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Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

According to a recent and urgent article from WPTV, a 67-year-old man was shot in his eye Saturday morning but is expected to survive. Ahmad Zayyad, of Belle Glade, was working at the Super Merchandise Store, 265 W Ave. A, when two black males walked in and demanded cash around 10:30 a.m. Zayyad tried running from the suspects but was shot in the left eye. He was air-lifted to Delray Medical Center. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said she thinks the men got away with only Zayyad’s wallet. The two males are described as between the ages of 17 and 20, between five-foot-five and five-foot-six, and medium build. One suspect, who was armed, was wearing a burgundy, hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect’s face was partially covered, she… […]

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How Serious is the Law Against Possession of Child Pornography?

How Serious is the Law Against Possession of Child Pornography?

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a 27-year-old Lake Worth man is facing charges for possession of child pornography, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe. The Palm Beach County Sexual Predator Enforcement Unit announced that Odson Francois was arrested at his home on Wednesday. Detectives reported finding, on Francois’ home computer, images and videos showing children involved in sex acts. The investigative report states a forensic review revealed 14 of the 20 downloaded files were videos. In a recorded police statement, Francois indicated he downloaded the pornography containing images of children, that he knew it was wrong and that he was sorry, according to the police report. He was tracked down by detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which first traced… […]

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How to Avoid a Criminal Record When Charged with Grand Theft

How to Avoid a Criminal Record When Charged with Grand Theft

According to an article in WPTV News, Boynton Beach Police arrested a man for stealing a car with a newborn baby inside. A family called the police from a Shell gas station on the corner of Congress Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard around 2:45 p.m. after a man broke into their SUV and stole it from outside the gas station while they were inside. The family was hysterical as their 3-week-old baby was still inside the vehicle. The police report stated that a witness tried to follow the suspect onto Lawrence Road but later lost track of him. Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were able to catch the suspect a short time later after a brief chase at 6th Avenue South and Federal Highway in Lake Worth.… […]

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How Leaving Your Child Alone For A Few Minutes Can Result in Child Neglect Charges

How Leaving Your Child Alone For A Few Minutes Can Result in Child Neglect Charges

According to a Palm Beach Post article, a Boynton Beach man has been arrested on child neglect charges after his 4-year-old son was found wandering in the street wearing nothing but sweat pants, a t-shirt, and no shoes on a 30-degree night. Romilus Duvelsaint was charged with child neglect. His son was found when a passing motorist saw the boy in the road and stopped. The boy was uninjured and the motorist put the boy in the car until Boynton Beach Police arrived on the scene. The boy gave directions to his house to the officers and when police arrived at his home, family members claimed they had no idea the child was supposed to be home. Duvelsaint arrived in the mean time, and claimed that when he left the… […]

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How Even Juveniles Are Possessing Weapons

According to the Palm Beach Post, two Royal Palm Beach High students were caught skipping school with backpacks containing loaded guns and ammunition. A deputy stopped the two juveniles at the 7-Eleven near Okeechobee Boulevard and State Road 7. They found a loaded black revolver, bullets, and two knives in one backpack, and a loaded 9mm handgun in the other. According to the police report, the teens told deputies that they were gang members and had the guns to protect themselves from other gangs. They also said they had the guns on campus and had just left. Royal Palm Beach Councilman David Swift said the incident has left him with serious questions about safety. Swift was one of the first officials to raise concerns about safety and the image of… […]

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How Men With Criminal Records Have Been Running Palm Beach Summer Camps

How Men With Criminal Records Have Been Running Palm Beach Summer Camps

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County unknowingly paid convicted child molesters, thieves, drug dealers, and others with criminal records nearly half a million dollars to run summer camps for homeless and foster children within the past three years. As these people with extensive criminal records began opening camps, no one was required, or even asked, to pass background checks, a Palm Beach Post investigation has found. Palm Beach County Division of Human Services provides about $1.2 million ever summer to subsidize camp tuition for the county’s poorest children. The Palm Beach Post conducted an investigation screening 101 private summer camp companies most recently approved to receive county money. They examined corporate filings, criminal and civil court documents, police reports and jail records. Here are… […]

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How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

According to an article in WPTV News, a sweep of 13 convenience stores and service stations across South Florida resulted in 23 arrests on Thursday. Michael Driscoll of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said, “They identified this group that has been defrauding the state of sales taxes and other taxes.” The Florida Department of Revenue launched an investigation after detecting low sales on sales tax returns from the group. The investigation took three and a half years. Mohammed Khan, 53, of Delray Beach, is the alleged head of the scam along with his wife Jharna Kahn, 47. Khan’s number two man, Mansural Islam and his wife Pervin Begam were booked along with five suburban Boca Raton residents into the Palm Beach County Jail. “They would take the money in… […]

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What is Second-Degree Murder?

What is Second-Degree Murder?

According to an Associated Press article included in WPTV News Channel 5 this morning, a Boynton Beach man has been arrested by police on second-degree murder charges. Greg B. Senser 29, and Jason F. Barnett had been drinking heavily at the 1st and 10 sports bar around 1 a.m. Sunday. The two left for the La Costa apartments, Barnett was heading to see his child’s mother. At the apartment complex, everything went wrong when police say the two men began to fight and Senser stabbed Barnett several times in the neck. They were found when police received a call about a noise disturbance around 2 a.m. and when they arrived on the seen, Barnett was on the ground and Senser was standing over him. Senser fled and after a brief chase… […]

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How Commissioner Koons is Avoiding Prison Time

How Commissioner Koons is Avoiding Prison Time

According to WPTV News Channel 5, Palm Beach County Commissioner John “Jeff” Koons was arrested Tuesday and charged with extortion, perjury (when not in official proceeding), and violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law. Koons, a Democrat, has been pushing the South Cove project. The South Cove project is a waterfront environmental project in the Lake Worth Lagoon. The project includes the creation of a manmade island located just east of Flagler Drive to ignite healthy marine life, and the construction of an elevated boardwalk connecting to Flagler Drive, according to the probable cause affidavit. The South Cove project was scheduled to be reviewed by the City of West Palm Beach Downtown Action Committee and the West Palm Beach City Commission. The issue pending before the West Palm Beach City Commission is… […]

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What are Gangs Like in Palm Beach County?

What are Gangs Like in Palm Beach County?

Gang activity in Palm Beach County has always been a serious issue. A significant percentage of homicides, thefts, and assaults are correlated with gang activity, much to the concern of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who recently met with County Commissioners to discuss $25 million in budget cuts. By consulting an experienced criminal defense lawyer, you will be able to understand all of the ramifications of being involved in gang related crime. This includes homicide, theft, battery, assault, weapons possession, drug possession, drunk driving, you name it. What is a gang – really The technical definition of a gang according to Reference Encyclopedia, is “a group of people organized for a common purpose, often criminal…largely urban and highly organized…Most fighting gangs are organized intricately, with caste systems and with officers who arrange… […]

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