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Boca boat dock collapses plunging 13 posing for photo into water

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:45:00 PDT

Thirteen people gathered for a family picture plunged into the water when the boat dock they were posing on collapsed Tuesday evening.

It happened at Boca Bayou condominium complex between U.S. 1 and Dixie Highway south of Royal Palm Way.

“A family reunion was in process at the clubhouse,” said...


New state law bans sober homes from falsely advertising services and locations

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:25:00 PDT

New regulations on sober homes are coming with Gov. Rick Scott’s signature on a bill that could lower the number of addicts traveling from out of state to stay in the homes in South Florida.

Sober homes, a sort of halfway house for people who recently were released from rehab, have proliferated...


Greenacres councilwoman accused of theft as treasurer of Boca High

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:05:00 PDT

A Greenacres City Council member has been arrested on charges she stole thousands of dollars from Boca Raton High, when she years ago was entrusted as school treasurer, authorities say.

Lisa Rivera, 47, was taken into custody Monday on charges of grand theft, official misconduct and organized scheme...


Train kills man on railroad tracks in Lake Worth

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:20:00 PDT

A man was hit and killed on the railroad tracks south of the Lake Worth Tri-Rail station a little before 5 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

“It didn’t happen at a crossing,” said Bonnie Arnold, a Tri-Rail spokeswoman.

The man was hit by a southbound train south of Sixth Avenue at 4:48 p.m., Arnold...


FBI informant accused of running fraud while undercover for feds

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:15:00 PDT

The last time Mohammed Agbareia was accused of fraud, he pleaded guilty, got a break on his punishment, moved to Palm Beach County and worked as an informant for the FBI providing information on “national security investigations.”

But federal prosecutors believe Agbareia went right back to committing...


FAU Lifelong Learning program gets $4 million donation

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

A California philanthropist has donated $4 million to Florida Atlantic University's Lifelong Learning Society, which offers classes, concerts and entertainment to South Florida’s senior citizens.

Bernard Osher, through his foundation, supports arts and education projects throughout the country,...


Teacher sentenced to three years for tipping off drug dealers; prosecutors suspect she was protecting cheating husband

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Broward school teacher Porsha Session is either a vengeful wife hell-bent on getting payback against her philandering husband or she is a loyal pawn trying to protect him, depending on whether you believe the defense or the prosecution.

Regardless of her motive, the 31-year-old Boynton Beach woman...


Ex-casino worker admits role in 'inside job' robbery that led to murder of Brink's guard

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A Broward man who was serving life in prison for his role in a robbery that led to the fatal shooting of an armored truck guard at a South Florida race track and casino will now face a lesser punishment.

Last year, an appeals court threw out the criminal convictions of Uri Ammar, 32, of Hollywood....


Delray vote on preserving historic homes spills into second day of talks

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:55:00 PDT

A vote that could decide the fate of eight historic homes near Downtown Delray Beach was postponed to Tuesday night, a day after the city allowed input from both supporters and opponents of the plan.

The city’s Historic Preservation Board will reconvene at 6 p.m. Tuesday to vote on a plan to restore...


New Boca 'Idol' tourney gives you chance to sing in front of thousands

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:35:00 PDT

If you’re a talented singer or musician, here’s your big chance to wow thousands during a football game.

The winner of “Boca Raton Bowl Idol” will get to perform the national anthem at this year’s bowl game. The prize includes 10 tickets to the game. Competitors, both for vocal and instrumental...


Everglades flooding risk could send more water pollution to Lake Okeechobee

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:35:00 PDT

Emergency pumping to ease Everglades flooding could end up worsening pollution in Lake Okeechobee.

At the start of the summer rainy season, western Broward and Miami-Dade counties are already filling up with too much water too fast.

That has triggered extra pumping to save swamped wildlife and...


Former Bak Middle treasurer arrested on forgery charges

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:50:00 PDT

The former treasurer at Bak Middle School of the Arts has been arrested on forgery charges, nine months after being cleared on other criminal charges that stemmed from the same case.

Cathleen Spring, 53, of West Palm Beach, was arrested Friday on four counts of forgery and falsifying document charges....


Hit-and-run crashes on the rise in Florida

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:45:00 PDT

The South Florida tally of hit-and-run crashes increased by two on Sunday, adding to a statewide number that has steadily risen over the last five years.

A woman was hit and killed while crossing Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach early Sunday. And about 10 hours later a man died in Davie when he...


Tim Tebow fans can catch former Gators star (for cheap) this week in Port St. Lucie

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:25:00 PDT

It’s Tebow Time again in Florida, and local fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the Gators football legend on a minor-league baseball field in the coming days.

Tim Tebow joins the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday as they begin a three-game series against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Games are Tuesday...


Trial scheduled for Boynton Beach cops accused of falsifying records in 2014 beating

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:30:00 PDT

A judge has tentatively scheduled the trial of four current and former Boynton Beach police officers accused of falsifying reports to justify a 2014 beating.

U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg preliminarily scheduled the trial to begin one week from today in federal court in Fort Pierce, though...


Morikami museum honors Japanese settlers in 40th anniversary celebration

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:30:00 PDT

Driving down Yamato Road, it’s easy to forget that the area was once filled with pineapple farms run by Japanese settlers.

Sunday marked the 40th anniversary of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, a 16-acre showcase of the culture of those settlers and their contributions to South Florida.


Hit-and-run in Boynton kills woman

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:10:00 PDT

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run early Sunday in Boynton Beach, police said.

A white Hyundai Genesis struck Naborina Palacios, 51, at North Congress Avenue and West Gateway Boulevard about 2:12 a.m., police said.

Palacios was walking east to cross Congress when the traffic signal turned from...


After tragedy at sea, a sharp divide emerges between teens’ families

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:10:00 PDT

The friendship between families of two Tequesta teen boaters ended as soon as the boys became lost at sea on July 24, 2015, according to new reports.(image)

Office Depot revives 'taking care of business' slogan in new advertising campaign

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Office Depot is again “taking care of business” in its new advertising campaign developed with Zimmerman Advertising of Fort Lauderdale.

The Boca Raton-based office supply retailer is rolling out the same slogan first used in 1992 because it “resonates” with customers and “strengthens Office Depot’s...


Tough cop brings pride back to Boynton Beach police

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:10:00 PDT

When Chief Jeffrey Katz took the reins as leader of Boynton Beach police in 2013, he knew it would be a yearslong fight to clean up the force.

The department at the time was in turmoil, rocked by cases of officers accused of falsifying police reports, conducting an illegal search, watching porn...


Vote could decide fate of historic Delray Beach homes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:15:00 PDT

The fate of eight historic homes in the heart of Delray Beach hangs on a developer’s proposal to recreate a historic street scene as part of a nearly $140 million mixed-use development project.

On Monday, developer Hudson Holdings is scheduled to present revised plans to the city’s Historic Preservation...


Villa Tranquilla in Palm Beach sells for $36 million

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:15:00 PDT

Villa Tranquilla, a restored Palm Beach mansion designed by renowned architect Addison Mizner, sold for just over $36 million, according to a deed filed this week.

Records in the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office show that Oceanic Place Properties LLC, which is reportedly tied to New York energy...


Drug treatment centers lure troubled patients to South Florida

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:40:00 PDT

Drug users around the country are streaming to South Florida, lured by promises of recovery in a paradise of sunshine and palm trees.

Many private treatment centers here are aggressively marketing in parts of the Northeast and Midwest ravaged by the opioid epidemic, law enforcement officials say.


13 people convicted of telemarketing fraud are facing federal prison

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Thirteen people convicted of defrauding $23 million from investors around the nation are facing federal prison terms, prosecutors said Friday.

All 13 were linked to telemarketing frauds, based in Miami Lakes and Marina Del Rey, Calif., that touted stocks for Sanomedics, Inc. and Fun Cool Free stocks...


Palm Beach County creates 'office of resilience' to combat climate change

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:10:00 PDT

As the federal government pulls back on climate change, Palm Beach County is creating a new “office of resilience” to tackle the issue.

Two environmental analyst positions will be transferred to the new department, which will be led by Natalie Schneider, the county's climate change and sustainability...