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Spanish River Blvd. ramp to I-95 opens

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:00 PDT

The new Spanish River Boulevard entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 95 in Boca Raton opened on Monday.

It gives traffic from Florida Atlantic University the option of accessing southbound I-95 from Spanish River and FAU boulevards. The northbound I-95 entrance ramp remains under construction.


Driver dies, 2 passengers hospitalized after violent collision

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:35:00 PDT

A driver died and her two passengers, including a child, were hospitalized after a Monday morning crash at a Lantana intersection, authorities said.

It was about 8:48 a.m. when a 2006 Mercedes and a 2014 Ford pickup crashed into each other at the intersection of Hypoluxo Road and Seacrest Boulevard,...


Downtown Fort Lauderdale parking garage stabbing results in death

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:35:00 PDT

A man was stabbed to death over the weekend in a downtown Fort Lauderdale parking garage, police said.

Peter Bombardiere, 24, of Boca Raton, got into a physical altercation early Saturday with someone in the Govewrnmental Center garage, 151 SW Second St., two blocks west of South Andrews Avenue...


Hurricane Irma food stamp sign-up expected to bring crowds to three Palm Beach County sites

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Palm Beach County is gearing up for the start of a disaster food stamp program that has led to massive lines, traffic jams and fist fights elsewhere in South Florida.

The Food for Florida program offers vouchers to families who lost food in power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. Those who qualify...


Government contractors took bribes to remove immigrants' electronic monitors, feds say

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Two government contractors and a relative who posed as an immigration official are facing federal charges they took bribes in exchange for illegally removing electronic monitors from immigrants who faced deportation.

Investigators say the trio requested and collected bribes of between $1,850 and...


'Please don't leave,' critically wounded woman tells 911 caller after deputy shot her

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:20:00 PDT

“A sheriff that works here walked up to this girl he used to date and just shot her,” a caller told 911 dispatch after seeing a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy shoot a woman and then turn the gun on himself.

Along with the five minute 911 call released Monday, investigators also revealed that...


Gov. Rick Scott to seek $1 million for Jewish school safety

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:35:00 PDT

The state budget next year should include $1 million to help cover the cost of security at Jewish schools, Gov. Rick Scott said on Monday.

A wave of anti-Semitic threats in the last year prompted his decision to push for the money, Scott said during his announcement at the Katz Hillel Day School...


3 teens arrested in Martin County after Delray Beach carjacking

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:20:00 PDT

Three teenage boys from Boynton Beach were arrested in Martin County after a carjacking that began in Delray Beach, investigators say.

The boys, all juveniles, were apprehended in Palm City early Sunday following a seven-hour-manhunt after leading police on a pursuit that ended in a crash, the...


Bicyclist dead after being hit by car along curve

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:40:00 PDT

A West Boca man on a bicycle was killed died after a car going around a curve crossed into his lane and hit him, investigators say.

The crash killed Mark Bronnberg, 42. The driver who hit him, Scott George Spara, 56, of West Boynton, was not injured in the crash, according to a Palm Beach Sheriff’s...


Schools blaming children for sexual abuse: One was 6. Three were 9. One was 7 with autism.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:55:00 PDT

Over and over, the Palm Beach County school district has defended itself in sexual abuse lawsuits by blaming the children who said they were abused.

One was 6 years old. Three were 9. One was a 7-year-old with autism.

In court documents, the district’s lawyers asserted that all of those victims...


Boca Raton Mayors Ball

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:18:00 PDT

The Boca Raton Mayors Gala took place at Boca Raton Resort & Club. The third annual black-tie event honored Bobby Campbell, Kaufman Lynn Construction and Florida Atlantic University. Proceeds benefited Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton's grant programs earmarked to fund Boca Raton nonprofits.


Drug-treatment centers moving out of Palm Beach County, officials say

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:35:00 PDT

Drug-recovery businesses are moving to other parts of Florida as a crackdown in Palm Beach County leads to dozens of arrests, prosecutors say.

“What we’re seeing is a lot of these unscrupulous places are packing up and moving elsewhere, which may be good for Palm Beach County, but we’re all in this...


Need to get a medical marijuana ID card? You may have to wait months

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Would-be medical marijuana users in Florida say they’re waiting as long as three months to get state-issued cards they need to get the drug.

The state agency that gives out the cards is hiring more workers to cut down on wait times.

Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use says it should take...


Single mom recovering from shooting by deputy ex-boyfriend

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:24:00 PDT

A 41-year-old woman appears to be improving after she was repeatedly shot by her ex-boyfriend, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy, who then took his own life.

Family and friends of 41-year old Yuly Solano have maintained a vigil at Delray Medical Center, where she's currently recovering.



Nova Southeastern to launch medical school next year

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:06:00 PDT

Nova Southeastern University has earned approval to launch its medical school next year.

The Davie-based private school will start taking applications this month for the College of Allopathic Medicine, a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program. Admissions will take 50 students each year, enabling small...


Bush dogs presumed drowned after water is left running, investigation says

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Two burrowing bush dogs likely died when someone accidentally left the water running while filling their pool, an investigation by Palm Beach Zoo found.

After Lily and Carino disappeared without a trace early this week from their flooded habitat, zookeepers puzzled over what happened to the companion...


Deputy shot his ex as she walked dog then killed himself, cops say

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Wearing his uniform and sitting in his Palm Beach Sheriff’s-issued car, a deputy waited for his ex-girlfriend. When he found her walking her dog, he stepped out of his car and shot her before shooting and killing himself, police said Friday.

The shooter, Michael DeMarco, 55, had been with the sheriff’s...


Firefighters rescue kitten stuck for days in utility box

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:45:00 PDT

High-pitched squeals rung out from an electrical vault Sunday as firefighters worked to save a kitten stuck inside.

Coral Springs-Parkland firefighters took up the rescue mission at the Parkland Golf and Country Club after getting a call that a kitten was stuck in a utility box for several days.


71-year old Jupiter woman gets 32 years for ex-husband's murder

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:45:00 PDT

A Jupiter woman was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in prison for the fatal shooting of her ex-husband as he took a shower.

The sentence is technically less harsh — but essentially has the same effect — as the life term 71-year-old Donna Horwitz received after being convicted of first-degree murder...


State Rep. Al Jacquet reprimanded for misusing position to get a parking ticket voided

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:45:00 PDT

A Palm Beach County ethics panel reprimanded State Rep. Al Jacquet on Thursday for misusing his position when he was vice mayor of Delray Beach to get a $35 parking ticket voided.

Jacquet, D-Lantana, settled ethics charges the panel had brought against him and agreed to pay a $300 fine.

The Commission...


Deputy dead, woman critically wounded in attempted murder-suicide, police say

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:30:00 PDT

A Palm Beach Sheriff’s deputy died after shooting a woman in an attempted murder-suicide in Boynton Beach, police said Thursday.

The shooting was reported just after 8 a.m. inside the gated Inlet Harbor Club in the 2000 block of North Federal Highway, north of Gateway Boulevard, Boynton Beach police...


Career Spotlight, Philip Stone, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Philip Stone, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer, was recently recognized with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Award for Marine Conservation for his dedication, particularly to the protection of sea turtles, at an FWC Commission meeting in Orlando. The group’s decision to...


Massive $23 million auto insurance fraud was an intricate operation

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:50:00 PDT

When the feds started scrutinizing two men accused of running a massive $23 million auto insurance fraud at chiropractic clinics in South Florida, their defense attorneys say investigators had a theory the ringleaders were part of the Russian mob.

The two men, arrested this month, had much in common...


Student arrested after gun found on school bus

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:15:00 PDT

A Palm Beach County teen was arrested after police said had a gun on a school bus.

The arrest took place Tuesday afternoon when the 16-year-old Dwyer High School student got off the bus on west 23rd street in Riviera Beach.

He is facing a gun possession charge.

The school district says the weapon...


Sex offender gets 15 years for taking pictures of nude teens in bathroom

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:15:00 PDT

A convicted sex offender is going back to prison — this time for taking pictures of 14 and 15-year-old girls in a bathroom while their mother was away from their home getting treatments for cancer.

Michael Dougherty, 54, of Delray Beach, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after pleading...