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How 2 Bank Robbers Were Caught for Carjacking

How 2 Bank Robbers Were Caught for Carjacking

According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, three suspects are being held at the Palm Beach County Jail faced with several charges in connection with a bank robbery and carjacking on Tuesday in West Palm Beach. Investigators are saying the bank robbery was an inside job. Assistant manager Barbara Hauck gave information and helped plan the heist with her boyfriend, Juan Mercado, and friend, Clifford Davis, the night before. Hauck informed the men that a large store had made a big deposit and there would be a lot of cash on hand the next day. The FBI says at 9:45 Tuesday morning two men drove a motorcycle inside the Chase Bank on South Dixie Highway. Police say once inside, they pushed a bank employee and stole cash. The… […]

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How to Reduce Aggravated Assault Charges

In criminal law, the state must prove first that you intended to commit the crime and secondly, that you actually committed the crime. If you have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault or battery, consult a criminal defense lawyer to learn your rights and possible consequences. Stabbings in Florida According to WPTV News Channel 5, deputies are investigating a fatal stabbing in Fremd Village in Pahokee, Fl. A 35-year-old man was found bleeding, with a stab wound to the neck on the side of an apartment building this morning by bystanders, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The man was taken via trauma hawk to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Investigators are waiting on a search warrant to go into a nearby apartment. There is no… […]

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How the Court’s Negligence Could Have an Immigrant Deported

Palm Beach County, Florida has a very large population of immigrants. Immigrants are often the subject of controversial arrests and convictions because of their status in the country. Recently, Julio Adame, an immigrant, has filed a motion to vacate his plea from 13 years ago for the conviction of possession of cocaine. If you have ever been arrested for the possession of cocaine or for any drug crimes, consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you build your case. Pleading Nolo Contendere On February 10, 1997, Julio Adame pleaded nolo contendere for two counts of possession of cocaine. Nolo contendere is a legal term that derives from Latin, meaning “I do not wish to contend.” It is a plea of no contest. If a defendant pleas nolo contendere, he… […]

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Why Are Pizza Drivers Robbed So Often?

Why Are Pizza Drivers Robbed So Often?

Armed robbery is a first-degree felony in Florida and carries a statutory maximum of 30 years in prison. Unfortunately, our local pizza delivery drivers have been known to be the most vulnerable to armed robberies. According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, another pizza deliveryman was robbed, only three days on the job. Oscar Cruz of Palm Beach County, arrived at the house of the order to find a light on and a car in the driveway. It wasn’t until he reached the front door that he knew something was wrong. The front door had a lock on it, and it was abandoned. Two men appeared and told him to be quiet and get down. They put two guns to his head, according to the article. They took… […]

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Why Children Are the True Victims of Crimes

Why Children Are the True Victims of Crimes

An article written by Vince Norman for WPTV News Channel 5, describes a horrible scene. A Wellington man shot his ex-wife for unknown reasons before killing himself, while his two children remained in their home. The article is below: WELLINGTON, Fla. – Friday, shortly after 11:00 p.m., shots broke the silence of the evening air on the 1100 block of Summerwood Circle. “I heard screaming,” said James Duvall, a neighbor who lives just across the street from the tragic scene. “I came to the front window and looked out and saw the house over there lit up with headlights,” said Duvall. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, Jose Ferreira, shot his ex-wife Paula Beltre, before shooting himself, all while their two youngest children were inside their Wellington home.… […]

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How to Deal with Grand Theft Charges

How to Deal with Grand Theft Charges

By Florida law, there are several different degrees of theft. However, regardless of the type of theft, or the value of the stolen item, it is a serious offense and will be on a permanent criminal record. If you have been charged with a theft-related crime, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer that can help you through the process. Miami, Fl is the 5th highest city for grand theft incidences. According to WPTV News Channel 5, West Palm Beach Police are investigating a carjacking that led to a shooting. It happened just before 3 a.m. Friday around 45th Street and Village Boulevard. 
Authorities say a man was shot in the leg and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he is expected to survive. 
Police are searching for as many as three men who they… […]

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How Petty Theft Can Have Serious Consequences

How Petty Theft Can Have Serious Consequences

According to an amusing story in WPTV News Channel 5 a man was arrested in St. Lucie County, FL for hiding two pounds of hot dogs in his pants before fleeing a grocery store. He has been charged with misdemeanor theft. The story was quite lighthearted, an excerpt is included below: Hot Dog Theft If you have been accused of misdemeanor theft, ask a criminal defense attorney about what suitable actions to take next. A loss prevention worker at a Publix at South U.S. 1 and Prima Vista Boulevard last week told investigators she saw a man later identified as Allan Polhemus on aisle five “conceal a package of hot dogs in his pants,” an affidavit states. The 32 ounce package of Publix jumbo beef franks was valued at $6.99. The wiener packaging… […]

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How to Reduce Aggravated Battery Charges

How to Reduce Aggravated Battery Charges

According to WPTV News Channel 5, a man was stabbed multiple times around 4:00 a.m. Sunday in Lake Worth. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident. The police report said the victim was stabbed multiple times during a fight with another man. The victim, whose name has still not been released, was airlifted to Delray Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition. Police say they have a suspect in custody. Further details of this investigation have not been released. If you have been charged with aggravated battery in the state of Florida, contact a criminal defense lawyer. He or she can help you understand the law and the consequences of your situation. Aggravated Battery in Florida According to Florida Statute 784.045, a person commits… […]

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Mortgage Fraud Arrests Keep Piling Up in Palm Beach County

Mortgage Fraud Arrests Keep Piling Up in Palm Beach County

Federal and state task forces are working overtime in Palm Beach County. The arrests for mortgage fraud are growing and the jail cells are filling up fast. In December, Jason Vitulano was arrested for mail and wire fraud. He was charged with falsifying the salaries of loan applicants to obtain huge home mortgages and commissions. He worked for the infamous TopDot Mortgage Company in Boca Raton, which has since been shut down. Four more people were added to the indictment this week, including a Palm Beach Gardens attorney, a former Boca Raton bank vice president and a man from Jupiter. The men charged are Joseph Miller, 63, a Palm Beach Gardens attorney, Peter Hartofilis, 33, of New York, Robert Hofler, 52, a former vice president of First Southern Bank in… […]

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How to Handle Child Neglect Charges

How to Handle Child Neglect Charges

According to WPTV News Channel 5, a woman has been released on bond after being arrested for shoplifting, and cruelty towards a child. As reported by police, Crystal Whitaker from Lake Park, Fla., shoplifted about $300 worth of merchandise from a JCPenney store while leaving a 10-month-old child in the hands of another child. Whitaker has been charged with Shoplifting, Cruelty Toward a Child, Child Neglect, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. She was arrested and held in Palm Beach County Jail. Her bond was set at $6,000 and she has since been released. Florida Child Neglect Law According to Florida Statute 827.03, “Neglect of a Child” means: A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s… […]

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