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How a Delray Beach neighborhood worked together for the sake of one tree

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:31:00 PST

At the edge of a short dead-end street, at the bottom of a hill in the city of Delray Beach, a sausage tree grows 30 feet high, with red blossoms, green leaves and thick, sturdy vines.

It's African in origin, ornamental to boot, a home for birds and iguanas, growing long oval fruit.

Michael Sebastian...


Officer who shot Corey Jones should have worn police vest to ID himself, co-workers say

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Before shooting stranded motorist Corey Jones in 2015, then-Officer Nouman Raja failed to do something that his fellow officers say is a requirement to avoid confusion on late-night, plainclothes patrols.

When Raja — wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a ball cap — approached Jones' broken-down SUV, he...


Trump flight restrictions could send some aviation businesses into tailspin, county report says

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:02:00 PST

Flight restrictions in place when Donald Trump visits South Florida could significantly affect Palm Beach County's aviation industry, potentially to the point some operations and flight schools will be put out of business, according to a new report from airport officials.

The report, readied by...


Virginia court sets March trial for accused teen 'doctor' from West Palm

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:43:02 PST

The high-profile case of Malachi Love-Robinson, the West Palm Beach teenager accused of illegally posing as a doctor, is on hold until after his trial March 15 on felony fraud charges in northern Virginia.

In Stafford County Circuit Court on Friday, prosecutors added a fourth count, a forgery-type...


State colleges see surge in bachelor degrees, but is it too much of a good thing?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:23:00 PST

Community colleges are becoming an increasingly popular option for students to receive a four-year degree, but for some lawmakers, it may be too much of a good thing.

The number of bachelor degrees offered at community colleges statewide has increased from 30 at four schools in early 2007 to 180...


Rough weather expected to blow through South Florida late this weekend

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:56:00 PST

South Floridians should enjoy the outdoors on Saturday and early Sunday because after that, forecasters say the weather will bring rainstorms and possibly tornadoes.

It's all due to an approaching cold front moving through the state.

The stretch of mostly sunny, calm days we've had is expected...


Dalia Dippolito's third trial to start June 2

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:18:47 PST

The next chapter in the Dalia Dippolito trial saga is coming in June.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley on Thursday advised attorneys in the high-profile murder-for-hire case to prepare for jury selection to begin June 2.

It will be the third trial focusing on allegations that Dippolito...


'Dogs can fly,' girl told bystanders after tossing dog from bridge, investigators say

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:00:52 PST

A girl seen throwing her family dog off the Blue Heron Boulevard Bridge in Riviera Beach said she did so "cause dogs can fly," witnesses told Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies.

BJ, an 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix, is in a lot of pain but stable after a 40- to 50-foot fall off the bridge...


Delray Beach wants your opinions on Old School Square redevelopment

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:18:20 PST

Delray Beach is asking residents about their vision for the future of the city's historic downtown arts and entertainment park as part of a master plan for redevelopment.

About 50 people met Wednesday night to discuss plans for Old School Square during the first of two public meetings with the...


Bernie Shulman, Palm Beach educator and lawyer, dies at 91

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:01:00 PST

Bernard "Bernie" Shulman loved law and education, two passions he put to good use during his career with the Palm Beach County School District.

Shulman, of Boca Raton, served as a teacher, lawyer, community liaison and even superintendent during a 22-year tenure with the school district that lasted...


Inspector General: Palm Beach County should fully fund watchdog agency

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:47:03 PST

Now that a five-year-old legal battle appears to be over, Palm Beach County needs to fully fund a watchdog agency that seeks to eliminate fraud and waste in government, Inspector General John Carey said Thursday.

The Office of Inspector General, which has an annual budget of about $3 million, has...


Miramar man sentenced to 35 years in FAU student killing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:10:00 PST

Maximino Acosta testified he'll never see his murdered son again.

"With the court's permission, I would like to ask Nicholas Acosta to please stand up," Acosta said Thursday. "Nick, can you please stand up?"

He glanced around the full courtroom. Everyone was seated silently. "No, he cannot stand...


WWII warbirds flying high for national tour

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

More than seven decades later, some of World War II's mechanized fighters are still flying high — and due for a stop in Pompano Beach and Boca Raton.

A B-17 Flying Fortresses, a B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo" bombers and a P-51 Mustang are part of the Wings of Freedom Tour due to land...


Polo club's new owner envisions 'world center'

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Last year, Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Wellington Equestrian Partners, purchased the International Polo Club Palm Beach, consisting of 248 acres on 120th Avenue South in Wellington, for a reported $72 million from the John Goodman family trust.

He recently announced his plans and goals for the club...


Evidence outlines prosecutors' case against ex-cop Nouman Raja

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:33:00 PST

Newly released investigative files are giving an early look at the case prosecutors have put together against the plainclothes officer who shot and killed stranded motorist Corey Jones.

Audio recordings from the Oct. 18, 2015, encounter serve to refute former Officer Nouman Raja's possible defense...


Deputy whose car, clothes were taken to pay jury award will get back his belongings, judge rules

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:15:38 PST

A Palm Beach sheriff's sergeant whose car, clothes and furniture were hauled away to help satisfy his multimillion-dollar debt to a man he shot and paralyzed will get his items returned.

Sgt. Adams Lin was all smiles upon hearing the judge's decision.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer told two...


Atlanta Braves spring training appears to be headed to Sarasota County, not South Florida

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:20:18 PST

It appears Palm Beach County has struck out on becoming the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves.

The team has decided it will train in Sarasota County starting in 2019, according to a press release issued by the county and team officials.

"We appreciate the patience of all parties during...


Ex-Palm Beach School Board member Murgio seeks leniency in sentencing

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:17:00 PST

Former Palm Beach County School Board member Michael Murgio is scheduled to be sentenced next week for his role in a federal bribery case, and his lawyer is asking for leniency.

Murgio, 66, faces 10 to 16 months in prison, and a fine of $3,000 to $30,000, said his lawyer, Joe Sconzo. Sentencing...


Boynton Beach OKs temporary halt on group homes

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:01:50 PST

Wanting to protect the integrity of neighborhoods, Boynton Beach has given final approval to a temporary ban on new group homes.

City commissioners, with a final vote Tuesday, put a freeze on any such facilities until June. The ban also affects new sober homes, or halfway houses, which shelter...


Court upholds charter school appeal law but Palm Beach County wins partial victory

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:50:00 PST

In a dispute stemming from a proposal to add a charter school in Palm Beach County, an appeals court Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of a law that allows the State Board of Education to overturn local denials of charter-school applications. The 5th District Court of Appeal turned down arguments...


ADT security adds voice control through Amazon: 'Alexa, disarm my alarm'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:18:00 PST

Boca Raton-based security company ADT has partnered with Amazon to provide voice control commands through its Echo and Dot smart speaker products that respond to "Alexa."

Homeowners and small business operators who have both the ADT Pulse security product and Amazon's Alexa soon can activate their...


Nouman Raja second-guessed his approach to Corey Jones' car after shooting, records show

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:23:00 PST

Just hours after gunning down Corey Jones along I-95, records show then-Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja told investigators that he was "kicking himself" about his initial approach to what became a fatal encounter.

Raja — driving an unmarked van and not in uniform on Oct. 18, 2015...


Prosecutors release recording of Corey Jones' final words in police shooting

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:30:00 PST

Stranded along a highway off-ramp in the middle of the night, Corey Jones can be heard pleading, "Hold on. Hold on."

For the first time, the public on Tuesday could listen to the final words the drummer spoke at 3:15 a.m. Oct. 18, 2015, just before he was shot to death by then-plainclothes Palm...


Boynton Beach approves plan for police body cams

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:20:09 PST

Boynton Beach will spend more than a half-million dollars to equip police officers with body cameras, a move the department says will improve accountability among officers and the public.

City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of 160 body cameras and a five-year subscription...


Boca Raton man, 55, killed in Parkland motorcycle crash

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:04:00 PST

A Boca Raton man died Friday night after he crashed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a roundabout in Parkland.

Michael Desimone, 55, was riding east on Holmberg Road around 10:40 p.m. when he jumped the curb of the roundabout at the intersection with Parkside Drive, the Broward Sheriff's Office...