Sylvester Stallone's wife files for divorce after 25 years
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (AP) — Sylvester Stallone's wife Jennifer Flavin Stallone has filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage. The petition was filed last week in a court in Palm Beach County, Florida, where the couple owns a home. Sylvester Stallone, 76, star of the “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises, married Jennifer Stallone, 54, a businesswoman and former model, in London in 1997. It was the third marriage for Sylvester Stallone, who was last married to his “Rocky IV” co-star Brigitte Nielsen from 1985 to 1987. It was Jennifer Stallone's first marriage.wftv.com
State looks to scrutinize LGBTQ support guides at all Florida schools
Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. on Wednesday gave his staff the go-ahead to "pull" LGBTQ support documents at all school districts, after a State Board of Education member asserted that some could violate a controversial new law.
Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints new Florida Supreme Court justice
Ron DeSantis appoints new Florida Supreme Court justice Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday appointed Palm Beach County Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court. Ron DeSantis on Friday appointed Palm Beach County Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court. Ron DeSantis appoints new Florida Supreme Court justiceExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 7 Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints new Florida Supreme Court justice“Alexander Hamilton explained what that meant, that we exercise neither force nor will but merely judgment, we apply the law as written.wftv.com
Amber Alert issued for Jupiter girl
JUPITER, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued an Amber Alert missing from Jupiter in Palm Beach County. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<15-year-old Ashley Reyes-Hernandez was last seen near the 100 block of 4th street in Jupiter Saturday. READ: Orlando police looking to gather more footage, information from Lake Eola fireworks scareShe’s five feet four inches tall and weighs approximately 160 poundsPLEASE SHARE! A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for Ashley Reyes-Hernandez, a white-Hispanic female, 15 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 162 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes, last seen in Jupiter. Ramos is described as being five feet seven inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes.wftv.com
Florida deputies search for gunman who targeted dog at park
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies in south Florida are searching for the person who shot a dog in the snout before driving away. >> Read more trending newsIn a social media post, deputies with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said someone shot the dog, whose name is Boots, at a park. A picture of the dog, as well as a white car that the gunman is believed to be driving, were attached to the post. Boots was shot at Kennedy Estates Park. Deputies said Boots is continuing to recover at an emergency vet.wftv.com
Jury weighs possible death penalty for 3-time convicted murderer in Volusia County
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Jury deliberations are underway in the sentencing phase of a three-time convicted murderer. Robert Hayes was found guilty last week on three counts of first-degree premeditated murder. Now they must weigh the arguments by the state and his defense team to decide if his life should be spared. READ: FHP: Man with suspended learner’s permit driving double the speed limit caused crash that killed 5The state argued the way in which the women were killed warrants the death penalty. Hayes is expected to head to Palm Beach County next where he will be tried for murder in another death penalty case.wftv.com
Jury: Ex-cheerleader guilty in Florida prostitute deaths
A former criminal justice major and college cheerleader was convicted in the killings of three Florida prostitutes more than 15 years ago. Jurors deliberated more than eight hours before returning the guilty verdict against Robert Hayes, who was linked by DNA evidence to the three victims after another killing in Palm Beach County, where he had been working as a chef until his arrest in 2019. Hayes, 39, showed no reaction as the clerk read the jury’s verdict Tuesday evening, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.news.yahoo.com
Jury set to deliberate on fate of a man accused of killing three Volusia County women
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The fate of a man accused of killing at least three Volusia County women is in the hands a jury after both sides finished closing arguments on Monday. Police said Hayes used a 40-caliber Smith & Wesson to kill Laquetta Gunther, Julie Green and Iwana Patton between 2005 and 2006. Hayes’ defense team called into question some of that evidence. On Monday, the defense focused on trying to pick apart the evidence of each case individually. The jury will be back at the Volusia County Courthouse 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when the judge will go over instructions with jury and then isolate them until a verdict is reached.wftv.com
Mystery solved: Beachgoers see odd giant structure float by Palm Beach County's coast
The VB 10,000, the largest lift vessel built in the U.S., is a catamaran-style heavy-lifting barge with four cranes that had been working for a year to remove the Golden Ray cargo ship that capsized in September 2019.news.yahoo.com
Deputies: Florida toddlers drown in neighbor’s swimming pool after grandmother reports them missing
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Two toddlers drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool after they were reported missing by their grandmother, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said a 2-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy were found floating in a nearby pool in the 600 block of Northeast Second Street in Belle Glade. READ: Police: Father beat 12-year-old, left him in laundry room to dieAfter searching for about 30 minutes, the grandmother told deputies that the boys were missing. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office aviation located the children in a neighbor’s pool, investigators said. READ: Police deny claims that DNA didn’t match Brian Laundrie’s remainsThe children were removed from the pool and deputies performed CPR on them.wftv.com
Florida judge cancels Rod Stewart’s trial, schedules plea hearing
>> Read more trending newsAccording to court records, Palm Beach County Judge August Bonivita canceled Tuesday’s hearing and set an Oct 22 appearance in absentia, according to The Associated Press. The ruling means Stewart, 76, and his son, Sean Stewart, 41, will not have to appear in person. According to prosecutors, Rod Stewart punched a security guard who was working a private event at The Breakers in Palm Beach on Dec. 31, 2019, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Rod Stewart, whose raspy voice has produced 16 Top-10 hits in the U.S. and four No. >> Rod Stewart reaches plea deal stemming from incident at Palm Beach resortRod Stewart was charged with simple battery, along with his son, Sean Stewart, WPEC reported.wftv.com
Cross-county police chase, with a body in the bed of a Ford F-150, is ‘just like a movie’
Possible plot synopsis: A man and a woman shoot a man and are seen trying to drag his body into a canal. The couple don’t count on someone seeing it all go down. After the witness contacts sheriffs to tell them the pair are now loading the body into the bed of a pickup truck the suspects speed off. Minutes later, sheriffs spot the truck — and a body part of the dead man in the rear bed of the pickup — as the chase crosses counties and comes to an end under a major interstate.news.yahoo.com
Two Florida business people accused of selling fake nursing degrees to hundreds of students
Instead of offering a 22-month nursing track, filled with clinical work, national exams and a certification to practice, a South Florida educational racket provided bogus diplomas to hundreds of students in a matter of weeks for about $17,000 each, according to federal authorities.news.yahoo.com
3 dead, including suspect, in shooting at Publix supermarket in Florida
Police Car Emergency Services Authorities in Palm Beach County, Florida, are investigating a shooting that left three people dead, including a child and the suspected gunman, at the Royal Palm Beach Publix supermarket on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (JasonDoiy/Getty Images/iStockphoto, File)ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — Three people died Thursday in a shooting reported at a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, including a child and the suspected shooter, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. >> Read more trending newsDeputies confirmed the shooting happened inside the grocery store on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. @Publix statement on shooting inside Royal Palm Beach store. “Detectives are in the beginning stages of determining what led up to the shooting,” deputies said in a social media post.wftv.com
Florida COVID update for Monday: 1,606 cases added, lowest recorded since October
Florida’s Department of Health on Monday announced 1,606 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the lowest single-day case count recorded since October. The state also announced 28 new deaths. Of those who died, 27 were residents.news.yahoo.com
Florida COVID update for Tuesday: 94 more resident deaths, highest in over a month
Florida’s Department of Health on Tuesday announced 2,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state also announced 97 new deaths. Of those who died, 94 were residents, the highest death increase since March.news.yahoo.com
Florida COVID update for Monday: 1,976 cases added, lowest in more than a month
Florida’s Department of Health on Monday announced 1,976 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the lowest count recorded since last month. The state also announced 59 new deaths. Of those who died, 58 were residents.news.yahoo.com
Florida Man Sentenced for Evading Taxes on Millions in Secret Offshore Bank Accounts
A resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for not reporting his foreign financial accounts from 2006 through 2015 and for willfully evading the assessment of millions in taxes from 2007 through 2014. Bruer’s company had numerous employees and reaped millions of dollars in annual gross receipts. Despite its success, Bruer’s company did not file employment or corporate tax returns, nor did the company pay employment or income taxes. Between 2007 to 2011 alone, Bruer transferred $5.8 million from domestic accounts to these foreign financial accounts. In total, between 2007 and 2014, Bruer did not report receiving $7,726,213 in income, nor did he pay $2,789,538 in taxes.justice.gov
Florida COVID update for Monday: 2,296 cases added, lowest recorded in nearly a month
Florida’s Department of Health on Monday announced 2,296 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the lowest recorded in nearly a month. The state also announced 53 new deaths. Of those who died, 52 were residents.news.yahoo.com
Video shows women attacking worker at Florida Popeye’s drive-thru window
LANTANA, Fla. – A dramatic attack and robbery was captured on camera at a Popeyes restaurant in Palm Beach County, News 6 partner Local 10 reports. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released the video as they try to track down the suspects. Two of the women in the car are accused of spitting on the worker and attacking her. Two other women got out of the car and began attacking other employees inside the restaurant. Deputies said one woman reached through the drive-thru window, grabbing cash from the register before the car took off.
Controversy swirls in Florida over lowering of flags for Rush Limbaugh
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis' Tuesday afternoon order directing its U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half-staff. He also ordered the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday. Trump also lives in Palm Beach at his Mar-a-Lago club and he and Limbaugh were close friends. DeSantis called Limbaugh a legend during a news conference two days later and indicated he would direct flags to be flown at half-staff to honor him.
Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all Central Florida counties
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Publix supermarkets have again expanded the counties where the grocer is offering coronavirus vaccine appointments and with the latest addition now all of Central Florida’s 10 counties have Publix pharmacies with shots. Publix updated its vaccine registration website Tuesday with an update saying beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, eligible residents would be able to make vaccine appointments. By 10 a.m. Wednesday all new appointments were filled at the new Central Florida locations. With the latest expansion, the supermarket based out of Lakeland is now vaccinating people in 41 out of Florida’s 67 counties at 593 Publix pharmacies throughout the state. In addition to Publix pharmacies, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will also begin offering vaccine appointments in Central Florida soon.
1,000 COVID vaccine doses damaged in Florida county
MIAMI – More than 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were reported damaged last week in Palm Beach County, prompting Florida health officials on Wednesday to call for an audit into how the life-saving vaccines are being handled. Ron DeSantis said health officials wanted to inquire after receiving reports of doses that were spoiled because they were improperly stored. The Florida Department of Health has asked the Palm Beach County Health Care District to conduct a full accounting of all vaccine-related equipment and procedures to store and handle the vaccine. The audit must be completed by Feb. 12, and findings and actions must be reported to the health department. “Get it in someone’s arm, don’t let any of it go to waste, especially given how much demand there is for it.”
Governor announces new vaccine pod in South Florida Community
PAHOKEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new vaccine pod in Palm Beach County Wednesday afternoon. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]The need for a vaccine pod in this community was brought to the governor’s attention by Boldin himself, according to the governor. Boldin, a Pahokee native, reached out to the Secretary of the Florida Lottery, John Davis, to discuss the need in the community. Eligible activities include acquisition of public property for public works facilities and sites; public improvements; business and microenterprise assistance; public services; project planning; and, broadband planning and public infrastructure.
Publix reopens portal for vaccine appointments in Florida
Publix reopened its online portal Wednesday morning for eligible people to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. The available appointments, which will take place later this week, were all booked in Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and Marion counties in less than 90 minutes. [TRENDING: How to get a vaccine in Fla. | Wanted: Man accused of shooting at detective | Cops: Fla. man decapitated hamster]The Publix portal next reopens at 7 a.m. Friday. “We’re happy to announce we’re expanding the program to include eight Publix pharmacies in Indian River County and 11 Publix pharmacies in St. Lucie County,” DeSantis said. To make an appointment when the portal reopens, click here.
Kenny Chesney group helps install artificial reef in Florida
Chesneys No Shoes Reefs organization is helping to have an artificial reef installed off of Floridas Atlantic Coast. The organization and other marine groups donated and installed 13 reef balls on the ocean floor off of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County. (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File)DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Country music superstar Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Reefs organization is helping to install an artificial reef off of Florida's Atlantic coast. It will make up a 32-acre (13-hectare) underwater reef park known as No Shoes Reef 4. Delray Beach is located south of West Palm Beach.
Some Black communities in Florida have no vaccine access
Ron DeSantis has given the chain sole distribution rights for the coronavirus vaccine in Palm Beach County. “I don't understand.”Publix declined comment Wednesday on vaccine distribution in the Belle Glade area, referring questions to the governor’s office. There are 67 Palm Beach County Publix stores distributing the vaccine — but it does not have any stores in the county's northwest corner. But vaccine access has been a concern among advocates for the poor and communities of color statewide. Some say the Belle Glade issue should cause state officials to re-examine whether all Florida residents 65 and older have easy access to the vaccine.
Every county in Florida has access to a COVID-19 vaccine, governor says
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – All of Florida’s 67 counties now have at least one site offering a coronavirus vaccine. This will be the first large county where Publix pharmacies will be rolling out its vaccination program since partnering with the state. The governor spoke again in Brevard County on Tuesday afternoon, announcing that 22 Publix pharmacies there would also be administering shots starting on Thursday. With the inclusion of Brevard County, the governor said 242 Publix pharmacies statewide would now be providing the vaccine to people 65 and older. With plans to gain access to the next vaccine approved for use, DeSantis said, for now, Florida will stay the course and increase access to the vaccine as best as possible.
700,000 seniors in Florida have received vaccine, Gov. DeSantis says
Florida is now approaching 1.6 million confirmed cases, with nearly 10,000 new cases and about 160 additional deaths reported Tuesday. Ron DeSantis said he wanted more Floridians vaccinated but the state was constrained by limited vaccine supplies of the federal government. So far, some 700,000 senior citizens have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, he said. In all, nearly 1.1 million shots have been administered in Florida, state officials said. DeSantis said 67 of the grocer's stores in Palm Beach County — the largest Florida county to take part in the program — would begin offering vaccinations by appointment.
Coronavirus: Florida reports 31,000 cases, 220 deaths
Frustration grows for people in South Florida trying to get COVID-19 vaccineORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health released new coronavirus data following the holiday Saturday. Martin County is north of Palm Beach County, which along with Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been the state’s hardest hit region in dealing with coronavirus cases. The Florida health statement said the agency is working with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on investigating the case. [READ PREVIOUS REPORT: Florida reports 16,000 new COVID-19 cases on New Year’s Eve]Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Jan. 2:CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 31,518 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,354,833 cases since March. This means at least 22,210 people have died in relation to the coronavirus across the state, including 320 non-residents who died in Florida.
Women plead guilty in sex sting involving Patriots owner
Lei Wang, 41, and Shen Mingbi, 60, each pleaded guilty in Palm Beach County circuit court to one count of soliciting another to commit prostitution, records show. Kraft had pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions. Hua Zhang, 59, pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanors. Lei Chen, 45, pleaded guilty to eight counts of offering to commit prostitution in February. Police say the recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them.
Salt Life founder facing manslaughter charge in Florida teen’s death
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A founder of the Salt Life clothing brand is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of an 18-year-old woman at a Florida hotel. Investigators have not said how they believe Hutto is connected to Duncan’s death or if they had a relationship. Duncan was from Lake City, a town 60 miles west of Jacksonville. Hutto and some friends started Salt Life in 2003, its brand aimed at boaters, surfers and fishermen who spend time on the ocean. He will be transferred to Palm Beach County, where he will face an initial court hearing and more details will be released.