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How Palm Beach Pet Shop Owners could be Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

How Palm Beach Pet Shop Owners could be Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

A Lantana pet shop owner has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. A discovery at Forever Puppies led authorities to search her apartment where they found a gruesome scene. The woman had been known to stockpile animals in her home, but authorities were hardly prepared for what they found there. The Case According to an article in WPTV News, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control workers moved through the apartment of Debora Van Oort, the owner of Forever Puppies, taking in one disturbing sight after another, until they reached the kitchen and pulled open the freezer. Throughout the search, they found five dead dogs and cats, miniature victims of neglect and cruelty, authorities said. By Monday evening, animal care and control workers had seized 26 animals including dogs,… […]

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Andrew D. Stine Defends a Man Accused of Drug Trafficking – Caught by a Confidential Informant

Andrew D. Stine Defends a Man Accused of Drug Trafficking – Caught by a Confidential Informant

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine is defending event planner Michael Kagdis, 42, who is facing four felony drug charges, including trafficking of Roxycodone. He was arrested after a search where police found a small bag of cocaine in a jacket in his bedroom closet and 50 Roxycodone pills in an unmarked prescription bottle in his car. The following information is as according to an article in Palm Beach Daily News. The informant was a friend Kagdis’s personal friend is the person who informed the Palm Beach Police Department that he may be involved in narcotic activity. Kagdis lent his personal vehicle to that friend the night before he was arrested. The woman also had keys to his house. Kagdis took the witness stand Tuesday, and testified that he and… […]

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How Common is Racketeering in Palm Beach County?

How Common is Racketeering in Palm Beach County?

There has been a huge public corruption sweep of Palm Beach County. The investigations of Chaz Equipment Co. are concluding as prosecutors say Chaz perused workers from nine local governments with extensive gifts like hunting trips, NASCAR excursions, pricey jewelry, and expensive gift cards. The company allegedly received at least $73 million over a decade in public water and sewer business, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis. According to the Palm Beach post, there are 77 criminal accounts including bribery and racketeering charges. The five Chaz employees (including owner Gary Czajkowski) and eight government workers are currently under investigation as there is no clear line linking exactly what Chaz distributed or received, or even what kind of work Chaz may have received based on the gifts given. However, Palm… […]

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How Special Needs Children May be Targets for Sexual Battery

How Special Needs Children May be Targets for Sexual Battery

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County bus aide is facing serious charges. He has been accused of sexual battery for exposing himself and inappropriately touching a little girl riding the bus on Tuesday afternoon. The Details Thony Desir, 39, has admitted to inappropriately touching a young girl and exposing himself, according to police. The victim, a young special needs child in elementary school, told her mother what had happened the following day. Police were called immediately. Desir’s family had been waiting for him to return home all evening, as he does just about everyday. However, Wednesday was different because he was being booked into jail. According to the article, an affidavit says the sexual battery occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on the school… […]

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What the New Animal Cruelty Laws Changed

What the New Animal Cruelty Laws Changed

According to an article in WPTV News, Palm Beach County commissioners passed new legislation Tuesday rewriting the r ules and regulations regarding animals in an effort to prevent animal cruelty. The legislation mostly focuses on the purchase and care of animals. The new laws According to the article, dogs can no longer be left tied up or put in pens smaller than 80 square feet when left out doors. Pet stores must now disclose the medical histories and birthplaces of individual animals. Guard dogs now must be licensed and stored in cages of a certain size. The reaction to this new legislation passed was split pretty evenly two ways. Animal rights activists felt a sense of victory after the new laws were passed, whereas progressives and hunters and guard dog… […]

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What Do I Do if I’m Charged with Child Abuse?

What Do I Do if I’m Charged with Child Abuse?

Last week, WPTV News posted an article describing the death of a 3-year-old boy caused by blunt force trauma. The tragic part of this case is that the trauma was a result of child abuse. The article read: a woman and her boyfriend are accused of the beating death of her 3-year-old son after he wet his pants. Authorities say 26-year-old Robin Greinke and 33-year-old Steven Neil were arrested Thursday. They each face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect. Orange County Sheriff’s investigators say Noah Fake died Tuesday morning. An autopsy revealed blunt force trauma to the boy’s head. Officials say the mother confessed to the attack after being confronted with autopsy results. The woman told deputies she was concerned about her son, but ate pizza… […]

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How Serious is Robbery by Sudden Snatching?

How Serious is Robbery by Sudden Snatching?

he robbery of the week involves a man on a bicycle who robbed a woman in broad daylight outside a Boynton Publix. Police have yet to catch the robber. According to the article in WPTV News, police are looking for a man who stole a 62-year-old woman’s purse while exiting a Publix Super Market. The woman, who was not identified, told police she was walking in the parking lot of Publix on Southeast 18th Avenue Tuesday morning when a man rode a bicycle past her, according to a statement released by the Boynton Beach Police Department this afternoon. The man, wearing a white shirt and jean shorts, grabbed the woman’s purse from under her left arm, the statement said. The woman screamed for help and the man fled east through… […]

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Drug Trafficking Charges Will Spike with Pill Mill Raids

Drug Trafficking Charges Will Spike with Pill Mill Raids

Broward County is famous for being considered the pill mill headquarters of the United States. People travel from all over, especially from states like Ohio and Pennsylvania to buy pills such as Oxycodone from various pain clinics. An article in WPTV News reports a new raid that has been launched against pain clinics in south Florida: Federal and local drug agents are conducting a series of pain clinic raids in Palm Beach and Broward Counties this morning in a major enforcement action, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. In Palm Beach County, the raids are focusing on five doctors operating in four separate pain clinics across the county. The effort is the culmination of a lengthy investigation expected to yield federal racketeering and drug trafficking charges, the sources… […]

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Armed Robber Yet to be Caught – Sheriff’s Office Needs Your Help

Armed Robber Yet to be Caught – Sheriff’s Office Needs Your Help

Robbery is probably the most common crime ever reported. The instances happen so often in so many areas that the public is desensitized to it in a way. Usually, however, robberies are poorly executed, and the culprit is usually caught. In this case however, the robber has yet to be caught and the sheriff’s office is using a composite sketch to try and identify the criminal. According to WPTV News, the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robber who targeted a driver on State Road 7 earlier this month. The victim said he was driving south just before 10 p.m. Feb. 1 when a black Ford Expedition forced him to pull over onto the right shoulder, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office… […]

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How Teen Only Sentenced to 6 Years for DUI Manslaughter

How Teen Only Sentenced to 6 Years for DUI Manslaughter

Underage drinking is generally deemed as just “irresponsible.” What happens when underage drinking results in the untimely death of an innocent bystander? A 19-year-old will be spending a long time in prison for driving drunk, crashing and killing a man. Beruch Zegeye, then 17, had spent a day partying with other Benjamin high school students, ingesting multiple Xanax tablets and drinking beer. Although his friends took his keys from him, he found them and chose to drive. Traveling at 80 miles per hour in his father’s Porsche, he slammed into the back of 45-year-old pizza deliveryman, Paul Krommendyk’s car in Palm Beach Garden in September 2008. Krommendyk died instantly. Zegeye was facing 13 to 20 years in prison under Florida’s procedures following his guilty plea to DUI manslaughter last year.… […]

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