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Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

According to a recent and urgent article from WPTV, a 67-year-old man was shot in his eye Saturday morning but is expected to survive. Ahmad Zayyad, of Belle Glade, was working at the Super Merchandise Store, 265 W Ave. A, when two black males walked in and demanded cash around 10:30 a.m. Zayyad tried running from the suspects but was shot in the left eye. He was air-lifted to Delray Medical Center. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said she thinks the men got away with only Zayyad’s wallet. The two males are described as between the ages of 17 and 20, between five-foot-five and five-foot-six, and medium build. One suspect, who was armed, was wearing a burgundy, hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect’s face was partially covered, she… […]

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How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

As I reported in a previous article, people firing guns for celebration of the New Year should expect to be arrested. According to an article in WPTV News, police arrested five people New Year’s Day for celebratory gunfire. A police officer reported seeing several people firing in the neighborhood. According to arrest reports, he pulled his own weapon and ordered four suspects to the ground. Everett Jermaine Hall, 25, complied with the officer’s order and was charged with misdemeanor firing of a weapon in public. Three other suspects reportedly fled into a nearby house, where officers reported finding several pistols and rifles. Residents of that house, Kevin Donnell Perdue, 23, and Kearshia Bianca Perdue, 21, also were charged with misdemeanor firing a weapon in public. Officers reported that Truman Perdue,… […]

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How Weapons Charges Can Ruin Your Life

How Weapons Charges Can Ruin Your Life

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been very busy lately as Florida’s rate of illegal weapons possession is on the rise. According to an article in WPTV News, what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop turned into a serious manhunt Tuesday afternoon in Palm Beach County. Deputies attempted to pull over a car traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then crashed and the three men in the car got out and escaped on foot. The men were immediately pursued and deputies found various stolen goods and weapons inside of the vehicle they abandoned. All three suspects have been caught as of Tuesday night and have been taken into custody by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal Defense This crime could result in several… […]

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What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

The crime of the day involves six different criminal charges including fraud, grand theft, and official misconduct. According to a recent article in WPTV News, the principal of Plumosa Elementary School in Delray Beach has been arrested on these charges. Priscilla Maloney is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of school furniture for a local business. Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe stated that she stole and misused school property. She allegedly stole a projector for her own personal use. McAuliffe also said Maloney submitted false paperwork to be fraudulently reimbursed. Her crimes add up to one charge of organized scheme to defraud, two counts of grand theft, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of petit theft. The Palm Beach County School District has since released… […]

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How Serious is the Law Against Possession of Child Pornography?

How Serious is the Law Against Possession of Child Pornography?

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a 27-year-old Lake Worth man is facing charges for possession of child pornography, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe. The Palm Beach County Sexual Predator Enforcement Unit announced that Odson Francois was arrested at his home on Wednesday. Detectives reported finding, on Francois’ home computer, images and videos showing children involved in sex acts. The investigative report states a forensic review revealed 14 of the 20 downloaded files were videos. In a recorded police statement, Francois indicated he downloaded the pornography containing images of children, that he knew it was wrong and that he was sorry, according to the police report. He was tracked down by detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which first traced… […]

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How to Avoid a Criminal Record When Charged with Grand Theft

How to Avoid a Criminal Record When Charged with Grand Theft

According to an article in WPTV News, Boynton Beach Police arrested a man for stealing a car with a newborn baby inside. A family called the police from a Shell gas station on the corner of Congress Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard around 2:45 p.m. after a man broke into their SUV and stole it from outside the gas station while they were inside. The family was hysterical as their 3-week-old baby was still inside the vehicle. The police report stated that a witness tried to follow the suspect onto Lawrence Road but later lost track of him. Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were able to catch the suspect a short time later after a brief chase at 6th Avenue South and Federal Highway in Lake Worth.… […]

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How Even Juveniles Are Possessing Weapons

According to the Palm Beach Post, two Royal Palm Beach High students were caught skipping school with backpacks containing loaded guns and ammunition. A deputy stopped the two juveniles at the 7-Eleven near Okeechobee Boulevard and State Road 7. They found a loaded black revolver, bullets, and two knives in one backpack, and a loaded 9mm handgun in the other. According to the police report, the teens told deputies that they were gang members and had the guns to protect themselves from other gangs. They also said they had the guns on campus and had just left. Royal Palm Beach Councilman David Swift said the incident has left him with serious questions about safety. Swift was one of the first officials to raise concerns about safety and the image of… […]

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How Sexual Battery Can Happen Anywhere

How Sexual Battery Can Happen Anywhere

According to the Palm Beach Post, a man was arrested Friday for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. When questioned by police, the man responded that the girl was his girlfriend and he was on his honeymoon. Isaias Salas Morales, 36, was arrested on kidnapping and sexual assault charges. He was taken into custody without any resistance or incident. The girl told her mother after the incident that Morales had sexually battered her in his home, according to the Palm Beach Post. The girl reported to police that she was walking past Morales’ home on 43rd Street when he grabbed her from behind and muffled her with his hand. He then dragged the girl into his home and into his bedroom. When she tried to call her mother he… […]

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South Florida Continues to be a Hot Spot for Armed Robberies

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, two men and a juvenile stormed a barbershop, wearing masks and waving guns, and robbed its employees and patrons, police said. The robbery is just one more on the list of increasing robberies in South Florida. A police log entry says that, about 7 p.m. Friday, three men came into the Phat Headz barbershop at 1550 N. Federal Highway. They took wallets from several patrons and took cash from the business before running out, the log entry said. Police say the three fled in a car that had been carjacked on Nov. 16 in Lake Worth but were caught a short time later. Wilhens Theodule, 19, of Lake Worth, and Daryl Leshawn Hatchett, 26, of Boynton Beach, both are in the… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

According to the Palm Beach Post, an 18-month investigation called “Operation Easy Money,” concluded on Thursday with the arrests of 48 people, all food stamp recipients from Palm Beach County. Another 21 people are being targeted for this food stamp fraud, allegedly forging purchases and turning their food stamps into cash. Amos Rojas Jr., special agent in charge of the FDLE said that the recipients treated the benefits cards like a “personal bank account.” The money retrieved would be split in half, between the store owner and food stamps recipient. Perry Borman, regional director of the state Department of Children and Families, said the amount of food stamp money provided in Palm Beach County has increased 46 percent in the past year and currently totals $20 million. More than 81,000… […]

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