More than 400 people recently arrested in Lake Worth

LAKE WORTH — More than 400 bad guys were arrested in the city from mid-May to mid-June, 186 coming from the Operation Perfect Storm gang unit task force.

“Overall crime is down,” Todd Baer, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s captain told City Commissioners at tonight’s meeting.

To deal with the gang violence issue, the sheriff’s office’s gang unit started a 30-day operation that targeted some of the city’s worst areas — 9th Avenue South, South G Street area, Washington Avenue area, 15th Avenue South, 19th Avenue North area and the Dixie Highway corridor.

Here are some of the results:

  • 186 arrests
  • 12 gang members arrested
  • 4 weapons seized
  • 1054 grams of marijuana; 37.1 grams of cocaine; 49.6 grams of crack cocaine; 54.5 grams of heroin seized
  • $11,796 recovered

“We’ve been watching the crime trends,” Baer said.


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Lake Worth to revisit panhandling law after PBSO comments

LAKE WORTH — Last month, the city inched closer to making it illegal for anyone to panhandle at several busy intersections by unanimously approving a new ordinance on first reading.

The intersections are:

  • Interstate 95 northbound and southbound on and off ramps at Sixth Avenue South.
  • Interstate 95 northbound and southbound on and off ramps at 10th Avenue North.
  • Lake Worth Road and the CSX Railway, located west of Interstate 95 overpass at Lake Worth Road.
  • Intersection of 10th Avenue North and North Dixie Highway.
  • Intersection of 6th Avenue North and South Dixie Highway.

That ordinance is being brought back before the commission at Tuesday’s meeting on first reading again after a few tweaks were suggested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office attorney, according to City Attorney Glen Torcivia.

The original ordinance included any area within 200 feet from the curb or boundary line of the intersection. That was changed to 100 feet, Torcivia said.

The city also removed the part of the ordinance that included all Interstate 95 underpass areas within 400 feet of the curb or boundary line of the intersection, Torcivia said.

The city said it’s experiencing more solicitors at intersections in the western part of the city, with canvassers and solicitors selling goods, services or trying to obtain donations from drivers and passengers.

Those interactions, the city said, are a safety concern.

The ordinance defines a “right-of-way canvasser or solicitor” as any person who sells or offers for sale anything or service of any kind, or who seeks a donation of any kind or who personally hands to or seeks to transmit by hand anything or some sort of service.

The definition doesn’t apply to any person who is holding or displaying a lawfully permitted sign, the city said.

A second reading is scheduled for June 20, the city said.

PBSO: Be careful if you rent a public storage unit

A suspect robbing a public storage unit in West Palm Beach. (Courtesy: PBSO)

If you rent a storage unit in Palm Beach County, check your stuff.

Since February, public storage facilities throughout the county have been burglarized a few hundred times, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
The unknown suspect’s motive is to rob facilities with indoor units between midnight and 5 a.m., the sheriff’s office said.
PBSO said people should choose a public storage facility with working cameras. Also, don’t leave valuables. The sheriff’s office suggested buying a round lock, which has no locking mechanism, to prevent the lock from being cut.
The suspects recently robbed an indoor storage facility on the 4200 block of Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. 
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State crime report released: Violent crimes drop in Lake Worth for first half of 2016


LAKE WORTH – Violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery — fell in Lake Worth for the first half of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according a semi-annual crime report released Monday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Last year for the first six months of 2015, there were four murders, 22 rapes and 107 robberies. Those numbers dropped slightly to three, 21 and 79, repectively, the report showed.

While larceny and motor vehicle thefts decreased, aggravated assaults were on the rise, increasing from 113 to 154. Burglaries remained about the same, 214 this year versus 212 last year.

Overall crime was down 4.6 percent in the city.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Todd Baer said PBSO has reassigned deputies to the Community Policing Unit to get them on the streets more often.

Baer also cited the city’s partnership with Assistant State Attorney Christy Rogers as to why crime is down. About a year ago, the city arranged to have Rogers assigned to Lake Worth.

“This is one of the best things that’s happened since I’ve been here,” Baer told city commissioners in the fall.” She works all our cases…she knows now who the bad guys are. We can arrest a guy 10, 12 times a year and it would go to 10 or 12 different state attorneys.”

Baer said Rogers is focusing on repeat offenders and helping the city with prostitution.

With a 1,224 total crime index, Lake Worth ranked sixth in Palm Beach County behind the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (7,796), West Palm Beach (3,150), Boynton Beach (1.953), Delray Beach (1,591) and Boac Raton (1,325).,

The semi-annual Uniform Crime Report  calculates crime volume and the number of index crimes known to law enforcement.

PBSC expecting more than 2,000 people for Clinton rally

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rallly, (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at a Palm Beach State College rally. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

LAKE WORTH — Palm Beach State College is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend the rally Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is scheduled to have at the college Wednesday morning.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the rally will be held at the Elisabeth W. Erling Gymnasium on the suburban Lake Worth campus, 4200 S. Congress Ave.

Clinton’s speech is expected to start at 11 a.m.

The event is first come, first served.

There will be an overflow area outside the gym where the speech will be live streamed, Grace Truman, PBSC’s director of college relations and marketing, said.

The Secret Service will handle all security, with Clinton’s campaign paying $1,500 to rent the space, Truman said.

Total cost for the event will be about $7,000, which is also being paid by Clinton’s campaign, Truman said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will assist with traffic.

Clinton’s campaign contacted the college on Sunday about hosting the rally. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has also reached out PBSC, Truman said.

“They were fixed on a certain date we couldn’t accommodate,” Truman said. “The college is available to both parties.”

It will be Clinton’s first time speaking at the college. Her husband spoke at PBSC four years ago while campaigning for President Obama.

The president held a rally at the college eight years ago when he was running for his first term, Truman said.