Police: Stolen rare coins ended up in change machines
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man stole collectible coins worth tens of thousands of dollars, then ran them through grocery store change machines that returned just a fraction of their value. The Palm Beach Post report s 20-year-old Shane Anthony Mele of Riviera Beach told investigators he stole the commemorative presidential dollar coins and other items from a North Palm Beach office in December. The coins were worth $33,000. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report says Mele sold some coins for a few thousand dollars, and he ran many through change machines that only produced their face value. Mele was charged Feb. 1 with grand theft along with unrelated drug charges. He was released Feb.
These area teams opened the regional round of the FHSAA boys’ basketball tournament with wins
The FHSAA boys’ basketball tournament began with 45 high school boys’ basketball teams from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. After the first round, 25 have advanced in their respective classification.
Curry scores 36 as Warriors hold off Kings 125-123
Stephen Curry scored 36 points and made 10 3-pointers, Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and tied his career-high with seven blocks, and the Golden State Warriors survived a wild finish to beat the Sacramento Kings 125-123 on Thursday night.
Judge: Prosecutors’ deal with Jeffrey Epstein in molestation case violated law, misled victims
A judge ruled Thursday that federal prosecutors, including the future Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, violated the law when they did not tell victims the government had struck a deal not to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein, a politically connected billionaire accused of molesting dozens of young girls. The ruling was a stinging rebuke for prosecutors and how they behaved in a grim, high-profile case that has drawn increased scrutiny in recent months. A Miami Herald investigation last year highlighted the allegations and Acosta's role in cutting a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, while a Justice Department office said it is exploring whether the federal prosecutors who reached the deal committed "professional misconduct.
Florida House, Senate Move Closer To Ending Pot Smoking Ban As New Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens In Wynwood
Florida legislators are ready to vote on measures that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana, boosting chances of approval before a mid-March deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Palm Beach Outlets developer buys office building
The owner of the Palm Beach Outlets paid $10.2 million for an office building in Palm Beach. New England Development bought the property at 223 Sunset Avenue from Richard and Ellen Rampell, records show. Richard Rampell is the managing principal of the accounting firm MBAF’s Palm Beach office.
These players Miami Dolphins are discussing in team’s plans. These they probably aren’t
The Dolphins, with a newly empowered general manager and new coaching staff, are talking up players they see as pat of the future, but are declining to talk about prominent players such as QB Ryan Tannehill because he’s probably not in their future plans.
‘It’s a new day for the Miami Marlins.’ Here’s what the team’s rebrand means for fans
While the Miami Marlins are in Jupiter for spring training, president of business operations Chip Bowers is overseeing the renovations to Marlins Park — the final piece to the Marlins’ initial steps to rebrand.
Naperville woman indicted after she was found in possession of Escalade reported stolen in Florida, police say
A Naperville woman was indicted Wednesday on multiple felony charges after she was found in possession of a vehicle rental that was reported stolen in Florida, Naperville police said.
Judge wants early 2020 trial in Florida school shooting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due back in court for a status hearing on his death penalty case. The hearing is set Thursday afternoon in Broward County Circuit Court. A number of matters could come up ranging from the pace of defense interviews of witnesses to a potential setting of a tentative trial date. The 20-year-old Cruz is accused of killing 17 people and wounding 17 others in last year's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He is also accused of assaulting a jail corrections officer. Cruz's attorneys have said he will plead guilty in return for a life prison sentence. Prosecutors have insisted instead on seeking the death penalty.
This year will be telling for three Marlins first-round pitching prospects who had setbacks
The Miami Marlins are banking on big things from three pitchers who were first round picks — two had Tommy John surgery (Tyler Kolek and Braxton Garrett) — and another (Trevor Rogers) whose career has begun with adversity.
Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing - and one of his defenses will be the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja's trial begins with jury selection Thursday. He is charged with manslaughter for the 2015 shooting of Corey Jones, a 31-year-old black musician. Jones' SUV had broken down when he was confronted by Raja, who was in plainclothes. Prosecutors say Raja never identified himself as a police officer, making Jones believe he was being robbed. Jones had a concealed-weapons permit and pulled a handgun. Raja shot him.
With greyhound racing ending, hundreds may need new homes
Sonia Stratemann has dedicated her life to rescuing retired greyhound's from Florida's race tracks. She has taken them in when they've grown too old to compete or after they suffered a terrible injury, rehabbing them until she's able place them in a loving home.
Amherst Residential buys 212 single-family rentals for $47.5M
HavenBrook Homes sold a portfolio of 212 homes in Broward and Palm Beach Counties for $47.5 million to a company tied to Amherst Residential. Duluth, Georgia-based HavenBrook Homes sold the single-family home portfolio in two transactions for $224,000 per home, records show. The portfolio spanned
Lawyer says new charges against Burr Ridge restaurant owner are due to political pressure
A state's attorney in Florida has filed more charges against Mark Bartlett, the part-owner in Wok n Fire restaurants in Burr Ridge, South Barrington, St. Charles and Elgin, who allegedly yelled racial slurs at a group of black teenagers blocking traffic in Miami, while he was holding a gun.