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Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

A West Palm Beach man is facing aggravated battery charges after allegedly throwing a metal chair on a woman while she was sleeping and later shooting a gun in her bedroom. Freddie Lee Holmes, 47, was arrested by West Palm Beach Police on Monday afternoon. He remained at the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday without bond. According to a probable cause affidavit, Holmes entered the home of an unidentified woman in December. The woman was sleeping in the master bedroom and woke up when Holmes allegedly threw the metal chair at her. Holmes, she said, was sitting at the edge of her bed. Afraid for her life, the woman tried to crawl out of her bed, but then heard gunshots and the sound of shattered glass from a ceiling… […]

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Marijuana Grow House Found In West Palm Beach

Marijuana Grow House Found In West Palm Beach

A 32-year-old suburban West Palm Beach man is being accused of turning his home into a marijuana-manufacturing plant after authorities found almost 30 plants growing in three separate rooms. Alexei Garcia was arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing cannabis, trafficking in cannabis and possession of a dwelling to manufacture controlled substances. He was released Saturday after posting a $13,000 bond. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s SWAT team executed a search warrant Friday at Garcia’s home in suburban West Palm Beach on Carambola Road north of Forest Hill Boulevard. Upon arriving at the home investigators noticed a “profuse odor or cannabis” outside, according to a sheriff’s probable cause affidavit. Investigators said that the home was “substantially and intentionally” modified into an indoor pot-manufacturing lab. Eighteen other plants and seven pounds of… […]

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Bond Questions, Posting Bond and When Bail Is Denied

Bond Questions, Posting Bond and When Bail Is Denied

A 31-year-old cab driver, accused in the Dec. 22 fatal shooting of a nanny who was riding her bicycle on South Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach, was denied bond this morning in court. Rupert O’Neil Harty, of suburban West Palm Beach, told investigators that he “heard a voice tell him to go kill someone” around noon on Dec. 22. He shot Amaria Grant around 20 minutes later, according to the arrest report released by city police. Harty will be charged with one count of first-degree murder. He was arrested late Thursday night and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail just after midnight. Making his first appearance in court around 9:45 a.m. today, Harty appeared in jeans and a white plaid shirt with his hair pulled back.. He spoke… […]

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Domestic Violence and Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

Domestic Violence and Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

A suburban West Palm Beach man is facing aggravated battery and child abuse charges after he allegedly struck his children’s mother with a belt and power cord, according to police. Investigators then went to Andrews’ home, where they found the children’s mother with a bandage on her left ear. The woman, who was not identified, appeared afraid of police and would speak only to the DCF worker. The woman said Andrews beat her in the back with a belt and a power cord. The woman showed investigators the marks on her back. As investigators were questioning the woman, Andrews walked into the house with the children. The children stayed with their mother while police questioned Andrews, who admitted to pushing the woman during an argument and then admitted he struck… […]

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Marijuana Possession, Charges and Drug Tests

A town police officer who reportedly damaged a police vehicle while on duty and then failed a drug test was fired today, Palm Beach officials said. Officer Levente Henter, who had been with the department since 2004, was dismissed because of a June 24 incident on Via Bellaria, the town said. According to the termination notice released today, Henter was involved in an accident while responding to an alarm call in the 200 block of the street, which is on the Intracoastal Waterway side of the island north of Southern Boulevard. Henter failed to see a metal chain as he pulled into a driveway, causing more than $1,800 in damage to his police car, including a cracked windshield, a broken side view mirror and multiple scratches across the hood, department… […]

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Car Theft in West Palm is a Troubling Trend

Car Theft in West Palm is a Troubling Trend

Experts have been reporting a strong decline in the number of car thefts over the past decade. This decline may be a result of new and improved security technology, better response rates on the side of law enforcement, or a variety of other reasons. However, the Palm Beach Post has recently published an article attesting that fun fact, after a near decade of declining car thefts, grand theft auto seems to be a crime on the rise yet again. More often than not, cars are stolen and used to commit other crimes, or are stripped and sold for parts. Grand Theft Car theft is charged as grand theft as the value of the property stolen is greater than $300. However, this is usually not the only charge involved if you… […]

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Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the 13th most violent city in the country. There are many violent crimes committed in Palm Beach County and assault and battery are two of the most serious. Most people think “assault and battery” are the same offense but technically “assault” and “battery” are two distinct and separate crimes. A West Palm Beach man was arrested on Monday for aggravated battery, after his girlfriend accused him of beating her during an argument, reported by Cynthia Roldan, The Palm Beach Post Christopher Maurice Raphael, 24, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $26,000 bond. He is charged with aggravated battery, battery and criminal mischief. According to the probable cause affidavit, a West Palm Beach Police officer was dispatched to… […]

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Prison Terms for Animal Cruelty Charge

Prison Terms for Animal Cruelty Charge

Animal cruelty is a charge that umbrellas several different definitions of crimes within the state of Florida. Animal cruelty charges can include animal neglect, felony or misdemeanor animal cruelty, and even animal fighting. Lake Worth man gets prison term for poor treatment of dogs. After a two-hour hearing, judge Miller sentenced Kipp to six months in jail and five years of probation. While he can keep the five dogs a judge returned to him and a bird and a cat he owns, Miller said he can’t own any more animals for five years. Before trial, he rejected a plea deal that called for no jail time- reports Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post. Read excerpts from the story below: WEST PALM BEACH — Even though a jury in April convicted him… […]

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West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

The DEA deemed synthetic marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants into the Controlled Susbtances Act, making it very illegal to possess or sell any substance that is considered a synthetic alternative to marijuana. Spice and K2 are incenses created by a mixture of chemicals that people have been smoking, as it has a similar stimulating effect to that of marijuana. Selling any controlled substance is a felony and if you are accused of this crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Synthetic Marijuana in West Palm Beach According to WPTV News, a three-month investigation into the suspected sale of illegal “synthetic marijuana” resulted in the arrests Thursday of a suburban West Palm Beach smoke shop owner and a shop employee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Monica Lee,… […]

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Can Too Much Tylenol PM Lead to Child Neglect Charges?

Can Too Much Tylenol PM Lead to Child Neglect Charges?

According to state child protective service agencies, more than 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year. More often than not, child abuse and neglect is not reported to the system because the victims’ suffering goes unreported. Abuse and neglect can happen in any home and often can happen without the parents realizing it. According to the Department of Children & Families, child abuse is considered any actions that result in imminent risk of serious harm, death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation of a child under 18 years old by a parent or guardian. Child Neglect in West Palm Beach A family in West Palm Beach is now dealing with the Department of Children & Families after the parents and grandmother were… […]

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