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Deputy injured, suspect on the run after crashing stolen car

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:30:00 PST

A Palm Beach sheriff’s deputy was injured Wednesday evening when the driver of a stolen car rammed through a gate in West Boynton, authorities said.

The deputy fired his gun but did not strike anyone and the driver of the stolen car took off, crashed nearby and made a run for it, said Teri Barbera,...


Boynton to start construction on Town Square in coming months

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:15:00 PST

Boynton Beach residents should prepare to see some major construction south of Ocean Avenue as the city starts building Town Square in the coming months.

The city is poised to begin building public portions of the project, such as the new police station, city hall and library, in March and April.


Deputy disciplined after prisoner gets out of handcuffs, gets out of patrol car

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:30:00 PST

A Palm Beach Sheriff’s deputy has been reprimanded after prisoner in the back of a patrol car somehow managed to slip one hand out of a pair of handcuffs, reach out the vehicle’s window and let himself out.

But instead of dashing off, the man yelled at the deputies to take him to jail, which they...


More students going to college before finishing high school

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

More South Florida students have decided to spend their high school years going to college.

They are taking dual-enrollment classes, which allows them to earn college credits for free. By the time they graduate high school, many have already completed a year or more of college, saving them thousands...


Delray Beach plans revamp of Old School Square, city's cultural hub

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:40:00 PST

The historic Old School Square campus that anchors Delray Beach’s cultural arts has survived for generations, but in the last 30 years it has become a vital economic engine for the city.

Now, a vision for its future is nearly complete. Local architects, residents and city leaders have drafted a...


Top cop retires in Boynton Beach, will be chief in Va.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:25:00 PST

Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz will retire next month after 20 years with the department, he said Tuesday.

He will go on to serve as chief of the Chesterfield County Police Department in Virginia.

Katz said Tuesday that he has spent his 45 years living in South Florida, and now that he’s...


President Trump spends most of day at West Palm golf club, calls UCLA player's dad an 'ungrateful fool'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:10:00 PST

President Donald Trump spent most of the first day of his Thanksgiving holiday at his West Palm Beach golf course, where the White House said he had a full day of meetings and phone calls planned.

What specifically he was doing remains a mystery, as the White House didn’t release any details about...


With sharing tables, schools turn to picky kids to help feed hungry classmates

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:35:00 PST

When it comes to sharing food, some South Florida schools treat every day like it's Thanksgiving.

But instead of turkey and stuffing, these schools share milk, juice, cheese and apples.

It works like this: Students who bought lunch put their unwanted, unopened food or drinks into one of two plastic...


Crime rates for first half of 2017 down statewide but up in Broward, data shows

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:10:00 PST

Crime rates for the first half of 2017 are down statewide, including in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, but not in Broward County, where there was an uptick in overall crime.

Reported rapes saw a statewide increase compared to the same time period in 2016, as did car thefts, according to the...


Aldi grocery store to open in Boynton Beach

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:20:00 PST

Boynton Beach residents will soon be able to shop at Aldi grocery stores within the city limits.

City commissioners on Tuesday gave initial approval to a store at 3452 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. on Knuth Road. The 2-acre site is currently home to a one-story, 30-year-old rundown office building, according...


Driving this holiday? Wear your seat belt or face fine

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:19:00 PST

The Florida Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement of seat belt laws through the Thanksgiving weekend.

Florida law states that front seat passengers and anyone under 18 must wear a seat belt. Children under age 5 must be in a child car seat.

Not wearing a seat belt has been a primary offense...


What's open and closed on Thanksgiving in South Florida?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:55:00 PST

Broward County


• Federal, state, county and municipal offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

• Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed Thursday and Friday.


• Banks and post offices will be closed Thursday. The New York Stock Exchange will be closed...


Boca Raton man admits to receiving kickbacks in Medicare fraud scheme

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:45:00 PST

A Boca Raton man has admitted in federal court that in exchange for kickbacks he referred criminal defendants from Miami-Dade state court to a Miami mental health clinic for unnecessary treatment, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Over six years, Samuel Konell, 70, was paid between $9.5 million and $25...


Road, anti-flood improvements on the way in Boynton Beach

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:55:00 PST

Boynton Beach has plans afoot to help improve roads and make areas less prone to flooding.

At Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, officials approved a project to reduce flooding in the Harbor Estates neighborhood, which borders the Intracoastal Waterway.

The $2 million project, which is already...


Who’s at fault if a car, bike collide on sidewalk? | Traffic Q&A

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:25:00 PST

Doctor Detour answers your transportation questions.

Q: I reside in a condo community that has parking lot traffic that crosses a sidewalk with trees and shrubs. It’s difficult for a driver to see people walking, jogging, riding bicycles and even golf carts. If there’s a collision with a bicycle...


Ruling on Haitian immigrants sparks protest near Mar-a-Lago, calls for change

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:15:00 PST

The Trump administration’s decision to end a temporary residency program for up to 59,000 Haitians means that many recipients, including thousands of South Floridians, will again face deportation about a year and a half from now.

The Homeland Security Department announced this week that Temporary...


Landlord cyberstalked tenant, posted sex ads on Craigslist, feds say

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

The young woman was terrified when men unexpectedly started showing up at her home, looking for sex and telling her they were responding to her ads on Craigslist.

Now federal prosecutors say she was being stalked — in bizarre and dangerous ways — by her former landlord in Palm Beach County, a man...


Cross-dressing crew now charged with four jewelry store heists

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:15:00 PST

These guys disguised themselves as women, smeared their faces with makeup and covered their heads with long dark wigs to commit armed robberies at jewelry stores, according to the FBI.

But they didn’t do such a good job of covering their tracks, authorities say.

Seven months after the first suspect...


There's a new mayor in Palm Beach County

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:20:00 PST

Melissa McKinlay will serve as the next mayor of Palm Beach County.

Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint McKinlay to the largely ceremonial post. As county mayor, she'll run meetings and county government at functions. She also will have a big say on what appears on meeting agendas.


Palm Beach County fire captain on leave after DUI arrest

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:30:00 PST

A Palm Beach County fire captain is captured on video using the floor of a holding cell as a bathroom and falling off a bench following his arrest for refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test in Boynton Beach.

A spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue told CBS12 50-year-old A.J. O'Laughlin...


'Business Bandit' dons dapper duds, strikes three times

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:55:00 PST

His attire is impeccable, from his jaunty cap to his crisp shirt and tie. The clear plastic gloves keep the gun he carries fingerprint free.

A man the FBI has dubbed the “Business Bandit” should be considered armed and dangerous, agents announced Monday.

So called because of the attire he wears,...


Driver gets 12 years in death of Boca bicyclist

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:00 PST

While imposing a 12-year prison sentence for the death of a Boca Raton bicyclist, the judge Monday noted the unusual circumstances that led to Paul Maida being charged as the driver in the tragic crash.

After 65-year-old George Morreale was killed April 6, 2014, police accused Maida’s girlfriend...


Lottery ticket worth $171,000 sold in Delray Beach

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

Someone who bought a Fantasy 5 ticket at a supermarket in Delray Beach can claim a prize worth more than $171,000.

The only ticket to match all five numbers drawn Sunday night was sold at the Publix at 4771 Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach, according to lottery officials.

The jackpot-winning ticket...


President Donald Trump returns: 10 things to know

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:00:00 PST

President Donald Trump makes his return to South Florida on Tuesday, the first time he’s been to the Winter White House since April.

He’ll be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago, his private club and estate in Palm Beach.

He still has some unfinished holiday business in Washington....


The history of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's Winter White House

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:07:00 PST

Mar-a-Lago's original owner tried turning the Palm Beach oceanfront estate into the Winter White House. President Donald Trump made it happen 80 years later.(image)