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Bikini-clad women sought in fraud probe

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:50

Two women were wearing bikini tops while shopping with a stolen credit at the Boynton Beach Mall, authorities say.

Now the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is looking for them in connection to a fraud investigation.

The sheriff's office shared a surveillance image of the two women at the mall...

Killer clown case subject of '48 Hours' investigation

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:10

The saga of Wellington's 28-year-old killer clown case will be the subject of Saturday’s edition of “48 Hours.”

The May 1990 death of Marlene Warren — who was shot in the face on her Wellington doorstep at the hands of someone disguised as a clown — went cold for decades.

It resurfaced in September...

Broward judge accused of bullying frail defendant, who died days later

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:55

A Broward judge is under fire after she repeatedly snapped at a frail inmate who later died at her Lauderhill home.

Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich, who was first elected in 2008, presided over first appearance court last weekend, setting preliminary bail amounts for the most recently arrested...

'Smallville' actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:20

A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the...

Guns and alcohol: Ex vice mayor of Ocean Ridge turns down plea deals, heading to trial in shooting incident

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:10

Late one night in the seaside town of Ocean Ridge, sounds of gunfire suddenly interrupted the quiet.

Three local officers hurried to investigate the 911 calls, eyeing a few homes as the possible source of the shots.

Then they walked up to the house at 5 Beachway North where they saw a man with...

People's Trust Insurance CEO suing his partner's widow for $4 million he says he overpaid in 2014 buyout

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:10

People’s Trust Insurance lost $42 million in 2016, was recently in financial “shambles,” and was overvalued by more than $50 million when current President and CEO George W. Schaeffer agreed to buy half of the company from the widow of his late partner. Those claims surfaced in a memo that Schaeffer...

Columbine 19 years later: How far have we come?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:00

Thirteen killed. 24 wounded.

Those numbers still haunt Columbine.

On April 20, 1999, two teenage gunmen walked into the high school in Littleton, Colo., firing nearly 200 rounds in what remains one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history.

Nineteen years later — in the wake of...

Owner of Chit Chat’s Bar was woman found dead in Pompano Beach home, cops say

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:30

Sherry Palmer, who was the popular owner of Chit Chat’s bar in Pompano Beach, was the woman whose decomposed body was found Tuesday by deputies searching her home.

Also in the house: Patrick Palmer, 51, her husband and bar chef who was found unconscious on the bloody floor.

The 63-year-old Sherry...

For parents of Carmen Schentrup, constant reminders of the daughter they lost at Stoneman Douglas

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:05
Two months after losing their daughter Carmen Schentrup in the Stoneman Douglas massacre, April and Phil Schentrup talk about grief, moving forward and what they've done with the $5,628.84 she had in her savings account.

Landlord's cyberstalking via Craiglist sex ads was 'evil,' judge says

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:45

Men showed up at her home and her job at all hours of the day and night, thinking she had posted Craigslist ads to summon them for sexual encounters. Disturbing emails laced with pornographic images flooded her inbox. The anonymous messenger chided her about her untidy bedroom.

The bizarre and...

Fewer students walk out in gun protest. But numbers don't tell the story.

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:25

Their message for tougher gun control was strong, but their numbers were much sparser than at more recent demonstrations.

Students around South Florida left classrooms Friday as part of a national protest against gun violence. It was their second walkout in two months, with calls for universal...

E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:23

Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.

The Centers for Disease Control and...

Assisted living home owner arrested on elder abuse charges

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

The operator of a West Palm Beach assisted living facility has been arrested on charges of elder abuse.

Bhoodram Parsaram, 52, of Wellington, has been accused of leaving residents overnight unattended and restrained at BP Assisted Living Facility at 1174 Wynnewood Drive.

Parsaram was arrested Friday...

SunTrust says ex-worker may have stolen data on 1.5 million clients

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:52

SunTrust Banks Inc. says accounts for 1.5 million clients could be compromised following a potential case of data theft. The Atlanta bank said Friday that a former employee may have stolen the data and an investigation is ongoing. Compromised information could include names, addresses, phone numbers...

Cops identify man shot dead while calling 911 about an intruder

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:40

Police say Bradley Neal Parker, 61, is the Plantation man who was shot dead after calling 911 to report someone was inside his apartment.

The shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, and Plantation Police Detective Philip Toman said then that there were no signs of a break-in at Parker’s unit...

Ted Deutch's challenger shows some political fundraising muscle

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:40

Javier Manjarres is showing some financial strength in his effort to unseat congressman Ted Deutch – a sign the race could be the best funded challenge since Deutch was first elected in 2010.

Federal Election Commission filings show the super political action committee formed last year to lay the...

Despite warnings, Floridians seem more than ready to cut their own taxes

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:40

With worries that a pair of constitutional amendments on the ballot in November will have the combined effect of blowing a hole in county and state budgets, we asked readers whether they were prepared to turn down opportunities to increase the homestead exemption by $25,000 and make it hard for...

Video game champ Billy Mitchell fighting back after being stripped of record scores

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:15

South Florida’s Billy Mitchell, once declared the Video Game Player of the Century, is now facing the ultimate test of his skills: salvaging his reputation.

Twin Galaxies, competitive gaming’s governing body, found him guilty of cheating. On April 12, it banned Mitchell for life and removed all...

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel faces 'no confidence' vote by his deputies

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:55

Upset with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, members of a union of rank-and-file deputies will vote electronically over the next week on whether they have faith in his leadership.

The so-called “no confidence” vote, slated to begin tonight, is a first for the office.

“A law enforcement union...

Two deputies slain at Florida restaurant: 'We may never have an answer'

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:09

Investigators in Florida say they may never know why a man - a recluse from a rural farm community who rarely ventured into town - killed two sheriff's deputies while they sat in a Chinese restaurant.

John Hubert Highnote, 58, of Bell casually walked into the restaurant, went up to the Gilchrest...

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