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Palm Beach Gardens homeowners to receive millions in settlement with builder

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:25:00 PDT

A $22.5 million settlement is now headed to a group of Palm Beach Gardens homeowners who sued their builder, alleging shoddy construction.

On Thursday, on what was to be the third day of jury selection, the judge called together the attorneys to confirm they had reached a settlement. Representatives...


Palm Beach County school district audit can't account for 234,000 gallons of gas

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:15:00 PDT

About 234,000 gallons of gas and diesel fuel were taken from Palm Beach County School District pumps during nights, weekends and holidays — times the district is closed, auditors have found.

They could not determine who took the $513,567 in fuel during off hours between July 2013 and February 2016...


Drug informant nets $1.5 million for undercover work over 31 years, records show

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Snitching for the feds can be dangerous work, but it also can be pretty lucrative.

One South Florida man who has been working undercover as a confidential informant for 31 years has been paid about $1.5 million for his efforts, according to court records and testimony that shed some light on the...


Could Delray Beach Tennis Center become concert, multi-sport venue? Study to explore its future

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:39:00 PDT

Could the Delray Beach Tennis Center, a tennis-only stadium built in 1992, become a regional concert and sports venue that would rival South Florida's largest arenas?

Some public agencies have agreed to pay for two studies that will explore what kinds of upgrades are needed at the center, how many...


Lerman, Santino in runoff race for Palm Beach County judge

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:39:00 PDT

A Nov. 8 runoff election for judge in Palm Beach County Court features two first-time candidates who have entirely different backgrounds as local attorneys.

Seeking the Group 11 seat are Gregg Lerman, a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney, and Dana M. Santino, who specializes in probate and...


Delray Beach invites public to Oct. 17 event on king tides and climate change

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Every October, the Intracoastal Waterway overflows into some Delray Beach neighborhoods. The water rises ankle-deep, damaging homes, cars and property.

"Last year was the worst I've seen in the last decade," said Andy Katz, vice president of the Beach Property Owners Association.

Delray Beach officials...


PGA's Rickie Fowler tees up his Florida home for sale at $2.85 million

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:10:00 PDT

Professional golfer Rickie Fowler, who is currently taking part in the Ryder Cup as a member of Team USA, has put his waterfront home in Jupiter, Fla., on the market for $2.85 million.

Set at the end of a cul-de-sac within a gated enclave, the two-story home sits on more than half an acre of waterfront...


Florida Atlantic University to test university-wide alert system Thursday afternoon

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:49:00 PDT

Florida Atlantic University will turn on sirens throughout campus Thursday afternoon. The school will also call phones and send emails and text messages en masse.

But students, faculty, staff and anyone visiting FAU's Boca Raton or Fort Pierce campuses shouldn't be alarmed. It's all a test of the...


Baby sitter held in death of Boynton Beach infant

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:43:52 PDT

Christian Bent arrived at a hospital covered in bruises with broken bones. Five days later, the 5-month-old boy died.

The baby's death happened just over a year ago and on Tuesday, it led to the arrest of his baby sitter on charges of manslaughter of a child and culpable negligence.

Jessica Amster,...


2011 shooting death case ends in murder conviction, life sentence for robber

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:51:42 PDT

In the five years since Kemar Clayton was killed in a shopping center parking lot near Wellington, the prosecution of two men charged in the shooting took some unexpected turns.

Jamal Smith — accused of firing five shots during an alleged robbery of Clayton, 24 — watched last year as his lawyer...


Former Boynton man's retrial begins in child sexual abuse case

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:04:33 PDT

A Palm Beach County jury on Wednesday began hearing testimony in the case of a man on trial for the second time on four charges of sexually abusing a girl in Boynton Beach between 2004 and 2007.

Leonard Cuminotto, 49, was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 55 years in prison. But a state appellate...


Boca West names new general manager

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

After 31 years wearing three hats, children's charities benefactor and country club executive Jay DiPietro has relinquished one of them, promoting his assistant general manager Matthew Linderman to general manager of Boca West Country Club with a signoff by the board of governors.

DiPietro will...


Palm Beach County exploring pay raise for lifeguards

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:36:52 PDT

Palm Beach County ocean lifeguards could be getting a pay raise.

County commissioners instructed staff Tuesday to begin talks with the union that represents lifeguards on boosting pay and rewriting their job description to potentially make them eligible for better retirement benefits.

Palm Beach...


Police investigate shooting that left 1 dead, 1 injured in Delray Beach

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:40:09 PDT

One person is dead and another is wounded after a shooting late Tuesday, according to Delray Beach Police.

Officers first heard gunfire about 9:40 p.m. near the 100 block of Southwest Eighth Avenue. Two men shot at each other, according to police, before running in different directions. Police say...


New artwork springs up along Boynton Beach’s Ocean Avenue

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:59:00 PDT

Tom Brewitz thinks of kinetic art as a tool through which the environment can express itself.

"It allows the wind to share its energy and move the artwork and make things happen," the Boynton Beach artist said of his work.

Brewitz's 13-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture, called "Gyra," was installed...


Two men, teen arrested in Boca Raton car thefts case

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:19:33 PDT

Two men and a 15-year-old boy were arrested early Tuesday after police linked them to several stolen cars, according to Boca Raton police.

The arrests happened about 2:20 a.m. in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, following a joint effort from multiple sheriff's offices and police departments.

The two...


Charter schools focus of Palm Beach County School Board race

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:31:00 PDT

The runoff for Palm Beach County's District 1 School Board has turned into a debate over whether the district needs a voice that's friendlier to charter schools.

Tom Sutterfield serves on the governing board for Imagine-Chancellor Charter School in Boynton Beach, where his son has attended, and...


Palm Beach County bans dog, cat sales at new pet stores in effort to clamp down on puppy mills

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:50:29 PDT

New pet stores in Palm Beach County will no longer be able to sell dogs or cats as part of an effort to crack down on substandard breeders known as puppy mills.

Commissioners approved the measure despite concerns from animal advocates. They argued it doesn't go far enough to cut off demand for...


Flood advisories issued for South Florida

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:07:00 PDT

Flood advisories were issued for parts of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties Tuesday, as strong thunderstorms passed over South Florida.

In Palm Beach County, the advisory area runs roughly from Boynton Beach to West Palm Beach, with the advisory scheduled to expire at 4:30 p.m, according...


Lamborghini driver's condition improves after Delray wreck, hospital says

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:43:00 PDT

The man who police say was driving a Lamborghini in last week's deadly crash in Delray Beach remains hospitalized, but his condition is improving, a hospital spokesman said.

Roger Wittenberns, 60, the multimillionaire founder of the Lady of America fitness club chain, was initially hospitalized...


Palm Beach County ban on dog, cat sales at new pet stores up for final approval

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:22:00 PDT

Palm Beach County commissioners are set to give final approval Tuesday to an ordinance that would ban the sale of dogs and cats at new pet stores, part of an effort to crack down on substandard breeders known as puppy mills.

But the measure has attracted an unlikely foe — animal advocates who argue...


Two accused of illegally capturing alligator in Palm Beach County

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:09:00 PDT

Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies say they arrested two men over the weekend, each on a charge they illegally captured an alligator months ago near the North Palm Beach County Airport.

Brian Bunting, 28, of Newberry, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday on a felony charge of...


Police searching for trio who hit and robbed 7-Eleven clerk in Boynton Beach

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:06:00 PDT

Police are asking for help in identifying three people who were seen on camera as they robbed a 7-Eleven clerk at gunpoint.

The robbery happened shortly after 4:15 a.m. Friday at the convenience store at 2605 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach police said.

Surveillance video shows two masked robbers...


13 accused of operating $23 million telemarketing fraud

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:23:00 PDT

Thirteen people, mostly from South Florida, are facing federal charges they were involved in defrauding approximately $23 million from investors — mostly seniors — around the nation, prosecutors said Monday.

Investigators said two linked telemarketing frauds, based in Miami Lakes and Marina Del...


Man sentenced to 4 years in North Palm Beach mosque attack

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:28:49 PDT

A man responsible for vandalizing a Palm Beach County mosque last year pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to four years and two months in prison.

The resolution of the case against Joshua Killets comes just 15 days after another man was accused of torching a Fort Pierce mosque in what authorities...