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How is Counterfeit Cash Caught?

How is Counterfeit Cash Caught?

Using counterfeit cash is considered a third-degree felony, but how do counterfeit bill users get caught? People only use counterfeit detector pens if there are previous suspicions. Counterfeit money is often used in drug deals and often end up in the hands of an unknowing person. The Case According to an article in WPTV News, Jensen Beach High School’s bank notified the administration last week that counterfeit money had been passed in the cafeteria. Immediately, detectives launched an investigation that resulted in the arrest of four students Friday. Cafeteria staff began using counterfeit detector pens after being notified by the bank that counterfeit bills had been passed through the system. A school resource deputy questioned a 15-year-old female student and a 16-year-old male student. Another student, a 15-year-old freshman was… […]

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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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How Pharmacy Databases are Leading to Arrests of Meth Makers

How Pharmacy Databases are Leading to Arrests of Meth Makers

Authorities are cracking down on methamphetamine labs across Florida in a new way – through an online database. A new statewide database will now block cold and allergy pill purchases in an effort to curb the growth of meth labs. According to an article in WPTV News, Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are key ingredients in making methamphetamine, and they are found in cold and allergy medicine. Usually extra-strength decongestants like 12-hour Sudafed, Claritin-D, and Allegra-D are the ingredients meth makers use to mix with household chemicals to sustain their meth labs. The new law The new legislature launched in January and now allows an individual to buy only 9 grams of ephedrine products per month, according to WPTV News. According to state data, 40,000 illegal ephedrine sales have already been blocked… […]

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How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

A Wellington man has been arrested for forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. The article in WPTV News describes a man who is sorry for his actions, but wanted to use the money to put his children through college and has every intention to pay back the $30,000 he stole. The following article is featured in WPTV News Channel 5: The Case After police questioned him as to why he stole more than $30,000, 56-year-old Celestino Cruz said he was using the money to pay for his children’s college tuition and hasn’t eaten or slept since. Cruz, of Wellington, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on 34 counts of uttering a forged instrument and forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. Cruz, employed by Apogee Business Service as a… […]

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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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Have You Been Arrested for Cocaine Possession in West Palm Beach?

Have You Been Arrested for Cocaine Possession in West Palm Beach?

It is always disappointing to see an authority figure go down for a drug related crime, especially when that authority figure works with children and is a leader for a community cause. That’s why this week’s cocaine bust is especially disappointing – a Florida Department of Children and Families investigator has been arrested for cocaine possession in Orlando. Here is the article as according to WPTV News: Authorities say a Florida Department of Children and Families investigator has been arrested for cocaine possession in Orlando. The Orange County Sheriff’s office says Susan Cunningham visited a location being monitored for drug dealing and was later pulled over Saturday for failing to signal while changing lanes. A deputy found a clear plastic bag sticking out of the center arm rest console, which… […]

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How Accidental Crimes Can Land You in Prison

How Accidental Crimes Can Land You in Prison

South Florida is known for it’s beaches, city life, and warm weather. South Florida can also be known for it’s severely high crime rate, mostly relating to drugs and robbery. However, because south Floridians are known to spend a lot of time by the beach, many crimes can happen on water too. According to an article in WPTV News, a Highland Beach boater was charged with negligence and carelessness, weeks after his powerboat propeller cut into a scuba diver near the Boca Inlet. Jon Berger, 64, was driving the Sea Fox powerboat when the propeller of the 28-foot boat sliced into a scuba diver James Shelley, 46, on January 22. The accident was also caused because Berger failed to stay at least 300 feet away from a diver down flag.… […]

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Burglary Busted By Myspace

Burglary Busted By Myspace

According to an article in WPTV News, a Florida Keys teen was arrested Sunday evening after a home that was burglarized was found to have a computer logged into the young man’s MySpace account, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office says a caretaker for the home on Sugarloaf Key reported the burglary when the caretaker was preparing to remove hurricane shutters from a door and saw someone sitting on the living room couch. Deputies arriving at the home found no one inside, but they did find a back window open, empty soda and food containers, and some marijuana on a coffee table. The deputies also found a bedroom computer turned on and logged into the MySpace account of Robert Rupp, 18, of Big Coppitt Key, the… […]

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Why Children Are the True Victims of Crimes

Why Children Are the True Victims of Crimes

An article written by Vince Norman for WPTV News Channel 5, describes a horrible scene. A Wellington man shot his ex-wife for unknown reasons before killing himself, while his two children remained in their home. The article is below: WELLINGTON, Fla. – Friday, shortly after 11:00 p.m., shots broke the silence of the evening air on the 1100 block of Summerwood Circle. “I heard screaming,” said James Duvall, a neighbor who lives just across the street from the tragic scene. “I came to the front window and looked out and saw the house over there lit up with headlights,” said Duvall. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, Jose Ferreira, shot his ex-wife Paula Beltre, before shooting himself, all while their two youngest children were inside their Wellington home.… […]

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Cat Killer Case Goes to Trial in Palm Beach County, Florida

A former teacher who is accused of leaving her two cats in her apartment for over a month without food or water is in Palm Beach County court this week. The Boca Raton Woman said she didn’t have time to feed her animals and didn’t check them for over a month, according to police. Jury selection in the Alison Dinsmore felony animal cruelty trial began Monday and closing arguments are today. Alison Dinsmore was a teacher at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach when she was arrested in April 2009. Prosecutors argue that the cats died an extraordinarily cruel death, clawing in cabinets for food and searching for water. Photographs taken at the scene show one cat’s body sprawled inside a kitchen cabinet and the other under a dresser. Police… […]

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