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Charged With Attempting To Engage Minor in Sex

Charged With Attempting To Engage Minor in Sex

A 28-year-old Canadian who told who he thought was a 15-year-old boy that he was new in town from Canada is now new in the Palm Beach County Jail. Jonathan R. Vanstone, of Wellington, faces a federal charge of attempted enticement or inducement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct. Through the Internet application Grindr, Vanstone messaged an undercover law enforcement officer acting as a 15-year-old boy on four different occasions, according to agents with Homeland Security Investigations. On March 13, the officer responded for the first time to Vanstone’s messages who was using a screen name “Here’s Johnny,” according to a federal criminal complaint. The profile used by the officer was of a pretend 15-year-old boy. The profile’s main picture was of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Trafficking and Florida Pain Clinics

Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Trafficking and Florida Pain Clinics

A 50-year-old man was arrested at Palm Beach International Airport this week after he allegedly tried going through security carrying hundreds of prescription pills he stole from his mother. Steven C. Kerner, of Selden, N.Y., was arrested at the airport around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday on several charges, including trafficking in hydrocodone and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the airport and spoke with Kerner. He told deputies that he stole the medicine from his mother, a Lake Worth resident, who takes the pills for “severe” medical conditions, according to a probable cause affidavit. Kerner said his mother was not aware that he took the pills from him and did not have a prescription for them. The bottles did not have… […]

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Aggravated Assault Charges And Resisting Arrest With Violence

Aggravated Assault Charges And Resisting Arrest With Violence

With an open can of Steel Reserve beer in his hand, Marc Madeus, 31, of Lake Worth, strolled down the middle of the 700 block of North H Street in Lake Worth just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. A Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol saw Madeus with the beer and ordered him to stop. After the deputy yelled a second time for Madeus to stop, he walked about 50 feet, turned around and yelled a profanity. He then picked up a Heineken bottle and chucked it at the deputy, where it broke about three feet away according to the report. Madeus fought with the deputy when he tried to arrest Madeus, then Madeus threw the can of Steel Reserve beer… […]

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Florida Probation Rules, Violation of Probation and Probation Violation Defense Lawyer

Florida Probation Rules, Violation of Probation and Probation Violation Defense Lawyer

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp denied Wilson’s request to stop the regular check-ins during the remainder of her five-year probation term. The sentence began in December 2009 after Wilson, now 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter by culpable negligence. Wilson’s attorney submitted the request Jan. 31, describing her as a “model probationer” who now needs to travel frequently for her job. The State Attorney’s Office agreed with the proposed change, and Brondolo’s parents, Jill and Chris, also didn’t object, said prosecutor Andrew Slater. Along with the probation, Wilson’s sentence also required a psychological evaluation, a meeting with the Brondolos, and service as a spokesperson to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning, including talks with civic groups and schools using her experience as an example. Wilson fulfilled… […]

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DUI Charge With Child in A Car

DUI Charge With Child in A Car

A Greenacres woman is facing DUI and child neglect charges today after police say her teenage daughter was in the vehicle with her as she drove impaired. Greenacres police arrested Martina Cecilia Ramirez, 45, in the area of South Jog Road and 10th Avenue North Wednesday night. She is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail this afternoon in lieu of $3,000. During the traffic stop, the affidavit says Ramirez told the officer she had been drinking coffee but not alcohol. She pointed to a 20 oz. Styrofoam coffee cup with a white lid and straw, which was sitting in a cup holder. She hesitated when the officer asked to see the cup, but eventually handed it over. “It was not filled with coffee,” the officer wrote, “but a… […]

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Highest Concentration Of Pill Mills Are In Florida

Highest Concentration Of Pill Mills Are In Florida

After federal agents received a call on their tip line from a concerned pharmacist reporting suspicious prescriptions, federal agents went to work, eventually identifying 45 South Florida residents allegedly responsible for lining the streets with prescription pills and selling them for at least $20 a pop. Seventeen of those named in the indictment, which is being prosecuted by the Palm Beach County State’s Attorney’s Office, were arrested Thursday throughout the county. In addition to the 17 arrests, DEA agents working with other law enforcement agencies, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, picked up one gun, about 2 pounds of cocaine and around $7,000 in cash. The “Drug Scam Operation” had been in the works for 18 months after a Boynton Beach pharmacist in August 2011 called the DEA’s “pill… […]

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Trafficking in Cocaine and Sale

Trafficking in Cocaine and Sale

A Boynton Beach man is facing drug charges after authorities alleged that he used a tow truck business to transport large quantities of cocaine from Texas. Joel R. Hinojosa, 37, was arrested Wednesday on allegations of operating a criminal organization, trafficking in cocaine and sale of cocaine. He remains in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, jail record showed. Police allege that Hinojosa has operated the criminal enterprise since about November 2010. A confidential source told investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Delray Beach Police Department that Hinojosa owns and operates a landscaping business and tow trucking companies in South Florida. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hinojosa allegedly used the trucks to conceal and transport large amounts of cocaine… […]

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Obtaining A Controlled Substance By Fraud

It is an offense for a person to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by using some type of fraud. Fraud can be by forgery, deceit, or alteration of a prescription or of any written order, or by the concealment of a material fact, or by the use of a false name or the giving of a false address. JUPITER — A 67-year-old Jupiter dentist is facing a list of drug charges after officers say he wrote fake prescriptions under his patients’ names but filled them at pharmacies for himself. Christopher Petterson faces drug trafficking and fraud charges. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to Petterson’s alleged scheme Dec. 13 when the office manager of a dental spa where he used to practice got a call from… […]

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Animal Hoarding – More Than Animal Cruelty

LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA — “Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers removed at least 140 cats — most of them sick and some deceased — from a woman’s home on Wednesday morning, 12/19/12 – in what investigators are calling one of the largest cases of animal hoarding the county has recently seen.” “Officials armed with a warrant began searching Diane Carle’s home at around 8:30 a.m. Wearing protective garb and respirators, rescue crews found cats covered in filth, urine and feces. They placed the cats that were still alive in crates and took them to a shelter. Carle voluntarily surrendered the cats to investigators and will likely face charges.” Animal hoarding is a deviant behavior that involves keeping an “abnormally high” number of animals as pets without having the… […]

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Oxycodone Trafficking Crime In South Florida

Oxycodone Trafficking Crime In South Florida

A registered nurse in Royal Palm allegedly filled numerous fraudulent prescriptions for herself and her husband using the signature of a doctor who once employed her. In all, deputies say Heather Carmichael duped the pharmacies out of six pounds of pills in two months. Carmichael, 42, now stands charged with drug trafficking. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report: On Aug. 1, Dr. Christopher Devine, of Wellington, got a visit from Lawrence Deyoung, pharmacy manager of a Royal Palm Walgreens. Sitting in Devine’s office, Deyoung pulled out a woman’s Oxycodone prescription he had rejected earlier in the day. While Florida law allows advanced registered nurses to prescribe non-controlled substances to patients, it prohibits them from prescribing controlled substances, like Oxycodone or Hydrocodone. Read full story. By far and… […]

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