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Judge won't postpone retrial in Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire case

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:57:26 PDT

It's been more than seven years since Dalia Dippolito was arrested, more than five years since her first trial, and more than two years since an appeals court ordered a new trial.

So Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley on Thursday refused the Boynton Beach woman's request to postpone jury...


Jury finds suspected serial rapist guilty in first of several trials

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:20:00 PDT

Jurors found Baltazar Gabriel Delgado-Ros guilty of armed rape in first of 5 violent rape cases against him.

The rapes took place over two and a half years. The first happened in Jupiter in 2009, the rest occurred in Central Palm Beach County.

One woman testified this week, saying her attacker...


Helmeted men hammer into display cases at jewelry store, Boca Raton police say

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:10:00 PDT

Armed with hammers and a bag for their loot, two men wearing motorcycle helmets smashed the glass displays inside a Boca Raton jewelry store and stole valuables before running away, police say.

The robbery happened at Jared's Galleria of Jewelry, 2050 NW Executive Center Circle, Tuesday night as...


Woman killed, two people injured in Boynton Beach crash, police say

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:20:59 PDT

One woman was killed and two people were injured after a Wednesday crash in Boynton Beach, police said.

The crash happened at about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of North Seacrest Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Avenue.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, was driving a Mazda, heading...


Former Palm Beach County School Board member Mike Murgio to plead guilty in bribery case

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:36:56 PDT

Former Palm Beach County School Board member Mike Murgio plans to plead guilty Thursday to a felony charge in a bribery case, according to a letter filed by federal prosecutors in federal court in New York.

Federal officials accused Murgio, 65, in April of playing a role in a digital-currency scheme...


Ex-gang leader to serve 66 years in prison after appeals court upholds sentence

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:08:00 PDT

The former leader of the once-powerful and violent Top 6 street gang in South Florida is not getting a shorter prison sentence, after all.

Futo Charles' 66-year prison term will stand, a three-judge panel for Fourth District Court of Appeal agreed Wednesday, in a 2-1 opinion.

Charles' arrest in...


Officers rescue puppy, rabbit in hot car in Boynton Beach

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:21:32 PDT

After police smashed a car window to free a puppy struggling to breathe in a hot car, they made another discovery: a rabbit inside a tightly taped box without air holes, according to a Boynton Beach police arrest report.

Both animals survived, but the driver of the car, Beatrice Turner, 21, appeared...


Palm Beach schools to impose plagiarism rule after 2 principals caught

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:12:00 PDT

After wrongdoing by two principals, the Palm Beach County School Board has decided to take a hard look at plagiarism.

Their conclusion: It should not be tolerated. So next Wednesday, they will vote on punishing any employee or board member who takes credit for someone else's work.

West Boca Raton...


Boca Raton fugitive extradited from Costa Rica to face marijuana-grow-house charges

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:47:37 PDT

Just three days after investigators found 984 marijuana plants growing in a building in Palm Beach County in 2011, they say their main suspect took off to Costa Rica.

Bruce Levy, 69, of Boca Raton, later called the lead investigator and said he'd like to come home — but only if he could get a guarantee...


Ball cap-wearing robber hits Coconut Creek bank

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:46:28 PDT

The FBI is searching for the person who robbed a Chase Bank branch in Coconut Creek.

The robbery of the bank at 6500 N. State Road 7 happened about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the FBI, the robber went into the bank and demanded money from an employee. Customers were in the bank at the time,...


North Lauderdale woman killed in West Boca crash

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:18:00 PDT

A North Lauderdale woman died Wednesday when the car she was driving crashed into a palm tree in West Boca, authorities said.

Marlyne Charpentier, 23, was heading east at about 8:30 a.m. near the 8400 block of Palmetto Park Road in a 2004 Toyota Camry when, witnesses told the Palm Beach County...


Park the chopper and enjoy a waterfall view at this $12.9M Boca Raton pad

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:37:00 PDT

The roughly 11,500-square-foot house sits on 5 acres in Boca Raton and features five bedrooms, seven full baths and enough parking for 30 cars. The property also features a separate 1,000-square-foot guest house.

Among the features included with this property: A movie theater that seats up to 12...


Hillary Clinton rallies supporters in Lake Worth

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:57:00 PDT

On her 69th birthday Wednesday, Hillary Clinton didn't stop campaigning, telling a crowd of supporters in Lake Worth that "We can't afford to take our foot off the gas for even one second."

The presidential race between Clinton and Donald Trump remains close in Florida, a pair of conflicting polls...


Two arrested in crackdown on unscrupulous drug-treatment providers, authorities say

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:37:00 PDT

An investigation involving more than 10 law enforcement agencies has led to the first arrests in a crackdown on unscrupulous sober homes and drug-treatment providers in Palm Beach County, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Authorities arrested James Kigar, CEO of Whole Life Recovery, a substance abuse treatment...


Man accused of rapes goes on trial in Palm Beach County

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:13:02 PDT

At times fighting tears, a woman testified Tuesday about the night she says she was raped.

She testified against Baltazar Delgado Ros, 30, whose trial in Palm Beach County this week pertains to the first of five rape cases he's charged with.

The attacks happened between April 2009 and September 2011....


Ocean Ridge vice mayor accused of drinking and shooting as cop pal looked on

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:01:00 PDT

Drinking with a loaded Glock on hand didn't end well for Ocean Ridge vice mayor Richard Lucibella and police Lieutenant Steven Wohlfiel, according to authorities.

Saturday night ended with Lucibella, 63, briefly jailed after police say he poked a cop in the chest and wound up on the ground with...


Path to a job: South Florida students learn about road construction

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:26:00 PDT

Chocolate asphalt and concrete cookies are just two of the tools used to attract the next generation of Florida road and bridge builders to careers in construction.

Nearly 2,000 students from about 50 schools in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties were getting hands-on training at the 16th...


Palm Beach schools receive $11.6 million for choice programs

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:12:00 PDT

Palm Beach County's choice programs are getting a $11.6 million boost from the federal government.

Part of the U.S. Department of Education grant will be used to start new International Baccalaureate programs at Grove Park and Palmetto elementary schools in West Palm Beach and Howell L. Watkins...


Goodman appeal for new trial keeps focus on Bentley, blood battles

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:39:27 PDT

Attorneys for John Goodman have laid out yet more arguments for the Wellington polo club founder in an attempt to win a reversal of his October 2014 DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide convictions.

In an appellate pleading filed on Monday, Goodman's lawyers contend critical errors were made...


Rough seas, risk of rip currents could spell danger for boaters, beachgoers this week

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:41:00 PDT

Boaters and beachgoers, be careful.

With the wind expected to pick up in South Florida this week, the National Weather Service is warning of hazardous wave conditions in the Atlantic and the risk of rip currents along local beaches.

On Tuesday, the weather service's local branch issued a small...


Four vie for Beach & Park District seats

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Two incumbents and their challengers are battling it out in what is usually a quiet race for four-year terms as Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District commissioners.

It's a runoff. The initial votes on Aug. 30 didn't exceed 50 percent plus one. So, now voters who live in the district will find...


Translation question stalling text-to-911 in Palm Beach County

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:43:57 PDT

After years of officials saying that text-to-911 was right around the corner, Palm Beach County residents still can't punch out a message to one of the county's 911 dispatchers.

When it inked a contract in 2010 to overhaul its 911 system, Palm Beach County became the first in the state to adopt...


Kaine rallies voters in West Palm Beach, says Florida is 'checkmate state' for Hillary

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:58:28 PDT

As early voting kicked off Monday in South Florida, Sen. Tim Kaine took shots at Florida's Republican incumbent senator and made it clear the Sunshine State will play a decisive role in deciding the next president.

Carrying Florida on Election Day would be "checkmate" for Hillary Clinton, Kaine...


Dalia Dippolito attorney leaving before retrial in murder-for-hire case

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:09:15 PDT

There's a shakeup on Dalia Dippolito's defense team just about a month before the scheduled start of her murder-for-hire retrial. High-profile Miami attorney Mark Eiglarsh, who regularly appears on national TV news shows, is off the case.

The Boynton Beach woman remains accused of hiring an undercover...


Rubio, Murphy Senate race attracting big campaign dollars

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:05:00 PDT

With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, money pouring into the race between Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is outpacing Florida's past congressional elections.

Rubio's campaign has raised about $20 million and Murphy's campaign raised $11 million through Sept. 30, according to...