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Prosecutors to pursue charges against Ocean Ridge vice mayor

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:03:44 PST

The town of Ocean Ridge's vice mayor will face criminal charges for allegedly holding a Glock pistol while drunk at his home in October, the prosecutors' office confirmed Thursday.

Richard Lucibella is charged with firearm use while under the influence of alcohol, resisting an officer with violence...


Drivers to get holiday break from roadway, railway detours

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

If you're planning to travel around South Florida during the holidays, state transportation officials have a gift for you. There will be no major road closures or detours to get in your way.

The Florida Department of Transportation grants holidays to all contractors from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, if they...


Palm Beach County deputy accused in rape case

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:26:58 PST

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy who told a woman he would check on her after he answered a disturbance call she was involved in is facing sexual battery charges.

The rape happened in late July after deputy Jason Nebergall, 38, and two other deputies, responded to a report of a woman having...


Jury sees video of Dalia Dippolito's meeting with cop pretending to be hit man

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:19:09 PST

The Boynton Beach police officer who pretended to be a hit man during an Aug. 3, 2009, meeting with Dalia Dippolito, testified Thursday during the second day of her retrial on a murder-for-hire charge.

With Widy Jean on the witness stand, jurors watched the video secretly recorded in an unmarked...


Chomping, chewing car burglar captured on crystal-clear surveillance video

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:06:36 PST

The car burglar took a coin purse filled with change and left behind distinct, crystal-clear images of himself rummaging through a Toyota Prius in a Boynton Beach driveway, authorities said.

Puzzling images of the pre-dawn burglar cramming a wad of something chewy in his mouth as he rummaged through...


Delray resident files lawsuit demanding special election for interim commissioner

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:05:00 PST

A Delray Beach resident has filed a lawsuit to try to force the city to follow its own rules and hold a special election for an interim commissioner.

The city must hold a special election to fill the vacancy within two months if commissioners fail to appoint an interim commissioner after two meetings,...


Verdict not yet reached in 2015 slaying of FAU student

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:16:48 PST

A jury weighing a murder charge against a Miramar man in the robbery and killing of a Florida Atlantic University student will resume deliberations next week.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx said jurors would reconvene at 9 a.m. Monday after they were unable to reach a verdict early...


South Florida man sent to prison for Ohio thefts of hair growth products

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:46:00 PST

Ohio officials say a Florida man has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution for his role in a theft ring that stole the hair growth product Rogaine and other over-the-counter drugs.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says 36-year-old Andres Arias, of Boca...


Season's greetings: Vandals target alternate holiday displays

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:12:00 PST

The holiday spirit may be getting a little too spirited in South Florida, where protesters are leaving their mark on some alternative displays.

In Boca Raton, one man's expression of his religious views — a satanic pentagram —was met with an expression of another kind: graffiti. And an equally...


Palm Beach County School Board expands size of panel overseeing new sales tax

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:25:56 PST

The Palm Beach County School Board on Wednesday agreed to expand a committee, already set to be the largest in the school system, that will monitor spending of a new sales tax.

The Independent Sales Surtax Oversight Committee, which will review use of the voter-approved, one-cent tax, will have...


Rick Newman, who made epic Halloween and Christmas displays at his Boca home, dies

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:24:00 PST

Rick Newman was credited by Robot Magazine with having the world's largest private robot collection —and he never hesitated to share it in epic displays that lit up his Boca Raton neighborhood on Halloween and Christmas.

Newman, who produced sound and light shows in the Catskills before moving...


Delray Beach again fails to appoint interim commissioner

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:31:00 PST

Delray Beach will leave a commission seat empty until March after city officials failed to appoint an interim candidate for a second time.

City commissioners remained gridlocked in a 2-2 vote for interim candidates Yvonne Odom and Josh Smith on Tuesday night — even as dozens of residents rallied...


Jury hears police recordings in Dalia Dippolito's second trial on murder-for-hire charge

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:59:00 PST

At the start of Dalia Dippolito's second trial on a murder-for-hire charge on Wednesday, prosecutor Craig Williams asked the jurors to "pay really close attention to what she says."

And for the rest of the day, the Palm Beach County jury heard recordings of a few of Dippolito's August 2009 talks...


Palm Beach County OKs private school in West Delray amid objections

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:06:37 PST

Palm Beach County commissioners approved zoning changes Wednesday to allow for the construction of a private elementary school in West Delray.

Divine Savior Academy is set to open in the fall on Lyons Road near Mizner Country Club. Commissioners voted 3-2 in support of the project after listening...


'America's Toy Scout' on the hunt in South Florida

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:35:00 PST

It's impossible to put a price-tag on childhood memories, but Joel Magee does it for a living.

The West Palm Beach man, 55, also known as "America's Toy Scout," makes his livelihood by going coast to coast in search of old toys and comic books sought after by collectors. He'll set up shop in a...


$10 off gas and gift cards at Publix starting Thursday

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:00:00 PST

Save $10 on gas cards and MasterCard gift cards at Publix starting Thursday, Dec. 8

Offset rising fuel prices by using a coupon to save 20 percent on $50 gas cards with a $50 grocery purchase. The coupon is on cover of this week's circular. Grab the one as you enter the store or print the coupon...


Woman indicted on charges of threatening S. Fla. resident whose child was killed in Sandy Hook shooting

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:27:00 PST

A woman has been indicted in federal court on charges she made death threats to a South Florida resident whose child was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa, faces four counts of transmitting the threats, according to the indictment, all of which reportedly took...


Driver, 28, killed in pre-dawn I-95 crash with tractor trailer

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:38:00 PST

A 28-year-old man died in a pre-dawn crash Wednesday when a tractor trailer slammed into his car while merging onto Interstate 95 from the shoulder in Boca Raton, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jeffery Scott Kaiser, of Fort Lauderdale, was stopped on the right shoulder around 4:30 a.m....


Pentagram, Trump 'Festivus Pole' spark seasonal debate

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:12:00 PST

A Donald Trump hat sits atop a "Festivus Pole" in Deerfield, next to a nativity scene. A few miles away in Boca Raton, a pentagram was erected Tuesday next to nativity scene and a menorah.

The seasonal battle over religious symbols in public places has begun.

For years, a menorah and a life-sized...


Girlfriend of slain FAU student testifies in murder trial

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:18:00 PST

The girlfriend of slain Florida Atlantic University student Nicholas Acosta testified through tears Tuesday as she described the violent events that left her boyfriend dead.

Kayla Bartosiewicz's emotional testimony came during the second day of the trial of Donovan Malik Henry, 19, of Miramar,...


Boynton temporarily bars new sober homes

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:19:00 PST

The Boynton Beach City Commission on Tuesday unanimously passed a moratorium temporarily freezing approval of new sober homes.

The ban is effective immediately.

The issue has been highly debated within the community in the months leading up to the vote.

The decision comes after other cities have...


Jury picked for Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire case retrial

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:32:00 PST

Dalia Dippolito's retrial on a 2009 murder-for-hire charge will finally begin Wednesday, after four grueling days of jury selection and defense claims the pool was tainted by extensive coverage of the case.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley on Tuesday repeatedly denied requests by Dippolito's...


Task force raids treatment center in Delray Beach

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:26:08 PST

Authorities raided a substance abuse treatment center in Delray Beach on Tuesday as part of a multiagency effort to crack down on unscrupulous practices in Palm Beach County's recovery industry.

A SWAT team entered Chapters Recovery Treatment Center on the 2200 block of West Atlantic Avenue with...


Palm Beach County puts hold on sale of preserved farmland west of Delray Beach

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:51:00 PST

The proposed sale of taxpayer-owned farmland west of Delray Beach has been put on hold amid concerns from environmentalists.

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday delayed action on the deal involving 571 acres jointly owned by the county and the South Florida Water Management District.



Little boy goes from Grandma's Place to forever home

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:24:00 PST

Thomas Wilson has dedicated the past decade of his life to saving children through foster care. He didn't expect to be saved in return.

But that's what he says happened when he adopted his son Marcus.

Marcus came to Wilson, 43, and his wife, Victoria, from Grandma's Place, a 24-hour emergency shelter...