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Boca Raton woman sentenced for wire fraud

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:15:00 PST

A Boca Raton woman was sentenced to four years and three months in prison for submitting fraudulent student loan applications online. 

According to investigators, Marie Jean-Francois, 31, tricked nursing students at the Coral Ridge Training School into giving out their personal information, which...


Unlicensed caregivers face fines starting March 1 in Palm Beach County

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:05:00 PST

Home caregivers hired to help the elderly or disabled in Palm Beach County need to be licensed by Wednesday. 

Unlicensed caregivers could face up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail. 

County commissioners approved the licensing requirements in October 2015, but officials haven’t been fining violators...


Trial starts over teen's slaying in 2012

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:35:00 PST

Sixteen-year-old Emili Sineace was shot to death outside her home west of Lake Worth. And there’s no dispute Brandon Santos, then 18, pulled the trigger, according to prosecutors and his attorneys.

But was the girl’s slaying on Sept. 14, 2012, intentional, making it a case of first-degree murder?...


Convicted operator of 'pill mills' sentenced to 35 years

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:15:00 PST

The operator of a South Florida pain clinic company benefited as millions of oxycodone pills were prescribed and sold to customers who traveled from Ohio, Kentucky and other states, court records show.

Prosecutors say these “pill mills” run by Richard McMillan took in about $10 million in just...


Student claimed to have bomb, fled bank robbery on bike, cops say

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:40:00 PST

A high school student, claiming to have a bomb, robbed a bank in Boynton Beach and pedaled away on a bicycle, police said.

He was arrested the next day.

Austin Matthew Puppo, 18, went into the bank at 1550 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday, according to a police arrest report....


Support network grows to combat mental illness stigma in Palm Beach County

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:25:00 PST

There are nights when Rita Thrasher is overcome with remorse over her daughter’s death. 

Valerie Thrasher battled a mental illness for nearly 30 years until her death at 42, her mother said. 

“I just thought ‘I have to remain focused,’” she said of trying to cope after her daughter ran away from...


Rothstein ally gets punishment cut; ex-partner Rosenfeldt nears freedom

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 PST

Broward County man who admitted he fed more than $20 million to Scott Rothstein's massive Ponzi scheme had his prison term reduced last week at the request of prosecutors.

Frank Prevé, 73, of Coral Springs, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in 2014. 

Senior U.S. District...


Buy me some peanuts and ahi tuna? Spring training evolves with South Florida's newest stadium

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:50:00 PST

At the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, you can sit in a luxury suite while munching on ahi tuna and crab cake sliders. 

Don’t feel like driving around for a parking spot? Just pull up, shell out $20 and have the valet take care of it.  

When South Florida’s newest spring training stadium opens...


Palm Beach State opens long-awaited western campus

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:50:00 PST

After a decade of delays, Palm Beach County’s growing western communities finally have a college campus to call their own.

Palm Beach State College on Monday will open a 50,000-square foot facility in Loxahatchee Groves that will serve Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and The Acreage  — areas a 2005...


Boca to consider trolley, bike share programs to ease downtown traffic

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

As one of the few major cities in the region without city-funded ways to get around downtown, Boca Raton is one step closer to adding services to help residents get around without having to drive.

Boca Raton’s Community Redevelopment Agency is scheduled on Monday to weigh proposals for alternative...


To urge safe driving, Boca man describes his role in fatal DUI crash

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:25:00 PST

Even after all these years, William Altier still gets nervous when he speaks to students and teachers about being the first man in Palm Beach County to be convicted of vehicular homicide in the death of a fetus.

Altier, 37, of Boca Raton, served prison time for a DUI head-on collision in 2003 that...


Five injured in four-car crash near Lantana

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:00:00 PST

Five people are in the hospital with minor injuries after a four-car crash on I-95 between Lantana and Hypoluxo roads Saturday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials said.

The crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. near the Hypoluxo Road exit, blocking one lane of traffic, said Florida Highway Patrol...


Authorities seeking help in unsolved 2007 Palm Beach Gardens murder

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:05:00 PST

Authorities are calling for help finding the person who killed Bobbie Jean Evans, whose body was found burned on the side of a dirt road in Palm Beach Gardens a decade ago.

In a news release Friday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office asked the public for any information on the death of Evans.


Former Palm Beach deputy convicted on felony charge of impersonating a cop at FAU

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 PST

The unusual case of a former cop who was arrested last year over an allegation that he impersonated a cop ended with a guilty verdict Friday.

Adam J. Shockey, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy for 14 years until 2011, was convicted at a trial concerning an incident in the library at Florida...


Wellington man who pleaded guilty to killing his family drops bid for trial

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:10:00 PST

Seven years after Neal Jacobson shot and killed his wife and twin 7-year-old sons in their Wellington home, he says he’s content to spend the rest of his life in prison.

After returning to a Palm Beach County courtroom on Friday, he announced his long-term battle for a trial was over. He dropped...


DNA may bolster officer's choking claim in Seth Adams shooting trial

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 PST

Seth Adams’ DNA was likely part of a sample found on the neck of an undercover officer he’s accused of choking before being shot in 2012, jurors learned Monday.

But it’s not possible to say whether the DNA came from skin left by an attempted choking, blood from a gunshot wound or even saliva from...


$150K Maserati disappears during 'test drive,' cops say

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

A test drive of a $150,000 luxury sports car went bad after a salesman was duped into leaving the car and leaving its engine running, police said.

As of Friday, the 2016 Maserati GranTurismo was still missing, according to Boca Raton police. However, the man accused of stealing it is not missing....


Former NFL player punched teen in Boca Raton, police say

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:50:00 PST

A former New York Jets player was slapped with a child abuse charge after punching a teen he accused of egging his house, police said.

Police on Saturday arrested Scott Mersereau, 51, of Boca Raton on charges he attacked the accused egg thrower, age 15.

The alleged egging happened Friday at Mersereau’s...


Jury sees autopsy photos in trial of deputy accused in Seth Adams shooting

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:00:00 PST

Lydia and Richard Adams slipped out of a West Palm Beach courtroom as photos of their son’s body — scarred with bullet holes — appeared on a video screen.

Adams’ family is seeking millions in an excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and...


Drug-treatment center's CEO arrested on 93 counts of patient brokering

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:40:00 PST

The CEO of a Delray Beach rehab center that authorities raided last year has been arrested on charges he violated the state’s patient-brokering law nearly 100 times, records show.

Authorities say Daniel Kandler, 41, the owner of Chapters Recovery, illegally paid more than $325,000 to four employees...


Gribble and Bryan tied for Honda Classic lead at 6-under 64

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:50:00 PST

Cody Gribble put together one of his best rounds in a while Thursday, shooting a 6-under-par 64 to share the first-round lead in the Honda Classic.

“I’ve honestly been swinging pretty poorly the last couple of weeks, but it was a lot better,” said Gribble, who had seven birdies and a bogey on the...


South Florida schools vow to protect transgender students

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:13:00 PST

South Florida’s transgender students will not notice a difference when they use restrooms or locker rooms at public schools, despite recent federal changes.

President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday withdrew an unenforced policy issued last May by the Obama administration that directed public...


Three newcomers seek open Boca Raton council seat

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:50:00 PST

Three political newcomers are seeking to replace term-limited Michael Mullaugh in Boca Raton City Council Seat B. 

Andrea Levine O’Rourke, Andy Thompson and Emily Gentile are competing for the at-large seat in the March 14 election open to all city voters. 

O’Rourke filed to run for the seat last...


Palm Beach County finalizes medical marijuana moratorium

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:35:00 PST

Palm Beach County has finalized a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries that aims to give state legislators time to craft regulations for the industry.

The County Commission voted Thursday to give final approval to a one-year moratorium on medical pot operations.

Commissioner Melissa...


Trump expected to return to Palm Beach next weekend

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:55:00 PST

President Donald Trump is expected to return to his Weekend White House in Palm Beach next weekend. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued flight restrictions around Mar-a-Lago for the weekend of March 3-5, a sign that Trump plans on visiting his estate.

Trump has spend three weekends...