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Dub City Roller Derby win over Long Island boosts stature in WFTDA

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:58:00 PDT

Fresh off their remarkable showing at the prestigious Clover Cup roller derby tournament in Dallas, the Lake Worth-based Dub City Roller Derby Resistance squad was seeking an encore performance on their home track Saturday night.

Mission accomplished.

Competing in front of a near capacity crowd...


Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits heighten cyberattack, terrorism threats, mayor says

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Hackers are trying to breach the city of West Palm Beach's computers, and they could be motivated by President Donald Trump's ties to the area, Mayor Jeri Muoio said Monday.

The FBI is investigating, and more than $150,000 has been spent trying to diagnose what is happening, she said.

"We have...


Winner of Riviera Beach floating home case wants $365K from city

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:40:00 PDT

Four years ago, Fane Lozman won an improbable longshot victory when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel subject to seizure by a Florida city.

The justices set a new national legal standard: Not everything that floats is a boat.

It was far from...


Boynton Beach runoff election to be held Tuesday for City Commission seat

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Boynton Beach voters in District 2 on Tuesday will pick either political newcomer James DeVoursney or City Commissioner Mack McCray to represent the area for the next three years.

The two candidates are facing off after an initial vote on March 14 led to a runoff election.

Neither candidate received...


Boynton Beach woman killed after car crashes into tree

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:05:00 PDT

A Boynton Beach woman died Sunday when she lost control of her car and hit a tree, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Maria Martindale, 54, died in the crash that happened around 11:30 a.m.Sunday.

It happened as Martindale drove a 2005 Buick Lacrosse west on Hypoluxo Road near Lantern...


Drinking mom couldn't recall where daughter was, falsely reported girl kidnapped, deputies say

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:10:00 PDT

A 29-year-old Palm Beach County woman has been charged with child neglect after authorities said she falsely reported her daughter had been kidnapped from a Greenacres market.

Maria Irias was booked into the Palm Beach County jail Sunday after admitting to detectives that she made up the story...


1 day, 10 overdose deaths: Drug epidemic strains morgues

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:55:00 PDT

The number of people dying from opioid drug overdoses in South Florida is rising to levels not seen since the prescription drug epidemic of 2010.

On one day this month, 10 people died of overdoses in Palm Beach County, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Broward saw 10 deaths in one day...


Buildup of sand near Boca Inlet stirs trouble for boaters

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:20:00 PDT

More often these days, Capt. Chandler Beck is swooping in with Apache, his 30-foot rigid inflatable boat, to help boaters in distress at the Boca Inlet.

Among the more significant accidents to draw him there in recent months: A man in his 70s ran his boat aground on a sandbar, leaving him bloodied...


Boca's long-awaited Sugar Sand Park playground is now open

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Children romped around the playground in Sugar Sand Park for the first time in more than a year Saturday morning, just after the revamped Science Explorium officially opened at 10 a.m.

The Science Playground, which closed for renovations more than a year ago, long has been a popular destination...


Boynton Beach weighs whether to stop taking red-light camera cases to court

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:25:00 PDT

Motorists who haven’t yet paid red-light camera ticket fees in Boynton Beach might be off the hook.

City officials recently discussed whether it’s worth it to keep pursuing court cases against drivers accused of running red lights who failed to pay the $158 fine. The hourly rate for the city’s...


More Wi-Fi hot zones might be coming to a city near you

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Free Wi-Fi isn’t just for coffeehouses any more.

Some cities — including Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton — now offer wireless hot spots at parks and City Hall, allowing thousands of visitors to search the Web for free.

Sunrise wants to take it to the next...


Woman shot in arm in suburban West Palm Beach

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:55:00 PDT

A woman was shot in the arm early Saturday morning in suburban West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office said.

The shooting happened in the 2300 block of Avenida Madrid Oste, in the Casa Del Monte Mobile Home Park, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

The woman’s injuries are...


Woman found dead in suburban West Palm, sparking PBSO investigation

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Detectives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a woman who was found Saturday morning in suburban West Palm Beach.

According to spokeswoman Teri Barbera, a man called 911 about 9 a.m. and said he was “aware of someone deceased.” Deputies met the man, who told...


Lake Worth man tricked girls into webcam sex, investigators say

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:20:00 PDT

A man now living in Lake Worth is accused of posing as a teenage girl online in order to trick young girls into exposing themselves on their web cameras.

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced the indictment of former Union City resident 28-year-old Daniel Derringer III on Thursday.


Families renew plea for help on anniversary of two unsolved murders in Palm Beach County

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:40:00 PDT

The heartbreak of not having answers in the killings of two Boca-area women united two families Thursday.

Cynthia Moffett was found dead 11 years ago, and Randi Gorenberg was found slain on the same day 10 years ago. On the anniversary of the murders, the women’s relatives joined Palm Beach sheriff’s...


Palm Beach sheriff's deputy admits he used his job to steal identities

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Frantz Felisma admitted Thursday that he used his job — and his law enforcement computer — to steal people's identities.

Felisma, 43, of Boynton Beach, pleaded guilty to federal identity theft and fraud charges and agreed he owes $135,900 in restitution to the...


Donald Trump won't be at Mar-a-Lago this weekend

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Supporters of President Donald Trump, protesters who revile the president and police who’ve been racking up lots of overtime are getting the weekend off in South Florida.

The president won’t be coming to Palm Beach.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Thursday that the president will...


New details emerge on proposed surfing school linked to champion Kelly Slater

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:45:00 PDT

More details are emerging on Surf Ranch Florida, a man-made surfing lake in Palm Beach County endorsed by surfing champion Kelly Slater.

County commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved plans for the county to evaluate the proposed surf school and make recommendations for approval later this...


Ailing Palm Beach County schools to get major upgrades

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:10:00 PDT

Two middle schools with severely low enrollments in south Palm Beach County want neighborhood students to come back home.

For years, many families, concerned about low test scores, teacher instability and racial imbalance, have been avoiding the schools — D-rated Carver Middle in Delray Beach and...


Golf courses declining as hundreds of homes rise

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Golf course designs that don’t have anything to do with fairways and putting greens are throwing another South Florida community into a fret.

The defunct Oak Tree Golf Course in Oakland Park, once a well-manicured urban oasis, will have 850 homes on it if developer Pulte Group gets the approvals...


South Florida charity discovers 240 starving Haitians living in cave

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:55:00 PDT

Despite their dire conditions and empty stomachs, about 240 people living inside a cave in the rugged mountains in Haiti’s southern peninsula were singing joyful hymns. And their voices led a team from Food For The Poor right to them.

Now the starving parents and children are receiving food and...


Wawa previews Palm Beach County stores; unveils Broward County expansion timetable

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:04:00 PDT

Passing out free samples of its signature hoagies, coffee, pastry, meatballs and more, Wawa’s executive team swooped into Palm Beach County on Wednesday and revealed the next steps in its effort to dominate Florida’s convenience food market over the next decade.

The privately owned chain plans...


Delray to overhaul beach with new amenities

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:35:00 PDT

A cool draft blowing through the canopy of Delray Beach’s shady sea grape trees … the roar of the waves crashing in the surf … the sand warming your toes on a cloudless day.

The beach is difficult to improve upon. But Delray will try.

It’s one of the most popular beaches in the region, but it’s...


FAU, Lane Kiffin accused of fraud in lawsuit filed Tuesday

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Florida Atlantic football coach Lane Kiffin, the university and the state of Florida are defendants in a fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday by Antonio “A.C.” Carter in Shelby County, Ala.

Carter alleges that Kiffin misled him to believe he had a job on FAU’s football staff in order to leverage his relationship...


Boca park district wants hotel, pro shop at Ocean Breeze golf course

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Ocean Breeze could have a rebuilt hotel, a new pro shop, a golf education center and potential dining options under a plan being proposed by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District.

District Executive Director Arthur Koski said the district also intends to leverage a partnership with professional...