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How Common are Robberies?

How Common are Robberies?

Robberies are so common in our area, there’s at least one robbery per week that makes the news. This week, a couple of people were robbed at gunpoint while trying to change a flat tire, and stuffed in the trunk. Every robbery that makes the news has some new twist that takes the crime from just another robbery, to something else entirely. Robbery of the Week According to WPTV News, two people pulled over to change their car’s flat tire were robbed at gunpoint and stowed in the car trunk early this morning in Palm Beach Gardens, police report. Palm Beach Gardens police continue to investigate the crime that happened about 4:22 a.m., spokeswoman Ellen Lovejoy said. The pair, a man and a woman, whose identities were not available, were… […]

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How Even Your Faith Can’t Help You Keep Your Kids if You are Convicted of Child Neglect

How Even Your Faith Can’t Help You Keep Your Kids if You are Convicted of Child Neglect

According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach couple was arrested Wednesday night for child neglect, after allegedly telling police that they live life in God and don’t need to work despite not having any money to feed their toddler. Claire Justin, 28, and Neil Vilain, 41, are being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond on charges of child neglect. This morning, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras ordered they have no contact with their 3-year-old child, who was placed in the custody of her maternal grandmother by the state Department of Children and Families, police said. When the officer spoke with Justin and Vilain, they said they believe that “the way most people live is evil,” according to the… […]

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How Marijuana Dealers are Getting More Creative When Selling

How Marijuana Dealers are Getting More Creative When Selling

Marijuana dealers are getting more and more creative with their methods of distribution. As the local government invests more money, time, and officers in an attempt to squash the marijuana craze in Palm Beach County, dealers are stuffing their pot into anything from cupcakes to Subway sandwich bags. Marijuana Methods of Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a Fort Pierce Subway employee was arrested on Thursday morning by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators who said she was selling marijuana to patrons who asked for ‘extra meat’ on their sandwiches. Elizabeth Hunter, 47 known as “Liz” was allegedly selling marijuana from inside a Hess gas station/Subway Fort Pierce. According to St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office on May 10th and May 26th, undercover deputies used the code words ‘extra meat’… […]

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How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County man faces several felony charges for attempting to light his girlfriend on fire and stabbing her when the lighter didn’t work. He is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and aggravated battery. The Crime Aggravated battery, or just battery, is the most common charge that results from domestic disputes that get out of control. Arson, however, is quite so common a result. According to the article, the woman who remained unnamed in the police report, claimed that she asked her boyfriend to move out a couple of days ago because he was not paying any bills. A few days later the woman said she got up when she heard a noise while sleeping, saw her front door… […]

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What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post reported that local law enforcement is seeing an increasing amount of a new crime called the “bump and rob.” This new crime victimizes drivers usually late at night. Police are issuing warnings to Palm Beach County residents saying if you are driving on the road between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and another car bumps you from behind, do not get out of your car. The new crime From Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach, drivers are being robbed at gunpoint. The most recent incidents happened early Thursday. Around 3 a.m. in Delray Beach, a dark-colored Jeep brand SUV bumped another car traveling north on Military Trail near Atlantic Avenue. The victim reportedly got out of his car to check whether it was damaged. The… […]

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How Drug Addiction Can Cost You Your Children – Part 2

How Drug Addiction Can Cost You Your Children – Part 2

Child neglect is one of the most emotionally straining charges to be faces with. When a parent is charged with child neglect there is so much more at stake than the parent’s reputation and freedom because the victim is a child. Children are unable to fend for themselves and when parents neglect their children, the consequences for both the child and the parent are severe. Drugs can cause child neglect In an unfortunate case reported by WJXT in Jacksonville, the parents of two young girls have been arrested for leaving them to fend for themselves in a tent in the woods behind their home. The couple left to receive treatment at a methadone clinic in Gainesville and also visited a blood plasma center. Deputies report the girls, ages 3 and… […]

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How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

If you have been arrested anytime between now and 2008 by a law enforcement officer representing the Ocean Ridge Police Department or the Riviera Beach department, your arrestrecord, citation, or ticket could be thrown out. This new development was sparked when a news investigator learned that a new law passed in 2008 was overlooked by both police departments. The law Palm Beach Post reporter Cynthia Roldan discovered that in 2008 a new law was passed requiring firearms instructors to be certified by the state. However, the Ocean Ridge Police Department and the Riviera Beach Police Department never got the memo – and never got certified. The compounded effect means that police officers who have been issuing citations and conducting arrests for the last few years were uncertified, rendering all arrests… […]

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How Buck Wild Trial Sets the Tone for Gang Related Crime

How Buck Wild Trial Sets the Tone for Gang Related Crime

Five alleged Buck Wild gang members are set to begin trial as of yesterday. Buck Wild was once known as one of the most feared gangs in Palm Beach County. The racketeering and conspiracy trial will conclude the April 2010 indictment that listed dozens of violent crime charges including guns, drugs, theft, and assault. Buck Wild Trial The five men on trial include Marquis Alfred, 20; James Anderson, 22; Larry Coe, 25; Quamaine Falana, 19; and James Roundtree, 22. Investigators and prosecutors continue to stress how monumental the takedown of these alleged gang members was. The investigation required the efforts of a specialized task force designed to mitigate gang violence. Palm Beach County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Wallace was head of the Palm Beach County Violent Crimes Task Force and led… […]

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Would You Report a Drunk Driver for a $100 Reward?

Would You Report a Drunk Driver for a $100 Reward?

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, over 1,000 DUI arrests have been made since January 1st. Because of this extremely high number, a new program has been put into affect to help police catch and arrest drunk drivers. Mobile Eyes against Drunk Driving The new program is called “Mobile Eyes Against Drunk Driving.” The program encourages drivers to call 911 and alert Palm Beach County police of erratic or unsafe drivers. The catch is, if a DUI arrest is made before a potential accident based on your tip, you get a $100 reward from the program. The reason the program was put into place was because most people who notice drunk drivers on the road just try to stay out of their way. This program would give the… […]

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St. Lucie County Makes Headlines for Animal Cruelty

Fort Pierce has made headlines for one of the most severe cases of animal cruelty in years. St. Lucie County animal control officers on Monday were investigating the health of over 100 animals at the Sanctuary Animal Refuge in Western St. Lucie County. Officials were called to the property after an argument erupted between Palena Dorsey, the owner of Sanctuary Animal Refuge, and Jay Apicella, executive director of the Dogs & Cats Forever shelter in Fort Pierce. When deputies arrived to mitigate the argument between Apicella and Dorsey, they immediately called animal control officials when they witnessed the conditions the animals were kept in. Apicella was able to rescue ten dogs from the property. According to an article in WPTV News, about 35 cats and nearly 160 dogs – including… […]

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