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Boy, 2, dies after being hit by Jeep in West Palm Beach

Sat, 27 May 2017 01:41:00 PDT

A 2-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a Jeep on Friday evening, authorities said.

The crash happened at 6:31 p.m. near the child’s home in the 600 block of 59th Street in West Palm Beach, said Sgt. David Lefont, of the West Palm Beach Police Department.

The driver contacted police afterward,...


Biker gangs leave trail of mayhem while claiming South Florida, authorities say

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:45:00 PDT

Hoodlum biker gangs leaving trails of exhaust, murder and mayhem in their wake are not a thing of yesteryear, as demonstrated by a recent killing pinned on the notorious Outlaws Motorcycle Club near Orlando.

The Outlaws, whose motto is “God forgives, Outlaws don’t,” have been actively challenging...


Palm Beach County property values on the rise for sixth year

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:00 PDT

Palm Beach County's total taxable property value has increased for the sixth consecutive year, surpassing the peak of the housing boom, according to estimates released Friday.

That's good news for residents' home values and local governments' budgets, but it could also mean higher tax bills.



Authorities still investigating Lynn University student's death

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Authorities are still investigating the death of an 18-year-old Lynn University student whose body was found behind a restaurant at Mizner Park, the retail and entertainment complex in downtown Boca Raton.

Security and cleaning workers found Shayan Mortazavi’s body behind Truluck’s restaurant on...


Kid's best friend: Dog gets yearbook photo at Frontier Elementary

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:55:00 PDT

The staff at Frontier Elementary in Loxahatchee wanted to make sure everyone who attended the school was pictured in the yearbook, and that includes a yellow Labrador named Ketch.

On the page devoted to teacher Nicole McGaw’s second grade class, 8-year-old Ethan Amara is pictured first in the alphabetical...


Another reason to curse South Florida humidity — fleas

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend: an onslaught of fleas.

Veterinarians say this is the perfect season for the bloodsuckers that lay claim on house pets, making dogs and cats — and their owners — absolutely miserable.

“South Florida is never really good, but right now is extraordinarily...


What should Boynton Beach spend taxpayer money on? City wants your suggestions

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:10:00 PDT

Do you live in Boynton Beach and want to help make it better? Here’s your chance: The city wants your suggestions at public meetings that are coming up.

The first one, a budget workshop, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 100 E. Boynton Beach Boulevard.

It gives residents a chance...


Broward lawyer owes child pornography victims $142,600, judge rules in growing national trend

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:40:00 PDT

When a Broward lawyer was convicted of possessing more than 1,000 child pornography photos and videos, which he viewed at home and at his law firm, he was sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.

But earlier this month, in a growing trend, a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale also ordered David...


Public invited to town hall meeting with Boynton Beach mayor

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:15:00 PDT

Mayor Steven Grant will meet with residents for the last town hall meeting of the season on June 5.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Fire Station No. 5 at 2080 High Ridge Road.

Grant started the monthly meetings in February to promote unity and open dialogue after two shootings that happened...


Ben Carson sells his West Palm Beach home for $920,000

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, now the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, recently sold his West Palm Beach home for $920,000, listing agent Arthur Martens confirmed to the Sun Sentinel.

Although the deed is not yet public, Martens, who represented both ends of the...


Trio burglarized pharmacies, pizzerias, pawn shop, police say

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:40:00 PDT

For two months they’ve been breaking into pizzerias, pharmacies, a pawn shop and other Boynton Beach businesses, police say.

Early Thursday they were watched in the act as they burglarized Liberty Pharmacy, 3469 Boynton Beach Blvd., and then followed to Delray Beach where they were pulled over...


Boca Raton company disrupts dermatology with alternative to skin cancer surgery

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:10:00 PDT

Six years ago, Boynton Beach dermatologist William Roth didn’t hesitate to pay more than $200,000 for Sensus Healthcare’s SRT-100 machine that uses low-energy radiation therapy to zap non-melanoma cancer cells.

“I’m a big fan of it with the right patient,” said Dr. Roth, who has become a medical...


Memorial Day holiday schedule

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:21:50 PDT

Here's what will be open and closed in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Broward County


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

• Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed.


• Banks, stock markets and...


Palm Beach Zoo kangaroo Irwin dies from skin cancer

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Skin cancer has claimed the life of Irwin the red kangaroo, who was popular with visitors to the Palm Beach Zoo, officials announced.

“It is with great sadness that the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society announces the loss of its male red kangaroo, following a battle with skin cancer,” the zoo...


Salt Suite brings halotherapy to Boca

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Susan Brown started going to The Salt Suite in Delray Beach to relieve her sinusitis two years ago.

Now the business has added a location across the street from her home in central Boca Raton. It's at 6063 SW 18th St., next to Howard's Market & Deli.

"It's more convenient. My neighbor became a...


TRUMPED bill tackles president's stays at own properties

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:15:00 PDT

A South Florida Democrat wants Congress to send the president the message he’s being Trumped.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-West Delray, filed legislation Wednesday that seeks to cut off tax dollars for President Donald Trump’s visits to his oceanfront mansion Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

“His constant...


Former 'pill mill' operator who testified against business partner gets six years in prison

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 PDT

A South Florida man whose attorneys said made “exceptional” efforts to atone for his crimes was sentenced to six years in federal prison on Wednesday for his role in operating a $13 million network of pill mills.

Pasquale Gervasio, 41, of Parkland, previously pleaded guilty to a federal money-laundering...


Dalia Dippolito's attorneys, prosecutors jostle for advantage in 3rd murder-for-hire trial

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Dalia Dippolito’s prosecutors know they need more than incriminating videos and audio recordings to convict her of trying to hire a cop posing as a hitman — in an alleged plot to kill her newlywed husband in the summer of 2009.

A retrial on a murder-for-hire charge ended with a hung jury in December,...


Melania Trump's Palm Beach County visits giving boost to local groups

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:50:00 PDT

Aside from President Donald Trump’s wave when Air Force One lands or takes off in West Palm Beach, it’s been Melania Trump making the biggest public splash during presidential visits.

While the president typically stays on Trump properties during White House getaways, the first lady has been making...


McDonald's to hire more than 1,000 new workers in South Florida

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

McDonald’s, as part of a sweeping program to update its stores and services, has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 workers in South Florida over the next month.

That includes more than 400 jobs in Broward County, 420 in Palm Beach County; and 500 in Miami-Dade County.

The worldwide chain...


Woman accused of sending death threats to Sandy Hook dad wants to plead guilty, attorney says | Video

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:15:00 PDT

The woman accused of sending death threats to a Palm Beach County man whose 6-year-old son was murdered in the Sandy Hook school mass shooting has decided — for the second time — that she wants to plead guilty, court records show.

Lucy Richards, 57, had previously been scheduled to plead guilty...


Man accused of taking upskirt photos of women now facing child porn charges

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT

A man accused of taking upskirt photos of women last week at a Jupiter Wal-Mart is back in jail after police searched his phone and found homemade child porn videos, according to a Palm Beach Sheriff’s arrest report.

Deputies arrested Chad Thomas Gorman, 34, of Lake Park, for a second time on Tuesday.


Gov. Scott signs boating safety bill spurred by loss of 2 teens

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:15:00 PDT

The tragic disappearance at sea of two teenagers off Jupiter Inlet has spurred state government into reducing fees for boat registrations.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, took a boat out of Jupiter Inlet July 24, 2015 and were never seen again.

Last session, that inspired the Florida...


Lake Worth students relish high tea with the Guatemalan consul

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:55:00 PDT

Guatemala’s new diplomat in Palm Beach County made it clear to Lake Worth elementary school students on Monday: He is here to help their families.

The Guatemalan government opened a consulate in Lake Worth last month to assist native Guatemalans with passports, identification cards and birth certificates...


Scott OKs $3.75 million to Barahona survivor

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:29:00 PDT

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Tuesday agreeing to pay the surviving victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history $3.75 million in legal damages.

After three years of waiting, Victor Barahona, the surviving twin brother of Nubia Barahona, will receive money as part of a...