 5,000 customers had no service, according to Florida Power & Light’s power tracking map. By 6:45 this morning, that number has shrunk to 50. No outages were reported in...
Ritz products recalled over salmonella concerns 
 Are you a lover of the crunchy, golden Ritz cracker? If so, listen up.  Mondelēz Global LLC announced Saturday that the company is voluntarily recalling more than a dozen of its products due to possible salmonella contamination.  The items placed on the recall list contain whey powder. The company that supplies whey powder...

Posted: 27 days ago

Are you a lover of the crunchy, golden Ritz cracker? If so, listen up.  Mondelēz Global LLC announced Saturday that the company is voluntarily recalling more than a dozen of its products due to possible salmonella contamination.  The items placed on the recall list contain whey powder. The company that supplies whey powder...
Trio arrested after kids found living in ‘deplorable conditions’ in N. Florida
 Hundreds of roaches were crawling around inside the home, the air conditioning wasn’t working and children were covered in bug bites. That’s the scene officers painted in a report detailing the arrest of three people  on child neglect charges in Flagler County.  The sheriff’s office investigation began July 3 when the...

Posted: 27 days ago

Hundreds of roaches were crawling around inside the home, the air conditioning wasn’t working and children were covered in bug bites. That’s the scene officers painted in a report detailing the arrest of three people on child neglect charges in Flagler County.  The sheriff’s office investigation began July 3 when the...