South Florida synagogue challenges state abortion law over religion
The lawsuit filed by the Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor of Boynton Beach contends the law that takes effect July 1 violates Jewish law, which states abortion “is required if necessary to protect the health, mental or physical well-being of the woman” and for other reasons.
Those traffic jams on Florida’s Turnpike? Here’s the plan to widen the highway to 10 lanes
The hundreds of thousands of South Floridians who each day commute on Florida’s Turnpike will finally see some relief in the coming years — with the state advancing plans to widen stretches of the highway from six to 10 lanes in Broward and Palm Beach counties.sun-sentinel.com
Trial No. 1 begins for man accused of 3 murders in stunningly quick succession
Jonathan Schuler pummeled a co-worker’s head with a crowbar at a construction site, detectives say. It was the first of three murders Jonathan Schuler, 37, committed in early 2017, according to Palm Beach and Broward county detectives. Schuler claims he acted in self-defense each time.sun-sentinel.com
Legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger dies at 87
FILE PHOTO: Florida Atlantic University coach Howard Schnellenberger is carried off the field on his players' shoulders after the Owls beat Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 21, 2007. Howard Schnellenberger, who helped jump start the University of Miami football program and built the Florida Atlantic University program from the ground up, has died. “It is with heavy hearts that Florida Atlantic University announces, on behalf of the Schnellenberger family, the passing of a dad, a grandpa, a husband and a legendary coach. Schnellenberger coached UM from 1979-1983, leading the Hurricanes to their first national championship. After leaving UM, Schnellenberger coached at Louisville and Oklahoma before taking over as the director of football operations at FAU.
We asked our COVID-19 Reader Panel: How would you have changed the vaccine rollout?
Joycelyn Patrick, Boynton Beach: “If I was in charge of vaccine distribution, I would have reached out to all health care districts, which would include the Florida Department of Health and the county medical directors, to form a vaccine task force. The task force would be responsible for creating and organizing a less stressful rollout plan of how and where the vaccines would be administered. Relationships and partnerships would have been forged prior to the rollout so that the public would know how to register, where to go and what to expect when they arrived. The main component would have been to prepare a fully capable statewide computer network to handle to influx of registrations. Just about everyone has a smart phone, so the system could have been designed to be interactive.sun-sentinel.com
US Air Force drone washes ashore on Boynton Beach
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – It was almost like a scene from a ‘Mission Impossible’ movie on Boynton Beach, Friday morning. A subscale drone from the U.S. Air Force that is used as an aerial target during weapons training washed ashore. Crews quickly cleared the portion of Boynton Beach on Oceanfront Park to make sure the drone was stable. AdAir Force officials transported the drone from the site where it was found, to be examined. It’s unclear where the drone was shot down and why officials were not able to locate it in the first place.
Charter school briefly on lockdown after online threat
Franklin Academy, which opened its first campus in 2012, also has two locations in Pembroke Pines and one each in Sunrise, Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. The schools are known for having an International Baccalaureate program and chess program.sun-sentinel.com
Police: Missing woman is ‘swimming with the fishies,’ husband tells detectives
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A 66-year-old man from Boynton Beach has been arrested on accusations that he killed a woman who he married so she could obtain a green card and buried her body in the backyard of his home, WPBF reported. According to a police report, Colon hired Gomez-Mullet as a caretaker for his mother in Hialeah, who he said suffers from dementia. Crime scene investigators later confirmed that it was in fact human blood, and authorities obtained a search warrant to go back to Colon’s home. Police said Colon taunted detectives while they were at his house, shouting “Find the body! This time they found human remains buried in the backyard, authorities confirmed.
Five men behind bars after armed home invasion and shooting in Boynton Beach
BOYNTON BEACH — Five men burst into a Boynton Beach apartment, ransacked it and threatened two women in the residence. The man of the house was dragged outside and shot. Nearly two months after the attack, the last of the five suspects has been caught, police said.sun-sentinel.com
South Florida athlete uses creative training to throw herself into Harvard
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – How good is Cara Salsberry? The Boynton Beach 18-year old threw the discus and the shotput further than any other high school senior in the state. And she turned down offers to throw at schools like Florida and Princeton to say “yes” to Harvard. So she and her family turned the school’s sidewalk into her own throwing circle. Salsberry says she picked Harvard because of their coaches and her future teammates and also because of their top-notch facilities.
Pilot’s body recovered from small plane that crashed near Boynton Beach Inlet
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Divers from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have recovered a pilot’s body from inside a small plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Boynton Beach Inlet, officials from the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Monday. The plane crashed into the water Sunday night about one mile from the Boynton Beach Inlet and the plane was finally located by the Coast Guard and local agencies on Monday morning. According to Coast Guard officials, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that Patter was the sole occupant aboard the single-engine Piper PA-28 aircraft, which seats four passengers. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, small boat and cutter conducted a search and rescue mission throughout the evening. They were back out again Monday morning to continue their search efforts, along with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which was in charge of the search.
19 illegal migrants caught near Boynton Beach Inlet, but boat that smuggled them escapes, officials say
BOYNTON BEACH — Nineteen men, women and children from Haiti were taken into custody near the Boynton Beach Inlet, but the boat that dropped them off got away, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.sun-sentinel.com
Dog gone: Greyhound racing comes to an end in Florida
Barbara Masi, president of Awesome Greyhound Adoptions in Boynton Beach, said all the greyhounds at the Kennel Club already have homes. Most will be adopted, but some will race in other states while a few others will join a program called “Hounds and Heroes” and become service dogs for military veterans.sun-sentinel.com
Pioneering Black firefighter says city’s ‘racial insult’ can’t be ‘swept under the rug’
Clemons met with reporters on Friday after saying she has been having difficulty sleeping because the city employees who harmed her earlier this year haven’t been held accountable. City employees changed the Black faces to white when the purpose of the mural was to show Black children and teenagers in the community that they too could one day join the fire department. She had the mural reinstalled, and removed Matthew Petty as fire chief and Debby Coles-Dobay as the public arts manager. Hunt Jackson said the modifications to the mural were revealed to LaVerriere the day before the unveiling and she knew what was going on. “It affected my family and the community.”Watch the news conference(Raw video)Local 10 News Reporter Saira Anwer contributed to this report.
Crash on I-95 turns deadly after car full of people slams into back of another vehicle
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on I-95. It happened early Sunday morning in the northbound lanes of the interstate, near Southwest 10th Street in Deerfield Beach. According to authorities, a single driver began to slow down for traffic when a driver traveling behind him with a car full of people slammed into the back of the first car. A total of five people were in that second car, and troopers said the person sitting in the left rear passenger seat was not wearing a seatbelt. Local 10′s cameras arrived at the scene just as tow trucks were taking away the two cars involved in the crash.
Missing child alert issued for South Florida girl
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. Police have issued a missing child alert for a girl last seen in Boynton Beach. London Gordon, 13, was last seen Monday in the area of the 3600 block of High Ridge Way, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She was wearing a white shirt and gray athletic pants. She is Black with black hair and brown eyes, standing 4-foott-9. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or the Boynton Beach Police Department at (561) 742-6100.
$168.5 million Powerball ticket sold at Publix in Boynton Beach
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Publix stores were lucky for Powerball ticket buyers in Wednesday’s drawing. Three Publix stores in Florida sold winning Powerball tickets, but the big winner? Boynton Beach, where the nation’s lone winning ticket was sold at the 4770 North Congress Avenue supermarket for a win of (wait for it) $168.5 million. In Sunny Isles Beach, someone bought a Powerball ticket that won them $100,000 at Publix at 18320 Collins Avenue. Two $50,000 Powerball tickets from the same drawing were sold at a Publix in Poinciana, Fla., and another in Gainesville.
WATCH: Man jumps on hood of moving semi on FL Turnpike, beats on windshield for miles, FHP says
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A man is being evaluated at a hospital after bizarre behavior on the Florida turnpike Saturday afternoon. He then climbed over the median wall from the southbound to the northbound side, slowing traffic. He then jumped on top of a moving semi tractor-trailer and began beating on the windshield with his hands. Viewer discretion is advised]FHP said the truck continued driving northbound from the 86 mile post to around the area of the 95 mile post with the man still on the hood. A state trooper stopped the truck and detained the truck jumper.
Palm Beach County opens shelters in wake of Isaias’ impact
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner issued a late-afternoon reminder for residents to remain vigilant. On the closed beaches of Palm Beach County’s ocean ridge, kite surfers harnessed wind gusts as they rode their boards along choppy waves crashing along a near-empty shoreline. Palm Beach County opens sheltersPalm Beach County opened four general population shelters and a pet friendly shelter for animals only for residents that reside in Evacuation Zone A. For counties with open shelters in anticipation of #Isaias, @Uber has activated free rides for shelters. Palm Beach County has contacted all Special Needs Shelter clients to inquire on their need to be sheltered at the South Florida Fairgrounds facility.
French bulldog found inside cardboard box in elementary school parking lot
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. A French bulldog has died after it was found inside a cardboard box Wednesday night in the parking lot of Rolling Green Elementary School in Boynton Beach, authorities confirmed Thursday. Veterinarians said the dogs temperature was above 110 degrees and her heart rate was high. The dog also had a large wound on her chest just above her left front leg, authorities said. Police said the dog showed signs of severe neglect and died after suffering seizures and brain swelling throughout the night. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Animal Cruelty Investigator Liz Roehrich at 561-742-6210.
Retired deputy fire chief outraged over altered mural at Boynton Beach fire station
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A former deputy fire chief in Boynton Beach is looking for answers after she was erased from a mural honoring the city's firefighters. Both the image of her and the city's former fire chief were altered and she wants to know why. Her face was removed from the public art display at Fire Station 1 in Boynton Beach and altered to look white. Clemons said she was part of the team that designed the mural that she said was supposed to reflect diversity in the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department. The mural has been removed and the Boynton Beach city manager has terminated the public arts manager, Debby Coles-Dobay, and the chief of the fire rescue department, Matthew Petty.
Detectives still looking for parents of baby found in ocean
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. Investigators are working to solve the case of a baby whose body was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean two years ago. Palm Beach County Sheriffs officials are again asking the public for help in identifying the baby known as Baby June" because she was found on June 1, 2018. The body was found 75 to 100 feet east of the shoreline near Boynton Beach Inlet Park. Detectives said the baby was no more than 14 days old. I mean, we have some ideas, but I dont want to put that information out.Officials believe her parents may have been from the Caribbean.
94 die of coronavirus at 31 Palm Beach long-term care facilities, officials say
MIAMI – Florida Department of Health data last updated May 15 shows 31 long-term care facilities in Palm Beach County reported 94 coronavirus fatalities. Here is the list of facilities and the number of deaths reported:Source of dataDEATHS
Palm Beach restaurateurs reopen to put ‘people back to work’
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Bagel Works in Boca Raton reopened Monday morning. Five weeks and three days after the initial coronavirus pandemic lockdown, employees of the Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach County were also eager to have the Mexican restaurant reopen. To make sure there was enough hospital capacity, Palm Beach went on lockdown April 3. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said access to public beaches begins May 18. Ron DeSantis allowed businesses in every county in the state to reopen May 4 -- except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
FBI conducts 2 South Florida raids in probe of ‘widespread’ scheme to dope racehorses
“There is no room in our sport for anyone who does not prioritize the health and well-being of horses and riders,” the statement said. Prosecutors accuse Servis of “covertly obtaining and administering adulterated and misbranded” performance-enhancing drugs that are intended to be “difficult or impossible” to detect. Horse trainer Nicholas Surick is also facing charges. According to Equibase, Servis has earned about $52.2 million, Navarro has earned about $34.88 million and Surick has earned about $110,000 during their careers. The indictment also veterinarians Erica Garcia, Seth Fishman, Gregory Skelton, and Kristian Rhein.
Pilot dies in Boynton Beach plane crash
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A Grumman American AA-5 crashed on Friday afternoon in Boynton Beach after departing from the Palm Beach County Park/Lantana Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Boynton Beach police officers responded to a 1:16 p.m. 911 call and found a person dead in the wreckage at the Dos Lagos gated community. Eddie Bean said he was fishing in a nearby canal when he saw the small yellow plane going into a tailspin. “I thought he was doing like tricks,” Bean said. Boynton Beach Commissioner Ty Penserga said the pilot of the plane was killed after crashing into a tree near a home’s swimming pool on the east side of Congress Avenue and north of Gateway Boulevard.
Man charged in crash that killed deputy accused of drinking alcohol while on pre-trial release
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Boynton Beach man who was charged with multiple crimes after a car crash that killed a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy last year appeared in court Friday, as he was accused of drinking alcohol while on pre-trial release. Darran Johnson was outfitted with an ankle monitor after his arrest and was ordered not to consume alcohol. Investigators said he was behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra when it crashed into Deputy Benjamin Nimtz's marked patrol car in Deerfield Beach. As the deputy entered the intersection, Johnson ran the red light and crashed into the passenger side of Nimtz’s patrol car, authorities said. Nimtz and Johnson were both taken to Broward Health North after the crash.
Cardiac amyloidosis increases risk of heart failure
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – In the last five years, Dennis Ennis has lost five of his 12 siblings to congestive heart failure, but he didn’t consider his own risk, even when he started having shortness of breath. A visit to a cardiologist revealed he had indeed developed congestive heart failure, just like his siblings. Dr. Vivian Navas, with Cleveland Clinic Florida, said in Ennis’ case and many others, the root cause is a condition called cardiac amyloidosis. As the amyloid deposits accumulated on his heart and his kidneys, Ennis’ only option was to undergo both a heart and kidney transplant. “My message and my mission is to make people aware that if you’re having signs of heart failure, you should get tested for amyloidosis.
Woman starved dogs to death, then threw them away in dumpster, police say
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida woman neglected her dogs and then threw them away in a dumpster after she found them dead, police said. Devonna Hinds, 23, of Lake Worth Beach, was arrested Wednesday by Boynton Beach police. According to a Boynton Beach police report, two dogs were found dead in separate crates inside a dumpster behind SouthTech Preparatory Academy in November. Microchips implanted in the dogs linked them to Hinds, who admitted to throwing them away like trash. “These dogs experienced extreme suffering, and then their bodies were tossed in a dumpster like yesterday’s trash.
Spady Museum Pays Homage to Local Leaders At 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Brunch
At the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch, held on Jan. 20, Mark Reingold, Esq. was recognized for his nearly 20 years of service to the Spady Museum as a Board Trustee and legal counsel. He began his service on the museums advisory board that was formed before the Spady Museum opened. After holding the Brunch in Delray Beach for 19 years, the Spady Museum leadership moved the event to Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach to accommodate a larger audience. 2020 event sponsors include the City of Delray Beach, Delray Beach Redevelopment Agency, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Palm Beach County, Tourist Development Council, and Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.thewestsidegazette.com
DNA evidence from sandal leads police to rape suspect
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A woman was sitting outside her Boynton Beach apartment in December when a stranger approached her and asked her for a cigarette. The woman's attacker ran away and remained at large for more than a month, but DNA evidence from one of his sandals led police to him early Tuesday. According to a Boynton Beach probable cause affidavit, Demezier told the victim during the attack that he was "gonna get that ass." After the victim fought off her attacker, he ran off in the direction of Federal Highway. DNA evidence found on the suspect's sandal, which was left inside the apartment during the struggle, linked Demezier to the crime, police said.
Teen arrested in Boynton Beach for threatening mass shooting at Publix
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Police in Boynton Beach arrested a teenage boy earlier this week for posting threatening messages on social media. According to the Boynton Beach Police Department, a 14-year-old threatened to commit a mass shooting a local supermarket. An employee of Publix Super Markets contacted police after being made aware of the threat. An investigation led police to the boy's house, where he allegedly admitted to posting the threat. Police charged the teen with making written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism.
Boynton Beach mother with ‘a lot on her mind’ arrested after son found wandering
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida mother was arrested after her 4-year-old son was found wandering alone early Friday, police said. According to a Boynton Beach police report, the boy was found shirtless and shoeless walking outside shortly before 12:30 a.m. While police were conducting their investigation, Barfield arrived, telling officers she "had a lot on her mind" and had gone for a walk. According to the report, Barfield told detectives she's been going through a tough time ever since one of her other children was killed, along with his father, in an August drive-by shooting in Riviera Beach. Barfield told police she left her home for about an hour, locking the door before she left, "in an effort to clear her head."
It's no myth! Bigfoot reported missing in South Florida
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Finally, after decades of false sightings and grand hoaxes from all over the world, Bigfoot has been sighted in South Florida... but now he's missing. The Boynton Beach Police Department sent out an urgent tweet Wednesday asking for the public's help in finding Bigfoot. Someone, or some group, stole a massive 8-foot, 300-pound Bigfoot statue from in front of a local mattress store. Police say the Bigfoot statue in front of Mattress Monsterz was swiped last month. pic.twitter.com/VJ9AkfYaVN Boynton Beach Police (@BBPD) November 6, 2019Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Local minister breaks glass ceiling and chronicles her
The two ladies delved into the most poignant parts of the book at the book signing, with Chambers asking the tough questions of Rumph. Longtime gospel great, Pastor Beverly Crawford, the legendary gospel singer, says Rumphs personal story and testimony blew her away. From hearing her story your life will never be the same, said Crawford, who wrote a review on the book. Crawford said she wouldve surely attended the book signing but she was in the midst of her womens conference at thechurch that she and her husband Todd Crawford, pastor. Grant, attended the book signing and said he was excited to purchase and read Rumphs book.sfltimes.com
Deputies seize nearly $2.4 million in fake watches, bags
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Authorities say they've arrested a man and woman after seizing nearly $2.4 million in counterfeit property at a Boynton Beach home. Investigators say Palm Beach County Sheriff's detectives were tipped by private merchandise investigators that 32-year-old Steven Michael Price was selling large quantities of fake watches using a smartphone app LetGo. Sheriff's deputies obtained a search warrant and went to a home in Boynton Beach on Wednesday night. They found watches and bags at the home. The Palm Beach Post reports deputies also arrested 37-year-old Deva Overman.