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Palm Beach County Crime Report

Palm Beach County Crime Report

Overall crime in Palm Beach County slightly decreased from the first half of this year compared to the same time period last year, according to statistics released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. According to the semi-annual Uniform Crime Reports, the total crime index in Palm Beach County decreased by .3 percent for the six-month period from January through June of 2012 compared to the first half of 2011. The county saw a slight decrease in crimes including murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. An increase was reported in robbery and larceny crimes. The slight decrease in overall crime jibes with the state’s crime statistics as well. Overall crime in the state decreased 3.8 percent from the six-month period last year to this year, the… […]

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Oxycodone Drug Trafficking Arrests in Palm Beach County

Oxycodone Drug Trafficking Arrests in Palm Beach County

The gang of alleged oxycodone peddlers chose places to do business that they thought wouldn’t attract the law: a barbecue restaurant in Boynton Beach, a gas station on Yamato Road, a glass shop in Boca Raton, even a Best Buy. Retail stores are a safe location to conduct drug transactions because “police do not gear their attention to that sort of activity,” one of the alleged drug dealers told an undercover officer, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s probable cause affidavit. But the alleged dealers apparently were wrong. The group of at least 12 were involved in the ring from 2010 to 2012 and have since been arrested on charges including racketeering and trafficking in oxycodone. Read full story Oxycodone Oxycodone is an opiate with some synthetic properties that… […]

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Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Authorities in Pinellas County announced Tuesday the surrender of the woman shown in photographs taking a joyride on a manatee, classified as an endangered species in Florida. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, of St. Petersburg, turned herself in shortly after 4 p.m., Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials said. Deputies had met with Gutierrez at her home and questioned her. She admitted to riding the manatee and claimed she was new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees, investigators said. Deputies explained the law regarding manatees and the possible penalties for violating such laws and said charges would be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution. However, the nature of the crime this was not an arrestable offense because it did… […]

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Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges

Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges

PALM BEACH GARDENS — A man who went to a Palm Beach Gardens apartment late Monday thinking he was going to meet a woman named “Karry Parie” instead became the victim of an armed robbery, city police said. Police arrested Mark Coleman, 18, of Palm Beach Gardens and a 17-year-old boy on charges of armed robbery and grand theft after alleging they robbed the man at an apartment in the 3400 block of Periwinkle Court. The 17-year-old suspect’s name is being withheld because of his age. The alleged victim told police he had been communicating online with a woman he met on a website and that he drove to the apartment in the Mira Flores complex just north of the Gardens Mall to meet her. When he arrived shortly before… […]

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Aggravated Battery Charge In Palm Beach County

Aggravated Battery Charge In Palm Beach County

A judge this morning ordered former South Palm Beach Mayor Marty Millar be released under supervision from jail. Millar, who is facing charges of aggravated battery and resisting an officer with violence, was also ordered to consume no alcohol and have no contact with the alleged victim in the case. Millar is accused attacking a man at the Dirty Martini in Downtown at the Gardens off Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue on Thursday because the man had left a previous bar with Millar’s girlfriend. Millar, 66, allegedly used a black flashlight to attack the man, according to the arrest report. Earlier in the night, Millar’s girlfriend had approached a 38-year-old man at the Angry Moon Cigar Bar and told him Millar was being “abusive toward her,” the report said. Millar’s girlfriend… […]

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The Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

The Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

West Palm Beach man was arrested on Thursday, accused of beating his girlfriend with a “wooden 2×4.” Steve Devon Bedward, 27, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of aggravated battery. West Palm Beach Police officers were sent to the couple’s home in the 1000 block of Selkirk Street to reports of a domestic violence incident. When they arrived, they spoke with Bedward’s 43-year-old girlfriend, who had a “bloody lip and raised red marks on her right upper arm,” according to the arrest report. When confronted by police, Bedward said that their fight started when the couple’s roommate came “banging on the their door, asking where her pills were,” the report said. Because he didn’t want to talk to their roommate,… […]

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Aggravated Assault On a Law Enforcement Officer

Aggravated Assault On a Law Enforcement Officer

Boynton Beach police have arrested two men who they believe rammed a car into a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s cruiser Thursday. Police say they caught Timothy Anderson, 26, of Boynton Beach, as he tried to run from the car. Another man ran from the car into a stranger’s home to hide, police said. Police followed and captured Kashus Davis, 27, of West Palm Beach in the home. Davis remains in jail this morning facing charges that include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding authorities, possession of marijuana, cocaine and , burglary to an occupied residence, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. Assault Assault is generally defined as an attempt to commit battery. Assault on a police officer is assault committed on a peace officer… […]

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Florida Retail Theft Charges, Probation Questions and Probation Violation

Florida Retail Theft Charges, Probation Questions and Probation Violation

A priest who in June left his job at St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach, pledging to prove he was innocent of shoplifting, this week was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to pay $895 restitution to Neiman Marcus for the picture frame he stole from its Boca Raton store in December. Rev. Giuseppe Savaia, 43, refused to confess but agreed that a guilty plea was in his best interest, said prosecutor Kirk Volker. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal withheld adjudication before placing Savaia on probation, ordering him to take a theft abatement course and to get psychological treatment. Earlier this summer, he was placed in a pre-trial intervention program in Broward County to settle charges that he stole two $400 Italian coats from… […]

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DUI Arrest In Palm Beach County

DUI Arrest In Palm Beach County

The principal of Palm Beach Public elementary school remains on leave following her arrest two weeks ago on a charge of driving under the influence. Sharon Robinson Stevens, 66, was arrested the evening of Aug. 24 by Palm Beach Police, and was released on her own recognizance the next morning. When asked what happens when a district employee is arrested on a DUI charge, Harrington said that each case differs, but that, “if something occurs involving an employee off school property while not on duty … depending on circumstances, there could a personnel investigation to look at any possible job-related effects.” Typically after a DWI arrest, a suspect is taken to jail and given a chance to perform more sobriety tests or repeat the ones conducted at the roadside. Like… […]

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Facing Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

Facing Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

A Delray Beach man was arrested on Thursday after he was accused of beating a woman with his cane last month. Anthony Castrovinci, 60, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is facing aggravated battery charges. Castrovinci was arrested Thursday by Delray Beach Police, but the alleged incident took place between July 3 and 4. The morning of July 4, officers responded to Delray Medical Center to reports of a drunk, 49-year-old woman who was brought to the hospital with two black eyes, a bruised elbow and a few cuts on her legs. The woman, whose name was withheld in the arrest report, was too drunk to speak with officers at time, but she did report she was hit several times with… […]

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