Saturday, June 22

Car crashes through storefront window at Jupiter strip mall

A driver was unhurt after crashing their vehicle into a Jupiter business Friday morning. According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the wreck happened at 8:25 a.m. at the Chasewood Plaza located in the 6200 block of Indiantown Road. Officials said the vehicle broke a storefront window and the surrounding framework. No one inside the business was hit by the car. The driver of the vehicle was also uninjured. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said building department officials would come to the scene to assess the damage. It's unclear why the person drove into the business. Read More

HEARTBREAKING: Parents ‘numb’ after Pennsylvania couple on vacation drowns at Stuart Beach

Larry and Susie Warter said Friday they feel numb, adding that their world has been turned upside down, after their son, Brian Warter, 51, drowned in a rip current off Stuart Beach on Thursday. Warter's partner, Erica Wishart, 48, also tragically died. The Warters said the couple had been dating for a year and a half and were down on vacation with their six children from different marriages. Two of the kids, who are 22 and 20, were Brian's. The Warters said the couple lived in Philadelphia, and part of the group was staying in their condo in Stuart. "Have you talked to your grandchildren? How are they holding up?" WPTV reporter Joel Lopez asked the Warters on Friday. "They're actually doing surprisingly well. Again, how much above horrible is there?" Larry Warter answered. "One of our gran...

‘They’re losing a lot of money’: This is what’s holding up hemp sales in Florida

An Okeechobee business owner is begging for answers, so he can keep his shop running, after hundreds of items were pulled from his shelves during a crackdown on Florida hemp shops. Sunshine Wellness owner Daniel Meara is passionate about his business, serving barbecue on one side of the building and selling hemp products on the other. My mom always taught me if theres one thing that can bring the people together, that's food, he said. Meara believes in the therapeutic properties of CBD and other derivatives of the hemp plant. I'm not saying hemp is the cure all, but hemp can save the world, he said. It's the only plant that can house you, heal you, clothe you and feed you. He also believes in accountability. When I signed up to say I want a hemp license, I agree that you can check my produ...

“A wonderful father’: Neighbors devastated after Pennsylvania couple on vacation drowns at Stuart Beach

Heartbroken neighbors on Friday described a Pennsylvania man who drowned, along with his girlfriend, off Stuart Beach as a "very considerate" friend who loved his children. The Martin County Sheriff's Office said Brian Warter, 51, and Erica Wishart, 48, were vacationing with their six children on Hutchinson Island when they got caught in a powerful rip current on Thursday near the 100 block of Northeast Tradewind Lane. Lifeguards pulled the couple from the water. But tragically, Warter and Wishart passed away at Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital. RELATED: Heading to the beach? What to know before entering the water "He was warm. Very considerate. Bright man. Loved his children. Was very patient with them," said Susan Verdecchia, Warter's neighbor in a suburb of Philadelphia. Verdecchi...

Prisoners of war honored at West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

A special dedication at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center paid tribute to military service members who were prisoners of war and missing in action. Eagle scout Aiden Velez is a member of Troop 241 out of Boynton Beach. On Thursday, Velez dedicated a new POW/MIA table during a ceremony at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The table represents veterans in attendance, like William Arcuri. Arcuri was an Air Force B-52 pilot when his plane was shot down over enemy forces in Vietnam in 1972. He was held as a prisoner of war and eventually released. Read More

2 federal judges urged Aileen Cannon to step down from Trump case, New York Times reports

(CNN)  Two federal judges in South Florida urged District Judge Aileen Cannon to forgo overseeing the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump when she was first assigned the classified documents case in 2023, according to a report from The New York Times. The judges, one of whom was the districts chief judge Cecilia M. Altonaga, suggested that Cannon decline to oversee the case brought by special counsel Jack Smith and allow another judge to govern the case instead, the Times wrote, citing two people briefed on the conversations. Cannon is still overseeing the case, which has seen a multitude of delays and is not yet scheduled to go to trial. Altonaga's chambers declined to comment on the report to CNN. The Times did not identify the second judge who reportedly contacted Cann...

Martin County Ocean Rescue offers advice to swimmers after parents of 6 drown on Hutchinson Island

Ocean Rescue officials in Martin County want beachgoers to double, even triple-check, warnings before entering the water. This comes after a couple on vacation, who now leave behind six children, drowned in a rip current on Hutchinson Island. WPTV reporter Victor Jorges spoke with ocean rescue officials Friday morning about the tragedy and the importance of swimming by a lifeguard. Jorges asked Martin County Ocean Rescue Chief Ian Montgelas if the couple had been swimming at a guarded beach, would the outcome been different. "100% definitely," Montgelas said. The victims, Brian Warter and Erica Wishart, as well as two of their children, were caught in a rip current near the 100 block of Northeast Tradewind Lane. The children were able to get out of the current, but their parents could not...

Planetary Lifeguard Award

“You and I live on “Planet Imagination,” an astute friend recently wrote to me after seeing the beginnings of the Planetary Lifeguard Award I created to “blow the whistle on […] The post Planetary Lifeguard Award appeared first on The Boca Raton Tribune. Read More

Former Riviera Beach police sergeant arrested, faces charge of aggravated battery with a weapon

A former Riviera Beach police sergeant was arrested after he struck a man in the head with a pistol during a confrontation last year. The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office charged former Riviera Beach Police Sgt. Russell Byrd with aggravated battery with a weapon. Byrd was booked at the Palm Beach County jail Thursday night. Riviera Beach police said in a statement that Byrd has resigned from the department. WPTV investigative reporter Dave Bohman reported in March that Byrd was temporarily removed from street patrol while the department conducted an internal affairs investigation. Bohman spoke with Andrew Patterson, the man who was struck by Byrd during the Oct. 2, 2023, incident. A police report said Byrd "armed with a firearm, reacted and struck Patterson with the firearm along...

Motion after motion puts Trump classified documents case in slow motion as 3-day hearing begins

The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump is hearing arguments Friday on a long-shot defense effort to get the indictment thrown out based on the claim that the prosecutor who brought the charges was illegally appointed. The arguments over the legality of special counsel Jack Smith's appointment kick off a three-day hearing that is set to continue next week and bring further delays to a criminal case that had been scheduled for trial last month but has been snarled by a pileup of unresolved legal disputes. The motion questioning Smith's selection and funding by the Justice Department is one of multiple challenges to the indictment the defense has raised, so far unsuccessfully, in the year since the charges were brought. Even as Smi...