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Fort Lauderdale disaster response drill planned near Port Everglades

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

If you live or work near Port Everglades or the Harbor Shops in Fort Lauderdale and there’s a flurry of emergency activity Friday morning, don’t be alarmed.

Fort Lauderdale emergency responders are staging a disaster response training exercise between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The drill will happen...


Brightline tweaks train schedule for Miami addition

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:25:00 PDT

Brightline higher-speed passenger trains will depart Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations at new times beginning Saturday.

The schedule change is to accommodate the pending addition of Miami to the service in coming weeks.

For now, Brightline is doing simulated runs between Fort Lauderdale...


Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie's arrest could end long history of service

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:30:00 PDT

The arrest of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie could bring an abrupt end to a long history of public service by a woman who has been both driven and polarizing.

Haynie, 62, rose to prominence over nearly two decades, providing years of volunteer and civil service to Boca before becoming an elected...


Gov. Scott weighs suspending Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie amid corruption charges

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:55:00 PDT

As pressure mounts for Boca Raton’s mayor to resign, Gov. Rick Scott is mulling whether to suspend Susan Haynie from her post as she battles corruption charges.

The two Republicans know each other, appearing together at events over the years.

Haynie most recently greeted Scott at a bill signing...


Pro-gun challenger takes on Congressman Brian Mast in Republican primary

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:25:00 PDT

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, who endorsed a range of gun-control measures in the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas school massacre, is getting a Republican primary challenger who pledges to “defend the Second Amendment” and serve as an “unwavering partner” to President Donald Trump.

Mark Freeman, of Stuart,...


Palm Beach County deputies earn more than $3 million in overtime protecting Trump

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:55:00 PDT

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies reaped $3.26 million in overtime pay during President Trump’s visits to Palm Beach from October through February, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s department, which takes the lead in assisting the Secret Service during the president’s visits...


Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie hid $335,000, charges allege

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:05:00 PDT

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie lied about money she took from developers and hid more than $335,000 in income, according to criminal charges filed Tuesday.

Charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors, Haynie, 62, faces three counts of official misconduct, and single counts of perjury in an...


After running out of room for pets during Irma, county looks for more space

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:55:00 PDT

Palm Beach County officials, surprised by the abundance of pet owners who sought shelter before Hurricane Irma, are searching for new sites for dogs and cats as hurricane season approaches.

There was only one designated pet shelter, at West Boynton Recreation Center, as Hurricane Irma threatened...


Fired FAU professor who called Sandy Hook massacre a hoax denied new free speech trial

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:35:00 PDT

A former Florida Atlantic University professor is not entitled to a new trial over his claim that he was fired in retaliation for calling the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg comes four months after a jury rejected James Tracy...


Palm Beach County hotel occupancy rate highest in three years

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:15:00 PDT

South Florida tourism roared like a lion in March.

Palm Beach County’s hotel occupancy rate reached a three-year high in March, while Broward County’s rate dipped for the third time in four months, according to a new report from STR, a data and analytics specialist.

Visitors filled 88.6 percent...


Congresswoman seeks federal help for business losses caused by Trump's Mar-a-Lago 'socializing'

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:05:00 PDT

A South Florida congresswoman is continuing her push to provide federal dollars to businesses adversely affected by President Donald Trump’s travels to Mar-a-Lago.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, introduced a measure Tuesday that would create a $7 million fund to help aviation operations...


Boy, 4, found wandering outside apartment complex

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:15:00 PDT

The little boy with the wide eyes was found outside a Boynton Beach apartment complex about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday — and police quickly mounted a search for his family.

His name is Nasir, according to Boynton Beach police.

Shortly after 6 a.m., police announced that a family member of Nasir had seen...


Rodent poop temporarily closes West Palm Beach strip club and steakhouse

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:10:00 PDT

A bunch of rodent droppings in a food storage area temporarily closed a West Palm Beach strip club and steakhouse earlier this month, according to state inspectors.

(Yes, apparently people go there for the food too.)

Records show that state inspectors visited Monroe’s of Palm Beach, at 1000 N....


Driving in bad weather? Don't let rain cloud your judgment | Dash Cam Derby Video

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:40:00 PDT

South Florida weather can change in a flash and drivers sometimes have to adjust just as fast.

Blinding rain, lightning, flooding, strong winds, hail, smoke, and fog are among the categories listed in state crash statistics.

For example, rain was identified as a factor in 186 fatal crashes statewide,...


What can be done about bad traffic signals/circles? | Traffic Q&A

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT

Doctor Detour answers your transportation questions.

Q: They recently activated the upgraded traffic lights at Southwest 18th Street and Military Trail in Boca. Before the upgrade, the lights were on a sensor until 6 a.m. and it kept the early morning traffic moving nicely. Now the early morning...


Blind, diabetic dog stolen from pet store back with its owner; woman arrested

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:45:00 PDT

Teddy, the blind and diabetic dog who was taken from a pet store in Palm Beach Gardens, has been reunited with his owner and a woman suspected of stealing him has been arrested, police said Tuesday.

Tara Cameron-Harris, the owner of the 11-year-old Maltese mix, was elated and confirmed she had...


'Superthief' guilty in 1976 Boca rape

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:55:00 PDT

It took 41 years for authorities to bring the case of a Boca Raton teenage babysitter’s rape to trial. It only took about 45 minutes for a jury Monday to return a conviction.

Resolving one of South Florida’s oldest cold-case prosecutions, the jury of three women and three men found John Arthur...


Addison Mizner Elementary to be rebuilt at current site in Boca

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:25:00 PDT

Addison Mizner Elementary School will be razed and rebuilt at its current site, School Board member Frank Barbieri said Monday.

The estimated timeline for the opening of the new school is August 2020 “if everything goes as planned,” Barbieri said.

The Palm Beach County School District had been...


Woman deliberately ran down her partner, police say

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

A woman accused of running down her partner during a domestic fight along Interstate 95 in Boynton Beach is now behind bars.

LiShell Jacobs, 30, was arrested Friday by Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators say she deliberately ran over her partner, Erika Edwards, 28, on the exit ramp to Gateway...


Zen-inspired mansion west of Delray listed for $20 million

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:25:00 PDT

Tucked away in an unincorporated part of Palm Beach County, west of Delray Beach, is Stone Creek Ranch, a 187-acre gated community where each lot is 2.5 acres or larger. It’s there you will find the Sundara Estate, a contemporary, 18,206-square-foot mansion that was completed in 2017 and is listed...


Gas prices top three-year high; will they hit $3?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:50:00 PDT

The price of a gallon of gas reached a three-year high last week and is poised to climb even higher in the next couple of weeks, thanks to rising oil prices and seasonal trends.

How much higher? How does $3 a gallon sound?

The average price in Florida reached $2.73 on Thursday — the highest since...


Boca Regional restarts plans for parking garage

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:35:00 PDT

Construction of a parking garage is back on track at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Plans had been on hold for nearly a year while the hospital resolved a lawsuit by nearby condo owners.

“That suit was resolved in a confidential settlement,” said Dan Sacco, the hospital’s vice president for strategic...


Dozens of cars get flat tires after hitting debris on Interstate 95

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:25:00 PDT

Dozens of cars had flat tires Monday morning after a truck and trailer dropped several steel rods on the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers assisted those drivers whose rims or tires were damaged, according to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro...


Mock disaster scenes let paramedics sharpen skills at competition in Boca Raton

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:05:00 PDT

Paramedics arrive to a rainy mudfest gone bad, with injured people screaming for help and rowdy bystanders getting in the way.

One man is howling in pain with burns to his hands, arms and face. Another has been knocked unconscious. Six people are hurt, including a young mother and child.

The chaotic...


Killer clown case subject of '48 Hours' investigation

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:10:00 PDT

The saga of Wellington's 28-year-old killer clown case will be the subject of Saturday’s edition of “48 Hours.”

The May 1990 death of Marlene Warren — who was shot in the face on her Wellington doorstep at the hands of someone disguised as a clown — went cold for decades.

It resurfaced in September...