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Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon

Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon

A 14-year-old boy facing multiple gun charges after he allegedly held up two people at gunpoint had his first appearance reset to today after no family members showed up for the court proceeding on Thursday. Edgar L. Sorto, of Lake Worth, remains in the Palm Beach County Jail and is facing charges of robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. Sorto is a documented MS-13 gang member, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said According to the PBSO, Sorto was seen allegedly pointing a black semi automatic handgun at two people on Sept. 26 around 12:30 p.m. The witness contacted police. Dressed in blue shorts, blue shoes and red-checkered boxers with a white shirt wrapped around his neck, Sorto walked up to… […]

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Factors Contributing To Increased DUI Penalties in Florida

Factors Contributing To Increased DUI Penalties in Florida

Authorities have arrested a woman who they say was driving impaired and nearly hit another vehicle while in a student pickup line at a Miramar elementary school. According to a police report, an officer stopped Lisset Llauro, 39, of Pembroke Pines, in her 2010 Mercedes-Benz shortly before 2:40 p.m. Monday after observing her run over plastic lane markers in the pickup line outside Silver Lakes Elementary School at 2300 SW 173rd Ave. When the officer approached Llauro, she seemed slightly disoriented, had slurred speech and told police she didn’t know why she had driven over the lane markers, authorities said. Source, full story. Florida Drunk Driving Definition Drunk driving, known as driving under the influence or DUI in Florida, is governed by Fla. Stat. § 316.193. This statute defines the… […]

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Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Jupiter police officer Kevin Jacko appears in Palm Beach County court Thursday morning, September 12, 2013, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident in which a man said he was beaten. Jacko, 43, is accused of beating Cody Ross Blankenship on June 6 after the Jupiter man’s arrest on charges including resisting arrest with violence, battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT, and trespassing. A judge today ordered a $5,000 bond for the Jupiter Police officer accused of excessively beating a 24-year-old Tequesta man in June. Kevin Jacko, 43, must also surrender his weapons and not have contact with the victim in the case, Judge James Martz said today. Jacko represented himself today as he did not qualify for a public defender. “I’m not a… […]

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Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault and Other Charges

Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault and Other Charges

A Lake Park man was arrested Saturday on charges he broke into a Riviera Beach home earlier in the week and sexually assaulted a woman. Police received reports that Clayton Phillips, 33, broke into the home Wednesday evening and attacked the woman, Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said Sunday. U.S. marshals found him at another address Saturday and turned him over to detectives, she said. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Saturday on multiple counts of sexual assault, home invasion with a weapon, kidnapping/false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a weapon and several other charges, according to the sheriff’s website. Source Sexual violence is any type of sex act performed or attempted without the victim’s consent. This can include intercourse or attempted intercourse, physical touching, or… […]

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Criminal Charges Against A Teen

Criminal Charges Against A Teen

A 14-year-old boy is in the Juvenile Assessment Center after police say he tried killing another teen in a drive-by shooting. The boy, whose name isn’t being released since he is under the age of 18, is facing charges of discharging from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault with a firearm. He will be held in the assessment center while the Palm Beach County State Attorney decides if the boy will be charged as an adult. The shooting, which took place Wednesday, stemmed from a fight during the previous weekend at the Cinemark movie theatre. The victim — a 14-year-old boy — told police that the fight started after his cousin’s girlfriend was seen at the movie theater with another teen. At one point… […]

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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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Federal Conviction, Criminal Records and Expungement

Federal Conviction, Criminal Records and Expungement

Depending on a state, a job applicant may not have to reveal any or some types of potentially damaging information, such as arrests not resulting in convictions or convictions for minor matters. Some states have procedures to judicially “erase” a criminal record. A criminal defense attorney can help determine whether you may be eligible to get a conviction sealed, expunged or otherwise legally minimized. Criminal records are technically public records, which means that anyone can access them. Public records are those records which are available for public inspection. These records are often offered for free to the public for review at the location where they are stored. In other cases, they may be available for a small fee. Public records are often named according to where they are kept, or… […]

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Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Despite recent good news about the gradual decline in the rate of robberies and home invasions, the rate for the first quarter of this year has law enforcement on edge. Law enforcement has recently been boasting about an improved response rate to robberies, better technology and resources, and an all around better crime rate. However, it seems that things are actually getting worse, despite all of the new and improved efforts of law enforcement. Home Invasion A home invasion robbery is much different than a burglary. For instance, home invasion is considered the act of illegally entering (or breaking and entering) a private and occupied dwelling with violent intent for the purpose of committing a crime against the occupants such as robbery or assault. Burglary is simply illegally entering a… […]

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Metal Theft in Palm Beach County

Metal Theft in Palm Beach County

For the past several months, law enforcement has seen a rise in metal thefts all across the county. Because of the serious increase in this particular crime, officials are wanting to crack down on thieves who target homes, restaurants, and even abandoned buildings. Task forces have been created in order to battle the ever popular and lucrative crime of metal theft. There are several different kinds of crimes committed involving metal theft, not only could the thief be charged with theft, but the buyer could be charged with dealing in stolen property. Targeting Abandoned Buildings Thieves may think they are stealing property that is no longer wanted but the problem arises when the building owner wants to sell the building, which usually includes what’s inside. Thieves will take air conditioning… […]

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What is an Organized Scheme to Defraud?

What is an Organized Scheme to Defraud?

Fraud occurs in just about every aspect of life that involves monetary transactions. In many cases, fraud occurs in organizations where the treasurer, or person responsible for organizing earned and paid revenues, is aligned with the person allegedly stealing money. Most of the time when the scheme unravels, both parties are prosecuted for organizing a scheme to defraud. Fraud in Palm Beach County Schools Two men who are former employees of the Palm Beach County school district are facing theft and fraud charges. According to a WPTV News report, former part-time adult education teacher Richard Russo, 63, was arrested on charges of grand theft and official misconduct. Administrators at the school became suspicious that he was submitting payroll sheets for hours he had not worked, according to the probable cause… […]

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