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DUI Arrest In Palm Beach County

DUI Arrest In Palm Beach County

The principal of Palm Beach Public elementary school remains on leave following her arrest two weeks ago on a charge of driving under the influence. Sharon Robinson Stevens, 66, was arrested the evening of Aug. 24 by Palm Beach Police, and was released on her own recognizance the next morning. When asked what happens when a district employee is arrested on a DUI charge, Harrington said that each case differs, but that, “if something occurs involving an employee off school property while not on duty … depending on circumstances, there could a personnel investigation to look at any possible job-related effects.” Typically after a DWI arrest, a suspect is taken to jail and given a chance to perform more sobriety tests or repeat the ones conducted at the roadside. Like… […]

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Facing Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

Facing Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

A Delray Beach man was arrested on Thursday after he was accused of beating a woman with his cane last month. Anthony Castrovinci, 60, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is facing aggravated battery charges. Castrovinci was arrested Thursday by Delray Beach Police, but the alleged incident took place between July 3 and 4. The morning of July 4, officers responded to Delray Medical Center to reports of a drunk, 49-year-old woman who was brought to the hospital with two black eyes, a bruised elbow and a few cuts on her legs. The woman, whose name was withheld in the arrest report, was too drunk to speak with officers at time, but she did report she was hit several times with… […]

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1,000 Plus Missing Oxycodone Pills

1,000 Plus Missing Oxycodone Pills

More than 1,000 stolen oxycodone pills are at the center of a criminal investigation into Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock’s evidence department, according to sheriff’s deputies. This was just one of several new details from the closely guarded investigation that emerged in a probable-cause affidavit released Tuesday, the day after Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested evidence clerk Renee Lyn Hawkins on three unrelated drug possession charges. Deputies released her Monday after she posted bond, and Bock’s office fired her Tuesday morning. Bock’s office confirmed that Hawkins, 32, of suburban West Palm Beach, was one of the three clerks under criminal investigation within the department charged with storing and maintaining guns, drugs and other crucial evidence in Palm Beach County court cases. All three had been suspended… […]

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Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features. Fraud is most common in the buying or selling of property, including real estate, Personal Property, and intangible property, such as stocks, bonds, and copyrights. State and federal statutes criminalize fraud, but not all cases rise to the level of criminality. Prosecutors have discretion in determining which cases to pursue. Victims may also seek redress in civil court. Fraud must be proved by showing that the defendant’s actions involved five separate elements: (1) a false statement of a material fact,(2) knowledge on the part of the defendant that the statement is untrue, (3) intent on the part of… […]

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Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Henry and Lherrisson, both 22, each face multiple counts of sexual battery, robbery and false imprisonment. Their attorneys Andrew Stine and Josh Leroy in opening statements to jurors in the trial Monday said the victims’ stories were inconsistent. For a full report please visit Palm Beach Post article. Stine in his questioning of one of the teens asked him over and over again what happened to the clothes he was forced to strip out of that afternoon “You wouldn’t know to give your clothes over to police for evidence, because that’s something that you would expect law enforcement to know to do, wouldn’t you?” he asked the teen. “Yes,” the teen answered.” Investigators arrested Henry soon after the February 2010 incident, and a day later they arrested then 17-year-old Spencer… […]

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Faulty Breathalyzer May Cause Hundreds of DUI Cases to be Thrown Out

Faulty Breathalyzer May Cause Hundreds of DUI Cases to be Thrown Out

One criminal defense lawyer is causing a bit of a tumult as he is aggressively challenging the accuracy of a particular breathalyzer used by the FDLE. If his challenge follows through in court when he addresses the judges that have dealt with cases involving the now famous Intoxilyzer 8000, then possibly hundreds of DUI cases in Palm Beach County may be thrown out due to inaccurate evidence. This could be an extremely significant event and thus the manufacturing company of the Inoxilyzer 8000 is conducting its own investigation into the machine’s reliability. DUI Evidence to be Called Inadmissible According to an article in WPTV News, South Florida defense lawyer Brian Gabriel has filed several motions claiming the DUI breath test used throughout the state is unreliable. This time, he says… […]

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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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BurgerFi Chain Involved in Embezzlement Lawsuit

BurgerFi Chain Involved in Embezzlement Lawsuit

The popular BurgerFi chain has been blossoming throughout South Florida. Many residents in the area have nothing but positive remarks when it comes to the chain. The restaurant also boasts its humane and natural meat, which is becoming a must-have in reputable burger restaurants. However, the chain is falling under some scrutiny as the current partners of the BurgerFi business entity are filing several lawsuits against David Mainiero after he abruptly split from the company earlier this year, without giving a reason why. BurgerFi and Competition According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, Mainiero’s ex-partners claim he was stealing from the restaurants to support his lifestyle, decorate his home and open competing restaurants. The estimated loss is around $1 million, according to Lee Goldberg, one of the ex-partners.… […]

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Judge in John Goodman Case Asked to Step Aside

Judge in John Goodman Case Asked to Step Aside

John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide in March of this year. While his case seemed to be resolved, his criminal defense attorneys were continuing to attempt to change the fate of Goodman’s case by accusing several of the jury members of misconduct. This case continues to complicate, while Goodman still sits in a cell, convicted of drunkenly hitting another person’s vehicle, sending that car careening into a canal where the victim drowned. Jury Called in for Questioning According to a previous post, the possible misconduct concerns were spelled out in a 77-page document and defense attorneys say they came from a fellow juror. Goodman’s attorneys say that juror said members of the jury panel, throughout the trial,… […]

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Jury Called in for Questioning in Goodman DUI Manslaughter Case

Jury Called in for Questioning in Goodman DUI Manslaughter Case

The Judge residing over the Goodman vehicular manslaughter case may be calling in the jury for questioning. The circuit judge Jeffrey Colbath held a hearing Tuesday after Goodman’s attorneys filed a notice of intent to interview jurors of possible misconduct. Goodman was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in March after slamming into Scott Wilson’s vehicle and sending it careening into a canal where Wilson, still strapped into the driver seat, drowned. John Goodman DUI Manslaughter In March, John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide. Goodman crashed his Bentley into Wilson’s Hyundai and sent it into a nearby canal in Wellington, Fla., in February 2010. Wilson, a 23-year-old engineering graduate, was still strapped into the driver’s… […]

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